The Perseids are one of the best star showers of the year. Shooting stars, sparkling like diamonds, fill the air each August as the Perseid Meteor Shower occurs as the Earth orbits around the Sun and passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. The best nights are usually August 12 and 13, with peak viewing before dawn (2-4am) on the 12 and 13th.  You will have to see it to believe it! Even a camera and binoculars can’t capture what the human eye can see, over 40 events an hour. You will remember it for a lifetime. Plan now to come for a night sky adventure.

Wildflower displays are equally magical during the daytime. From now through September, the wildflower meadows are alive with colors. Even before the last snow melts, Glacier Lilies and Avalanche Lilies are pushing up through the soft snow. From those first heralds of spring, soon follows fields of purple lupine, pink heather, white pasqueflower (looks like a mop head), Magenta Indian Paintbrush and literally hundreds more species. Take a short stroll on the paved trails at Paradise or Sunrise, or find back country trails to waterfalls and with glorious views. Comet Falls and Indian Henry’s Hunting Grounds are among the best wildflower trails near the Nisqually Entrance.

Plan your trip to Mt. Rainier now for an unforgettable getaway. Come early or come later in the day to ensure ease of parking and to find that peaceful and tranquil experience. Midweek is the best time to avoid the crowds.