This 225-mile drive heads west from Yakima, ascending slowly through the dry, orchard-rich Naches Valley before crossing the Cascade Divide and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail on the way to Mount Rainier National Park, named a National Historic Landmark in March of 1997. The drive takes two eastside approaches into Mount Rainier National Park, to Sunrise and Paradise. It offers an optional side trip to White Pass (25 miles round-trip), then goes through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to end at Interstate 5 on Puget Sound.
Special attractions: Mount Rainier National Park; backcountry hiking, guided mountain climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, winter sports, interpretive programs, and wildlife watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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