Old Growth Forests, Glaciers, Alpine Meadows
Length 9.5 Hours | Time 07:30-17:00 | Group Size 4 to 10 Guests
USD $169/Adult | USD $135/Child
Don't bring a crowd with you to Mt. Rainier! On this full day small group tour, our dedicated guide will share Washington's most stunning natural scenery with you. Enjoy premium service, door-to-door transportation in a high-roof extended length passenger van, a gourmet lunch, and selected hot and cold beverages. Group size is limited to just 4-10 guests per day. Your guide will select the best parts of the Park to explore each day based on the season and weather. Leave the guesswork out of your trip to Mt. Rainier!
Your Experience with Us
Exclusive Mt. Rainier Tour Experience
Spend a full day with a dedicated guide amidst Washington’s most stunning scenery. Enjoy premium service, door-to-door transport and leave the guesswork out of your trip to Mt. Rainier.
Each tour is exclusively limited to just 4 to 10 guests per day. When you’re searching out natural beauty and serenity, don’t bring the crowd with you! Many tour operators bring bus loads of up to 50 guests at a time to Mt. Rainier. Not us!
Full Time Guided Experience
Learn about Mt. Rainier’s natural history throughout the day from your full time guide. From the mountain’s violent geologic past to the story of how its glaciers form and move over the landscape, your guide will put your visit to Mt. Rainier in a broader context. Don’t just come to marvel at the landscape, come away from your tour with more knowledge.
Gourmet Food Included
No cold, dry sandwiches here! All guests joining this tour will be provided a delicious lunch in the park around midday. Meals typically include a selection of either chicken, steak or grilled fish along with a green salad and dessert. A selection of hot beverages along with still and sparkling water are available throughout the day.
Private Ground Transport
All guests are provided with door-to-door round trip transportation between Seattle and Mt. Rainier. All entrance fees to the National Park are also included in the tour price. Pick-up service is provided to most hotels in the downtown Seattle area. Please see our service area map below for details and contact us with any questions about how to join this tour.
See and experience more of the incredible Mt. Rainier, Washington’s favorite National Park, in just a single day from Seattle.
Your guide will select the best spots of the park for your tour based on the season and expected weather.
Journey to the Mountain
At approximately 7:30am your guide for the day will pick you up at your downtown Seattle hotel or preferred location in the area. You'll board our spacious high-roof extended length passenger vehiclefor the ride south to Mt. Rainier National Park. As we approach the park, Mt. Rainier will periodically come into view on clear days. You'll enjoy the scenery of the rustic farmland and lowland old growth forests will that surround the mountain as we get closer. During the journey, your guide will share background information about the park itself as well as the area's natural history to put your visit to Mt. Rainier in a broader context of the Pacific Northwest's geologic past. After entering the park, we'll begin to gain elevation and you'll get your first panoramic views of Mt. Rainier's glacier clad flanks and summit that towers above us at 14,411 ft.
In-Depth Ground Tour Hike
On the way up the mountain, we'll make stops to stretch our legs and breath in our surroundings in an old growth forest of towering trees that have stood for over 800 years. We'll take in plunging waterfalls and rivers fed by glacial run-off heavy with silt, shaping the landscape before our eyes. The highest elevation your tour will reach will be between 5,400 and 6,400 ft. At these heights, you'll be surrounded by the mountain's sub-alpine splendor. Early spring tours will see the mountain still in the midst of winter at these elevations with snow several feet high at the side of the road. Summer tours in July and August will be able to walk through Mt. Rainier's famous expanses of wildflower meadows, and after a short hike, come face to face with some of the mountain's 25 major glaciers--the most of any peak in the US outside of Alaska. Your full time guide will be with you throughout your journey at Mt. Rainier. You'll learn about the mountain's cycle of seasons, how its glaciers formed, how they are continually changing the landscape today, and what's in store for the mountain's future.
Delicious Catered Lunch Included
Around midday, your guide will serve you a delicious catered lunch in the park. No cold, dry sandwiches and bag of chips here! Lunches typically include a selection of steak, salmon, or chicken skewers with sides of vegetables, a fresh green salad, and dessert along with a selection of hot and cold beverages. We happily make meal arrangements for vegetarians, vegans or any other dietary requirements with advanced notice. After about 5 to 6 hours spent within the park, it will be time to head back toward Seattle.
On the way back to Seattle, we'll have a rest stop where you can choose to buy a late afternoon coffee or indulge in some delicious handmade ice cream--almost worth the trip itself! Once back in Seattle, your guide will drop you off at your preferred location in downtown.
This tour begins at approximately 7:30am with pick-up from your hotel in downtown Seattle. If you’re not staying within the pick-up area, please arrange to meet us at the Sheraton Seattle (1400 6th Ave.). Your individual pick-up time may slightly vary due to traffic or other pick-up stops on the day of your tour. Your guide will contact you two days prior to your scheduled tour date to confirm your pick-up time and location. Your tour will conclude at approximately 5:00pm in the evening when you are dropped off back at your hotel in downtown Seattle. Hotel pick-up service is provided within the green marked pick-up area in the map below.