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The dramatic backdrop to the cityscape, the snowy peak of Mount Rainier stands almost 4,400 metres above the streets of Seattle beneath. The source of water for the entire region with 25 large glaciers and snowfields that melt each and every spring, Mount Rainier is also part of a large national park covering 616 square kilometres.
A designated Wilderness Area, the park contains stunning alpine meadows, forests, streams, as well as dramatic waterfalls which you can admire on foot. Walk along over 400 kilometres of trails for the opportunity to see the extraordinary, captivating splendour of Mount Rainier and the surrounding park.
The Trail of the Shadows is a pleasant hike, taking just 20 minutes from the National Park Inn at Longmire. Alternatively took the Twin Firs Loop Trail, along which you’ll get to pass through a forest made of impressive western red cedars, Douglas firs and all kinds of other great species. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxed, slow-paced walk or you’re a more hardened outdoors lover looking for something a little more challenging, there are many different hikes to suit all levels, however long you’re here for. Casually explore the meadows and glaciers or go all the way to the top of Mount Rainier with the help of experienced guides.
Among the other highlights you can enjoy are mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, sledding, even a spot of cross-country skiing! Head to the Visitor Center at Paradise for information about the park – it’s open daily through the summer months, as well as on weekends and during holidays all year round.
If you’re coming by car, take a drive along the road that encircles the park and enjoy great views or stop off for a casual walk. If you’re staying for longer, rooms are available at the National Park Inn at Longmire or the Paradise Inn. Camping areas are also located throughout the park.
About 144 kilometres by road from Seattle, the national park is open throughout the year but is at its peak in the summer. Snow blocks many routes during from October all the way until June, and sometimes the 19 kilometre stretch from Longmire to Paradise is closed off because of the dangers of an avalanche.
Would you like to make your visit to Mount Rainier National Park even more unique? Remember to try out a few of these activities:
For even more things to do, have a look at our Seattle things to do page.
Loved it. Friendly staff, clean rooms, fun for kids. Has a café, gift shop, and restaurant. There is a pianist playing in the afternoon, and the Inn has a huge lobby to gather and exchange stories.
The peace and quiet of the snow carries into this hotel. Disconnect and enjoy being present. The food and wine were also excellent.
We had a pet room, which was great. Scooby enjoyed the dog bed. We were also able to leave him in the room while we skiied--we'd brought our kennel. All of us were happy with the situation. We will certainly stay there again.
I loved the mountain setting and the view of the ski resort
The beds weren't very comfortable, and I didn't like there was no cable to watch after a long day