Collection of 100 photos taken in Mount Rainier National Park (state Washington)
Mount Rainier National Park was founded in 1889. At that time it was the fifth park in the U.S. The park is 953.5 square kilometers. Mount Rainier and its surroundings are also included into the territory of the park. In fact, Mount Rainier is a dormant stratovolcano. Its height is 4392 m. The mountain located 88 km (54 miles) southwest of Seattle, Pierce County, United States.
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to enjoy stratovolcano as large as life, because most of time it’s hidden behind the clouds. Every year more than 2 million tourists visit this national park. Here everyone will find something to do and to enjoy: hiking up the mountain, walking around the beautiful park, camping recreation or skiing in winter. There are more than 600 campsites and lodges in the park. Tourists can take a trip along mountain paths with total length of 480 km. The most visited place is situated on the southern slope and is called Paradise valley. It’s very gorgeous and worth of seeing.
Most visitors who want to enjoy the wild nature are not limited to usual paths of Mt. Rainier; they go deeper into the park. In winter there are not less tourists than in summer, because the nature itself has created the greatest opportunities for skiers.
It should be mentioned that the top of Mt. Rainier is covered by 26 glaciers; each of them has the name. With all the snow and ice they create a huge glacier system, which includes Glacier Carbon as well as Emmons Glacier. Glacier Nisqually is the easiest one to get to, over the past 45 years it increased by several times and then decreased again, melted showing the obvious climate changes. The impressive 149 km road that runs along the slopes of Mount Rainier is called Wonderland, gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of the peaks and glaciers. Last time Rainier erupted in 1820-1854.
All the information for a pleasant visit and about Mount Rainier National Park is available in the information center. Here you can also find all the information about cafes and restaurants, about the best places where to get souvenirs, films or books about the park.