Do you know who Mount Rainier is named after? Or, do you know its Indian name?
The mountain, a part of the Cascade Range, is a volcano that has not erupted for 2,000 years. It is also the highest mountain in the state of Washington. English explorer George Vancouver named Mount Rainier in honor of another navigator, Peter Rainier. Some people, however, prefer to call the mountain by its Indian name, Mount Tacoma. The park's wildlife, waterfalls, lakes, and especially its many glaciers have drawn more than 90 million visitors in the more than 100 years since the park was created. Each year more than two million people visit Mount Rainier National Park, many to see the dramatic views of Mount Rainier.