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Seattle Day Trip: Mt. Rainier

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Mt. Rainier is so close (about three hours outside Seattle) that you can see it from the city — perfect for a day trip. At 14,409 feet, it’s the highest mountain in both Washington and the Cascade Range. Hop in the car or book a bus tour, and prepare for some seriously breathtaking views. With glaciers, mountain meadows, and waterfalls, Mt. Rainier National Park features stunning scenery year-round that’s well worth the trip.
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Washington, USA
For several summers, I just couldn't seem to get the timing right for wildflowers while hiking around Mt. Rainier: too early, too late, too cold, rain...Finally, one summer, although the skies were grey and getting lower on the glaciers, I arrived...
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Paradise, WA 98361, USA
From Paradise Meadow, there are several short and easy hikes, even if you didn’t bring your hiking boots. The one-mile hike to Myrtle Falls is a gentle, paved slope that’s even wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Your reward is a stunning view,...
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Level 2 Fun..That explains the experience getting to 10,000 ft on Mount Rainier; it's rough getting there but when you're done you realize it was rewarding and totally fun! The morning was crystal clear but winds were blowing at 50 mph-down from...
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Washington, USA
Sunrise is the highest-elevation area in Mt. Rainier National Park that can be reached via car. From here, you can see Mt. Rainier, Emmons glacier, beautiful wildflower meadows, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range, such as Mount Adams. The...
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Mount Rainier, Washington 98304, USA
Enumclaw, Washington, is the best kept secret in all of Puget Sound. It is an "AFAR" small town at the foot of Mt. Rainier. 40 mins from Crystal Mountain (the biggest ski resort in the area) and 50 mins to downtown Seattle, it is the best...
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33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
If you’re going to take a scenic gondola ride, it might as well be up the side of a mountain, right? Crystal Mountain’s gondola costs a hefty $25 round trip, but it does come with some lovely views and a surprisingly smooth ride. About six people...
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33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
A restaurant on top of a mountain, reached by gondola, is pretty much the definition of a captive audience. So it’s a pleasant surprise that the Crystal Mountain Summit House actually offers good food, even though it could get away with mediocre...
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Reflection Lake, Washington, USA
Reflection Lake is the iconic Mt. Rainier view that you’ll see on all the postcards — and you just have to pull over on the side of the road to see it. (You do have to pay the national park fee, as it’s inside the park.) On a calm, sunny day, it...
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Longmire, WA 98304, USA
Formerly Mt. Rainier National Park’s headquarters, Longmire has since been decommissioned, but remains a national historic district. Nowadays, it’s a small museum that tells the history of the park’s early days — which seems to include a lot of...