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From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

1. 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: Mount Rainier Park All-Inclusive Small Group Tour

2. 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 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 in a Mercedes van on the way to the Mount Rainier National Park which is nestled between the Olympic Mountains and Cascades. Admire views of the Rainier volcano which 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. Pause for a lunch of delicious local, seasonal produce and wine before strolling through a landscape 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. Return by van to your accommodation in Seattle at the end of your tour.

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

3. Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

Pike Place Market is a joyous assault on the senses. With fish mongers throwing large fish past your head, restaurant after restaurant lining the sides, and masses of people milling about, it is a place best explored with a local. During your Taste of Pike Place, you will be guided deep into the heart of this lovely place, for a taste of some of the best parts of the market. Your guide will share with you the legends and history of the colorful characters who have walked the hallways and hawked their wares.  Taste the best locally made artisan foods the market has to offer, including authentic Indian samosas, Italian gelato, Greek Yogurt, Pacific Northwest Native American style smoked salmon, America's #1 rated clam chowder, Italian truffles, the best wild salmon burger in Seattle, and more. Substitutions are available for most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

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

4. 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 3.5-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.

Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

5. Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

Mount Saint Helen's is a volcano that forever lives in the minds of Americans and the world. During the events that surrounded the 1980 eruption, lives changed in an instant, and the mountaintop's geography was forever altered. Today, you can experience this unique volcano and all the flora and fauna that makes this impressive reforestation project so dramatic. You will arrive with your guide to the blast-zone, just 5 miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Here, you can snap some photos of the mountain while your naturalist tells the story of that fated day. You'll also learn interesting and unique facts about this and other volcanoes and their ever-changing faces. After being outside, you'll head into the center's state-of-the-art interpretive displays and theater, where you can discover the volcano in a whole new way. You will walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape.

Seattle: Waterfall Canyoneering Adventure

6. Seattle: Waterfall Canyoneering Adventure

Visit the lush, rugged, and slippery canyons of the Pacific Northwest on a day-long waterfall canyoneering adventure. Meet your guide at a central location and begin your experience with a warm welcome and a brief overview of the canyoneering activity for the day. Then, travel in your own vehicle as you follow your guide to the trailhead. Once you've arrived at the start point, your guide will provide a short safety briefing and practice session before setting out on the day's adventure. Nature's obstacle course will provide plenty of fun and unique challenges, including hiking, scrambling, wading, swimming, and of course, rappelling. All skills you'll be able to master with the assistance and support of your experienced guide.

Seattle: Lake Union Guided Paddleboard Tour

7. Seattle: Lake Union Guided Paddleboard Tour

Marvel at views of the Seattle city skyline on a paddleboarding tour of Lake Union suitable for all skill levels. Meet your guide on the eastern side of the lake and receive a short introduction to the paddleboard and instructions on how to paddle. Once everyone is ready, hop onto your board and set out to explore Lake Union. Paddle north towards Gas Works Park and listen to your guide as they share unique facts about the city of Seattle. See the Lake Union houseboats and floating homes, the Aurora bridge, and more before paddling back towards the launch point. 

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What people are saying about Seattle

Our tour guide Mal, was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable and humorous. She brought us on a jaw dropping hike we would have never found on our own. And the picnic lunch was a pleasant surprise. Definitely recommend if coming from Seattle to avoid having to drive 2 hours each way on your own.

Excellent one day visit to Rainier National Park from Seattle. Great to let someone else do the driving especially around and through the City. Our Guide Mark was super, very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the national park.

Great experience - good food! Be sure to save your appetite and not eat right before going on tour -

Our guide, Jerry, was funny, informative, and passionate about the Market

Joe was a very entertaining and informative guide. Loved it!