Mount Rainier National Park

Vacation Travel Guide
Mount Rainier National Park featuring forests and tranquil scenes

So big they created a national park in its name, Mount Rainier’s massive snow-capped volcanic cone is clearly visible from Seattle.

Mount Rainier is famous for providing a stunning backdrop to the skyline of Seattle, and this huge volcano holds a treasure at its base: a beautiful national park.

The mountain itself rises to over 14,000 feet (almost 4,400 meters), and the peak is permanently covered in snow. Mount Rainier is a major source of the region’s water, with 25 major glaciers and huge snowfields that melt every spring.

The surrounding national park covers 238 square miles (616 square kilometers). It’s a designated Wilderness Area with alpine meadows, forests, streams and stunning waterfalls. Take a walk along any of the 260 miles (416 kilometers) of maintained trails to really appreciate the vast beauty of the area.

For an easy hike with the family, try the 20-minute Trail of the Shadows, which starts near the National Park Inn at Longmire. Another easy hike is the Twin Firs Loop Trail. You’ll pass through an old-growth forest with impressive examples of western red cedars, Douglas firs and other native trees. There are dozens of easy and more serious hikes that can be achieved in a few hours or a day. Wind through the range of habitats in the park, from blossom-filled meadows to huge glaciers. If you are an experienced hiker, take a multi-day hike to the summit with experienced guides.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, sledding and cross-country skiing. The Visitor Center at Paradise has plenty of practical and educational information about the mountain and the national park. It is open every day from May to early October, as well as weekends and holidays outside these times.

The park is circled by a road and if you don't have a lot of time you can simply drive around it. There are plenty of stops along the way to enjoy views or take a short walk.

If a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park leaves you wanting more, consider booking a room at the National Park Inn at Longmire or the Paradise Inn within the park. There are also several campgrounds within the national park.

Mount Rainier National Park is around a 90-mile (144-kilometer) drive from Seattle. Although it’s open year-round, snow blocks many of the routes such as SR410, SR123 and the Stevens Canyon Road from mid-October until June. Winter visitors will generally find the 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of road from Longmire to Paradise open during the day unless there is an avalanche threat.

Top Hotels Close to Mount Rainier National Park

National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
The price is NT$6,466 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Longmire, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Longmire Museum is 0.1 mi (0.2 ...
3.8/5 Good! (63 reviews)
"26 rooms available in a charming lodge with views of Mt. Rainer. Only five miles from the major hikes at Paradise. Lovely common area with a fireplace, historical walking path, surprisingly good food served as take out, very clean rooms with quality linens."

Reviewed on 2021/10/25

National Park Inn
Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
Situated in Paradise, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cascade Range and Mount Rainier. Henry Jackson Visitor Center and Paradise Loop are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (59 reviews)
"Gorgeous views, friendly staff from all over the world. The food was a tad expensive but when you’re the only restaurant I guess you can charge what you want."

Reviewed on 2019/9/28

Paradise Inn
Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
Located near the slopes, this Enumclaw hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Cascade Range, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Crystal Mountain ...
3.7/5 Good! (210 reviews)
"The internet being down for the whole weekend was a surprise- I've been to Crystal many times and had access to cell service and internet but not this weekend! The bed was very uncomfortable- terribly thin, squeaky, and the middle was so sunken in my partner and I got stuck in there! Very friendly ..."

Reviewed on 2022/1/10

Crystal Mountain Hotels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,012 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Gateway Inn
Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
Paradise Inn
Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
Crystal Mountain Hotels
National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
The price is NT$6,466 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
National Park Inn
Paradise Village Hotel
Paradise Village Hotel
2.5 out of 5
31811 WA-706, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,030 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Paradise Village Hotel
Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
3 out of 5
33613 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Crystal Mountain, Enumclaw, WA
Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Cowlitz River Lodge
Cowlitz River Lodge
2.5 out of 5
13069 US HWY 12, P.O. BOX 488, Packwood, WA
The price is NT$4,145 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Cowlitz River Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
3 out of 5
37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,565 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Alexander's Lodge
Packwood Lodge
Packwood Lodge
2 out of 5
13807 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood, WA
The price is NT$3,556 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Packwood Lodge
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