This well-known national park centers on towering Mount Rainier, Washington's tallest peak at 14,410 ft/4,392 m high, crowned by glaciers. Underneath the scenic mantle of snow lies an active volcano. The volcano's last eruption occurred more than 500 years ago, but occasional rumblings and mud flow indicate unsteady conditions.
In summer, visitors should drive the steep, twisting road that leads to the Sunrise Visitor Center on the park's northeast side. At 6,400 ft/1,951 m, it's the highest point in the park accessible by car. Numerous hiking trails start from the visitors center and cross lovely mountain meadows at the foot of the peak. Scenic overlooks, waterfalls and hiking trails are found all along the park's main thoroughfares. Plenty of additional recreational activities are available, including camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Experienced mountain climbers can journey to Rainier's summit.
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