Washington DC has many world famous tourist spots to amaze visitors. Naturally beautiful places are always more attractive than manmade monuments, and Washington DC is replete with both. One of the main attractions in the city is the Mount Rainier National Park that is an ideal place for all the nature lovers. Given below are some of the things you can do on your tour to Washington DC’s Mount Rainier National Park.
Visiting the Mount Rainier National Park
The Mount Rainier National Park was established in the year 1899 and is the fifth national park in the US. Around 97% of this park is preserved as wilderness; animals that inhabit this park are raccoon, coyote, cougar, weasel, mountain goat, beaver, pika, shrew, marmot, skunk, and red fox. It would be such a great experience seeing all the wild animals in the park, especially if you have kids accompanying you.
At 6400 feet from its elevation, you could see the sunrise with a 360-degree view of surrounding valleys. From this point, you can see Mount Rainier and the volcanoes in the Cascade Range. Sunrise is the second most visited location in the Mount Rainier National Park.
This is located at an elevation of 5400 feet and you could see exhibits, gift stores, a park film, cafeteria, etc. During summer, you can see the wildflowers, and in winter, you can see activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing.
Grove of Patriarch trail is located in the west of Stevens Canyon entrance. Here, you could see a thousand year old Douglas fir and red cedar trees towering over. Visitors often call this trail a “beautiful loop trail”.
The Skyline trail is located near the entrance to Jackson Visitor Center. The stone steps on the way to this trail have a quote by John Muir inscribed, which says, “The most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.”
Silver Fall Trail
This trail begins from Ohanapecosh Campground and takes the visitors to the gorgeous silver falls, which is very flat and easy to climb. The trail follows the river to the silver falls, crosses a bridge, and loops back to the campground.
The park was established in the year 1899, when James Longmire’s homestead and mineral springs resort became the national park’s headquarters. Now, it is a museum where you can see the story of early days of the park.