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.
Westbound: Continue to Narada Falls