Olympic National Park vs Mount Rainier: Which to Visit?

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a treasure trove of natural spaces. The park is located on a peninsula and its mountains can be seen across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle.

Accessibility

Accessibility

The best way to experience Olympic National Park is by car or foot. Two bus lines run in and out of the park. Olympic Bus Lines serve the Greater Puget Sound area

Affordability

Affordability

There is a $30 per vehicle day fee for those entering the park that applies to all guests. Those staying in hotels and dining in park restaurants spend an estimated $650 per person for one week.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Things to do in Olympic National Park

1.Hike the Hoh Rain Forest 2.Visit Kalaloch and Ruby Beach 3.Climb Hurricane Ridge 4.Explore Lake Crescent 5.Visit Sol Duc Valley

Where to Stay in Olympic National Park

Where to Stay in Olympic National Park

Olympic Lodge — Located in Port Angeles, this is a perfect place to stay Emerald Valley Inn — Situated in Port Angeles within easy access to the park entrance

MOUNT Rainier

MOUNT Rainier

Mt. Rainier is the largest mountain in the Pacific Northwest. On a sunny day, the mountain can be clearly seen from downtown Seattle.

Accessibility

Accessibility

As one of the most popular destinations in Washington, Mt. Rainier National Park is usually brimming with guests. Planning to visit mid-week is usually a good option

Affordability

Affordability

When it comes to affordability, Mt. Rainier National Park is similar to Olympic National Park. Visitors can choose to stay in lodges or hotels and eat in restaurants then expect to pay more per person

Things to do in Mt Rainier

Things to do in Mt Rainier

1.Visit Paradise 2.View Myrtle Falls 3.Stop at Reflection Lake 4.Walk the Grove of the Patriarchs 5.Ride the Gondola to Crystal Mountain

Where to Stay in Mt. Rainier National Park

Where to Stay in Mt. Rainier National Park

Mountain Meadows Inn – Situated in the town of Ashford very close to the Park entrance Alexander’s Lodge – Located within walking distance of the Park entrance, this lodge is another fantastic option to stay near Mt. Rainier

Olympic National Park or Mt Rainier

Olympic National Park or Mt Rainier

Whether visiting Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Park, visitors are welcomed with stunning natural sites. Both parks offer accommodations for any budget, ranging from stays in historic lodges to camping in park campgrounds.

WEATHER

WEATHER

The temperature is always about 20 degrees cooler up on the Drive than it is down below. So if you’re thinking “oh, what a lovely 70-degree spring day it is!

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