Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park
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  • Clive W
    1,906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views and walking trails
    Magnificent views and a wide range of walking trails. Snow even in Mid-June which was unexpected. Although it had many visitors when we went, it was easy to get away from the crowds. We managed to see deer several times quite close up. Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • mbmoser
    Milwaukie, Oregon202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Sunny Day
    Place was beautiful. The view of the mountains is awe inspiring. Lots of hikes with amazing photo opportunities. Place gets busy early. We arrived at about 9:30 and had to park in a satellite parking lot about a mile away from the visitor center. Walk is all up hill. Wish there was a shuttle system like other national parks have. A must do!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • MarcMis96
    Arab, Alabama198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park With Several Waterfalls.
    This national park ended up being one of our favorites on our vacation through the Pacific Northwest. We got to the park late, so some of the shops and museums were closed, but we did find one that was open. There are several waterfalls throughout the park that are worth stopping for. The mountain itself is beautiful. The Paradise area can fill up quickly. We got there late so some cars had cleared out, but there was still limited parking available.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing scenery and views!
    We were not disappointed by our visit to Mt. Rainier NP. The scenery is fantastic. Yes, we were lucky and had clear blue skies. Entry to the park in early afternoon was busy ( we were staying at the National Park Inn, about a 15 minute drive from the south entrance). There are a number of trails for all abilities. It’s worth going up to the Paradise area but get there early to get parked!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Celiaklausing
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Jackie was the PERFECT guide. Beautiful weather, amazing views and seeing a rainbow at one of the falls was unexpected and breathtaking. I have seen many a waterfall in my life, all shapes and sizes, and never saw anything quite like it. She timed the visit to the falls perfectly so our group would have a good chance of seeing a rainbow. Food - incredible! I do wish I had the recipes so I could try to duplicate the food at home. Yes, one could see Mt Ranier on their own with a car, but there is no way one group could see all the things we saw in the time allotted unless they’d been there before. Plus, no one in my party had to navigate the curvy mountain roads in the park. HIGHLY recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,806 contributions
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    Incredible National Park
    We visited in September, the parking lots were still fairly crowded, but the roads weren’t bad. Once you got out of your car, there is so much space that it’s easy to avoid any crowds or people if you want. It is an amazing, awe inspiring place. Water falls, glaciers, mountains views, glacier wash, wildlife, reflective lakes, incredibly tall trees, colorful flora, peaceful silence, winding roads, and of course Mt Rainier. The pictures just do not, in any way at all, capture the way the majestic Mt Rainier dominates the landscape. It is just mammoth and you get a feeling of how small we are in comparison. At the appropriately named Paradise, 19 zig zagged miles from the main entrance, at the base of the mountain the views are almost unbelievable. I will never, ever forget this visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California580 contributions
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    Majestic Mt. Rainier
    I only spent half a day here, but wish I could have stayed much longer! Mt. Rainier National Park protects its namesake mountain, with its numerous glaciers, as well as the surrounding meadows and forests. The most popular part of the park is the aptly-named Paradise area. From there, I hiked the Skyline Loop. It's a moderately challenging hike, but well worth the spectacular views of the mountain, Nisqually Glacier, and the Cascade Range. There are several other trails in and nearby Paradise, including the short but pretty walk on the shore of Reflection Lake. I was hoping to explore the Grove of the Patriarchs, but it remains closed due to flood damage. The park is very accessible from the Seattle area. During the summer, be sure to arrive as early as possible to find parking and beat the crowds. There is an excellent visitor center in Paradise with displays, a gift shop, and a small cafeteria.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 22, 2023
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Travel_Expert
San Antonio, TX32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Amazing views from this park, and the natural features were stunning. Bring snacks and water and enjoy the ride up and along the mountain!
Written April 23, 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
This is one of America's earliest parks from the formation of the NPS and it is one of the country's best protecting incredible virgin forest, cascading waterfalls, magical mountain meadows, clear lakes and one of the tallest and most massive mountains in the US. The park has so many great things to see, but the highlight is the volcanic, glacial covered mountain that gives the park its name.

We spent 2 days and a night in the Paradise area, as well as a drive by the Sunrise area. I recommend you allot multiple days as the weather on the mountain can be temperamental and erratic. Despite a forecast that called for sunshine, our first day was thick fog at the top but a great day at the base and mid-mountain. We started with forest hikes at Twin Firs and Trail of Shadows, and I was amazed at the size and height of these virgin forest. After lunch at National Park Inn, we continued up the mountain as the fog subsided taking in views and waterfalls like Narada and Christine Falls. We then went to the other side of the mountain to hike the Tatoosh Range to Snow and Bench Lakes which were beautiful alpine lakes before ending the day at the Jackson Visitor Center.

