Holiday Adventures at Mount Rainier
Three days of memory-making experiences at The Mountain
- Entrance to the National Park is $30 per vehicle. This includes all passengers in the vehicle and in-and-out privileges for 7 days.
- If the forecast calls for snow check the status of the road to Paradise. It closes seasonally, but you can still enjoy the park in the Longmire area.
- Check the National Park website for chain requirements. If your vehicle has 4-wheel drive capabilities, you're good to go. If you have a rental car, you can rent tire chains at Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford.
Afternoon: After your hike or snowshoe, grab some lunch. You'll be hungry. Fun fact: Snowshoeing is an especially aerobic workout, as you have to work harder to lift your feet when the snowshoes are attached to them. You deserve some pie. Copper Creek Inn and Restaurant has world famous (if that isn't true, it should be) blackberry pie, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I mean... How can you not? They also have a great menu, if you insist on eating an actual meal before digging into dessert. After you finish, head back to your cabin, shower, and get ready for bed because...
Evening: It's all aboard The Polar Express! Yes, that's right. You can ride the Polar Express to the North Pole. The best part? Pajamas are highly encouraged. Grab your coziest set of fleece PJ's and settle into your seat. The train is magical, and kids love the singing, dancing waiters who serve hot chocolate as they dance down the aisles. There's a special surprise waiting for you once the train reaches the North Pole, but I don't want to spoil it. This is a must-do, and will become a holiday tradition that your family looks forward to every year. Check out the Polar Express schedule here. If you can't make it for a special Polar Express trip, you can still ride the classic steam engines at the Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum. This is especially fun in the fall as all the leaves are changing colors.
After the train returns to the station, head back to your cabin and curl up in your jammies with a board game, movie, or good book. If the weather is clear, this is a great time to wrap a blanket around your shoulders, head outside, and star gaze. Because you're so far away from any big cities, there's a lot less light pollution, meaning twinkling stars on display.