Enjoy a fun-filled, day-long tour of the breathtakingly-beautiful wonderland that is Mount Rainier National Park.
The tour of Mt. Rainier will delight you with its vast expanses of pristine old-growth evergreen forests, gorgeous subalpine flower meadows and spectacular alpine vistas. Our nation’s fifth-oldest national park features magnificent rivers, mountain lakes, waterfalls and wildlife, and boasts the greatest single-peak glacial system in the United States. Glaciers radiate from the summit of the 14,411-foot inactive volcano, many of which are visible from your tour.
This Mt Rainier day trip begins with a convenient hotel pickup in Seattle or near the SeaTac Airport. Your first stop will be at a full service grocery store that contains a deli, coffee stand and bathrooms. Here you may purchase any food or drink items needed for the day. The guides usually have a cooler on the bus that you may keep your items in to keep them cold for the day. If local, you are more than welcome to bring your own sack lunch to enjoy. 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. 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.
The seasons, weather, and elevation partially determine what you’ll see on your tour. Paradise is usually snow-free by July, with alpine flowers appearing shortly thereafter. Mount Rainier itself may be shrouded in clouds at any time of year. During the weekdays, mid October-April, there are limited food services available in the National Park. The Visitor Center concession areas do offer some limited food items during the peek season and there are some snack items located in the gift shop at Longmire.
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.
November - April (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
May - October, 7 days a week
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. 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. We suggest wearing waterproof boots and also bring an extra pair of socks. The tour is subject to weather conditions and park closures. We need a minimum of 6 reservations in order to operate the tour.
- Cancellation policy: In order to receive a refund, reservation must be cancelled by guest at least 24 hours prior to your departure date.