Crystal Mountain Day Trip from Seattle Including the Mt Rainier Gondola
Your tour guide will explain to you the interesting facts of the area as you can walk through the forest. You will also enjoy delicious dining and visit the 100-year-old bakery, where you can taste their delicious and fresh goodies and bake bread. The scenery and the views are spectacular.
Afterward, once you are in Crystal Mountain you will be boarding the spectacular Mt. Rainier Gondola and in just 10 minutes you will be at the summit. The Alpine landscaping view is impressive and full of beauty.
Next, while you are at the top of Crystal Mountain the views of the five Washington's volcanoes, Mt. Rainier and other peaks will make you feel a sensation of peace and freedom. Furthermore, you can choose among several restaurants for fine dining or casual food like sandwiches, salads, and soups.
When you are ready to re-board the gondola to come down you will get into your coach to return to Seattle. Also, you will have extra time to walk around and enjoy the old-growth forest in Washington.
Escape the city and head for the mountains on this summer day trip (July to September) from Seattle to Crystal Mountain, one of Washington's favorite mountain resorts. You'll enjoy spectacular scenery as you climb 2,500 feet (762 meters) over meadows of wildflowers and evergreens on Crystal Mountain's popular feature - the Mt Rainier Gondola. Spend free time at the top of the mountain to enjoy delicious Northwest dining and beautiful views of nearby Mt Rainier. On the drive to and from the resort, stop at a 100-year-old bakery and take a walk through an old-growth forest.
Catching glimpses of Mt Rainier in Seattle is exciting, but enjoying an up-close view of the 14,411-foot (4,027-meter) peak from the top of neighboring Crystal Mountain is even better. Your 6-hour tour to Crystal Mountain resort from Seattle starts as you are picked up at your hotel by a professional guide and driven in comfort south of the city. During the scenic 2-hour drive, listen as your guide tells you stories and facts about the area and stop at a 100-year-old bakery, famous for its freshly baked breads and other goodies - the perfect mid-morning snack (own expense).
When you arrive at Crystal Mountain, board the resort's state-of-the-art Mt Rainier Gondola (lift ticket included). With a travel time of just under 10 minutes, the gondola puts you at Crystal Mountain's summit in half the time of older chairlifts and ensures that you arrive dry and warm (even in the summer, Washington can be cool and rainy). It travels almost 2,500 vertical feet (762 meters) from the base of Crystal Mountain, providing you with amazing views of the surrounding alpine landscape.
At the top of Crystal Mountain, you will find awe-inspiring views of Mt Rainier and other mountain peaks, including all five of Washington's volcanoes. You'll have 1.5 hours of free time here to relax, soak up the views and eat. There are three great dining options: the Summit House, Washington's highest-elevation restaurant serving fine Northwest cuisine; the more casual Snorting Elk & Alpine Inn, serving sandwiches, soups and salads; and the Glacier Express for boxed lunches and hotdogs. Average dining prices are listed in the Itinerary section below.
When your free time is up, re-board the gondola for the ride down, and then re-board your coach for the return ride to Seattle. Stop on the way at one of Washington's old-growth forests, where your guide will lead you on a 10- to 15-minute nature walk. It's the perfect way to walk off your lunch!