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If you hear a local remark, “the mountain is out today,” just look to the southwest. Despite being about two hours from the city, Mount Rainier dwarfs our manmade skyline—and on clear days, it appears even larger, revealing itself all the way down to the foothills. At 14,410 feet, with 26 major glaciers, the mountain is the centerpiece of Mount Rainier National Park: more than 200,000 acres of old growth trees, snowfields, and waterfalls. This stunning landmark is best explored from the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, which offers ranger talks and guided trips.