There is no public transportation within the park. Rental cars are available at all airports listed.
The National Park Service requires all vehicles entering the park between November 1 and May 1 to carry tire chains. The road between Longmire and Paradise is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday between November 12 and December 18, 2013. The road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire is open daily with access to the National Park Inn, restaurant, and Longmire General Store.
From Seattle (about 87 miles away) or Tacoma (about 65 miles away), take Hwy 5 south to Hwy 512 east. Exit onto Hwy 7 (Pacific Avenue). Follow Hwy 7 south to Elbe and continue on Hwy 706 east to the Nisqually Entrance. Please expect 20 minute delays due to road construction between May and October 2014.
From Portland, Oregon (about 136 miles away), take I-5 north to U.S. 12 east to Morton; then take Hwy. 7 north and turn east on Hwy. 706 at Elbe, continuing to the Nisqually Entrance . Please expect 20 minute delays due to road construction between May and October 2014.
East entrance: From Yakima take Highway 12 west to SR 123. Follow SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season and will reopen in late May or early June 2014.
Northeast entrance: From Seattle/Tacoma, take Hwy. 410 south; from Yakima, take Hwy. 410 north, to White River Entrance. Northwest entrance: Take Hwy. 165 south to Carbon River Entrance.
In the winter, all park roads are closed except the stretch between Nisqually and Paradise and the road from the park boundary to Ohanaopecosh ranger station. For additional information on road closures in Mount Rainier National Park call 360-569-2211. Mount Rainier National Park requires all vehicles entering the park from November through April to carry tire chains.
GPS Address for the Nisqually (southwest) Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park
39000 State Route 706 E.
Ashford, WA 98304
The National Park Inn at Longmire is located 6 miles inside the Nisqually Entrance and the Paradise Inn is located 19 miles inside the entrance.
AirThe closest major airports are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (65 miles away) and Portland International Airport (150 miles away).
BusTours Northwest offer day trips to Mount Rainier from May through September. Tours leave from Seattle and advance reservations are required. 888-293-1404. www.toursnorthwest.com