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There is something about the mountain. The light hitting the snow in the early morning while the birds sing their morning songs. The realization of how quiet it is, despite the vast and open space surrounding Mount Rainier. The first rays of sunshine shining through the trees and the sky changing colors welcoming the start to a new day.

Located in Mount Rainier National Park about 60 miles southeast of Seattle, this mountain has a summit elevation of 14,411 ft making it the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. Not to mention, Mount Rainier has regularly been described as one of the best places in the world to view wildflowers. The snow often stays on the ground until summer begins, limiting plants to a much shorter season, producing the most beautiful blooms in areas like Paradise (featured in this post!). It is also home to quite the fauna including mountain goats, chipmunks (featured in this post!), bears, cascade red foxes, marmots, elk and owls.

Sunrise is ~ in my opinion ~ the best time to elope in an area like Paradise. This breathtaking place attracts quite the crowd in the summer months and waking up early to get there when it's just you and the mountain is SO worth it.

If you liked this blog post, check out this blog post about how to elope in Mount Rainier - A Full Guide.


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