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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the natural beauty of majestic Mt Rainier on this guided, small-group tour from Seattle. Enjoy a scenic, narrated journey past lakes, waterfalls and historic towns to Mt Rainier, the highest mountain in the state of Washington and one of the tallest in the lower 48 states. Take in spectacular views from Narada Falls, considered the most popular waterfall in Mt Rainier State Park and the aptly named Paradise, at 5,400 feet above sea level on the south slope, among others. This tour includes pickup and drop-off from select downtown Seattle and airport hotels.
  • Witness the natural beauty of Mt Rainier, one of the tallest mountains in the lower 48 states
  • Enjoy the scenic drive from the Seattle area to Mt. Rainier and learn about local lakes and historic towns from your guide
  • Photograph stunning sites such as Christine Falls, the Nisqually River and Narada Falls
  • Pickup and drop-off from select downtown Seattle and airport hotels
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Professional guide
Pickup and drop-off from select downtown Seattle and airport hotels
Transport by air-conditioned coach or 14-passenger sprinter van
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Seattle, WA, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

SeaTac, WA, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This Mt Rainier day trip begins with a convenient hotel pickup in Seattle or near the SeaTac Airport. Then prepare for a narrated, scenic drive featuring Alder Lake Park and the town of Eatonville at the foothills of Mt Rainier.

Stop at Longmire, the visitor center at the southwest corner of the park, to explore their museum and National Park Inn. Visit Christine Falls, with one of the signature views in Mt Rainier National Park (look for the bridge). Then walk along the Nisqually River up to Narada Falls, considered the most popular waterfall in Mt Rainier State Park. It’s taller than Niagara Falls at 188 feet.

Then it’s off to the pinnacle event of the day: the view at Paradise, which is 5,400 feet above sea level. Purchase lunch here and take in the incredible view of Mt Rainier and the valley below. Be on the lookout for wildlife wandering around the mountain at any time. 

During the wintertime, choose from an optional snowshoe or sled adventure, if conditions allow. During the summertime, simply enjoy the scene at Reflection Lake, which provides one of the most iconic views of Mt Rainier. It’s absolutely stunning. Be sure to bring a camera.

Finally, visit the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise to learn more about the history of Mt Rainier, including a brief film about it. 

Then it’s back down the mountain to hit the road back to Seattle.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Alder Lake Park
scenic lake on the way to the Mountain
Stop At:  
Mount Rainier
rainforest, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, glaciers, wildlife, old growth trees, volcano, natural beautiful scenery.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Trail of the Shadows
2nd growth forest, hot springs, hike, history
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Christine Falls Viewpoint
pretty waterfall framed by stone bridge popular spot right of road.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Paradise Valley
alpine meadow, in winter snowshoeing, hiking, visitor's center, gift shops, food
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reflection Lakes
small alpine lakes available only to see in non winter season. small lakes that when there is no breeze reflect the mountain like a mirror.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Longmire Museum
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Narada Falls
one of the most scenic things to see in the park.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Longmire
Where we do hikes, take in viewpoints, gift shop
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • It is recommended to dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes (hiking shoes preferred, in winter boots are best). In Nov – Jun, please dress for snowy conditions
  • Please note: The tour route may vary depending on weather conditions and road closures.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The seasons, weather, and elevation partially determine what you’ll see on your tour. During the weekdays, mid October-April, there are limited food services available in the National Park. Customers will have an opportunity to purchase food en route. Also, the Henry M Jackson Visitor Center located at Paradise, has limited hours during these months. On weekdays when the Visitor Center is closed, our tour will still visit Paradise if road conditions allow.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Customized Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Being in a small group (13p) makes it easy to follow up on request." See review
  • "Plus Point - Joe has spare gloves, jackets, socks, snow shoes for tourists who come unprepared!" See review
  • "One caveat is that even in July you would be advised to wear shoes for trail walking, long pants and a water-repellent jacket." See review

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Fantastic experience. 100% would book again without hesitation.
Keara_B
, Aug 2021
This tour was fabulous start to finish. So worth the Money. Our tour guide Joe was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and personable and entertaining. He knew all the best spots for photographs and even bought us all cupcakes and watermelon. There was a good balance of group time but also time to explore on your own. Plenty of cooler space to pack a light lunch. 100% would book again.
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Amazing scenery.
Tina_G
, Aug 2021
The scenery was amazing. And just the right amount of time at each stop. Tour guide, Joe, provided some extra specialties which made it very nice.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for a great review for Joe!
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star-5
Great day!
Wendy_S
, Aug 2021
Beautiful scenery! Comfortable vehicle. Woody was a personable, interesting, great guide. Definitely recommended.
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The beautiful sites are worth the trip.
Cynthia_O
, Aug 2021
The views and waterfalls were amazing. A lengthy bus ride, but the driver-guide had stops well planned. He gave interesting information but with open windows I had trouble hearing. I’m glad we went.
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star-5
Fabulous day
Ranjit_S
, Jul 2021
Lucas was a very engaging, informative and fun tour guide. He made the whole day so much more enjoyable. We were fortunate to have amazing weather, spectacular views and got a rigorous hike in also. Fabulous day!
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Very pleasant trip in the nature
Zhanyang_Z
, Jul 2021
Nice trip to see Mt Rainier. The view is magnificent. It was a little warm/hot day. But it is worth the trip. Great tour guide Lucas!
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Wonderful Guide, Beautiful Scenery
Shelly_W
, Jul 2021
John was a wonderful tour guide. Humorous, thoughtful and knowledgeable. We gave us history lessons, tour tips, and chocolate chips cookies!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your lovely review of John. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time on the mountain with us. Hope to see you again soon!
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Totally awesome
roel
, Jul 2021
Seeing the mountains in there natural state was breathtaking. Our guide was awesome we were celebrating our anniversary and went out and got cupcakes for all and water.we will never forget this trip thanks again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
How lovely to spend your anniversary on the mountain making more memories together! You are most welcome and thank YOU for choosing Customized to spend your special day with.
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star-5
See the best of Mt Ranier in a day
Brian_H
, Jul 2021
It was a great tour! We had a fun and knowledgeable guide. I traveled to Ranier on my own 20 years ago and only saw a fraction of what we saw on this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I ended up going with one of the guides as well and not only did I see animals I never knew existed (marmots) but I saw quail, bear and deer all on the same tour! Our guides have been doing this so long they know where to look to find what guests will be interested in. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself!
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Summer trip
John_c
, Jul 2021
Seeing the mountain for the first time was breath taking. Well worth the cost. The views where great
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
On some days it makes you catch your breath! So glad you finally made the journey. Come back at a different time of year and you will see another majestic side of the mountain as well.
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