What to do and see in Seattle, Washington (WA): The Best Day Trips from

December 27, 2021 Veronika Gaddis

In Seattle you simply can’t skip the Central Public Library – a modern architectural marvel of glass grids, unusual shapes, and a “book spiral” that climbs four stories. Stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks and play catch with a fishmonger. In the heart of the city lies Chihuly Garden and Glass, which will dazzle you with its colorful and delicate works. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound.
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1. Private Mt Rainier National Park Day Trip from Seattle

Seattle, Seattle, Washington Customized Tours of Seattle
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Seattle and enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery at Mt Rainier National Park. On this private Mt Rainier tour, take a scenic drive through the old-growth evergreen forests of America's fifth-oldest national park, affording views of sparkling lakes, flower meadows, massive glaciers and sweeping alpine vistas. Visit Narada Falls, Reflection Lake and Inspiration point, and stop along the way to view wildlife and take photos. Learn about the park's history at the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center and Longmire Visitor Center and Museum, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy amidst the scenery.

Inclusions: Private tour, Professional guide, Pickup and drop-off in the greater Seattle area

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks

Reviewed By 908nydiaa

Falls were breathtaking! Mark tour guide through Viator was great! Thank you for making it memorable

2. Private Mount Saint Helens Monument Day Trip

Cheryl's Northwest Tours
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Private Tour: You'll see the devastation caused by the 1980 eruption and the slow return of nature’s flora. A full day of scenery and adventure, you'll visit the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center, see a video of the eruption, see spectacular scenery (weather permitting) walk some easy trails if you wish, see newly formed lakes, and have a break for lunch. This is a popular tour.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, Bottled water, Snacks

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By barbarafX1703IL

We've travel to other countries and the U.S., always found the trips to be more enjoyable with a local driver/guide. Large groups on tour busses suck. With Cheryl, we were treated like family, (the ones she loves). I highly recommend booking her services which will lead to a wonderful, memorable experience. We still keep in touch with her 3 years later from our home in Florida.

3. Olympic National Park Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

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Witness stunning mountain vistas, pristine alpine meadows, and dense old growth forests on this small group day tour to Olympic National Park. We'll start the day with a beautiful ferry ride from Seattle followed by a scenic drive to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we'll explore one of the best-preserved natural landscapes in the world. Throughout the day, you'll enjoy meaningful commentary on the history, culture, and geology of the region from an expert local guide. The tour includes a gourmet lunch, park admission, and pick-up/drop-off at your Seattle hotel in our luxury Mercedes van.

Inclusions: Small group experience (maximum 7 guests), Hotel pick-up and drop-off in our luxury Mercedes van, Gourmet lunch with a selection of local beverages, Complimentary coffee, water, and snacks, Professional local guide, Guided nature walks, All physical abilities welcome, Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Coffee and/or Tea

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Reviewed By austincamper

What a wonderful wine tour in Seattle! Matt Haven did an excellent job from pick up at our hotel in a spotless vehicle to drop off back at our hotel. At all points during the day long tour, we enjoyed his knowledge and a most relaxing day. He went far beyond our expectations. I highly recommend Yonder Sky!

4. Mount St. Helens Full Day Trip

Cheryl's Northwest Tours
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Mt. Saint Helen's, is a national monument and active volcano. She is one of 5 Washington State volcanoes and it was May 18, 1980, when the eruption brought this quiet mountain to the world's attention. On your tour, you'll see the devastation caused by the 1980 eruption and the slow return of nature’s flora. A full day of adventure, you'll visit the Forest Learning Center, stop for lots of photo ops, and visit Johnston Ridge Visitor Center.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, Complimentary non BPA signature water bottle, Knowledgeable Driver/Guide, Snacks

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch - Box Lunch offered

Reviewed By barbarafX1703IL

We've travel to other countries and the U.S., always found the trips to be more enjoyable with a local driver/guide. Large groups on tour busses suck. With Cheryl, we were treated like family, (the ones she loves). I highly recommend booking her services which will lead to a wonderful, memorable experience. We still keep in touch with her 3 years later from our home in Florida.

5. Mount Rainier Tour from Seattle

Cheryl's Northwest Tours
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Private tour for 2-5 guests. SUMMER: Visit Mount Rainier National Park on this full-day tour. See waterfalls, old-growth forests, flowering meadows, and wildlife in their natural habitat. This experience on Mount Rainier makes your expected stops — but also ventures off the beaten path, with fantastic views and vistas, waterfalls, and park grounds. This tour travels all the way around Mount Rainier, and the different landscapes are fantastic. Four stops for trail walks and/or waterfalls are included.  FALL AND WINTER: MAY HAVE SNOW!

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, or airport/pier pick up, Knowledgeable driver/guide, National Park fees, Bottled water, Snacks

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By barbarafX1703IL

We've travel to other countries and the U.S., always found the trips to be more enjoyable with a local driver/guide. Large groups on tour busses suck. With Cheryl, we were treated like family, (the ones she loves). I highly recommend booking her services which will lead to a wonderful, memorable experience. We still keep in touch with her 3 years later from our home in Florida.

6. Mount Rainier National Park Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

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Explore pristine alpine meadows, wander through magical old growth forests, and watch roaring glacial waterfalls crash into rugged canyons on this small group day tour to Mount Rainier National Park. The snowcapped peak, encased in over 35 square miles (91 km²) of ice year-round, is endearingly referred to locally as “The Mountain” and is a must-visit Seattle day trip. Throughout the day, you'll enjoy meaningful commentary on the history, culture, and geology of the region from an expert local guide. The tour includes a gourmet lunch, park admission, and pick-up/drop-off at your Seattle hotel in our luxury Mercedes van.

