Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park

Considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, Mount Rainier luckily hasn't erupted in the past 100 years. With around 8,000 people a year completing the three-day climb to the top peak, the volcano is popular with experienced climbers. The park is also known for its easier trails, which come with scenic views across the range. Mountain bike trails are available, and you can enjoy snow sports, such as skiing, in the colder months. If you're looking for the perfect picture, check out the reflection lakes where you can capture a stunning image of the volcano and its reflection. A visit to Mount Rainier represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mount Rainier National Park trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We were in Rainier for four days in September just after the first snow of the year and it was breathtakingly beautiful. The snow did not extend down too far, so the visitor's center did not have much...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    drove from the Georgetown area to the Park by way of Longmire entrance. it had been snowing on the mountain earlier in the week but roads were good. stopped at the historical Longmire area for some pi...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    This place is beautiful. We stopped to take photos probably 10 different times. Our first view of the mountain was breathtaking. Each time we stopped to take photos it was more beautiful than the last...  more »

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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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