On a clear day, Mount Rainier is hard to miss. You can see the stunning, snow-capped peak easily from nearby Seattle and the entire surrounding area.
The national park is famous not only for the beautiful mountain that lies at its center, but also the the meadows of wildflowers that burst into bloom in late spring. There are dozens of hiking trails, and plenty of viewpoints to soak in the beauty of this area. At lower levels, there are old growth forests with towering trees, beautiful lakes and stunning waterfalls.
Mount Rainier National Park Travel Guide
Mount Rainier National Park at a glance
- State: Washington
- Main attractions: Mountain Views, wildflowers, waterfalls
- Best time to go: Late spring to early fall
- Fun Facts:
- Mount Rainier was named in 1972 by Captain George Vancouver after his friend Peter Rainier.
- Mount Rainier was the fifth national park in the United States. It was established in 1899.
- Mount Rainier is not only the highest peak in Washington, it is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. There are a total of 25 named glaciers cascading down its slopes.
- The two most popular areas in Glacier National Park are the appropriately named Sunrise and Paradise.
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James Ian has dedicated his life to travel and has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents. He’s visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.
As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, and Wired. He also has several published detailed itineraries in addition to many free online guides.
James has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.