Paradise Inn

Mount Rainier National Forest

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Mount Rainier (14,411') and Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
  • Paradise Inn and Mount Rainier (14,411').- Paradise Inn
  • Paradise Inn and Park.- Paradise Inn
  • Paradise Inn and the Tatoosh Range from the Skyline/Myrtle Falls Trail.- Paradise Inn
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  • Main outdoor patio at Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
  • Main outdoor patio at Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
  • Tatoosh Range from Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') from Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
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  • Dining hall at Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
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  • Guide House at Paradise Park adjacent to Paradise Inn.- Paradise Inn
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  • Paradise Inn and Tatoosh Range.- Paradise Inn
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Pros: 
Historic Lodge. Direct access to Paradise Park adventures.
Cons: 
Rooms are difficult to book due to demand.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Paradise Inn has greeted millions of visitors to Mount Rainier National Park since its opening on July 1, 1917.

True to the National Park Service's rustic style, the lodge, originally slated to be built in Longmire, was designed by Tacoma-based Frederick Heath of Heath, Gove and Bell and constructed and operated by the Rainier National Park Company, an enterprise of Steven Mather. It so happens that Mather was appointed to be the first director of the National Park Service the same year. The Rainier National Park Service later sold the lodge back to the National Park Service in 1952, and it has been operated by concessionaires ever since. Uniquely, the lodge was primarily constructed of reclaimed local Alaskan cedar that had been left standing dead after a wildfire from 1885, and most of the original furnishings were custom designed by Hans Frähnke, a German-born carpenter, or from the Old Hickory Company of Martinsville, Indiana.

With 126 rooms, Paradise Inn is the primary lodge and hotel servicing park guests. Sunrise hasn't provided lodging since 1942, and the National Park Inn in Longmire only features 25 rooms.

Interestingly, in 1931 a golf course was built at Paradise, with a rope tow ski lift built 5 years later. Luckily both tourist features no longer exist.

Note: Paradise Inn is typically open mid-May through early October based depending on snowpack.  Reservations to the lodge can be made by calling 360.569.2275 or booking online via Mount Rainier Guest Services.

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