DATE: 7/22/09


MT. RAINIER, Wash. – July 22, 2009 – For those heading up to Mt. Rainier this summer, an August event worth noting is the Perseids Meteor Shower, which will peak this year in the early afternoon on August 12. Stargazers, heading away from city lights to the clarity and darkness of the Cascades’ higher altitudes, will be greeted with specials and packages to make viewing the goto_page(‘perseids_meteor_shower’)?> >Perseids Meteor Shower< /a> at Mt. Rainier all the more compelling.< /p>

New this year is a Dine with the Stars & Perseids Meteor Showers dinner on August 13 at the Summit House Restaurant — Washington’s highest restaurant and, at an elevation of 6,872 feet, a prime platform for stargazing. Chairlifts will begin taking diners on a scenic ride up the mountain at 7:15PM for an 8PM seating. Star struck guests will be transported by chairlifts down the mountain at 10:30PM. Warm layers and /or blankets are suggested. Cost for the three-course dinner, a star chart and transportation up and down the mountain is $79 per person. Reservations may be made by calling (360) 663-3095.< /p>

Crystal Mountain Hotels is offering a Perseids Meteor Shower Package which includes two nights lodging for two (double occupancy), a $40 dinner voucher for Alpine Inn on Aug. 12, two Summit House dinner vouchers for Aug. 13, a star chart, late night warm beverages, and continental breakfast for two starting at $320, plus tax. Package is subject to availability and good for stays on the nights of August 12 and 13, 2009. For reservations, please call 888-754-6400 or e-mail [email protected]< /a>.< /p>

Crystal Mountain Lodging is offering a one-night package including dinner at the Summit House Restaurant on August 13. In addition to dinner for two, the package includes lodging in a fully equipped, newly renovated condominium, a light continental en suite breakfast in bed and hotel amenities such as a heated swimming pool. Package cost is $230 for two guests and $350 for four guests, sharing the same condominium. For reservations, please call (360) 663-2558 or 888-668-4368.< /p>

Mount Rainier National Park is presenting a Stargazing at Paradise program on August 14. Ranger Michael Punches will start with a presentation in the lobby of the Paradise Inn at 9PM, and then move outdoors for guided sky watching with telescopes, weather permitting. The Tacoma Astronomy Society will provide support for the outdoor portion of the program. The program is free to park visitors; entry fee for the park is $15.< /p>

In addition to Crystal Mountain, Paradise at an elevation of 5,400 feet and Sunrise at 6,400 feet, the highest drivable point in Mount Rainier National Park, are good choices for watching the Perseids Meteor Shower, which occurs annually around the second week of August and appears to fall from a point in the constellation of Perseus. The darkness afforded by the national park, national forest and wilderness lands to mountain communities such as Greenwater, Crystal Mountain, Ashford, Mineral Lake, Packwood, and White Pass make them sought out stargazing destinations, as well.< /p>

With the singular 14,411-foot summit of Mt. Rainier as its focal point, the Mt. Rainier region offers world-class recreation and mountain vacation opportunities in secluded alpine settings, year round. Visitors are drawn to its spectacular scenic vistas and varied terrain — preserved by one of the nation’s original five national parks and surrounding wilderness areas. For destination information, please access visitrainier.com.< /p>

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