Mount Rainier + Olympic Travel Diary


Two weeks ago I posted photos from the first part of my trip this summer (you can read it here), and the second part of my trip was my favorite! I went back to a place I love and discovered what might possibly be my favorite national park. So make yourself comfortable, and here is a look at my trip to Mount Rainier + Olympic National Park!


Mount Rainier was originally just a park we were visiting because Olympic was too far of a drive from Crater Lake. But it ended up becoming one of my favorite parks! There’s just something so magical about hiking through enchanted looking forests, getting lost along the way, and being able to see Mount Rainier no matter where you are.

The perfect morning breakfast spot with a bouquet of wildflowers.

The cutest little hotel that made it feel like we were in the Swiss Alps.

Olympic National Park

The Olympic Peninsula is one of my favorite places in the US. There’s just something about the atmosphere there that feels a bit like home. The last time I was here we didn’t end up going into the park, so it was nice to hike around there this time. For the first few days we stayed at the cutest little lake house that I didn’t want to leave, and then a house on the beach.

The interior of the lake house was so cozy.

And that is a look at my summer trip this year! I highly suggest visiting national parks if you can. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by nature.

33 responses to “Mount Rainier + Olympic Travel Diary”

  1. Katherine says:

    Omg everything does look like such a magical place and I love the interior of the lake house! As always, love your photos!

  2. Ivana Split says:

    Mount Rainer looks like such a beautiful place to visit. Its peak is stunning. Great photography…that hotel you photographed does looks like it was placed someplace in the Swiss Alps!
    I really like the Olympic Park. It looks stunning. I can see why it is one of your fav places in the US. Really, there are so many gorgeous national parks in USA. I actually read a book about USA National Parks (by National Geographic) earlier this year. Olympic Park seems like such a great place to visit. So great that you got to stay in the lake house. It looks so cozy.

  3. Nicole Lynn says:

    Kara these photos are stunning! You have a way of capturing places that transports me right there! These places are all definitely written down for my bucket travel list. I want to try and visit as many National Parks as I can.
    Just so beautiful Kara! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This post couldn’t come at a better time. We are planning our trip next year to Mt. Rainer and Olympic national parks! We are doing 2 days in Mt. Rainer and 3 in Olympic National park. We are ending the trip in the San Juan Islands. Can’t wait to show these pics to my hubby. Thanks for sharing my friend!

  5. Chanel says:

    Wow this park is beautiful! I like the outfits you packed too!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

  6. April Rodea says:

    These photos can be used as wallpapers! They really are beautiful. My favourite would be that couple photo walking on the shore? I’m not sure if it’s a shoreline but it really looks magical! x

  7. Emma Lisa says:

    Beautiful photos! These places look amazing, hopefully I’ll get to visit them one day x

  8. Nina says:

    Wow such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them!
    xx- Nina

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  10. Miri says:

    All your pictures look so beautiful! I wish I could be there right now.

    lots of love, Miri | MeetMiri

  11. Nina says:

    wow amazing pictures.That breackfst spot is so lovely. Love visiting National Parks in summer. Happy Monday Kara. xx

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  12. Tania says:

    Olympic National Park 🏞 looks stunning! Love your beach photography, your minimalist of the two of you walking is my fave. I love to shoot that way myself. It makes the space look dreamy. Thanks for sharing your marvelous experience!


  13. Wow, looks absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous pics!

  14. Simone says:

    This nature is very impressive! It looks so calm and peaceful, the perfect place to relax.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  15. Missy May says:

    I have not heard of this place before, but absolutely WOW!! This is magical!! I wouldn’t mind visiting at all. I’m just mesmerized over here Kara. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Kathrin says:

    Wow, these photos are incredible! They look like such beautiful places to visit. I also love to be surrounded by nature and to hike through forests that look like they could be from a fairy tale. It looks like you had an incredible trip.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  17. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful place indeed. Love the shots dear, so majestic.

    Jessica |

  18. gabrielle says:

    I can see why you loved the interior of the lake house; how cute! It’s like something straight out of a movie 🙂 Glad you had a fabulous time outdoors in nature girl!! x

  19. Eena says:

    Oh my goodness, Mount Rainier is absolutely gorgeous. I’m glad you got to enjoy this beauty. Nature is seriously so beautiful.

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  20. Tina says:

    Wowww this looks so fantastic – nature in its purest and so beautiful ♥


  21. Quinn says:

    Firstly, you should do a post on cute outfits while traveling! I feel like if I was doing all of this all-terrain exploring I wouldn’t look half as cute, haha! Secondly, this trip really does look magical. My favorite photo has to be the one of the couple (your parents?) on the foggy beach. Breathtaking!


  22. Lovely says:

    What an amazing place and all your pictures are beautiful Kara! Would love to visit.


  23. Karo says:

    This park is so beautiful – I am fan of nature and this kind of places. Thank you for sharing this all amazing pictures with us

  24. sarah says:

    Wow! Your photos are breathakiingly beautiful. I wish we have that kind of place here.

  25. Margot says:

    Theses pictures are so beautiful !
    It makes me want to travel.

  26. Wow it’s beautiful here! Thank you for sharing your photos of this trip!

  27. Angie says:

    These photos are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I have a personal goal of visiting all the national parks in the states and provincial parks up here in canada (slowly, slowly working to that goal haha!), and Mt. Ranier is next on my list, along with Yosemite and Glacier. Seeing these photos always gets me extra excited to travel there and be even more awestruck in person!!!

    Angie |

  28. Nancy says:

    It is so cool that you got to check out Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park! The pictures look GORGEOUS! I love how green the place is- especially when you feel like you’re in a whole different place compared to the city. So cool to still see snow! I am glad you had so much fun visiting these two places!

    Nancy ♥

  29. Jamila says:

    Looking through the pictures were so therapeutic and it brought a sense of serenity to my mind. If I already feel this way just reading through the post, then I can just imagine what it might have been like to be there in person. Seems like you had a wonderful time soaking up nature and taking a break from the city hustle. I wish I was in your shoes for just a moment! This has actually inspired me to go camping at the park now… –

  30. Hannah says:

    I’d never have thought to visit somewhere like this, but my gosh it looks so beautiful. Definitely added both to my bucket list, as both look so dreamy xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  31. Jade Goddard says:

    Wow loving your photos they are stunning!!!


  32. mercy says:

    These are spectacular photographs. I like the wildflowers growing along the way and that aerial view of the long road.

  33. Hi, Kara
    The photos are beautifully taken. The mount is majestic !! The hotel and the house on the lake are beautiful and so cozy.