Pick Up and Drop Off:
We pick you up at your hotel and/or a local park and ride in Tacoma, DuPont, Lakewood, Steilacoom and other locations in the Southern Puget Sound. We can also pick you up from lodging outside the Nisqually Entrance (southwest corner, Ashford area). Pick up times vary depending on your location and season. Our pick up times range from 7:30 to 9:30am. Tours are from 8 - 11 hours in length depending on season, weather and traffic.
Staying In Seattle?
Seattle guests can easily connect with our tour by taking the 594 Sound Transit Express bus from downtown Seattle or by purchasing our discounted Uber ride. Your travel time to our pick up location and then to Mt. Rainier will be the same as a tour originating from Seattle. Enjoy a relaxing ride with Sound Transit to their SR 512 Park and Ride location in Lakewood, WA (10617 S. Tacoma Way) where we will be waiting to take you to The Mountain. The cost for the bus is $3.75 per person each direction. Note that exact change is needed - you can use larger bills, but no change is given.
Our discounted Uber ride picks you up at your Seattle location where you will be brought to our Lakewood meeting location described above. We use our Uber app to request your ride, let you know the time and driver to look for and you can relax knowing you will be shortly connected to your Mt. Rainier small group tour. Travel time with an Uber ride is less than the bus ~ typically 45 - 55 minutes. Your discounted Uber ride is purchased during your booking.
To find the bus stop near your Seattle location, you can use their Trip Planner. Enter your Seattle address and use 10617 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499 as your arrival location. Select "Arrival By" 8:10am for best results. NOTE: when using their trip planner, if you receive results with travel times over 1 hour and 25 minutes from Seattle, it is not giving you the best travel plan. There is a better way taking less time. For some reason, it complicates the trips sometimes. Feel free to e-mail or call me for help in planning your trip. It is worth the journey! Click here to view their website:
"Out of the thirty or so days I spent in the USA, this day was my favourite. Diann was such a lovely friendly lady and well informed about the many interesting things there is to see at this beautiful National Park. I was staying in Seattle and a little nervous about what bus and where to catch it to meet up with the tour in Lakewood, but Diann was so helpful, providing the bus number, travel time and location (even down to what shops were at the bus stop I needed to be at) and everything went very well from there. If you only have limited time in the area then make sure this tour is one of the things you do. Thanks Diann, you run a superior tour and I have so many beautiful photos to help me remember this awesome day" Julie C from Kempsey, Australia
Travel in Comfort:
You will travel in a comfortable touring van as your professional tour guide does all the driving! We will stop at a local bakery along the way to pick up your pre-ordered lunch.
We will keep our eyes out for wildlife sightings, learn about the ecology, geology, glaciers, park history and enjoy delightful scenery throughout the day. A variety of hiking trails will be used to give you a personal connection to this amazing National Park.
Discover Nature, LLC provides binoculars, trekking poles a spotting scope for close up views of black-tailed deer, black bears, marmots, glaciers, summit climbers and other surprises.
What to Bring:
Bring water, snacks, waterproof/windproof jacket, rain pants, camera with extra batteries, hat, sunscreen and
sunglasses. Dress in layers to adjust to the possible changing weather and higher elevations. Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Sturdy waterproof boots for snowshoes are highly
Weather/Mountain Conditions Watch
Mount Rainier is an environment where conditions can change suddenly and unexpectedly. Discover Nature reserves
the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. The day's itinerary can be changed or cancelled during the trip to assure
the safety of the clients and staff.