Mt. Rainier National Park Tour from Seattle

Seattle Day Tour: Mount Rainier National Park

Escape the city and stretch your legs in the solitude of Mt. Rainier National Park’s stunning wilderness.

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Mt. Rainier is encased in more than 35 square miles of snow and ice! This National Park is also blanketed by old-growth forests, alpine meadows, shimmering lakes, and rushing waterfalls. This isn’t just another driving tour of a National Park—experience the highlights beyond the vehicle during walks and hikes appropriate for most abilities. We have options!

Stroll through the old-growth forests near Longmire, where Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar trees dwarf visitors and the bubbling of natural springs fill the crisp air. Experience waterfalls and big mountain views as you wind to higher elevations. In the summer, pick wild berries on a sub-alpine hiking trail. In the winter, take advantage of Paradise’s legendary snowfall (and the winter solitude) on an introductory snowshoe trail.

We bring lots of snacks, a local lunch, coffee, tea and local wine! Our small group Mount Rainier Day Tour is $239 per person before WA State Tax.  We’ll pick you up from your downtown hotel, AirBNB or rental!

We also offer beautiful private trips–give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

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TIMING

8:00 am to 6:30 pm
We visit Mt. Rainier year-round.

We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup!  See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

GROUP SIZE

Our small group tours from Seattle accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.

We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

$239 per person before 10.1% WA State tax.

Private trips are available – see details below.  Give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need (like snowshoes).  More info on what’s included below!

Mt. Rainier National Park Tour Details

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.

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).

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.

Tacoma Area:

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.

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…

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!

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.

Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, Cascade red foxes, Stellers Jays, and more.

Feel the cool mist of Christine Falls, Narada Falls, or other waterfalls as they tumble over rocky cliffs.

Learn about the natural history of Mt. Rainier and the other active volcanoes of the Cascade Range.

Mount Rainier National Park Tour – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our Mt. Rainier trips:

On our drive to Mt. Rainier, Andrew provided us with commentary that was very interesting.  We stopped at hiking trails on the way to Paradise (highest point that we reached), as he explained the flora in the Pacific Northwest. To be honest, I normally have no interest in learning much about the life of ancient trees but after spending time here, I was very impressed! Andrew also took us to a waterfalls where the views were breathtaking. He prepared a lunch for us that was much better than you expected. I highly recommend this!

-Jeremy C. (Google Review)
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This tour was the highlight of our trip to Seattle. It was nice to get out of the city for the day. Our tour guide, JD, was prompt to picking us up and awesome. There were only 10 of us so it was very nice and intimate. This tour exceeded our expectations. The coffee, snacks and lunch were great. You only need to bring your camera, they take care of everything. This tour was worth every penny! Mt Rainier is beautiful and the history lesson was great.

-Samantha F. (TripAdvisor Review)
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The small group environment allows 1-on-1 interaction with the tour guide, sort of like why small school classes are generally better than large university classes. Justin was knowledgeable about trees, ecosystems, forests, etc.  It was like a private tour and we felt safe and secure!  My family had a wonderful time with our group; we will remember this tour for the rest of our lives!!

-Joon, Young, David & Peter (TripAdvisor Review)
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What an incredible experience! Evergreen Escapes provided our group of friends a beautiful hike through Mt. Rainier with delicious food and wine. Justin, our guide was very informative about the history and ecology of the park. He was also attentive to everyone’s needs throughout the day making sure everyone was comfortable. We look forward to doing this again soon!

-Chistopher T. (Google Review)
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