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Mountain Biking
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad Tours.  Weekly excursion and
tour trains depart beneath the snow white cap of Mount Rainier from
the Museum and Restoration Shop in Mineral, WA. Pulled by vintage
locomotives, passengers on the MRSR are charmed as they pass
through forest and glen, next to clear mountain streams and over tall
wooden trestles.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts.   
See bighorn sheep, deer, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou,
mountain goats, bison and more up close from comfortable trams
while touring the free-roaming area. Walk forested pathways to view
grizzlies, black bears, wolves, bobcats, lynx, cougars, owls, eagles
and wetland animals in beautiful natural exhibits.
Crystal Mountain Summer Sunset Dinners and Sunday Brunch
at the Summit House, Washington’s Highest Restaurant! Mid-June
through Labor Day. A very unique and special dining experience at
the Summit of Crystal Mountain, where you can enjoy sweeping
views of Mt. Rainier & the Cascade Range. Fine dining Northwest
style with a view you won’t find anywhere else!  Bring your camera
for a chairlift ride before dinner.
Crystal Mountain is the largest ski area in Washington featuring a
total of 2,600 acres and over 50 named runs. Located on the NE
side of Mount Rainier National Park.  Lodges, restaurants, two six-
person lifts and two high-speed quads ensure you’ll spend less time
resting and more time enjoying the slopes. Mid-Nov. to Mid-April, 9-4.
No night skiing.
Climbing Mount Rainier? Let the experts at Whittaker
, in Ashford, WA near Mt. Rainier, help you select
the right gear for your expedition.  They offer a fully stocked climbers
store and also rent everything needed for climbing and hiking Mount
Rainier including clothing, equipment, meals and more.
Rainier Mountaineering Inc. offers Guided Climbs up Mt. Rainier
and Mountaineering classes.  Founded by legendary Northwest
mountaineers and staffed by the most experienced and talented
guides in America, RMI has built a four-decade long legacy of safe,
and successful mountaineering adventures leading over 70,000
climbers up Mount Rainier.
International Mountain Guides offers guided climbing trips up
Mount Rainier.  The highest glaciated peak in the Lower 48 States is
a "must do" challenge for all mountaineers, from novice to seasoned
veteran.  Their goal is to make The Mountain accessible to all who
wish to climb with a guide and learn from the pros. Three-day summit
climbs and more.
EZ Times Trail Rides.  Scenic horseback trail rides in the foothills of
the Nisqually valley or along the Nisqually River.  Sunset rides can
be accommodated.  E Z Times has been providing guided trail rides
since 1989, throughout the beautiful Nisqually River valley near Mt.
Rainier.  Their horses are personally matched to your riding ability.
Diamond S Outfitters.  Located in the foothills of Mt. Rainer
National Park, they offer fully furnished cabin rentals, camping, and
RV sites.  Hourly or all day horse back rides, or bring your own
horses and ride when ever you wish.  The outdoor activities are
almost endless.
The Spa at Stormking is the perfect compliment to your Northwest
retreat. Located just one mile from the main entrance to Mount
Rainier National Park. Intimate day spa offers massage therapy,
body wraps, aromatherapy, facial massage and more.  Emphasis is
on personal attention and licensed therapists are ready to customize
treatment to your needs.
Alexander's Spa is located in Ashford,Washington, at Alexander's
Country Inn.  Spa features Swedish Full-Body Massage, Deep
Tissue Massage, Neck, Back & Shoulders, Hot Stone Massage,
Aromatherapy-enhanced massage,  Aromatherapy Salt Glows,Deep
Tissue Massage with Paraffin Treatment, and more.
Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Co. in Elbe offers a restaurant, lounge
and lodging in authentic railcars & cabooses!  Restaurant boasts
delicious items including Deep Fried Calamari, Home-cut Cheddar
Fries, Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, BBQ Smoked Chicken, Perfectly
Smoked Prime Rib, Hand-dipped Louisiana Prawns, and more.  
Open 365 days a year.
Hobo Inn in Elbe - Stay in an authentic Caboose!  Original rustic
caboose with modern conveniences. Sink, Toilet, Shower, Beds and
Electricity!  See the largest collection of cabooses in Washington.
Some cabooses have bunkbeds, one has a kitchenette, and some
offer jetted tubs.
Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park & Studio - "Ex-Nihilo" is located right
alongside State Route 706 on the way to Mt Rainier. Klennert's
sculptures are fun for audiences, evoking grins and double-takes
from everyone who sees them. Adults will delight in his work because
they recognize familiar tools and objects reconfigured into something
totally new. Children enjoy the fantastical nature of the sculptures.
Mount Tahoma Trails Association offers North America's largest
No Fee Hut-to-Hut Trail System for cross-country skiing.  
