Our Next Trip: Mount Rainier Of The Cascade Range

Last Updated on March 13, 2016

It has been a while since we have been able to travel much as through my last pregnancy the nausea was quite out of control for the whole nine months, once again. We are especially excited to be visiting Mount Rainier, and getting to explore the great outdoors and be surrounded by what it looks like will be stunning scenery.

Mount Rainier is a large active stratovolcano and the highest mountain within the Of  of the Pacific Northwest. It is also the highest mountain in the state of Washington and is located just 54 miles south-southeast of Seattle.

As we started looking into Mount Rainier, we realized just how much there is to do around the area — there is way more than we will be able to experience in just a few short days. What we also loved when looking at all the excursion choices was just how family friendly it is.

What are we hoping to experience while we’re at Mount Rainier?

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Photo: VisitRainier.com

We’re always up for unique accommodations. We have stayed at the Wigwam Motel as we travelled Route66 in Arizona. We’ve even driven a good ten hours to stay inside a Beagle at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. This time, we will be staying at the Hobo Inn, which is unusual lodging in restored and repurposed cabooses. How fun does that sound? With our oldest, Madison, also really being interested in trains right now, we can’t wait to see her eyes light up when she realizes we get to sleep inside!

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Photo: Allen’s Photographic
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Photo: Anthony Koopman

Also with the train theme, we will be taking a ride on a steam train along the forest and foothills of Mount Rainier with Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum. We are sure to see some stunning views on that two-hour train ride, along with seeing the most comprehensive collection of steam logging locomotives in the world at the museum.

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Photo: Northwest Trek

We’ll also be exploring Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, the Pacific Northwest’s premier wildlife and adventure park. We are especially excited to go on the Discovery Tram Tour, where we will be able to take a ride through 435 acres of meadows and forests as we watch animals as they explore their natural habitat. The Animal Trailside Encounters also sound fun- getting up close to learn about the natural habitat, where and how it lives in the wild, what it eats, and more.

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Photo: Crystal Mountain Resort

We are sure to see stunning views as we take a scenic ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain. We have heard that the gondola takes you over meadows of wildflowers to the summit of Crystal Mountain to spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range.

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Photo: Ian McRae

We are going to try to get some easy hiking in, depending on what the two year old can handle when the time approaches. For the most part we will be doing a drive that encircles Mount Rainier and stopping at each park entrance to get a taste of what Mount Rainier has to offer. We especially want to get a good look at Paradise, one of the premier locations to view the beauty of Mount Rainier, and is therefore one of the popular destinations for park visitors. We are hoping there are still some wildflowers left as the weather has been so crazy beautiful everything has been ahead of schedule this season.

 

Have you been to Mount Rainier? What else should we check out while we are there?