Travel Guide for Mount Rainier National Park
It was a spectacular blue-sky day during our most recent road trip to Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington. The following day, while at Mt. St. Helens, the weather was damp with dense fog. So our visit to Mt. Rainier was timely!
This stratovolcano reaches a summit peak of 14,411 feet above sea level, and is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range.
Mount Rainier Location
The national park is located about 85 miles southeast of Seattle; allow about a two hours of driving time to the park
Mount Rainier reflecting in a quiet lake in Washington
Snow-covered Mount Rainier in Washington
Interactive Map of the Mount Rainier National Park Area
Lodging Options near Mount Rainier National Park
Most visitors to Mt. Rainier choose to stay in the largest nearby city, Yakima, which offers a variety of hotels and other lodging.
Lodging in the park includes the National Park Inn and Paradise Inn. Camping and wilderness camps are also available.
Photographs of Mount Rainier National Park
Debris in a dry river bed near Mount Rainier in Washington
Hikers and families enjoying Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier Sunrise Visitor Center
Sunrise area near Mt. Rainier, Elevation 6,400 feet
Mount Rainier National Park ... Park Service Building
Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
The road up to higher elevations at Mount Rainier National Park
Visiting National Parks During the COVID-19 Outbreak in 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the national parks of the United States offer wide open spaces, and opportunities for family fun, hiking, fishing, biking, plenty of fresh air and a break from the rigors of Coronavirus Lock Downs.
The National Park Service is closely monitoring and responding to the pandemic. Some facilities and services may be limited. As operations are changing on a park-by-park basis, we recommend visitors check with individual parks for specific details about their operations, including campgrounds.
So if you are visiting Mt. Rainier or another national park, plan ahead ...