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Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

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

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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
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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

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
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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  • "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
  • "Being in a small group (13p) makes it easy to follow up on request." See review
  • "Its a long day and there are some small hikes but worth it." See review

Reviews

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Mount Rainier
Zach
, Nov 2020
Our tour guide, Lucas, gave us an experience that we will always remember. Even though our party was small, Lucas made the experience much more lively by asking us what we wanted to do and when. He took the extra step by looking ahead at the weather to make sure we were able to see the mountain, and he timed it all right on the dot. After the mountain, Lucas showed us around the mountain at various landmarks, where he was able to not only provide the information about the landmark but also history to tie to it's significance. Make sure you listen to him if you get him as your tour guide. He not only makes good suggestions about the gear you need, but some movies too!
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Best tour ever!
Evelin_C
, Nov 2020
Wow this was one of my favorite experiences while visiting Seattle. Mt Rainier was absolutely beautiful and this tour was worth every penny! Lucas was the best tour guide I have ever had! He was very flexible, very knowledgeable and had a great positive attitude! I traveled solo and would recommend this to solo travelers! We stopped at Fred Meyers prior to heading to Mt Rainier and you are able to buy snacks or food items for the day but you can also bring your own snacks and lunch, which is what I did. I also recommend bringing hiking shoes when traveling in the winter time. I did not have hiking shoes but thankfully Fred Meyers had some great options and I bought some there. I don’t think I would have explored as much as I did without the hiking shoes because it can be very slippery with the snow. Totally recommend this tour to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for sharing your experience and recommendations for others to read. We appreciate your review.
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Lucas is an excellent tour guide! Kudos!
Meeks_Family
, Nov 2020
Lucas provided an excellent experience for my family on our day trip to Mt. Rainier! Lucas was not only informative, he showed excellent care for his passengers. As a family from the Midwest, we knew very little about the Northwestern region. We feel well informed acclimated after our day with Lucas. We also appreciated how Lucas showed concerned for his passengers as they ventured to the mountain and back. He ensured that everyone was safe and looked after. Lucas was a joy to be around. The mountain was beautiful, but the entire was a great experience because of Lucas' willingness to go above and beyond throughout the day.
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Thank you for sharing your touring experience with Lucas. We appreciate your review.
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Could have been better
Sabrina_L
, Nov 2020
I think the experience was nice but the weather was not welcoming and our tour guide left me and 2 others behind on the trail and we couldn't find them so we walked back to the bus without ever making it to the falls. Was a little disappointing but okay overall.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
It is unfortunate when the weather does not cooperate as we hope it can definitely change the guides itinerary. Even without knowing the situation I do apologize for what you are saying took place. I would like to hear more as to what happened on your tour. Please contact our office to discuss further.
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star-5
Highlight of my trip
Leandro_F
, Nov 2020
Great experience! Lucas was my tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating with everyone in the group. The road to paradise was close so we had to improvise by doing a hike to the falls. Now that was the highlight of my entire trip. That was such a great experience and the snow falling over us was just a dream come true. Im glad lucas was there to guide us, hes experience really showed during the hike. I highly recommend doing a tour with him.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for reviewing and recommending Lucas. I am glad he was able to make your tour a amazing experience even with the last minute changes in itinerary due to the weather conditions.
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breathtaking experience
dana_su
, Nov 2020
Haven’t had a chance to see the snow for a long time and it was the best experience hiking at mt. Rainier in the winter time. Highly recommended for solo travelers
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for telling others about your experience as a solo traveler and recommending our Mt. Rainier Tour.
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Winter wonderland
Jeremy_Edwards
, Nov 2020
I only expectated to get a decent hike and a couple great images of Mt. Rainier. What I got instead was the best tour i've ever had. Because I wasnt close to any of the pick up locations listed, I was able to call and get a pickup location that worked for the tour guide and myself. Lucas was our tour guide. He was overwhelmingly knowledgeable and personable. He was very engaging on our bus ride to Rainier which made the trip feel short. We stopped to a grocery store on our way for any goodies we may want/need during our tour. Lucas kept safety first. He was able to balance everyones needs and levels of ability during the hikes. He's very patient and will do whats best for the group. Though we were unable to see the moutain due to cloud cover, He put our group in positions to get some of the best imagery ive ever seen. It was more like a winter wonderland with beautiful waterfalls, frozen lakes, glaciers all around. If youre touring during the winter months, be absolutely sure to bring layers of clothing and shoes that are water resistant, that has good grip and that are comfortable (preferably a hiking shoe). Things can get pretty slippery around there. I recommend scheduling your tour with Lucas. I'll definitely be bringing my family and friends back next year to get that one of kind touring experience. This is an extremely amazing tour for the money. It exceeded expectations.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for such a awesome review of our Mt. Rainier Tour and Lucas!
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Lucas was great
Gary_H
, Nov 2020
Lucas was a Great and knowledgeable tour guide. He had interesting stories and was very friendly. We only had a group of 3, and were very appreciative that it wasn’t canceled.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
We appreciate your review. I am glad you enjoyed your intimate group setting. There are occasions due to last minute guest changes our minimum capacity has not been met and management may still allow a tour to run.
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star-5
Worth every penny!
Serena_P
, Nov 2020
Phenomenal experience from start to finish! Lucas personalized the hike for the group's ability level. And honestly, the company did not have to run the tour for only 3 people, but this company cares about their people and their livelihood. Lucas shared wonderful stories. He was polite, considerate and a joy to hang out with for a very full day. He even stopped on the way back at a local spot so we could devour the best homemade berry pie ever!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review. We are not always able to run tours below our minimum requirements but glad we could for this specific day. We appreciate your kind words and seeing that we do care about our guests experiences and tour guides livelihood.
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Mount Ranier on a clear day
Kathleen_M
, Oct 2020
Had a great trip. Guide was knowledgeable. Kept is on schedule. Told us about the history of the area. Stopped for food and bathroom breaks. Great trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
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