Key Details: Full-Day Tour from Seattle
Tour Duration: 10.5 hours
Tour Timing: 8:00a to 6:30p
Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private tours are available (including tours for larger groups).
Hotel Pickups: Yes. We offer tour pickup at any downtown Seattle location and a centralized pickup in both SeaTac and Tacoma.
Tour Meals: Coffee & tea, light breakfast, substantial organic lunch with local wine, snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.
Mt. Rainier National Park Tour Details
Explore diverse & stunning environments on foot: old-growth trees, bubbling springs, high lakes, rivers, valleys, glaciers, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!
Feel the cool mist of Christine Falls, Narada Falls, or other waterfalls as they tumble over rocky cliffs.
Savor a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines (included with tour price). We’ll also bring local coffee to press, tea, a light breakfast, and plenty of water and sparkling water for the day! Don’t worry about a thing…
Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, Cascade red foxes, Stellers Jays, and more.
Journey to Paradise to take in views of the mountain, wildflowers in the late summer, massive snowfalls in the winter (one of the snowiest places on the planet!), and a world-class visitor center.
Learn about the natural history of Mt. Rainier and the other active volcanoes of the Cascade Range.
7:30a - Downtown pick-ups begin.
8:00a - Downtown pick-ups end.
8:30a - SeaTac or Tacoma area pickup (upon request).
9:45a - Enter Mt. Rainier National Park. We'll likely stop to press coffee, make tea, and have a light breakfast outdoors with a view.
From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed ecosystems and highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same! In the height of summer your guide might even choose different sides of the mountain from day to day.
10:30a - You might start with a nice lower-elevation walk to get your legs moving after the commute. Down low there are big trees, gorgeous rivers, springs, waterfalls, and more! Your walk might be one to three miles.
12:15p - Arrive at a major visitor's center (Paradise or Sunrise) and enjoy a little downtime before lunch to use the restroom, browse interpretive info, photograph flowers (or snow), get your Park's passport stamped, or find a quick gift for a loved one back home. If the weather is decent you'll enjoy a meal outdoors. In winter, we'll likely opt for a comfortable spot inside if the weather is snowy or cold.
1:15p - We'll set off on another walkabout or two. You might head out straight from lunch - working up and along the mountain for views, open meadows, and alpine forests. You might drive a bit to setup an additional walk somewhere. All told, you might walk two to four miles in the afternoon (depending on your other activities).
4:30p - Around 4:30 we'll start to head for Seattle.
6:15p - We'll drop travelers off where we found them (or another preferred spot nearby).
⭐ Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).
⭐ A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!
⭐ No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (meals, drinks, entrance fees, permits, ferry charges, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).
⭐ Sleep in a little - we'll bring a light breakfast generally including French-pressed local coffee (roasted by Herkimer), tea, bakery, fruit.
⭐ A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, and wine glasses to set up lunch somewhere lovely. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often includes chicken, green salads, grain or pasta salads, dessert. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them prior to 24 hours of your tour start.
⭐ Local wine with lunch.
⭐ Plenty of readily available snacks, water, La Croix sparkling water, and more throughout the day.
⭐ Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.
⭐ We provide any gear needed (like snowshoes for Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Parks in the winter).
⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.
Downtown Seattle Pick-ups:
Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:30a
Downtown Pick-up End time: 8:00a
Generally, our last pickup each tour occurs at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle. This isn't always the case - so check with us - but we consider it a default location for anyone staying outside of downtown. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pickup as easy as possible.
SeaTac Airport & Tacoma area Pick-ups:
We're happy to offer centralized pickup options en route to the National Park upon request. On our Mount Rainier tour we can offer pick-ups in:
SeaTac Airport Area:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188.
Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel. 2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA 98421.
Are you looking to make your Mt. Rainier adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.
Prices below are before WA Sales Tax (10.1%). To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!
⭐ 1 person: $1200/person
⭐ 2 people: $637.50/person
⭐ 3 people: $450/person
⭐ 4 people: $356.25/person
⭐ 5 people: $300/person
⭐ 6 people: $262.50/person
⭐ 7 people: $235.71/person
⭐ 8 people: $215.63/person
⭐ 9 people: $200/person
⭐ 10 people: $187.50/person
⭐ 11 people: $177.27/person
⭐ 12 people: $168.75/person
Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.
Mount Rainier National Park Tour – Traveler Testimonials
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