Looking for budget summer getaways?
Consider Mount Rainier National Park. Located southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, Mount Rainier is pretty extraordinary. With wildflower covered trails and wildlife, it feels like the most beautiful place in the earth. Sam and I managed to visit Mount Rainier twice last year. We went the first time and absolutely loved the hikes, so we went back again a few weeks later.
Our first visit was not really planned and there were just two of us, so we opted for car camping. The second time, we camped out in a tent. Both times, the trip was amazing and I would do it again.
If you are worried about what to eat while you are visiting Mount Rainier, there are plenty of restaurant in the periphery of the national park. Sam and I had a nice Nepali lunch at the Wildberry restaurant. Owned by Sherpa people, the cute little restaurant served Nepali cuisine and is famous for their pie. If you visit Mount Rainier, check out the restaurant. I have pictures of our visit including the restaurant and the food.
Wildflowers and wildlife
Paradise trail, a nearly 6 mile long loop, is one of the best trails I have hiked in the United States. With a medium difficulty level, this hike offers beautiful landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife, a great view of the majestic Mount Rainier, glaciers and waterfalls. At some of the scenic view points, it is possible to see Mt Hood and Mt Adams.
Besides paradise trail, there are many other day hikes that one can do in this national park. With beautiful scenic views and a peaceful ambiance, it makes for a great holiday destination or a quick escape from the downtown city life in Seattle.