The first day of the trip begins with being picked up in a luxury vehicle and driven to Mount Rainier National Park. Breakfast is served along the way. The scenic ride will past through forests, and by fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, and glaciers. Binoculars are available for use. Possible wildlife that could be seen include black bears, elk, and deer. The guide will lead a walk along the Nisqually Vista Trail. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed before heading to Longmire to learn about the history of the park. The day ends at the hotel where dinner will be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants.
Day two of the tour will be spent visiting the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. The guide will lead the tour along the Eruption and Hummocks trails. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed before heading back to Seattle.
This tour is a perfect way to see the beautiful mountains and learn about the history revolving around Mount St Helens. There will be plenty of time for taking lovely pictures of the mountains and any wildlife that comes out to play. The small group will allow the guide to provide a personalized, exciting journey.
Experience majestic Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens on this 2-day tour from Seattle. Your expert guide will take you on several nature walks to enjoy incredible mountain views and spot wildlife. You'll also get up close to the steaming crater of Mount St Helens and learn about the infamous 1980 eruption at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Overnight accommodation and round-trip transport by luxury Mercedes are included.
This small-group tour is limited to 10 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
Day 1: Seattle - Mount Rainier National Park - Tacoma (B,L)
After pickup from your downtown Seattle hotel in the morning, take a scenic 2-hour drive by luxury Mercedes vehicle to Mount Rainier National Park. Breakfast (pastries and tea) is served on the ride.
Cupped between the jagged Olympic Mountains to the west and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range to the east, Mount Rainier stands tallest at 14,411 feet (4,392 meters). On your drive, enjoy views of old-growth forests, lakes, waterfalls, wildflower meadows and glaciers clinging to the active volcano, whose peak is encased in more than 35 square miles (56 sq km) of snow and ice.
Take out your provided binoculars and spot birds and other wildlife such as coyotes, elk, deer, fox and black bears roaming the mountainside. Your guide will lead you on a short hike or snowshoe trek (during winter months) along the Nisqually Vista trail or, if you're up for feeling extra adventurous, along a more challenging route. Have your camera ready as you relish the dramatic scenery and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
At midday, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with wine (see a sample menu in the Itinerary section below). End with a visit to Longmire, a visitor center located with the Longmire Historic District, listed under the US National Register of Historic Places. You'll learn that this is where the park's roots began.
You'll then be driven to your hotel. For dinner, there are many restaurants near your hotel that your guide can recommend.
Overnight: Hotel Murano (rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor) in Tacoma
Day 2: Tacoma -- Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument (B,L)
After breakfast, spend the day visiting one of the region's most famous attractions, Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument. Stop to take photos on your ride there.
Arrive at the 'blast zone' at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, just 5 miles (8 km) from the crater. Enjoy amazing views of the steaming volcano and listen as your guide shares stories about the infamous 1980 eruption, including how the ecosystem is recovering and how the impressive reforestation project is impacting the area.
Inside the observatory, interactive displays and theater presentations portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape. You'll learn how Mount St Helens has taught scientists new answers to old mysteries, helping them create new methods of monitoring active volcanoes and forecasting eruptions. You'll also read eyewitness accounts from eruption survivors.
Follow your guide on a nature walk along the Eruption Trail, where you'll see the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and the landslide deposit. On your return, walk along the Hummocks Trail - marked from one of the largest landslides in history.
At midday, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with wine. After your tour, relax on the drive back to your Seattle hotel.