Mount Rainier is as much adventure as you want, and a completely unique experience in each season. It's the ultimate in American alpine climbing, but it's also ideal for day hikes, picnics, and photo viewpoints that are only a few feet from the road. No matter what level of adventure you're seeking, or what season you're seeking it in, you'll love this 14,410-foot icon.
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Where to Go at Mount Rainier
Another aptly named recreation area, Sunrise sets the scene for a morning spectacle. At an elevation of more than 6,400 feet, it's also the highest point on Mount Rainier that can be reached by vehicle. With acres of wildflower meadows, views of glaciers and spectacular sights, Sunrise is full of magnificent scenery and rewards those who arrive early enough to see the namesake sunrise. A network of trails greets visitors, ranging from casual strolls to elevation-conquering scrambles.
Places to eat and drink at Mount Rainier
You are in the wilderness, but that doesn't mean you can't eat well. You can dine at the highest point in Washington state when you take the Crystal Mountain Gondola up to the Summit House Restaurant. You will not get a better view of Mount Rainier without having to work for it. For a rustic feel and a slice of fantastic pie, stop by the Copper Creek Inn and Restaurant.
Places to shop at Mount Rainier
Ashford is the last town before heading into Mount Rainier National Park from the Longmire entrance. So stock up on gear at Whittaker Mountaineering; or rent snow tires if they are required for ascending to paradise.
The surrounding Mount Rainier communities are also great places to pick up farm fresh foods. Stop by Left Foot Farms for eggs, cheese and a cuddle with a baby goat, or swing by Take Root Farms for raw honey and other seasonal delights.
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Climbing + Hiking
- Largest, No-Fee Hut-to-Hut Trail System
- Family-Friendly Lodging
- All-Seasons Recreation