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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

1. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

2. 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 meeting in downtown Seattle, 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. After lunch, 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.

Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

3. Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on a schooner sailboat. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high perimeter railing. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Search for local wildlife like swooping seagulls, frolicking porpoises, and playful harbor seals. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar or sea if the sailor's life is for you by trying your hand at hoisting the sails. If the conditions are right, go full pirate ship and watch the canons fire.

Seattle: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

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

Explore the Nisqually Vista Trail in the Mount Rainier National Park on this guided tour with pickup from Downtown Seattle. Enjoy seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour and stop for a mouth-watering, locally sourced and/or organic lunch along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation or a centrally-located meeting point in Downtown Seattle. Sit back and relax on a luxury Mercedes van as you travel 75 miles southeast of Seattle to the Mount Rainier National Park which is nestled between the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range. Admire views of the Rainier which is an active volcano that is encased in 35 square miles of snow and ice. Take in the atmosphere of this area that is surrounded by old growth forest and seasonally covered in a stunning carpet of wildflowers. Look for birds, marmots, coyotes, elk, and black bears. Breathe in crisp air as you take in the sounds and scents of the forests and lakes. Follow your naturalist guide 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. Pause for a lunch of delicious local, seasonal produce and wine. Back on the walk, enjoy views of waterfalls, river valleys and glaciers. End the day with a descent down to Longmire. Keep your eyes peeled for deer in the meadow as they make their late afternoon trek to the river’s edge.

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

5. 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.

Mount Rainier: Day Hike on the Mountain

6. Mount Rainier: Day Hike on the Mountain

Embark on an adventurous day out on the Three Burroughs Hike in Mount Rainier National park. The trail starts from the Sunrise Visitor Center and quickly climbs to a ridge where on a clear day you'll see two more of Washington's volcanoes: Glacier Peak and Mount Baker.   Continue along the trail on past Frozen Lake and watch for the resident mountain goats in the meadows above and below you. The trail continues up across two snowfields to the Second Burroughs where Mount Rainier will appear in front of you in all its glory. Enjoy a pause for a provided lunch and take in the views. The trail is situated at 6,500 feet on the mountain and is not for the faint of heart. Choose to turn back at 4, 6 and 9 miles if need be, depending on your physical condition. The trail is not technical and no special climbing skills are required, however, altitude can affect people differently, so the trail is situated to accommodate your personal needs. The hike is limited to small group sizes to allow for these personal accommodations.

Other Sightseeing Options in Mount Rainier National Park

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What people are saying about Mount Rainier National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 112 reviews

Five stars, because the cruise was wonderful. So fun and a great crew. The check in process though, was terrible! Maybe because a giant cruise ship was being loaded with passengers and a million tons of luggage at the same pier we were informed to go to...Pier 66. After asking several "big cruise workers" if they knew where we should be checking in for our "tall ship cruise", we finally found a little portable awning with a young girl, who took our names and pointed to a small building and told us to wait by a fountain. NOT a good or easy check in process. Also, when we asked the young lady where we could use a restroom, she said we could buy something at the local restaurant or walk about 10 minutes "that way" pointing down the street! NOT a satisfying answer. There needs to be a close restroom available for guests waiting to sail on the tall ship!!!

It was a very affordable, short (2 hours), enjoyable sunset outing on the Elliot bay. Will recommend to locals and visitors. Although I wish there has been some commentary about the different buildings and structures you pass along the sailing.

This was a really great trip. Mt. Rainer was stunning and beautiful and the wineries were awesome. Our tour guide Marjorie was a sweetheart. She made the day even extra special down to every detail. I would highly recommend this trip.

What an amazing experience! The crew was so welcoming and fun that it felt like we were on our own boat. We also had excellent weather. It was the best experience of our Seattle vacation, and we did it all!

Hello! I am a native of Seattle and was very, very pleased with this sail. Very fun/experienced crew and safe. Great way to see Elliot Bay. Highly recommend.