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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

Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
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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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (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
Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,623 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in the historical district, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Mount Rainier National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Longmire Museum and Ex-Nihilo ...
3.4/5Good! (724 reviews)
Great place and location
"Quiet little place literally right outside the gates of ranier! Perfect location; we arrived late and there was personalized info awaiting us! Perfect place to stay before heading up to the mountain!"

Reviewed on 2021/5/5

Gateway Inn
National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
The price is NT$6,292 per night from May 26 to May 26
Situated in Longmire, this hotel is steps from Cascade Range and Longmire Museum. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (49 reviews)
"Quiet and convenient."

Reviewed on 2021/5/9

National Park Inn
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Reviews of Mount Rainier National Park

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4/5 - Good

DH

Sep 30, 2019

$30 per vehicle valid for a week. Was chilly but comfortable. Awesome views

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 3, 2019

Better parking and eating locations would make it better.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

Disappointed that there was no information place there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2019

The mountain was clear when we were there!!

5/5 - Excellent

Stacie

Oct 30, 2018

Check the road conditions and closure in the winter months.

5/5 - Excellent

Elle

Sep 15, 2018

Do all the short hikes... stunning areas!

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Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
Paradise Inn
Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,623 per night from May 23 to May 23
Gateway Inn
National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
The price is NT$6,292 per night from May 26 to May 26
National Park Inn
Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
3 out of 5
37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,342 per night from May 19 to May 19
Alexander's Lodge
Paradise Village Hotel
Paradise Village Hotel
2.5 out of 5
31811 WA-706, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$4,247 per night from May 19 to May 19
Paradise Village Hotel
Nisqually Lodge
Nisqually Lodge
2.5 out of 5
PO Box 95, 31609 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is NT$3,914 per night from May 25 to May 25
Nisqually Lodge
Packwood Lodge
Packwood Lodge
2 out of 5
13807 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood, WA
The price is NT$3,615 per night from May 19 to May 19
Packwood Lodge
Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
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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
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