Inclusions: Small group experience (maximum 7 guests), Hotel pick-up and drop-off in our luxury Mercedes van, Gourmet lunch with a selection of local beverages, Complimentary coffee, water, and snacks, Professional local guide, Guided nature walks, All physical abilities welcome, Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Coffee and/or Tea

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Reviewed By E2852BWcourtneyb

Sarah (PNW) was an outstandingly awesome guide; knowledgeable, friendly, super accommodating, and 100% what I would recommend for anyone seeking to explore the Pacific North West. I’m coming back to do another Evergreen Escapes tour and asking for Sarah, the absolute sweetheart, again.

7. Mt. Rainier Private Tour Experience in SUV

Cheryl's Northwest Tours
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Visit Mount Rainier National Park on this full-day tour. See waterfalls, old-growth forests, flowering meadows, and wildlife in their natural habitat. This experience on Mount Rainier makes your expected stops — but also ventures off the beaten path, with fantastic views and vistas, waterfalls, and park grounds. Walk or don't walk, you get the option. This tour travels all the way around Mount Rainier, and the different landscapes are fantastic. Four stops for trail walks and/or waterfalls are included.  May, June and late Oct, may have snow at Paradise, roads will be clear, but may need to return same route, and we've added extra walks if this happens.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, or airport/pier pick up, Knowledgeable driver/guide, National Park fees, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By barbarafX1703IL

We've travel to other countries and the U.S., always found the trips to be more enjoyable with a local driver/guide. Large groups on tour busses suck. With Cheryl, we were treated like family, (the ones she loves). I highly recommend booking her services which will lead to a wonderful, memorable experience. We still keep in touch with her 3 years later from our home in Florida.

8. Hike the Gorgeous Trails in Washington

2300 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA Miles Hike Club
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Since 2019, Miles Hike Club (MHC) has aimed to provide top-notch experiences for all in the great outdoors. Whether it's your first hike or your 200th, we aim to awaken the inner explorer in all of our guests. At Miles Hike Club, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to Go Higher! With over 20 years of combined experience, our team loves to guide, teach and bond as it will feel like you're hiking with an old friend. With hundreds of 5-star reviews, our team cannot wait to Go Higher with you as we explore the great outdoors.

Inclusions: Snacks, Trekking Poles, Bottled water, Parking Fees, Hand sanitizer

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9. Mt. Rainier National Park Small Group Tour from Seattle with Gourmet Lunch

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With a charming naturalist as your companion, stretch your legs through an old growth forest surrounded by 800-year old trees towering above you. Feel the cool mist blowing off glacier fed waterfalls carving through an ancient canyon. Refuel your energy with a chef-prepared picnic in the wilderness. Encounter the largest glaciers in the lower 48 as you stroll through alpine meadows above 5,000' while looking for wildlife. With your guide's help, spot mountaineers heading for the summit--a human drama unfolding before your eyes. - Learn Mt. Rainier’s natural history on 4-6 guided nature walks. - Leave the crowds behind with a small group of 10 guests or less. - Explore the best photo spots for any season or weather. - A knowledgeable, certified guide at your side to inform and entertain.

Inclusions: Professional guide and driver accompanies you throughout your journey, National Park fees, Tea, coffee & coco, Snacks, Choice of gourmet lunch with entrée, side of vegetables, fresh green salad, and dessert., Hotel pickup and drop-off within downtown Seattle, Bottled water, 4-6 nature walks through Mt. Rainier’s ecosystems with a certified guide

Exclusions: Guide Gratuities (not required, always appreciated, equal to about 15% of your tour price)

Reviewed By LordKira168

I live in downtown seattle and decided to do something during pandemic since the US border is close. Michael made sure nobody feels left out from the group. He gave great suggestions on where to eat while we are at La Conner. Got some nifty stuff from Nasty Jack’s Antique store. Spectacular views of tulip fields with Mt. Baker on the background. I recommend to also do the Olympic and Mt. Rainier national parks tour because Michael drives safe and great tour guide.

10. Seattle Wine and Waterfall Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch

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Refine your palate at our region's renowned Woodinville wineries and experience geology in motion at Washington’s most dramatic waterfall on this small group day tour to Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle wineries. Washington is now the nation’s second largest wine-producing state, and Woodinville alone has over 130 wineries. Throughout the day, you'll enjoy meaningful commentary on the history, culture, and geology of the region from an expert local guide. The tour includes a gourmet lunch at a local restaurant, wine tasting fees, and pick-up/drop-off at your Seattle hotel in our luxury Mercedes van.

Inclusions: Small group experience (maximum 7 guests), Hotel pick-up and drop-off in our luxury Mercedes van, Gourmet lunch with a selection of local beverages, Complimentary coffee, water, and snacks, Winery tasting fees, Professional local guide, All physical abilities welcome, Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Coffee and/or Tea, Alcoholic Beverages

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Reviewed By E2852BWcourtneyb

Sarah (PNW) was an outstandingly awesome guide; knowledgeable, friendly, super accommodating, and 100% what I would recommend for anyone seeking to explore the Pacific North West. I’m coming back to do another Evergreen Escapes tour and asking for Sarah, the absolute sweetheart, again.

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