Experience the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Private driving and hiking tours for up to 6 guests to Mount Rainier, Olympic & North Cascades National Parks and more spectacular Washington destinations. (up to 11 passenger tours beginning in Mayof 2023!)
At 14,411 feet, Mt Rainer is the tallest peak in Washington State. There is more glacial ice on Mt. Rainier than the other 16 active volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain range combined! Named for Peter Rainier, an admiral in the British Navy, Mt. Rainier is home to over 280 species of wildlife. Experience for yourself the wonders of America's 5th national park.
Home to the only rain forests in the Continental United States, the west side of the Olympic Peninsula receives up to 15 feet of rain in a year! Unlike the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains have no volcanoes and are made of sedimentary rock that used to be on the ocean floor and basalt lava that used to be an island off the coast millions of years ago. The Olympic National Park is one of the few places in the world where you can hike from a rain forest to a glacier in less than 20 miles.
Formed in 1968, North Cascades National Park covers an area of over a half million acres in the Cascade Mountain Range. With over 300 glaciers within the Park, see why the North Cascades are called the American Alps.
At 8363 feet in elevation and less than 40,000 years old, Mt St Helen's is the shortest and youngest of the 5 active volcanoes in Washington State. But it's also the most active in the last 10,000 years. George Vancouver named the volcano for Britain’s ambassador to Spain, Alleyne Fitzherbert, also known as Baron St. Helens. See the aftermath of the largest landslide in recorded history and natures resilience as it fights to reclaim the land.
Whidbey Island, named for Joseph Whidbey, master of the HMS Discovery lead by British explorer George Vancouver, is the largest island in Washington State. If you like small town shopping and restaurants, beautiful scenery, and relaxing drives through the country, you will love Whidbey Island!
At 10,781 feet tall, Mt. Baker is the 3rd tallest volcano in Washington State. Named by George Vancouver for his 3rd Lieutenant Joseph Baker of the HMS Discovery, Mt. Baker has the second most glacier cover of all of the Cascade Volcanoes behind only Mt Rainier. Mt. Baker Ski Area averages over 600 inches of snowfall in the winter. In 1999, Mt Baker set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 inches.
San Juan Island, the second largest island in the San Juan Islands Archipelago, is a relaxing escape from Seattle any time of the year! The island offers a multitude of activities for visitors including whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking, history, museums, wine tasting, lavender farms, art sculpture, great food and more!
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Since 1984, the city of Mount Vernon has welcomed visitors from all over the world to see the country's largest tulip fields. Nowadays, the Festival draws over 1 million visitors and offers many events, workshops and activities for kids! The Festival runs from April 1st - 30th.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Seattle's most popular destinations. Located just 30 minutes from Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls gives visitors a taste of the topography of the foothills of the west side of the Cascade Mountains. An interpretive trail drops 300 feet through the temperate rain forest to the river. Local hiking trails of all levels allow hikers to explore more of the area.
Just over 2 hours east of Seattle lies the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. It offers the perfect combination of eclectic small town shops, great restaurants, tasting rooms, and outdoor recreation year round! If you like small towns with a lot of character, Leavenworth is the town for you!
Seattle and the Puget Sound region have been carved by glaciers over 3000 feet thick, rocked by magnitude 9.0 earthquakes, and reshaped by volcanic eruptions. But all of this devastating activity has produced a beautiful landscape that's home to nearly 4 million residents.
Vehicle & Pick-Up
Tours are provided in a 2020 Toyota Sienna minivan equipped with leather captains chairs, sun shades, charging ports, all wheel drive and several state-of-the-art safety features.
Pickup at your hotel, business or home. Available on short notice. I can typically arrive at your location within one hour of contact.
I am based in Seattle but I can arrange to pick up your group outside of Seattle within the Puget Sound region. (Additional fees may apply for pickups outside of Seattle)
From boxed lunches to fast food to restaurant dining, the choice is yours. When we plan your trip, I will go over the dining options with you so you can pick the best option for your group.
(Available March 2023, pricing to follow) Why trust these once in a lifetime moments to cell phone cameras? I bring a high resolution camera with us to better capture the memorable moments!
As a hotel concierge, I've planned trips like these for guests for over 15 years. As an avid outdoors-man, I have been hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and exploring the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years with over 400 trips under my belt.
My goal is to provide memorable experiences for my clients. Once you see these places, hopefully you will return to the Pacific Northwest and see more of what Washington State has to offer.
For your safety and peace of mind, I am fully vaccinated and a certified Wilderness First Responder.
If you would like to see where we've been, follow us on Instagram at @bearingtours and @beenhiking.
Advantages of taking a private tour...
Flexible departure times
Flexible pick up and drop off locations. We pick up and drop off at your location. Outside of Seattle? No problem!
Flexible dining options.
Completely customizable itineraries. More hiking? More driving? It's up to you. Every trip is tailored to the client's requirements.
We can cover more ground and see more!
Unlike public group tours, the guide is with you the whole time.
Lastly, you don't have to worry about missing the bus!
Wow, just wow! Where to begin? The adventure that Alex delivered on the Ultimate Mt..Rainier Experience was unsurpassed.We started with the majestic views from Sunrise then progressed around the loop to Paradise. There were hikes to old growth stands of tree as well as too many waterfalls to recount. Each was more spectacular than the next. These were all tied together beautifully with Alex's knowledge of not only the history of the park but its geology as well! The delicious lunch options provided by Homegrown hit the spot to ensure energy throughout the journey. The dinner at Basecamp was the perfect way to end a memorable day of exploring the most iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
Contact & Booking
If you would like more information about Bearing Tours or would like to book a tour please reach out to me by phone, text or email. If you would like to go today or tomorrow, please text me to get the fastest response.
I am available on short notice. I can typically pick up groups in downtown Seattle within 1 to 2 hours of contact.
How was your experience?
I'd love feedback about your experience. Please take a moment to reflect on your experience with Bearing Tours. Thank you for touring with Bearing Tours and I look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the Pacific Northwest!