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Ashford (Washington)

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Ashford (Washington)

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Ashford is a town in Southwest Washington that serves as a gateway to Mount Rainier National Park.

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Ashford is approximately 50 road miles SE of Tacoma. Most travelers fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Operators run tour bus service through Ashford to Mt. Rainier National Park, some stop there as a rest break; ask the operator. Rental cars are available at Sea-Tac; the drive from there to Ashford is around 2 hours, but can be longer at tourist season and during busy commute times, especially on I-5.

Most travelers use I-5 and State Route 7 to get here; remember that although I-5 have an exit to State Route 7 (saying Mt. Rainier) going an extra 6 miles to SR 512 and heading westbound to State Route 7 at Parkland or Spanaway may be faster, as the exit feeds you into Pacific Avenue, a city street with many traffic lights.

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Ashford is located along State Route 706; along the highway are peek-a-boo views of Mount Rainier. There are some beautiful views of the mountain at the railroad train crossing west of town (watch out for herds of elk in the field to the left), as well as tall, thick stands of forest.

For the adventurous, forest service roads add a sense of excitement and some stunning views; FS59 behind the Copper Creek Inn climbs the hills north of town and gives some great (and uncrowded views) of Mt. Rainier, Kernahan Road (also known as Skate Creek Road) connects to SR 706 east of town and provides a "back door" to the town of Packwood and short cut to US Highway 12 to Yakima. Make sure to check locally for driving conditions.

The town proper has several restaurants and businesses listed elsewhere on this page.

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Ashford has several restaurants in the area with various decor, tastes and price ranges.

Whitaker's Bunkhouse - downtown Ashford The Highlander - restaurant / tavern The Wild Berry - east of town toward the Mt. Rainier entrance. Alexander's Country Inn - east of town, quaint, a waterwheel is a landmark of the area.

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  • Three Bears Lodge, Ph: (206) 241-8080, [1]. Three Bears Lodge offers several vacation homes and mountain cabins just outside the main entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park on the road to the Paradise Visitor Center. The cabins sleep 2 to 20 and lodging ranges from $150 to $360 per night.
  • Stormking Cabins and Day Spa, Ph: (360) 569-2964, [2]. As featured in Northwest Best Places and Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest offers private deluxe cabins each with private hot tub. Spa facilities catering to couples with massage packages available. Located only one mile from main entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park between Ashford and park entrance.
  • Rainier Lodging, Ph: (877) 782-3277, [3]. Rainier Lodging manages a number of high-quality cabins throughout Ashford. Their cabins are great for families and there are pet-friendly cabins as well.
  • Historic Mineral Lake Lodge, Ph: (360) 492-LAKE, [4]. 1905 three story log lodge on pristine Mineral Lake near the Southwest entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Registered on the National Register for Historic Properties. Magnificent view of Mt. Rainier. Open for lodging year round, just five minutes off the beaten path to Mt. Rainier on beautiful Mineral Lake.

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