Mount Rainier wears one face as a prized local legend; to the adventure set, Mount Rainier National Park is an otherworld located just two hours driving from downtown Seattle.
Sunrise (northeast) – Located at 6,400 feet of elevation, Sunrise is the highest point in the park that can be driven to. Positioned on the north side of the mountain (60 miles northeast of the Nisqually entrance) visitors find wide open vistas, sub-alpine passes, valleys and meadows, and panoramic views of the dramatic Cascade Mountain Range—and on a clear day and with a little luck, views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.
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Claire Henley: Adventures West (In A Flash)
But Crater Lake was only one of the stops on the road trip Big Spoon and ... in the summer. A red gondola transported us to the top. During the twelve-minute ride John, Big Spoon, and I sat ...
is just before the entrance to the national park), offers gondola rides to the summit, where you can take in unparalleled views of Mt. Rainier ... a trip around Portage Bay or into Lake Washington.