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Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Parks: This slumbering volcano is the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States after California's Mt. Whitney. Because of its northern locale and more extreme weather, though, Washington State's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers are cued up to challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense past placid lakes and frothing waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park, catering to long-range backpackers. There are plenty of short, spectacular day trips, as well, whether hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available on the mountain at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitor center offers meals and interpretive natural history.

Free Things to Do: This slumbering volcano is the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States after California's Mt. Whitney. Because of its northern locale and more extreme weather, though, Washington state's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers queue up to challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year, a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense trees past placid lakes and cascading waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park, catering to long-range backpackers. There are plenty of short, spectacular day trip as well, whether hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available on the mountain at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitors' center offers meals and interpretive natural history.

Best Attractions & Activities: This slumbering volcano is the most heavily glaciated mountain in the United States outside of Alaska. At 14,417 feet, it is the fifth tallest peak in the continental U.S. Because of its northern locale, glaciers and extreme weather, Washington State's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense forest past placid lakes and frothing waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park. There are also plenty of short, spectacular day trips for hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitor center offers meals and interpretive natural history.


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Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Parks, Best Attractions & Activities: "One of the tallest peaks in the United States, Mt. Rainier is a training destination for international climbing parties, but during mild seasons on basic routes the trek is accessible to climbers of most skill levels."

Free Things to Do: "One of the tallest peaks in the United States, Mt. Rainier is a training destination for international climbing parties, but during mild seasons on basic routes, the trek is accessible to climbers of most skill levels."

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: One of Washington's proudest gems, Mount Rainier is a stunning, slumbering volcano that measures the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Mount Rainer National Park, the second-tallest mountain in the continental U.S., remains one of the region's most coveted gems.

Best for Parks, Best Attractions & Activities Because: Mount Rainier National Park offers unfathomable natural beauty and a prime destination for adventurers of all levels.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Mount Rainier National Park is another way to experience the awe-inspiring, natural terrain that defines Washington state. Explore on foot or by car.

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Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Parks: This slumbering volcano is the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States after California's Mt. Whitney. Because of its northern locale and more extreme weather, though, Washington State's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers are cued up to challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense past placid lakes and frothing waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park, catering to long-range backpackers. There are plenty of short, spectacular day trips, as well, whether hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available on the mountain at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitor center offers meals and interpretive natural history.

Free Things to Do: This slumbering volcano is the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States after California's Mt. Whitney. Because of its northern locale and more extreme weather, though, Washington state's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers queue up to challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year, a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense trees past placid lakes and cascading waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park, catering to long-range backpackers. There are plenty of short, spectacular day trip as well, whether hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available on the mountain at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitors' center offers meals and interpretive natural history.

Best Attractions & Activities: This slumbering volcano is the most heavily glaciated mountain in the United States outside of Alaska. At 14,417 feet, it is the fifth tallest peak in the continental U.S. Because of its northern locale, glaciers and extreme weather, Washington State's prime peak is used by many mountaineering groups to train for ascents of the world's most challenging climbs. In warmer months, flocks of climbers challenge the summit's less strenuous routes, and throughout the year a variety of activities are available to extreme athletes and vacationing families alike. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense forest past placid lakes and frothing waterfalls. The scenic Wonderland Trail encircles the entire park. There are also plenty of short, spectacular day trips for hiking in summer of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Lodging is available at the historic inn at Paradise, where the visitor center offers meals and interpretive natural history.

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Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:

Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing, Parks, Best Attractions & Activities: "One of the tallest peaks in the United States, Mt. Rainier is a training destination for international climbing parties, but during mild seasons on basic routes the trek is accessible to climbers of most skill levels."

Free Things to Do: "One of the tallest peaks in the United States, Mt. Rainier is a training destination for international climbing parties, but during mild seasons on basic routes, the trek is accessible to climbers of most skill levels."

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: One of Washington's proudest gems, Mount Rainier is a stunning, slumbering volcano that measures the second-tallest mountain in the continental United States.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Mount Rainer National Park, the second-tallest mountain in the continental U.S., remains one of the region's most coveted gems.

Best for Parks, Best Attractions & Activities Because: Mount Rainier National Park offers unfathomable natural beauty and a prime destination for adventurers of all levels.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Mount Rainier National Park is another way to experience the awe-inspiring, natural terrain that defines Washington state. Explore on foot or by car.

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