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Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

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Seattle, United States

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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
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

1: Seattle, WA, USA
2: SeaTac, WA, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
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
Stop At:  
Customized Tours of Seattle
small bus that will be your transportation
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
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.
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


  • "You can buy food up at the snow but it is dearer and the service is slow so get your food at the first stop at the supermarket." See review
  • "If you want some breathtaking view of snow covered mountains and Alpines reaching high nearly touching the sky,this trip is highly recommended." See review
  • "Being in a small group (13p) makes it easy to follow up on request." See review

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Very Highly Recommend
KP7
, Sep 2020
The tour was great - John was our tour guide and he was the best! All day tour covering a decent amount of Mt. Rainer. Highly recommend!
star-5
Wonderful tour at Mount Rainier
Betty_D
, Sep 2020
John was wonderful! It was an enjoyable tour. I recommend it! We saw things we probably wouldn’t have seen it ourselves.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
John is a great tour guide. Thank you for your recommendation and review!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Vittoria_R
, Sep 2020
It was a really wonderful experience! I totally recommend it and I will definitely do it again! Luckas our driver and guide was really kind! With his knowledge made this tour really interesting and he made it possible to enjoy and appreciate the park's beauty in any condition.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
We are glad you had a great time with Lucas and were able to enjoy the parks ambiance. Thank you for your review!
star-5
Must do tour
Tami_A
, Sep 2020
We loved this tour. We were blessed with great weather the whole time we were in Seattle area, and the day we went to Mr. Rainier did not disappoint. Shannon our tour guide was the best, very friendly and laid back, we did not feel stressed about the time we spent at each stop. We stopped at one place and the birds were eating out of peoples hands, so I was going to run back to the bus and get some crackers that I brought, but Shannon said no, I have some bird seeds with me, and let us all feed the birds and let us have the time to capture the pictures. Shannon has a love for nature and you could tell she enjoyed sharing it with us. While it's true you could drive up the the mountain yourself, let me tell you the stress free tour is the way to go, Shannon knew where the overlooks were and where to park, all the things you would have had to figure out for yourself and possibly missed. We went during the week and with the covid restrictions I'm sure the crowds were less, but still parking must be a beast on a busy sunny day like we had. The only complaint, was that our hotel was not on the downtown on the pick up list, so we sent a message to our Viator rep and was told that we could park at the Mopop or the airport, we knew the parking downtown would be a bit more, but decided this would be best for us location wise for pick up and drop off, unfortunately we park in a lot with a 10 hour max (did not realize this, just thought we were paying for all day) and came back to find a $70 ticket on our windshield. This was our fault but, as we did ask for parking recommendations prior to the tour, and as we were visitors to the area, it would have been nice to been given better tips about where and where not to park.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for a great review of Shannon and telling others about your experience! We are sorry to hear you received a parking ticket. Normally you are advised to park across the Street at the 5th Ave parking garage as that is the only location that will offer more than 10 hour parking there may be a possibility of reducing your ticket. Please give us a call if you would like further information.
star-5
Seeing mount rainier
Patrick_M
, Aug 2020
Lucas picked us up in tune. He was knowledgeable and a pleasant tour guide. He frequently asked if we needed a bathroom break. He took us to where the best spots to see my rainier and also took us to paradise and sunrise to get two different perspective of the mountain. The bus was clean and he provided us with extra water. It was a really fun experience seeing Mt. Rainier. I definitely recommend taking the tour. It was money well spent.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much for the review of your experience with Lucas and mentioning the cleanliness of our fleet. We appreciate you recommending our tour to others.
star-5
The falls
Kirsten_K
, Aug 2020
Our guide Lucas was great, funny and knowledgeable; the tour was amazing and the view were breathtaking
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for reviewing our Mt. Rainier Tour and guide Lucas.
star-5
beautiful tour
Tim_B
, Aug 2020
Beautiful!! Highly recommend. Tour was well organized, the scenery was beautiful. A can't miss when in the pacific nw
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for the review! You are definitely right, you truly can not experience the Pacific NW without a trip to Mt. Rainier.
star-4
Beautiful day at Mt. Rainier
jc974
, Aug 2020
Great day and experience seeing Mt. Rainier up close. I wish our tour guide wore a mask, though. She asked to take it off in the bus but then never wore it again. All tour attendees were masked.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for your gracious review and for bringing this concern to our attention. I would like to apologize if in any way you were given the impression that we do not take this virus seriously.  Since the restart of business, we have implemented many new procedures in order to guarantee the safety of every one of our passengers.  I will be addressing this issue with the Tour Guide to assure that this does not happen again. Once again thank you.
star-5
Mt. Reiner the right way
David_D
, Aug 2020
Awesome trip with Joel as our very knowledgeable guide. Saw multiple areas of the park and made lifelong memories. The custom bus was comfortable and convenient.
star-5
Great Tour of the Entire Park
Michael_A
, Aug 2020
Tour guide Lucas was very knowledgeable & answered all of our questions. Knew the best routes to give us great quality time with the mountain, trees, & waterfalls
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
The park has been extremely busy. I am glad Lucas was still able to find ways to make your experience a good one and provide your group with the quality time to enjoy it.

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