Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park featuring forests and tranquil scenes
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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

Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA, 98304
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $126 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Ashford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in ...
3.4/5 Good! (965 reviews)
"Little cabin with great access to the park. It needed a good dusting and vacuuming beside the beds."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Gateway Inn
Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA, 98304
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Paradise. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (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

Paradise Inn
National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA, 98304
The price is $169 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Longmire. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (77 reviews)
"Trails nearby but also a quick drive to a few other trail heads too. Parking can get tight but turns over quickly. Never had an issue getting a spot when I was heading in for the day/night."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

National Park Inn
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Gateway Inn
Gateway Inn
3 out of 5
38820 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA, 98304
The price is $126 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 20
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Paradise Inn
Paradise Inn
3 out of 5
52807 Paradise Rd E, Paradise, WA, 98304
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National Park Inn
National Park Inn
2.5 out of 5
47009 Paradise Rd E, Longmire, WA, 98304
The price is $169 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
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Packwood Lodge
Packwood Lodge
2 out of 5
13807 U.S. Highway 12, Packwood, WA, 98361
The price is $159 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Packwood Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
3 out of 5
37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA, 98304
The price is $159 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
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Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
3 out of 5
33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd., Enumclaw, WA, 98022
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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, 98022
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Alta Crystal Resort
Alta Crystal Resort
68317 WA-410, Enumclaw, WA, 98022
The price is $299 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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Nisqually Lodge
Nisqually Lodge
2.5 out of 5
PO Box 95, 31609 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA, 98304
The price is $252 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Nisqually Lodge
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