Destination guide

Ashford: the gateway to Mount Rainier National Park

The tiny village of Ashford in Washington serves as the base and gateway to the mighty Mountain Rainier National Park. It spans over 250,000 acres of wilderness and wraps around the state's highest mountain: an astonishingly beautiful natural wonder. Dense forest, glistening glaciers and foothill meadows festooned with colorful blooming wild flowers make it a seriously scenic place for outdoor family adventures. When you stay in an Ashford vacation rental, you can spend your days hiking along the mountain trails, spotting some of the state's most fascinating wildlife, or taking everything in from a train ride on a vintage locomotive.

Things to do

Hop on board the vintage locomotive in Ashford

The biggest draw to Ashford vacation rentals is the outdoor activities, but there are other things to keep you busy when you return from the trails. If you're a train buff, you've come to the right place. You can hop aboard the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and choo-choo along 18-miles of wildly beautiful mountain landscapes onboard a vintage locomotive, while the conductors give you a fascinating history lesson along the way. Alternatively, you can learn about the park and the human history at the Sunrise Visitor Center. Don't miss lunch at the Summit House, which is perched almost 7,000 feet up on Crystal Mountain.


Countless family adventures await in Ashford

When you've got the mighty Mount Rainier National Park right on the doorstep of your Ashford vacation rental, there's no excuse for not diving headfirst into the myriad adventure activities on offer. There's 100s of miles of hiking footpaths to give your walking shoes a good workout, or challenging cliff faces where you can harness up to test your climbing skills. Fishing is popular, as is horseback riding. During the winter months, the snows provide a whole new host of adventure sports, where thrill-seekers can dust off their skies or snow shoes to hit the trails.


Ashford's perfect spring weather is best for hiking

If you're planning to explore Mount Rainier National Park when you stay in an Ashford vacation rental, your best chances of good weather come from July through August, when the climate is typically warm and bright. The park gets carpeted in colorful wild flowers, making it a particularly scenic time for hiking. Later in the year, the temperature begins to drop, along with the prices of rentals. By the time it reaches the colder months, the whole region gets a blanket of snow, transforming it into a winter wonderland. It's a beautiful time to visit but be warned that some of the park is closed.

Natural features

Catch a glimpse of black bears and cougars in Ashford

There's a serious checklist of critters to tick off your list when you hit the Mount Rainier National Park. What you spot very much depends on the season you visit, but typically the best time is spring, when the wildlife wakes up from its winter slumber. When you hike through the park, you're almost guaranteed to see roaming herds of black-tailed or mule deer. Elk are a little tougher to spot, but with some luck, you should see a few, particularly if you're visiting in September. However, the highlight for many is catching a glimpse of the black bears or cougars.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Ashford

Fly into Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), the closest airport, located 46.8 mi (75.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Ashford?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 135 vacation rentals near Ashford. From 80 Cabins to 40 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ashford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ashford?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ashford:

  • Paradise Estates: 25 vacation rentals
  • Central Tacoma: 59 vacation rentals
  • Hilltop: 52 vacation rentals
  • New Tacoma: 45 vacation rentals
  • South Tacoma: 16 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ashford?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ashford. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Longmire Museum: 137 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Mountain Ski Area: 39 vacation rentals
  • White Pass Ski Area: 82 vacation rentals
  • Tacoma Dome: 86 vacation rentals
  • Puyallup Fairgrounds: 462 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ashford listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Ashford?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 80 Cabins in Ashford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ashford include:

  • Houses: 40 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 80 rentals available
  • Cottages: 80 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ashford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 22 vacation rentals with pool available in Ashford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.