Approximately 50 miles of trails, 20 miles groomed, three huts, and a
yurt with propane heating stoves, sleeping pads, propane lights, a
complete kitchen, tables, chairs, etc.  All you need to bring is a
sleeping bag, food, and emergency gear in case you need it on the
way to or from the facility. Nominal permit fee.
Wildwater River Tours Inc. offers rafting tours down the historic
Nisqually River waterway used by native Americans and pioneers.
This is a scenic and family friendly river rafting trip with wildlife
sightings which include eagles, hawks, beaver and deer. This is a
great way to introduce your children to rafting in Washington. 4-6
HOUR ADVENTURE AVAILABLE: Year-round.  Exit 116 off I-5 on the
way to Mt. Rainier.  Other Rivers available
RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) is the Pacific
Northwest's premiere one-day ultra-marathon cycling event. It
combines the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park
with a challenging course featuring 10,000 feet of climbing over 154
miles. The course starts in Enumclaw, WA and ends at the Nisqually
entrance of Mount Rainier National Park.  Held in March, with a
drawing for participants.
Pioneer Farm Museum - Escape to another century...
Journey back to the 1880's with your tour guides to experience
homesteading in Washington.  Journey back to a time before the first
contact with Europeans to experience the seasonal Ohop Indian
Village. Fun for children of all ages.  In Eatonville on the route to SE
entrance of Mt. Rainier.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is located about
an hour and a half from Mount Rainier National Park.  Head back to
I-5 and take exit 49 at Castle Rock.  With 3 world-class visitor centers
and 55 mph wide highway access its a "don't-miss" opportunity.  
Breathtaking - awsome views of an active volcano.  
See the Mt. St.
Helens Visitor Guide  -  
Wolf Haven International - See and learn about wolves at this wolf
sanctuary.  Wolf Haven has rescued more than 100 captive-born
wolves from roadside zoos, animal collectors, private owners,
research and other facilities and raised with respect for their wild
nature .   Seven miles off I-5 at exit #99.
Near Offut Lake Resort.
The Olympic Flight Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated
to the preservation and flying of vintage aircraft. The museum was
founded with the goal of bringing people together to relive, recollect
and learn about aviation history. Our mission is to deliver the sights,
sounds, smells and excitement of flight to every museum visitor.  I-5,
exit 101 Olympia.
Centralia Outlet Mall is located on I-5 on your way to Mt Rainier at
exit 82.  Stores include: Aéropostale, Bass, Bath & Body Works,
Billabong, Christian Outlet, Claire’s, Corningware-Revere, Dress
Barn Petite, Dress Barn Woman, Easy Spirit, Eddie Bauer, Factory
Brand Shoes, Gymboree, Helly Hansen, Kitchen Collection, Lane
Bryant, L’eggs Hanes Bali Playtex, Lovely Nails, Nike Store, Paper
Factory, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quiksilver, Van Heusen, VF Outlet,
Vitamin World, Volcom.
The Lucky Eagle Casino, operated by the Chehalis Indian Tribe, is
located on the way to Mount Rainier on I-5 at exit 88. They offer the
finest entertainment experience in the Pacific Northwest and the
largest variety of slot machines and table games in the area.  They
feature four fine dining restaurants and luxurious accommodations
including jacuzzi suites, spa and indoor pool at their Eagles Landing
Great Wolf Lodge & Water Park is located on the way to Mount
Rainier adjacent to I-5 at Exit 88.  If you have kids this is
a great place to stay close to Mount Rainier and with their great
restaurants and shopping its a first -class lodging destination with or
without kids.
Cabelas - The World's largest Outdoor Store is located just off I-5 at
exit 111 in Lacey.  Its a great and handy place to get outfitted on
your way to Mount Rainier.  If your family hasn't been to a Cabelas -
its much more than a shopping trip with its huge aquariums, wildlife
dioramas, cafe and more.
The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to
appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences,
collections and exhibitions.  Downtown Tacoma.  The Hot Shop
Amphitheater, housed in an imposing 90-foot-tall stainless steel
cone, includes a hot glass studio, cold glass studio and
accomodates over 200 visitors.
American Car Museum.  Based on the LeMay Collection, currently
consisting of over 2,000 cars, the new $100 million Museum in
Tacoma will ultimately house 1,000 diverse vehicles, spanning a
century of automotive history and will be the largest auto museum
and attraction in the world.  Currently over 300 cars can be seen at
the temporary location at Exit 127 off I-5 ( Mt. Rainier Exit).
Mima Mounds
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve: View the unique Mima
Mounds. An interpretive trail, suitable for the disabled, meanders
through the eerie mounds and great prairie. The Preserve is open to
the public everyday. More information can be obtained from the WA
Dept. of Natural Resources (360)596-5144.  I-5 exit 95 near Little
Mima Mounds - Mounds of Mystery.
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