The closest major airports are Seattle / Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
From the North
1. Take I-5 South to Stateroad 167 or 169 South to Stateroad 410 East to the parks east road and entrance.
2. Take I-5 South to Stateroad 167 or 169 South to Stateroad 410 east to Stateroad 165 South to the park (Closed in Winter).
3. Take I-5 South to Stateroad 7 South to Stateroad 706 East to the parks southwest area and entrance.
From the East
1. Take I-90 West to I-82 South to Highway 12 West to Stateroad 410 North to the park.
2. Take I-90 West to I-82 South to Highway 12 West to Stateroad 123 North to the east side of the park or take Stateroad 7 North to Stateroad 706 East to the southwest area and entrance to the park.
From the South
1. Take I-5 North to Highway 12 East to Stateroad 7 North to Stateroad 706 East to the southwest area and entrance to the park.
2. Take I-82 North to Highway 12 West to Stateroad 410 North to the park or take Highway 12 West to Stateroad 123 North to the east side of the park or take Highway 12 West to Stateroad 7 North to Stateroad 706 to the southwest area and entrance to the park.
From the West
1. Head to I-5 and follow the directions above for the North or South routes to the park.
Mount Rainier is accessible from several directions via I-5, Highway 12, Stateroads 7, 706, 123, 410, and 165, depending on where travelers originate and the time of year. The park is located in west central Washington within an easy drive of Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. The Nisqually entrance (SW corner) is open year round. Travelers coming from east of the Cascades may enter the park directly during the summer, but these eastern mountain passes are closed in winter. To reach the Carbon River area of the park (NW corner), take Washington 165 from Buckley. Shortly after passing through Wilkeson, the road forks, with Carbon River entrance and Ipsut Creek to the left and Mowich Lake to the right. Currently the Carbon River Road is closed to motor vehicles at the entrance due to road washouts. The Ipsut Creek Campground is accessible by foot or bicycle via the five mile road / trail to the campground. Bicycles are not allowed on park trails.
International airports are located in Portland and Seattle/Tacoma with scheduled flights by major national and regional carriers. Rental cars are also available at these locations. AMTRAK provides rail service on both north-south (stops are Centralia, Tacoma, and Seattle) and east-west routes (stops are Yakima, Ellensburg, East Auburn, and Seattle). Rental cars are available at Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima, and Portland. Greyhound / Trailways provides bus service to these major towns and cities. Gray Line runs buses to the park from mid spring to mid fall from Tacoma and Seattle. Shuttle service is available from Seattle to the Park by Rainier Express and Rainier Overland.
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