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Sunrise Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Owner description: Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Owner description: Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.
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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
64 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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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593 reviews 593 reviews
235 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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581 reviews 581 reviews
237 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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346 reviews 346 reviews
77 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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