Where to Camp in Washington State

There are a variety of options available for campsites in Washington State. These options range from mountainous to beaches, flatter lands or along a river. You can drive to a remote location, or you can take a ferry and camp on an island.  There are a lot of beautiful choices including but not limited to the list below.

Mt. Rainier National Park
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1. One of the most iconic monuments in Washington is Mt. Rainier. There are four campgrounds in the Mt. Rainier National Park: Cougar Rock Campground, Cougar Rock Group Campground, Ohanapecosh Campground and Ohanapecosh Group Campground.  Altogether, there are 555 camping sites throughout these campgrounds. Some of the amenities offered at these sites include running water, toilets (both flushed and pit), fire pits/circles and picnic tables.  These campsites are typically available from late spring to late fall.  Also in the area are two great lodging areas called paradise and sunset. These areas are perfect if you want to enjoy the wilderness, but you prefer an experience without “roughing it.”

2. The San Juan Islands are a beautiful group of 700+ islands, and the main four islands, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw, are equipped with a ferry transport. Three of the four (excluding Orcas) have campgrounds.  None of the parks on these islands have fees, and the experience of travel to and from the island and the remote Puget Sound camping is something you won’t want to miss out on.

3. If you love the ocean and Dungeness crab, plan your next camp trip to the Dungeness Recreation Area.  This Recreation Area is at the entrance to the Dungeness Pit. Here, you can view Mt. Bake, the shipping lanes and a lot of the National Wildlife Refuge. The campgrounds are open year round, but check the weather forecast as they typically get up to 18 inches of rain each year. While there, find a local restaurant to enjoy fresh, famous Dungeness crab.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festiva
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4. Skagit County offers the full spectrum of Washington wilderness experiences with numerous campgrounds and every amenity you could want.  If you like to relax on the beach or go mountain biking, hike a trail or visit the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, you will be able to find a campground to meet your needs.  There are standard tent camping sites, RV campsites and back country wilderness locales. Camping in Skagit County is a year round experience.

5. If you were a fan of the cult TV show Twin Peaks, in the early 1990’s you would be familiar with the Snowqualmie Falls and Fall City, Washington area. Snowqualmie Falls is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, especially after Twin Peaks aired.  The campgrounds are located in Fall City, approximately 30 minutes outside Seattle and very close to the Salish Lodge & Spa, located at the top of the Falls.  This part of Washington is beautiful, and the small town area is quaint.  You can hike some trails to the base of the Falls and relax in an area of the Washington that is rich with culture and history.

6. Back in the early 1980s another beautiful Washington icon erupted, Mt. St. Helens.  In the decades since that devastating eruption, life is returning in the surrounding areas.  You will find numerous National Forest Campgrounds with enough choices, locations and amenities to meet your camping requirements. There are also several private RV parks and campgrounds near Silver Lake, which is on the way to Mt. St. Helens.  Though the destruction of the eruption is still evident, there is still much to enjoy around this beautiful mountain.

Mount St. Helens
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Explore the state of Washington and enjoy the beauty of all the area has to offer. There is no shortage of camping and RV grounds throughout the state.

Written by the staff at Quality RV, one of the leading camper dealers in Missouri. Quality RV serves the entire state of Missouri, from St. Louis to Kansas City, and enjoys sharing their travel experiences they take in their RV’s.

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