Viator Exclusive Tour - Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

Seattle, United States

From USD 171.29

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 to 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 am

Pickup details

*****YOUR PICK UP TIME BEGINS SOONER THAN 8 AM.***** Please contact Customized Tours to confirm your selected hotel location is within our pickup zone to receive a accurate pickup time.

What To Expect

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.

Alder Lake Park (Pass By)

Mount Rainier

6 hours Admission Ticket Included

Trail of the Shadows

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Christine Falls Viewpoint

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Paradise Valley

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Reflection Lakes

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Longmire Museum

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Narada Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • It is recommended to dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes (waterproof hiking shoes preferred, in winter boots are best). In Nov – Jun, please dress for snowy conditions. Bring a pair of extra socks
  • 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. 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. No refunds will be offered unless the park is closed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Tour was very well organized. The small group experience was perfect. Spectacular scenery despite not so perfect weather. James our tour guide was excellent and very accommodating. We even had a opportunity to try snowshoes when we were in paradise. We would recommend this tour to anyone that had a free day in Seattle.


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Mount Rainier Tour
sjm0923, May 2023
Our guide, Jasper was knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining!, He went above and beyond to make our experience the best!! He kept us entertained and engaged the entire tour. He made sure he took us to the best places to take photos. I would highly recommend this tour and our guide!,,
Spectacular views...
Stephen_S, May 2023
Spectacular views throughout the whole trip. Cory was an excellent guide. We were not rushed and he was fun and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.
Sit back, relax, they’ve got everything you need for a good time and great views!
Ursula_W, May 2023
From the start of the tour at pick up to the drop off in the evening we enjoyed ourselves. Everything played out as planned down to the pick up places and times. There was plenty of time to rest between stops, the driver “Joe” kept us informed of what to expect and was a great communicator. There was never a dull moment. The sights on the trip were breathtaking and it was so worth it to pay for this excursion and be able to trust the staff to know what we needed, where to go, historical information, the best stops and views. We just had to sit back and enjoy!
Mt. Rainier
Marcela_A, May 2023
We were very lucky and got an amazing weather, we were able to enjoy Mt. Rainer National Park. We did some hiking, enjoyed the amazing views, snow shoe for the first time ever. James, our tour guide, was so nice, gave excelente advice regarding food and clothing layering. He took us to the nicest places and took a lot of our pictures. I would 100% recommend the tour. It is a little expensive, but it is very worth it.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you so much for touring with us, sharing your experience with James. We appreciate you seeing the value in pricing and recommending to others.
Great trip, beautiful...
Shuqing_Z, May 2023
Great trip, beautiful mountain view, small group, good professional guide. Have a happy wonderful tour and get a enjoy memory.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for touring with us and providing a review. We appreciate it.
Best day trip ever!
Abhilash_A, May 2023
Fantastic! One of the best experiences I've had. Don did an amazing job as a tour guide. Made the entire trip fun and gave very interesting insights into the history of the place. And luckily for us the weather was great so we got to see Mt. Rainier in it's full majestic glory! Would definitely recommend this trip and a big shout out to Don for being an awesome tour guide! Cheers 🍻
Response from Host, May 2023
Cheers to you! Thank you so much for touring with us. We really appreciate you providing Don with such a great review.
Amazing tour guide and experience!
Micaela_D, May 2023
We booked the Mt. Rainier Tour as we spent a couple days in Seattle before boarding for a Memorial Day cruise. The pickup time was exactly as expected and we were warmly greeted by our AMAZING tour guide Jasper. He was excellent throughout the tour, offering great insight into what Seattle is all about. During the hiking and sight seeing stops in Mt. Rainier, Jasper offered to take our picture multiple times, was patient, and understanding the entire time as we were a very large group. Jasper shared his favorite spots with us and gave us the most detailed and excellent tour referencing the importance of preservation of Seattle’s environment/nature. He even recommended the most amazing Japanese restaurant to try in Capitol Hill upon our timely return and it did not disappoint! The whole experience flew by and never felt like a drag. 100% recommend this tour and if you can ask for Jasper you won’t regret it.
Response from Host, May 2023
I feel your excitement in how much fun you had. We are so thankful for your review of our tour guided by Jasper. We appreciate your recommendations to others and confirming that Jaspers suggestions were perfect!
Mt Rainier ♥️
Erin_C, May 2023
What an amazing trip and our tour guide, Don, went above all expectations! He was accommodating, fun, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this trip.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you so much for recommending our Mt. Rainier Tour guided by Don. We are glad you enjoyed it.
Day trip to Mount Rainer
Daniel_N, May 2023
Wonderful trip to Mount Rainer. The day was overcast and it snowed a little. Love seeing the snow as we are from Georgia. The scenery was amazing. Joe was an excellent guide. He provided great insight and information about the park. A must do when visiting Seattle area.
