visit mt rainier in march

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park in March

Navigate forward to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Navigate backward to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Looking for a different month?

March is a good time to visit Mount Rainier National Park . The weather is usually really cold with a gentle breeze, with temperatures ranging from 27—40°F (-3—4°C).

Mount Rainier National Park has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and interests. In this article, we tell you the top things to see and do for your March trip to Mount Rainier National Park. Get inspired by the events, activities, attractions, and experiences unique to March. We’ll let you know where to explore events based on your interests, whether that’s food, culture, art, music, sport or others.

We’ll let you know everything you need to prepare for the weather in Mount Rainier National Park in March. Learn about what to wear and pack for your trip, the average temperatures throughout March, temperature changes from morning to evening and much more.

Table of contents

  • Experiences
  • Weather and what to wear
  • Attractions

visit mt rainier in march

Best events and things to do in Mount Rainier National Park in March

Top experiences in march, holidays in mount rainier national park in march.

  • Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras ( March 4 )
  • St. Patrick's Day ( March 17 )

Other notable holidays

  • Valentine's Day ( February 14 )
  • Presidents' Day ( February 17 )
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in March

Temperatures on an average day in Mount Rainier National Park in March

The average temperature in Mount Rainier National Park in March for a typical day ranges from a high of 40°F (4°C) to a low of 27°F (-3°C). Some would describe it as really cold with a gentle breeze.

For comparison, the hottest month in Mount Rainier National Park , August, has days with highs of 75°F (24°C) and lows of 50°F (10°C). The coldest month, December has days with highs of 33°F (0°C) and lows of 23°F (-5°C). This graph shows how an average day looks like in Mount Rainier National Park in March based on historical data.

Visiting Mount Rainier National Park? See our Mount Rainier National Park Trip Planner.

Historical temperature average in March

General weather summary, what to wear in march, best attractions for mount rainier national park in march.

Mount Rainier

Popular road trips from Mount Rainier National Park

What's the weather like in mount rainier national park.

It depends on when you visit! We've compiled data from NASA on what the weather is like in Mount Rainier National Park for each month of the year: see the links below for more information.

  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in January
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in February
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in April
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in May
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in June
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in July
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in August
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in September
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in October
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in November
  • Weather in Mount Rainier National Park in December

All road trips from Mount Rainier National Park

  • Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Vancouver drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Portland drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Victoria drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Banff National Park drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Astoria drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Yellowstone National Park drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Banff drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Calgary drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Whistler drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Newport drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Jasper National Park drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Jasper drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Spokane drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Bend drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to North Vancouver drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Bellingham drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Kelowna drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to La Jolla drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Hood River drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Glacier National Park drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Tofino drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Palm Springs drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Boise drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Sacramento drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Napa drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Eugene drive
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Squamish drive

Explore nearby places

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • South Cle Elum
  • Crystal Mountain
  • South Prairie
  • Snoqualmie Pass
  • Black Diamond
  • Bonney Lake

All related maps of Mount Rainier National Park

  • Map of Mount Rainier National Park
  • Map of Paradise
  • Map of White Pass
  • Map of Longmire
  • Map of Packwood
  • Map of Greenwater
  • Map of Ashford
  • Map of Easton
  • Map of Randle
  • Map of South Cle Elum
  • Map of Ronald
  • Map of Roslyn
  • Map of Cle Elum
  • Map of Buckley
  • Map of Enumclaw
  • Map of Elbe
  • Map of Crystal Mountain
  • Map of Mineral
  • Map of South Prairie
  • Map of Naches
  • Map of Eatonville
  • Map of Glenoma
  • Map of Orting
  • Map of Snoqualmie Pass
  • Map of Thorp
  • Map of Black Diamond
  • Map of Bonney Lake
  • Map of Graham
  • Map of Ravensdale
  • Map of Morton
  • Map of Sumner

Mount Rainier National Park throughout the year

  • Mount Rainier National Park in January
  • Mount Rainier National Park in February
  • Mount Rainier National Park in March
  • Mount Rainier National Park in April
  • Mount Rainier National Park in May
  • Mount Rainier National Park in June
  • Mount Rainier National Park in July
  • Mount Rainier National Park in August
  • Mount Rainier National Park in September
  • Mount Rainier National Park in October
  • Mount Rainier National Park in November
  • Mount Rainier National Park in December

Looking for day-by-day itineraries in Mount Rainier National Park?

Get inspired for your trip to Mount Rainier National Park with our curated itineraries that are jam-packed with popular attractions everyday! Check them out here:

  • 1-Day Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary
  • 2-Day Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary

visit mt rainier in march

  • Itinerary + map in one view
  • Live collaboration
  • Auto-import hotels and reservations
  • Optimize your route
  • Offline access on mobile
  • See time and distance between all your places

Mount Rainier National Park   Travel Guide

Courtesy of Getty Images |

visit mt rainier in march

Best Times To Visit Mount Rainier National Park

The best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park is July through August, when wildflowers transform the park's subalpine meadows and the dry, warm weather provides optimal hiking conditions. If you want to see the mountainous landscape blanketed in snow, you'll be treated to a winter wonderland if you visit between November and March. The park is open year-round, but in the winter season (which lasts from November through May), many areas of the park are closed, including roads. The road from the Nisqually Entrance Historic District to Longmire is open year-round, but it closes during extreme weather. But there are several wintertime activities that make a visit during this season worthwhile, including ranger-led snowshoe walks. Travelers should always check the park website before visiting.

Weather in Mount Rainier National Park

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

Navigate forward to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Navigate backward to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise

Things To Do

Alexander's Lodge

Best Hotels

World Map

You might also like

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

# 1 in  Best Places to Visit in Colorado

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

# 1 in  Best Places to Visit in the USA for 2023

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

# 1 in  Best Cheap Vacations in the U.S. for 2023

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2024

Christina Maggitas February 6, 2024

visit mt rainier in march

The 32 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Gwen Pratesi|Timothy J. Forster February 1, 2024

visit mt rainier in march

9 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in Florida for 2024

Gwen Pratesi|Amanda Norcross January 5, 2024

visit mt rainier in march

24 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S. for 2024

Erin Evans January 4, 2024

visit mt rainier in march

26 Top Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts for 2024

Zach Watson December 28, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

Solo Vacations: The 36 Best Places to Travel Alone in 2024

Lyn Mettler|Erin Vasta December 22, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

26 Cheap Beach Vacations for Travelers on a Budget

Kyle McCarthy|Sharael Kolberg December 4, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

The 50 Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in the World

Holly Johnson December 1, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

The 26 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Rachael Hood November 16, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

44 Cheap Tropical Vacations That Feel Expensive

Holly Johnson|Alissa Grisler November 10, 2023

visit mt rainier in march

VisitRainier

Stay & Play Your Way Through Mt. Rainier

Explore all mt. rainier has to offer, communities, park regions, activities & attractions, need some ideas to get started.

Whether it’s your first visit to Mount Rainier or your 50th our itineraries can help you plan your best trip ever.

Every season is rainier season

No trip to Washington state is complete without a Mount Rainier experience. Stroll through a temperate inland rainforest this spring. Hike with the wildflowers and gaze upon powerful waterfalls this summer. Marvel at the fall colors each autumn. Discover epic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing each winter. And fall in love with the world-class vistas that re-define spectacular year-round.

mt rainier map new image

Lodging Near Mt. Rainier

Stay in Ashford, Eatonville, Elbe, and Mineral for convenient access to Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually Entrance, offering proximity to Longmire, Paradise, waterfalls, and Reflection Lakes. Opt for Packwood to be near the Stevens Canyon Entrance and White Pass Resort, and choose Enumclaw, Crystal Mountain, and Greenwater for easy entry to the White River Entrance, granting access to Sunrise, Crystal Mountain, and Tipsoo Lake.

Visit Rainier Itinerary | Wildlife and Waterfalls

Visit Rainier Itinerary | Wildlife and Waterfalls

Archive , Visit Rainier Blog

New Itinerary| Wildlife and Waterfalls Attention, fellow adventurers! While many rush through Eatonville en route to Mount Rainier...

City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge

Press Releases , Visit Rainier Blog

PUGET SOUND: LET’S WIN THE CITY NATURE CHALLENGE! Annual global challenge April 26-April 29 offers an opportunity for the Puget Sound...

Stay up to date

Subscribe to our newsletter

The Visit Rainier newsletter delivers monthly updates featuring seasonal highlights, travel advice, exclusive deals, upcoming events, and more.

" * " indicates required fields

Upcoming Events

sat 20 apr All Day Fee Free Days at Mount Rainier National Park Discover the breathtaking beauty of Mount Rainier National Park without breaking the bank!

Event Details

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Mount Rainier National Park without breaking the bank! Spend time in the great outdoors on six fee-free entrance days in 2024, making it more

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Mount Rainier National Park without breaking the bank!

Spend time in the great outdoors on six fee-free entrance days in 2024, making it more affordable than ever to plan your visit.

Mark your calendar for these special dates:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 20: First Day of National Park Week
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

On these fee-free days, entry to Mount Rainier National Park is complimentary for everyone. It’s an open invitation to explore the vast landscapes, pristine wilderness, and iconic vistas that make Mount Rainier a true natural treasure.

Take your time to soak in the grandeur of this expansive park. With no entrance fees, you have the perfect opportunity to plan an extended stay and truly connect with the wonders that unfold around every corner. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Mount Rainier offers something for everyone.

To make the most of your visit, be sure to secure your accommodations early. From charming cabins to cozy lodges and welcoming inns, the area surrounding Mount Rainier National Park boasts a variety of lodging options. Don’t miss out on the chance to stay close to the heart of the action—reserve your spot today.

Click here for a list of lodging options in and around Mount Rainier National Park. Plan ahead. Experience an unforgettable adventure in the splendor of one of America’s iconic national parks! We look forward to welcoming you on these fee-free days as we celebrate the beauty and wonder of Mount Rainier together.

All Day (Saturday) (GMT-07:00)

Mount Rainier National Park

National Park Service

Calendar GoogleCal

sat 20 apr 1:00 PM sat 4:00 PM Enumclaw Umbrella Art Festival Celebrate spring showers, art, and creativity during the Enumclaw Umbrella Art Festival

Celebrate spring showers during the first Enumclaw Umbrella Art Festival Date: April 20 & 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Downtown Enumclaw, Washington

Celebrate spring showers during the first Enumclaw Umbrella Art Festival

Date: April 20 & 27, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Location: Downtown Enumclaw, Washington Parking: Street parking is available

Join us for Enumclaw’s first-ever Umbrella Art Festival, presented by Bordeaux Wine Bar! Celebrate art, rain, and creativity in historic downtown Enumclaw.

What to Expect:

  • Local Artists: Discover the work of a dozen talented local artists showcased in downtown businesses. From paintings to sculptures, each piece tells a unique story of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Interactive Art: Immerse yourself in the creative process with live art demonstrations and interactive installations. Meet the artists, learn about their techniques, and even witness masterpieces come to life before your eyes.
  • Umbrella Parade: Bring your favorite umbrella and show off your style while exploring historic downtown Enumclaw.
  • Community Spirit: Support the local arts community and connect with fellow art enthusiasts in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or simply appreciate beauty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Umbrella Art Festival.

Plan Your Visit:

  • Rain or Shine: The festival will take place rain or shine, so don’t let the weather dampen your spirits! Grab your umbrella, embrace the elements, and let your creativity shine.
  • Explore Enumclaw: Extend your visit and discover the diverse attractions this charming town has to offer. From browsing charming boutiques to savoring wine, spirits, or craft beer in various tasting rooms, admiring the stylish cars at the Thunderdome Car Museum, or embarking on a guided trail ride at Echo River Ranch, to hitting your mark at the local axe bar, there’s a wealth of experiences awaiting you.
  • Cost: This is a free event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of art in the rain! Mark your calendar, gather your friends and family, and join us for an unforgettable weekend at the Umbrella Art Festival in Enumclaw.

Participating Businesses Hosting Artists

BORDEAUX WINE BAR

Meet the Artists

  • MIRIAM LEWIS
  • COLEEN JONES
  • ALIESHA DUNLAP
  • PATRICIA J MOSS
  • ANITRA SIMMONS
  • JASON BRADY
  • MADISON KRUSE
  • HOLLYANNE SAMUELSERN
  • KAITLYN TOWER
  • OLIVIA MEGARGLE
  • DAN DEVRIES

Area Lodging

Stay near the festival at one of Enumclaw’s inns, vacation rentals, or the Enumclaw Expo RV campground. Click here for local accommodations.

(Saturday) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (GMT-07:00)

sat 27 apr All Day sun 28 Fields & Fins Fields & Fins, April 27 and 28 in Mineral, Elbe, and Ashford, Washington! Fishing derby, petting zoo, pony rides, live music and more.

Fields & Fins: April 27th and 28th! Introducing Fields and Fins, a new event designed to connect visitors to family farms, ranches, country stores, and experiences in

Fields & Fins: April 27th and 28th!

Introducing Fields and Fins, a new event designed to connect visitors to family farms, ranches, country stores, and experiences in the Upper Nisqually Valley. From pony rides and live musical performances at EZ Times Horse Rides to a farmers market and plant sale at Frey Family Farm, Fields & Fins offers opportunities to engage with local farmers and experience various activities.

Participating Sites

  • Noon (Sunday): Stay for the announcement of the Derby winner.

Morning (Saturday):

  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM: Start your day by visiting the Elbe Country Market for the petting zoo and shopping. Farmers from Chickentopia will be on-site, and there will be a wood carving demonstration at noon. The market is located at 54209 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330, directly across from the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad depot.
  • 11:00 AM: 🐷 Attend a piglet meet and greet with Kuma Tako Ranch .
  • Noon: 🎶 Catch Becky Rowe Berge’s live performance during a free BBQ.
  • 1:00 PM: 🌾 Take some time to relax and explore Frey Family Farm’s plant sale until 5:00 PM. Frey Family Farm is located at 28411 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304. Please note that the plant sale is only available on April 27th.
  • 5:00 PM onwards: 🍕 Wrap up your day with a delicious meal at Basecamp Bar & Grill . Serving pizza, beer, burgers, salads, and more, this open-air restaurant offers fire pits, covered seating, and a small climbing wall. Find Basecamp Bar & Grill at 30027 WA-706, Ashford, WA 98304.

Looking for lodging to complete your Fields & Fins experience? Explore a variety of options in the nearby communities:

  • Mineral : Stay near the campground hosting opening day festivities, indulge in the charm of a historic bed and breakfast, or relax in cozy vacation rentals.
  • Elbe : Experience a unique stay at the Hobo Inn, the largest collection of cabooses in Washington state, where each caboose is converted into a comfortable motel room.
  • Ashford : With over 100 places to stay, Ashford offers a diverse range of lodging options including lodges, vacation rentals, treehouses, yurts, cabins, and inns. Find your perfect retreat and make the most of your Fields & Fins weekend!

Don’t let this opportunity be the “big one that got away”! Reel in the fun at Fields & Fins.

april 27 (Saturday) - 28 (Sunday) (GMT-07:00)

sat 11 may 6:00 PM sat 7:30 PM Dinner Trains New Dinner Trains at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad on May 11 and June 15.

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad Presents New Dinner Trains: A Feast for the Senses

🎟️ Dinner Train Pricing: Adults – $65, Youth (4–17), Under 4 – FREE!

🕒 Departure Times: 6:00 pm

Indulge in a special evening aboard Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad’s special Dinner Trains on the weekends of Mother’s Day, May 11, and Father’s Day, June 15.

Celebrate in Style: Enjoy a mouthwatering BBQ buffet picked up at our depot before boarding, and savor every moment with your loved ones on this express trip from Elbe to Mineral.

Onboard Delights: The Polson 70, a 100-year-old steam engine, leads the historic train set. It features an open-air car, two Pullman coaches, and a transformed baggage car—a gift shop and concession stand.

Mark your calendar: Join special Dinner Trains on Mother’s Day, May 11, and Father’s Day, June 15. Reconnect on this classic steam train through Mt. Rainier’s forest and foothills.

Book Your Seat: Secure your spot on these exclusive Dinner Trains. Space is limited, and reservations are strongly recommended.

Make a weekend out of it. Stay a few nights to explore nearby Mt. Rainier National Park and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park . For lodging near the train station, click here .

Only purchase tickets through the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Do not purchase tickets through third parties.

(Saturday) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (GMT-07:00)

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

54124 Mountain Hwy E,

Get Directions

sun 12 may 10:00 AM sun 3:30 PM Mother's Day Brunch Buffet Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at the National Park Inn May 12, 2024

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Mountain Celebrate Mother’s Day with a journey to the historic National Park Inn in breathtaking Mount Rainier National Park. There’s something special about leaving

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Mountain

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a journey to the historic National Park Inn in breathtaking Mount Rainier National Park. There’s something special about leaving the city behind and winding through old-growth forests past rivers and waterfalls. So why not escape the hustle and bustle and indulge Mom with a brunch buffet at this storied inn?

The menu boasts a delightful array of dishes inspired by the flavors of the Pacific Northwest, featuring savory delights and mouthwatering sweets.

While an overnight stay adds an extra touch of relaxation and luxury to your Mother’s Day escape, it’s not necessary to enjoy this holiday brunch. However, for those yearning to make the occasion truly unforgettable, consider extending your stay and immersing yourselves in the magic of witnessing the sunset behind the majestic mountain and waking up to the awe-inspiring sunrise painting the sky.

Whether you opt for a leisurely hike, a scenic trail meander, or simply a moment of relaxation amidst the park’s natural splendor, National Park Inn offers a stunning backdrop for a memorable Mother’s Day weekend. Secure your reservations now as space is limited. Treat Mom to a culinary experience with a side order of stunning scenery.

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet Menu

(Sunday) 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (GMT-07:00)

National Park Inn

sat 18 may 9:00 AM sat 1:00 PM Mud Mountain Trail Fest The Mud Mountain Trail Fest: choose a Half Marathon or 10K options on May 18th and 19th with views of the White River and spring wildflowers.

Welcome to Mud Mountain Trail Fest! Experience the thrill of the Mud Mountain Trail Fest as it leads you through the stunning terrain surrounding Mud Mountain

Welcome to Mud Mountain Trail Fest!

Experience the thrill of the Mud Mountain Trail Fest as it leads you through the stunning terrain surrounding Mud Mountain Dam in Enumclaw, WA. Challenge yourself on the River Trail and witness the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the White River. Whether you’re up for the Half Marathon, 10K, or both, the choice is yours. Join us for the Half Marathon on Saturday, May 18th, and conquer the 10K on Sunday, May 19th. After your run, unwind with great conversation and delicious food at Bootleggers in Buckley.

Nestled along the White River near Mount Rainier, Mud Mountain Dam offers both flood control and recreational opportunities. Immerse yourself in nature as you traverse the forested trails and meander along the riverbanks.

To fully enjoy your Mud Mountain Trail Fest experience, book your lodging in Enumclaw, or the Crystal Mountain area. Click here for a list of vacation rentals and inns.

Please note: Leave the adventure pups at home, as no dogs are allowed on this trail run.

Packet Pick-up:

  • Wednesday, May 15th
  • Location TBD
  • 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Mud Mountain Trail Fest Event Schedule:

  • 8:45 AM: Prize drawing
  • 8:50 AM: National Anthem
  • 8:55 AM: Course description
  • 9:00 AM: Half Marathon

Sun, May 19, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10K

(Saturday) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (GMT-07:00)

Mud Mountain Dam

Experience Rainier

Breaking News

Mount Rainier National Park | Timed Entry in Summer 2024

Mrnp winter access, chinook and cayuse passes winter closure, mount rainier national park moves to cashless fee collection starting may 26 , crystal mountain resort adds ev charging stations.

  • Work With Me

Home » Blog » Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary and Guide

Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary and Guide

Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary and Guide

Mount Rainier National Park has to be one of the most stunning places in the entire world, and is certainly a gem of Washington State! From meadows of wildflowers, to old-growth forest, to beautiful waterfalls and rivers, and incredible mountain views… Mount Rainier really is a nature lovers dream.

I have visited the park at least 20 times now, including during my 2017 trip to all the US National Parks . Over the years I have got to know the area fairly well and I’m excited to share my tips with you all! In this blog post I’m covering everything you need to know to plan your Mount Rainier getaway, including when to visit, where to stay, the best things to see, what hikes to take, photo spots, packing recommendations, suggested itineraries, and more!

Disclaimer : This blog post is in collaboration with  Backcountry.com and features some affiliate links. This means I get a small commission if you make a purchase (at no extra cost to you). Use code RENEE15 to get 15% off your first Backcountry order (some exclusions apply). You can also learn more about my affiliate policy  here . Thank you for the support!

Getting to Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park is located 2-3 hours southeast of downtown Seattle , depending on which entrance you are accessing. Many visitors also visit the park from neighboring Oregon, with Paradise located about a 3-hour drive from Portland.

Public transport into the park is limited so instead I would suggest driving or renting a car . One of the best parts about visiting Mount Rainier is being able to take the park’s scenic drives by wildflower meadows, towering trees, and mountain vistas. The nearest airport to the park is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Use Skyscanner to search multiple airlines for the best deals.

You can also book a tour from Seattle if you prefer the guided option. This private tour is offered with a gourmet lunch, or you can take a small group tour or large group tour for more budget-friendly alternatives.

Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier

Although some sections of the park are officially open year-round, summer and fall are by far the best time to visit. In particular, the months of July through October usually offer the best weather, snow-free trails, and the chance to see wildflowers (depending on the season). Keep in mind that Mount Rainier can experience fairly dramatic weather conditions and you are always best to research and plan accordingly.

To avoid crowds I would suggest planning your visit for during midweek and outside of busy holidays such as Fourth of July. Parking can get extremely busy on the weekends and lines can build up at the entrance gates. Entering the park before 10 am or after 2:30 pm can also help avoid delays during busy periods. Check out this article by the National Park Service (NPS) for avoiding summer congestion .

If your main objective is to see wildflowers then you will need to be flexible with the conditions, weather, and the season. Each year is different and the “peak” bloom will depend on many factors. In general, the wildflowers will start blooming early-mid July and will peak by the first week of August, but again this can change season-to-season. The NPS has updates each year on their ‘ Discover Wildflowers ‘ web page.

FYI national park lovers – I put together a checklist of all the parks , so you can mark each off as you visit them! It’s free to download via my travel resource library ! Click the image below.

How Long to Spend In Mount Rainier National Park

Visitation time is a very personal thing, as some people prefer to see only the highlights and others opt to really take their time exploring the park. My personal recommendation would be to spend 2-3 days seeing the highlights whilst also getting to see some of the less-visited sections. You will find some suggested itineraries further down this blog post, including for single-day visits, 3 days, and 5 days.

Main Park Sections + Entrances

Mount Rainier National Park has four main entrances : Nisqually (southwest), Carbon River (northwest), White River/Sunrise (northeast), and Stevens Canyon (southeast). The Nisqually entrance (via SR 706) is probably the most popular given its year-round access for vehicle traffic, proximity to the state’s main highways, and access to Longmire and Paradise. Note that many of the park roads close in winter.

The park has five main sections : Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon River/Mowich. I would say the most developed and well-known sections of the park are Paradise and Sunrise, but below is a brief breakdown of what each area of the park has to offer:

  • Longmire – the park’s historic district, with access to a wilderness information center, museum, and the National Park Inn.
  • Paradise – best known for its wildflower meadows, main park visitor center, winter activities, ranger station, guide house, and the Paradise Inn.
  • Ohanapecosh – where visitors can experience the park’s old-growth forest and also access the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center and Ohanapecosh Campground.
  • Sunrise – a popular spot to explore wildflower meadows and views of the mountain, with access to the Sunrise Visitor Center, Sunrise Day Lodge, and White River Campground.
  • Carbon River/Mowich – best known for its beautiful trails and camping, including Mowich Lake Campground and Tolmie Peak Trail. Read my blog, Car Camping Essentials List to make sure you’re fully prepared for any camping.

Mount Rainier National Park Guide - Everything You Need to Know - Renee Roaming - Grove of the Patriarchs

Park Facilities + Tips for Visiting

Like most national parks, Mount Rainier has limited facilities and access to things like phone service or WiFi. You can access free WiFi in the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, though this can only be used during opening times (varies depending on the season). I use Verizon and have 5G in the Paradise parking lot and a couple of the overlooks near Paradise.

In terms of places to eat , you can find food in Longmire, Paradise, and Sunrise, though this also depends on the season and opening hours. Plan accordingly and check the NPS website for the most up-to-date information each season. In general, I recommend bringing your own food and water to the park so that you can make the most of your visit and not have to worry about finding places to eat. Read our guide on planning a national parks trip for more information

Entrance fees to the park vary depending on your visit time ( see a breakdown of the fees here ). If you are a fairly regular visitor to national parks and recreation areas then I would suggest purchasing an annual pass , also known as the “America the Beautiful” pass. These are only $80 USD and cover entrance fees to all national parks and national wildlife refuges PLUS day-use fees at national forests, BLM lands, and more.

Fremont Lookout View

Where To Stay in Mount Rainier National Park

There are numerous lodging options inside and outside of Mount Rainier National Park. Inside the park, you have the choice of staying at the National Park Inn (Longmire) and the Paradise Inn (Paradise), or in one of the three major campgrounds ( Cougar Rock , Ohanapecosh , and White River ). There are also numerous overnight backcountry camping spots throughout the park, though these require a wilderness permit .

My favorite campground is Cougar Rock , which is located in the southwest corner of the park between Longmire and Paradise. There are 173 sites, with many available on a first-come, first-served basis, though it’s recommended you try to reserve a site ahead of time through the Recreation.gov web site. Keep in mind that there are no electrical, water, or grey water hookups in any of the park’s campgrounds.

Ashford and Packwood make for nice towns to base yourself outside of the park. During one of my visits to Mount Rainier we opted to rent a cabin in Ashford with family. It turned out to be a convenient spot to see most of the parks attractions. Here are some great options you can check out:

  • Creekside Cabin classic cozy tiny home, but can sleep up to 4 people, close to the Nisqually park entrance
  • Nelson Base Camp Log Cabin is a family run cabin filled with personal memorabilia of mountaineering trips and ample outdoor space
  • Big Creek Cabin overlooks the river and has cozy loft bedrooms and beautiful views from the deck

Must-See Things in Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park is bursting with things to see and do. Here are some of my favorite sights that you can drive right up to and are perfect for all types of visitors:

  • Explore Paradise and witness wildflower meadows, the historic Paradise Inn, and check out the museum upstairs of the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center.
  • Stop by Christine Falls and Narada Falls on your drive up from the southwest entrance. They are both a very short walk and offer stunning views!
  • Enjoy the mountain views from Reflection Lakes (the name comes from the beautiful reflection of Mount Rainier you get on a still day).
  • Take the scenic drive between Paradise and Sunrise, pull off at the numerous overlooks and enjoy the mountain vistas! Detour to Tipsoo Lake and enjoy blooming wildflowers, a scenic picnic area, and views of Mount Rainier.
  • Drive to the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle, Sunrise (6,400 feet). Take in the magnificent views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, and Mount Adams.
  • Explore the historic district of Longmire , including the Longmire Museum and National Park Inn.

