Embark on a day-long escapade to the enchanting wonderland that is Mount Rainier National Park—a pristine sanctuary of nature's grandeur. Your adventure begins with the convenience of a hotel pickup in Seattle or near SeaTac Airport, setting the stage for a journey that promises a symphony of breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable experiences.
As you traverse the scenic route, the bus graces Alder Lake Park and the charming town of Eatonville at the foothills of Mount Rainier. Your first pause unfolds at a full-service grocery store, a pitstop brimming with possibilities. Here, you can purchase an assortment from the deli, savor the aroma of fresh coffee, and secure any necessities for the day ahead. The guides, with their thoughtful touch, provide a cooler on the bus, ensuring your purchases stay refreshingly chilled throughout the expedition. For those feeling the culinary muse, bringing a homemade lunch is not only welcomed but encouraged.
The tour unfolds like a curated narrative, with stops at key points of interest. Longmire, nestled at the southwest corner of the park, invites exploration of its museum and the historic National Park Inn. Be sure to stop in the delightful gift shop to purchase any souvenirs you may want to remember this adventure with. Prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic Christine Falls, where a signature bridge frames nature's masterpiece. A leisurely stroll along the Nisqually River leads you to the awe-inspiring Narada Falls, a towering cascade standing proud at 188 feet—taller than even Niagara Falls.
However, the pinnacle event of the day awaits at Paradise, a lofty vantage point sitting 5,400 feet above sea level. Be captivated by the panoramic views, keeping a keen eye for the elusive wildlife that may grace the mountainous terrain. In winter, thrill-seekers can opt for a snowshoe or sled adventure, weather permitting. Meanwhile, summer unveils the beauty of Reflection Lake, offering an iconic reflection of Mount Rainier that's nothing short of stunning. Don't forget your camera, for every moment promises to be a snapshot of natural splendor.
The tour is a testament to the dynamic nature of Mount Rainier, where seasons, weather, and elevation converge to shape a kaleidoscope of experiences. Snow-free by July, Paradise becomes a haven for alpine flowers shortly after. Yet, the enigmatic Mount Rainier itself may choose to play hide-and-seek behind clouds, adding an element of mystery to the landscape. If your journey falls on weekdays from mid-October to April, be prepared for limited food services within the National Park.
A feast for the senses, this day-long tour promises an immersion into the wonders of Mount Rainier National Park that will linger in your memory for years to come. For more information including a direct link to the live webcams on Mt Rainier, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm
Traveling in a group of 7 or more? Consider booking this trip as a private tour.
Year-round weather permitting
Stops at Jackson Visitor Center, Longmire Visitor Center, and Narada Falls
Seen on this Tour
- Mt Rainier
- Glacial Moraines
- Reflection Lake
- Christine Falls
- Rural Countryside
- Scenic Waterfalls
Things to know before you go
- Hotel pickup: We pick up at most major hotels in Downtown Seattle and some in SeaTac. When booking, if your hotel is not listed, a general location closest to your hotel will be given.
- What’s Included: Transportation, pick up and drop off, professional, knowledgeable tour guide and water provided.
- What’s Excluded: Meals are not provided; be sure to bring a sack lunch or money to purchase food/snacks. There will be a stop at a full service grocery store on the way. Gratuity is not included but appreciated and graciously accepted.
- Additional Information: Bring a jacket, since even in summer Paradise can be cool and often breezy. If you plan on hiking, we suggest you wear water-resistant hiking boots. We allow ample stops for you to photograph the awe-inspiring scenery around you, so do not forget your camera! Snow and animals are seasonal, and their abundance may vary. Your guide’s route may vary based on weather and road conditions and he will make necessary changes to enhance your Mt. Rainier tour experience. During the wintertime snowshoeing and sledding are available if conditions allow.
- 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. We suggest wearing waterproof boots and also bring an extra pair of socks.
- The tour is subject to weather conditions and park closures. PLEASE NOTE: You are taking a risk during the winter months. The tour route and itinerary will vary depending on the weather conditions and road closures. No refunds will be offered unless the park is closed.
- 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. On weekdays when the Visitor Center is closed, our tour will still visit Paradise if road conditions allow.
- Not wheelchair accessible.
- Cancellation policy: In order to receive a refund, reservation must be cancelled by guest at least 24 hours prior to your departure date.