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Seattle to Rainier Day Trip

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Seattle to Rainier Day Trip

We will be in the Seattle May 28 and wanted to know if a Day Trip to Rainier National Park is something that is possible? What would be the best route and the highlights of one day drive there and back to the park?

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1. Re: Seattle to Rainier Day Trip


There are plenty of conversations on these forums about Mt. Rainier so I will just comment that a day trip is possible if you get an early start. Your best bet would be to go to Paradise.


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2. Re: Seattle to Rainier Day Trip

It's certainly possible, and if the weather is good, it would be lovely. There will be many feet of snow on the ground still at Paradise, which is the only alpine visitor center area that will be open, but the road past Paradise and circumnavigating the park should be open by then. Definitely check the park website to make sure, but since hiking and other activities will be limited, you migh consider a long day just circumnavigating the park by car, stopping at Paradise and Ohanepecosh, and pulling out to take in scenic views.

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