Mount Rainier National Park Guide - Everything You Need to Know - Renee Roaming - Comet Falls

Best Mount Rainier Hikes

Every time I go hiking in Mount Rainier National Park I am in complete awe that such a beautiful place can even exist. I have listed some of my favorite trails below, but keep in mind that there are more choices and you should always check conditions before you go!

While you’re preparing for your trip, make sure to also read my blog, How To Plan the Perfect National Parks Visit . Pack a warm jacket , good hiking boots and plenty of water .

Bench and Snow Lakes Trail:

2.5-miles round trip, 610-feet elevation gain, stunning alpine lake views, wildflower meadows, and glimpses of Mount Rainier.

Rampart Ridge Loop Trail:

4.5-miles round trip, 1300-feet elevation gain, shaded forest trail with beautiful views of Mount Rainier and ancient trees. You also get to experience walking part of the Wonderland Trail!

Comet Falls Trail:

3.8-miles round trip, 900-feet elevation gain, beautiful forest trail, wildflowers, and close-up views of 320-foot high Comet Falls (and Bloucher Falls).

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail:

1.5-miles round trip, minimal elevation change, walk along the river and marvel at old-growth forest including Western red-cedar, Douglas-fir, and Western hemlock. *Note that Grove of the Patriarchs is closed for the 2022 season. Find out more information via the NPS website .

Fremont Lookout Trail:

5.6-miles round trip, 900-feet elevation gain, absolutely stunning views of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and even over to the Olympic Mountains on a clear day.

Naches Peak Loop Trail:

3.5-miles round trip, 500-feet elevation gain, wildflower meadows, huckleberries, and beautiful Mount Rainier views (hike in clockwise direction).

Skyline Loop Trail :

5.5-miles round trip, 1700-feet elevation gain, abundant wildflowers, and a close-up look at Mount Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier (hike in a clockwise direction). You can also consider adding on a portion of Mazama Ridge for more wildflower viewing.

Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail:

6.5-miles round trip, 1010-feet elevation gain, gorgeous views of Eunice Lake and Mount Rainier, plus a chance to see Tolmie Peak Lookout.

Sourdough Ridge Trail :

(East to Dege Peak) 4.2-miles round trip, 800-feet elevation gain, beautiful subalpine meadows of the Sunrise area and views of the mountain. Visitors can also hike the very first part of Sourdough Ridge for beautiful views of Sunrise, then head back to the car. You can essentially hike as far or as little as you want along the ridge.

Burroughs Mountain Trail :

9-miles round trip, 2500-feet elevation gain, hike right up to the northeastern face of Mount Rainier and enjoy stunning views of Winthrop Glacier. You can technically hike to only the First Burrough or the Second Burrough, but there are three in total and the views keep getting more and more epic the further you hike.

Some super short and easy hikes also include Nisqually Vista Trail , Narada Falls , and Myrtle Falls . For really adventurous I would suggest looking into longer treks such as the Wonderland Trail (on my bucket list!) and climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier .

Mount Rainier Photography Locations

Not surprisingly, Mount Rainier is a popular photography location and people come from all over the world to capture its beauty. Over the years I have narrowed my favorite photo spots down to the following locations, though there are many more options available for those willing to put in the research:

  • Reflection Lakes : best captured during sunrise or sunset on a still day (to get that iconic reflection of Mount Rainier).
  • Fremont Lookout : gorgeous at sunset, especially if you are lucky enough to experience a cloud/fog inversion.
  • Little Tipsoo Lake : beautiful at both sunrise and sunset, especially if the lake is still enough to capture a mountain reflection.
  • Paradise : probably the best location to capture wildflower images (ask the rangers where the best blooms are).
  • Comet Falls : for an iconic long exposure waterfall image you can’t really beat Comet Falls (also consider Bloucher Falls and Narada Falls).

Suggested Mount Rainier Itineraries

I thought it would be useful to provide some suggested itineraries based on how long you have to spend in the park. Use these as a guide when planning your own trip but be sure to do some additional research to ensure roads are open, trails are snow-free etc. For ease of planning, I have included a map with all these locations above.

1 Day Mount Rainier Itinerary

Start early to fit everything in and beat the crowds . Begin by accessing the park from the Nisqually entrance and drive up Paradise Valley Road. Stop at Christine Falls Bridge, Narada Falls, and Ricksecker Point on your way up to Paradise. Take a hike at Paradise according to your ability level (e.g. Nisqually Vista, Myrtle Falls, Skyline Trail), enjoy the wildflower meadows, and afterwards grab a snack or quick meal at the Paradise Inn (or pack a picnic lunch).

Continue along Stevens Canyon Road towards Sunrise , stopping to take in the views at Reflection Lakes and any other scenic pullouts along the way. If time permits, you could take a quick hike along the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail or Bench and Snow Lakes Trail before driving the last stretch to Sunrise. Finish the day hiking to Fremont Lookout or taking the Sourdough Ridge Trail (don’t forget to pack all the hiking essentials , including a headlamp if you plan to stay out until sunset and hike in the dark ).

Drive out the northeast park entrance if you’re heading in the Seattle direction. You’ll be tired after this adventure packed day of exploring, but totally worth it if you can only take a day trip to Mount Rainier.

Epic Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary

3 Day Mount Rainier Itinerary

Base yourself in a nearby town such as Ashford and split your days into exploring different sections of the park. Camping at the Cougar Rock Campground for the first night and White River Campground for the second night would be optimal. Having 3 full days will allow you to take a little more time at each of the locations mentioned below.

Day 1 : Begin by hiking the Comet Falls Trail or the Rampart Ridge Loop Trail (choose Comet if you like waterfalls and Rampart if you’d prefer mountain views). Afterwards continue on to Paradise, stopping to experience Christine Falls Bridge, Narada Falls, and Ricksecker Point along the way. Explore the wildflower meadows up at Paradise, check out the museum at the visitor center, and consider hiking another trail in the afternoon (e.g. Nisqually Vista Trail, Myrtle Falls, or Skyline Loop).

Day 2 : Start your day at Reflection Lakes before heading onto to hike the Bench and Snow Lake Trail and/or the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail. Have lunch in one of the many scenic picnic areas in that area (there are also some chairs and tables right by the parking lot). Afterwards continue on to Tipsoo Lake and hike the Naches Peak Loop that afternoon.

Day 3 : Spend your day in the Sunrise area exploring the wildflower meadows and enjoying the views of Mount Rainier from the overlook by the junction of Sunrise Rim Trail and Emmons Vista Nature Trail (pinned on the map above). Choose a day-hike such as Fremont Lookout, Sourdough Ridge, or The Burroughs, and enjoy your last hours in the park. You can exit the park via the northeast or southeast entries if that is quicker, rather than driving back through Ashford.

Emmons Vista Overlook and Silver Forest Trail in Mount Rainier National Park

5 Day Mount Rainier Itinerary

Begin by exploring all the areas mentioned in the 3 day itinerary but spreading them out over 4 days so that you can take longer hikes and spend more time enjoying the views. Add on an extra day exploring the northwest section of the park, the Carbon Rover/Mowich area. Take a day hike to the Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout for gorgeous views of Eunice Lake and the north-side of Mount Rainier.

For a 5 day itinerary you may consider splitting up your accommodation by starting on the Sunrise side, camping 2 nights at the White River Campground, then spending 2 nights at the Cougar Rock Campground, and 1 night at the Mowich Lake Campground (primitive, walk-in only sites).

Mount Rainier National Park Guide - Everything You Need to Know - Renee Roaming - Packing Tips

Featured above: Peak Design backpack , Patagonia fleece

What To Pack for a Mount Rainier National park trip

What you pack for your trip will depend on what time of year you choose to visit. For example, if you visit during winter you will need to pack warmer layers and gear such as microspikes or snowshoes. Whereas if you visit during summer then light layers, a sun hat, and extra sunblock are a must!

This packing guide is also tailored towards people who enjoy hiking. If you don’t plan to hit the trails, simply leave off the hiking-specific items when using the guide. For those choosing to camp, I have an entire guide and packing list for car camping essentials , so make sure to check that out!

Don’t forget to use code RENEE15 to get 15% off your first Backcountry.com order! (some exclusions apply) Click here to shop my favorites .

Hiking shoes:

If you’re visiting in summer then a pair of trail runners or lighter hiking boots should do the trick, such as the La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running Shoe . If you prefer a more solid, supportive hiking boot the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boots are a great choice. We also have a guide on all the best hiking shoes , so don’t forget to check that out when shopping for new hiking boots!

visit mt rainier in march

Merino wool socks :

Wool socks are the best for preventing blisters and also letting your feet breathe. Recommended hiking socks .

Hiking pants, leggings, shorts, Skorts , Dresses:

I generally reach for leggings and I have also been loving skorts lately, but choose whatever feels comfortable and practical for you! Recommended hiking pants ; hiking shorts ; hiking skort , hiking dress , hiking leggings .

Quick-dry top :

Merino wool tops are my favorite due to their breathability and odor resistance. Recommended short-sleeve hiking top ; long-sleeve hiking top .

Day pack/hiking backpack :

Choose something with hip and chest straps for optimal comfort and practicality. Recommended backpack .

When taking short walks or exploring roadside stops I often prefer to opt for a small hip pack instead of a backpack. Just something to fit my phone, lip balm , sunglasses , and any other essentials. Recommended hip pack .

visit mt rainier in march

Trekking poles :

Optional but I personally swear by them for hiking! Recommended trekking poles .

Mid-layer :

Perfect for chilly mornings and evenings. Opt for something lightweight like a fleece or pullover. Recommended mid-layer .

Insulated jacket :

You will want something warmer for chilly days and during the mornings and evenings when visiting in the spring or fall. Recommended insulated jacket .

Rain jacket :

It’s always a good idea to pack a rain jacket and/or windbreaker, especially at higher elevations in the Pacific Northwest. Bonus – windbreakers are great for keeping mosquitoes away, too! Recommended rain jacket , recommended windbreaker .

visit mt rainier in march

Casual clothes :

Pack some casual and/or nicer outfits if you plan to eat out at restaurants. This is of course optional though! Check out my Favorites page on Backcountry for some recommendations.

Navigation :

When driving, have Google Maps or Maps.Me handy. For hiking, carry a physical map and a compass , and download offline maps onto your phone. I use Gaia GPS – click here to get 20% off a Premium membership!

Emergency beacon :

Optional, but can give you and your loved ones some peace of mind when hiking or traveling without phone service. Recommended emergency device .

Headlamp + batteries :

For hiking in the dark, camping, or in emergency roadside situations. Recommended headlamp .

Drink bottle + Water Jug:

Pack a reusable water bottle and you could also consider using a water bladder inside your backpack when hiking. You’ll want to bring plenty of water on all of your hikes. It can get quite hot and you definitely do not want to become dehydrated. I like to keep a larger water jug in my car so that I don’t have to rely on finding water fillup stations. Lastly, I also like to hike with a lightweight water filter to ensure I don’t get sick when drinking from streams.

Bring along either a cap, bucket hat, or wide brim hat to protect your face from the sun. Recommended cap ; bucket hat ; wide brim hat .

Sunscreen :

Self-explanatory. This one is reef safe and doesn’t contain any chemicals that will harm you or the environment. Don’t forget a lip balm with sunscreen too.

Sunglasses :

Polarized sunglasses are best for eye protection.

visit mt rainier in march

First aid items :

Always carry a small first aid kit with essential items like blister plasters and emergency supplies. Recommended lightweight first aid kit .

Phone + driver’s license/ID :

Always best to keep these on you in case your car is broken into. Recommended lightweight wallet (or you can simply use a small binder clip!)

Camera + batteries :

Optional but trust me, you will want a camera to capture the incredible red rocks and natural rock formations! Check out the camera gear I use to capture my travel photos and the camera bag I pack it all in!

You might want to pack a cooler and bring along your own food and drinks during your trip. It’s especially refreshing to have a cold drink waiting for you in the car after a hot hike. For a cooler, you can opt for a small/day trip size, or a larger cooler that’s more conducive to car camping and longer road trips. Recommended day trip cooler ; larger cooler .

visit mt rainier in march

Every road trip requires snacks! Bring whatever your favorite snacks are or factor in time to stop at a grocery store / gas station. My go-to snacks .

Reusable coffee mug :

If you enjoy drinking coffee then it’s best to bring along a reusable mug or tumbler. Recommended mug ; insulated tumbler .

Reusable utensils :

Similar to above, having your own travel utensils / cutlery is a great way to cut down on single-use plastics when ordering take-out food.

National Parks Pass :

Make sure to pack your park pass if you have one already! If not you can buy one when you arrive at the parks or online before you go .

Road trip playlist + Podcasts:

Don’t forget to download some good tunes and podcasts for your road trip. For music, check out my playlists on Spotify . For podcasts, we have an entire guide on the best road trip podcasts !

Want more packing & gear tips?  Check out our guides on what to wear hiking , day hiking essentials , car camping gear essentials , how to plan a national parks trip , and the best hiking shoes .

Interesting Mount Rainier Facts

  • Mount Rainier was designated a National Park on March 2, 1899; making it the fifth national park in the United States.
  • The earliest evidence of human activity in the park is dated circa 2,000-3,800 BC. American Indian tribes inhabited the Mount Rainier area prior to European “discovery”, with the Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Muckleshoot, Yakama, and Cowlitz tribes living a subsistence lifestyle off the land.
  • Mount Rainier is known as “Tacoma” or  Takhoma  to Native Americans, which translates as “she who gives us the waters” or “the mountain that was god” in native languages.
  • The centerpiece of the park is Mount Rainier, standing at 14,411 feet above sea level and known as the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.
  • Mount Rainier experiences around 20 small earthquakes a year, making it the second most seismically active volcano in the North Cascade Range, after Mount St. Helens.
  • The first well documented summit of Mount Rainier occurred in 1870 by General Hazard Stevens and Philemon Van Trump.
  • Mammals found within the park include black bear, cougar, coyote, raccoon, bobcat, hare, weasel, mole, beaver, red fox, porcupine, marmot, skunk, deer, marten, shrew, pika, elk and mountain goat.
  • In 2021, Mount Rainier National Park had 1,670,063 visitors according to the National Park Service.

Leave No Trace

Before you go… if you’re going to be out in nature it’s important that you strive to protect it and follow  Leave No Trace (LNT) principles. Please be sure to educate yourself on proper etiquette before heading into the national park. Listed below are some guidelines taken directly from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics , known as The Seven Principles.

  • Plan ahead and prepare –  read more
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces –  read more
  • Dispose of waste properly –  read more
  • Leave what you find –  read more
  • Minimize campfire impacts –  read more
  • Respect wildlife –  read more
  • Be considerate of other visitors –  read more

Important : Mount Rainier’s meadows are very fragile, damage easily, and take many years to regenerate. Try to minimize your impact on this delicate environment by hiking only on the constructed trails and resting or picnicking on rocks near the trail. Also, please don’t pick the wildflowers! I would suggest checking out my blog Hiking Trail Etiquette Rules You Should Know before visiting. Even as an experienced hiker, it’s a good idea to brush up on the dos and don’ts before hitting a national park.

PIN for Later!

Mount Rainier National Park has to be one of the most stunning places in the entire world! From meadows of wildflowers, to old-growth forests, to beautiful waterfalls and rivers, and incredible mountain views... Mount Rainier really is a nature lovers dream. In this blog post, I'm sharing everything you need to know to plan your own getaway, including when to visit, where to stay, the best things to see, top hiking trails, what to pack, Mount Rainier itineraries & more!

Related Guides

How To Visit Katmai National Park - A Comprehensive Park Guide - Brooks Falls Platform Brown Bear

How To Visit Katmai National Park – A Comprehensive Park Guide

visit mt rainier in march

Best Things To Do In White Sands National Park: Epic 1 Day Itinerary

visit mt rainier in march

6 Absolute Best Hikes in Redwood National Park

Join our mailing list for exclusive resources, events, and more.

Thank you for subscribing!

20 comments

Nice guide! Is bear spray needed in Mount Rainier? Will be visiting this July.

Besides day-hikes, the Wonderland Trail-93 miles, done in segments, is gorgeous if one has time. Best segment and recommended camp is Mystic Lake with world-class view of 5000 ft Willis Wall/Liberty Ridge/Carbon Glacier on the north side of Mt. Rainier

Love this guide! Very helpful 🙂 I plan to do a majority of the hikes you mention this summer. Which hikes/photography spots would you recommend to capture mountain layers at sunrise or sunset? Also, would you recommend any other spots besides Fremont lookout to try and catch a cloud inversion?

  • Pingback: Road Trip Essentials for Your Next Adventure | Madelyne On The Move

Love this post. Thanks so much! Which hike is that with the last two photos of you? Looks amazing.

Thanks Renee! First time going to Mt. Rainier and it’ll be a solo hike so I’m hoping to copy your 3 day itinerary almost exactly! Potentially stupid question… I just finished going through Day 1, am I driving after I finish comet falls trail? To get to nisqually vista trail and/or skyline trail? Or can I walk along that main road and along ricksecker point?

Hi Erika! Not a silly question 🙂 You will need a car to drive between the Comet Falls Trailhead, Ricksecker Point and Paradise. You can technically work between the Comet Falls Trailhead and Christine Falls Bridge area but you can also drive if there are free parking spots 🙂

Thank you! Now that I’ve figured out all be driving between trailheads I’ve almost got my itinerary, directions, & maps all squared away in case I lose service. Fingers crossed for parking! Feeling much more confident and looking forward to seeing the mountain! Can’t thank you enough for all this detail. 🙂

Thanks so much Renee! Planning a trip to scout out locations for my elopement photography biz and this helps SO much!

Yay! So glad you found it helpful 🙂

Thanks for this guide and the lovely photos! 🙂 I was surprised a day hike up to Camp Muir wasn’t on the list.

Thanks! I haven’t done that day hike yet and don’t usually like recommending things I haven’t tried myself ☺️

That makes sense. 🙂 I found it to be the hike of a lifetime!

WOW! So much inspo in this blog post! Thank you for sharing all of these tips! Also, what camera/lens do you use??

Yay, so glad you liked it! Here’s a link to my camera gear blog post: http://reneeroaming.com/whats-in-my-camera-bag/

Love your blog! I’m using your 3 day guide to hike around Mt. Ranier this weekend. What do you typically pack on backpacking trips to start fires?

This guide to Mt Rainier is amazing and so detailed. I’m really impressed. Thanks to your guide, planning my trip will now be so much easier. Thankyou

Yay, that makes me happy to hear!

Wow, this looks amazing!

Mount Rainier is one of the most beautiful parks to explore 🙂

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

Follow Along on Instagram

Advertiser Disclosure

Many of the credit card offers that appear on this site are from credit card companies from which we receive financial compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). However, the credit card information that we publish has been written and evaluated by experts who know these products inside out. We only recommend products we either use ourselves or endorse. This site does not include all credit card companies or all available credit card offers that are on the market. See our advertising policy here where we list advertisers that we work with, and how we make money. You can also review our credit card rating methodology .

The Ultimate Guide to Mount Rainier National Park — Best Things To Do, See & Enjoy!

Amar Hussain's image

Amar Hussain

Senior Content Contributor

771 Published Articles

Countries Visited: 63 U.S. States Visited: 9

Keri Stooksbury's image

Keri Stooksbury

Editor-in-Chief

31 Published Articles 3102 Edited Articles

Countries Visited: 45 U.S. States Visited: 28

The Ultimate Guide to Mount Rainier National Park — Best Things To Do, See & Enjoy!

Where Is Mount Rainier National Park?

Nearest airports to mount rainier national park, driving to mount rainier national park, taking the train to mount rainier national park, getting around mount rainier national park, citizen ranger quests, mountain climbing, ranger-led programs, wildflower viewing, wildlife viewing, best time to visit mount rainier national park in winter, best time to visit mount rainier national park to avoid the crowds, best time to visit mount rainier national park for viewing wildflowers, cheapest time to visit mount rainier national park, annual events in mount rainier national park, inside the park, towns near mount rainier national park, national park inn dining, paradise camp deli, paradise inn dining room, ranier basecamp bar & grill, sunrise day lodge, wildberry restaurant, mount rainier national park facts, final thoughts.

We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.

Mount Rainier National Park is 97 percent wilderness and marked by a stunning, sleeping volcano named Mount Rainier. This national park is filled with fields of wildflowers, alpine meadows, forests with giant trees, towering waterfalls, and tundra, all resting upon an episodically active volcano.

Each year, nearly 2 million visitors come to experience the beauty and wonder of Mount Rainier National Park and learn about its incredible cultural and natural history. A trip to this park is an unforgettable experience with spectacular opportunities for creating memories that will last a lifetime.

How To Get to Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is located in Western Washington. Several gateway communities are located near this national park, including Ashford, Buckley, and Packwood. Some major cities near Mount Rainier National Park include Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Portland.

Each major city is less than 200 miles from this national park. Mount Rainier National Park has 4 different entrances leading to other areas in the park. The entrances are the Nisqually, the Carbon River, The White River, and the Stevens Canyon entrance.

There are several airports that visitors use when flying to Mount Rainier National Park. Let’s look at the 2 major airports near Mount Rainier National Park and see which will work best for your vacation needs. Each airport option will require a bit of a drive to the park, but the ride will be beautiful and well worth the drive.

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Portland International Airport is located in Portland, Oregon, about 131 miles from Mount Rainier National Park. This airport offers dozens of nonstop flights to places around America and many more flights with single connections to many locations worldwide.

Some popular airlines serviced by Portland International Airport include Air Canada, Alaska, American, JetBlue, and Southwest.

While Portland International Airport is further than other options, it is worth the long drive as there are incredible sites and points of interest, including the Portland Japanese Garden , Oregon Zoo , and the International Rose Test Garden .

Portland International Airport would make an excellent choice for your journey to Mount Rainier National Park.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is one of the closest options for major airports near Mount Rainier National Park. This airport is located in Seattle, Washington, about 85 miles from the park.

This airline offers nonstop flights to 91 domestic locations and 28 international destinations. Seattle-Tacoma services 31 airlines, including Aeromexico, Air France, American, JetBlue, Southwest, and Sun Country Airlines.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only a few minutes from downtown Seattle, which makes it a fun place for a quick visit on your journey to Mount Rainier National Park. Not only is this the closest major airline to the park, but it’s one with plenty of excitement.

Driving to Mount Rainier National Park

There are several different routes for arriving at Mount Rainier National Park. Your chosen path will depend on which area you want to enter.

This national park can be accessed by state road 706 from the west, state roads 123 and 410 for those arriving from the east, and state road 165 for visitors from the northwest. Detailed driving instructions with specific routes can be found on the National Park Service website for Mount Rainier National Park.

A national park vacation by rail is an incredible way to experience the journey and let someone else take care of the driving stress.

There is no train service that will take you directly to Mount Rainier National Park, but Amtrak offers train service to Auburn, California . This train station is approximately 60 miles from the park’s entrance.

Amtrak is a wonderful option for a memorable trip to Mount Rainier National Park. Let your worries go and try this mode of transportation for an unforgettable experience.

The best way to get around Mount Rainier National Park is by private vehicle. This park does not have any form of shuttles or transit systems within the park boundaries. Driving your own vehicle will help you access the areas you’d like to visit. The National Park Service also provides many interactive and printable maps on its website to help you plan your itinerary.

What To See and Do in Mount Rainier National Park

There’s no shortage of activities and programming at Mount Rainier National Park. From exciting interactive quests to climbing an active volcano, and from hiking incredible trails to admiring the sparkling waters of the lakes, there’s something for every visitor. Let’s explore the top activities at Mount Rainier National Park and see which ones you’d like to add to your park must-experience list.

Mount Rainier National Park has exciting quests for older children (12+) and adults. These quests have a variety of topics and activities where visitors can interact with the park and learn while having a blast. Visitors choose the quest they want to participate in. When the activities are completed, they are awarded the Mount Rainier Citizen Ranger title and receive a certificate and patch.

The Citizen Ranger Quests are very much like the Junior Ranger program but geared toward older kids and adults. Some of the quests include the Paradise Amazing Adventures Race, the Moods of a Mountain quest, Ancient Wonder, and Flower Power.

These quests take place in different parts of the park, each with its own theme and unique activity list. Participating in a quest on your own or with a group is an exciting way to explore the wonders of Mount Rainier National Park.

Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

Visitors can hike over 260 miles of hiking trails at Mount Rainier National Park . Many of the trails begin in the Carbon, Longmire, Mowich, Paradise, and Sunrise areas. Visitors can choose from different landscapes to travel through and around, including mountain ridges, alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and forests.

One famous trail in Mount Rainier National Park is the Wonderland Trail . This trail is a 93-mile loop that takes several days for visitors to complete it. This trail is a backcountry trail with backcountry campsites along the route.

Another well-known trail at this park is the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail . This trail is less than a mile and a half long and takes hikers through a forest of trees towering over 300 feet tall. These trees are estimated to have lived for over 1,000 years.

Hiking through Mount Rainier National Park is one of the best ways to discover the beauty of the park, especially when hiking in the backcountry. You could easily spend multiple days exploring the park by hiking these remarkable trails.

The lakes are incredible to visit while touring Mount Rainier National Park. Tipsoo Lake and Reflection Lakes are 2 of the most popular sites for hiking, photography, and viewing the wildflowers in bloom.

Other activities that can be enjoyed at the park’s lakes that can be enjoyed at the lakes of Mount Rainier National Park include boating and fishing. Adding a trip to one of the gorgeous lakes to your Mount Rainier National Park will give you the opportunity to take in the serenity and breathtaking views of the park.

With a park named after a mountain, you probably assume that this park would be an excellent place for climbing . If so, you would be correct. Mount Rainier is a massive mountain that many people each year attempt to climb.

This mountain is 14,410 feet tall and is not just a mountain but an active volcano. The park has over 20 different routes for climbing and skiing up this mountain.

Bottom Line: Each year thousands of visitors can successfully climb this mountain. You’ll want to be sure to give this a try when you visit Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park has many ranger-led programs for visitors throughout the year. These free programs have a wide range of topics, including wildlife, mountaineering, geology, park history, and ecology.

The majority of the ranger-led programs at Mount Rainier National Park take place from late June until Labor Day. Still, there are some programs available in the winter.

Participating in a ranger-led program is an excellent way to learn all about Mount Rainier National Park from an experienced park ranger with a deep knowledge of the park and its fascinating natural and cultural history.

Wildflower Viewing Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is well known for its fields of wildflowers that bloom yearly. The best time to see these wildflowers in bloom is in mid-July. Visiting these fields is a great way to spend time in the park, especially if you like photography. The best places to see the wildflowers at Mount Rainier National Park are in the Paradise and Sunrise areas.

