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Mt. Rainier experiencing heavy traffic in year of
National Park Service celebrating their centennial

– “Heavy weekend traffic straining Ashford, Mount Rainier National Park”
“Long lines at the park entrance are nothing new for Ashford residents, but this summer, as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, traffic jams seem longer than usual, officials say.

Some residents are concerned the congestion has grown from an inconvenience to a safety concern,” by Craig Hill, The Olympian.
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Yelm is Thurston County’s Gateway to Mt. Rainier,
leading to the “Road to Rainer” scenic Byway.

Four historic communities — Eatonville, Elbe, Mineral, and Ashford — are on the loop formed by the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway, with Mount Rainier National Park at the east end. These towns offer accommodations only a short drive from the park. All along the route are unique activities to explore and enjoy.

The Road to Rainier Scenic Byway ends at the national park’s main (and only year-round) entrance. Inside the park, follow a wooded, winding road up to Longmire and Paradise for their magnificent views, historic buildings, and visitor centers. Spend days discovering the park’s numerous hiking trails, wildlife, and stunning panoramas.

Discover on the Road to Rainier Scenic Byway:
* a vintage steam train that takes you to a railroad museum
* a 725-acre nature park with free-roaming wildlife and zip line/challenge courses
* a hands-on visit to the past at a pioneer farm and native tribal village
* cabins, lodges, spas, and campgrounds with easy park access
* restaurants, outdoor stores, art galleries
* horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, many hiking trails
* and even more
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Posted by Steve on August 11, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

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