There are so many awesome camping spots in the Washington & Oregon (aka the Pacfic Northwest). Over the last few years, we have camped in many of them. We like some of them but there are some that we do not ever want to go back again. Here are some of our favorite campsites. These are all in the National Parks and thus have pretty good facilities including bathrooms and showers.
1. Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon
The biggest attraction for this campsite is the sand dunes. It is amazing how many creative stories come from their imagination while playing in the sand dunes. The Tillamook Cheese & Ice-cream factory is 30 miles south of this campsite. So usually we will make a drive down to tour the factory and get some of their delicious ice-cream. There are playgrounds in the middle of some of the camping loops. There are also yurts available if you do not like tent camping.
2. Deception Pass State Park, Washington
We go back to Deception Pass every year. It is only about 1 1/2 hour drive north of Seattle. We love the fact that there is a lake on one side of the campsite and the Puget sound on the other side. On summer weekends, there are junior ranger programs for the kids and movie nights too.
3. Lake Chelan State Park, Washington
Lake Chelan is a very beautiful place. The best campsites are right by the water but these campsites might not work if you have very young kids. There are lots of activities at the huge lake. There is also a convenience store onsite in case you need anything.
4. Birch Bay State Park, Washington
You can go clamming at the beach at Birch Bay State Park. One year, we went clamming and cooked them for dinner that night at the campsite. Even the kiddos enjoyed them. It is also near the Canada border, so if you have your passports, you can just cross the border and spend a day in Vancouver.
5. Lake Wenatchee State Park, Washington
There is a playground and a tiny snack shop on site. You can also rent horses for a guided horse ride at the riding stable at the park. There is a place about 10 minutes drive away where you can rent platoon boats for the whole family and go fishing or just cruising around the lake.
6. Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington
This is a fun park with lots of activities. You can also take a hike to see the lighthouse. When we were camping there one year, there was even a pizza delivery to the campsite! Needless to say the kids were very impressed! If you are camping there in August, you can drive to the nearby Long Beach to check out the Kite Festival
7. Moran State Park, Washington
Located on Orcas Island in San Juan, there are so much to do there. You can hike, bike and rent boats. You can hike (or drive ) to Mt. Constitution and admire the amazing view from the top. You can see all the way to Canada if the weather is good.
8. Spencer Spit State Park, Washington
Spencer Spit State Park is also in the San Juans but one a different island – Lopez Island. There are restrooms but no shower at this park. The Spit is a fun place for the kids to explore but do watch out for high tides and don’t get stuck on the spit.
The campgrounds listed above are very popular campgrounds which means that they get booked up really fast. So if you want to check out these camps, do plan earlier and I mean way earlier. Campsites usually open up 9 months ahead.