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Mt. Rainier National Park Tours

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One of the oldest national parks in the United States, Mt. Rainier National Park was established in 1899 to preserve the wilderness surrounding Mount Rainier, an active volcano standing 14,410 feet (4,392 meters) above sea level. Encompassing 369 square miles (956 square kilometers) of old-growth forests and other protected land, it’s a must-do for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The park draws locals from Seattle and visitors from around the globe who come to hike among wildflowers meadows, take in the glacial scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and spot wildlife such as elk, black bears, and mountain goats.

The Basics
The park is often visited on a day trip from Seattle; it’s about two hours by road each way. Private, group, and small-group tours typically include trips to the park visitor center, scenic lookouts for viewing attractions such as Christine Falls, and additional locations for photo ops of Mount Rainier and other sights. Camping and lodging can be found inside and outside the park for those who want stay overnight. The entrance fee is charged per vehicle, unless you walk or bike in, in which case the charge is per person.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Day trips from Seattle typically last about 10 hours, so prepare for a long day.
  • The Longmire, Sunrise, and Paradise areas of the park offer visitor information, special permits, gift shops, dining, and other services.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; even if you’re not planning to hike, you’ll likely take short walks to reach viewpoints.
  • Pets are allowed in limited areas but must be on a leash.
  • Helmets are required when biking.
  • There is no gas available in the park, but gas stations can be found in nearby towns.
 
How to Get There
The park is located in southwest Washington, less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Seattle. Of the four entrances (Carbon River, Nisqually, Stevens Canyon, and White River), Nisqually is the most popular with the easiest access to facilities and trailheads.  

When to Get There
The park is open year-round, but some areas close in October or November for winter and spring, including Sunrise, White River, Ohanapecosh, Stevens Canyon Road, and State Routes 410 and 123. July and August are the busiest months, when wildflowers bloom, waterfalls flow, and the hiking trails are the most accessible.
 
Exploring Longmire
If you only have the time or desire to visit one area of the park, make it Longmire, accessed from the Nisqually entrance. A national historic district, it’s home to the Longmire Museum, the Wilderness Information Center, and the National Park Inn. Scenic attractions accessible from Longmire include Christine Falls, Glacier Bridge, Narada Falls Trail, and Ricksecker Point Road, which offers views of Mount Rainier.
Address: 55210 238th Avenue East, Ashford 98304, USA
Hours: Daily
Admission: $25 per vehicle or $10 per individual
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt. Rainier National Park

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Mt. Rainier Day Trip from SeattleDay Trips

Mt. Rainier Day Trip from Seattle

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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.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Best of Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group TourDay Trips

Best of Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour

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Discover Mt. Rainer National Park’s highlights on an all-inclusive, small-group full-day tour from Seattle. Explore wildflower meadows, alpine vistas, and waterfalls on foot as you enjoy magnificent views on a guided hike, or snowshoe trek, of Washington State’s highest mountain. Savor a delicious breakfast of pastries, fruit, and tea and coffee, an organic lunch with wine, and refreshments throughout your experience. Pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Private Mt Rainier National Park Day Trip from SeattleDay Trips

Private Mt Rainier National Park Day Trip from Seattle

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Calling all lovers of America’s distinctive natural landscapes, this private 10-hour excursion to Mt. Rainier National Park is for you. Departing Seattle, you’ll explore the Paradise area of the park, home to the Jackson Visitor Center and Reflection Lake. Plus, you’ll marvel at Narada Falls — taller than Niagara Falls — and enjoy a picnic lunch at an optimum vantage point. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Seattle are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
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Mount Rainier National Park Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with LunchDay Trips

Mount Rainier National Park Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

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The snow-capped mountains and wildflower meadows of the Mount Rainier National Park lie just a 1.5-hour drive south of Seattle. On this full-day tour, travel in the comfort of a luxury Mercedes van and benefit from a more personalized experience on a small-group tour. Enjoy a guided walk to Myrtle Fall, tuck into a delicious lunch of gourmet regional cuisine, and stop to admire natural wonders including Mount Rainier, Reflections Lake, and the Grove of the Patriarchs.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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Mt. Rainier Day Tour from SeattleDay Trips

Mt. Rainier Day Tour from Seattle

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While in Washington, take a day tour of Mt. Rainier National Park with complimentary hotel pickup from downtown Seattle. Watch an introduction slideshow to the park at the visitor center, and then journey into the natural region to see Christine Falls, Narada Falls, and Mt. Rainier. Experience the beauty of this nationally preserved outdoor area with help from a guide who knows the best ways around the park.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane TourAir Tours

