Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
On clear days—“when the mountains are out,” as locals say—this steep, ice-gilded volcano seems to fill Seattle’s whole horizon. In fact, the peak is 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of the metropolitan area. Forests blanket around 60 percent of Mount Rainier National Park, the rest shared by meadows, alpine heather and the densest patch of glaciers (27 in all) in the contiguous United States. Snap-happy cruisers should be on deck for the outward-bound trip, which can open up iconic shots of the city, the sound and the mountain.
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