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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

Please contact Customized Tours to confirm your selected hotel location is within our pickup zone to receive a accurate pickup time.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

SeaTac, WA, USA

Please contact Customized Tours to confirm your selected hotel location is within our pickup zone to receive a accurate pickup time.

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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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

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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

Reviews

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star-5
Bucket List Adventure!!!
Christiane_O
, Jan 2022
I had an amazing tour with Lucas on January 23rd, 2022. Timely pickup and drop off from my hotel in Downtown Seattle. We were lucky to have a clear day and enjoyed fantastic views of the park. Lucas was knowledgeable about facts, history, and personal accounts of the mountain and provided tips on what to expect during the hike. Plenty of bathroom breaks. We stopped at Fred Meyer along the way to buy food and any last minute items that we may have forgotten ie. sunglasses, hat, gloves, sunscreen, hiking shoes. We also stopped at the visitor services center in Longmire. I was able to stamp my national parks passport book and buy some mementos at the gift shop. Lucas gave us various options for hikes based on skill level. I ended up doing the Nisqually Vista Trail which was an easy hike. We were given the option to use snowshoes, Lucas brought some for all of us. I didn't end up needing them for the Nisqually hike, it was easy, but there are some areas of the snow where you do sink as you step. I sunk about knee deep in some areas nothing too scary though. I cannot emphasize enough, bring waterproof hiking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and dress in layers!!!! I got hot during my hike and took off my jacket at one point. Be prepared so that you can have a fantastic time. This was a truly memorable experience, I enjoyed the hike and took my time taking in views of the gorgeous mountain. I did the hike with a fellow group member and gained a friend along the way which was so nice. We also stopped at Narada Falls, a nice waterfall and you can hike down to the bottom but I was too tired at that point. The only thing I wish we had done was take pictures of the reflection lake but we were a bit behind schedule so I could see why we didn't stop. Overall, a fantastic trip and is something that I will remember for the rest of my life!!! I tipped Lucas generously, he was worth every penny.
star-5
Beautiful views!
Stefanie_H
, Jan 2022
Took this trip mid Jan - got lucky and had a nice, clear sunny day. Lucas was our guide - enjoyed his jokes and random facts. We went on a snow shoe hike with Lucas which, not gonna lie, was pretty strenuous but well worth the views (first pic). Some others in our group hung back and walked around visitor area for different views/different hiking paths. For winter trips highly recommend sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable hiking clothes (layers), backpack, and waterproof boots. Snow shoes and poles were provided. Our group was 16 people on a 22ish person bus. Long day- pickup 740am back to city around 630pm. Trip is worth it if trying to squeeze this national park in over 1 day while visiting Seattle!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
So glad to hear you felt was well worth it! Lucas is great and I love how there are options for guests who do or do not like to hike. We appreciate all of your feedback and review!
star-4
Great hiking experience with easy transport from Seattle, but trip doesn't enforce Covid restrictions.
Elizabeth_D
, Jan 2022
Trip was amazing! We had wonderful weather and got to see many sites and enjoy hours of hiking. Our guide provided snow shoes and the hiking was really wonderful. My only complaint is that our guide didn't wear a mask at all during the experience and when other members of the group took and left theirs off, there was no mention that they should be wearing them, per local guidelines. I anticipated brief periods of people taking their masks off to eat or drink, but I was frustrated when people had their masks off the entire ride home, which was several hours.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Fantastic Day at Mt. Rainer
Jessica_B
, Jan 2022
We had an excellent and most memorable trip to Mt. Rainer with Joel - he was awesome! Super informative, great communicator and even bought us cupcakes, and took us out for blackberry pie that was insanely good! We went snowshoe hiking and it was an amazing experience!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
We are glad you had such a great time. Thank you for your review!
star-5
Breathtaking sceneries
Karen_M
, Jan 2022
Mt Rainier is majestic. Beautiful park. Lucas our tour guide is knowledgeable and has great sense of humor. He gave us plenty of time for bathroom breaks and to get food. Hiking through snow was exhausting but it’s an experience I will never forget.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the review
star-5
Fun day trip with gorgeous views
Nikki_K
, Dec 2021
Lucas was our tour guide and did a great job going over the geography and history of the area. Due to poor weather, we had to improvise a bit. We enjoyed the Wonderland trail, seeing Elk, and stopping for blackberry pie a la mode at a local restaurant.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for your review. Even with the poor weather we are glad you enjoyed the tour.
star-4
Wet and Cold, But our Guide Lucas Was Awesome
Juan_O
, Dec 2021
The trip was really awesome due to our driver and guide Lucas who spoke the whole way to Mt. Rainier about Seattle, the mountain, wildlife, and jokes that were family friendly. Unfortunately for our group, part of the mountain was closed off and it was rainy and ice slush the whole time we were out at the base of the mountain. I would not recommend going during the winter months unless you know the weather of the mountain. It honestly made everyone cold and wet which sort of ruined part of the experience. However, I gave this 4 stars because Lucas was the best guide and kept trying to help lighten the mood and enjoy the trip.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Yes the weather during the winter season is truly unpredictable. I am glad everyone was able to make the best of the day and enjoyed time spent with Lucas.
star-5
Fun in the mountain sun!!
Christine_T
, Dec 2021
Joel was an amazing, knowledgeable, personable and energetic guide. Great day of fun in the snow and met some wonderful people along the way. A definite must when you visit Seattle.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We appreciate your review for Joel who guided our Mt. Rainier tour.
star-5
Amazing!!
bailey_s
, Dec 2021
Joel was the best! we had great luck and went on a clear day in december, and our group of four had the best time! frequent restroom stops, heated transportation, and beautiful sights all day! our guide even bought cupcakes for the group to celebrate a birthday! we had an amazing time and highly recommend going yourself.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Sounds like the group had a fun time spent with Joel. Thank you for the review.
star-5
One perfect day in mother...
Rosa_K
, Dec 2021
One perfect day in mother nature of Seattle with extreme convenience from departure to arrival at my hotel
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the review!

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