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Mountain
Mount Rainier , Mount Rainier National Park
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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 pe
Tours from $36
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Discover Nature , Mount Rainier National Park
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Discover Nature specializes in fully guided, small group tours designed to maximize your enjoyment of the Mt. Rainier area. You'll be treated
Skyline Trail , Mount Rainier National Park
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Waterfall
Snoqualmie Falls , Snoqualmie
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Featured in David Lynch's iconic TV series "Twin Peaks," Snoqualmie Falls remains one of the favorite scenic attractions in Washington State
Tours from $79
Valley
Paradise Valley , Paradise
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Tours from $149

Mount Rainier National Park

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Mountains · Hiking Trails · Waterfalls
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. Plan how to spend your time in Mount Rainier National Park and other destinations in United States using our United States trip itinerary app.

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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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