Rocky Mountains & Pacific Northwest Adventure Trip Overview
The Northwest is calling! Join TFT for an exciting adventure through Montana, Idaho, and Washington and discover some of the area’s iconic landmarks and hidden gems along the way.
Learn to mountain bike in Montana and ride a gondola to the top of a mountain for stunning views and a thrilling alpine slide.
Northern Idaho is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and offers endless opportunities for adventure! Stay at an adventure lodge and hike through the national forest, float down the river, soak in natural hot springs, and admire the starlit sky around a campfire. Spend some time in charming lakeside Coeur D’Alene and enjoy refreshing swims and incredible sunsets.
Visit Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington and discover the colorful wildflowers, massive glaciers, and cascading waterfalls that surround this mighty volcano before ending your journey in vibrant Seattle.
Keep your eyes peeled throughout your adventure to spot plenty of wildlife including moose, bears, and elk!
This is the perfect trip for travelers looking to explore the great outdoors with a small group of like-minded peers.
This program limits exposure to outside groups and the majority of our time will be spent outdoors where we can easily social distance and ensure the health and safety of our participants.
During this program, you will…
- Zipline through mountain forests
- Spend a day floating down the river through Idaho’s lush forest on rafts and kayaks
- Hike the famous trails in Mt. Rainier National Park and enjoy stunning mountain views
- Capture sunset views on Lake Coeur d’Alene on a boat cruise
- Enjoy evening campfires and starlit skies
- Swim in hidden hot springs and hike to stunning waterfalls
- Try your hand at mountain biking*
- Go horseback riding on beautiful trails*
- Zoom down the mountain on an alpine slide
- Discover petrified wood forests
- Explore hip and iconic Seattle
*All skill levels welcome! Lessons will be available for beginners
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KALISPELL
Say hello to your new friends for the next week! Our travelers are curious individuals excited to volunteer with the local community and explore one of the most beautiful states in the country. Your staff will facilitate plenty of group bonding activities and ice breakers so everyone can get to know each other on the first day! You will be amazed at how fast your fellow travel companions become lifelong friends.
DAY 2: WHITEFISH, MONTANA
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains and the gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish Montana is every adventure lover’s dream! Get your adrenaline pumping on a mountain biking adventure (all skill levels welcome!) and ride the stunning trails carved into the mountains. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain and spot mountain meadows covered in wildflowers, pine forests, and local wildlife. At the top of the mountain hop on the alpine slide and feel the rush of zipping down the mountain while enjoying the beautiful views! After a day on the mountain head to charming Missoula for the rest of the evening.
DAYS 3-5: IDAHO ADVENTURE LODGE
After breakfast depart Montana for your next state, Idaho! Stop at a local primitive hot spring and soak in the natural healing mineral water while enjoying the peacefulness of the national forest. After a quick soak head to an exciting adventure lodge for the next few nights.
The lodge is situated on the banks of the Clearwater River and surrounded by forest. You couldn’t ask for a more serene setting! Spot plenty of wildlife directly from your cabin, you may even get lucky enough to see a moose wander by.
Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is 1.3 million acres of protected Idaho landscape and the lodge is the perfect jump-off point to experience it! Enjoy a hike with expert local guides who will bring the wildlife, plants, and history alive while keeping your eyes peeled for elk, black bears, and moose! Spend a day on the river floating on rafts and kayaks while enjoying the stunning scenery, splashing around with your friends, and jumping in for a swim.
Spend your evenings playing group games, soaking in the hot tub (each cabin has its own private tub!), and admiring a starlit sky beneath the glow of a campfire while swapping stories.
DAYS 6-7: COEUR D'ALENE
No trip to the west would be complete without a classic Western favorite- horseback riding! Saddle up your horse for a lesson and fun ride through the forest. No experience is necessary and your ride will be tailored to your skill level.
After your morning ride head to beautiful Coeur D’Alene. This charming city offers an idyllic landscape and a beautiful large turquoise lake. Spend your first night directly on the water watching the sky reflect its brilliant orange and pink hues across the lake on a sunset boat cruise.
The next day kick the adventure up a notch with an exciting zipline tour! Soar from tree to tree and experience the thrill of flying through the forest. After enjoying Coeur D’Alene from the air enjoy it from the ground with a beautiful lakeside hike to hit up some of the best viewpoints.
