Must Visit Places at Mount Rainier National Park

Visiting Seattle, Washington for a day or two. Your trip to Seattle will be meaningless without seeing Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier is an active volcano at summit elevation of 14411 ft  above sea level.  It is one of the highest mountains in Pacific North West in state of Washington.  Mount Rainier National park is located 60 miles south east to Seattle. The Park is 369 sq mile area which encloses mountain ranges, valleys, rivers, numbers of glaciers, waterfalls, wildlife, thousands of hiking trails, visitor centers, camping grounds and more.

Places to visit at Mount Rainier National Park with family and kids

Mount Rainier National Park is a Paradise for hikers, nature lovers, bird watchers and of course photographers.  It is having all types of hikes starting from easy to strenuous.  Even if you are not interested to hike, there are many places that can be explored by just getting to park your car and getting out.

Mount Rainier National Park can be entered from 3 different routes.  You can choose as per your nearest location to enter the park.  Mount Rainier National Park is open all year around.  In winter Mount Rainier National park can be entered through Nisqually Entrance.

There are 4 visitor centers at Mount Rainier National Park.

  • Longmire Museum
  • Sunrise Visitor Center
  • Henry M Jackson Visitor Center (Paradise Visitor Center)
  • Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
View of Mount Rainier along with green ranges of mountains in Mount Rainier National Park.  Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Mount Rainier

Here I am listing road side attractions and short hikes that can be done in a day or two day plan of visiting Mount Rainier National Park. Visitor Centers and Museum are the best for visitor to gain information about Park and local sight seeing.

On entering through Nisqually Entrance and driving for few minutes the first place you get to see is Longmire Museum. Longmire Museum is in a historic park building. Museum offers visitor to discover about local history, information and has parking lot, rest rooms and picnic tables.

Ancient tree artifacts at Longmire Museum at Mount Rainier National Park.  Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Old tree Artifact at Longmire Museum

The National Park Inn, Longmire General store are adjacent to Longmire Museum.

Must Visit Places at Mount Rainier National Park

  • LongMire Musuem and Visitor Center
  • Trails of Shadows
  • Nisqually River Wooden Suspension Bridge
  • Glacier Bridge
  • Ricksecker Point
  • Narada Falls
  • Christine Falls (Bridge)
  • Henry M Jackson Visitor Center (Paradise Valley)
  • Myrtle Falls (at Paradise Valley)
  • Grove of Patriarchs Trail
  • Box Canyon Overlook Bridge
View of National Park Inn, Longmire Museum and Longmire General store at Mount Rainier National Park.Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.

Road Side Attractions that can be drive through

Nisqually River Wooden Suspension Bridge

Nisqually River wooden suspension bridge  at Longmire village in Mount Rainier National Park, WA USA.

Nisqually River wooden Suspension bridge

Nisqually River wooden suspension bridge is located at Longmire village in Mount Rainier National Park. It can be reached by 5 mins walking from Longmire Musuem or you can drive till end of road and park at Longmire Village.

Oldest Surviving Suspension Bridge of NPS at Nisqually River
Oldest Surviving Suspension Bridge of NPS at Nisqually River

Nisqually River Suspension Bridge is the oldest lasting road bridge in Mount Rainier National Park and is one of the few road-bearing suspension bridges in the National Park system. The Timber bridge reflects the park’s “rustic style” through its use of native material in an attempt to harmonize with the rugged park landscape.

Road side Attraction- Glacier Bridge

Glacier Bridge – On traveling from Longmire towards Paradise at distance of 5 miles there is the Glacier Bridge on looking up the valley, the view of Nisqually Glacier can be seen.

View of Nisqually Glacier from Glacier Bridge at Mount Rainier National Park.  Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
View of Nisqually Glacier from Glacier Bridge

Road side Attraction- Ricksecker Point

Ricksecker Point is located at 6 miles from Longmire.  Ricksecker Point road is one way road that gives scenic view of Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley and Tatoosh range.

View of Glacier Bridge with Nisqually Glacier in background from Ricksecker View point at Mount Rainier National Park. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
View of Glacier Bridge from Ricksecker Point

Road side Attraction- Narada Falls

Narada Falls is located on the way from Longmire to Paradise.  The Magical waterfall is best viewed from lower viewing point just 0.1 mile from Parking lot.

Narada Falls from Lower view Point

Road side Attraction- Box Canyon Overlook Bridge

Box Canyon Overlook is located along Stevens Canyon Road and it provides access to trails and a nice view of the canyon.

View from Box Canyon Overlook Bridge, Steven Canyon Road at Mount Rainier National Park.  Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Box Canyon Overlook

Henry M Jackson Visitor Center

Drive from Longmire Entrance to Henry M Jackson Visitor Center is very scenic with beautiful and panoramic views of valleys, rivers, green lush forest and twisting turning roads heading up to Paradise. Watch out for wild life on your way.

Turning road to Paradise Valley
Fox sighting on the way to Paradise Valley

Henry M Jackson Visitor Center is located at Paradise Mount Rainier, at 5400 feet and is the most gorgeous place to visit and is open all year around. There is a huge parking lot and additional over flow parking lot at Visitor Center. The Visitor center is worth visiting to stop and know about the mountain, gift shop, eat hot slice of pizza , grab a drink or have your own snacks. Need not to say it is Photographer’s Paradise. So Bring your camera and extra batteries.

