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Suggestions Please for Trip to Mt. Rainier, WA

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Suggestions Please for Trip to Mt. Rainier, WA

My son and I will be visiting Olympia, WA and then plan to spend a day at Mt. Rainier. Would appreciate any suggestions for comfortable, clean lodging near Mt. Rainier. The following day we will be driving back to SeaTac Airport for an evening flight. Apparently the airport only seems to be an hour away from Mt. Rainier, but I have read here that the driving will take all day. Is that truly the case? If so, how long do you think I should allow for our return trip to SeaTac.

Appreciate any feedback, thanks!

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1. Re: Suggestions Please for Trip to Mt. Rainier, WA

Driving will not take you very long. Mt. Rainier is on the outskirts of Tacoma which is only 20-25 miles from the airport. Can't advide on accomodations but you needn't spend much time in driving, depending on where you end up staying.

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2. Re: Suggestions Please for Trip to Mt. Rainier, WA

It is over 60 miles from Tacoma to Longmire at Mt. Rainier and even farther up the mountain to Paradise. Plan on 1.5 to 2 hour drive from Mt. Rainier back to I5 and then 30 minutes to SeaTac airport. Most of the drive is 2 lanes and winding so you cannot go very fast. Paradise Lodge is being refurbished so you can try and stay at the lodge at Longmire otherwise you need to stay at one of the hotels outside the park entrance. From the entrance it's about 30-40 minutes up to Paradise where the Visitor's Center is located. The Visitor's Center is also being redone but I believe you can still use parts of it. The Skyline Trail leaves from that parking lot and is breathtaking on a clear day. Stop at all the little parking areas on the way up to Paradise as most are trailheads to scenic areas such as waterfalls, etc. You didn't mention when you are going but you should check the weather reports and road conditions if you go after the first of October. The roads up there can be difficult if it has snowed very much.

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