We built this tour for the travelers that understand that you can’t really know a place without knowing it’s local food and wine. Stunning landscapes and hushed hikes are paired with local cuisine and the region’s rising wine scene. You won’t find a tastier holiday…
We pick from our favorite hikes on each side of the mountain to experience all that the volcano has to offer, from tumbling waterfalls to massive old growth, to expansive views and deep blue glacial ice. Mt. Rainier just keeps on giving. We’ll incorporate a variety of delicious WA wines into each day, with a post hike visit to the vineyards in Yakima wine country and a great wine paired dinner. We’ll even provide you a list of our favorite urban wineries in case you want to keep things rolling when you get back to Seattle.
Day 1: Mt. Rainier National Park
The Nisqually Valley, Longmire, Narada Falls, & Paradise Valley
We’re leaving Seattle early this morning, because the tallest volcano in the continental United States is calling our name. Today we will climb up from sea-level to 5,400-ft, through old-growth forests, subalpine wildflower meadows, and rocky, alpine peaks to arrive in Paradise, WA. The southwestern flank of Mt. Rainier is one of the most revered destinations in the National Park – and lives up to its name! This afternoon, we’ll hike up towards Camp Muir, one of the two basecamps where mountaineers take shelter on their way to the summit. Having worked up our appetites, we’ll descend, heading straight over to our dinner spot, the dining room of the Paradise Inn, a 102-year-old lodge in the heart of the National Park. Afterward, we’ll head out of the Park via the stunning Stevens Canyon Road, making ourselves at home for the next two nights in Packwood, Washington.
Walking Distances: 8 miles (flexible options)
Accommodations: Cowlitz River Lodge
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Day 2: The Yakima Valley
Naches Peak & Yakima Valley Wine Tasting!
Today we’re hiking the Naches Peak Loop which travels along the eastern side of Mt. Rainier, leaving the National Park and crossing over the Pacific Crest Trail as we go. Enjoy 3.5 miles of rolling trail, passing by icy, alpine lakes and keeping our eyes peeled for ripe huckleberries. After lunch, we’ll drive east from Naches Peak, leaving the temperate west for the heart of hops and vines. The difference just an hour’s drive can make will shock you. When people think of Washington, they think of rain, coffee, and evergreen forests (and Kurt Cobain). Being the second largest producer of wine in the country is one of the state’s best kept secrets and today you’ll be able to sample a little piece of it. We’ll sample wines at two different wineries and then visit a family-run restaurant featuring seasonal menus.
Walking Distances: 3.5 miles
Accommodations: Cowlitz River Lodge
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Day 3: Mt. Rainier National Park
Sunrise Area, Glacier Basin, & Burroughs Mountain
Explore Sunrise, Mount Rainier’s gorgeous northeastern flank. 1,000-ft higher in elevation than Paradise – Sunrise is only accessible for three months out of the year. We’ll set out for Burroughs Mountain, a 9-mile round-trip walk with plenty of freedom to photograph wildflowers, spy American Pika, and marvel at neighboring peaks. We’ll reapply our sunscreen and enjoy lunch on the trail to recharge after our 1,800-ft climb. Once we return to our trusty tour van after a long, satisfying day in the wild – it’s back to Seattle where we go our separate ways. The evening is yours to take in a meal at one of Seattle’s fantastic restaurants and relish in your recent trip while dreaming about the next.
Walking Distances: 9 miles (flexible options)
Accommodations: Not included; on your own in Seattle.
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A TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' guide.
National Park entry fees.
Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside when the weather is right.
Light breakfasts (pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, etc).
A beach dinner the first evening - prepared by your guide. Dinner at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge the second evening.
Ferry fees and transportation.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine, local adult beverages, etc.
⭐ Exploring the hushed soundscapes of the Hoh Rainforest, Pacific Coast, Lake Crescent & Hurricane Ridge.
Kalaloch Lodge is one of the iconic resorts within Olympic National Park. The Main Lodge was built almost 100 years ago with driftwood collected from Washington’s wild coast. For two days you’ll stay just feet from Pacific bluffs and beachfront, climbing over driftwood and the small streams that dump fresh water into the ocean.
The lodge has a delicious restaurant featuring Washington ingredients, a mercantile, and provides daily bundles of firewood for those staying in rooms with fireplaces!
Three Breakfasts: Pastries, fruit, coffee & tea on Day One, freshly prepared buffet breakfast at the Creekside Restaurant on Days Two & Three.
Three Lunches: Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside in the National Park.
Two Dinners: Campfire dinner on the beach prepared by your guide on Day One, dinner at the historic Kalaloch Lodge on Day Two.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine and other adult beverages available throughout the tour.
Are you looking to make your Mt. Rainier National Park & Yakima Wine tasting tour experience even more intimate and comfortable? Looking to arrange travel for your own group? 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 arranging private trip dates, give us a call!
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