Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier Loop Road Trip

Visit two of Washington State’s premier national parks on this scenery-packed trip also passing through Seattle and Tacoma.
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Road Trip Duration: 3-7 Days

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Start: Seattle, Washington

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt Rainier pond reflection

Mt Rainier pond reflection

From Seattle, head southeast through Enumclaw (a small town with great views of Mt. Rainier) and on to the White River Entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Spend at least a few days exploring the park; highlights include seeing the views at Paradise and Sunrise, hiking the Tatoosh Range, and watching waterfalls in the Carbon River area. Stay at one of the park campgrounds or the Paradise Inn.

Paradise Falls at Mount Rainier National Park

Paradise Falls at Mount Rainier National Park

Tacoma, Washington

A kayaker in Tacoma’s downtown marina with the Glass Museum Dome in the background

A kayaker in Tacoma’s downtown marina with the Glass Museum Dome in the background

Leave the park and drive up to Tacoma, home to the Museum of Glass, then on to the Kitsap Peninsula through Gig Harbor.

Olympic National Park

Continue on to Port Angeles, gateway to Olympic National Park. Spend a day or two exploring in the park.

End: Seattle, Washington

Harbor on Bainbridge Island

Harbor on Bainbridge Island

To finish, head back to Seattle via Bainbridge Island.

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