- 6-hour tour to Crystal Mountain resort from Seattle
- Enjoy spectacular scenery as you climb Crystal Mountain in the Mt Rainier Gondola
- Have free time at the top of the mountain to take-in the views of Mt Rainier and have lunch
- Dine at the famous Summit House, Washington's highest-elevation restaurant, serving delicious Northwest cuisine (optional)
- Stop at a 100-year-old bakery and go on a guided nature walk during the trip between Seattle and Crystal Mountain
- Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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What You Can Expect
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!
Summit House Restaurant (Washington's highest restaurant): $14-20
Snorting Elk & Alpine Inn (sandwiches, salads, soups): $10-15
Glacier Express (box lunches, hot dogs): $7-13
As there were only 4 of us on this tour we went in a Mercedes rather than a bus which was great. Brian the tour guide was excellent and treated more like friends rather than just tourists. It was a really personalised tour. Views were fantastic! Highly recommend this tour.
Our guild was great took us to loads of places on the way to Crystal Mountain and was very knowledgeable, weather wasn't the best that day but still got to see loads and enjoyed the day would recommend this tour to friends and family.