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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Phone Number: 3605696575
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Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.

Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.

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Fantastic views. Note the business hours.

I've read somewhere it's the highest point you can reach by car and it does get pretty up there. By the time you get there you'll feel like the mountain is just so close you could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RinaBlue13
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Quezon City, Philippines

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Quezon City, Philippines
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175 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've read somewhere it's the highest point you can reach by car and it does get pretty up there. By the time you get there you'll feel like the mountain is just so close you could hike to the top! The center had just closed when we got there so it's a long way to go before we can find... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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1,037 reviews
692 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,753 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

While the Sunrise Visitor Center is an interesting rustic log building, this review is more about the whole experience of visiting the Sunrise area of the park which, at 6,400 feet (1,950m), is highest point in the park that one can drive to and offers great views of Mount Rainier and its glaciers, including the Emmons Glacier, the largest in... More 

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Hortonville, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Parking was crazy at Sunrise Visitor Center, we arrived around 10-10:30am and the lot was nearly full! Try to arrive as early as you can. We hiked the Burroughs Mountain Trail up to the 2nd burrough, then turned around and took the Sunrise Rim Trail back to the visitor center. The trail was tough, almost all uphill until we turned... More 

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Kent, Washington
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401 reviews
141 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I've been driving the twisty road up to Sunrise for as long as I can remember, and I never get tired of it. When you're lucky and the day's weather is perfect, be sure to stop at the switchback viewpoint part way up the mountain. From there, you can see four of the Cascade glaciers: Rainier, Adams, Baker, and Glacier.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Great gateway to hiking Rainier. Great exhibits--it's more of a museum with, of course, a great gift shop. The mini-model of the mountain and park are outstanding. And the architecture and windows are amazing.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The perfect place to orient for a fun day hiking with the north face of Mt. Rainier a looming, magnificent presence over you!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Beautiful hike always very beautiful any time of the year. The lodge is a good place to rest after a good hike about 8 1/2 miles.

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1 Thank Daniel B
washington state
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294 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We love Sunrise and can expect diverse critters and lovely scenery. The hike right from the Visitor's Center is a wonderful jaunt into the heart of the National Park. When there's snow you can strap on your snowshoes or cross country skies and check out the sights. We especially love October because the fall foliage is in full hue. Please... More 

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2 Thank okeedoke
Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

The rangers were awesome, the movie was great, the center was comfortable with great exhibits...the food was.....hard to choose the least disgusting item...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This isn't so much a review of the visitor center per se, but rather of the whole Sunrise area. There are super hikes here and you start nice and high. The name is consistent with the fact that the views of the Big Mountain are best in the morning. Stunning flowers here mid summer! And many hikes for folks of... More 

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