We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sunrise Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Improve this listing
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.
Write a Review

103 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    66
    29
    6
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
552 reviews 552 reviews
224 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bangkok, Thailand
Top Contributor
469 reviews 469 reviews
177 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Barbara, California
Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kennewick, Washington
Top Contributor
328 reviews 328 reviews
74 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bacolod, Bacolod, Philippines
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Enumclaw, Washington
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Sunrise Visitor Center also viewed

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Mount Rainier National Park, WA
 
Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Mount Rainier National Park, WA
 

Been to Sunrise Visitor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing