Are you planning to sleep under the stars tonight?
Go for it!
For both locals and tourists of Washington, camping is usually never a problem. The state makes up a huge part of the Pacific Northwest–a region marked by stately landscapes and untouched nature, and as such, a perfect place to pitch a tent and build a campfire!
But if you’re still looking for a topnotch place to camp for the night, Hakuna Matata!
We got you covered.
Here are the 5 go-to camping sites in Washington State:
#1. Kalaloch, Olympic National Park (Coast)
Kalaloch, a native term in the Quinault language, means “a good place to land.” It has about 170 campsites and is open all-year round starting at $14-$18 a night. There are RVs available up to 21 feet, which are fully equipped with water and flush toilets.
The campground, which sits on a ridge overlooking the Pacific, had become increasingly popular with the nearby town of Forks. Although not exactly on the beach, there are spots with the view of the ocean for those who want to relax with the sound of the waves, and all areas have access to stairs leading down to the beach.
Don’t forget to check out the Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail and the Hoh Rainforest when you get there! Kalaloch is open for reservations, but you are advised to reserve up to 5 months in advance during summer.
#2. Lake Wenatchee, Nason Creek Campground
Nason Creek Campground near Lake Wenatchee has 73 sites grouped into 2 with $17 a night for a single location. The RVs are fine, which also has water and flush toilets. There are no reservations and campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You can skip the crowded camping on Lake Wenatchee State Park and go for this nearby US Forest Service campground. It has a walking distance from the state park in case you want to take a shower, rent a canoe, go horseback riding, or eat an ice cream cone.
#3. White River, Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park has a total of 112 sites with $12 a night. Its peak season comes from late June to September. Flush toilets and water connection are available. There are also no reservations; therefore all sites are on a first-come, first-serve policy.
White River elevates at 4,400 ft. and melts out a bit later than other Rainier campgrounds and that’s okay. You would want to schedule your trip here in late July or early August, where the wildflowers that cover the subalpine meadows are in full bloom.
Note there are no RV hookups, and the sites are too small for any RVs but are perfect for tent campers. You can hike right from the campground if you want to, the Wonderland Trail and Glacier Basin Trail pass through here.
#4. Moran State Park, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands
The Moran State Park has 166 sites that range from $12-25 a night. RVs up to 45 ft. are welcome to park for the night. If you plan to visit, be sure to make your reservations nine months ahead. Also know that some campsites are first-come, first-serve.
This is the fourth largest state park in Washington with 5,252 acres of forest that offers everything from 61 kilometers of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails to swimming, fishing, camping sites in Washington state near lakes and kayaking on one of the lakes.
The park is located on Orcas Island and is easily accessible by ferry. You can also walk with your camping gear and pay about $12 round-trip to take the Orcas Island Shuttle to the park.
It’s your call!
#5. Ohanapecosh, Mount Rainier National Park
There are approximately 188 campsites divided into 2 groups for $15 a night for a single site. The demand is high during late May to early October. Up to 32 ft. long RVs can park for the night, but note there are tent-only sites, including some walk-ins for additional privacy. Water and flush toilets are available, and about half the place can be reserved ahead of time, and the rest are first-come, first-serve.
Ohanapecosh is one of the least crowded most famous campgrounds in the Mount Rainier National Park. There are beautiful trails like the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail and the Silver Falls Trail where the wind is surrounding the old-grown forest, hot springs, tossing river, and gushing waterfall.
You should know that the park also offers a ranger station and sense of community among campers–making it the top choice for first-timers. Also, note that it’s closed during winter and reservations are highly encouraged.
If you love the outdoors, camping and Washington, then plan your next trip on these campgrounds now! And while you’re away, make sure to have your house cleaned by the trusted professionals!