Henry M Jackson Visitor Center surrounded with snow wall
Henry M Jackson Visitor Center in Early Spring
Inside view of Henry M Jackson Visitor Center
Paradise at Henry M Jackson Visitor Center

Short Hikes that can be done with family and small kids

Trail of Shadows

Trail of Shadows is a short and easy walking loop trail of 0.75 mile hardly takes 30 minutes to 45 minutes just perfect for families with small kids.  It can be accessed from National Park Inn at Longmire and can be done in either direction.  Trail starts with long red cedar trees, mineral springs with gas bubbling in water and skunk cabbage marsh field.

Sighting of Black tail deer at Trail of Shadows at Mount Rainier National Park. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Black tail Deer at Trail of Shadows
Long Red Cedar wood trees on Trail of Shadows at Mount Rainier National Park. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Red Cedar trees at Trail of Shadows
Skunk Cabbage in Marsh fields at Trail of shadows loop trail at Mount Rainier National Park. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Skunk Cabbage in marsh field

Myrtle Falls

Myrtle Falls is located with scenic view of Mount Rainier in background.  The falls can be reached from Paradise Visitor Center or Paradise Parking lot by walking 0.4 mile either on Golden gate trails or Skyline trail.  Watch out for snow on trails if you are visiting in early summer.  Good Hiking shoes or shoes with good grip, hiking poles are recommended if trail is covered with snow.

Myrtle Falls at Paradise Mount Rainier National Park. Visit Seattle. Easy Hike to Myrtle Falls. Washington state
Myrtle Falls, Paradise. Mount Rainier National Park

Grove of Patriarchs

Grove of Patriarchs trails is 1.5 miles round trip, easiest and heavily trafficked.  The trail can be reached from Steven Canyons Entrance on Highway 123. The parking lot gets full within early hours of summer.  The attractive feature of this trail is the suspension bridge on Ohanapecosh river and old, long trees along the trail.  After crossing the suspension bridge, there is a loop trail with ancient thousand years old Red Cedar, Douglas Firs tree. The feeling is like you entered in some giant trees kingdom.

View of Suspension Bridge on Ohanapecosh river at Grove of Patriarch Trails  at Mount Rainier National Park.Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Suspension Bridge at Grove of Patriarch Trail
Ancient Red Cedar, Douglas fir trees on Grove of Patriarch trails  at Mount Rainier National Park
Old trees at Grove of Patriarch trail

Mount Rainier National park is beautiful with majestic views of Glaciers, Canyons, Meadows, waterfalls, Campgrounds, Visitor center. 

If you love the waterfalls and like the soaking feeling in mist then do read on my post on “Waterfalls of Mount Rainier National Park” that are easily accessible and can be done with hiking along with children and family.

If you don’t want to hike, then You can just drive through and stop at Visitor Centers or at pull out for Viewpoints.  There are number of longer day hikes that can be done with family. For the families that love Snowshoeing, Do read on my post on Snowshoe Trails at Mount Rainier National Park.

Black tail Deer sight in colorful yellow bushes at Paradise , Mount Rainier National Park. Lovely Spring colors at MRNP. Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.  Easy Hikes and Road side attractions at Mount Rainier.
Eye test- Can you spot the Deer

Check for Information regarding Road status, Weather, Operating hours , Live Webcams and other services on Mount Rainier National Park site.

On the way to Sunrise Visitor Center

If you have been to Mount Rainier National Park, do comment below on Mount Rainier National Park attractions that you can think of and would love to visit with your friends and families. There are many famous instagram places to visit in and around Seattle, Do read on “Must Visit Attractions in Seattle, Washington”.

Have you heard about the Volcanic Eruption of Mount St. Helens back in 1980 that made headlines news for destruction of wild life and forest. Do read on places to visit at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington.

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39 thoughts on “Must Visit Places at Mount Rainier National Park

  1. nclaesen

    This is absolutely beautiful! This has been on my bucket list for awhile, need to find a way to make it happen. I really love the picture of the suspension bridge!

  2. I would love to visit Mount Rainer National Park! So many things to experience, like you said. My problem right now is that my two teenage kids and wife don’t really like the idea of a nature- oriented vacation. They would rather visit a large city or the beach. I am hoping this changes as they get older.

  3. Wow! Nature at its best. I’ve never been to Mount Rainier but it looks like l need to make my way there. The Narada Falls especially looks very impressive. My friend moved to Seattle for a few years and always talked fondly of it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. happylittletadpole

    Mount Rainer is so beautiful!!! I need to get there and explore it this Summer! I live in Portland and the week after next I’m headed to Olympic National Park. I can’t wait to check it out! However this post almost makes me want to switch gears and head to Mount Rainer!

    1. Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park both are gems of Washington. Mount Rainier is an active volcano and a must visit with kids to enjoy. Thank you for stopping by to give a read.

    1. I am in love with Mount Rainier National Park too. I just can’t get enough on my several visits so far. It is truly a heaven on earth. Do visit it if you get a chance.

  5. jaysree

    Amazing pictures! My husband and I are planning to visit Mt Rainier this summer. This post is going to be our guide!!

  6. Webb of Learning

    I love visiting parks! They’re beautiful and stunning. This one seems to be jaw dropping. I will have to visit.

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