20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour

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Explore the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, plus the city of Seattle and Puget Sound, on an exhilarating seaplane adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This narrated, small-group, hybrid air-water Seattle seaplane tour includes stunning bird’s-eye views of the Emerald City’s skyline, featuring the iconic Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel and much more. Also, see Lake Washington, the University of Washington, plus the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges along with majestic Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in the range.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
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1-Day Mount Rainier National Park Tour ( Seattle departure ) SR1Day Trips

1-Day Mount Rainier National Park Tour ( Seattle departure ) SR1

Walk through the North America first volcano within shortest time (the detail itinerary will change in winter)
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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  • 1 to 10 hours

Ultimate Mt. Rainier Tour from Seattle: Helicopter Flight & Alpine HikeDay Trips

Ultimate Mt. Rainier Tour from Seattle: Helicopter Flight & Alpine Hike

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Fly over Mount Rainier’s glaciers, old-growth forests, and snowfields on a dramatic tour from Seattle, combining a 35-minute helicopter flight, a guided, 4-hour hike, and a catered meal in Mount Rainier National Park. Exploring by air and on the ground means you can see far more of the massive volcano without hours on the road, and the super-small-group tour is limited to three guests for the ultimate in personalized service.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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 3-Day Seattle Olympic+Mount Rainier National Park tour(Seattle departure) APOR3Nature and Wildlife

3-Day Seattle Olympic+Mount Rainier National Park tour(Seattle departure) APOR3

1. Enjoy casual time during the trip 2. Enjoy the most famous snow mountain views at altitudes of 2,000 meters 3. Walk through the North America first volcano within shortest time (the detail itinerary will change in winter)
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Private Tour: Seattle HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City TourHalf-day Tours

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

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See Seattle like a local on a private shore excursion that takes in all the highlights of this famous Northwest city. While your ship is in port, take private transport to must-see locales such as the Chinatown-International District, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Queen Anne Hill. The 3-hour tour includes stops to explore Seattle’s food, shopping and entertainment. You can even get out to view Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the top of the Space Needle (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Mt. Rainier Private Tour Experience in SUVDay Trips

Mt. Rainier Private Tour Experience in SUV

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Visit Mount Rainier National Park on this full-day tour. See waterfalls, old-growth forests, flowering meadows, and wildlife in their natural habitat. This experience on Mount Rainier makes your expected stops — but also ventures off the beaten path, with fantastic views and vistas, waterfalls, and park grounds. Walk or don't walk, you get the option. This tour travels all the way around Mount Rainier, and the different landscapes are fantastic. Four stops for trail walks and/or waterfalls are included.  May, June and late Oct, may have snow at Paradise, roads will be clear, but may need to return same route, and we've added extra walks if this happens.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mount Rainier Tour from SeattleDay Trips

Mount Rainier Tour from Seattle

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Private tour for 2-5 guests. SUMMER: Visit Mount Rainier National Park on this full-day tour. See waterfalls, old-growth forests, flowering meadows, and wildlife in their natural habitat. This experience on Mount Rainier makes your expected stops — but also ventures off the beaten path, with fantastic views and vistas, waterfalls, and park grounds. This tour travels all the way around Mount Rainier, and the different landscapes are fantastic. Four stops for trail walks and/or waterfalls are included.  FALL AND WINTER: MAY HAVE SNOW!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Seattle Lakefront Mansion CruiseHalf-day Tours

Private Seattle Lakefront Mansion Cruise

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Revel in personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private Lake Union cruise. Sip a cocktail or soft drink while your guide points out the luxe waterfront mansions that line the shore. Other sights include the floating homes of all varieties, views of seaplanes taking off and landing, and an array of drawbridges, some almost 100 years old. This private tour can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Mount Rainier National Park - Private Luxury Day Tour with LunchDay Trips

Mount Rainier National Park - Private Luxury Day Tour with Lunch

Explore pristine alpine meadows, wander through magical old growth forests, and watch roaring glacial waterfalls crash into rugged canyons on this private day tour to Mount Rainier National Park. The snow-capped peak, encased in over 35 square miles (91 km²) of ice year-round, is endearingly referred to locally as “The Mountain” and is a must-visit Seattle day trip. Throughout the day, you'll enjoy meaningful commentary on the history, culture, and geology of the region from an expert local guide. The tour includes a gourmet lunch, park admission, and pick-up/drop-off at your Seattle hotel in our luxury Mercedes van.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Mt. Rainier National Park hours of operation?
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Mt. Rainier National Park hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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