By Allison Kirschbaum

The state of Washington has a lot to offer besides its fine wine, Starbucks, and bustling cities. It is also home to one of the country's most famous nature attractions, Mount Rainier National Park. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, this iconic active volcano with five major rivers is the most glaciated peak in the U.S. Further, it has a subalpine wildflower meadow ring, while the other parts of the mountain are covered with ancient forests. It's no surprise that bountiful wildlife and ecosystems can be found in this place—a perfect site for discovery and bonding with family if you’re still planning your trip.

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Mount Rainier National Park Paradise

This place is considered a premier destination by many who want to experience shopping, lodging, and great food in the mountains. After visiting a few military bases in Washington, connecting with nature is a great idea. The park offers its rich history and splendor, which can leave every guest in awe.

Their staff is friendly and efficient, and they go above and beyond to provide unparalleled hospitality. Mount Rainier National Park offers four gift shops, two history lodges, and five varying dining options to cater to different food tastes.

Also, most of the staff at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State, have a family member who is ex-military or retired from service. That's why service members are most welcome here. To give back, members of the military receive free entry to the park.

Lodging at the National Park

To accommodate guests, they offer two lodging options:

1. Paradise Inn

It provides a relaxing retreat with hiking trails right to its doorstep. This great lodge of the west boasts 121 guest rooms without modern amenities, but you will get to have an authentic experience of what it's like to live in the past.

2. National Park Inn

It offers 25 cozy, non-smoking guest rooms located within the trees of the historic Longmire District. It is a perfect place to unwind. Guests can enjoy their afternoon tea in front of the fire in the guest library or while enjoying the view of Mount Rainier National Park on the veranda.

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List of Activities to Keep You Busy

Once you decide to stay at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, you'll enjoy various activities, which vary per season, which makes it more exciting for thrill seekers.

Summer Activities

Most of the roads are accessible from May through early October, which provides a breathtaking view of hiking trails.

1. Hiking and Nature Walks

This is an excellent experience for the family to explore the trails of 240 miles.

2. Mountain Climbing

With its enormous height, the joy of climbing is worth the adventure.

3. Fishing

Be prepared with your fishing hooks at the Mount Rainier National Park, as the naturally crystal clear rivers and streams are populated with various fish.

4. Camping

You can invite as many as possible since it has 555 developed campsites and backcountry sites—an excellent spot to have some s'mores and campfire stories.

Winter Activities

Snow is the king in this National Park, and it is also the go-to of winter and snow enthusiasts.

1. Guided Snow Walks

It's like trekking or hiking; the only difference is that snow is covered. Park rangers lead guided snowshoe walks on weekends from December through March.

2. Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

For those people who want to glide down the mountain and appreciate snow, this is for you. If you want to rent equipment, be the first one to arrive since it is on a first-come basis.

3. Snowboarding and Tubing

You can enjoy this exciting activity at the Mount Rainier National Park in Paradise Snow Play Area, where plenty of snow cover protects the underlying vegetation. Remember to bring your tubes and boards since they are not for rent.

Climbing Schools

With its great height, there is a thrill in conquering your fear and reaching the top. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a great accomplishment. That's why it is no question that many adrenaline enthusiasts, novice or professional, are climbing the vertical elevation that can reach up to 9,000 feet.

A Nature Lover's Paradise

Having time to relax with your family is the best way to build connections or if you just want to take a break from your busy life. Not looking at your mobile screen or glued to the TV is a breath of fresh air to rekindle connections with your loved ones. At the same time, staying with Mount Rainer Guest Services has a welcoming and comfortable vibe.

The park offers various events for which guests can look out; it has an Easter and Mother's Day brunch. A 10% discount is being offered for military members on all dining. For other occasions, they will feature Father's Day and Independence Day BBQs and specials throughout the summer. Lastly, if you're a fan of the Thanksgiving and Christmas buffet, join them yearly.

For further inquiries or reservations at the Mount Rainier National Park, you can contact Rainier Guest Services via phone at 855-755-2275 or fax at 360-569-2770.

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This editorial is a result of a collaboration with Rainier Guest Services.




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