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Mount Rainier National Park

The star attraction of Mt. Rainier National Park is the massive active volcanic peak from which the park takes its name. Rising to 4,392 m (14,410 ft) above sea level, Mt. Rainier stands as one of the country's most glaciated peaks, its ice and snow creating the headwaters for six major rivers. The volcano features a prominence of 4,027 m (13,211 ft), so there's nothing in the way to block its view. This difference creates a wide range of ecosystems, from ancient forests at the base to wildflower-filled meadows at mid elevations to the icy summit. Black bears, bobcats, and mountain lions roam the varied terrain, while trout and salmon ply the clear rivers. The park draws outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive hiking and biking trails, climbing routes, and angling waters. Getting there takes about two hours via car from Seattle. Mount Rainier National Park is in Washington (WA). Plan your visit to Mount Rainier National Park and other destinations in United States using our United States sightseeing planner.
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Where to stay in Mount Rainier National Park

You could visit Mount Rainier National Park on a day trip from Seattle, but you'll probably want to stay in or closer to the park to maximize your time there. The park provides three developed campgrounds and one primitive one with nearly 500 individual sites between them. For extra creature comforts, book a room at either the National Park Inn or the larger Paradise Inn. Many park visitors lay their heads in the villages west of the park along National Park Highway. Places such as Jasper, Mineral Lake, and Alder Lake offer a mix of lodges, inns, and bed and breakfasts, almost all of which deliver full views of towering Mount Rainier. You might also find reasonable summer deals on hotels at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort just north of the park, though this is a less convenient option.
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