- Wildlife Tours
In autumn, elk stags bellow and lock horns, vying for the ladies, at Northwest Trek in Eatonville. Naturalists guide excursions through the 725-acre wildlife park, which end with continental breakfasts.
- Art Classes
Artists can stretch their skills with plein air classes at the Rainier Independent Film Festival and the Mount Rainier Institute of Photography, where even kids and craft-rusty adults can wax creative with glass-jewelry workshops.
- Luxury Spas
Best known for its rugged beauty, Mount Rainier can school even the slickest urbanite in luxury. Catch a private massage tutorial a mile from the park’s main entrance at Stormking Spa.
- Pick Your Own Produce
Autumn ripens huckleberries in Mount Rainier’s foothills. The park allows visitors to pick two quarts of these treats daily, as well as mushrooms like morels and chanterelles. Be cautious: some varieties are poisonous.
- Gentle Hikes
The newly rerouted, 7-mile round-trip Glacier Basin path occupies a high, dry “banana belt” zone on the volcano’s east side and is family friendly with just 1,280 feet of elevation gain. It threads through wildflowers in early spring and offers a detour to view Emmons Glacier, the largest in the contiguous U.S.
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