Awe-inspiring recreation

Stunning Mount Rainier is one of Washington’s most iconic attractions, and it is easily accessible from Tacoma and Pierce County.

Find year-round recreation at Mt. Rainier National Park. Attendees can reach the park through five different developed areas, the closest to Tacoma being the Longmire visitor area. Take postcard-worthy photos (or simply enjoy breathtaking views) of waterfalls from the road and trailside. Paradise, the park’s main visitor area, offers trails that vary in difficulty and sight lines. If a meeting is planned for the spring or summer, world-famous wildflower blooms await. The Paradise Jackson Visitor Center is the perfect place to start your Rainier explorations or to catch a break from discovering all the park has to offer. Many areas within these three entrances are inaccessible during winter. Check travel information for road and weather conditions.

There are a number of notable attractions nearby. For an alternative view of Rainier, attendees can ride the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain Resort. Visitors can take the gondola to the peak to see the panorama from altitude. Once there, they can enjoy the Summit House Restaurant, a great spot to find a bite and an unobstructed view of the mountain. Another option is an excursion along the foothills via Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum, a steam-powered train that can host groups and private parties. Its museum in Elbe displays the most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives in the world.

For recreation closer to Tacoma, Point Defiance Park fits the bill. At 760 acres, it is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. Highlights include the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, extensive specialized gardens, Owen Beach, and Five Mile Drive. Direct attendees to the visitor center for information on ranger-led nature walks, walking tours, a “Coffee with Birds” program with Tahoma Audubon, and more.