Mt. Rainier Summer Vacation Guide | Visit Rainier

Summer Vacation Guide & Itinerary

Every season is Rainier season, but there’s something special about summer.

Whether you’d rather hike it… or bike it… See it on horseback… or by backpack…There’s no wrong way to Rainier this summer. It’s a perfect time to visit the Mt. Rainier region for a hot air balloon flight… or a starry night. Not to mention, stay and play your way, whether you’d rather camp… or glamp… soak… or swim. 

Wildflowers & Lookout Towers

We’re not overselling it when we say wildflower meadows are absolutely a sight to behold. To find out more about wildflowers click here. It takes a hike to get there but the views from the lookout towers on a clear day go for miles! To learn more about the lookout tower hikes in the region click here.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Want to find a hike? You can sort our trail directory by what’s most important to you. Location, distance, difficulty all at a glance. Click here. Although you can’t ride a mountain bike on the trails at Mount Rainier National Park we do have other regional trails outside of the national park. Want to learn more? Click here.

Glide & Stride

At Crystal Mountain Resort you can glide to the summit in comfort to take in breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade mountains. Enjoy scenic gondola rides all season long. To check pricing, hours, or book tickets online click here. And if you feel inspired to stretch your legs on a hike, Crystal Mountain is an amazing destination for hiking. To learn more about hiking the 7 trails at Crystal click here.

Horseback Rides

There’s something relaxing about slowing down and experiencing trails on horseback. Want to book a guided trail ride or find out which areas are equestrian friendly? Click here.

Balloon Flights & Starry Nights

If you only take one hot air balloon in your life make it one with a view of Mount Rainier. Want to check pricing and learn more? Click here. You’ll never forget stargazing at Mount Rainier. Want tips for planning a stargazing trip? Click here.

Soak or Swim

After a full day of adventuring there’s something so refreshing about a relaxing soak. There are nearly 40 accommodations with private hot tubs in the region and 5 places to stay with an outdoor pool.

Camping or Glamping

When it comes to camping the region boasts 39 campgrounds and 8 places to glamp it up. Glampers can stay in a treehouse, yurt, or camper cabin. But don’t wait. Summer is peak season and places book up quickly. Place reservations as soon as possible. Want to learn more? Click here.

Summer Edition

This travel guide was developed specifically for visitors traveling without kids during the summer season.

Summer Family Edition

The FAMILY edition of the new Summer Vacation Planner features tips and tricks for visitors that want to playfully explore the Mount Rainier area with children.