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The ultimate summer guide to the Mount Rainier region

We’re giving you the need-to-know details on exploring Mount Rainier before booking a trip there this season.

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glacier view with mountains

Enjoy breathtaking views of Emmons Glacier from the Silver Forest Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

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Pack your bags, Portland: We’re heading to the mountain.

Located ~two hours from Rose City, the Mount Rainier region is a can’t-miss destination on your summer bucket list. From sightseeing on the Chinook Scenic Byway to hot air ballooning over Mount Rainier, the area offers many ways to vacation.

Keep reading to dive into a few must-do activities:

🌄 For the sightseer

Mt. Rainier Gondola
Hop on this ~10-minute scenic ride to enjoy the landscape of Mt. Rainier and surrounding cascades before heading to the Summit House next door for a bite.

Mount Rainier National Park, Sunrise
Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and peaks at the park’s highest vehicle-accessible point at 6,400 ft. Heads up: You’ll need to make a reservation.

Hiking Trails
Lace up your boots and explore self-guided trails varying in difficulty, distance, and duration. Be sure to snap a photo at:

hikers on crystal mountain, wa

After hiking Crystal Mountain, guests can check out a scenic gondola ride or guided horseback ride.

Photo provided by Visit Rainier

🧗 For the thrill-seeker

Flying Raven Adventure Course
Navigate bridges, high beams, and trees while soaking in the scenery at this three-hour, beginner- and seasoned-climber-friendly course.

Crystal Climbing Wall
Tackle a 24-ft wall featuring three auto-belay stations (read: a beginner-friendly climbing feature that eliminates the need for a partner) after a short briefing.

jeep alongside mount rainier

Exploring the region on foot isn’t the only way to soak in this breathtaking scenery.

Photo provided by Visit Rainier; Ian McRae

🍴 For the gourmand

Summit House
This restaurant takes dining to new heights. Enjoy breathtaking views at Washington’s highest-elevated experience serving Northwest-inspired cuisine at 6,872 ft.

Alpine Inn
Whether you’re looking for a pre-hike lunch or a locally-inspired seasonal dish, this Bavarian-themed restaurant is your one-stop shop for a meal with a view. Pro tip: Check out the outdoor patio — weather permitting.

Snorting Elk
This Australian-inspired ski bar offers classic pub food (think: pretzels, nachos + burgers), plus cocktails, microbrews, and wine.

mount rainier from crystal mountain

Mount Rainier looks pretty incredible from the summit of Crystal Mountain.

Photo provided by Visit Rainier

🌟 Travel tips

Ready to visit? Find details on accommodations, shuttles, and weather tips below. Download a free itinerary + start planning.

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