Perched atop Crystal Mountain at 6,872 feet, the Summit House serves up breathtaking views and toe-warming treats. Energize your body with hearty soups, chili, gourmet pizzas, pasta, fondue and fresh salads, in addition to daily specials. On a clear day, take in views of the Northwest’s most famous volcanic peaks. It’s like dining at the top of the world. For reservations, call (360) 663-3085.
And how does one reach the top? With a relaxing ride up the Mt. Rainier Gondola. Opened January 2011, the gondolas offer a year-round ride. In the summer months, cruise over wildflower fields and mountain streams. Take in the mountain beauty surrounding you. Combine your ride with a meal at the top, or simply ride for the views – they’re reason enough.