Mount Rainier National Park

Tahoma Woods Star Route
Ashford, WA 98304

Mt. Rainier National Park and its 14,411 feet can offer the best of all outdoor activities. Included in the prestigious Historic Hotels of America register, two National Historic Landmark Inns provide rustic retreats with antique Northwest decor. Paradise Inn was built in 1917 using Alaskan Cedar charred by a fire and taken from the nearby Silver Forest. Hand-hewn furniture, tables, piano, and grandfather clock still grace the lobby of this Great Lodge.

Mount Rainier has five developed areas: Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich. Although the level of development in these areas ranges from basic -little more than a campground and picnic area- to extensive -hotel, restaurant, visitor center, campgrounds and picnic areas- each can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the park.

From Seattle to:

Paradise: South on I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127). East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance, Longmire and Paradise. Sunrise: South on I-5 to SR 516 (exit 149). East on SR 516 to SR 167. South on SR 167 to SR 410. East on SR 410 to the White River Entrance, White River, and the Sunrise turnoff (summer only). From Tacoma to:

Paradise: East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance, Longmire and Paradise. Sunrise: East on SR 512 to SR 167. North on SR 167 to SR 410. East on SR 410 to the White River Entrance, White River, and the Sunrise turnoff (summer only).

Read the "Day Trip: Mount Rainier National Park" blog here.

Read the "Hit the Slopes this Winter!" blog here.

Read the "Top Pacific Northwest Campgrounds" blog here.

Read the "Winter Wonderland" blog here.

Read the "Day Trip: Mount Rainier National Park" blog here.

Read the "April Showers Bring May Flowers!" blog here.

This attraction is located about 49.1 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Price:$5.00 - $15.00
Duration:about 4 hours

The Nisqually entrance (SW corner) is open year-round. Travelers coming from east of the Cascades may enter the park directly during the summer, but Chinook and Cayuse Passes on SR 410 are closed in the winter. Travelers coming from the east may access the park via I-90 and US 12 in the winter. Limited public transportation is available.

Check website for list of all visitor centers' hours.

Features:Free Parking
Handicapped Accessible
Motorcoach Parking

Visitor Reviews

  • Tuesday April 10, 2012
    My Seattle Southside adventure begins visiting majestic Mount Rainier. Pictures are beautiful, but a live experience taking in the splendid view must be a one of a kind experience!
    — Frida
  • Tuesday April 03, 2012
    Hiking Mt. Rainier was one of my favorite family memories with my in-laws! I'd love to go back and explore more of the beautiful nature in the Seattle area!
    — Elizabeth
  • Wednesday March 21, 2012
    Growing up in Vermont and moving to CA to pursue my Masters degree and inevitably, my PhD, I would tell my girlfriend that I never felt like the winter/holidays truly began until I traveled back home to spend my winter vacations in "the VT." There is something unexplainable about being surrounded by the beauty of nature, in the winter, surrounded by snow and all of its glory. I never thought I could experience that feeling until my girlfriend moved from CA to the beautiful state of Washington seven months ago. This winter, I flew into Seattle and spent three, relaxing nights, completely "un-wired" from the rest of the world, away from the demands of graduate school/my girlfriend's demanding career, staying at a wonderful gem of a B&B at the foot of Mt. Ranier. We spent the weekend hiking, snow-shoeing, and exploring Mt. Ranier National Park, and what it could offer. I can honestly say that I was taken away by the beauty of the park, and all Washington has to offer during winter.
    — Pauline
  • Wednesday March 07, 2012
    The adventure begins by packing for a winter snowshoeing getaway at my West Seattle home. Throw the snowshoes in the car! Next, stop at the West Seattle Cupcake Royale for a cupcake six pack for the road. A bottle of wine from the West Seattle wine shop "Bin 41" is a must. Next, a "retail therapy" stop to the Southcenter REI for any needed gear and a map of "Paradise." Hit the road for the National Park in at Longmire in Mt. Rainier National Park. During the evening, sit by the inn's big fieldstone fireplace, sipping a glass of that Bin 41 wine and watch the snow fall outside. A dinner of herb crusted chicken rounds out the evening. A long winter nights sleep in the deep quiet of the inn rejuvenates the body for the mornings adventure. Awake to the smell of coffee and flapjacks coming from the inn dining room. Eat a hearty breakfast - you are going to need it. Bundle up, get in the car and drive the road up to Paradise. You will soon discover, the Paradise area of Mt. Rainier is a miracle. Don your snowshoes and set out into the brilliant white snow under the piercing blue sky. Mt. Rainier hovers like a dream above you, compelling you to move higher and higher onto its slopes. You turn around and gasp. Mt. St Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Tatoosh range blanket the horizon. The view is simply magnificent. You pull out those cupcakes and enjoy the delight of all that you are experiencing. Tired, you trace your steps back to the car and drive back to the National Park Inn. Another night of fireside delight, scrumptous food and deep sleep complete the experience. Drive back to West Seattle the next day and top off your adventure with one of the best meals in the city - a burger at Jak's grill in West Seattle. Have a beer and raise a toast to an adventure well done!
    — Craig
  • Tuesday February 28, 2012
    I remember as a little girl driving up to Mt Rainier with my dad to play in the snow. It was always such fun. I now have those memories for life.
    — Michele
  • Thursday December 15, 2011
    Myself and 3 of my girlfriends decided to do a 10 day camping trip in WA. We packed up all of our camping gear and UPS'ed it across the US. We live in South Florida so it was literally across the US. We started our adventure in Seattle. Then the next morning we headed North to San Juan Islands and went kayaking in the beautiful blue waters. After that we camped again and the headed to the Olympic Penisula and spent 4 days there. We went white water rafting, hiking and just looking at the flora and fauna and the gorgeous Northwest. We ended up at Mt Rainier to start the close up of our journey. Then we headed back North to Seattle. We were able to visit the SAM as well as eat at the Space Needle. I love WA and the beauty that it has to offer. Seattle is such an amazing city with so many things to see and do. Wish I could have spent a month there just to make sure we were able to get everything in. I highly recommend a camping vacation with the girls for an awesome adventure. Can't wait to head that way again.
    — Jamie

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