Response from Host, May 2023
Welcome to Seattle from Georgia. We are glad you were able to enjoy our tour guided by Joe. We appreciate you touring with us and providing him with a review.
Indrani_M, May 2023
Our tour guide Jasper was amazing. He took us to all the spots, told us the history behind every place. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun for us.
Response from Host, May 2023
We are glad you had a very fun day touring and learning the history that Jasper provided. Thank you for sharing your experience and touring with us.
Definitely a must when in Seattle
Angeline_A, May 2023
This tour is worth every dollar! It was such an amazing break from the busy city of Seattle. Our tour guide Lucas was amazing too. He had so much interesting facts and entertaining stories! Not a dull moment in this tour. We were offered a choice between a hike or snowshoeing. I chose the hike and it was 1000% an amazing experience. One of my favorite hikes ever. I’d say though that the hike we did isn’t for beginners but I’m pretty sure he can gage it based on his current attendees. Our hiking group was pretty experienced, that’s why. We saw so many beautiful scenic spots, amazing views of Mt. Rainier, and wonderful viewpoints of waterfalls. We also had reallyyy good blackberry pie!!
Response from Host, May 2023
We are so glad you see the value in our pricing and felt it was well worth it! Thank you for sharing your experience and giving Lucas a review.
Nice tour
ArathiJayarama_S, May 2023
Enjoyed our tour to Mt. Rainier. We were able to clearly see Rainier from Paradise point though it was not very sunny.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for your review. We are glad you were still able to see Rainier on a less sunny day.
Great Experience
Teagan_C, May 2023
The trip was a great experience! Our tour guide Lucas did a great job, had great stories, made sure we were taken care of, and let us stop for pie at the end of the day. 10/10 would recommend booking this tour.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience and providing Lucas with a review. We greatly appreciate it.
Enjoyable tour
Sandra_Y, May 2023
Great , knowledgeable tour guide seats on bus crowded no leg room. Good stops had great views . Enjoyed company of other travelers
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for touring with us. Sorry you did not have enough leg room. We do not max out our seats on the larger buses, but we will make sure they are filled up. We appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed your time with your guide and other travelers.
Mt. Rainer Day Trip!
Mark_S, May 2023
Awesome views throughout the park! ‘Jasper’ out guide and driver knew many of the coolest spots we may have missed on our own. Highly recommend taking this tour. Exceptional!
Response from Host, May 2023
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day spend with Jasper. Thank you for the review and recommending to others!
Highlight of our trip
Thomas_M, May 2023
This was definitely the highlight of our Seattle trip. Our tour guide Lucas was top notch, very informative, great stories and took amazing pictures for us. He really knows his way around the park. If I am ever back in Seattle I would love to do this tour again, hopefully with Lucas as well.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you so much for touring with us and providing Lucas with a review. We hope you can visit us again!
A great day!
Carrie_F, May 2023
Just getting to see all the glorious scenery that nature has provided. Cory did a good job balancing all the personalities and abilities of the folks from around the world whom we traveled with.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for touring with us and providing Cory with a review. Please let us know if there was something that could have been done better to of received a 5*.
Had a great day visiting...
Elizabeth_A, May 2023
Had a great day visiting Mt Rainier National Park. There were so many beautiful stops and our guide Don was very knowledgable and friendly. He was prepared with water for us and we got to stop at Fred Meyer's at the beginning of the day to get food/drinks for the day. Even in May I definitely would recommend hiking boots/waterproof shoes with good grip. This was definitely the way to visit Mt Rainier and I would highly recommend this tour!!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you so much for touring with us and providing Don with a review. We are glad you enjoyed your time, we appreciate your suggestions for others and your recommendations!
Brilliant Tour !!!!
Eeshani_M, May 2023
Everything was brilliant and Joe is just superb. He was funny, witty, knowledgeable. It’s a must trip for anyone visiting Seattle
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for touring with us and providing Joe with a review. We appreciate you recommending to others too!
A nice pre-cruise activity
Saribel_M, May 2023
Our tour guide was Joe. We really liked the tour, it was provided by Customized Tours and Charters. This is a sightseeing tour, not a hiking tour. If your looking to hike this is not for you. This tour takes you to different sites within the park where you can take pictures and learn about the area. In the morning there was a lot of fog, but by 2pm it started to clear a little bit. Joe made sure we were able to see again the areas that were previously inmersed in fog. My son was able to see and play in the snow and thanks to Joe have his Junior Ranger badge. We went in May and layering was key as the higher we went through the mountain the more cold it got. Waterproof hiking boots were a good choice as there was still a lot of snow in Paradise. Memories were made in this trip and we will cherish it forever.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for touring with us and providing Joe with a review. You should be given hiking options however it also depends on the tour guide and weather as to what those options are for the day. We are glad you and your son had a good time and have memories forever. We appreciate you touring with us!

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