Viator Exclusive Tour - Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 to 12 hours
  • 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

08:20 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • Each tour guide provides an unique experience. NO tour is the same. The days itinerary is dictated by the guide. The schedule is based off the guides experience with weather conditions and what is accessible in the park the day of your tour. Your tour guide will provide you with an outline of the day upon pick up.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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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Great toup and even greater guide!
Yao_L, Sep 2023
I went to this trip by myself. Our trip driver and guide is James, who is very nice, professional, and responsible person that knows his work and the story about Seattle and Mt. Rainier very well. He remembered all people's name and took great pictures for us. He definitely made my trip much more easy and satified. He is very caring and has good music taste. Would recommend to my friends about this trip and James.
Great tour with a top notch guide
Tara_V, Sep 2023
Lucas was an incredible guide. We enjoyed his stories and the fact that he made an effort to make the tour the best it could be (as opposed to following a script). The scenery speaks for itself. I’d highly recommend this tour and, if you are lucky, you will have Lucas as your guide.
Beautiful Day Trip
Rita_P, Sep 2023
The different waterfalls are all awesome. Due to the rain, there's some challenge going through the trails but Cory, the tour guide, gave us enough time. Cory provided good information and also helped with taking pictures.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
The weather can make the tour challenging but it's great to know Cory was able to maneuver through it and still provide a great time. Thank you for touring with us.
Beata_W, Sep 2023
This was very good trip. We have many great stops. Our tour guy was great. He informed us to buy lunch before we entered the park and had cooler and water for us.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for providing us with a review.
Lovely adventure!
Shaylee_W, Sep 2023
Joe was a GREAT guide! So funny and had lots of interesting facts about the Seattle and Mt Rainier area. He made plenty of stops for us to take pics on our way to the mountain. We had about two hours to ourselves to explore, but it was raining hard on the mountain so we hung out in the lodge which was fine bc there was lots to do there as well. The only downside was how long the drive there and back was (probably about 5 hours driving total) but that’s no fault of the tour obviously :) Beautiful!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with us. Yes you are right it is a long day including driving time. We are happy to hear even with the wet day you were able to still have a good time with Joe.
Amazing experience
Abigail_D, Sep 2023
The tour amazing with lots of different stops to hike and learn more about the park, the guide cory was very funny and considerate with all of the group, I totally recommand!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for recommending our Mt. Rainier Tour guided by Cory.
Worth the time and investment towards an exciting adventure.
William_W, Sep 2023
It was an excellent tour of the area of Mt. Rainer, towards Paradise. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your review!
Very good and fun!
Graciela_B, Sep 2023
There was really good! Joe, our guide, did an amazing job! I was expecting to be more hikes but at the end there was only one and it was enough! Me and my teen daughter really enjoyed the tour!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with Joe. Even though you had expected longer we are glad the hiking time provided (normally 60-90 minutes) was enough for your family. We appreciate your review.
Amazing park. Amazingly bad tour narration.
Emily_S, Sep 2023
It's difficult to choose a rating for this experience. The beauty of the park surpassed everything, even on a cloudy drizzling day with limited views of the peak. However, I was incredibly disappointed and bothered by the narrated tour. Our tour guide, Lucas, was friendly and is an excellent driver. He spoke to us through a headset the entire time we were on the bus, except for some much-needed quiet time on the way back. As we were taking a narrated tour to and through a national park, I expected that we would learn about the history of the area and some geological facts. Unfortunately, 80% of what we heard consisted of personal facts about Lucas, including his family, his entire job history, his views of public education and government contractors, and his plans for how he wants to spend his free time before the season ends. To be subjected to this as a captive audience was unprofessional, disappointing and uncomfortable.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your feedback regarding what was narrated on your particular tour. Normally facts and history is provided by each of our tour guides. I am sorry to hear this day was different. We will discuss with our guide. We appreciate your details and taking the time to tour with us.
Excellent experience
katiekhebert, Sep 2023
This was a great experience! I learned a lot about Mt Tacoma (Rainier) and met some great people! My guide, Lucas, was very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with Lucas. We really appreciate your review.
God’s beautiful workmanship!
Will_L, Sep 2023
The different breath taking views of Mt. Rainier! Your driver Lucas was very knowledgeable as to the different locations for memorable views.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
We are happy that Lucas was able to make your time at Mt. Rainier very memorable. We appreciate you touring with us.
Amazing day at Mount Rainier with Lucas!
Jeffrey_S, Sep 2023
Mount Rainier views were spectacular along with a great guide Lucas. Spotted alot of wild life and enjoyed a great picnic lunch with friends and family.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for providing Lucas with a review and touring with us. Greatly appreciated.
Wonderful tour!
Vanessa_J, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was very cool and made the experience fun and entertaining. It was a foggy day so we did not get to see the mountain but being at the park was amazing regardless. I got to see such beautiful views and wildlife.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Even though the weather did not cooperate with your group I am glad you still had a great time. Thank you for touring with us.
Jawed_H, Sep 2023
The guide Mr. Joe is superb! We were totally enjoyed the journey…the bus right de was smooth & comfortable
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with us. We are glad you enjoyed the comfort of our bus and tour guide Joe.
Enjoyable day to Mount Rainier
gailgirl2000, Sep 2023
Joe, the tour guide really made the trip enjoyable. He had a lot of information and knowledge to share on the road trip.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with Joe. We appreciate your review.
Very good experience
Peggy_M, Sep 2023
James was very nice and knowledgeable. Great to have someone else do the driving and pick you up at the hotel. Great scenery and good value. Would recommend this trip.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for recommending and trusting us to take you around Mt. Rainier. We appreciate you providing James with a review.
Beautiful tour!!
Cheryl_S, Sep 2023
Lucas was an excellent tour guide and shared a lot of information about Mt. Rainier National Park and the surrounding area!! We stopped at several places in the park. We were fortunate that it was a beautiful sunny day and saw the mountain in all its majesty!! I highly recommend this tour!!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
That’s a wonderful treat when the weather cooperates! We are glad you enjoyed spending the day with Lucas exploring all Mt Rainier has to offer.
Highly Recommend!!
Jessica_G, Sep 2023
Had a fantastic tour with Lucas. I am usually a solo traveler, but I didn't have very much time on this trip to do my own research, so this was my first group tour. Lucas was knowledgeable, accommodating, and really made sure everyone in our group had a great time. We had children and elderly people on the trip, and at all stops, I feel like there was enough for all of us to do with any experience level. I feel like we saw more than I could have even asked for, and it was worth every penny and more. You won't regret booking!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for seeing the value and recommending our Mt Rainier tour! We are glad you saw Lucas be able to offer all ages and abilities levels things to do to make their experience great.
Awesome hiking tour!!!
Gregory_B, Sep 2023
our guide Lucas was awesome! The best guide that I had in my 50 years of travel! Saw amazing sites beautiful pictures at reflection lake and Mount Rainier.... loved the 🍋 lemon
Response from Host, Sep 2023
That’s a great compliment to Lucas! Thank you for your review and touring with us!
Best day ever.
Elodia_S, Sep 2023
Our tour guide Lucas was amazing. He was very informative about all the sounding areas. He gave us choices on every trail, as to easy to more difficult ways around the sights. He stop at beautiful water Falls. He gave us a nice snack. He told funny stories. My daughter and I had a great day. I will recommend him again. My daughter made it 6800 ft.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for touring with us and recommending our Mt Rainier tour guided by Lucas.

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