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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Description: Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.

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different side of Rainier

Just when you begin to get tired of the only summit in this park, this place offers different view of the mountain, if you're lucky, get there when close to sunset, mild sunshine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2014
Ying L
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Los Angeles, California
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The drive was really nice and the view is amazing, but as far as the lodge goes it was pretty gross. The staff was not friendly and didnt care if we were happy with our mediocre food. I also noticed the lodge was very dirty/old and even saw a mouse run across the floor in the souvenir shop. That was... More 

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Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I loved the drive to Sunrise and it offers a few short and a couple long hikes. I did not care for this visitor center or any of the surrounding buildings. They are very outdated and I did not find them to be inviting. You don't have to own a mansion to have something nice. I also thought the people... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Just when you begin to get tired of the only summit in this park, this place offers different view of the mountain, if you're lucky, get there when close to sunset, mild sunshine cover the whole mountain in a caramel gold, peace and warm. We didn't do much trail at this spot due to the mosquito issue in summer, parking... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Of course, the area is perhaps the most beautiful in the world. The scenery is jaw dropping. However, the lodge is run down. No health safety standards are used, and the food is cheap fast food (worse than a meal at mcdonalds). Management is corrupt and most employees are terribly mistreated due to how isolated the lodge is. Do not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

The new interpretation centre has various displays about the park as well as a small theatre with videos about the mountain and its wildlife. There's also a gift shop and a very expensive cafeteria - which did the best chilli dogs we have ever had, but at $9 each they needed to be good!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Breathtaking views and intense hiking awaits any visitor to this area. Bring your camera (on panoramic mode) and you won't be disappointed. Keep in mind that some of the trails aren't for the light at heart and will involve quite the heights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Drive up to Sunrise if you have the chance. I consider this one of the best car accessible ways to see Mt. Ranier and all it's glory. Hike to Third Burroughs and watch the climbers ascending like ants on a wall. Hear the glacier crack and crumble. Frolic with goats. The view of the mountain on a clear day will... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The winding road up to Sunrise deters some, but the views, fresh air, and explosion of colors in the meadows is well worth the effort. We went in late September and the meadow were a beautiful golden color, with lots of reds and yellows from the bushes, combined with the dark green of the fir trees against the blue sky... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Sunrise, Mt. Rainier, isn't as famous as Paradise...but in many ways is more spectacular. It is a two hour drive from Seattle and the last 15 miles from the Park entrance on the northeastern flank of the mountain is a memorable mountain road. It is one of the closest views of glaciation on the mountain and on a clear day... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I actually prefer to hike out of Sunrise rather than Paradise. There are more options than just "up the side" and the crowds are less. There is a bit of food available for purchase and a small gift shop. The visitor center is pretty sparse. But it is all about the mountain and the hikes for me.

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