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Mt. Rainier Gondola Scenic Rides

This is a must do for visitors to Washington state and everyone else!  You’ll be rewarded at the top with one of the best views of Mt. Rainier anywhere!  And, during your 9-minute ride, you can view wildlife meadows, listen to babbling mountain streams, or keep an eye out for elk grazing or fox scurrying after rabbits.

Crystal’s new Mt. Rainier Gondola opened January 1, 2011 and it’s one of the most exciting things to happen here in years.  Now everyone—grandmothers, hikers, babies in strollers—can experience a view that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. 

For 2015, the Mt. Rainier Gondola will be open daily through September 20.  The Summit House, Washington’s highest restaurant, offers lunch daily, and extended hours for an early dinner on weekends.  The food is excellent (really) with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

For more information on the Mt. Rainier Gondola and dining, click here.


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