Home to the historic Paradise Inn, the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center and the starting point for routes up the face of the mountain, Paradise is probably the most-visited spot in the park. One trip there will show you exactly why!

Stop in to the visitor center and learn all about the park and its history. Take a walk through the rustic Paradise Inn and explore its architecture. Take some of the trails to experience alpine meadows and the chance to see some wildlife.

In the summer, the trails are visited by families and tourists around the world; in the winter, the snow piles up, making it the prime winter recreation area in the park. Cross-country skiing, inner tubing, snowshoeing and more await in the cold months!

Guided ranger programs, walks and talks originate from the visitor center, and the park also hosts stargazing parties. Those are just a sampling of all that's available; check the Mount Rainier National Park website on Paradise to learn more.

If you're headed eastbound from here, double back to Stevens Canyon Road and turn left to explore the Reflection Lakes area and the eastern reaches of the park.

Eastbound: Continue to Stevens Canyon Road and Reflection Lakes

Westbound: Continue to Narada Falls


Places to stay nearby

Adytum Sanctuary

Mossyrock, East
Starting at: $195.00

Almost Paradise

Ashford, East
Starting at: $175.00

Alpine Retreat

Packwood, East
Starting at: $110.00

Bear Lodge

Packwood, East

Places to eat nearby

Lisa's Diner

245 Carlisle Ave.,
Onalaska, WA
(360) 978-4908

Pantry Cafe

238 E. State St.,
Mossyrock, WA 98564
(360) 983-8371

Plaza Jalisco (Morton)

200 Westlake Ave.,
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-6660

Goat Mountain Coffee Roaster & Bakery

105 Main St. East,
Packwood, WA
(360) 494-5600

Spiffy Dine-In & Drive-In

104 W. Lake,
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-5472

Pizza Girl

1772 State Route 508,
Onalaska, WA 98570
(360) 978-4848

All Inn Bar & Grill

1783 State Route 508,
Onalaska, WA
(360) 978-4631

Bear Country Espresso

9802 U.S. Highway 12,
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-2323

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