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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Snow-capped Mount Rainer towers 4392m above the Cascade Mountain Range and boasts over 40 glaciers. Located 130km south of Seattle, it one of North America’s most recognisable mountains.

Although many travellers stop to snap a few photos of Mount Rainier’s snow capped peak (if it’s not shrouded in cloud), the more active traveller may be tempted to undertake one of the national park’s many hiking trails.

Admission to the national park costs $15 per car or $5 if you arrive by foot or public transport.

Practical information

Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

Tel (360) 569 6036
Open Jan-Apr Sat-Sun; May-Oct daily; Nov-Dec Sat-Sun

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park
Tel (360) 569 6046
Open late May-early Oct 9am-5pm daily

Sunrise Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park
Tel (360) 663 2425
Open Jul-early Sep 9am-5pm daily

Coming & going

Between May and September Gray Line (tel (206) 624 5208; website runs day trips from Seattle to Mount Rainier that allow 3½ hours at the mountain. The return trip costs $54.

Hostel accommodation

The closest hostel to Mount Rainier National Park is in Ashford.

Whittaker's Bunkhouse

30205 State Route 706 East, Ashford, WA 98304
Tel (360) 569-2439

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