With a nickname like the Evergreen State, it’s no surprise that Washington is full of lush greenery and is a highly sought-after destination for outdoor lovers.
Whether hiking through the majestic beauty of the snowcapped Cascade Mountains or deep-sea fishing and whale watching on the islands of Puget Sound, there’s something in Washington for every outdoorsman to enjoy. A camping trip in Washington state is sure to leave you breathless.
Here are our picks for the 10 best places to camp in Washington.
This spring-fed lake surrounded by 280 acres of forest is a favorite of anglers and campers alike. Come enjoy a serene camping weekend in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier. Learn more here.
Mount Rainier is the natural feature most associated with the Washington landscape. This active volcano is the most glaciated peak in the US and is the starting point of six rivers. Wildlife, both flora and fauna, is abundant and diverse in this national park. Learn more here.
If only one word can be used to describe Olympic National Park, it would be isolated. Because of this, the park has become popular for having diverse ecosystems from alpine peaks and meadows to a very old forest. Perhaps it is the remoteness that makes the park so appealing; a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and just listen to the sights and sounds of nature, untouched for millions of years. Learn more here.
4. Baker Lake
Horseshoe Cove Campground, located between Seattle and the Cascade Mountains along the shores of beautiful Baker Lake, is the perfect destination for boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking. Summers at Baker Lake can’t be beat. Learn more here.
5. Kachess Lake
In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and mountain biking in summer and early fall, Kachess offers excellent skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter months. The campground is also a great base camp for day-hikers and overnight backpackers. Learn more here.
Cape Disappointment State Park, formerly Fort Canby State Park, is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Learn more here.
This park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife, sand dunes and 174 varieties of birds. Spectacular views of shoreline, mountains, islands, and sunsets make this park a favorite for visitors to the Northwest. Learn more here.
Moran State Park is the fourth largest State Park in Washington State. With miles of trails accommodating hikers, mountain bikers, and horses in some areas during particular seasons; many camp sites including beautiful lake side spots; and the tower on the top of Mt Constitution and the three mountain ranges visible from that vista. Learn more here.
Enjoy a camping trip at one of the nation’s most remote and beautiful national parks. The jagged peaks, alpine views and over 300 glaciers make visiting this park a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Learn more here.
There are over 150 campgrounds and picnic areas on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Several of the larger campgrounds also offer group reservation opportunities. There are also several cabins and a lodge that can be rented. Learn more here.