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Sunrise Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Kennewick, Washington
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310 reviews 310 reviews
71 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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Seattle, Washington
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22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The drive upto the visitor center is very scenic with fabulous views of the cascades and Mount Rainier! We had lunch at a picnic area right behind the visitor center with an up-close view of the majestic Rainier - definitely a memorable picnic spot! There is a lot more snow (and perhaps glaciers) on this face of the mountain compared... More

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Bacolod, Bacolod, Philippines
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

only if you have time, its beautiful in early season but kind of quiet and a long dangerous drive at night.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The displays were very helpful in understanding the geography of the region. There were several interactive activities for children. Park rangers were visible, and very helpful when picking trails. The National Park service has revamped their information to mark the difficulty of trails. Trails were well maintained and marked.

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Enumclaw, Washington
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92 reviews 92 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Leaving the town of Enumclaw heading up to Sunrise, it is sunny and looks like a great day for a hike. You drive an hour with anticipation, get to the lodge and what a decision. which hike do I take? You can go for half hour to all day. Trails are great. Oh, but what about those clouds, don't look... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Sunrise was the closest to my sister's place in Kent, so we went here. Never having been to Mt. Rainier, we were quite awestruck! Yes, the road up was long and winding, but well maintained. Views were astounding of the valley and mountains. Not much in the way of wildflowers this time of year and after a hot summer, didn't... More

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Hyderabad, India
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68 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Sunrise visitor center in the Mt. rainier national park is an important point, from where we can view the mountain from a different angle. This time, we saw the snow clad Mt. Rainier from the north side and its really Awe some. The visitor center 6400 feet high is well maintained and its good place to spend some time here,... More

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Hazlet
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121 reviews 121 reviews
94 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you have had the chance to visit the Paradise region of the park - even though it's far more crowded - Sunrise will never compare well. The drive is long, the mountain is too close to appreciate (in your face close), the meadows are not as luxuriant or full of wildflowers, the trails are mostly above tree line and... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There are two parking lots. If not crowded, pull into the first one and take a look around. There are different views from here. Then get back in your car and drive further on to the main lot. We got here in the morning and walked the short trail to Emmons Vista - great view of the Emmons glacier. There... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The view here of Mt Rainier is stupendous, more remarkable than that from the visitor center at Paradise. The visitor center itself is nothing to write home about. Many wonderful trails here. The Cafe serves about the lousiest food I have ever had. Please pack your own sandwiches before coming.

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