Before the legalization of guided tours, sightseers were forced to tether themselves with mile-long extension cords to avoid wandering off track while maintaining a constant power source for emergency dance parties. Get down with the great outdoors with today's Groupon: for $47, you get a Mount Rainier day tour from Customized Tours (up to a $95 value). Tour members can board the bus around 8 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from The Museum of Flight, the Park and Ride by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Experience Music Project's parking lot on Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street, or any Seattle hotel.
At Customized Tours, inquisitive onlookers come together with local experts to explore the Emerald City and its hidden intricacies. Alpine adventurers will begin the Mount Rainier day tour on a scenic route through the Nisqually State Park entrance to the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise. At an elevation of 5,400 feet, peak seekers can absorb views of old-growth evergreen forests and subalpine flower meadows while learning about the glaciers and wildlife from knowledgeable park rangers and eloquent mountain goats. Eager mountaineers will also visit the Longmire Museum and visitor center after discovering glacial moraines, rivers, and waterfalls. The tour will last 8–10 hours with a break for lunch. Visitors may bring their own lunch if they prefer not to purchase one from the visitor center or commandeer one from a roving Sasquatch.
Customized Tours leads groups on guided expeditions of Seattle's most breathtaking spots. Outdoor adventurers can try the Mount Rainier National Park tour or the winery and waterfall tour, which travels across Lake Washington on the 7,700-foot Evergreen Point floating bridge to the world-renowned Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. City tours explore a variety of coffee shops and tourist attractions across the Queen Anne, Fremont, and Chinatown neighborhoods.
One of the more unique tours is the Boeing Factory tour, which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at airplane assembly. It also gives them a chance to design their own airplanes using touch-screen computers, or, for traditionalists, old geometry homework.