Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, Mount Rainier National Park

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The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center is a day-use facility located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. The facility offers exhibits, films, guided ranger programs, a book store, a snack bar, a gift shop, and public restrooms, as well as informational brochures and maps.
The first Jackson Visitor Center opened in 1966 as part of the National Park Service's Mission 66 program. Originally known as the Paradise Visitor Center, it was renamed in 1987 after the death of Senator Henry M. Jackson, who had been instrumental in the development of the program at Mt. Rainier. Construction of a new Jackson Visitor Center was completed in 2008, and the original building was demolished in November 2008.
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  • Because of Covid they moved a lot of the gift shop to downstairs, and you can find beautiful gifts; I treasure the T-shirt I purchased there. Also a few food items are available.  more »
  • Fortunately, we brought our own food. We arrived at 11 am on a Sunday and were directed to the overflow parking at the Paradise Picnic Area. Many cars were leaving by late afternoon. The Myrtle Falls....  more »
  • A nice place for the visitors to rest and dine after the drive. Picturesque surroundings. Adequate parking. The restaurant has adequate variety of items. The Gift shop displays a variety of souvenirs. More importantly, the center also has exhibits and films that give information about Mount Rainier, biodiversity and protection of environment.
  • Mt. Ranier National Park is beautiful and the Henry M Jackson visitor center is well structured to make your visit to the park successful and enjoyable. It has a great gift/book store, wonderful museum and a cafe. We didn't eat there, as we preferred to enjoy our picnic in the snow. During summer, access to this visitor center is limited by increased numbers of visitors. Go early, or be prepared to walk about a mile to get to it.
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