Hotel at a Glance: Village Inn
The Village Inn sits at the base of Crystal Mountain, on the eastern outskirts of Mt. Rainier National Park. The mountain, which tops out at 7,000 feet, is a hive of activity no matter the season. In the summer, guests take advantage of hiking and mountain biking trails that pass through meadows teeming with wildflowers. Take a gondola ride for a high-altitude lunch at Summit House.
- Go for a ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola to reach the top of Crystal Mountain, where you'll find a panoramic view of the snow-capped Mt. Rainier—the tallest volcano in the U.S.
- Pacific Northwest cuisine: Dig into steak, pasta, and seafood dishes with a regional twist at the Alpine Inn Restaurant
- Craft brews: Kick back with a frosty beer at the onsite Snorting Elk Cellar.
- Outdoor fun: Sign up for a horseback riding excursion or play a game of disc golf on the nearby course.
- In-room amenities: refrigerator, coffeemaker, and DVD player
Crystal Mountain, Washington: Gateway to Mt. Rainier National Park
Crystal Mountain is a popular gateway to Mt. Rainier National Park, the entrance of which is just 6 miles to the west. The park's piece de resistance is the namesake volcano, Mt. Rainier, which scrapes the sky at 14,410 feet, making it the fifth tallest peak in the contiguous United States. For an up-close experience of the park, lace up your hiking boots. The 5.6-mile Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail is worth it for views of glaciers, meadows, and Mt. Rainier.