We spent the night at the historic Paradise Inn which was an incredible setting, especially as the fog lifted and we could see the mountain at twilight. The next morning, we woke early to the Skyline Loop. This was an incredible hike that has to be top 5 in the National Park System and is rated #1 in the state of Washington by AllTrails. The views of the mountain, meadows and glaciers are all incredible. You also get to see 3 other massive Cascade, volcanic mountains, Adams, Hood (in Oregon) and St. Helen's. However, it is not just the views as we were surrounded by wildlife on our hike seeing multiple deer and marmots. My wife loved the marmots.

Again, the entire stay was incredible, one of our favorite parks of the 38 we have visited. I will also say the Paradise Inn is a great stay and allows you to do so many things in the park. However, you really need to plan for several different things and adjust to the weather. When the weather breaks the right way, there is no better park to visit.
Written December 30, 2023
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I only spent half a day here, but wish I could have stayed much longer! Mt. Rainier National Park protects its namesake mountain, with its numerous glaciers, as well as the surrounding meadows and forests.

The most popular part of the park is the aptly-named Paradise area. From there, I hiked the Skyline Loop. It's a moderately challenging hike, but well worth the spectacular views of the mountain, Nisqually Glacier, and the Cascade Range.

There are several other trails in and nearby Paradise, including the short but pretty walk on the shore of Reflection Lake. I was hoping to explore the Grove of the Patriarchs, but it remains closed due to flood damage.

The park is very accessible from the Seattle area. During the summer, be sure to arrive as early as possible to find parking and beat the crowds. There is an excellent visitor center in Paradise with displays, a gift shop, and a small cafeteria.
Written November 23, 2023
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH6,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited in September, the parking lots were still fairly crowded, but the roads weren’t bad. Once you got out of your car, there is so much space that it’s easy to avoid any crowds or people if you want. It is an amazing, awe inspiring place. Water falls, glaciers, mountains views, glacier wash, wildlife, reflective lakes, incredibly tall trees, colorful flora, peaceful silence, winding roads, and of course Mt Rainier. The pictures just do not, in any way at all, capture the way the majestic Mt Rainier dominates the landscape. It is just mammoth and you get a feeling of how small we are in comparison. At the appropriately named Paradise, 19 zig zagged miles from the main entrance, at the base of the mountain the views are almost unbelievable. I will never, ever forget this visit.
Written September 24, 2023
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Celiaklausing
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Jackie was the PERFECT guide.
Beautiful weather, amazing views and seeing a rainbow at one of the falls was unexpected and breathtaking. I have seen many a waterfall in my life, all shapes and sizes, and never saw anything quite like it. She timed the visit to the falls perfectly so our group would have a good chance of seeing a rainbow.
Food - incredible! I do wish I had the recipes so I could try to duplicate the food at home. Yes, one could see Mt Ranier on their own with a car, but there is no way one group could see all the things we saw in the time allotted unless they’d been there before. Plus, no one in my party had to navigate the curvy mountain roads in the park.
HIGHLY recommend.
Written September 15, 2023
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Rob121618
West Malling, UK517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were not disappointed by our visit to Mt. Rainier NP. The scenery is fantastic. Yes, we were lucky and had clear blue skies. Entry to the park in early afternoon was busy ( we were staying at the National Park Inn, about a 15 minute drive from the south entrance). There are a number of trails for all abilities. It’s worth going up to the Paradise area but get there early to get parked!
Written July 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MarcMis96
Arab, AL198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This national park ended up being one of our favorites on our vacation through the Pacific Northwest. We got to the park late, so some of the shops and museums were closed, but we did find one that was open. There are several waterfalls throughout the park that are worth stopping for. The mountain itself is beautiful. The Paradise area can fill up quickly. We got there late so some cars had cleared out, but there was still limited parking available.
Written July 22, 2023
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mbmoser
Milwaukie, OR202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Place was beautiful. The view of the mountains is awe inspiring. Lots of hikes with amazing photo opportunities.

Place gets busy early. We arrived at about 9:30 and had to park in a satellite parking lot about a mile away from the visitor center. Walk is all up hill. Wish there was a shuttle system like other national parks have.

A must do!
Written July 8, 2023
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Clive W
Orpington1,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Magnificent views and a wide range of walking trails. Snow even in Mid-June which was unexpected. Although it had many visitors when we went, it was easy to get away from the crowds. We managed to see deer several times quite close up.

Highly recommended.
Written July 8, 2023
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We arrived at Mount Rainier National Park in the late morning. How something can be so majestic yet so threatening at the same time is pretty amazing. Words really cannot describe the true beauty of this National Park. This is absolutely a 'must see' if you are anywhere even remotely close to this area. Try to get there early as the traffic to gain entry is almost obscene.
Written February 24, 2023
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