Located an hour from Tacoma, Washington, Mount Rainier National Park offers over 14,000 feet of breathtaking scenery and adventure. Hike with the wildflowers, gaze upon majestic waterfalls and spectacular views. A variety of activities makes this park a must-see destination year-round
Here are a few ways to experience the active, vibrant Mount Rainier National Park:
Get high on Mount Rainier. This Washington icon has a lot to offer the adventure chaser. Ride the Mount Rainier Gondola over meadows of wildflowers, and climb more than 2,000 vertical feet to the summit of Crystal Mountain. While you’re there, grab a bite or drink at The Summit House, the highest-elevation restaurant in Washington state. Close out your mountain adventure by watching the sun set at Sunrise, the highest point that can be reached by car at Mount Rainier National Park.
Take in wildflowers. Mount Rainier is one of the top spots in the U.S. to view wildflowers. Late July to mid-August is typically the best time. Spray Park and Summerland are two great options from this list of wildflower hikes. Please note: Dogs are not allowed on trails inside the park; read these guidelines if you plan to bring a four-legged friend on your family outing.
How many waterfalls can you find? From sedate to sensational, Mount Rainier is home to more than 150 waterfalls, many over 300 feet in height. Two of our favorites for kids of all ages: Myrtle Falls and Comet Falls. Check out a full list of waterfalls.
Ride the rails. Just 13 miles from the park entrance, hop on the Mount Rainier Railroad in Elbe and enjoy a steam train ride through the forest and across the glacial-fed Upper Nisqually River.
Once you’ve checked the mountain off your bucket list, check out the city and sea adventures that await.