Mount Rainier, Mt. Rainier, Washington

Places to see in Mt. Rainier

As your motor coach of Gray line approaches such wonderful Mt Rainier, it will soon be solved by a kind of mystery and excitement! The 14,411 ft., Mt. Rainier is the highest and most beautiful mountains in the Northwest. On this tour, you get the rare opportunity to up-close to an active volcano encased in more than 35 square miles of cold landscape. After a breathtaking journey to the big hill, then get out and tour the national parks, discover a luxurious old hotel, and visit the training center.

At Mt. Rainier you can find an extravagant Old Lodge Inn, a Paradise. This hotel is rightly named, with some stunning views, built in 1917, declared a national historic site. It will not be impressed by the huge lobby with two huge fireplace and colorful decor, big windows overlooking the park and a large cedar logs that support the 50-meter ceiling hotel. Hear the story of the historic Paradise Inn and be sure to look out! A nice, long breath of fresh air in the park will serve you well!

Covered by old-growth forests, meadows of wildflower and icy landscape, Mt. Rainier National Park offers more than 235,000 acres of preserved wilderness. One of the best places to take in the sights and sounds of Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center. Here you'll know the mysteries of Mt. Rainier and the native flora and fauna. Be sure to check out the Visitor Center is an amazing collection of photos!

Weather traces at Mount Rainier are heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean, height and width. Climate is generally cool and rainy, and summer highs in the 60s and 70s. During July and August are the sunniest months of the year for rain every day, and very likely in spring, autumn and winter.

As part of the snowiest places on Earth, Mt. Rainier is worth a visit in the winter. November to late May, expect 10-20 feet of snow on the ground. Approximately 630 "of snow falls in an average winter Paradise - in the winter of 1971-72, Paradise has established a world record in 1122" in the snow!

Inside the Visitor Center you will find presented a unique, fast-food cafeteria-style traditional baked item. Here you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing lunch at Mt. Rainier before rejoining the team way home, via a different route.