Mt Rainier National Park
Along Hwy 706 E of Ashford
Longmire, located inside the southwest entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, was the park's original headquarters when the park was established in 1899. The collection of early buildings here include a small museum housed in the original park headquarters, the National Park Inn which provides lodging and a restaurant, a general store and an old service station that features a display on early transportation in the park. Longmire is now a National Historic District.
The inn fills up fast, so for most visitors Longmire serves as a place to stock up on refreshments or to enjoy a meal at the lodge after a day of exploring the park.
National Park Inn (P14A0738)
1928 Administration Building (P14A0741)
Built in 1928 to serve as the park's administration building, today this building houses the Wilderness Information Center.
More About Mt. Rainier National Park
Spectacular scenery. Great hiking. Challenging mountain climbing. Mt. Rainier has a lot to offer to those looking to get away from it all and to those looking for a great day trip out of Seattle. Longmire is a good place to stop for those visitors entering the park from the west on Highway 706.
When experiencing Mt. Rainier National Park, it can be easy to forget that Mt. Rainier is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It has much in common with Mt. St. Helens. But Mt. Rainier is bigger, it's covered with much more ice and snow, and it is closer to major population centers. Lahars from past eruptions have flowed as far as present-day downtown Seattle and Tacoma. So enjoy it while you can.
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While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Smallest Post Office In America, Mineral, Washington
- Indian Henry's Grave, Eatonville, Washington
- Windy Ridge Observatory, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington