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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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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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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

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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.Please contact Customized Tours to confirm your selected hotel location is within our pickup zone to receive a accurate pickup time.
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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  • "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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star-5
Seems like a long day but...
Krystal_K
, Oct 2021
Seems like a long day but absolutely worth it!! Great tour guide! He was Funny and very knowledgeable and got all of the best pics for everyone!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review.
star-5
Perfect day trip from Seattle
Scott_M
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Joe was great. Funny, charismatic, knowledgeable and told great stories. Definitely would recommend this trip as stressless way to travel to and see the mountain incredible pictures
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for giving Joe a nice review!
star-5
Highly recommended
Gesilda_C
, Oct 2021
Mt rainier itself was magnificent, we had a very nice experience and a great present of an extremely experienced guide-Joe and an exciting hike to myrtle falls while snowing. If not for the ever readiness of Joe with extra winter coats and gloves we would have nit enjoyed the hike as much. Thank you thank you!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review for Joe! Yes Joe does have some items he brings with but definitely important for guests to bring their own and be prepared for winter conditions.
star-5
Spectacular trip
lzqy6688
, Oct 2021
We we're super lucky to be able to see the full beauty of Mt. Rainier in mid-Oct! Our tour guide/driver, Lucas, is very thoughtful and flexible showing the best spots to view the scenery. He knows how to take the best photos and did it repeatedly for us and others. We Wish to thank Lucas for making our trip of Mt. Rainier a very enjoyable experience!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for a great review about Lucas!
star-5
10/10 tour
Anonymous
, Oct 2021
This tour was perfect. Lots of stops to enjoy the views and get fresh hair. Opportunities for hiking <1mi. Trails. Lucas was great at sharing interesting stories throughout the tour. Definitely worth it and highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for reviewing our Mt. Rainier Tour guided by Lucas. Sounds like a great day.
star-5
Stunning scenery and great day trip
Rachel_A
, Oct 2021
Spectacular views and a very knowledgeable guide. The scenery was so beautiful it didn’t seem real at times. The guide customized the tour on the fly based on weather conditions to try to help us get a glimpse of Mt Rainier. If you’re on the fence about taking a whole day outside of Seattle for this, I was too but it was completely worth it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for taking the chance and touring the day with our guide. We appreciate your review.
star-5
Joe was an excellent...
joseph_j
, Oct 2021
Joe was an excellent guide and chauffeur. We had a great time visiting mount rainier park Definitely must see.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Joe is great. Thank you for your review!
star-5
John was a fantastic...
Mike_R
, Oct 2021
John was a fantastic host. Knowledgeable …. And made sure we visited all the highlights of the park. Highly recommend this trip !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review!
star-4
Trip was wonderful, but...
Gary_S
, Oct 2021
Trip was wonderful, but bus ride very uncomfortable. Bus needs new shocks and/or springs. Riding in back was painful. John was very good but again the ride was way too ruff.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Our vehicles are well maintenanced and checked regularly so I will have our mechanic look into your shock/springs comment. We appreciate your review
star-5
We had a great time. ...
Katherine_E
, Oct 2021
We had a great time. Lucas was a great guide-giving us many opportunities to hike and see some fantastic features of the national park. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for the review guided by Lucas

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