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Sleeping in or near Mount Rainier
There are two lodges located within Mount Rainier. The Paradise Inn, a historic lodge built in 1916, lies in the very popular (and snowy) Paradise area. For this reason, it is open for only a few months, generally late May to late September. Just for reference, our photo of the Paradise Inn on this page was taken on July 2, 2009. The National Park Inn is located much lower, close to the Nisqually Entrance, in the Longmire area of the park. This inn remains open all year.
Ashford overnight lodging options
The small town of Ashford is located immediately outside of the Nisqually Entrance on the west side of the park. This entrance is most convenient to the very popular Paradise area of the park, and also the only part of the park that is open all year, at least in limited fashion. There are lots of choices in Ashford, though there are no “name brand” hotels. There are all sorts of small inns, hotels, cabins, and more.
Links to explore Ashford lodging options
Packwood overnight lodging options
The small town of Packwood is located to the south of the park, near the Ohanapecosh entrance. This entrance is most convenient to the east side of the park, including Sunrise and Ohanapecosh. This entrance is open in the summer months only. As with Ashford, there are several choices in Packwood, but again no “name brand” hotels.
Links to explore Packwood lodging options