Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park, in Washington, centers around Mount Rainierβ€”a glaciated volcano. With its wildflower meadows, ancient forests, and alpine scenery, it’s a mountaineer’s dream.

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βœ… Fast Facts

State(s): Washington
Area: 236,381 acres (956.60 sq km) – 30th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Rainier summit – 14,411 ft (4,392.47 m)
Lowest Elevation: Ohanapecosh River – 1,640 ft (499.87 m)
Date Established: March 2, 1899
Annual Visitors: 1,622,395 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Tacoma, Washington

β›° Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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πŸ§—πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Popular Activities in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Mount Rainier National Park.

  1. Scenic drives like the Paradise Valley Road
  2. Wildflower viewing in the subalpine meadows
  3. Snowshoeing with ranger-led tours in winter
  4. Wildlife watching, especially marmots and deer
  5. Photography, capturing the mountain’s reflection in lakes

πŸ›ŽοΈ Where to Stay Near Mount Rainier National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Mount Rainier National Park.

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πŸ” What to Eat Near Mount Rainier National Park

After hiking and exploring Mount Rainier National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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