DAYS 8-9: MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
Time to head to your next state, Washington! Stop at some hidden gems along the way including a visit to the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, home to a rare and vast petrified forest. The abundance of tree species discovered here makes it one of the most diverse petrified forests in North America.
No trip to Washington State is complete without a trip to Mount Rainier National Park! Mt. Rainier is an active volcano that proudly stands 14,410 ft above sea level. Wildflower-filled meadows, lush forest, and roaring waterfalls surround the volcano and make it the perfect natural playground to explore! Hike through some of the most scenic trails in the park to see sparkling glaciers, stunning waterfalls, and alpine meadows splashed with colorful flowers. There are endless trails to explore and your expert TFT guides will take you to the best spots!
DAY 10: SEATTLE
Your epic adventure ends in one of the most exciting cities in the country. Explore some of the city’s hip neighborhoods before grabbing a final dinner together with all of the new friends you made on this journey of a lifetime.
DAY 11: RETURN HOME
The memories and friendships we made during this trip will last forever!
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of teen typically participates in this program? What are the requirements to join?
Teens from all over the world join this program! Typically, our participants are culturally curious individuals who are excited to make new friends, experience something unique, and interested in stepping out of their comfort zones and expanding their horizons.
This program is exclusively for students who are currently in grades 9th through 12th and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family-run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
All accommodations on this trip have been selected to ensure quality while still maintaining character of the places we are visiting.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go on their own?
Yes! In fact, over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that form along the way. When we travel by ourselves, we are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new friends on another TFT program the next summer!
If you are thinking about joining a TFT program by yourself but you are feeling unsure, please let us know! We have plenty of references from solo travelers who had great experiences and would be happy to chat with you about it.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We ask that if you do come with a friend, you and your friend(s) maintain openness to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, some lunches, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not included in cost (this not intended to be an exhaustive list): airfare; visas and visa application fees; lunches; personal and medical expenses; activities and admissions that are not program-related or referenced in the itinerary; beverages other than filtered water at meals; participant expenses that are outside of the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels; expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters.
What is the average group size?
We pride ourselves on small group sizes to create a more authentic and personalized experience. Our group sizes fall between 14 and 21 students – the perfect size to facilitate new friendships without feeling lost in a crowd! We believe smaller groups eliminate the likelihood of cliques, and allows for a well-rounded, healthy group dynamic.
Who leads the program?
Our staff is a cut above the rest! We seek out two main characteristics in our counselors – extensive knowledge of and experience in our destinations, and a passion for working with teens. Our staff’s backgrounds include living abroad and working in summer camps or other educational settings. Team members are proven leaders and role models, who connect easily with others and form genuine friendships with each student – all while bringing each destination to life.
We celebrate diversity! Our staff represents 49 different nationalities, speak a combined total of 21 languages, and visited 142 countries. Additionally, 80% of our staff lived or worked abroad in their lives. With so many unique experiences to share, you are sure to gain a global perspective.
Our average minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Each program has one Trip Director with several support staff, depending on the group size. Directors must be at least 25 years old and have prior experience working with TFT.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
Our staff members undergo a rigorous hiring process. They receive the same background check as school educators, an extensive training process to go over all safety precautions and protocols, and are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid. We exclusively hire responsible, multi-talented individuals who are safety-minded and are as passionate about teen travel as we are.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Our program dates are designed specifically so that participants can opt to combine trips throughout the summer. When connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and assist you in meeting your next group at your new destination.
Families who sign up for more than one program will also receive a 15% discount on the lesser-priced program.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food is an integral aspect of the travel experience, and we make an effort to eat at authentic establishments whenever possible. There is no better way to immerse ourselves in the culture of a place than through sampling the local delicacies. We stray away from westernized restaurants and chains that cater to tourists, because every true traveler knows the best food is found where the locals are eating!
Of course, we are always willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do we ever get time to go off on our own?
Our staff and teens are nearly always together, but we do provide the opportunity to break up into smaller groups to allow for flexibility and customization within the itinerary.
We offer free time in defined safe areas – for example, shopping in a market or exploring a museum. During these times, students remain in groups of at least two and are given no more than an hour. Of course, the counselors remain nearby and available. Additionally, a lifeguard-certified counselor supervises the campers any time they are involved in water activities.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend checking with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the destination you are visiting. For more information, please check the World Health Organization’s website. Upon registration, we provide a list of recommended vaccinations that can be discussed further with your doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this trip?
When joining a TFT trip from outside of the US, please be sure to check your country’s specific visa requirements.