Photographers enjoy capturing incredible shots of the vibrant bursts of color that spread through the meadows and around the lakes. The park has an online group where visitors can share their wildflower photos with others. Seeing these vibrant bursts of color is a remarkable experience you won’t want to miss when visiting Mount Rainier National Park.

Many animals make their home in Mount Rainier National Park. Some of the amazing animals that have been spotted in the park include black bears, mule deer, red foxes, coyotes, elk, and a multitude of birds.

One of the best times to see these animals out and about is in the spring when the snow begins to melt, and the grass is starting to green up. The Paradise area is one of the best places to see the animals who live in the park.

Best Times To Visit Mount Rainier National Park

No matter when you can visit Mount Rainier National Park, you are in for a treat. If you hope to enjoy a specific event or see a particular site, there may be a better time to plan a visit than others. Let’s explore the best times to visit Mount Rainier National Park for various activities and events.

Mount Rainier National Park in Winter

The winter months in Mount Rainier National Park can begin as early as October and extend until March. This National Park typically receives an impressive amount of snow during the winter months. If you are seeking an exciting winter adventure, you should visit the park in November.

On average, Mount Rainier National Park gets the most precipitation in the month of November. Because of its frigid temperatures, that precipitation comes down as snow. Mount Rainier National Park is excellent for winter activities such as snowboarding, ranger-led snowshoe walks, and skiing.

If you are hoping to play in a winter wonderland at Mount Rainier National Park, you should aim for the month of November for the optimal experience.

Suppose you hope to visit Mount Rainier National Park and avoid the crowds. In that case, you should plan a trip in the month of September period after Labor Day. The crowds seem to disappear after Labor Day at this national park due to schools returning to session.

Other advantages of traveling this month include comfortable temperatures and visitor centers and facilities still open for the season. To enjoy Mount Rainier National Park at your own pace with less stress, book your trip in September.

If you hope to see the wildflowers field in bloom at Mount Rainier National Park, you should plan a trip in July. July is when the wildflowers are at their peak in vibrant colors and blooms. The weather is also extremely nice, with warm and dry days at this time of the year.

Bottom Line: The wildflowers are a true sight at Mount Rainier National Park, so visiting in July will provide you with some of the most spectacular views.

The cheapest time to visit Mount Rainier National Park is in its off-season. This park receives a lot of snow during the winter months, from October to March. Planning a November trip will help travelers secure flights and accommodations at a lower rate.

On top of saving lots of money when traveling, the park also has a reduced rate for visiting during the winter months. A November trip to Mount Rainier National Park is your best option for experiencing this amazing place while keeping your budget in check.

Mount Rainier National Park hosts events for guests to enjoy and learn about the park. There are some events that take place annually at this national park. Take a look at the annual events to see if there’s one that you may want to visit during your vacation to Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Week

National Park Week takes place each April in Mount Rainier National Park. During this week, all fees are waived for entering the park. National Park Week has a variety of programs offered to celebrate America’s national parks.

Some activities that take place during National Park Week at Mount Rainier National Park include special ranger-led walks, programming, and workshops for visitors of all ages. This is a spectacular week to visit Mount Rainier National Park to learn about its natural and cultural history and how the park works to conserve and preserve the area today.

RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day)

RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) takes place each year at Mount Rainier National Park in July. This event is hosted by the Redmond Cycling Club and is an epic one-day ultra marathon cycling event.

P articipants can appreciate the beauty of Mount Rainier National Park while cycling a challenging course that winds through the park. This race is a spectacular way to experience Mount Rainier National Park in a single day.

Where To Stay in Mount Rainier National Park

Lodging opportunities are abundant in Mount Rainier National Park and surrounding communities. No matter if you prefer staying in the park boundaries or a town nearby, you will find the perfect solution for your national park vacation. Check out the options for lodging inside or near Mount Rainier National Park.

There are plenty of accommodations available in Mount Rainier National Park. Whether you desire to camp in the great outdoors or stay in a historic lodge, this national park has you covered. Let’s look at the lodging options inside the park’s boundaries.

Mount Rainier National Park tents

There are several campgrounds for those wanting to sleep under the stars at Mount Rainier National Park. Three campgrounds are auto campgrounds, while the fourth is a primitive campground exclusively for tent camping.

All the campsites in the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but some are reservable in advance. These campgrounds include the Cougar Rock Campground, Mowich Lake Campground, Ohanapecosh Campground, and White River Campground.

There’s simply no better way to gain an appreciation for the great outdoors than setting up camp for the night in the park’s boundaries. Camping at one of the 450 campsites is an excellent way to discover the beauty and wonder of Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Inn

National Park Inn is located in the Historic Longmire District, close to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park.

This inn has a variety of rooms to choose from, including single rooms, double rooms, and ADA-accessible rooms. The rooms here are primitive, without the distractions of telephones, televisions, and Wi-Fi.

National Park Inn showcases spectacular views of Mount Rainier that can be enjoyed from the rocking chairs on the veranda or in the dining room over a delicious meal. For a beautiful place to reset from the adventures of exploring Mount Rainier National Park, be sure to reserve a room at National Park Inn. You will love its rustic ambiance and convenient location.

Paradise Inn

Paradise Inn

Paradise Inn is a historic inn built in 1916 and located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. This inn has everything you need and more when traveling, including accommodations, a café, a gift shop, a post office, and a full-service dining room. This inn is open from the middle of May through the beginning of October.

Paradise Inn is a perfect place to step back in time as it does not have modern amenities like internet, telephones, or televisions. Guests can take a break from the daily grind and truly enjoy the simplicity and beauty of nature and serenity.

A stay at Paradise Inn is an excellent option if you don’t want to leave the park property. This historic inn is designated as one of the Great Lodges of the West, so it is sure to impress you.

Several towns near Mount Rainier National Park make excellent options for lodging near the park. The nearby cities range in the distance from 6 to 17 miles. Let’s look at 3 of the closest towns to the park and see which one would fit your vacation needs.

Ashford, Washington

Ashford is 6 miles outside of the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. This town makes a fantastic home base during a vacation to Mount Rainier.

Ashford offers a variety of vacation rentals, cabins, inns, and campgrounds for lodging. Most properties in Ashford are open year-round, which takes a lot of stress out of selecting the perfect place to unwind during your stay.

There are many family-owned restaurants, cafes, and grills for dining. These dining options are perfect for families, couples, or groups traveling together. Ashford has plenty of options for recreation, both indoor and outdoor. There are winter hiking and snowshoeing opportunities, unique shops, and galleries for art appreciation.

This cozy town is tucked into the forested foothills of the mountains. This town is a lovely place to call home when visiting Mount Rainier National Park.

Olympia, Washington

Olympia is the state’s capital and is quite large. This city has much to offer visitors to Mount Rainier National Park and is only 17 miles from the park. Olympia has many modern hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds for visitors to choose from. There’s an accommodation for every traveler in this fantastic city.

The dining scene is a true culinary experience in Olympia. Various restaurants range from food trucks to fresh seafood restaurants, taprooms, to bakeries. No matter what you crave, you will find the perfect solution in Olympia.

Opportunities for adventure are endless in this town. Whether you seek activities for outdoor recreation, shopping excursions, history, art, or music, Olympia has it all. Olympia makes a perfect home away from home during your national park vacation with its close proximity to Mount Rainier National Park and its endless list of restaurants, lodging, and dining.

Packwood, Washington

Packwood is only a 10-mile drive from the Stevens Canyon Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. During your national park vacation, this is a stunning area to set up a base camp between Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams.

This town has several options for accommodations, including budget-friendly motels, campgrounds, private vacation rentals, and historic hotels and inns. Whatever you seek for accommodations, you can find the perfect fit in Packwood.

Because of its location in the mountains, visitors can find opportunities for adventure no matter what time of year they visit . Flea markets, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and fishing are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed in Packwood.

There are several restaurants for dining in Packwood. Some popular dining options include coffee shops, local dives serving classic favorites like burgers and hot dogs, breweries, and authentic Mexican restaurants.

Bottom Line: Packwood makes a beautiful home base when visiting Mount Rainier National Park. The adventure continues in this wonderful town.

Where To Eat In and Near Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park has several options for dining inside the park. For guests who want to eat in or near the park, there are plenty of places to choose from in the towns close to the park. These restaurants serve various meals, from quick bites to gourmet creations. Let’s take a look at the different dining options in and near Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Inn Dining

The dining room at National Park Inn is located in the Longmire park area. This restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, with lunch and dinner hours on the weekends. This is the only dining facility in Mount Rainier National Park open throughout the year.

The menu at National Park Inn features an impressive selection of home-cooked meals, delicious desserts, and refreshing drinks. Some favorite guest items include the home-style pot roast, cedar plank red trout, and the warm blackberry cobbler à la mode.

Guests can enjoy the food at National Park Inn and the breathtaking views right outside the dining room. This is a great place to take a break or end your day while visiting Mount Rainier National Park.

Paradise Camp Deli is located in the Jackson Visitor Center. This is an excellent place to stop if you find your stomach grumbling during your Mount Rainier National Park excursions.

The deli serves a variety of items for snacks and lunch, including pizza, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, hot dogs, hot entrees, and espresso drinks. Its dessert menu features specialty sweets, milkshakes, and soft-serve ice cream. Visitors can dine in and take a break from their adventures or grab their food on the go for a quick picnic in the park.

Paradise Camp Deli will ensure your belly is full, so you can return to your park explorations without that annoying growling distracting you.

Paradise Inn Dining Room is in the historic Paradise Inn right inside Mount Rainier National Park. This restaurant is open from May through September daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers brunch on Sundays.

The menu at this restaurant serves classic American favorites and signature dishes created by the chef. One guest-favorite dish is the Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf. Paradise Inn Dining Room is perfect for fueling up before, during, or after your park adventures. Grab a seat near the cozy hearth and enjoy the calming atmosphere and a delicious meal.

Ranier BaseCamp Bar and Grill is 10 minutes from Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford. This restaurant is open during the spring and summer and is an excellent place for a bite and a refreshing drink.

This restaurant has a menu that appeals to every diner. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients and made to order. Popular menu items include the bacon cheeseburger with hickory smoked bacon and Tillamook cheddar cheese, the black bean chipotle burger, and the made-to-order wood-fired fresh pizzas. There are many options for food sensitivities or special diets, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan.

For a meal you’ll never forget, be sure to take a 10-minute detour to Ranier BaseCamp Bar and Grill. Your taste buds will thank you.

Sunrise Day Lodge is the highest point in Mount Rainier National Park and is accessible by car. This lodge has a snack bar with delicious options for refueling during your park outings.

Some favorite menu items at Sunrise Day Lodge include juicy grilled cheeseburgers, all-beef hot dogs, stacked deli sandwiches, soup, chili, and soft-serve ice cream cones. Sunrise Day Lodge is an excellent option for dining in or taking your meal on the go to enjoy the stunning views of the volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers nearby.

Wildberry Restaurant is located in Ashford, just 2 minutes from Mount Rainier National Park. This restaurant is loved by locals and tourists alike. The restaurant proudly serves lunch and dinner daily and offers indoor and outdoor seating.

A traditional American mountain menu is served with some Nepalese sprinkled in. Popular menu items include the blue portobello burger, the fish and chips, and the kukhura thali. For an unforgettable culinary experience, be sure to stop at Wildberry Restaurant while on your Mount Rainier National Park vacation.

Mount Rainier

1. A New National Park

Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899 as the fifth national park in America. John Muir and Bailey Willis were key leaders in having this park established.

2. A Monumental Mountain

Mount Rainier measures 14,410 feet above sea level. This massive mountain is one that visitors attempt to climb each year. In 2022, 9,530 visitors tried to climb this mountain. Only half of them were able to reach the summit.

3. National Historic Landmark District

Mount Rainier National Park was declared a National Historic Landmark District in March 1997. This park received this prestigious award because it showcases the 1920s and 1930s architecture in a rustic style.

4. Impressive Glacial System

Mount Rainier National Park comprises the greatest single-peak glacial system in the U.S. This glacial system begins from the summit of an ancient volcano and includes forests and sub-alpine meadows.

5. A New Name

Before becoming an established U.S. National Park, Mount Rainier was called the Pacific Forest Reserve. This reserve was designated in 1893, and Mount Rainier was within its boundaries. Later, in 1897, the reserve was enlarged and renamed Mount Rainier Forest Reserve. Finally, in 1899, the national park was established as Mount Rainier National Park.

6. An Abundance of Animals

Mount Rainier National Park is home to an abundance of animals. This park has about 54 mammal species, 126 types of birds, and approximately 17 kinds of reptiles and amphibians.

7. Substantial Snowfall

Mount Rainier National Park gets a substantial amount of snowfall each year. One area in the park, known as Paradise, averages 53.6 feet of snow annually. It’s no wonder why this national park is a fun place for winter activities.

8. Volcanic Eruptions

It is estimated that Mount Rainier erupted about 1,000 years ago. This volcano is classified as episodically active. This volcano will explode in the future, it is just unknown when that will occur.

9. Record Height

Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano in the U.S. It is the fifth-highest peak in the lower U.S.

10. Tribal History

Mount Rainier National Park has an extensive history with 6 different Native American tribes. Archaeologists have traced artifacts back 9,000 years from the indigenous people living there. The park today still has connections with these tribes. Some tribes from this area include the Cowlitz, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, and Yakama. Areas of the park are reserved for Native American rituals and celebrations to this day.

11. A Massive Park

Mount Rainier National Park Stretches over 369.3 square miles of land. Congress has designated 97% of the park as wilderness.

12. The First Climbing Success

In August of 1870, General Hazard Stevens and PB Van Trump were the first people who successfully climbed Mount Rainier.

13. Glaciers Galore

Mount Rainier National Park has over 25 glaciers within its boundaries. These glaciers are the source of water for 5 major river systems. The largest glacier in Mount Rainier National Park is Emmons Glacier, with an area of 4.3 square miles. Some of the other glaciers in the park include Carbon Glacier, Winthrop Glacier, Cowlitz and Ingraham Glaciers, and South Tahoma and Tahoma Glaciers.

14. Celebrity Guests

Walt Disney and his wife Lillian visited Mount Rainier National Park for their honeymoon in July of 1925.

15. First Hotel

The first hotel in Mount Rainier National Park was built on the mountain. This hotel was called Longmire’s Mineral Spring Resort, and it was built in 1890 by James Longmire and his wife Virinda.

As you can see, Mount Rainier National Park is a true treasure providing tourists with unforgettable experiences. From gorgeous landscapes and incredible hiking trails to mountain climbing and volcano discovery, there’s something every traveler will enjoy when visiting this national park. Book your trip to Mount Rainier National Park and discover the natural beauty and wonder of this fantastic place in America.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee for entering mount rainier national park.

The fee for visiting Mount Rainier National Park is $30 per private vehicle or $15 for visitors who enter as individuals or on bicycle. These fees purchase a pass that is valid for 7 days of visitation.

How many days should I plan a trip to Mount Rainier National Park?

Many visitors recommend 3 to 5 days for visiting Mount Rainier National Park, depending on the activities you wish to participate in throughout your time. There is much to see and do at this national park, so the more days you can visit, the more leisurely your trip will be.

Can I bring my dog to Mount Rainier National Park?

Dogs are welcomed at Mount Rainier National Park. There are several regulations that need to be followed if you plan to bring your pet to the park with you. A general rule of thumb is that a dog can go wherever a car can, including parking lots and campgrounds. Pets must be supervised, on a leash, and cleaned up after at all times.

Is Mount Rainier National Park open all year?

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, but some areas in the park close at certain times. Be sure to check with the park to see if the area you hope to visit is open, especially in winter. Some areas that are open seasonally include White River, Sunrise, State Routes 410 and 123, and Stevens Canyon Road.

Was this page helpful?

About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

INSIDERS ONLY: UP PULSE ™

Deluxe Travel Provided by UP Pulse

Get the latest travel tips, crucial news, flight & hotel deal alerts...

Plus — expert strategies to maximize your points & miles by joining our (free) newsletter.

We respect your privacy . This site is protected by reCAPTCHA. Google's privacy policy and terms of service apply.

Related Posts

Virtual Tours of the 63 Iconic U.S. National Parks [2024]

UP's Bonus Valuation

This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.

Parks Collecting

Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier National Park: Complete Guide

Photo of author

Deciding when to visit Mt. Rainier should be one of the first things on your list in making your travel plans. Your interests, attractions you want to see, Mt. Rainier weather conditions, and peak seasons can help you figure out when to go. 

Let’s go into the details of the best time to visit Mt. Rainier National Park so you can decide what suits you. 

No time right now to read about the best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park? Pin It and save it for later:

Four photos of the view of wildflowers with different colors below the mountain and surrounded by trees, with the text, The Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier National Park.

Please note this post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission, at zero cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. Please see our full  Disclosure  for more information. If you have any questions, please contact me.

You might also like:

>> Mount Rainier National Park Guide   >> Best hikes in Mount Rainier National Park   >> Which airports to choose for Mt Rainier National Park >> 20 Best Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park >> How To Get to Mount Rainier National Park

The Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier National Park I n a Nutshell

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year round so you’ll have different experiences each season. The best time of year to visit Mount Rainier is the summer months, but the fall and winter seasons are equally beautiful. 

  • Mid-July to Mid-August: The summer season is at its fullest and crowds are plenty, but the weather is warm and this is when the wildflowers are at their peak. 
  • Early September to early October: Crowds are fewer and spectacular fall foliage takes in. 
  • Mid-October to January: Winter weather welcomes park visitors.  Only a few places in the park are open, but if you enjoy winter activities, this is a great time to visit.

The weather in Mount Rainier National Park presents short peak seasons and longer cold seasons. So the best time to go to Mount Rainier depends on what activities you plan to do. Let’s look at the different seasons at the park. 

Mount Rainier National Park Weather

Mt. Rainier weather conditions are fairly unpredictable since the weather is affected not only by the region (Pacific Northwest), but also by altitude.  The mountain creates its own weather system and this can change suddenly throughout the day.  

Rains are more likely around spring, fall, and winter seasons, but the Mount Rainier climate is cool and rainy even in the driest seasons in July and August. 

It snows a lot in winter – and you’ll often find snow on popular hiking trails well into July. 

If you plan to go hiking or mountain climbing, make sure you’re aware of Mt. Rainier National Park weather updates and alerts . It’s also best to prepare tents, extra clothing, and gear for the changing weather in Mount Rainier National Park. 

Also, if you’re driving to the park in winter months, the only available entrance you can access is the southwest Nisqually Entrance going to Paradise. You can still drive up to the Carbon River Entrance but beyond that, you need to go on foot or bike. 

Mount Rainier in Spring (April-June)

Flowers with different colors and besides are trees and a huge snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

From April to June, there are some good things about visiting Mt. Rainier. Spring season sees the park start to open up again after the winter.

Snows start to melt at the lower altitudes and baby animals are born.  The park’s waterfalls are especially impressive with the snowmelt.  The busy summer season hasn’t started and there are a lot fewer people during this season so you can enjoy a more leisurely trip around the park. 

Visiting Mount Rainier in April

Snow-capped mountains and below are trees and mountains with melting ice in Mount Rainier National Park

What’s there to see and do at Mount Rainier National Park in April? Is it the best time to visit the park? Not totally. Though it’s a beautiful time to see the park since the snow is melting and very early low altitude wildflowers are starting to bloom, you’ll expect unpredictable spring weather. Warm weather can quickly turn to cold steady drizzles within a day.

Expect temperatures to range from the low 30s to the high 40s. Weather can also determine the availability of park facilities like campgrounds, trails, and activities. 

If you love hiking, you’ll find several trails at lower elevations that are suitable for spring hikes. Be sure to wear good quality hiking boots or gaiters because the trails are wet and muddy in this season. Read my Guide to the Best Hiking Shoes/ Boots for FAQs, tips on what to look for and recommendations and reviews if you’re looking to buy some new boots.

Seeing Mount Rainier’s waterfalls is also another thing to enjoy. Drive to Paradise to see the majestic views of Christine Falls and Narada Falls. Comet Falls, Carter, and Madcap Falls are also stunning this time of the year, along the Myrtle Falls which is one of the popular vistas at Mount Rainier. 

Visitor Centers and Information Centers open during the season include the Longmire Museum and Carbon River Ranger Station.

  • Scenic trails for spring hikes at lower elevations
  • Waterfalls to visit
  • Unpredictable weather
  • Wet and muddy trails 
  • Many facilities and accommodations are not be available/ open
  • The most popular trails are still covered in snow

Key Events in April:

  • National Park Week : Special events and programs and free entry one day this week

V isiting Mount Rainier in May

Blue flowers and behind is a snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

You’ll still expect some feet of snow at Mount Rainier in May, especially in the Paradise and Sunrise areas.  Many of the park roads are still closed, though the Stevens Canyon entrance to Mount Rainier usually opens sometime in May.

Mt. Rainier weather in May is typically humid and cool, with daily temperatures ranging from a 59°F high to 39°F lows. Be sure to check weather forecasts before heading out to the park and have appropriate clothing and gear when hiking. 

You can have a great waterfall experience in Mt. Rainier in May. Since snow is melting in the highland areas, the waterfalls at Mt. Rainier National Park are at the peak of their glory. Whether you’ll go for a scenic drive or plan to hike to get views up close, the sights are worth it. From parking areas along Paradise, you can already see the stunning view of Narada and Christine Falls from a distance. 

You can also go for waterfall hikes and take the Paradise River Trail to see spectacular views of Carter and Medcap Falls. Likewise, the path to Conmet Falls gives you a good hike. 

More park facilities also open at Mount Rainier National Park in May including the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, along with Information Centers namely Longmire Wilderness Information Center, White River Wilderness Information Center, and Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House. For your accommodation, you can stay at Paradise Inn which typically opens in late May.

You can camp or enjoy a picnic at the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh grounds and picnic areas which also open later in May. 

So if you’re asking, “Is May a good time to visit Mt Rainier?’ It’s best to schedule your trip for later in May. 

  • See stunning waterfall views 
  • More park facilities open later in May
  • Spring rainy weather during the day 
  • Many of the roads may still be closed 
  • Many facilities and lodgings are still closed until later in the month
  • Most of the popular trails are still covered in snow

Key Events in May:

  • Mother’s Day Buffet at the historic National Park Inn

Visiting Mount Rainier in June

Flowing river surrounded by rocks, grass below a snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

June is summer in most parts of the country, but for most of Mount Rainier National Park, it is still spring. The weather in Mt. Rainier in June is warming up, though still cool and the higher elevation areas of the park are still snowy. The Paradise area is open, though the trails are typically covered in snow.  You can still enjoy great hikes at Paradise and Longmire, including the famous Skyline Trail, but you’ll need to wear microspikes or other traction devices.  If you need to buy some microspikes, read my Guide to the Best Microspikes for Hiking for tips and recommendations.  

The popular Sunrise region doesn’t usually open until late June or even early July. 

The good things is that in addition to this heading into the drier season in Mount Rainier National Park, June temperatures are increasing, ranging from the mid-60s to mid-40s.

At this time, you can also find additional park facilities opening at Mount Rainier National Park in June. The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, White River Campground, and Paradise Picnic Area are available in the later weeks. 

  • Warmer temperatures 
  • Lesser rains 
  • Hiking trails at Paradise and Longmire 
  • Additional park facilities open later in June
  • Crowds are lesser 
  • Most areas of the park are still closed 
  • Hiking trails can be mushy later in the day 

Mount Rainier in Summer (July-August)

Colorful wildflowers and behind are pine trees and a huge snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

July and August are peak seasons in Mount Rainier.  Summer is short and the park becomes busy, especially on weekends and the Fourth of July.  On summer weekends, you’ll need to get to some of the more popular spots like Paradise and Sunrise before 7:00am to get a parking spot! 

You can avoid the heavy crowds by going there early or planning your visit during the weekdays. 

Perhaps, you can also head out to more remote locations in Mt. Rainier. Summer offers equally great views along the park’s northwest section in the Carbon River area and the Gobblers Knob area in the southwest. 

Visiting Mount Rainier in July 

Colorful flowers surrounded by pine trees, and behind are mountains in Mount Rainier National Park surrounded by trees

Summer is definitely the best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park. Wildflowers covering the meadows are in full bloom and warm weather is perfect for hiking and picnicking. 

You can expect clearer skies during this time of the year with minimal fog and more favorable trail visibility. Mt. Rainier in July is fairly cool with highs ranging from the 60s to 70s. Average lows are around the mid-50s. 

You can still expect lots of snow along the highland trails until the end of the month, so wear hiking boots and take microspikes if you’re planning to go on longer hikes like the Skyline Trail. 

Read my Buying Guide to the Best Hiking Boots and Buying Guide to the Best Microspikes for Hiking if you’re looking to buy some. 

Always check the weather at the location you’re heading to because weather conditions may differ from one area of the park to another. 

Everything is usually open by early July, including the Sunrise Day Lodge and the Sunrise Visitor Center.  

  • Park season is at its peak
  • Warm weather perfect for hiking and picnics
  • Wildflowers are in full bloom by mid-July
  • Park is crowded 
  • Parking is challenging 
  • Lines to entrance gates are long 
  • Snow persists on many trails well into July

Key Events in July:

  • 4 th of July Celebrations at Enumclaw
  • Mt. Rainier Annual Wine Festival at the Alpine Inn
  • Rails to Ales Event; Craft Brew Tasting & Train Ride at Mt. Rainier Railroad
  • Annual Pacific Northwest Highland Games at Enumclaw

Visiting Mount Rainier in August

Colorful flowers and behind are trees and snow-capped mountains in Mount Rainier National Park

The first weeks in August are the best times to see the wildflowers in Mt Rainier National Park. All park facilities are open so it’s a good time to visit and explore many of its attractions. 

August also has the best weather, with an average temperature of 42 ˚F to 63 ˚F, with less rain than other months of the year, so you have the best chance of actually seeing the mountain. Nonetheless, you still have to be prepared because the weather at the park can easily change on any day. 

Most of the park areas are snow-free at this time so you’ll enjoy some warmer hikes. Wildlife also roams the park so you’re likely to see elk, black bears, and mountain goats in the alpine areas. 

Summer is also the season for bugs and mosquitos in Mount Rainier so bug spray is a must during hikes. Get some DEET-free insect repellant here if you need some.

  • All park facilities are open 
  • Best wildflower views in the season 
  • Spotting wildlife
  • Park is crowded
  • Parking may be limited 
  • Lines to entrance to gates are possibly longer  

Key Events in August:

  • Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act (free day at the park) 

Mount Rainier: Fall (September-October)

Brown-leaf trees and beside is a huge snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier in fall offers you a different feel of the park with fall colors starting to replace most of the lush greens. The best time to see this fall foliage is around the first few weeks of October since many of the park trails start to close by late October because of snow conditions. Mount Rainier in fall also lets you enjoy the park attractions minus the large crowds. 

V isiting Mt Rainier in September

Pine trees and other plants surround red plants, and behind is a snow-capped mountain covered with fog in Mount Rainier National

Is it a good time to visit Mount Rainier in September? Yes. 

