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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.

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.

Parks & Attractions, Outdoor Activities: A multitude of summer and winter activities awaits in this magnificent national treasure. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense forests and barren, above-timberline terrain, past placid lakes and tumbling streams. The park caters to visitors comfortable with a spectacular day trip as well as to those who prefer a week or more of camping. In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are pastimes of choice. An historic inn and history museum add manmade attractions to natural ones.


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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 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."

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.

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

Local Expert Says:

Parks: "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."

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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.

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.

Parks & Attractions, Outdoor Activities: A multitude of summer and winter activities awaits in this magnificent national treasure. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through dense forests and barren, above-timberline terrain, past placid lakes and tumbling streams. The park caters to visitors comfortable with a spectacular day trip as well as to those who prefer a week or more of camping. In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are pastimes of choice. An historic inn and history museum add manmade attractions to natural ones.

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Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Parks: "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."

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