Mount Rainier National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Mount Rainier National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Chinook Pass Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Route 410, the highway to Yakima, follows the eastern edge of the park to Chinook Pass, where it climbs the steep, 5,432-foot pass via...

Christine Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

These two-tiered falls were named in honor of Christine Louise Van Trump, who climbed to the 10,000-foot level on Mount Rainier in 1889...

Goat Rocks Wilderness

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The crags in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, south of Mount Rainier, are aptly named. You often see mountain goats here, especially...

Grove of the Patriarchs

  • Forest

Protected from the periodic fires that swept through the surrounding areas, this small island of 1,000-year-old trees is one of Mount...

Jackson Memorial Visitor Center

  • Information Center

High on the mountain's southern flank, this center houses exhibits on geology, mountaineering, glaciology, and alpine ecology. Multimedia...

Johnston Ridge Observatory

  • Information Center

With the most spectacular views of the crater and lava dome of Mount St. Helens, this observatory also has exhibits that interpret the...

Junior Ranger Program

  • Tour–Sight

Youngsters ages 6 to 11 can pick up an activity booklet at a visitor center and fill it out as they explore the park. When they complete...

Longmire Museum and Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Glass cases inside this museum preserve the park's plants and animals, including a stuffed cougar. Historical photographs and geographical...

Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center

  • Information Center

Exhibits at this multimillion-dollar facility document the great 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens and its effects on the surrounding 150,000...

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

  • Museum/Gallery

This facility, one of three visitor centers along Route 504 on the west side of the mountain, has exhibits documenting the eruption,...


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