The next stop on our trip to the Pacific Northwest was Mt. Rainier National Park, a little over 2 hours outside of Seattle. One thing I did on this trip was call ahead to the different National Park offices to get suggestions from the rangers about what trail they would hike if they only had a day to spend in the park (since that was our situation). We have a guidebook, and of course the internet is a great resource for things to do at the National Parks, but sometimes it can be so helpful to actually talk to someone and be able to ask specific questions. The beautiful Skyline Trail was scenic the whole way—a great recommendation! We probably added an extra hour to our hiking time because of stopping to take so many pictures :)
The wildflowers and snow-capped mountain hovering above us the whole time made the day postcard-perfect at every turn.