Mount Rainier, WA, USA

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Mount Rainier, WA, USA

Find the best place to stay — Mount Rainier

Take it all in from up high... like really, really high

At 14,410 feet, this particular peak is known for being the highest in the Cascade Range, and the area surrounding Mount Rainier is nothing short of stunning. Thanks to sprawling vistas and wide open spaces, it's not just the elevation that will take your breath away. Spend your days hiking, waterfall-hopping, or simply taking in the views, and you're sure to feel at one with nature in no time. Pick a cozy Mount Rainier vacation rental with a view, and feel what a true breath of fresh air is like.

Ski in, ski out, hike up, don't look down

With over 130 trails, exploring the region on foot is among the most popular activities. Forage for mushrooms in fall, or berry-pick in the summer. Come winter, take the kids to Paradise Snow Play area, and then rest your weary mucles with an adult escape to the spa. Head out at night for stellar stargazing, thanks to expansive skies empty of light pollution, and in the morning, pop on your Nordic skis and make your way from hut to hut. Bonus points if you pick a Mount Rainier vacation rental that lets you ski in and right back out.

You might see OTTERS in the WILD. YELLING IS INTENTIONAL!

While many outdoor lovers will dedicate their time in Mount Rainier to hiking, biking, and camping, there are plenty of creative ways to see the area, too. Hop aboard the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Loggin Museum's steam train for a gorgeous historical ride, then pay a visit to a nearby wildlife park, follow a drive tour, or take the scenic Mt. Rainier Gondola. Explore the surrounding National Parks, or head to Northwest Trek for a wildlife tram ride -- potentially complete with bison, deer, and yes, otter spottings.

Play it safe and pack all the layers in your closet

You'll fall in love with Mount Rainier no matter the season, but make sure you're prepared for almost any weather. Summers are clear, bright, and mostly dry, while spring, fall and winter are considerably wetter. There's a chill in the air for most of the year, so layers are key -- it rarely goes above 70F, even in the height of summer. Consider yourself warned: for the best experience, pack accordingly for your Mount Rainier vacation rental... or just play it safe and pack everything you own. Options!

The inhabitants of Mount Rainier like to keep it wild

One thing is for sure: it's necessary to keep one eye on the sky if you want to spot some of the region's most famous friends -- a variety of owl and hawk species native to the Cascade Range. If you're particularly lucky, you might also see any number of the 200 North American animals represented in and around Mount Rainier, which plays home to over 30 species. Enjoy their natural habitat as you climb over lakes, meadows, forests, and streams, or pop in and out of caves and dodge waterfalls.