They’re world renown for a reason. In the summer months, (peak season from mid-July to mid-August) the meadows surrounding Paradise at Mt. Rainier become alive with color and folks come from all over the world to delight in their beauty. Marvel over pink penstemon, purple lupine, yellow cinquefoils, red paintbrush and bright white avalanche lilies. Set out on the system of paved nature trails from Paradise and venture into these dazzling meadows. The gentle family-friendly Nisqually Vista Trail is a fan favorite for meandering the mountainside. For a more strenuous journey offering a bit more solitude, continue up the Skyline Trail with its jaw-dropping views.