Famous for its state parks and gorgeous views, Washington State is the one of the best camping destinations in the contiguous United States. Picking just one spot out of the possibly hundreds available can seem like a big task, but taking a closer look at each spot can help you weed out the ones that do not have what you are looking for.
You want to give yourself some criteria, like beautiful views, large campsites, a private nature setting, and nearby attractions. The camping spots in this list contain all of these features. Just be sure to have the proper camping gear before you go. A camping hammock is ideal for these camping spots, here is some of my favorite camping hammocks and reviews.
Ohanapecosh, Mount Rainier National Park
This affordable campground is one of the major camping areas located inside Mount Rainier National Park. Ohanapecosh is one of the quieter spots, although It is still well loved by campers.
The beauty of this site lies in its old-growth forests and the Ohanapecosh River, which runs right through the middle. You can take a half-mile hike on the nature loop up to the hot springs, passing through lush passages of Doug firs.
You can also drive up the road a little bit to find a trail to the Grove of the Patriarchs, a section of forest containing some of the largest trees on the planet. This trail is a flat, easy loop. There are 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh to choose from, each costing only $15 per night- open from late May through early October. RVs up to 32 feet long can go on most sites, with the exception of a few tent-only sites. There are no cook facilities here, so be sure to bring a stove, if you need one, here are the best camping stoves on the market.
White River, Mount Rainier National Park
Located at 4,400 feet above sea level, this campground has a more limited camping season: late June through September. The best time to visit Mount Rainer is in late July or early August when the wildflowers covering the mountain meadows, about 12 miles up the road, are in full bloom. While this campground is wildly beautiful, it is more suited for tents than RVs; there are no electric hookups and the sites are on the small side.
The largest of the sites are located right on the river and include a view of Mt. Rainier, which looms directly above. You will also find some gorgeous trails near this campground including the Glacier Basin Trail and Wonderland Trail. There are 112 sites costing only $12 per night, which does include toilets. You cannot reserve any sites in this campground.
Nason Creek, Wenatchee National Forest near Lake Wenatchee
Although Lake Wenatchee State Park is the more popular campground, drawing crowds all summer long, you can get the same experience in a far quieter setting by going up the road instead, to the Wenatchee National Forest Campground at Nason Creek.
You will not only get a private camping experience at this campground, but you have access to potable water and toilets.
These 73 sites are big enough for RVs of any size, although they cannot be reserved. The is cost a mere $17 per night. If you are interested in visiting the more ‘tourist-centered’ amenities of Lake Wenatchee State Park’s campground (like ice cream cones, horseback rides, and showers), you need only take a short walk down the road.
Ida Creek, Wenatchee National Forest up Icicle River Road near Leavenworth
Choose this campground if you want a place to stay close to the Icicle River canyon, renown as one of the most gorgeous areas of Washington state. Only featuring 10 sites with an RV size limit of 30 feet, you still have access to water and toilets. You will find the Icicle Gorge Trail nearby, as well as a visual of Ida Creek and Icicle Creek. It’s a great spot for summer campers who want extreme beauty coupled with privacy, costing $14 a night.
Spencer Spit State Park, Lopez Island, San Juan Islands
This beautiful, quiet little campground is located on a sand spit in the northeast corner of Lopez Island, where it encloses a small lagoon. Seven of the sites are right on the beach, but include no privacy. The rest (30 more) are set a bit further back (larger ones up on the bluff), still with gorgeous views. From any of these sites, you can explore the tidal areas and walk on the sand spit. The cost is $22 per night and includes water and toilets, but no showers.