If you’ve never visited the Pacific Northwest, you’re in for a stunning experience, especially when spending time in the outdoors. As an RV enthusiast who enjoys camping around the country, it’s worth every effort to spend some time camping in the NW states to give you an idea of the awe-inspiring beauty.
Many of the campgrounds in this region are easily open to RV’s, giving you opportunity to travel from one location to another for a satisfying journey. While all campsites have the usual fees, keep in mind these frequently become booked heavily during the summer.
Even though summer is one of the best times to camp in the U.S. Northwest, don’t knock out the potential for spring camping or early autumn. These are really the nicest seasons of the year in the NW and something you should experience at least once.
Read on for the six best camping locations to visit in states like Oregon and Washington State where you’ll be able to absorb nature like no other location.
1. Glenyan RV Park & Campground in Ashland, Oregon.
Here’s a good RV park to stay in when starting your NW trip. Glenyan RV Park & Campground is in Ashland, Southern Oregon if you’re heading up from Northern California.
Located along Highway 66, this park gives you evidence of how the region manages to balance nature with the arts. Ashland is the home of the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, so you’re not far away from some culture.
However, nearby Neil Creek runs through this RV park, giving you a touch of the stunning and relaxing waterways in Oregon.
A heated swimming pool is on-site, as well as dependable wireless access. It’s extremely pet-friendly as well, so don’t be afraid to bring your dogs.
Take a tour of this park first to get a pictorial feel for what to expect.
2. Tillicum Beach Campground in Yachats, Oregon
Head along the Oregon Coast, and you’ll start to find countless campgrounds that give you everything you need for relaxation. One of the best on the southern Oregon Coast is Tillicum Beach Campground in Yachats (pronounced Ya-hots).
Out of 61 available campsites here, almost all of them provide ocean views. Single-family campsites are available as well with electric and water hookups. Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring for nighttime marshmallow roasts in the summer.
This is a popular place, so be sure to book well in advance. Between October 30, 2016 and March 10, 2017, all sites are first-come, first-serve.
3. Bend-Sunriver RV Campground
Take some time to drive into Eastern Oregon next, including Bend. Here you’ll find Oregon’s amazing Cascade mountain range, pure rivers, and even deserts. Camping at Bend-Sunriver RV Campground is your best bet because it’s right in the middle of all of these natural wonders.
In this campground, you’ll have 283 acres, including nearby Little Deschutes River. For those of you into fishing, this river is a dream, especially with plentiful wild trout and steelhead stocks.
The campground gives you everything you need from an on-site restaurant to even a mini golf course. Pets are always welcome.
Operating at winter hours until May 15, nearby Mt. Bachelor gives you opportunity to ski. Nevertheless, the mountain gives you additional opportunity for hiking and mountain biking.
4. Seaquest State Park
After continuing north, don’t forget to visit Washington State. In Castle Rock, Washington, Seaquest State Park is a highly rated campground that’s near iconic Mt. St. Helens. The campsite is a perfect base to explore the mountain. You’re only across the road from the Silver Lake Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center.
While the mountain might receive most of your attention, take time to explore the grounds within Seaquest. Within the area, you’ll find hundreds of secondary old-growth trees. Seven miles of hiking and biking trails are available.
In the chance you’re hauling a boat with your RV, boating opportunities are there each season.
5. Larrabee State Park
Continuing north into Washington State, it’s worth some time exploring the Bellingham, Washington area along Samish Bay. Larrabee State Park is a good example of what you’ll find in camping grounds. It’s going to give you more stunning views than you probably thought were there.
Two freshwater lakes, coves, and tidelands are here, all of which give you numerous ample photo moments. Thirteen miles of biking trails exist, as well as 15 miles of hiking trails.
Larrabee offers two large picnic shelters if you’re planning on having a large get-together with family. It’s essential to reserve these shelters in advance online, because they’re frequently booked up.
Don’t forget to try some fishing on Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake on Chuckanut Mountain, accessible from the hiking trails.
6. Fairholme Campground in Port Angeles, Washington
Sometimes you’ll find a campground that seems to make everyone happy. Fairholme Campground in Port Angeles is one of those and receives glowing reviews each year.
As part of Olympic National Park, Fairholme is just one campground within many here. Others take reservations for summer, but this one is all first-come, first-served. Regardless, the amenities here at top-notch.
Open from May-October, it has 88 total sites, all near popular Lake Crescent. All campsites are along the lake, which offers boat launches.
The campground lets RV’s in up to 21 feet, so your big rig can easily fit in.
At $20 per night, it’s a good deal and helps you complete your NW tour without straining your budget in the final stretch.