Washington state is home to Mount Rainier National Park, whose century-plus existence has given shelter to the 14,410-foot stratovolcano of Mount Rainier herself, a multitude of waterfalls, sturdy forest, wildflower-strewn meadows, crystalline waterfalls, and a wide range of wildlife in the park's compact yet diverse ecosystems. Visitor centers include Longmire, home of the Longmire Museum, and Mount Rainier's National Park Inn, the only perennial accommodation inside the park.
Park-famous wildflowers bloom year round, but many open in mid-July, giving the grounds a radiant sheen. Day hiking is free, but overnight stays in the wilderness require a permit from the ranger stations.
The entrance fee for each visitor 16 and older entering on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or horseback, is $5, and is good for seven days. The entrance fee for private, non-commercial vehicles with a seating capacity of 15 or less is $15, and is good for seven days. The Mount Rainier Annual Pass is $30, and covers entrance fees for the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, click here.
Near by POI
Lewis and Clark State Park is 621 acres of old-growth forest that invites hikers, horseback riders, birdwatchers, campers, and outdoor athletes. Wright Park is a 27-acre public park/arboretum, designed by legendary outdoor architect Edward Otto Schwager.