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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
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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

Reviews

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Excellent tour and Woody was great!
Steven_J
, Jul 2021
Woody was a fantastic guide, he was informative, friendly and funny. Woody was knowledgeable and all around great guy.
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Nice tour
ArunKarthik_R
, Jul 2021
The tour was nice... it was made better by the tour guide Mr. Woddy ... the place nice and guide gave good time as well.
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Awesome Experience
James_W
, Jul 2021
Great trip and Joe was a great guide. It was a beautiful day for the trip. Joe was knowledgeable about the park and where to go/stop for everything.
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Disappointing Rainier trip
LFP
, Jul 2021
Gorgeous scenery, of course, but unlike our guides in Portland who were excellent, this guide was mediocre: 45 minutes late picking us up, not very informative, mumbled, and was not helped by the minivan’s poor public address system.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We would be interested in finding out what day you took this tour to see who your guide was as we do not own any minivans. Could you please contact our offices to discuss this?- Best regards
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Highly recommend
Maria_R
, Jul 2021
Lucas was extremely helpful and flexible. He adjusted to the needs of the group, such as frequent bathroom breaks and provided opportunities for all levels of abilities.
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Great views, not much hiking
Meg
, Jul 2021
It was great to visit various waterfalls around the mountain! We also saw 2 wild deer during our visit! There’s a lot of great views and information but you don’t get to actually walk or hike much. I’d still wear shoes with good treads cause many spots were slippery! Joe’s very knowledgeable but is a bit sassy with answering questions.
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Mt Rainier Summer trip
Susan
, Jul 2021
As luck would have it, Mt Rainier was cloudless, sunny, & warm yesterday! It was panoramic dream. Comfort level of Customized t Tour's tourguide Don's personal experience and knowledge of Mt Rainier truly made it enjoyable experience for everyone. As a long-time local resident, Mt Rainier has been on my bucket list to try. But, on the back-burner due to my knee arthritis. It became something I wanted to attempt before I can no longer do. Thank you, Viacom and Comfort Tours!
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Day on the Mountain!
Jodi_H
, Jul 2021
Don was a great guide. Our party was four ladies of various skills levels. He made sure everyone got the most from their experience. Very knowledgeable about the park and very patient. We sang happy Birthday and happy anniversary, too. The sights were beyond perfect.
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Would go back tomorrow!!
Cosette_G
, Jul 2021
This excursion was worth every penny! The 2 hr free time at Paradise was the perfect amount of time for my daughter and I to hike up to the scenic views on Mt Rainier and revel in the awesome beauty surrounding us! Lucas was a great guide and worked hard to give us all a great experience, stopping at several waterfalls, a reflection lake and also going to the backside of Mount Rainier to get a different view, etc. Would absolutely recommend him and this tour company to anyone contemplating a tour. You won’t be disappointed - provided Mother Nature cooperates and gives you a sunny, clear day - like we had!
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Love the tour it worth every penny of it
Jhea_A
, Jul 2021
Lucas was great tour guide his will famialiar with the place and the history of it. I highly recommend him on your tour at mt Rainer. You wont regret it
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