When spring everywhere else has long gone, the season starts anew in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, most notably Mt. Rainier National Park. In late July and early August, its extensive wildflower meadows burst with color, carpeting the landscape with lupine, avalanche lilies, Indian paintbrush, bear grass, asters, daises, fireweed, and many others. Rainier also boasts a diverse array of stunning scenery, including swift-running streams and waterfalls, mysterious rainforests, abundant wildlife, and unrivalled mountain landscapes. An active volcano, clad in massive glaciers and reaching 14,411 feet above sea level, Mt. Rainier is only 2 hours from Seattle by car.