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“Best view of Mt Rainier”

Crystal Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Mt. Rainier Gondola takes you to the top of Crystal Mountain where you'll find the best view of Mt. Rainier and the Summit House Restaurant. It's an experience unlike any other. On a clear day you can see 5 Northwest volcanoes. Each gondola seats up to 8 people and is a 12 minute ride each way. Open for sightseeing during the winter (Nov-April) and summer (June-Sept.). Schedule varies.
Reviewed October 1, 2013

This gondola is definitely worth the money if only for the wow factor you get as you near the top and suddenly see Mt Rainier ahead. Amazing.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We could barely see the trees on each side of the gondola, as it was cloudy, foggy and pretty cold.
The nice attendant told us that they were having trouble with the equipment, when we got on the gondola and he was correct. Our car was stopped for about 15 minutes and one other time just for a couple of minutes. This would be a lovely ride on a clear day! Pretty flowers at the top and a great restaurant not to be missed.

1  Thank GrandmaGoldwing
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Don't miss it!!!! Outstanding views from the top! Jaw-dropping! We also ate at the restaurant (book in advance) and then hiked down the back side of the mountain: 2 to 3 hour hike but well worth it. Not too many mosquitoes either!!

1  Thank Denise B
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I was in a small group weather wasn't the best but it didn't spoil the day. Scenery was amazing and the views from the top was woo.... Even if we couldn't see the top of Mt Rainer was still an amazing day. Our guide took us to local cafes along the way as well and really made the day with his knowledge .

Thank Ali61T
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I took my family on the gondola ride to the summit, and it was amazing! The views were just breath-taking. We ate at the restaurant at the summit and it was a bit pricey but well worth it. The food was good and the views were great!

1  Thank Richie804fun
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