Two good reasons to plan your trip during the fall season? There are a lot fewer people in the park right after Labor Day and the weather is good at this time of the year. I’ve been the week after Labor Day and it was easy to get a park, the trails weren’t super crowded and the weather was perfect!

The main areas are snow-free so you’ll enjoy the cool rainforest climate while hiking the trails. Many of the plants are still green and there are even some late-season wildflowers on some meadows, but you’ll start to see more orange and red hues taking place around the park. 

Black bears and deer are also active during the season so you’re likely to spot them along the trails. 

Fall weather at Mount Rainier National Park in September averages between highs of 68°F and 45°F low temperature. You can access all park visitor centers and facilities at this time, but when snowfall starts in Mount Rainier in late September, some park facilities also close for the coming winter season. 

Visitor Centers in Sunrise and Ohanapecosh close in mid-September. Paradise Inn also ends its open season while Sunrise Day Lodge and Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House close earlier during the month. 

  • Fewer people
  • Stunning fall colors
  • Spot some wildlife  
  •  Some park facilities start to close by the end of the month  

Key Events in September:

  • National Public Lands Day (free day at the park)

Visiting Mt Rainier in October

Pine trees and other colorful plants below the snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier in October gives you brilliant Autumn colors and cooler weather. Crowds thin out by this time since rain also starts to be more frequent. 

Is it a good time to visit Mount Rainier National Park in October? Visiting the park during the early weeks is best so you can enjoy the fall foliage at the peak of its colors. Mt. Rainier October weather ranges between highs of 48°F and average lows of around 32°F. 

The fall season is also the best time to see wildlife. You’ll see black-tailed deer roaming around the Paradise meadows and hoary marmots and pikas making their typical whistling high-pitch calls. Black bears are also more visible feeding on berry patches. They’re feeding to gain as much weight as possible and prepare themselves to hibernate for winter. 

You can also enjoy berry-picking at Mt. Rainier. Fall season is when huckleberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, and salmonberries are ripe. You’ll find plenty of these berries along Sunrise, Paradise, the Naches Peak Loop, and the Tipsoo Lake-Chinook Pass. 

By late October, chances of snow start to increase, so make sure to prepare for the cold weather if you’ll be visiting at that time. Also, the Longmire Wilderness Information Center and White River Wilderness Information Center close in mid-October. 

  • Stunning all foliage colors 
  • Spotting more wildlife 
  • Picking berries 
  • Cooler weather 
  • Crowds have thinned out  
  • Snow starts later in the month
  • Many accommodations and facilities close during this month

V isit Mount Rainier in winter (November-March)

Mountains covered with snow and trees in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is known to be one of the “snowiest” places in the country. Does Mt Rainier always have snow? It’s capped with glaciers so the highest elevations have snow all year, but the main areas casual visitors go to are clear in summer but snowy in winter.  

Winter here lasts for several months and is really cold. Paradise has an annual average snowfall of around 640 inches, which measures more than 50 feet. This makes Mount Rainier snow perfect for winter activities. The park is stunningly beautiful with the thick and heavy snow. And there are a lot fewer people at this time.

The southwest Nisqually Entrance and the Carbon River Entrance are the only entrances open at Mount Rainier National Park in winter. Though the Carbon River Road is only accessible to foot traffic and bicycles, vehicles are only allowed at this park entrance. 

Can you visit Mt Rainier in the winter with a car? Yes. But in any weather condition, the park requires all vehicles to carry tire chains during the winter season for safety precautions while visiting the park. 

Most of the roads are closed in Mount Rainier National Park in winter, so make sure you check accessible roads. Roads from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire are accessible all year-round but closes when weather is extreme, while roads along Longmire and Paradise opens only on weekends and closes every night.

If you’re visiting Mt Rainier in winter, plan your travel well and always get information on road status and weather forecasts, and keep yourself updated with possible winter hazards. 

Visiting Mt Rainier in November

Huge building with many windows surrounded by trees and snow, and behind is a snow-capped mountain in Mount Rainier National Park.

As the season shifts to winter in Mount Rainier National Park, November isn’t really a good time to visit the park. Rain is often non-stop and the weather is mostly cloudy. So if you’re aiming to go sightseeing, it’s not the best time to do so. 

You may still be able to go on some hikes but make sure you’re prepared for the trip and be aware of sudden weather changes. Mt Rainier winter temperature in November ranges from 39°F highs to 28°F lows. 

It’s still possible to visit Mt Rainier in winter but basically, you won’t enjoy much of it until around mid-December when snow is thick enough for winter activities. The Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise still opens on the weekends, along with the Longmire Museum and Carbon River Ranger Station which are open all year round. 

  • Lesser crowds 
  • Mostly rainy and cloudy weather 
  • Most accommodations and park facilities are closed for the winter
  • There usually isn’t enough snow for winter activities, but too much for summer activities

Visiting Mount Rainier in December

Pine trees covered with snow in Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park in December has abundant snowfall and gives park visitors lots of opportunities to enjoy winter recreation. By the middle of December, you’ll see the spectacular winter scenery as the park gets covered with blankets of snow. 

Is it a good time to visit? Yes, if you love winter. The weather is in its coldest months with high temperatures averaging around 33.8°F and an average low of 21°F.  The snow is thick enough for snowshoeing, snowboarding, sledding, and skiing. 

Read my Guide to the Best Snowshoes for Beginners if you’re looking to buy some. 

You can go for snow walks or winter camping in Paradise, Mazama Ridge, and Reflection Lakes. You can get a wilderness permit at the Longmire Museum or the Longmire Wilderness Information Center. 

Another advantage of taking the Mt Rainier National Park winter trip is the cheaper rates during the season, particularly from December to January. You’ll get the best prices this time of the year. 

  • Great time to enjoy winter activities 
  • Spectacular winter landscape  
  • Cheapest vacation rates 
  • Weather is at its coldest 
  • Park facilities are limited  

Visiting Mount Rainier in January

People walking toward snow-capped mountains in Mount Rainier National Park

Temperatures in Mount Rainier in the winter range between 23˚° F to 35°˚F. Mount Rainier’s weather in January is pretty much the same as in December so the park is still full of winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. When you go for winter hikes , ma ke sure to check on road closures and avalanche warnings for your safety. 

You’ll also enjoy Mount Rainier National Park winter activities like weekend snowshoe tours led by rangers. 

If you’re planning an overnight stay, National Park Inn just next to Longmire Museum is open even during winter. Also, you’ll find several sledding areas in Paradise and snowmobile sites along Westside Road and loop roads on Cougar Rock Campground.

  • Stay overnight at National Park Inn
  • Winter Activities 
  • Inclement weather 
  • Many areas of the park are closed and even Paradise is often closed on weekdays

Key Events in January:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (free day at the park) 

Visiting Mount Rainier National Park in February

Pine trees surrounded by snow and water, and behind are snow-capped mountains in Mount Rainier National Park

Is it a good time to visit Mount Rainier in February? Yes, if you want to make the most of the park’s wintry month. Snow accumulations during this season can reach up to 8 feet. Rains are still frequent and days are still shorter, so you’ll need to constantly check for weather and road advisories when you tour around the park. 

Temperatures Mt. Rainier in February typically average between 22°F and 38°F. If you plan to visit this time of the year, pack extra layers of clothes, boots, coats, and snow gear. 

  • Guide To The Best Men’s Boots For Winter  
  • Guide To The Best Winter Boots For Women
  • Guide To The Best Winter Jackets For Extreme Cold
  • Guide to The Best Snowshoes for Beginners
  • Guide to the Best Microspikes for Hiking

You can still enjoy fun snow activities including camping, sledding, climbing, and much more before the start of spring in the next coming months. You can only access park facilities open year-round like Longmire Museum, Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise on the weekends, and Carbon River Ranger Station. 

  • Freezing temperatures
  • Most areas of the park are closed

Visiting Mt Rainier National Park in March

Pine trees covered with snow in Mount Rainier National Park

Though it’s spring in most parts of the country, March is still cold in Mt. Rainier. Snow still covers much of the park with around seven and a half feet of snow accumulations. Average highs are usually 37˚F lows can go around 23˚F. 

Is it a good time to visit Mount Rainier? Not really, because on an average day, there’s almost a 50% chance of snow or rain. It’s also the rainiest month in the park and very humid. Since Mount Rainier’s weather is really cold and wet, the bottom line is March is one of the worst times to visit the park.

Though sledding areas are still open at this time and you can probably still do some winter activities, you won’t get to enjoy much because of the weather. 

  • Very few crowds 
  • Winter activities are still available
  • Frequent rain and snow 
  • The wettest month in the park

B est Time To Visit Mt Rainier Wildflowers

July and August are the best times to see the colorful wildflowers. Mt. Rainier is also the busiest during these summer months. The first weeks of August are the peak season for wildflowers. Mt Rainier National Park has plenty of trails where you can see these beautiful sights. 

When is the best time of year to visit Mt Rainier National Park

The best weather: July and August have the most pleasant weather Mt. Rainier has to offer. 

The best time to see the wildflowers: Mid-July until the first weeks of August  

The best time to avoid the crowds : September until the winter months from November to March  

The best time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park (summer) : Even though they are also the busiest months, July and August are the best months for Mt Rainier National Park. Summer season is when all park facilities open. 

The best time to travel on a budget : December and January

The best time to have a winter adventure in Mount Rainier National Park : December to January

The worst time to visit Mount Rainier National Park : November and March

Travel Insurance for Olympic National Park  

No matter what when you go to Olympic National Park, you should definitely get travel insurance.  This can protect you not only against medical and emergency repatriation, but can also cover things like trip cancellation, loss and/ or theft of property, etc. 

A great insurance option is  Travelex .  It has coverage for all you’ll need. You can compare Travel Insurance plans here or get a quote right now:

728x90 Get Quote

Enjoy Mount Rainier National Park!

What do you think is the best time to visit Rainier National Park?  Join my private Facebook group National Parks Collectors and comment and let me know (you can also pick up extra planning tips, share your photos and stories with other national park lovers and more).

If you liked this post about Mount Rainier National Park (best time to visit) please share the love and Pin It to your Mount Rainier National Park board!

About the Author

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert .

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides , comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications , including Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

Parks Collecting is a participant in the Amazon.com Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases .

visit mt rainier in march

Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier (Monthly Guide by a Travel Pro!)

Plan the perfect Mount Rainier trip with our monthly guide. Find the best times for weather, budget tips, and avoiding crowds. Ideal for families and climbers.

visit mt rainier in march

A lifetime of discovery awaits as Mount Rainier stands as one of the most iconic landscapes in Washington. It’s an active volcano that spawns five major rivers. Wildflower meadows surround Mount Rainier while the lower slopes are surrounded by forests.

The best time to visit Mount Rainier is July and August when the weather is warm. Temperatures during this time average 42 F (5.9 C) and 63 F (17.4 C) degrees with little to zero rainfall. When it comes to booking your trip, you can find flights for as low as $120 and hotels from $140 per night.

When traveling to a destination such as Mount Rainier, you’ll want to weigh the factors that help you know when to plan your vacation. Let’s dive into the best time to visit Mount Rainier.

Worst Time to Travel to Mount Rainier

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Earl’s Photos

When traveling to Mount Rainier, you’ll want to take into consideration the current season, climate conditions, and busiest time of year. The worst time to visit Mount Rainier is from  November through March . During this period, Mount Rainier sees huge amounts of snowfall.

With record amounts of snowfall, you’ll have to deal with the frigid cold temperatures. Along with the weather, some of the park entrances won’t be open during this time.

When is the Cheapest Time to go to Mount Rainier?

The cheapest time to take a vacation to Mount Rainier is in  December or January . Let’s break down some rates so you can have the best prices possible when trying to plan a budget-friendly trip.

When booking the cheapest trip to Mount Rainier, the most affordable that you’ll find is  $340 per person for a roundtrip flight . When wanting to make your trip budget-friendly, you’ll want to book far in advance to get the best rates.

For the cheapest rates on accommodations, you can find hotels priced around  $120 per night . If you’re on a budget when booking, look for a hotel that comes with extras such as an included breakfast. Costs vary per month so make sure to plan your trip three to six months in advance.

What Time of Year is the Best Weather in Mount Rainier?

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Serge Yatunin

When planning your vacation to Mount Rainier, you’ll want to go when the weather is permitting and deals are at their lowest. Below, we discuss the weather by month so that you can choose the best time to visit for you and your family.

January: Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walk

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Lukas Gojda

Temperatures average between 22 F (-5.3 C) and 34 F (1.6 C) during January at Mount Rainier.  During January, rain falls for 21 days out of the month with accumulations of around 18 inches. Mount Rainier also sees about 18 inches of snowfall during this month.

If you’re planning to travel during this time, you’ll want to pack plenty of layers, a coat, and any other snow gear to prepare for inclement weather. During this, you can plan to schedule a  ranger-guided snowshoe walk . During this walk, your guide will show you the art of snowshoeing.

You’ll discover how plants, animals, and humans adapt to the wintry conditions at Mount Rainier.

  • Ranger-guided snowshoe walk
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling

February: Paradise Sledding & Sliding

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Fedor Selivanov

Temperatures average between 22 F (-5.5 C) and 35.8 F (2.1 C) during February at Mount Rainer.  February, like January, is still a cold wintry month. It rains for 17 days out of the month with accumulations of around 17 inches and receives around 91 inches of snow accumulations.

If you’re planning to travel around this month, you’ll want to pack your snow gear, boots, coat, and extra warm layers. During this month, you can go to  Paradise Sledding & Sliding . The Paradise area is the only official safe-sledding place.

While sledding, you should use soft-sliding devices, flexible sleds, tubes, and saucers.

  • Paradise Sledding & Sliding
  • Winter Camping

March: Snowmobiling

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Wlad Go

Temperatures average between 37 F (3.3 C) and 23 F (-4.6 C) during March at Mount Rainier.  March is the first month of spring and still a cold month like January and February. It is still one of the months with the most amount of snowfall seeing around 90 inches of snow accumulations.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack snow gear, boots, a coat, gloves, a hat, and plenty of warm layers. During this month, you can schedule to go  snowmobiling . Along sections of the park, there are certain sections where you’ll be allowed to go snowmobiling.

Before venturing off, you’ll want to double-check with rangers just what areas are allowed to be navigated through.

  • Hike White River Trail
  • Visit Copper Creek Hut

April: Visit Reflection Lake

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Always Wanderlust

Temperatures average between 42 F (5.6 C) and 25 F (-3.4 C) during April at Mount Rainier.  April is another cold spring month with temperatures warming up only slightly. It snows for around 14 days out of the month seeing about 67 inches of snow accumulation.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack a coat, boots, and plenty of warm layers. During this month, you can visit  Reflection Lake . If you can travel here on a clear day, it’s possible to catch the reflection of Mount Rainier in Reflection Lake.

Many visitors love this area to snap a photo-worthy memory of their trip.

  • Visit Reflection Lake
  • Have brunch at Paradise Inn
  • Spend time in Paradise

Related Read:   25 Best Waterfalls in Washington State

May: Visit Myrtle Falls

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Knelson20

Temperatures average between 49 F (9.6 C) and 31 F (-0.1 C) during May at Mount Rainier . May is the last month of spring and a relatively chilly month. It snows for around 8 days with around 26 inches of snow accumulations.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack a coat, pants, sweaters, gloves, and your boots or sneakers. During this month, you can visit  Myrtle Falls . Myrtle Falls has one of the prettiest views that you’ll want to add to your to-do list.

It is located in Paradise and is an easy walk on the paved trail that takes around 1 round trip.

  • Visit Myrtle Falls
  • Visit Longmire
  • Walk the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

June: Ride the Mount Rainier Gondola to Crystal Mountain

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Remigijus

Temperatures average between 54 F (12 C) and 36 F (2.3 C) during June at Mount Rainier . In June, the temperatures gradually increase from chilly to fresh. It rains for 12 days out of the month seeing around 4 inches of precipitation.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack pants, sweaters, a coat, and your walking shoes. During this month, you can  ride the Mount Rainier gondola to Crystal mountain . If you want jaw-dropping views for very little effort, this is one of the best things you can add to your list.

From the resort, you can ride the gondola up to Crystal Mountain. Located at the top is Summit House Restaurant where you can dine out using their outdoor patio.

  • Ride the Mount Rainier gondola to Crystal Mountain
  • Visit Sunrise
  • Hike Naches Peak Loop

July: Hike the Wonderland Trail

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Dmitry Kovba

Temperatures average between 42 F (5.9 C) and 63 F (17.4 C) during July at Mount Rainier . The temperatures in July increase from cool to enjoyable. July is the month with the least amount of rainfall, raining for 7 days out of the month and seeing only 2 inches of precipitation.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack a coat, jacket, pants, t-shirts, sweaters, and tour boots or sneakers. During this month, you can  hike the wonderland trail . The wonderland trail is a 93-mile trail that navigates around Mount Rainier.

This hike will take you around 9 to 13 days to complete the entire loop. You’ll cross rivers and streams, walk through canyons, and get to see Mount Rainier in every direction.

  • Hike the wonderland trail
  • Hike Spray Park
  • Hike Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout

Related Read:   30 Top Treehouse Rentals in Washington

August: Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Thitisan

Temperatures average between 43 F (6.6 C) and 64 F (18.1 C) during August at Mount Rainier . August is the last month of summer and another comfortable month temperature-wise. During this month it rains for 6 days out of the month with around 2 inches of precipitation.

If you’re planning to travel during this time, you’ll want to pack a jacket, pants, t-shirts, and a good pair of walking shoes. During this month, you can  take a   hot air balloon ride . If you want to see Mount Rainier, grab your family and book one of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Go stargazing
  • Bike West Side Road

September: Visit the Temperate Rainforest

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Roman Khomlyak

Temperatures average between 58 F (14 C) and 39 F (4 C) during September at Mount Rainer . September is the first month of autumn and a moderately cool month. The month will see about 9 days of rain with 4 inches of precipitation.

If you’re planning to travel during this time, you’ll want to pack a coat, jacket, t-shirts, sweaters, and walking shoes. During this month, you can  visit the temperate rainforest . The temperate rainforest is located in the northwestern corner of the park.

It’s covered in hanging moss, towering firs, and endless parades of ferns that offer peace and tranquillity in the park.

  • Visit the Temperate Rainforest
  • Hike to Silver Falls
  • Hike to the Wildlife Park
  • Walk the wildflower and nature trails

October: Explore White River

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Jennifer White Maxwell

Temperatures average between 47 F (8.8 C) and 32 F (0.2 C) during October at Mount Rainier . October is a frosty autumn month with temperatures decreasing from moderately cool to frosty. Mount Rainier can see around 10 inches of precipitation and 24 inches of snowfall.

If you’re planning to travel this month, you’ll want to pack your coat, warm layers, and a pair of boots. During this month, you can  explore the White River  on weather-permitting days. White River is one of the hidden gems you can go to escape crowds.

This would be perfect for those who enjoy hiking.

  • Explore White River
  • Visit Green Lake Trail
  • Visit Greenwater Lakes

Related Read:   15 BEST Water Parks in Washington State

November: Snow Camping

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Gavayek

Temperatures average between 24 F (-4.1 C) and 37 F (2.9 C) during November at Mount Rainier . November is the last month of autumn and another cold month. In November it snows for 16 days out of the month, receiving around 120 inches in snow accumulation.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack your coat, a hat, gloves, scarf, plenty of warm layers, and your snow boots. During this month, you’ll want to check out  snow camping . If you’re brave enough to camp out in freezing temperatures, you’ll enjoy camping in the Tattoosh Mountains.

  • Snow camping
  • Outfitters horseback riding
  • Elk feeding at oak creek

December: Elk Feeding at Oak Creek

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Ashley-Belle-Burns

Temperatures average between 21 F (-6.1 C) and 33 F (1 C) during December at Mount Rainier . December is the first month of winter and a cold month at Mount Rainier. It is the most with the most snowfall, snowing for 19 days and seeing around 124 inches of snow accumulation.

If you’re planning to travel during this month, you’ll want to pack your snow gear and plenty of warm layers. During this month, you can go  elk feeding at Oak Creek . This is a winter feeding program that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, even in severe weather.

  • Drive your vehicle around the northwest trek
  • Spend a night at Crystal Mountain resort.

What is the Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier With Family?

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Aleksei Potov

Mount Rainier is a great place to travel any time of year, but some seasons may be more convenient than others. The best time to visit Mount Rainier is from  July to September  for summer activities.

Even though summer is the best time to visit Mount Rainier with family, it is also the busiest time of year. When visiting, you’ll want to go mid-week when it’s less crowded. To help avoid long wait times, you can plan your visit anywhere before 10 AM or after 2:30 PM.

When is the Best Time to Avoid Crowds in Mount Rainier?

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Nyker

The best time to avoid crowds in Mount Rainier is in  early September . July and August are usually peak tourism times, but if you want to avoid crowds, tourists start to diminish around this time.

There are easy ways you can avoid crowds and get a parking spot even on days when it seems to be a little more crowded. Arrive at Mount Rainier before 10 AM by getting a close hotel. You can also arrive mid-week or between 5 PM and 6 PM when the majority of tourists have left.

Related Read:   Western National Parks Road Trip: U.S.A

When is the Best Time To Climb Mount Rainer?

visit mt rainier in march

Credit:  Rajat Chamria

The best time to climb Mount Rainier is during  July and August . This is peak climbing season and the time of year when the weather is at its best. It’s also the time when the majority of ascents take place and several guides take trips on the mountain.

While having good weather, this is also the time when avalanche risks are at their lowest or non-existent. If you’re up for the adventure, it’s worth the climb!

73 Basic Dutch Phrases for Your Next Trip to Netherlands 🇳🇱

Learn essential Dutch phrases for a smooth trip to the Netherlands. Perfect for travelers looking to connect with locals and enrich their experience.

Win a $500 Flight!

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Enter our Dream Journey Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 travel voucher, redeemable with any major US airline. Whether it's sandy beaches, bustling cities, or tranquil mountains, your dream destination is just an email away!*

Is Sun Country Airlines Safe? Discover How They Prioritize Your Safety

Is Sun Country Airlines Safe? Discover How They Prioritize Your Safety

When you're planning your next getaway, the safety of your chosen airline is probably at the top of your list. You've likely heard of Sun Country Airlines, a budget-friendly option that's been gaining popularity. But the big question on your mind is, "Is Sun Country Airlines safe?"

Is Delta Air Lines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Nervous Flyers

Is Delta Air Lines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Nervous Flyers

When you're planning your next trip, safety is likely at the top of your list. And if Delta Air Lines is on your radar, you're probably wondering just how safe it is to fly with them. Let's face it, in today's world, the safety of an airline can make or break your travel plans.

Is American Airlines Safe? Uncovering the Truth for Nervous Flyers

Is American Airlines Safe? Uncovering the Truth for Nervous Flyers

When you're planning your next trip, safety is probably at the top of your mind. And if you're considering flying with American Airlines, you're likely wondering just how safe it really is. It's a valid concern—after all, you're cruising at 35,000 feet!

Is Biman Bangladesh Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

Is Biman Bangladesh Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

When you're planning a trip, especially one that takes you across borders, the safety of your chosen airline is a top priority. You've probably come across Biman Bangladesh Airlines in your search for flights, and it's natural to wonder about its safety record. After all, you're entrusting them with your most precious cargo: you and your loved ones.

Is Arkia Israeli Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth That Every Traveler Must Know

Is Arkia Israeli Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth That Every Traveler Must Know

When planning a trip, you're likely to ponder over which airline to choose, especially when it comes to safety. If you've got your eyes set on Israel, Arkia Israeli Airlines might have popped up in your search. It's Israel's second-largest airline, but how does it stack up in terms of safety?

Is Air Albania Safe? Unveiling the Truth About Your Next Flight's Security

Is Air Albania Safe? Unveiling the Truth About Your Next Flight's Security

When planning your next trip, you might wonder about the safety of your chosen airline. It's a valid concern, especially if you're considering flying with a relatively new player like Air Albania. Founded in 2018, it's the flag carrier of Albania, but how does it stack up in terms of safety?

Is Jeju Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

Is Jeju Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

When planning a trip, especially by air, safety is always at the top of your mind. You've probably come across Jeju Air, a popular low-cost carrier in South Korea, and wondered, "Is Jeju Air safe?" It's a valid question, considering the budget-friendly tickets and the airline's growing network across Asia.

Is Air Tahiti Nui Safe? Unveiling What Every Traveler Needs to Know

Is Air Tahiti Nui Safe? Unveiling What Every Traveler Needs to Know

When planning a trip to the enchanting islands of Tahiti, you're likely considering Air Tahiti Nui for your journey. It's the flagship carrier that promises an exotic travel experience, whisking you away to paradise. But amidst the excitement, a crucial question pops up: Is Air Tahiti Nui safe?

Is Avelo Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

Is Avelo Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

When you're planning your next trip, safety is always at the top of your mind, right? You're probably wondering if Avelo Airlines, the new kid on the block in the aviation world, ticks all the boxes for a safe journey. It's a valid question, especially with so many options out there.

Is PenAir Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Nervous and Aspiring Travelers

Is PenAir Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Nervous and Aspiring Travelers

When you're planning your next flight, safety is probably at the top of your list. You've likely come across PenAir in your search for regional flights, but you're wondering: is PenAir safe? It's a valid question, especially when flying to some of the more remote locations PenAir serves.

Is Ravn Alaska Safe? Unveiling Truths Behind Your Flight's Reliability

Is Ravn Alaska Safe? Unveiling Truths Behind Your Flight's Reliability

When planning a trip to the Last Frontier, you might wonder about the best way to hop between its vast landscapes. Ravn Alaska pops up as a popular option, but there's a big question on your mind: Is Ravn Alaska safe? Let's dive into what makes an airline tick in terms of safety and see how Ravn stacks up.

Is Breeze Airways Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious & Aspiring Travelers

Is Breeze Airways Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious & Aspiring Travelers

When you're eyeing those tempting deals from Breeze Airways for your next trip, it's only natural to wonder about their safety record. After all, who doesn't want a smooth and secure journey to their dream destination? Breeze Airways, a newcomer in the sky, has sparked curiosity among travelers seeking both value and peace of mind.

Is Cape Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Pilot Training and Fleet Safety

Is Cape Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Pilot Training and Fleet Safety

When planning your next adventure or business trip, you're likely to ponder over the safety of your chosen airline. If Cape Air's on your radar, you're probably asking, "Is Cape Air safe?" It's a valid question that deserves a closer look, especially when your comfort and peace of mind are at stake.

Is Silver Airways Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

Is Silver Airways Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

When planning your next trip, you're likely juggling a lot of decisions. Where to stay, what to pack, and, crucially, which airline to trust with your safety in the skies. If you're considering Silver Airways for your journey, you might be wondering just how safe it is. After all, flying can be nerve-wracking enough without worrying about the reliability of your chosen airline.

Is GoJet Airlines Safe? The Truth Behind Passenger Reviews and Safety Concerns

Is GoJet Airlines Safe? The Truth Behind Passenger Reviews and Safety Concerns

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with GoJet Airlines, one question might pop into your mind: "Is GoJet Airlines safe?" It's a valid concern, especially in today's world where safety is paramount. Let's dive into what makes an airline safe and see how GoJet stacks up.

