Visiting Mt. Rainier is a huge attraction for people new to the Pacific Northwest. Seen from miles around, few sights are as majestic as this great volcano. But getting there takes a little time. When you arrive in the town of Elbe as you head up to the west entrance of Rainier, your kids will probably have asked at least a dozen times, “Are we there yet?” Give your kids a treat and take them on the Mt. Rainier Railroad.
There isn’t a child on the planet who doesn’t like trains. They’re loud, strong, and kids aren’t tied down to a seatbelt when they ride one. “We told our kids that traveling by train was once thought to be a luxury,” says Lisa Morgan of Pittsburgh who was visiting Mt. Rainier with her husband and three children.
Not that this train could be confused with a luxurious rail line, it’s certainly fun and has lots of room for children to walk around and see the sights, complete with snack bar and several bathrooms. Kind conductors give a brief history lesson of the area—that is if you can hear them over the whistles at road crossings. And the view of the great mountain as the train crosses the Nisqually River is breathtaking. All aboard! Enjoy the ride.
Written by Amy Poffenbarger