It’s time to hope in the car and venture down to Mt. Rainier for a chance to experience one of the region’s most gorgeous natural displays: wildflower season. Named the best wildflower spot in the U.S. by “Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World,” Mount Rainier National Park offers an amazing bouquet of flowers in nearly every color of the spectrum.
The wildflower season generally begins in mid-July, once the area has warmed up enough for the snow to melt away, and lasts until around October, when the snows return for the fall. No matter when you go, you’re bound to find a new spectacle at Mt. Rainier because there are numerous wildflower meadows around the park and different varieties of flowers blooming throughout the season. Breathtaking spots include Paradise Meadows, Tipsoo Lake, and Sunrise, but the blooms can be seen all over the park.
Non-profit tourism organization, Visit Rainier’s website provides various links to wildflower status reports, the Top 10 wildflower hikes, and an online wildflower identification guide to maximize visitors’ experiences. In addition, the organization is holding a contest for visitors willing to share their photos with Visit Rainer and offering a $200 gift card for the first-place winner, along with smaller prizes of wildflower seeds and window clings to other participants. No matter what, every visitor to wildflower season at Mt. Rainier will be a winner, taking home memories of some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer.
Photos by Lauren Foster