Is Endeavor Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Secure Journey

Is Endeavor Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Secure Journey

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Endeavor Air, it's natural to wonder about safety. After all, you want your journey to be as smooth and worry-free as possible. Safety is a top priority for any airline, but how does Endeavor Air stack up?

Is Trans States Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Pilot Training & Safety

Is Trans States Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Pilot Training & Safety

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Trans States Airlines, it's natural to wonder about their safety record. After all, ensuring a safe journey is at the top of everyone's list. You're not alone in your curiosity, and the good news is, we've got the scoop for you.

Is Air Wisconsin Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight's Safety

Is Air Wisconsin Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight's Safety

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Air Wisconsin, safety is likely one of your top concerns. It's a big deal choosing an airline, especially with the myriad of options and opinions floating around.

Is Envoy Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Next Flight

Is Envoy Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Next Flight

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Envoy Air, it's natural to wonder about the airline's safety record. After all, your safety is paramount, and you want to ensure you're making the best choice for your travel.

Is Mesa Airlines Safe? Discover What Passengers Aren't Telling You

Is Mesa Airlines Safe? Discover What Passengers Aren't Telling You

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Mesa Airlines, safety is likely at the top of your mind. It's a big world out there, and knowing you're in good hands while jetting off to your next adventure can make all the difference.

Is Compass Airlines Safe? Uncovering What Every Traveler Must Know

Is Compass Airlines Safe? Uncovering What Every Traveler Must Know

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Compass Airlines, it's natural to wonder about their safety record. After all, ensuring a safe journey is at the top of everyone's list. But diving into the world of airline safety can feel like navigating through a maze. Don't worry; we've got you covered.

Is Republic Airways Safe? Insights That Every Nervous Flyer Must Read

Is Republic Airways Safe? Insights That Every Nervous Flyer Must Read

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Republic Airways, it's natural to wonder about their safety record. After all, ensuring you're in good hands while thousands of feet up in the air is pretty crucial. You're not alone in your concerns; it's a question on the minds of many travelers.

Is SkyWest Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth That Every Traveler Must Know

Is SkyWest Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth That Every Traveler Must Know

When planning your next trip, you might be wondering about the best airline options out there. Safety, no doubt, tops your list of concerns. You've probably heard of SkyWest Airlines, a major player in the regional airline sector. But the burning question remains: Is SkyWest Airlines safe?

Is Icelandair Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust Their Journey With Us

Is Icelandair Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust Their Journey With Us

When you're planning a trip that involves flying, safety naturally tops your list of concerns. And if Iceland's stunning landscapes are calling your name, you're probably considering Icelandair for your journey. But how safe is this airline, really?

Is Luxair Safe? Unveiling What Really Matters to Nervous Flyers

Is Luxair Safe? Unveiling What Really Matters to Nervous Flyers

When planning your next trip, you're likely scrolling through countless options, wondering which airline will get you there safely and comfortably. Luxair, Luxembourg's flag carrier, often pops up as a top choice for European destinations. But in the sea of airlines, you might ask yourself, "Is Luxair safe?"

Is SpiceJet Safe? Uncovering the Truth Behind Passenger Reviews

Is SpiceJet Safe? Uncovering the Truth Behind Passenger Reviews

When you're planning your next trip, safety is always at the top of your mind. And if you're considering flying with SpiceJet, you might be wondering just how safe it is. After all, flying can be daunting, and choosing the right airline is crucial for a worry-free journey.

Is El Al Safe? Debunking Myths & Unveiling the Truth for Nervous Flyers

Is El Al Safe? Debunking Myths & Unveiling the Truth for Nervous Flyers

When you're planning a trip, especially an international one, safety is likely at the top of your list. And if your travels are taking you to or from Israel, you've probably heard of El Al. It's Israel's national airline and has a reputation that precedes it. But what's behind the buzz? Is El Al really as safe as they say?

Is China Eastern Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

Is China Eastern Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

When you're planning a trip, especially one that spans continents, safety is likely at the top of your list. You've probably come across China Eastern Airlines in your search for flights, and it's natural to wonder about their safety record. After all, you're entrusting them with your most precious cargo - yourself and your loved ones.

Is China Southern Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Concerns

Is China Southern Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Concerns

When it comes to air travel, safety is always at the forefront of everyone's mind. You might be planning your next trip and wondering, "Is China Southern safe?" It's a valid question, especially when venturing far from home.

Is Malaysia Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Travelers

Is Malaysia Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Travelers

When you're planning your next adventure or business trip, the airline you choose is a big deal. You want comfort, good service, and most importantly, safety. Malaysia Airlines often pops up as a tempting option with its attractive routes and competitive prices. But there's that nagging question in the back of your mind: Is Malaysia Airlines safe?

Is Japan Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

Is Japan Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth for Anxious Flyers

When planning your next trip, safety is likely at the top of your list, especially when it comes to choosing an airline. You might be wondering, "Is Japan Airlines safe?" Well, you're in the right place to find out. Japan Airlines, known for its impeccable service, also prides itself on its safety record.

Is ANA Safe? Discover How They Ensure Your Peace of Mind in the Skies

Is ANA Safe? Discover How They Ensure Your Peace of Mind in the Skies

When you're planning a trip, especially one that involves flying, safety is likely at the top of your mind. You might be wondering about All Nippon Airways, commonly known as ANA, and its safety record. Is it a reliable choice for your next journey?

Is Singapore Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Secrets Behind Their Flawless Safety Record

Is Singapore Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Secrets Behind Their Flawless Safety Record

When you're jetting off to exotic locales or crucial business meetings, the last thing you want to worry about is your safety in the sky. That's where Singapore Airlines comes into play. Known for its impeccable service, it's natural to wonder about its safety record too.

Is Emirates Safe? Unveiling What Happy Travelers Really Think

Is Emirates Safe? Unveiling What Happy Travelers Really Think

When you're planning your next journey, safety is likely at the top of your list. You've probably heard a lot about Emirates, known for its luxurious experience, but how does it stack up in terms of safety? Let's dive into what makes an airline safe and see where Emirates lands.

Is LOT Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight's Safety

Is LOT Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight's Safety

When you're planning a trip, the safety of the airline you choose is a top priority. You might've heard about LOT Polish Airlines and wondered, "Is LOT safe?" Well, you're not alone in asking. Safety concerns are valid, especially when it's about flying thousands of feet above the ground.

Is Aeromexico Safe? Unveiling What Every Traveler Needs to Know

Is Aeromexico Safe? Unveiling What Every Traveler Needs to Know

When you're planning your next trip and considering flying with Aeromexico, safety might be at the top of your mind. It's natural to wonder about the safety records of airlines these days, especially with the amount of travel we all do. Aeromexico, as one of the leading carriers in Latin America, often comes under scrutiny.

Is Norwegian Safe? Discover Why Travelers Trust Its Skies

Is Norwegian Safe? Discover Why Travelers Trust Its Skies

When you're planning your next adventure, safety is always at the top of your list. And if Norway's on your radar, you're probably wondering, "Is Norwegian safe?" Let's dive into what makes this Nordic country a destination worth considering from a safety perspective.

Is Allegiant Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth About Your Flight's Safety

Is Allegiant Air Safe? Unveiling the Truth About Your Flight's Safety

When you're planning a trip, the safety of the airline you choose is a top priority. You've probably heard mixed reviews about budget airlines, and Allegiant Air often comes up in those conversations. It's natural to wonder, "Is Allegiant Air safe?"

Is Hawaiian Airlines Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust This Paradise Airline

Is Hawaiian Airlines Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust This Paradise Airline

When you're planning a tropical getaway, the last thing you want to stress over is whether your flight will be a smooth sail or a turbulent ride. Enter Hawaiian Airlines, a name that's almost synonymous with the aloha spirit and island hopping. But beyond the lei greetings and in-flight POG juice, you're probably wondering, "Is Hawaiian Airlines safe?"

Is Frontier Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

Is Frontier Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

When you're planning your next adventure or business trip, the airline you choose can make all the difference. You've probably heard about Frontier Airlines, known for its budget-friendly fares, but you might be wondering, "Is Frontier Airlines safe?" It's a valid question that deserves a closer look, especially in today's travel climate.

Is Spirit Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

Is Spirit Airlines Safe? Unveiling the Truth Behind Your Flight Fears

When you're planning a trip and looking for budget-friendly options, Spirit Airlines often pops up as a tempting choice. But amidst the excitement of snagging a great deal, you might pause and wonder, "Is Spirit Airlines safe?" It's a valid question, especially when you're about to trust them with your most precious cargo—yourself!

Is JetBlue Safe? Uncovering the Truth Behind Their Safety Measures

Is JetBlue Safe? Uncovering the Truth Behind Their Safety Measures

When you're planning your next trip, the airline you choose is as crucial as your destination. You've probably heard a lot about JetBlue, known for its comfy seats and ample legroom, but how does it stack up in terms of safety? It's a question worth asking, especially in today's travel climate.

Is Alaska Airlines Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust Their Journey With Them

Is Alaska Airlines Safe? Discover Why Flyers Trust Their Journey With Them

When you're planning your next trip, safety is likely at the top of your list. You're not just looking for a smooth flight; you want peace of mind from takeoff to touchdown. That's where Alaska Airlines comes into play. It's a name you've probably heard tossed around when talking about reliable air travel, but how safe is it really?

Is Southwest Airlines Safe? Uncovering What Every Traveler Needs to Know

Is Southwest Airlines Safe? Uncovering What Every Traveler Needs to Know

When you're planning your next trip, safety is always at the top of your mind. And if you're considering flying with Southwest Airlines, you might be wondering just how safe your journey will be. It's a valid concern, especially in today's world where travel safety has become more important than ever.

Is United Airlines Safe? Real Passengers Share Their Experiences

Is United Airlines Safe? Real Passengers Share Their Experiences

When you're planning your next trip, safety is probably at the top of your list, especially when it comes to choosing an airline. You've likely come across United Airlines, a major player in the aviation industry, and wondered, "Is United Airlines safe?" It's a valid question that deserves a closer look.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Hawaii for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Hawaii for Every Lifestyle

Dreaming of living in paradise? Hawaii's got you covered, with its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and Aloha spirit. But with so many amazing spots, deciding where to plant your roots can be tough.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Florida for Everyone - Beaches, Festivals & More

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Florida for Everyone - Beaches, Festivals & More

Thinking about moving to Florida? You're not alone! The Sunshine State is famous for its gorgeous beaches, vibrant cities, and laid-back lifestyle. But with so many great places to choose from, deciding where to plant your roots can be tough.

Ultimate Guide: Top Family-Friendly Spots in NC - From Asheville to Outer Banks

Ultimate Guide: Top Family-Friendly Spots in NC - From Asheville to Outer Banks

Looking for the perfect spot in North Carolina to plant your family roots? You're in luck! This state's got a little something for everyone, from bustling cities to quiet, leafy suburbs.

Top Places to Thrive in Your 20s: A Guide to Affordability, Adventure, & Opportunities

Top Places to Thrive in Your 20s: A Guide to Affordability, Adventure, & Opportunities

Ah, your 20s! A time to explore, grow, and maybe even settle down in a new spot that feels just right. It's all about finding that perfect blend of fun, opportunity, and affordability.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Houston for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Houston for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Houston's a big city, with even bigger opportunities for finding the perfect spot to call home. Whether you're all about the hustle and bustle of city life or looking for a quiet corner to settle down, there's something here for everyone.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Missouri for Everyone - From Retirees to Young Adults

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Missouri for Everyone - From Retirees to Young Adults

Thinking about moving to Missouri or just curious about the best spots to call home in the Show-Me State? You're in luck. Missouri's got a little something for everyone, from bustling city vibes to quiet, leafy suburbs.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Connecticut for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Connecticut for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about making a move to Connecticut? You're in for a treat! This state's got a little bit of everything – from cozy small towns to bustling cities. It's all about finding the spot that feels just right for you.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Indiana for Everyone - Schools, Costs & Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Indiana for Everyone - Schools, Costs & Lifestyle

Thinking about calling Indiana home? You're in for a treat! The Hoosier State is packed with charming towns, bustling cities, and everything in between. Whether you're after the quiet of the countryside or the buzz of city life, Indiana's got you covered.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Illinois for Everyone - Families to Retirees

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Illinois for Everyone - Families to Retirees

Thinking about making a move to Illinois? You're in for a treat! The Prairie State is not just about deep-dish pizza and the Windy City. There's a lot more to discover, from cozy small towns to bustling suburbs that offer the best of both worlds.

Ultimate Guide: Top East Coast Havens for Every Lifestyle & Age

Ultimate Guide: Top East Coast Havens for Every Lifestyle & Age

Dreaming of waking up to the sound of waves or perhaps craving the vibrant city vibes only the East Coast can offer? You're in luck because we're diving into the best spots that just might make you want to pack your bags today. From quaint towns with rich history to bustling cities with endless opportunities, the East Coast has something for everyone.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live Near Nashville for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live Near Nashville for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about moving close to the heart of country music? Nashville's got more than just tunes to offer. It's surrounded by some pretty sweet spots that give you the best of both worlds: serene living and easy access to the city vibes.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in New Mexico for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in New Mexico for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about making a move to New Mexico? You're in for a treat! With its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and sunny weather, it's no wonder you're considering it. But with so many awesome places to choose from, where should you start?

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in New Hampshire for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in New Hampshire for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about making a move to New Hampshire? You're in for a treat! From the stunning White Mountains to the serene lakes, there's a spot for everyone in this charming New England state. Whether you're after the hustle and bustle of city life or the peacefulness of the countryside, New Hampshire offers a unique blend of both.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Delaware for Everyone [2024]

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Delaware for Everyone [2024]

Thinking about making Delaware your new home? You're in luck! This little gem of a state might be small, but it's packed with some of the best places to live on the East Coast. From cozy beach towns to bustling city life, Delaware's got a spot for everyone.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Massachusetts for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Massachusetts for Everyone

Thinking about making a move to Massachusetts? You're in for a treat. This state's got a little bit of everything, from bustling cities to quiet, quaint towns. Whether you're after top-notch schools, vibrant cultural scenes, or just some stunning nature, Massachusetts delivers.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Minnesota for All Lifestyles

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Minnesota for All Lifestyles

Thinking about making a move to Minnesota, or just curious about the best spots to call home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes? Well, you're in luck. Minnesota's not just about the cold and snow; it's packed with cities that boast great jobs, vibrant communities, and plenty of outdoor fun.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Alaska for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Alaska for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Thinking about making the big move to Alaska? You're in for a treat! It's not just about snow and sled dogs; Alaska's got some of the most stunning landscapes and tight-knit communities you'll find anywhere.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in West Virginia for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in West Virginia for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about calling West Virginia home? You're in for a treat. This place isn't just about stunning mountains and rivers; it's got some hidden gems where life feels just right. Whether you're after that small-town charm, vibrant city vibes, or a quiet spot surrounded by nature, West Virginia's got a spot for you.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places in Florida for Families - Live Happily Ever After

Ultimate Guide: Best Places in Florida for Families - Live Happily Ever After

Thinking about moving your family to Florida? You're not alone! The Sunshine State is famous for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and family-friendly communities. But with so many options, deciding where to plant your roots can be a bit overwhelming.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places in North Carolina for Retirees & More

Ultimate Guide: Top Places in North Carolina for Retirees & More

North Carolina's got a charm that's hard to beat, especially if you're looking to enjoy your retirement to the fullest. From the cozy mountains to the sunny beaches, there's a spot for every retiree to call home.

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable NJ Spots Near NYC for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable NJ Spots Near NYC for Every Lifestyle

Living close to NYC is a dream for many, but let's be real, it can get pricey. Good news, though! New Jersey offers some gems that won't break the bank and still keep you close to the Big Apple. Whether you're after the bustling streets or a quiet corner, there's a spot for you.

Ultimate Guide: Top Vermont Havens for Everyone - From Retirees to Young Families

Ultimate Guide: Top Vermont Havens for Everyone - From Retirees to Young Families

Thinking about making a move to Vermont? You're not alone. This charming state, known for its stunning landscapes and cozy small towns, is a magnet for those seeking a quieter, more scenic life. With its mix of vibrant communities and peaceful countryside, Vermont offers the best of both worlds.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Arkansas for Everyone (2024)

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Arkansas for Everyone (2024)

Thinking about making a move to the Natural State? You're in for a treat! Arkansas is known for its stunning natural beauty, friendly folks, and a cost of living that's hard to beat. Whether you're drawn to the hustle and bustle of city life or the peace and quiet of the countryside, Arkansas has got something for everyone.

Idaho's Top Living Spots: The Ultimate Guide for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Idaho's Top Living Spots: The Ultimate Guide for Everyone - From Retirees to Families

Thinking about moving to Idaho? You're not alone. With its stunning landscapes and friendly communities, it's no wonder more and more people are calling it home. But with so many great spots, it can be tough to decide where to plant your roots.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Wyoming for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Wyoming for Everyone

Thinking about making a move to Wyoming? You're in for a treat! This state's known for its wide-open spaces, stunning scenery, and a lifestyle that's both laid-back and adventurous. Whether you're drawn by the call of the wild or the promise of a peaceful, community-focused life, Wyoming's got a spot for you.

Ultimate Guide: Top Spots in South Carolina for Young Adults - Live, Work & Play

Ultimate Guide: Top Spots in South Carolina for Young Adults - Live, Work & Play

South Carolina's charm isn't just in its sweet tea and beaches. For young adults looking for a fresh start or a new scene, it's got some hidden gems that might just be your next home sweet home. From bustling cities to cozy coastal towns, there's a spot for every vibe and ambition.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Washington State for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Washington State for Everyone

Thinking about making a move to the Evergreen State? You're in for a treat! Washington's got a bit of everything, from bustling city life to quiet, cozy towns. Whether you're after the techy vibes of Seattle or the serene landscapes of the Olympic Peninsula, there's a spot just for you.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Montana for Everyone – From Retirees to Families

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Montana for Everyone – From Retirees to Families

Thinking about calling Montana home? You're not alone. With its breathtaking landscapes and wide-open spaces, it's a place that calls to the heart of adventurers and peace-seekers alike. But with so many amazing spots, picking the best place to plant roots can feel overwhelming.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Virginia for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Virginia for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about making a move to Virginia? You're in for a treat! This state's got everything from bustling cities to quiet, cozy towns. Whether you're after top-notch schools, job opportunities, or just a beautiful place to call home, Virginia's got you covered.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in North Carolina for Happiness, Weather & More

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in North Carolina for Happiness, Weather & More

Thinking about making a move to North Carolina? You're in for a treat! From the bustling streets of Charlotte to the serene beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina's got a little something for everyone. Whether you're after the hustle and bustle of city life or the quiet charm of small-town living, you'll find your perfect spot here.

Ultimate Guide: The Best Places to Live in Georgia for Everyone—from Retirees to Families

Ultimate Guide: The Best Places to Live in Georgia for Everyone—from Retirees to Families

Thinking about making a move to Georgia? You're not alone. With its warm climate, rich culture, and booming job market, it's no wonder people are flocking to the Peach State. But with so many great places to choose from, where do you even start?

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Florida for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Florida for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about moving to Florida? You're not alone! The Sunshine State is a magnet for folks seeking sunshine, beaches, and that laid-back lifestyle. But with so many awesome spots, picking the best place to plant your roots can feel overwhelming.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Indianapolis for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Indianapolis for Everyone

Thinking about moving to Indianapolis? Great choice! Indy's got a lot to offer, from vibrant neighborhoods to bustling city life. But with so many spots to choose from, finding the perfect place to call home can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Orlando for Families & More

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Orlando for Families & More

Orlando's not just about theme parks and tourist spots; it's a fantastic place to plant roots, especially if you've got a family in tow. With its sunny weather, great schools, and endless activities, it's no wonder families flock here. But with so many neighborhoods, choosing where to live can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places in Oregon for Young Adults - Live, Play, Thrive

Ultimate Guide: Top Places in Oregon for Young Adults - Live, Play, Thrive

Oregon's got a vibe that's hard to beat, especially if you're a young adult looking for the perfect spot to plant your roots. With its mix of bustling cities, laid-back towns, and everything in between, there's a place for every taste and lifestyle.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Columbus Ohio for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Columbus Ohio for Every Lifestyle

Looking for the perfect spot to call home in Columbus, Ohio? You're in luck! Columbus is a city brimming with charm, diverse communities, and endless opportunities. Whether you're all about the nightlife, a fan of quiet suburbs, or somewhere in between, there's a place just for you.

Ultimate Guide: Top Affordable Places in North Carolina for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Top Affordable Places in North Carolina for Everyone

Thinking about moving to North Carolina but worried about the cost? You're in luck! North Carolina's got some hidden gems where you can enjoy the good life without breaking the bank. From cozy mountain towns to vibrant cities, there's a spot for everyone.

Ultimate Guide: Top East Coast Havens for Everyone - From Retirees to Partygoers

Ultimate Guide: Top East Coast Havens for Everyone - From Retirees to Partygoers

Thinking about making a move to the East Coast? You're in for a treat! From bustling cities to quiet seaside towns, there's a spot for everyone. Whether you're dreaming of fresh seafood by the ocean or a fast-paced city vibe, we've got you covered.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Brooklyn for Every Demographic

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Brooklyn for Every Demographic

Brooklyn's got a vibe like nowhere else. It's where the cool kids hang and the artists create. But with so many neighborhoods, picking where to call home can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in San Antonio for All Lifestyles

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in San Antonio for All Lifestyles

San Antonio's got a vibe that's hard to beat, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and killer food scene. If you're thinking about making the move or just curious, you're in the right spot. Finding the perfect neighborhood in this sprawling city can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack—but a whole lot more fun.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Kentucky for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Kentucky for Everyone

Thinking about calling Kentucky home? You're onto something special. Known for its rolling hills, horse farms, and friendly communities, the Bluegrass State offers a unique blend of natural beauty and welcoming neighborhoods.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Maryland for Everyone's Wish List

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Maryland for Everyone's Wish List

Thinking about moving to Maryland? You're in for a treat! This state's got a mix of everything - from bustling city vibes in Baltimore to the laid-back, scenic beauty of its coastal towns.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Portland for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Portland for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about making Portland your new home? You're in for a treat! This city's got a vibe like no other, with its quirky culture, amazing food, and stunning nature spots. But with so many cool neighborhoods, picking the perfect spot can be a bit of a head-scratcher.

Ultimate Guide: Top Austin Neighborhoods for Every Lifestyle & Budget

Ultimate Guide: Top Austin Neighborhoods for Every Lifestyle & Budget

Thinking about making a move to Austin? You're not alone. This vibrant city has been pulling folks in with its unique charm, incredible music scene, and mouth-watering BBQ. But with so many cool neighborhoods, picking the right spot can feel like finding a needle in a haystack.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live on East Coast for Everyone – From Retirees to Families

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live on East Coast for Everyone – From Retirees to Families

Dreaming about moving to the East Coast? You're not alone. With its charming towns, bustling cities, and stunning beaches, the East Coast offers a little something for everyone. Whether you're after the vibrant city life or a quiet seaside retreat, you'll find your perfect spot here.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Washington DC for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in Washington DC for Every Lifestyle

So, you're thinking about moving to Washington, DC? Great choice! The city's not just about politics and monuments. It's got neighborhoods that'll make you wanna stay forever. From trendy spots buzzing with cafes and galleries to quiet, leafy streets perfect for Sunday strolls, DC's got a bit of everything.

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable Places to Live in North Carolina for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable Places to Live in North Carolina for Every Lifestyle

Looking for a spot in North Carolina that's easy on your wallet but still ticks all the boxes for a great place to live? You're in luck. North Carolina's got a bunch of hidden gems that offer a fantastic quality of life without breaking the bank.

Ultimate Guide: Top Family-Friendly California Locales for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Family-Friendly California Locales for Every Lifestyle

California's got it all for families looking for their next home sweet home. From the sunny beaches to the scenic mountains and bustling cities, there's a spot for every family's taste and budget.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in the Midwest for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live in the Midwest for Every Lifestyle

Thinking about calling the Midwest home? You're in for a treat! This heartland is chock-full of hidden gems, each offering its unique blend of charm, community, and comfort. From bustling cities with all the modern amenities to quiet towns where everyone knows your name, there's a perfect spot for everyone.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Georgia for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Georgia for Every Lifestyle

Looking for the perfect spot in Georgia to call home? You're in luck! Georgia's got a little bit of everything, from bustling city vibes in Atlanta to the laid-back coastal charm of Savannah. It's a place where you can find your niche, whether you're after top-notch schools, thriving job markets, or just a great community feel.

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live Near Orlando for Every Lifestyle

Ultimate Guide: Top Places to Live Near Orlando for Every Lifestyle

Looking to move close to Orlando but not sure where to start? You're in luck! Orlando's surrounding areas offer a mix of vibrant communities, each with its own unique charm. Whether you're after the buzz of city life or the tranquility of suburbia, there's a spot near Orlando that's perfect for you.

Ultimate Long Island Living Guide: Top Spots for Everyone's Lifestyle

Ultimate Long Island Living Guide: Top Spots for Everyone's Lifestyle

Dreaming of a spot with sandy beaches, cozy neighborhoods, and endless bagels? Long Island's got you covered. It's not just about the stunning coastline; this place is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and communities. Whether you're a city escapee, a nature lover, or somewhere in between, there's a perfect corner here for you.

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Arizona for Young Adults - Explore, Thrive, & Enjoy

Ultimate Guide: Best Places to Live in Arizona for Young Adults - Explore, Thrive, & Enjoy

Thinking about making a move to Arizona? You're not alone. With its stunning landscapes, booming job market, and vibrant culture, it's no wonder young adults are flocking to the Grand Canyon State. But with so many cool spots to choose from, where should you set up camp?

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable Places in Washington State for Everyone

Ultimate Guide: Best Affordable Places in Washington State for Everyone

Looking for a spot in Washington State that won't break the bank? You're in luck! We've got the scoop on the best affordable places that still offer that amazing Pacific Northwest vibe. Whether you're dreaming of cozy mountain towns or vibrant city life, Washington's got a little something for everyone.

Ultimate Guide to Arizona: Top Spots for Young Adults – Live, Play, Thrive

Ultimate Guide to Arizona: Top Spots for Young Adults – Live, Play, Thrive

Looking for the perfect spot in Arizona to plant your roots as a young adult? You're in luck! The Grand Canyon State isn't just about breathtaking landscapes and sunsets that'll blow your mind. It's also home to some pretty awesome places that cater specifically to the younger crowd.

You may also like...

What You Should NOT Wear While Hiking

What You Should NOT Wear While Hiking

Avoid hiking discomfort! Learn what NOT to wear, from denim to open-toed shoes, for a safer, more comfortable outdoor experience. Ideal for travelers.

Best Time to Visit Big Bend National Park (Most Amazing Nature Hikes!)

Best Time to Visit Big Bend National Park (Most Amazing Nature Hikes!)

