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5 Scenic Spots to Visit in Washington Beyond Mount Rainier

by Aoife O'Riordan

May 20, 2024

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While Mount Rainier National Park is well worth a visit for family travelers seeking adventure and the great outdoors, regions around the park promise fulfilling experiences. Head to these five spots, all within close distance to the park, well worth a visit:

 

Capitol Forest

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Capitol State Forest

Wander through old-growth forests while enjoying glimpses of Mount Rainier in the distance. This forest offers great hiking and mountain biking trails, horseback riding trails and more.

 

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West Bay Park

Take in beautiful Puget Sound, State Capitol and Mount Rainier views from a stroll along the waterfront in downtown Olympia. West Bay Park is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon.

 

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Reserve

Immerse yourself in nature against the backdrop of wetlands and wildlife at this wildlife refuge. You can even spot Mount Rainier’s silhouette from here.

 

Offut Lake Resort

Book a cabin and sip on morning coffee on your patio while soaking in views of Offut Lake and Mount Rainier. This small, family-run resort features a campground, restaurant, boat rentals and more.

 

Yelm

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City of Yelm

With a clear sightline from all around Yelm, this city holds some spectacular views. Spot the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier rising above the horizon.

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