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Mount Rainier National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

So big they created a national park in its name, Mount Rainier’s massive snow-capped volcanic cone is clearly visible from Seattle.

Mount Rainier is famous for providing a stunning backdrop to the skyline of Seattle, and this huge volcano holds a treasure at its base: a beautiful national park.

The mountain itself rises to over 14,000 feet (almost 4,400 meters), and the peak is permanently covered in snow. Mount Rainier is a major source of the region’s water, with 25 major glaciers and huge snowfields that melt every spring.

The surrounding national park covers 238 square miles (616 square kilometers). It’s a designated Wilderness Area with alpine meadows, forests, streams and stunning waterfalls. Take a walk along any of the 260 miles (416 kilometers) of maintained trails to really appreciate the vast beauty of the area.

For an easy hike with the family, try the 20-minute Trail of the Shadows, which starts near the National Park Inn at Longmire. Another easy hike is the Twin Firs Loop Trail. You’ll pass through an old-growth forest with impressive examples of western red cedars, Douglas firs and other native trees. There are dozens of easy and more serious hikes that can be achieved in a few hours or a day. Wind through the range of habitats in the park, from blossom-filled meadows to huge glaciers. If you are an experienced hiker, take a multi-day hike to the summit with experienced guides.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, sledding and cross-country skiing. The Visitor Center at Paradise has plenty of practical and educational information about the mountain and the national park. It is open every day from May to early October, as well as weekends and holidays outside these times.

The park is circled by a road and if you don't have a lot of time you can simply drive around it. There are plenty of stops along the way to enjoy views or take a short walk.

If a day trip to Mount Rainier National Park leaves you wanting more, consider booking a room at the National Park Inn at Longmire or the Paradise Inn within the park. There are also several campgrounds within the national park.

Mount Rainier National Park is around a 90-mile (144-kilometer) drive from Seattle. Although it’s open year-round, snow blocks many of the routes such as SR410, SR123 and the Stevens Canyon Road from mid-October until June. Winter visitors will generally find the 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of road from Longmire to Paradise open during the day unless there is an avalanche threat.

Top Hotels Close to Mount Rainier National Park

Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
2 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
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Situated in Paradise, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cascade Range and Mount Rainier. Henry Jackson Visitor Center and Paradise Loop are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (59 reviews)

"Gorgeous views, friendly staff from all over the world. The food was a tad expensive but when you’re the only restaurant I guess you can charge what you want."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2019

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Cowlitz River Lodge
Cowlitz River Lodge
2.5 out of 5
13069 US HWY 12, P.O. BOX 488, Packwood, WA
The price is CA $166 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated in Packwood, this hotel is 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from Mount Rainier National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Grove of the Patriarchs Loop and White Pass ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (500 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable. Very much like a name brand hotel"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2020

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Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
The price is CA $241 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is steps from Cascade Range, Crystal Mountain Resort, and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Crystal Mountain is 3 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (168 reviews)

"We liked the location, view, and cleanliness. There are lots of outside stairs."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2021

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Best Lodging Options Near Mount Rainier National Park

Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
2 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA
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Cowlitz River Lodge
Cowlitz River Lodge
2.5 out of 5
13069 US HWY 12, P.O. BOX 488, Packwood, WA
The price is CA $166 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA
The price is CA $241 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA
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Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
3 out of 5
37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is CA $140 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Paradise Village Hotel
Paradise Village Hotel
2.5 out of 5
31811 WA-706, Ashford, WA
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Packwood Lodge
Packwood Lodge
2 out of 5
13807 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood, WA
The price is CA $164 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
3 out of 5
35707 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA
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Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
Crystal Chalets Condominiums at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort
3 out of 5
33613 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Crystal Mountain, Enumclaw, WA
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