Motor Home Around Washington State

By: Andrew Stratton

Washington State has everything to offer RV lovers - pristine old-growth pine forests, snow-capped mountain peaks, rainforests, glaciers and a coastline unlike anywhere else in the United States. And, right in the middle of it all is the city of Seattle, a great jumping off point for your motor home adventures.

You'll find a wide variety of natural beauty and outdoor activities in Washington State.

The Olympic Peninsula has quite a variety to offer, for such a small area. There are beautiful coastlines that zigzag back and forth. You can see giant meadows where glaciers are slowly melting off and joining the ocean. And there are valleys where you can enjoy America's only rainforests.

Here are a few of the most popular motor home parks in the area:

Crescent Beach and RV Park in Port Angeles puts you an easy half-mile from a great, sandy beach. This area is fully equipped with hook-ups and modern facilities, and there are a number of activities you can enjoy on the beach, including kayaking, kite flying and good surfing.

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend is fully equipped with everything you'll need, and it has two separate sights for you to choose from. You can choose a spot in the middle of the forest, or out in the open where you can see the Straits of Juan de Fuca. There are many activities in walking distance of the site, including museums, an aquarium and nature hikes.

At Old Fort Townsend Sate Park in Port Townsend, you get a great view of the port and the island. It's right next to the water, so you'll hear the ocean waves rolling in. They do not accept reservations, however, so it's sometimes hard to get a spot.

At The Edge of the Volcano - Mount St. Helens

No trip to Washington would be complete without seeing America's biggest volcano. In 1980, St. Helens erupted, sending ash into the air, lava over the ground and destroying the nearby communities. But don't worry, they're keeping tabs on her, and they'll let you know if it looks like it's going to happen again!

Now you can see the after-effects of the eruption. There are giant pieces of ruptured rock, lava beds, and the majestic cinder cone itself, looming in the distance.

St. Helens is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and there are many activities there, including camping, hiking and other outdoor recreational pursuits. Here are a few of the best motor home spots in the area.

Mt. St. Helens RV Park at Castle Rock is an RV site favored by the locals because of its friendly, helpful staff and close proximity to all the things to do.

Toutle's Eco Park Resort is as close as you can get to the mountain, and still sleep in an RV. The entire space is 90 acres, and it is full of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, wildlife viewing and helicopter tours.

Lush Woodlands And Melting Glaciers - Mount Rainier

How about another great volcano that has less chance of exploding? The 14,410 foot Mt. Rainier is a volcano just like Mt. St. Helens, but the almost 40 square miles of glaciers and snow help keep a cap on it. The mountain is surrounded by miles of forests and meadows. There are hiking trails and campgrounds throughout the area, where you can be surrounded by whispering pines with the snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance.

Mt. Rainier National Park has quite a few options for accommodations and is the closest you can get to everything. It offers sights such as hot springs, glaciers and geysers, and there is biking, fishing, horseback riding, skiing and auto touring.

Rainier View RV Park in Graham is a great spot for those who would rather get a view of the mountain than be at the base of it. It is located on a high hill where every site has a great view of the mountain and surrounding forests.

With it's wonderful coastline, lush forests, sub alpine meadows and towering mountain peaks, Washington is a great destination for your motor home.

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