Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Mount Rainier National Park Vacation
Like a mysterious, white-clad chanteuse, veiled in clouds even when the surrounding forests and fields are bathed in sunlight, Mt. Rainier is the centerpiece of its namesake park. The impressive volcanic peak stands at an elevation of 14,411 feet, making it the fifth-highest peak in the lower 48 states. Nearly 2 million visitors a year enjoy spectacular views of the mountain and return home with a lifelong memory of its image.
The Mount Rainier area is remarkably bereft of quality lodging. Rainier's two national park lodges, at Longmire and... read more
A limited number of restaurants are inside the park, and a few worth checking out lie beyond its borders. Mount Rainier's... read more
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The mountain: Some say Mt. Rainier is the most magical mountain in America. At 14,411 feet, it is a popular peak for climbing, with... Read more
Three drive-in campgrounds are in the park—Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, and White River—with almost 500 sites for tents and RVs. None has... Read more
Wildflower season in the meadows at and above timberline is mid-July through August. Large mammals like deer, elk, black bears, and... Read more
An excellent general guide to the park, Mount Rainier: A Visitor's Companion, by Wuerthner and Moore, is now out of print but often... Read more
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