Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular location to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” However, you may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, “Walking Tours” of many of these destinations may be available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
The famous volcano which looms over the city of Seattle, called Mount Rainier, is the centerpiece of another of America’s spectacular national parks. Unfortunately, the mountain is often obscured by clouds since it has a tendency to make its own weather. We experienced this unfortunate phenomenon when we visited the national park. It was totally engulfed in fog. We were barely able to see well enough to walk along one of the park’s many trails. However, we were able to see the beautiful mountain while we were in Seattle, even though it was from afar. Put this national park on your northwestern US itinerary for at least the following reasons:
1. The glacier-dotted mountain is spectacular when it can be seen in its entirety.
2. There are many trails throughout the park which allow visitors to explore and experience this pristine wilderness.
3. On a good day, scenery within the park is incredible.