Find the best times for nature hikes and stargazing in Big Bend National Park. Tips on avoiding crowds, peak seasons, and enjoying outdoor activities.

10 Best Hiking Trails in Branson (Intermediate & Heart Pumping!)

10 Best Hiking Trails in Branson (Intermediate & Heart Pumping!)

Explore the top 10 hiking trails in Branson for an unforgettable Missouri adventure! Perfect for intermediate hikers seeking thrilling landscapes.

20 Best Hiking Trails in Maryland (Scenic Views & Dog-Friendly)

20 Best Hiking Trails in Maryland (Scenic Views & Dog-Friendly)

Explore the top 20 hiking trails in Maryland for scenic views & dog-friendly paths. Perfect for travelers seeking nature's beauty and adventure.

25 Best Washington DC Hikes (Historic & Lengthy!)

25 Best Washington DC Hikes (Historic & Lengthy!)

Explore top Washington DC hikes from historic trails to scenic paths. Perfect for travelers seeking the best outdoor adventures in the nation's capital.

15 Best Custer State Park Hiking Trails (Short & Scenic!)

15 Best Custer State Park Hiking Trails (Short & Scenic!)

Explore the top 15 Custer State Park hiking trails for breathtaking views & wildlife. Perfect for travelers seeking scenic, short hikes in South Dakota.

The travel site  inspired by travelers and locals alike. Find amazing destinations, unique trip ideas, the best hotels, and most comfortable resorts.

Let's be friends! Sign up receive our monthly newsletter with updates and new in-depth guides. 

Wheatless Wanderlust

What to Do at Mount Rainier: Complete Guide for First Timers

Wondering what to do in Mount Rainier National Park? We have some great news for you – you’re in the right place!

We’re Matt and Alysha, and we LOVE Mount Rainier National Park.

We’re here to break down all of our favorite things to do at Mount Rainier, from epic hikes to thundering waterfalls to our favorite wildflower spots (and everything in between). 

We live in Portland, Oregon, and make multiple trips up to Mount Rainier every single summer to bask in the wildflower meadows that the early summer brings, hike our hearts out to viewpoints of the snow capped peak, and spend sunrises and sunsets with an incredible view (usually of Rainier, again). 

It’s also worth noting that our dog, Lupine, was named as we meandered through a subalpine meadow at Rainier that was filled to the brim with fields of, you guessed it, lupine. 

In this guide, we’re going to cover our favorite things to do in Mount Rainier National Park based on our numerous summer days spent exploring, complete with all the details you’ll need to make your trip up to Mount Rainier an amazing one.

Sound good to you? Let’s get into it. 

visit mt rainier in march

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post, like hotel links, are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, we make a little bit of money if you click through and book. That being said, we would never recommend something to you that we don’t stand behind 100%.

A Brief Overview of the Geography of Mount Rainier National Park

Before we get into our favorite things to do at Mount Rainier, we need to talk about the park’s geography. Because it matters how you go about planning your trip. 

Mount Rainier National Park is a big park, covering 369 square miles and surrounding the glaciated peak on all sides.

However, there are only four, relatively small main parts of the park that are accessible without a long multi-night backpacking trip. 

Those regions are Paradise, Sunrise, Ohanapecosh, and Mowich Lake, and they form a nice little circuit that circumnavigates Rainier. 

Here’s an overview of each of those four regions. 

  • Paradise – Best for first-time visitors: Paradise is the most popular area to visit, located on the southern side of the Mountain, and home to some great day hikes at Mount Rainier. It’s where you’ll find the best waterfall hikes at Mount Rainier, along with countless meadows bursting with wildflowers in the summer.
  • Sunrise – Best for hikes with epic Rainier views: Sunrise, which is on the east side of the park, has a large network of hiking trails winding through the rugged yet stunning wilderness. It is also home to the highest point in Mount Rainier National Park that you can drive to. This is probably the part of the park with the best selection of epic, long hikes to tackle.
  • Ohanapecosh – Best for family-friendly hikes: This part of the park is at the southeastern corner, near the Stevens Canyon Entrance of the park. There are a couple of family-friendly hikes in the area, a large campground (that’s generally the least competitive in the park), and it’s a good central location between Paradise and Sunrise. However, it’s basically an old-growth forest, so you’re not getting those unobstructed Rainier views.
  • Mowich Lake – Best for peace and quiet: Mowich Lake, on the northwestern side of the Mountain, is the quietest area of Mount Rainier National Park. It is free from the tourist hype of Paradise and Sunrise, and the long and arduous bumpy gravel road to get there cuts the number of visitors significantly. There are two great hikes here though that are worth braving the bumpy drive for (ideally in a high-clearance vehicle). 

The other thing to note here is that the access roads for some regions of the park – namely Sunrise and Mowich Lake – close for the winter , and remain closed through the spring into June (and sometimes July – it depends on the weather).

Here’s a map of the park to help you visualize how all of these pieces fit together. 

visit mt rainier in march

Timed Entry Reservations for Paradise and Sunrise

In 2024, you need to make an entry reservation for Paradise and Sunrise .

This is the most important piece of this entire logistics section, because it’s a new system for 2024 and we can foresee many people missing it and getting turned away at the entrance stations. 

Between May 24 and Sept 2, 2024, you need to make a timed entry reservation to enter the Paradise Corridor .

This includes the road between the Nisqually Entrance, up to the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, and down to the Stevens Canyon Entrance near Ohanapecosh. 

From July 4 through September 2, you need to make a timed entry reservation to enter the Sunrise Corridor .

This is the road between the White River Entrance, up to the Sunrise Visitor Center. 

These permits only apply if you enter the park between 7am and 3pm, meaning that if you enter before 7am or after 3pm, a permit is not required (another reason for an early start!). 

It’s also worth noting that a reservation at Cougar Rock Campground (Paradise), the Paradise Inn, or National Park Inn can be used in place of a timed entry permit for the Paradise Corridor. 

If you get a first-come, first-served site at White River Campground near Sunrise, that also can be used in lieu of a Sunrise timed entry permit. 

However, it is also worth noting that a camping/lodge reservation in Paradise DOES NOT get you access to the Sunrise Corridor, and vice versa. 

Permits are released 90 days in advance in blocks. 

Here are the release dates for 2024 for the Paradise Corridor Timed Entry Permits:

  • February 21, 2024: Reservations available for May 24 – June 30, 2024
  • April 1, 2024: Reservations available for July 1 – July 31, 2024
  • May 1, 2024: Reservations available for August 1 – September 2, 2024

Here are the release dates for 2024 for the Sunrise Corridor Timed Entry Permits:

  • April 1, 2024: Reservations available for July 4 – July 31, 2024

It’s well worth reading the timed entry reservation page AND the timed entry FAQ for all the information you might need. 

Implications of Timed Entry Permits for Your Trip

For what it’s worth, we saw this timed entry reservation process unfold at multiple other national parks across the western United States during our two year road trip a few years back .  

During that period, we visited every national park west of the Rockies, and saw multiple parks trying their best to deal with increased visitation numbers. 

It’s a complicated situation, because on one hand, the record visitation numbers are putting a huge strain on park resources and ecosystems. 

On the other hand, we want to make our national parks accessible (and we want that access to be equitable) because seeing the national parks in person makes everyone want to come together to protect them!

However, putting that all aside, the number one implication that we saw in places like Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park is that the timed entry permits will force people to enter the park before that 7am window kicks in . 

Parking lots in Rocky Mountain National Park and Glacier National Park were full by 6am or so as people rushed to get into the park before the permits were required. We’d anticipate that something similar will play out here. 

Keep that in mind as you plan your own visit, since parking at Sunrise and Paradise is limited to begin with. 

Things to Know Before You Visit Mount Rainier National Park

Here are a few other things to know before you make the trip to Mount Rainier National Park. 

It’s worth stopping at one of the park’s visitor centers to check on trail conditions and closures .

There are three main visitor centers in the park, one at Paradise (the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center), one at Sunrise (the Sunrise Visitor Center), and one at Ohanapecosh (the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center).

We always stop by the visitor center – especially on our first trip to a park – to check out the trail conditions and talk to the knowledgeable rangers (who generally know where to find the best wildflowers or fall color). 

You’ll need to pay an entrance fee to get into the park . And, yes, you need to pay even if you get there when the entrance station is closed. For Mount Rainier, it’s $30 per vehicle, which is good for seven days. You can prepay for that pass here , or wait in line at the entrance station and buy it on arrival.

Another option – and this is a good one if you’re planning on visiting three or more national parks in the next 12 months – is the America the Beautiful Pass , which covers all National Recreation Areas (National Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, and Monuments) for only $80.

The pass is good for 12 months. In Washington and Oregon, where most hiking is on national forest land, we think it’s a no-brainer! You can get it in advance at REI , or buy one on arrival. 

There are very limited options for eating and drinking inside the park . It’s best to pack your meals – breakfast, lunch, and snacks – so that you don’t have to leave the park and re-enter to get lunch (lines at the entrance stations can be LONG). 

Leave the dogs at home . No dogs allowed on any hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. This rule helps preserve the trails and the flora and fauna in national parks.

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds and at trailheads – essentially anywhere a car can go, dogs can go. Which isn’t particularly helpful, and you’ll have a more enjoyable trip if you leave them at home. 

Our Favorite Things to Do in Mount Rainier National Park

And now, let’s talk about our favorite things to do in Mount Rainier National Park. 

We’re going to loosely organize them by region of the park, but there are a few that don’t fit into a single region, and you’ll find them sprinkled in throughout. 

Hike the Skyline Trail (Paradise)

visit mt rainier in march

  • Length : 5.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain : 1,700 feet
  • Season : Mid-July – September/October
  • Trail Type : Loop
  • Difficulty : Moderate / Hard
  • Trailhead Location : Henry M Jackson Visitor Center

The Skyline Trail is, without a doubt, our favorite hike in Mount Rainier National Park .

It’s also in the top three in terms of hikes in Washington State (our list changes constantly as we discover new hikes and revisit old favorites).

However, the biggest problem with the Skyline Trail is that it’s not exactly a secret, so the traffic on this trail is WILD. 

That being said, if you’re willing to get an early start (we have gotten on the trail by 7am the last two times), you’ll be more likely to find at least a little slice of solitude for the first half of your hike (it will disappear on your way down, as the hordes of other hikers are on their way up). 

At this point, you might be asking why the Skyline Trail is our favorite. 

It has (almost) everything we love in a hike in the Cascades:

  • Lush subalpine meadows full of wildflowers or fall color, depending on the time of year. 
  • Excellent views of a snow capped mountain peak. 
  • A good amount of climbing to really get the blood pumping. 
  • Abundant wildlife along the trail (mostly marmots and mountain goats in this context). 
  • Great panoramic views of the surrounding landscape (in this case, views of the Tatoosh Range, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams). 
  • A gorgeous waterfall. 

The only thing we can think of that this hike DOESN’T have is a lake. 

The best part is that all of that is packed into just six miles of hiking. If you told us that we could get all of that with a ten or twelve mile hike, we’d be ECSTATIC. 

Putting it another way, the reward-to-effort ratio here is astronomical, which is why we love it so much (and why so many other people do, too). 

We have an entire guide dedicated to helping you plan a hike on the Skyline Trail , which you should read for far more detail and answers to questions like “which direction should I hike it in” and “how hard is this hike, really?”

Experience the Waterfalls in Paradise (Paradise)

Part of the reason that we usually recommend Paradise as the best place to visit for first timers with a short trip (like a day trip to Mount Rainier ) is that it features the most diverse group of landscapes and attractions.

It has wildflower meadows, rocky alpine areas, and beautiful lakes.

And waterfalls. 

The waterfalls at Paradise are among some of our favorite waterfalls in Washington State, and there are four of them that we think you should absolutely visit. 

Three of the four are within a few hundred feet of the parking lot, too, so they make for nice stops if you’re not up for hiking several miles, or if you’ve already done a big hike that day. 

A note: we’re ordering these from highest to lowest elevation (or closest to the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center to furthest). 

Myrtle Falls: If you hike the Skyline Trail, you’ll pass right by Myrtle Falls, which is the most scenic of the four here thanks to the looming face of Mount Rainier in the background. It’s about a quarter mile along a gradual paved path from the parking lot at the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center. The falls is 60 feet high and cascades over a rocky ledge. The highlight is the background imagery, with the green meadows of Paradise and Rainier’s snow capped peak. 

Narada Falls: Another very short walk from the parking lot along Paradise Valley Road brings you to the viewpoint for Narada Falls, which doesn’t look particularly impressive from the above. But once you walk the 0.2 miles down to the viewpoint, you get the full view of the 168 foot plunge, where the snowmelt that fills the Paradise river tumbles over a rocky outcropping. 

Christine Falls: Christine Falls is a few miles lower on Paradise Valley Road after you cross the Nisqually River, and the tiny parking lot is on your left if you’re heading down from Paradise. This one is cool because the waterfall, while not particularly tall or impressive, is perfectly framed by the stone bridge that you’ll later drive over. It’s a few hundred steps from the parking area down to the viewpoint, making it the most accessible of the four.

visit mt rainier in march

Comet Falls: Comet Falls is both our favorite waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park and the hardest to access, which is why we have a whole section on it just below!

Hike to Comet Falls + Bloucher Falls (Paradise)

visit mt rainier in march

  • Length : 3.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain : 1,250 feet
  • Trail Type : Out and Back
  • Difficulty : Easy / Moderate
  • Trailhead Location : Comet Falls Trailhead

As we just mentioned, Comet Falls is our favorite of the four waterfalls here because it is, by far, the most impressive in terms of the waterfall itself. 

However, in order to view it, you do have to hike a few (moderately difficult) miles.

On the bright side, there is another great waterfall along the trail – Bloucher Falls – and the two of them make the relatively moderate effort worth it, we think. 

Comet Falls is a two tiered waterfall that first tumbles off of a ledge high above the trail, falling 300 feet into a pool. From there, it flows off another ledge down into the creek, which continues all the way down to Christine Falls. 

There are two good viewpoints for Comet Falls along the trail. 

The first is your first view of the falls, where you have a great view of Van Trump Creek leading your eye along the gully up to Comet Falls. 

The second is further along the trail, where you have an up-close-and-personal view of the falls. 

Pay Reflection Lakes a Visit (Paradise)

visit mt rainier in march

Reflection Lakes is a well-known destination for photographers thanks to the reflection of Rainier’s peak in the surface of the lakes, and the wildflowers that grow on the slopes on the side of the lake. 

This is one of our favorite sunrise and sunset spots at Mount Rainier National Park (more on that below), and if you come here during those times, you certainly won’t be alone. 

But it’s not just about the photography because there are a couple of good hikes that leave from here too. 

For great wildflowers in late July and early August, head north on the High Lakes Trail towards the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, which we did on our latest trip and weren’t disappointed. 

For a thigh-burner that ends at a saddle with nice views of Rainier, head up the Pinnacle Peak Trail . 

Hike to Bench and Snow Lakes (Paradise) 

visit mt rainier in march

  • Length : 2.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain : 600 feet
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Trailhead Location : Bench and Snow Lakes Trailhead

In a place like Mount Rainier National Park where you’re surrounded by spectacular hikes in all directions, we think the hike to Bench and Snow Lakes might be one of the most underrated hikes in the park (it’s high on our list of worthwhile easy hikes in Washington for a reason). 

The trailhead for Bench and Snow Lakes is a few miles east of Reflection Lakes on Stevens Canyon Road ( here on Google Maps). It’s a small parking lot on your right. 

The trail takes you to two lakes, and the trail between the two features some jaw-dropping views of Rainier. 

First is Bench Lake, which has a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier if you manage to catch it on a wind-free day (pictured above)

Second is Snow Lake, which is tucked away in a beautiful rocky cirque, with towering rocky peaks rising high above the lakeshore on the far side.

visit mt rainier in march

There are trails on both sides of the lake (and a campground on the left side), which is also where you’ll find the best view of the lake (we think). 

Hike the Family-Friendly Grove of the Patriarchs and Silver Falls (Ohanapecosh)

Ohanapecosh, which is the region on the southeast side of the park, is worth a stop for a few reasons. 

First, it offers a different aspect to the park than the other areas. Instead of being surrounded by subalpine meadows bursting at the seams with wildflowers and jaw-dropping views of Mount Rainier, you’re tucked away in a dense old growth forest.

Second, it’s a perfect stopping point along the drive between Paradise and Sunrise. It’s also a great home base if you want to camp in one place for your entire trip, because it’s roughly equidistant between the two. 

Third, there are two great and short hikes to do here that, once again, offer something a little different than the other hikes in the park. 

The first is the Silver Falls Trail , which takes you on a loop through the forest that follows the path of the Ohanapecosh River to a nice waterfall. 

The second is the Grove of the Patriarchs (NOTE: CLOSED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE due to the suspension bridge being destroyed in a flood), which crosses the river to an island full of massive trees that is a great illustration of the ecosystem in this part of the park.  

There’s also a visitor center and big campground here, and the town of Packwood sits just south (by “just” we mean 15 minutes or so), which is a good place for lunch or dinner (Packwood Brewing Company and the Mountain Goat!), and is probably the best-equipped town near the park. 

Take Photos at Tipsoo Lake and Hike the Naches Peak Loop (Sunrise)

visit mt rainier in march

Tipsoo Lake and the Naches Peak Loop form a one-two punch that we think is basically a must-do on any Mount Rainier itinerary that includes Sunrise. 

Tipsoo Lake is – SPOILER ALERT (because we’re going to cover our favorite sunrise/sunset spots in a second) – our favorite sunrise destination in the park because it’s right on the road and you can watch as the sun rises behind you, illuminating Rainier’s peak in changing hues of pink, orange, and yellow. 

visit mt rainier in march

The Naches Peak Loop leaves right from Tipsoo Lake, following the Pacific Crest Trail on the way up to Naches Peak.

From the midpoint of the trail, you’re hiking straight towards Rainier, and there are some great views to be had along the way. 

visit mt rainier in march

We think it’s one of the top three hikes in the park in terms of reward:effort ratio, and makes for a lovely little excursion on a day where you’ve already done a longer hike or are planning to do one later in the day. 

Hike Along Sourdough Ridge for Unbeatable Rainier Views (Sunrise)

visit mt rainier in march

Sourdough Ridge is the ridge that runs from Sunrise Point ( here on Google Maps) all the way up past the Sunrise Visitor Center to Frozen Lake. Along the way, there are nonstop views of Mount Rainier and the valleys on either side of the rocky spine. 

The entire trail is doable, but unless you have two cars, it’s a little longer than we’d like and you’d be seeing the same thing twice (and hiking away from Rainier on the way back, which isn’t ideal). 

So, unless that sounds good to you, you really have two choices when it comes to how best to get these views. 

The first is to do one of the longer hikes near Sunrise , which we’re going to cover in the next section.

All of those hikes leave from the Sunrise Visitor Center and head up to Sourdough Ridge and out to Frozen Lake, which offers some of our favorite views in the park. 

The second option would be to hike from Sunrise Point to the top of Dege Peak , which is a short 2.8 mile hike that climbs aggressively to the top of Dege Peak, where you’ll have 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape, including Mount Rainier and Mount Adams (in the distance). 

Note that you can do the hike to Dege Peak from the Sunrise Visitor Center too – it’s slightly longer (~4 miles). 

Tackle One of the Amazing Hikes at Sunrise (Sunrise)

While our single favorite hike in the park is Skyline, we also think that the Sunrise Visitor Center and the area surrounding it has the best collection of hikes in the park. 

There are three great hikes – all of which we’ve done, sometimes multiple times – that leave right from the parking lot at the visitor center, and they all offer something a little bit different. 

All three of the hikes below start on the Sourdough Ridge Trail, which as we’ve already covered has some pretty magical views of Rainier. Then you arrive at Frozen Lake and these three hikes branch off in different directions. 

Burroughs Mountain (9 miles / 2,600 feet elevation gain): We’re big fans of this hike, especially if you go past the “official” end of the trail at the Second Burroughs and continue on to the Third Burroughs, where you’ll be about as close to the face of Mount Rainier as you can get without actually climbing it.

The downside? You have to descend down into the valley between the second and third burroughs in order to make the final ascent to the third, so it basically doubles the elevation gain.

visit mt rainier in march

We have an entire guide dedicated to hiking the Burroughs Mountain Trail for you to read for far, far more detail on that hike. 

The Mount Fremont Lookout (5.5 miles / 1,200 feet elevation gain): Of the three hikes here, this is the most popular trail.

We’re not exaggerating when we say that hundreds of hikers can be found at the fire lookout at the end of this trail on a nice Saturday evening in August, enjoying the orange glow that washes over the valley and Rainier’s peak as the sun sets to the west.

visit mt rainier in march

The hike climbs along a rocky, marmot-laden ridge on the way out to a historic fire lookout with sweeping views from Rainier, over the valley to the north, and beyond. 

Berkeley Park (7.5 miles / 1,600 feet elevation gain): We discovered this hike by talking to a ranger at Paradise, who we asked where to find wildflowers (it was the last few days of July). They immediately said “Oh, Berkeley Park is the place to be right now.”

We had never heard of it, but we were heading towards Sunrise the next day, so we added it to the list.

It was a GREAT hike. The trail drops down from Frozen Lake into a lush valley with a brilliant display of wildflowers in just about every color imaginable.

visit mt rainier in march

There’s a babbling creek to keep you company as you hike, and numerous pull offs to sit and relax and take in the ambiance. 

Whichever hike you end up choosing, we’d highly recommend making it a loop that comes out on the Sourdough Ridge Trail to Frozen Lake (which means you’re facing Mount Rainier) and then goes back past Shadow Lake on part of the Wonderland Trail (the 90+ mile backpacking trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier) and then cuts over onto the Sunrise Rim Trail, which has great Rainier views and abundant wildflowers in the summer. 

Brave the Road to Mowich Lake for Two Great Hikes (Mowich Lake)

visit mt rainier in march

The hardest part of the park to access (of the regions that are accessible by road, anyway) is at the end of a long, washboard gravel road that requires a slow, steady journey – and a lot of patience – to reach. 

The result, though, is the fact that this is – BY FAR – the least visited part of the park, so you’ll get more solitude than you’ll find just about anywhere else in the park outside of the areas only accessed by long, overnight backpacking trips. 

All things considered, this road isn’t actually that bad. It’s more well maintained than a lot of the forest roads we’ve driven on in Washington, but the nature of the unpaved road means it’s going to be slow going. 

At the end of that journey, you’ll come to the shores of the biggest AND deepest lake in Mount Rainier National Park, which sits in a glacier-carved basin surrounded by some of the best subalpine meadows in the park. 

There are three main attractions here, aside from the lake. 

First is the hike up into the wildflower-laden subalpine meadows of Spray Park . 

Second is the hike up to the Tolmie Peak Lookout , a moderate hike up to fire lookout with a truly magnificent view out over Eunice Lake towards Mount Rainier’s northwest face. 

Last is the small, primitive campground with a handful of walk-in sites. There are vault toilets here, but no potable water SO YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER (or a filter).

This would be a great place to pitch a tent to use as a home base for the two hikes we mentioned above. 

See the Blankets of Wildflowers in the Early Summer (All Regions)

visit mt rainier in march

The early summer – which means July and August in the Cascades – brings a diverse, multi-colored display of wildflowers to the subalpine meadows in Mount Rainier National Park. 

I mean, we named our dog “Lupine” while on a hike at Rainier surrounded by, YOU GUESSED IT, a massive field of purple lupine. 

Wildflower season is notoriously hard to predict, especially as the climate changes and snowfall and spring temperatures become more erratic. But, generally, we’ve had the best luck in the last week of July and the first week of August.

visit mt rainier in march

It also varies by region thanks to elevation differences. Paradise and Sunrise reach peak bloom at slightly different times. Generally, Sunrise is a few days / weeks later because it’s higher elevation, but it depends on the year. 

It’s VERY IMPORTANT to remember that you need to stay on the trail and avoid trampling the wildflower meadows, EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T BLOOMED YET.

By walking on the flowers, you can destroy them both in the current year, and in future years. 

Be respectful of the environment, people!

Our best piece of advice when it comes to wildflowers is twofold. 

Before your trip, keep an eye on trail reports for hikes on the Washington Trails Association , where trail reports from your fellow hikers will keep you abreast of the current bloom situation. 

The NPS also has a good wildflower page about what’s currently blooming. 

Then, when you arrive at the park, head to the visitor center to ask the park rangers where they’ve seen good wildflowers recently .

This has been the best way for us to figure out where to go, and we discovered the Berkeley Park trail through asking rangers where we should go at that particular time. 

Berkeley Park (Sunrise), the Sunrise Rim Trail (Sunrise), the High Lakes Trail (Paradise), and Spray Park (Mowich Lake) are all excellent choices for seeing wildflowers in the park. 

Catch an Epic Sunrise or Sunset (Paradise, Sunrise, or Mowich Lake)

visit mt rainier in march

There are a nearly unlimited number of places to catch a nice sunrise or sunset in the park, but there are several that we find ourselves drawn to again and again that we think are worth mentioning. 

Conveniently, we’re going to give you one in each part of the park aside from Ohanapecosh (and two in Sunrise), so you have plenty of options. 

Tipsoo Lake (Sunrise): Located at the base of the road up to Sunrise (ish), Tipsoo Lake is a great spot to catch a sunrise because if you’re up on the road above the lake ( here on Google Maps), the sun is coming up behind you, lighting up the face of Rainier first with shades of pink, then orange as the sun comes up. It’s also nice from the eastern shore of the lake, which has a nice partial reflection and wildflowers (in the early summer). 

Mount Fremont Lookout (Sunrise): This isn’t exactly an unknown spot, and the reason that it’s so great is the sweeping view of Rainier and the ridges and valleys on the north side of the mountain. Also, it’s fairly accessible, and the hike out there isn’t particularly difficult. It’s a VERY popular spot, so don’t come here expecting solitude. But it’s hard to beat the view. You’re looking south at Mount Rainier, which makes it equally good for sunrise or sunset because you’re never looking directly into the sun (which we don’t like). 

visit mt rainier in march

Reflection Lakes (Paradise): Probably the most well-known spot, this is another very popular one and I’ve enjoyed chatting with photographers here at both sunrise and sunset (we slightly prefer sunrise here). A good reflection of Rainier, plenty of parking, and a roadside viewpoint make this one hard to beat in the Paradise area (though we’d argue that it’s better from the Pinnacle Saddle, which is a short steep hike up from the lake). One important note: the mosquitoes here are no joke, and they’re ravenous in the early summer. 

Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout (Mowich Lake): Another of the park’s historic fire lookouts, this is a tough spot to reach for sunrise because of the long, bumpy gravel road that you have to drive to get to the trailhead. And the angle of the sun here is better for sunset anyway, we think, when the sun is setting at your back as you watch the alpenglow wash over Mount Rainier’s peak. 

Our Favorite Things to Do in Mount Rainier, Mapped

Planning a Trip to Mount Rainier National Park? You won’t want to miss our detailed guides to visiting Mount Rainier that are all based on our own personal experience exploring the park.

