Along the route, Mount Rainier’s pristine wilderness will blow your mind. Stoic
old-growth firs and glacial runoff waterfalls compose a storybook backdrop. But make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife—some more dangerous than others—as you go. “There’s a chance of seeing eagles or bears,” says Chris Fontecchio, a Seattle-based recreational bike racer.
At the top of the pass, there’s a visitor center for restrooms. But if you’re hungry, head to the historic log-frame Paradise Inn where you can enjoy salads or a burger in the windowlined dining room, or grab a sandwich at the casual Tatoosh Café. The Paradisemeadows are in full bloom from July to August, so plan a summer trip for the most spectacular views.