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From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

1. From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

Visit Mount Rainier with a professional tour guide and discover all that this national park has to offer on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, hop in a comfortable 22-passenger minibus with large windows, high back seats, and air-conditioning and head straight to the park. Experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and thundering waterfalls on this tour of glacier-clad Mt. Rainier. Hike and walk a little, a lot, or not at all: there are options for all abilities. Enjoy lunch at a Mount Rainier café or buy a picnic lunch along the way. Visit the interpretive center at Paradise to learn even more about the mountain’s glaciers, plants, and animals. Return to Seattle through pastoral farmlands and memorable Pacific Northwest scenery. Make a final stop at Wapiti Woolies and try the famous huckleberry ice cream.

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Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

2. Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

Located about 75 miles southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park sits between the jagged Olympic Mountains and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range. The mountain is an active volcano, encased in 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and covered in a stunning carpet of wildflowers. After the drive to the park by luxury Mercedes van, you will soon be entranced by the beauty of the glorious landscape, which soars to heights of over 14,000 feet. Remember to take your binoculars to spot birds and wildlife, such as marmots, coyotes, elk, and black bears. Breathe in that clear air as you take in the sounds and scents of the forests and lakes. Your naturalist guide will lead you on a walk or snowshoe of the Nisqually Vista Trail. If you fancy something a little more challenging, then don’t be afraid to ask. Groups are kept small to allow for maximum service and a truly tailored experience. There will be time to pause for a lunch of delicious local, seasonal produce and wine. Back on the walk, enjoy views of waterfalls, river valleys and even glaciers. You will end the day with a descent down the road to the park’s roots at Longmire. Keep your eyes peeled for deer in the meadow as they make their late afternoon trek to the river’s edge.

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Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

3. Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting

Join a local nature and wine guide on a small-group trip. Enjoy a beautiful National Park hike with big views of Mt. Rainier, an organic picnic lunch outside, and wine tastings at beloved Northwestern wineries in the Yakima Valley. Take a 1.5 hour drive to Mt. Rainier for a 3-mile nature walk/hike, appropriate for most abilities. On a clear day the beautiful, hulking monolith can be seen from just about anywhere. At the height of summer, travelers and locals alike make pilgrimages to her flower-flanked trails for the relaxation, fresh air, and peace that only comes with a walk in a quiet, wild place. Along the way, your guide may even show you which plants are safe to nibble on. After an organic, gourmet picnic lunch in the outdoors, you will head towards Yakima Valley known for sunshine, and Italian, German, and Portuguese grapes. You'll visit two beloved, locally-owned vineyards in the Naches Heights. You might also visit Wilridge, Mill Lane, Fontaine, or Southward vineyards and wineries. After all of that, you'll be on your way back to Seattle by dinner time. Join this adventure in the Pacific Northwest, for a day tour to remember.

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Seattle: Private Mt. Rainier Tour with Gourmet Lunch

4. Seattle: Private Mt. Rainier Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Your tour will begin at 8:00AM as your guide picks your group up from a location of your choice in Seattle. You'll board your spacious passenger van and can relax as you watch the scenery transition to rustic farmland and forests on the 1.5-hour journey to the park. En route, you'll stop to stretch your legs, and will also enjoy a coffee and a snack. Once inside the park, dense old growth forests and rushing rivers surround you. As you gain elevation, you'll get your first panoramic views of Mt. Rainier's glacier clad flanks and 14,410-foot summit. Your guide will take you on a series of 4 to 6 nature walks, with each walk designed to give you opportunities to learn about a different aspect of the mountain’s natural history whilst taking in stunning surroundings. Your guide will also bring you to the best photo spots in the park and help you find wildlife. In the summer and fall its common to spot herds of elk, mountain goats, marmots, and black bears along the mountain slopes. Early spring tours will see the mountain’s alpine areas still in the midst of winter with thick blankets of snow still covering the upper two thirds of the mountain. Tours in July and August will be able to walk through Mt. Rainier's world-famous wildflower meadows and come face to face with some of the mountain's 25 major glaciers. Your guide will serve you a delicious catered lunch in the park, which will typically include a choice of steak, salmon, or chicken, with sides of vegetables, a fresh green salad, and dessert, along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. You’ll be able to place your order in advance according to your preferences. After about 6 hours in the park, you'll depart for Seattle where you will aim to return by 6:30PM, depending on traffic.

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What people are saying about Mount Rainier National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 51 reviews

I went on a couple hikes to see waterfalls and stopped at a lake. It was amazing to see everything. The one hour we had to ourselves was a little short to have lunch, gift shop and hike on our own, but it was doable based on choosing one of the shorter trails. There is quite a bit of steepness to each hike I participated in, so going downward was easier than upward back to the bus. So, you have to have some stamina and willingness to push through if you're not athletic like me. But, I had an awesome time and I loved all the views I saw. It was great meeting the people in my tour. I would definitely do it again.

Justin was very knowledgeable, engaging and fun to have as a tour guide. The dinner was delicious, we were fortunate enough to spot deer and a fox. It was an unforgettable experience.

Fantastic! Lindsay at Evergreen Escapes made the trip so fun for us. Weather was perfect. Lunch was delish! Definitely recommend this day trip to get out of the city.

Everything was perfect with this tour! I also met some awesome people!

Great experience! Our Tour Guide, John was very informative.