  • All the Best Things to Do in Mount Rainier National Park
  • How to Plan an Unforgettable Day Trip to Mount Rainier From Seattle
  • Where to Stay near Mount Rainier National Park: A Complete Guide
  • The Best Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park: A Helpful Hiking Guide
  • Hiking the Skyline Trail: Is This the Best Hike in the Entire State?
  • Hiking the Jaw-Dropping Burroughs Mountain Trail at Mount Rainier
  • Hiking to Towering Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park
  • The Naches Peak Loop: The Best Bang-for-your-Buck in Washington

' src=

Matt is the founder and main writer behind Wheatless Wanderlust, which he started back in 2018 as a way to share his gluten free travel guides with his fellow Celiac travelers.

Since then, Matt and his wife Alysha have visited 18 national parks, spent three months in Europe and six weeks in Colombia, and have explored every corner of the Pacific Northwest, which is where Matt grew up.

He writes super detailed guides to the places they visit, bringing together personal experience and historical context to help YOU plan an amazing trip.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed .

A Couple Days Travel Header Logo

The Ultimate Guide to Mt. Rainier: A One Day Itinerary

  • Post last modified: February 11, 2021
  • Post category: Day trips / Itineraries / North America / Washington

Mt. Rainier National Park is famous for – well – Mt. Rainier. However, there is so much more to the park than the famous peak. Sure you can enjoy some of the best mountain climbing in the county but you can also spot glaciers, beautiful meadows, rushing waterfalls, hidden lakes and go on some of the most pristine hikes. In our Ultimate guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know for your Mt. Rainier National Park visit. We’ve included best times to visit, top things to see, a full Mt. Rainier itinerary and more!

#ezw_tco-REPLACE_TO_ID .ez-toc-title{ font-size: 120%; font-weight: 500; color: #000; } #ezw_tco-REPLACE_TO_ID .ez-toc-widget-container ul.ez-toc-list li.active{ background-color: #ededed; } The Ultimate Guide to Mt. Rainier Toggle Table of Content Toggle

Top 5 things to do.

  • Hike Skyline Trail
  • Reflection Lakes
  • Narada Falls
  • Grove of the Patriarchs

Mt. Rainier Itinerary

When to Visit

We think summer is the best time to visit as you will find the most predictable weather during this season. You’ll also have a chance of spotting some beautiful wildflowers in bloom during these month. Spring and fall will be less crowded but the unpredictable weather may mean you’ll have to limit the things you do in the park. Several roads close in the park in winter so avoid visiting during this time if you want to complete the entire Mt. Rainier itinerary.  

If you are visiting during summer, you can avoid some crowds by completing your Mt. Rainier itinerary on a weekday. Any US National Park entrance can get crowded so, to avoid waiting in line, arrive early (before 10 AM). Once you’re in the park, you may find some viewpoints crowded or the traffic a little slow but most people are pretty spread out so you can easily avoid crowds.  

Getting There and Around

Mt. Rainier National Park is located just over 2 hours south of Seattle. You will need a car within the park to get through our full Mt. Rainier itinerary so we recommend flying into Seattle, renting a car and taking the scenic loop around Mt. Rainier. Having a car will allow you to see the best of what Mt. Rainier has to offer.  

Check out some of our favorite Washington road trips to add to your Mt. Rainier adventure!

Upon entering the park, you will need to purchase a park pass. This pass is $30 per vehicle entering the park. However, we always recommend purchasing the America the Beautiful Annual US National Parks Pass for $80. This is a great savings if you are going to multiple National Parks or Forests and it lasts for a full calendar year. We like to purchase this annual pass as it encourages us to go to even more parks!

The park is broken up into five sections: Sunrise, Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh and Carbon River. Each area has its own visitors center/museum to visit and trailheads to access. However, access to food and restrooms are limited and mainly centered around these visitor centers. Make sure to plan accordingly. For our one day Mt. Rainier itinerary, we recommend packing a picnic lunch which helps to avoid reliance on these limited amenities.  

Waterfall - Mt. Rainier

Remember that much of Mt. Rainier National Park is remote wilderness. Don’t attempt any hiking or mountain climbing that you will be unable to complete with the supplies you have. When hiking make sure to stay on the marked paths for your safety and for the safety of the ecosystem. Overnight hikes within the park and glacier/mountain hikes require trail permits so make sure to get those before embarking on a hike as they help keep you safe by letting the park staff know where you are.

As with any wilderness area, we hope you get to enjoy some amazing wildlife. However, remember to enjoy all wildlife from a safe distance and avoid attempting to feed animals of any kind.  

Also, remember that this is a major tourist destination and as such it can easily be the target of theft. Avoid theft by concealing items in your vehicle or leaving them at your accommodations.   Also, remember to keep an eye on your personal belongings that you carry with you and always lock your vehicle.  

Mt. Rainier itinerary

Where to Stay

If you are on a budget, we recommend camping in one of the three drive in campgrounds in the park great for tent camping. Sites are $20 per night and accommodations are standard for national parks.   Another great mid-range budget option is to stay just outside the park in an AirBnB rental. We stayed in an AMAZING rental for 6 people for under $100 only 20 minutes outside the park entrance.  

To Get a Coupon for your first AirBnB Stay, click here!

The park also has hotels within the park and hotels just outside the park. However, because of the limited rooms available and the high demand during summer, these can be a pricier option.  

Mt. Rainier Itinerary

Start your morning by entering the park at the White River Entrance and head straight to the Sunrise Visitor’s Center. Take in the view here and then head out of the Sunrise sections, stopping at any fun viewpoints along the way.  

Next, head to the Grove of the Patriarchs and complete this short trail into this old growth forest and be prepared to see some towering trees.  

Box Canyon - Mt. Rainier National Park

After seeing the Grove of the Patriarchs, check out the short hike around Box Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon.  

Reflection Lake - Mt. Rainier

Head to Reflection Lakes to get that iconic photo of Mt. Rainier reflected on the perfectly still lake water.  

Paradise Mt Rainier

Next, make your way to the Paradise visitors center and stop here for lunch or enjoy the picnic that you packed. Hang out for a while at paradise enjoying the incredibly close views of the mountain. Hike the Skyline Trail to get some up close a personal views of the glaciers and mountains.

Narada Falls - Mt. Rainier

Leave Paradise and head to Narada Falls and do the short hike from the parking area to the falls viewpoint.  

Mt. Rainier National Park

Head on to the Longmire Museum, stopping at any fun viewpoints. Enjoy the museum and learn about Mt. Rainier before leaving the park via the Nisqually Entrance.  

Want To Extend Your Trip?

We extended our Mt. Rainier itinerary by heading south to Mt. Saint Helens for an extra day. If you’re interested in hiking more of the trails Mt. Rainier has to offer, you could also stay an extra day to allow for time to complete more hikes.  

What To Pack?

Keep in mind that conditions on a mountain can change quickly. Therefore, we recommend packing several layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket. Also, remember that it gets colder with higher elevation so remember to dress a little warmer. Pack comfortable shoes as several viewpoints require some walking.  

For hiking, we love packing our hydration backpacks. If you don’t have one, remember to pack some reusable water bottles and try to avoid using disposable bottles. If you’re going to spend time outside, remember to wear sunscreen or a hat even if it is cloudy. This higher elevation can lead to some unexpected sunburn.  

By buying from the links below, we'll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Read the full Terms and Conditions here.

This Post Has One Comment

' src=

Awesome post! Would love to visit here in the future and I’ll use this to plan my trip!

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

You might also like.

Read more about the article The 9 Best Places to Visit in Wyoming

The 9 Best Places to Visit in Wyoming

Read more about the article 9 Sensational Self-Drive Day Trips From Reykjavík

9 Sensational Self-Drive Day Trips From Reykjavík

Read more about the article 8+ Amazing Las Vegas Day Trips (with maps)

8+ Amazing Las Vegas Day Trips (with maps)

The Lovers Passport

Home » Blog » Visiting Mount Rainier: Best Time to Visit, Weather, Tips & More

Visiting Mount Rainier: Best Time to Visit, Weather, Tips & More

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our Disclosure Policy  for details.

The Lovers Passport at Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re a world traveler or a local looking for an adventure, if you haven’t been to Mount Rainier National Park, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip.

There’s a little of everything there, including simple drive tours, a wildlife park, 130 different trails, and, of course, the mountain itself.

So, what do you need to know to plan a trip and make sure it’s a success? Let’s get into it!

Where to Start

Unless you’re local to the area, chances are you’re going to be flying in (or taking a nice scenic road trip up the coast ), so where do you start?

You generally have two options: you can start in Seattle , or you can start in Portland .

It’s a shorter distance from Seattle (only about two hours instead of Portland’s three), and the drive into the park is incredible. Even the land that isn’t parkland is beautiful!

An Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park has four entrances. Nisqually to the southwest is the most popular, with easy highway access and faster access to Paradise. Carbon River to the northwest is closer to Seattle and Tacoma.

White River and Sunrise are to the northeast, and finally, you have Stevens Canyon to the southeast. For a first-time visitor, the Nisqually and Paradise entrance is your best bet.

There are a few small towns and bases scattered around the outskirts of Mount Rainier, including Longmire and Sunrise, but your eventual destination will probably be Paradise. Located 5,400 feet above sea level on the slope of the mountain, it’s a base camp and starting place for any adventurer looking to explore the mountain and its surroundings .

When is the Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier?

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year round, but the conditions for a visit aren’t always that great. Weather and climate can make a pretty big difference, and there’s a whole universe between the experiences you have on a dreary, foggy day or a bright, sunny day.

If you’re interested in winter hiking and exploration, you can feel free to visit in the winter months when there’s going to be more snow on the ground.

Most people, though, want to see the peaks and valleys in bright summer colors, autumn wildflower blooms, or fall leaf colors. 

  • For the best summer climate, visit in late June through mid-August.
  • For wildflower blooms, visit in early August, but be sure to check the Discover Wildflowers page to make sure you have this year’s blooming season right.
  • For great weather, color, and a wonderful trip without too many crowds, visit in September and early October.

Weather changes from year to year and even from day to day, so when your trip is coming up, make sure to check forecasts and have some idea of what to expect. Don’t be afraid to delay a trip if you can to take better advantage of the weather.

Mount Rainier in the Winter

Pro tip: Avoid the holiday weeks and weekends! Major holidays like the 4 th of July and Labor Day can be incredibly packed with tourists, weekend warriors, and other folks looking to escape the city for a weekend, and fighting those crowds is always best avoided if you can. 

Time of day can also be somewhat important depending on what you’re there to do and when you’re visiting. Try to get there before 10 am to avoid the worst of the crowds, or if you plan to camp, arrive after 3 pm for your check-in.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Mount Rainier?

Mount Rainier National Park is one of the parks that has an entry fee, which you need to purchase to gain entrance to the park. There are four different kinds of passes available, which you can view and purchase here .

Mount Rainier Passes

Here’s a quick rundown of each pass option:

  • Pedestrian . This allows access for a single hiker, cyclist, or pedestrian without a motor vehicle. It costs $15 for seven days of access.
  • Motorcycle . This allows access for one motorcycle with up to two people, the driver and passenger. It’s $25 for seven days of access.
  • Private Vehicle . This is one car, truck, van, SUV, or other vehicle larger than a motorcycle but smaller than a tour bus or commercial vehicle. It’s valid for up to 15 people and costs $30 for seven days of access.
  • Annual . This is a private vehicle pass (valid for up to 15 people in a single vehicle) for a full 12 months and costs $55.

The annual pass is by far the best value if you plan to visit more than a couple of times per year; otherwise, it’s up to how you plan to arrive.

Note that there are five days of the year where the entrance fee is waived: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, First Day of National Park Week, Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day. Additionally, if you have national parks access from another source, like an interagency pass or military pass, you don’t need a separate Mount Rainier pass.

What is the Weather Like on Mount Rainier?

Weather can be a big deal on a trip to a major park like Mount Rainier, and that’s before you even get to the point of climbing the mountain. Remember, the higher up you go, the more you’ll need to prepare for the cold; as the most glaciated peak in the US, Mount Rainier can be pretty cold even in the middle of summer.

Average temperatures are at their lowest in December and January, with highs around 35 and lows around 20. Conversely, the summer peaks, during July and August, have lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. Obviously, day-to-day temperatures can vary a lot, so again, check the weather.

A Cold Day at Mount Rainier

As part of the general Pacific Northwest rainforest, Mount Rainier gets a decent amount of rain for most of the year. The wettest months are November, December, and January, with as much as 20 inches of precipitation, mostly snow, on average. Meanwhile, July and August average just two inches of rain each month, making them the most likely to be clear and pleasant.

You’re never going to reach the highs you will in more southerly national parks, so you’re more likely to be packing for cold and snow than you are for heat, but don’t forget that even when it’s cold out, the sun can be brutal.

Snow can often sweep in as early as October, so be prepared for snowfall, including the prospect of closed roads due to snow the previous night. Trail and park roads can be closed, so plan accordingly.

What Does Mount Rainier Have to Offer?

Mount Rainier can be broadly divided into five different sections, each of which has its own set of charms.

Mount Rainier National Park

These five sections are:

  • Carbon River . This is the area best known for its hiking trails and campgrounds, and it’s a beautiful place to visit.
  • Sunrise . This is your go-to spot for wildflower meadows and gorgeous views of the mountain, with camping, a lodge, and a visitor center all located in the area.
  • Ohanapecosh . Do you love enormous trees and old-growth forests? If so, this is the place to go for you.
  • Paradise . The most popular of the areas, you get a little bit of everything here, but the wildflowers are the biggest draw.
  • Longmire . This is the historic district, with an information center, museum, and a ton of history packed into a small area.

Anywhere you go in Mount Rainier National Park, remember that amenities and facilities are generally limited. WiFi is available around certain facilities, but the park is going to be spotty with cell service. The main hubs have some food available, but you’re mostly limited to the lodges, so bringing your own food and water is a must. 

There are also no gas stations in the park, and it’s quite a drive from the nearest fill-up, so make sure you’re topped up before you drive in.

Should You Book a Tour of Mount Rainier?

Now, this one is up to you.

Mount Rainier National Park at Sunset

There are tours, largely out of Seattle, giving you a lot of distinct adventures throughout the park. However, if you like a more free-form experience, there’s so much to do and so many sights to see that limiting yourself to a tour group can feel like you’re just scratching the surface.

Can You Camp on Mount Rainier?

Camping is allowed with the right permits and in the right places.

There are four campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, one in each of the diagonal directions.

  • Cougar Rock in the southwest.
  • Ohanapecosh in the southeast.
  • White River in the northeast.
  • Mowich Lake in the northwest.

Of these, the first three have a $20 pass to camp, while Mowich Lake requires a check-in but doesn’t require a pass. Mowich is very much your rustic campground; they only have vault toilets and no potable water access, fires are prohibited, and it’s limited to primitive camping. The other three all have RV access, water, and plumbing.

The Lovers Passport Camping

Each of these campgrounds requires some form of reservation, and they have particular seasons of availability. You can learn all about it and check their seasons here .

As for backcountry and wilderness camping, you’re allowed to do so, but you need a wilderness permit. Permits can be a surprisingly complex issue, with lotteries and reservations filling up fast, so check out their dedicated page to learn everything you need to know.

What Should You Bring on a Trip to Mount Rainier?

Packing well is the key to success for any adventure to a place like Mount Rainier. Now, if you’re planning to aim for the summit, that’s one thing, and if you mostly want a driving tour, that’s quite another. We’re going to give you a packing list for something in the middle: a 2-3 day hiking and camping adventure.

The Lovers Passport at Mount Rainier National Park

So, what should you bring?

  • Good hiking shoes . Always invest in what goes between you and the ground. On an outdoor adventure, shoes are just about the most important thing you can invest in. Read our complete guide here .
  • Clothing . Good, breathable socks, pants, shorts, leggings, and shirts with both long and short sleeves can all be important parts of your pack. Since it can be quite cold when you start a day and quite warm when the sun heats up, you’ll want layers and the option to change throughout the day.
  • Rain gear . Unexpected rain can spring up out of nowhere, so having some kind of protection – usually a rain jacket – can be very useful.
  • Navigation tools . While Google Maps will work for a lot of the park, you still could benefit from having a map and compass with the knowledge of how to use them.
  • Emergency gear . Lights, a beacon, batteries, and other supplies can help keep you secure in the event of the worst happening.
  • Water and food . Having an adequate supply of water is essential, and food, of course, is almost as important. Bring enough for your trip, plus some extra in case of wildlife, loss, or other issues.
  • Sun protection . Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunhat can all help protect you from painful sunburns and the effects of heat.

There’s always more, of course. How much you pack and how extensively will depend on how intense your trip will be. A short weekend warrior visit doesn’t need a ton, and you can keep a lot of it in your car while you’re out hiking. On the other hand, a climbing-focused, winter-timed, or rustic camping adventure has different needs, and you need to prepare accordingly.

Have you visited Mount Rainier? If not, we really do recommend it. It’s one of our favorite places in the Pacific Northwest, and there’s enough to see and do that it’s well worth several trips throughout the year. Give it a try! We promise you won’t be disappointed. If you have any questions about it, be sure to let us know! We’d be more than happy to help however we can!

You may also enjoy:

Overwater Bungalows

Your Guide to the Best Overwater Bungalows in 2024

Flying With a Dog

Flying Delta with a Dog: Top 6 Things to Know

Waterfalls in Washington State

Best Waterfalls Guide for Washington State (Updated)

Stephen & Giselle backpacking the Sierra High Route

You may also like

Machu Picchu in Peru

  • Privacy Overview
  • Strictly Necessary Cookies

This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful.

Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.

If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.

  • Mount Rainier National Park Tourism
  • Mount Rainier National Park Hotels
  • Mount Rainier National Park Bed and Breakfast
  • Flights to Mount Rainier National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park Restaurants
  • Things to Do in Mount Rainier National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park Travel Forum
  • Mount Rainier National Park Photos
  • Mount Rainier National Park Map
  • All Mount Rainier National Park Hotels
  • Mount Rainier National Park Hotel Deals
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Things to Do
  • Restaurants
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Travel Stories
  • Rental Cars
  • Add a Place
  • Travel Forum
  • Travelers' Choice
  • Help Center

Mt. Rainier Mid March - Mount Rainier National Park Forum

  • United States    
  • Washington (WA)    
  • Mount Rainier National Park    

Mt. Rainier Mid March

  • United States Forums
  • Europe Forums
  • Canada Forums
  • Asia Forums
  • Central America Forums
  • Africa Forums
  • Caribbean Forums
  • Mexico Forums
  • South Pacific Forums
  • South America Forums
  • Middle East Forums
  • Honeymoons and Romance
  • Business Travel
  • Train Travel
  • Traveling With Disabilities
  • Tripadvisor Support
  • Solo Travel
  • Bargain Travel
  • Timeshares / Vacation Rentals
  • Washington forums
  • Mount Rainier National Park forum

visit mt rainier in march

My wife and I (we are 26 year old midwesterners) are planning on traveling to Mt. Rainier for a day trip in mid march. We are concerned about the weather. We are in good shape and open to snow shoeing in order to hike, but we were wondering if it was worth it to go during this time of the year. We only have one week and are flying into seattle. We were considering a day trip to Mt. Rainier, but wanted to get recommendations.

We would like to hike and love the mountains. We are open to snow shoeing, but wondered if there were still pretty hikes with mountain views at lower, snow free (or just slightly snowy) lower elevations? Maybe this is a silly question...not sure.

Also, do you have any suggestions on where we might stay for the night. We are on a budget, and don't need much...just a warm place that is not too far from where we might hike...we are willing to provide food, sleeping bags, etc. if needed.

Thanks for helping us out!

' class=

There will be a considerable amount of snow at Mt. Rainier in mid-March. The road from Ashford (the Nisqually Entrance on the west side of the park) to Paradise is usually kept plowed and remains open year round.

Check the Mt. Rainier National Park website for the current status on other roads and trails.

http://www.nps.gov/mora/

You inquired about three parks; Olympic is your only choice given the season. See Kaleberg's reply on the ONP forum.

visit mt rainier in march

I see you are trying to see all three National Parks. Olympic is your best option in March, but as Kaleberg has told you chances are it will be cool, wet and grey. I would rule out the North Cascades. If it were me I would play it by ear with Rainier. Finding acommadations in March will not be a problem. If you get a dry day go for it. Snowshoeing at Paradise is is fun. I would suggest you not think of your visit to Rainier as a hiking trip, rather just a chance to see a little of the Park. Your options for hiking will be limited. And if snowshoeing interests you, do it where the consitions would be best, which would be Paradise in my opinion.

Kaleberg has given you good advise on Olympic. Just realize March can be verry iffy here. It could rain the whole time you are visiting. If you can except that then spend time in Olympic. In March you have to take what the weather gods give you and hope for the best.

Often people ask about staying in cabins out here. Believe it or not there just are not that many cabin rentals like you would think. Most cabin rentals are actually very nice and very expensive. I can help you if you give me an idea of how much you are willing to spend for the night. Keep in mind that in March given the weather, you may spend more time in your room than you anticipate.

Thanks for your reply! My wife and I would like to spend no more than $100 per night ($50-$80 would be even more ideal). We realize this might mean staying a little further from our destination for the day. However, with such a limited amount of time (1 week), we also don't want to be too far away. Any suggestions you have on accommodations on the Olympic Peninsula would be especially appreciated, especially after hearing the advice I got on the North Cascades and Rainier.

You are awesome! Thanks again!

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.

  • I really need help to plan my stay 3:31 pm
  • Mount Ranier from Seattle End of August Apr 12, 2024
  • Timed Entry Needed for Naches Peak Hike? Mar 31, 2024
  • mt Rainier shuttle service Mar 31, 2024
  • Long weekend hiking trip in late Sept Mar 25, 2024
  • Should I cancel Rainier Lodge? Mar 25, 2024
  • Cougar Rock Campground in mid September Mar 13, 2024
  • Mt Rainier in July with kids Feb 29, 2024
  • Mt. Rainier Climb Feb 22, 2024
  • Travel between Paradise and Sunrise Feb 06, 2024
  • Visiting area in Mid-June Feb 05, 2024
  • Best place to stay when hiking Sunrise and Paradise areas Feb 01, 2024
  • Would you wait? Jan 31, 2024
  • Question about new timed entry system Jan 23, 2024
  • Places to stay? 17 replies
  • Where is the best place to stay near Mt. Rainer NP 3 replies
  • Time to visit Mt. Rainier 5 replies
  • Driving time from Sea-Tac to Paradise Inn 8 replies
  • Best Waterfall on Day Trip 10 replies
  • Mt Rainier in one day? 10 replies
  • Must do day hikes. 7 replies
  • Paradise or Sunrise? 10 replies
  • Mt. Rainier in October 3 replies
  • Mount Rainier - Wildflowers in late August? 11 replies

Mount Rainier National Park Hotels and Places to Stay

  • Hiking: Paradise Area of MRNP
  • Hiking: Stevens Canyon Road Area
  • Hiking: Sunrise Area of MRNP
  • Live Web Cameras In/Near MRNP
  • Checking Road Conditions In/Near The Park
  • Wildflower Bloom in the Park (updated in summer)
  • NPS Smartphone App for Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Collection of Maps of Mt. Rainier N.P.
  • Identifying Mountain Peaks (anywhere)
  • Video: Architecture in The Park
  • Video: Summiting Mt. Rainier
  • Video: Winter Access - the Road to Paradise

visit mt rainier in march

THINGS TO DO AT MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK - WASHINGTON

T here are so many amazing things to do at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. From hiking to camping to just staring in wonder at the mountain. Mount Rainier is a must-visit for all National Park enthusiasts. 

Things to do at Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier proudly stands at a staggering 14,440’! On a clear day, this mountain dominates the Seattle/Tacoma skyline. Its beauty draws visitors from around the world each year yet this volcano remains active today. 

Mount St. Helens, only 50 miles south of Mount Rainier, reminds us of its explosive power when it had its last major eruption on May 18, 1980.

The thermal energy released during this eruption was approximately 26 megatons leaving ash across 11 states and 5 Canadian Provinces and creating massive volcanic mudslides called Lahars.

This event claimed approximately 57 lives and 1.1 billion in damage. Both mountains are a part of the Pacific Rim of Fire and again someday will show its dominance.

Until that point, people will continue to stare at this beautiful mountain and have that uncontrollable urge to go see all that it has to offer.

Now it's time to see my list of Things to do at Mount Rainier National Park.

Visit Mt Rainier Paradise Visitor Center

I tell everyone that while visiting Mount Rainier National Park , they must go to the Mt Rainier Paradise Visitor Center and go outside and read the John  Muir quote on the steps leading out to the trails in the Paradise area.

You may ask me why? It’s time for me to pull out my Park Ranger hat and give you a small interpretative Program. John Muir was an incredible person!

Known as John of the Mountains, he became America's most famous conservationist and naturalist and president of the Sierra Club. He was an eloquent writer and speaker and inspired people to protect some of America’s greatest treasures like Yosemite , Grand Canyon , Sequoia & Kings Canyon, and Mount Rainier.

His passion fueled the formation of the National Park Service and earned him the nickname of Father of the National Parks. Some of his best quotes include “The mountains are calling and I must go” and “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”.

Muir advocated for the protection of Mount Rainier from 1893-1899. He worked with several groups to lobby together for the establishment of this park and on March 2, 1899, Mount Rainier became America’s fifth National Park.

The National Park Service placed a John Muir quote on the steps just outside the Paradise Visitor Center leading up the Skyline Trail toward the summit. It’s something that each visitor to this park should stop and appreciate the quote and the importance of John Muir to Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier Wildflowers 

Summers are special at Mount Rainier! It’s a time when hundreds of varieties of wildflowers bloom turning this mountain into fields of purple, magenta, white and yellow.

Common varieties include Lupine, paintbrush, Avalanche Lilies, and Beargrass.

There is nothing quite as pretty as seeing fields of flowers topped with the snow-covered mountaintop in the background so make sure to bring a wildflower guide and your camera and be prepared to take hundreds of photos.

If you are lucky you will also find wild huckleberries growing along a trail. They are pretty and just taste great!

This guide to 130 wildflower species of Mount Rainier is a great guide to bring with you while looking at wildflowers. 

Wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing goes beyond seeing deer, squirrels, and a few birds. There are 65 mammal species and 182 species of birds that have been identified here.

I have personally seen Black Bears, Cascade Red Fox, Elk, Deer and rabbits, Ptarmigan, Steller’s Jay, Osprey, and much more! If you’re lucky you might see a Bobcat, Mountain Lion, or even Mountain Goat.

There are also several threatened and endangered species in the park as well including the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelets, and Peregrine Falcons. The American Pika is a tiny tail-less relative of the rabbit that lives in high-altitude rock fields and is being severely threatened due to climate change.

The American Pica is very sensitive to heat and can die when temperatures exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit and has already seen whole communities disappear! The last I have heard is the American Pica has been denied official Federal Endangered Species Protection and would be the first species listed due to climate change.

