Top Places to Stay When Visiting Mount Rainier
Expedia.com has picked some cozy accommodations for your next escape to west-central Washington.
You don’t need to be an avid hiker or outdoor enthusiast to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Mount Rainier region. Practically wherever you stand, the volcano with its glacier-covered peak offers a magnificent backdrop, while wildflowers and hemlocks add color to the snowy mountain landscape. While the area offers countless outdoor adventures, you’ll come across museums, casinos, and art installations, too. No matter whether you’re visiting the Mount Rainier area to ice climb or relish that fresh mountain air, here at Expedia.com, we’ve compiled a list of nearby hotels that offer the perfect home base for your next getaway.
Cozy up at the Nisqually Lodge in Ashford, “The Year Round Gateway to Mount Rainier National Park.” Start your morning with the lodge’s continental breakfast—biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and waffles—and then get out there and explore the great outdoors. The route to volcano country, by way of the White Pass Scenic Byway sits southeast of the accommodation, while Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is just to the north. And if you don’t mind a short road trip, you can easily access White Pass Ski Resort in a little over an hour. Thanks to the lodge’s convenient location near plenty of activities and attractions, it’s easy to fill up your itinerary.
Alexander’s Lodge proves that an escape to the mountains doesn’t have to mean eating hotdogs around the campfire and sleeping on a rocky slope. This warm and welcoming retreat dazzles with the luxuries of in-room spa services, hot tub access, and a restaurant serving up three-course breakfasts, light lunch fare, and well-balanced dinners—the perfect place for a romantic getaway for two. Between hiking excursions around the Cascade Mountains, pop into the nearby Longmire Museum to discover a bit about the local history.
Crystal Mountain Hotels
When you’re on the hunt for adventure, Crystal Mountain Hotels has you covered. Located on the Crystal Mountain Resort slopes, these accommodations are surrounded by nature’s beauty and are within minutes of the Mount Rainier Gondola. There are three properties to choose from: Alpine Inn, Quicksilver, and Village Inn. Each lodge offers its own unique charm, but all three accommodations are within easy access of outdoor romps—hike along Northway Trail, pick huckleberries on Corral Pass, snowshoe in Norse Peak Wilderness, or sightseeing in Mount Rainier National Park.
Make yourself at home in this downtown Enumclaw accommodation. Whether your idea of vacation involves testing your luck at Muckleshoot Casino or picnicking along the shore at Nolte State Park, GuestHouse Inn puts you within easy access of a variety of attractions. Spend the day horseback riding the woodland trails at Mud Mountain Dam, and then relax in the inn’s sauna or dive into a plate of tacos at the on-site Ranchito’s Mexican Restaurant. As an added perk, the inn is pet friendly, so you’re welcome to bring Fido along for the adventure.
Mill Village Motel
Fuel up for a day with a hearty breakfast at this inviting motel before romping around the trails at Smallwood Park. Mill Village Motel, located in Eatonville, serves daily continental breakfast with options such as waffles, pastries, eggs, sausage, and more to ensure you’re ready to take on the local activities. Carve out some time to explore the Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village to learn about life in the 1880s, and then get your art fix at the Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park, where you’ll stand in awe of the abstract Spirits of Iron collection.
Pack your hiking boots or get ready to relax, but whatever you do, soak up the mountain scenery during your stay at one of these local lodges.
Written by Expedia Editorial Team