Reflection Lake Mt Rainier

Reflection Lake is one of those iconic photos that have made the National Parks Service famous! It is also easy to see from the parking lot and is something that everyone can enjoy. The real trick is being here when there is no wind so that you get the reflection of Mount Rainier on the water.

I have been to Mount Rainier many times and have been here more times where the reflection is not visible than when it was. Make sure to give yourself a few days to explore this park just in case the wind is blowing.

I have seen the reflection on every trip to Mount Rainier but sometimes I have had to make a few trips here before the wind is calm.

Park Ranger Pro Tip: Mosquitoes like standing water and when there’s no wind you can find yourself becoming a blood donor. Make sure to bring mosquito repellent so you can enjoy this iconic view and soak in the moment.

Mount Rainier Hiking  

Mount Rainier has tons of great hiking trails! You can enjoy waterfalls, Old Growth Forests, lush meadows filled with wildflowers, and even climb to its snow-capped summit.

Perhaps you could be one of the lucky few to obtain a wilderness permit to hike the 93-Mile Wonderland Trail that goes all the way around Mount Rainier!

One of my personal all-time favorite hikes is the Skyline Trail which starts at the Paradise Visitor Center.  It’s a 5.5-mile hike that climbs 1700’ in elevation with incredible wildflower fields and an epic view at Panorama Point.

This is a beautiful place to stop for lunch and look out at Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens in the distance. You can also take the Naches Peak Loop Trail and hike a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that weaves in and out of the eastern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park.

This is a great trail for seeing wildflowers, and views of the mountain, and enjoying a few huckleberries that grow along the trail in late summer/early fall.

Climb to the Summit of Mount Rainier

Are you the adventurous type? Do you seek out adventure? Perhaps standing on top of an active volcano is just for you! A hike to the summit of Mount Rainier will include over 9000’ and almost 2000 feet per mile elevation gain in eight miles as you climb up on the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.

It also has the reputation of being the lower 48’s biggest and badest mountaineering challenge. This is nothing to take lightly! You should be in the best shape of your life and come prepared.

This hike is not for the ill-prepared and you can easily find yourself in a life-threatening emergency quickly if you do. Go to the National Parks website to learn more about taking on this adventure including routes, guides, minimum requirements, fees, age limits, and reservations.

Longmire Mt Rainier Historical Area

Mount Rainier National Park was the first to be designed using a master plan and is home to numerous buildings developed using the National Parks rustic style design often referred to as Parkitecture. The Longmire area itself is a superb example of this concept and is a National Historic Landmark District.

It is also where most visitors get their first glimpse of Mount Rainier National Park. This beautifully preserved area is open year-round dependent upon weather conditions and has a gift shop, the Longmire lodge, a historic museum that was the original park headquarters when Mount Rainier was established in 1899 an old gas station, and the wilderness information at the Administrative building.

There are three hiking trails in the Longmire area including the Trail of the Shadows that start right across the street from the historic district. This all makes for a great first stop to the park!

Don't miss the chance to stay in the historic National Park Inn located in the Longmire Historic District. 

Explore Mount Rainier waterfalls

There are several waterfalls within Mount Rainier and can be easily accessible as you drive up to Paradise from the Longmire Area. Make sure to make a quick stop and visit Christine Falls and Narda Falls as both are short hikes with nice views.

You can also take a nice 3.8-mile hike to Comet Falls, Mount Rainier’s tallest accessible waterfall at approximately 460 feet. This trail also follows along Van Trump Creek with several smaller waterfalls along the way. Just be prepared for heavily used trails and busy parking lots as all these hikes are very popular in the park.

Enjoy a Rainier Beer on Mount Rainier

It’s no secret that I love a good beer. They seem to taste even better after a busy day hiking and exploring. Throw in a beer inspired by a National Park and I feel right at home!

We had spent the day exploring Mount Rainier and checked into the Paradise Inn and were about to head out to see some wildflowers and see the sunset when I noticed a gift shop. Then I saw happiness, a cooler filled with cold Rainier beer, or Reinbeers to the locals.

There seemed to be one in particular that began taunting me, calling me by my name and begging me to go take it out of this cooler so it too can see the mountain at sunset. I did just that before lightly twisting its cap and enjoying the sunset together.

Visit Historic Paradise Inn

The Historic Paradise Inn is one of the crown jewel hotels of the national park system. Its National Park Rustic style draws you inside as you stare at its beauty.

Notice the Alaska Cedar beams above your head and the timber benches and tables in the lobby. These logs came from the Narada Falls Cedar Forest area of the park and these logs were harvested after the wildfire swept through the area years before. These benches invite you in to relax and enjoy a snack or even a ranger program in the evenings.

The lodge was completed in 1917, this hotel has proudly withstood 100 years of severe Cascade winters and provides a resting place for many park visitors. In late 2017 the lodge will be undergoing some construction to get it ready for another 100 years for park visitors to enjoy! Make sure to also check out my article on the Paradise Inn Lodge !

Mt. Rainier Camping

There are four great campgrounds within Mount Rainier National Park! 3 of these campgrounds can be reached via car or RV. Mowich Lake Campground is a hike-in tent-only campground. 

Visit Area Parks 

Olympic National Park

North Cascades National Park

Crater Lake National Park 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Site-Seattle

Whitman Mission

San Juan Island National Historic Park

Ebey's Landing

Check out all of the amazing National Parks in Washington . 

We also have an alphabetical list of the US National parks so you can easily count how many you have visited

Other parks in the area include National Parks in Oregon   and Idaho National parks

I could go on and on about Mount Rainier National Park ! There is so much to see and explore and didn’t even cover all there is to do in this magnificent park.

I will continue writing about travel tips, camping, lodges, winter recreation, and hiking trails in the future. I hope you enjoyed my list of things to do in Mount Rainier National Park!

There are so many amazing things to do at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. From hiking to camping to just star

Mount Rainier peeks out beneath cloud coverage Nov. 12 looking across Lake Union in Seattle. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

When ‘The Mountain’s out,’ here's where to admire it from

How to seattle.

“Of all the fire-mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest,” the popular John Muir quote goes. 

Muir’s line, recited on Mount Rainier National Park brochures and in numerous travel blogs, echoes the respect Washingtonians hold for what many call, simply, “The Mountain.” Rising up 14,411 feet above sea level, the volcano is among the tallest peaks in the Lower 48 states and looms so large over the Seattle area and beyond that many can enjoy it from their own backyards. 

When we asked readers for their favorite places to admire Mount Rainier, some described casual urban spots, as ordinary as the parking lot of a library. Others told of park trails that take you so close to The Mountain that “it almost feels like you can reach out and touch it,” as Phil Irvine put it. 

They also shared what these regular glimpses of the natural wonder mean to them — sometimes memories of a late loved one, comfort during uncertain times or a reminder of our connection with the natural world. 

While this list of vantage points isn’t close to comprehensive, here are some of the most striking mountain views around Seattle and beyond, according to Seattle Times readers.

Responses have been lightly edited for grammar and length.

More How to Seattle

Along elliott way on seattle’s waterfront.

Seattle’s waterfront abounds with gorgeous glimpses of The Mountain (Pike Place Market! Myrtle Edwards Park!), but Curtis Wilson found a particularly memorable viewpoint off Elliott Way. 

“When I noticed this unique view of Mount Rainier, construction prevented me from getting to this specific angle,” Wilson said. “Eventually, the construction moved a bit south, allowing me to sneak in and snap pictures from this unique vantage point.” 

Discovery Park in Seattle

Discovery Park is the city’s largest park — at 534 acres, it could fit almost 60 Pike Place Markets inside of it — but one particular strip of it, the beach near the West Point Lighthouse, offers a view that captured Seattleite Scott Meurn’s heart.

“I love the fact that you are at sea level and looking at the highest point in the state,” said Meurn, who snapped this photo last month. “You are surrounded by water, mountains and wildlife, right in the city.”

From the ferry

Several readers mentioned enjoying mountain views from a Washington ferry, but for some commuters, it’s been more than just a pretty sight. 

During “a very difficult 12 weeks” for Bainbridge Island resident Richard Rosenthal’s family, The Mountain became a source of solace on one of several ferry trips to his wife’s chemotherapy treatments in Seattle.

“It was never a fun trip, but on Jan. 15, we were rewarded with a spectacular sunrise that silhouetted The Mountain, which, on that day at least, mitigated our anxiety,” he said. 

From a water taxi

Aside from taking your own watercraft out on Elliott Bay or Puget Sound, hopping on a King County Water Taxi between West Seattle and downtown or Vashon Island and Seattle is one of the cheaper ways to get on the water and admire some scenery. One-way tickets start at $5 per adult.

While riding to Seattle, Vashon Island resident Mitch Kent captured “the magic of the sunrise, our vibrant waterfront and active seaport.” 

Fireman’s Park in Tacoma

“Tacoma has the best Rainier views!” if you ask Zan Lussier, who — you guessed it — lives in Tacoma. Take this example of his from Fireman’s Park, with the Murray Morgan Bridge framing The Mountain. 

“I love that you can watch the sunrise on the mountain here and then return at night to see the sunset reflected,” Lussier said. 

Bonney Lake

Last month, Bellevue resident Dan Apol’s photo group posed a weekly challenge with the theme “road.” He took the opportunity to head about an hour south from his home city to the Tehaleh community’s Cascadia Boulevard East, a street known for pointing straight at Mount Rainier. 

“That location had been on my list to get to for a while, and the challenge converged nicely with beautiful weather and a fully snow-capped mountain,” Apol said. “When I arrived and saw the streetlights, I knew I wanted to get a shot during blue hour, and it didn’t disappoint.”

Have you gotten tired of looking at Mount Rainier yet? Jay Galvin hasn’t. The Auburn resident has been photographing The Mountain for more than 20 years, he said, and “I found the perfect place for me is on the Enumclaw Plateau,” about an hour’s drive south of Seattle. 

“It is easy to get a clear shot with an interesting foreground at many places on the plateau,” Galvin said. Take this example, snapped on a day when the lenticulars “were once in a lifetime.”

Most Read Life Stories

  • What to do if you see a bear, cougar or coyote on a WA trail
  • How to save money on food, drinks and more at a Seattle Mariners game
  • Seattle Restaurant Week’s best deals, intriguing new spots, and old favorites
  • Kick your halibut up a notch with crunchy pistachios and smoky harissa
  • Summer travel trends 2024: More crowds and expensive airfare, hotels

Crystal Mountain

Several readers pointed to Washington’s largest ski resort as one of their favorite viewpoints — including the top of its gondola and the nearby mountaintop restaurant. 

“There is nothing like a view of Mount Rainier than from the Summit House at Crystal Mountain. This is a view you can enjoy all year,” Laura Readdy said. Jennifer Hanseler described the sights from the top of the gondola: “It’s high enough elevation to get a really close up view. On a clear day you can see other peaks. Baker to the north, Adams and St. Helens to the south.”

Elizabeth Frisino shared this vibrant photo, taken from the area. 

Banshee Peak

You probably won’t be shocked to learn that Mount Rainier looks absolutely stunning from … Mount Rainier National Park! Some park destinations stand out to readers, though.

Redmond’s Steve Burgess has been exploring the national park for 40 years now and has hiked the Wonderland Trail , looping around The Mountain, 35 times.

“I still find surprises every year,” he said.

This sunrise view, captured from Banshee Peak a few years ago, “still rates as one of my favorites,” he said.

Naches Peak Loop and Tipsoo Lake

Naches Peak Loop is popular among hikers and features all sorts of alpine scenery. But take this pro tip from a lifelong Washingtonian: “If you circumnavigate Naches Peak Loop trail clockwise, you get this gorgeous surprise view of Mount Rainier up close and personal,” Grace Hensley advised. “Here she is wearing her lenticular cap.” 

At the beginning of the Naches Peak Loop lies Tipsoo Lake, with its own worthwhile view.

“It’s a road trip, but well worth it,” Sue Ellen White said. “The lake is lush, and the mountain fills the backdrop with a jaw-dropping view.”

(While you’re in Mount Rainier National Park, Michael Williams also recommends the Sunrise area for more mountainous views.)

Goat Rocks Wilderness

South of Mount Rainier, those hiking the Pacific Crest Trail may pass through Goat Rocks Wilderness and be rewarded with a view of Rainier. For Edmonds resident Vince Barnes, this perspective is a powerful reminder. 

“I like seeing the peak in the context of the rugged mountains of which it is an integral part. I’m reminded of the powerful geologic forces like tectonic plates colliding and resulting strato-volcanoes in the region,” Barnes said. “Away from the growing crowds and traffic of the Puget Sound Basin, I can reflect on my miniscule place in the greater scheme of nature, but also my role in climate change, as we see Rainier’s great glaciers succumb.”

From a plane

Here’s one vantage point we still haven’t included: looking down on the mountain from above. 

Seattleite Rip Warendorf took one of his favorite Mount Rainier photos from a recent Alaska Airlines flight approaching his home city. 

“It was a spectacular day and I love that you can see the trails of Crystal Mountain in the foreground,” he said. 

More mountain views

A list of 13 could never capture every spectacular angle of The Mountain, readers seem to agree. Here’s just a selection of other viewpoints folks shared:

  • “ NE South Beach Drive, Bainbridge Island . Unobstructed views of Mount Rainier with the Bremerton ferry in the foreground, while the local eagles soar overhead. Plus, it’s my favorite, multi-directional road name!” — Sam Sharar
  • “On the Amtrak train between Seattle and Portland . The mountain grows in size as you get closer, plus you get to see the other amazing peaks of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood!” — Shaun Hubbard
  • “Driving across Lake Washington on the [State Route] 520 floating bridge and seeing Mount Rainier over the waters. It’s so uniquely Washington. And if you turn your head the other way, you get a bonus view of Mount Baker.” — David Kim
  • “The parking lot of the Silverdale branch of the Kitsap Regional Library . You get a great view of The Mountain as a backdrop to Dyes Inlet, and you don’t even have to leave town.” — Jeff Berger 
  • “The left-field area of Cheney Stadium in Tacoma! Watching good AAA baseball, perhaps future Mariners stars, enjoying a drink and a meal on a warm summer night. And Rainier rises above it all, turning various colors throughout the evening and ultimately glowing with that beautiful purple and white hue we all know and love.” — Jeff Hickey
  • “I love to play golf, and when I’m playing at Druids Glen Golf Course in Covington it’s spectacular! You see the grander of it as you drive in and again on the second hole. When the mountain is out, it’s a great day!” — Melissa Rooth-Cormier 
  • “Two, both driving south on I-5 . One is just past the NE 175th exit, and the other is by Boeing Field approaching the Boeing Access Road exit. In both places, the mountain appears — assuming it’s visible — in glorious splendor!” — Nancy Winder

Editor’s note: This story was updated April 12 to reflect the correct spelling of Tehaleh .

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

  • Skip to global NPS navigation
  • Skip to the main content
  • Skip to the footer section

visit mt rainier in march

Exiting nps.gov

Ten tips for visiting mount rainier national park.

A glaciated mountain with its peak wrapped in clouds against a blue sky.

Mount Rainier National Park looks forward to welcoming you this summer. Learn how to plan like a park ranger by following our list of the top 10 things you should know before visiting the park. The summer season is expected to be BUSY, so make sure to plan ahead, recreate responsibly, and help ensure this iconic landscape may be enjoyed by future generations.

Vehicles pass under a large log entrance arch surrounded by conifer trees.

1. Know Your Destination

There are five entrances to Mount Rainier National Park. Do you know which one to use to get to where you want to go? Not every area of the park can be reached via every entrance and it can take hours to drive to different areas. GPS navigation may not take you to the right entrance or will attempt to follow the most direct route, which may not be the correct way and could lead to closed gates. Cell coverage is spotty at best inside the park. Check the Directions webpage for travel information and refer to road maps in addition to using GPS units when driving to the park.

A full parking lot in front of a view of Mount Rainier.

2. Expect Company

Mount Rainier is popular! Expect traffic congestion at entrances and the main visitor areas. If you plan ahead it is still possible to get a little time and space to yourself. Visit on weekdays or come early or late in the day to minimize wait times. Many trailheads have limited parking. Have an alternate plan and destination in mind if long lines are encountered entering the park or if parking is full at your destination. Learn more tips on the avoiding summer congestion webpage.

A brown dog lying on her back on a leather couch.

C. Meleedy Photo

3. Protect Your Pet By Leaving Them At Home

Mount Rainier is a wild place. National parks are not always the best place for your dog. Dogs are not allowed on trails, inside buildings or amphitheaters, on snow or in park waters. Dogs cannot be left unattended and it’s unsafe for them to be left in hot vehicles. There are limited options in local communities for boarding pets. The safest choice may be to leave your pet at home. For more information and suggestions for the limited options for what you can do with your pets in the park, visit the Pets webpage.

A black bear crossing a curving road.

4. Take It Slow

Be vigilant while driving in the park and give wildlife a brake. All park roads have a speed limit of 35 mph unless posted otherwise. Park roads are narrow, steep, and winding with many blind curves. Maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles and stay in your lane on curves. Don’t stop and block traffic to view wildlife.

5. A Ranger In Your Phone

Download the new NPS App before arrival ing at the park for helpful planning tools and to make the most of your visit. The free app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play . Follow Mount Rainier on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram for more helpful information. Save the Mount Rainier National Park section of the app before your visit so that you can use the app offline while in the park. Mount Rainier National Park has very limited cell coverage.

Two hikers with day packs walk along a trail with views of mountain ridges and a distant volcanic peak.

NPS/B. Klopp Photo

6. Play It Safe

Mount Rainier is a wilderness park filled with natural wonders and potential hazards. With over 275 miles of trails, there is a range of options to choose from with varying lengths and difficulty. Pick the right trail for you and your group. Recognize your abilities and the abilities of your group. You won’t miss out on the spectacular views, wildlife sightings, and connection with nature by choosing an easier trail for your adventure. Plan ahead, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan— even for a short day hike. Leaving an accurate itinerary with an emergency contact is a critical step for any trip in the backcountry. Even on short hikes, be prepared for changing weather. Carry food, water, and extra layers of clothing. Visit the Safety webpage for important information on wildlife, hiking in shoulder seasons, and geohazards.

A line of hikers on a snow-covered slope on a foggy, snowy day.

7. Check The Weather

It may feel like summer at low elevation, but at higher elevations in the park there may still be snow! Hikers and mountain climbers should be prepared for changing weather. Pay attention to weather forecasts , both one day and long range, avalanche warnings, and special weather alerts. Have extra clothing, rain gear, and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year. Know the weather forecast and plan your trip accordingly. Sometimes the safest choice is to reschedule or adjust your plans for better weather – it could make the difference between a wonderful visit or losing your life.

A tent surrounded by tall conifer trees.

NPS/E. Brouwer Photo

8. Stay The Night

Many journey to the mountain for just the day, but if you’re planning to spend the night there are a few options. A wilderness permit is required to camp overnight in the park’s backcountry. There are three vehicle campgrounds , where most sites are reservable but also have some walk-up spots. There are two historic inns in the park: the National Park Inn in Longmire and the Paradise Inn in Paradise. Check ahead for availability and to make a reservation with Rainier Guest Services . Or, stay the night in local communities outside of the park. Note that camping is not allowed along roadsides, at overlooks, or in parking areas.

Colorful wildflowers fill a meadow next to a narrow dirt trail.

9. Share The Mount Rainier Pledge

Be a Mount Rainier Champion by learning more about park resources and supporting park efforts by sharing #RainierPledge ! Stay on the trail to protect meadow plants and Keep Wildlife Wild by never feeding any animals in the park. Respect the land and Leave No Trace of your visit.

A glaciated mountain peak rising above a layer of clouds.

10. We're All In This Together

Remember to follow the latest public health guidance to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while you travel ( see CDC guidance ). All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, may be required to wear masks inside park facilities depending on local COVID-19 levels. Check the Alerts & Conditions page for the current masking requirement. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus .

You Might Also Like

  • mount rainier national park
  • mount rainier
  • plan your visit
  • trip planning
  • top ten tips

Mount Rainier National Park

Last updated: May 3, 2023

IMAGES

  1. 10 JAW-DROPPING Things to Do at MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

    visit mt rainier in march

  2. Pocket Adventure Guide To Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

    visit mt rainier in march

  3. Mount Rainier in One Day Itinerary (Best Hikes on Day Trip)

    visit mt rainier in march

  4. Mount Rainier: Where to Find the Best Views

    visit mt rainier in march

  5. Visit Rainier

    visit mt rainier in march

  6. 10 Most Incredible Hikes In Mount Rainier National Park

    visit mt rainier in march

COMMENTS

  1. Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park in March

    The average temperature in Mount Rainier National Park in March for a typical day ranges from a high of 40°F (4°C) to a low of 27°F (-3°C). Some would describe it as really cold with a gentle breeze. For comparison, the hottest month in Mount Rainier National Park, August, has days with highs of 75°F (24°C) and lows of 50°F (10°C).

  2. Plan Your Visit

    If you are planning a summer trip to Mount Rainier, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally less crowded. Parking is limited in many areas of the park. Wait times at the Nisqually and White River Entrances can be over an hour on the very busiest summer weekends and holidays. Entering the park before 10:00 am or after 2:30 pm can help ...

  3. Best Times to Visit Mount Rainier National Park

    November-March The park often sees huge amounts of snow - in 2017, the Paradise area got 703 inches. But despite the snowfall, there is still plenty to do in the park, including ranger-led ...

  4. Visit Rainier

    14,410 feet of fun & adventure await your exploration at Mt. Rainier. Explore lodging, area activities, travel information & more. Plan your visit today. BOOK NOW. Stay. Lodging; Top Travel Deals; Itineraries; Communities. ... ©2024 Visit Rainier, the Official Site of Mt. Rainier Tourism. All material and content is protected.

  5. Winter Travel

    Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, although in winter only two park entrances are open: the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park, and the Carbon River Entrance, in the northwest corner of the park. Most of Mount Rainier's roads are closed for winter. The road from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire is open year-round ...

  6. Ultimate Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary and Guide

    Mount Rainier National Park has four main entrances: Nisqually (southwest), Carbon River (northwest), White River/Sunrise (northeast), and Stevens Canyon (southeast).The Nisqually entrance (via SR 706) is probably the most popular given its year-round access for vehicle traffic, proximity to the state's main highways, and access to Longmire and Paradise.

  7. The Ultimate Guide to Mount Rainier National Park [2023]

    Visitors can hike over 260 miles of hiking trails at Mount Rainier National Park. Many of the trails begin in the Carbon, Longmire, Mowich, Paradise, and Sunrise areas. Visitors can choose from different landscapes to travel through and around, including mountain ridges, alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and forests.

  8. Mount Rainier National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier's lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park's ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery ...

  9. Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier National Park: Complete Guide

    Discover the best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park with a detailed season-by-season and month-by-month breakdown of exactly what to expect. ... March is still cold in Mt. Rainier. Snow still covers much of the park with around seven and a half feet of snow accumulations. Average highs are usually 37˚F lows can go around 23˚F.

  10. Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park (For First Timers)

    Here's a quick summary of each to help you decide which area is right for your hiking adventure. Paradise - Best for first-time visitors: Paradise is the most popular area to visit, located on the southern side of the Mountain, and home to some great day hikes at Mount Rainier.

  11. Visiting Mount Rainier National Park: What You Need To Know

    Where to Fly Into to Visit Mount Rainier. If you're coming from out-of-state, there are two viable airports near Mount Rainier National Park. The best option in terms of both flight selection and distance from the Mountain is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is more commonly known as "Seatac" to Seattleites.. Flying into Seatac is going to put you a hair over two and a ...

  12. Best Time to Visit Mount Rainier (Monthly Guide by a Travel Pro!)

    The best time to visit Mount Rainier is July and August when the weather is warm. Temperatures during this time average 42 F (5.9 C) and 63 F (17.4 C) degrees with little to zero rainfall. ... and 23 F (-4.6 C) during March at Mount Rainier. March is the first month of spring and still a cold month like January and February. It is still one of ...

  13. The Perfect One Day in Mount Rainier National Park Itinerary

    Grove of the Patriarchs is a classic hike and a perfect addition to a one-day itinerary in Mount Rainier National Park. The easy 1.5-mile round-trip trail travels past some of the largest trees you will ever see! It is home to cedars, hemlocks, and Douglas-firs that are 40 feet wide and 300 feet tall.

  14. Sunrise

    The first rays of morning sun on Mount Rainier, as seen from Sunrise. At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. In summer, mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. On clear summer days, Sunrise provides breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier.

  15. What to Do at Mount Rainier: Complete Guide for First Timers

    A Brief Overview of the Geography of Mount Rainier National Park. Before we get into our favorite things to do at Mount Rainier, we need to talk about the park's geography. Because it matters how you go about planning your trip. Mount Rainier National Park is a big park, covering 369 square miles and surrounding the glaciated peak on all sides.

  16. The Ultimate Guide to Mt. Rainier: A One Day Itinerary

    Mt. Rainier National Park is located just over 2 hours south of Seattle. You will need a car within the park to get through our full Mt. Rainier itinerary so we recommend flying into Seattle, renting a car and taking the scenic loop around Mt. Rainier. Having a car will allow you to see the best of what Mt. Rainier has to offer.

  17. Visiting Mount Rainier: Best Time to Visit, Weather, Tips & More

    Average temperatures are at their lowest in December and January, with highs around 35 and lows around 20. Conversely, the summer peaks, during July and August, have lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. Obviously, day-to-day temperatures can vary a lot, so again, check the weather.

  18. Mt. Rainier Mid March

    Save. There will be a considerable amount of snow at Mt. Rainier in mid-March. The road from Ashford (the Nisqually Entrance on the west side of the park) to Paradise is usually kept plowed and remains open year round. Check the Mt. Rainier National Park website for the current status on other roads and trails.

  19. Operating Hours & Seasons

    Call the park at 360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information. Located at Longmire in the southwest corner of the park. Open year-round. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily. When the museum is closed, wilderness permits are available at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center.

  20. Things to Do at Mount Rainier National Park

    Mount Rainier is a must-visit for all National Park enthusiasts. ... He worked with several groups to lobby together for the establishment of this park and on March 2, 1899, Mount Rainier became ...

  21. Mount Rainier's best viewpoints, according to readers

    Muir's line, recited on Mount Rainier National Park brochures and in numerous travel blogs, echoes the respect Washingtonians hold for what many call, simply, "The Mountain."

  22. Ten Tips for Visiting Mount Rainier National Park

    6. Play It Safe. Mount Rainier is a wilderness park filled with natural wonders and potential hazards. With over 275 miles of trails, there is a range of options to choose from with varying lengths and difficulty. Pick the right trail for you and your group. Recognize your abilities and the abilities of your group.

  23. What you need to know to visit Mount Rainier National Park this summer

    Timed-entry permits to enter Mount Rainier National Park will be released 90 days in advance of the day they are good for, beginning in late February. That means on Feb. 21, reservations to visit Paradise from May 24 - June 30 will become available.