IDEAL WEEKEND RV GETAWAYS IN WASHINGTON STATE

I LOVE Washington. And as a writer, I naturally love helping others learn about new places to explore in Washington. So grab the family, pack the RV and check out four of my favorite locations for a fun-packed RV getaway weekend.

 

1. Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula is unique from the rest of the state. I truly could RV here all summer and never get bored.

Hurricane Ridge – From Port Angeles, a 17 mile drive elevates you to the mountain tops of the Olympic Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of snow capped mountains and of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Plenty of hiking available for all endurance levels including many kid-friendly trails.

 

Marymere Falls – Want to hike to a waterfall? Get up close with a gentle waterfall cascading 90 feet into a small pool. A kid-friendly one mile trail leads you through the forest and over a log bridge. The steepest part of the trail lies near the end as you approach the waterfall.

 

Hoh Rain Forest – Possibly the greenest place on the planet! An artist would struggle rendering all the shades of green found here. A small visitor center marks the start of two short trails. The Hall of Mosses Trail (0.8 mile) and the Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 mile) wind through the most popular sections of the rain forest. Several times we have taken the longer 17.3 mile Hoh River Trail for a mile or so to escape the crowds and enjoy a picnic lunch.

 

Second Beach – The one and a half mile roundtrip hike is relatively flat until you descend down to the beach. Plan to arrive to Second Beach at low tide and you will be rewarded with amazing tide pools on the north side of the beach by the natural arch. Sea stacks and islets known as the Quillayute Needles tower in the ocean water. Turn and head south on the beach for over a mile to a challenging trail that passes over the headland to another beach.

 

Need a basecamp for your adventures? Check out the Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push and Shadow Mountain RV Park outside of Port Angeles.

 

2. Eastern Washington

Looking to escape rainy western Washington? Enjoy a long weekend getaway at Sun Lakes Resort.

Dry Falls – This three and a half mile wide gorge is what remains from the largest waterfall known to have existed on earth and is considered one of the natural wonders of North America.

 

Lake Lenore Caves – Located about 20 minutes south of Sun Lakes Resort is a series of seven caves once used by the native tribes. Not deep caves, but my kids love exploring for petroglyphs and arrow heads.

 

3. Mt. Rainier

You can’t go wrong with a weekend at Mt. Rainier.  Subalpine meadows, summer snow, glaciers, and endless hiking all await you.  Make sure to stop by the visitor center at Paradise Lodge.

4. Mt. St. Helens

Here at Mt. St. Helens, you can observe the devastation and the power of nature resulting from the 1980 eruption.  We explored both sides of the mountain while staying at Lone Fir Resort.

Ape Cave – Explore the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles long.

 

Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge – Dare to cross? Built with no stiffening members under the deck, the boards are free to move a bit giving it a trampoline feel as you cross all one hundred feet.

 

Trail of Two Forests – This short, informative trail leads through our current forest and the ghost forest from before an eruption over 2,000 years ago left behind tree molds in the hardened lava. If feeling adventurous, kids will love climbing through on hands and knees about 50 feet where two trees fell and formed a tunnel in the lava.

 

Johnston Ridge Observatory and Forest Learning Center – Check out the north side to explore the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Forest Learning Center. My boys were fascinated by the eruption movie and being able to still see the devastation at the observatory.

 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope exploring Washington just got a whole lot easier! Let me know your favorite Washington hotspots. I always love learning about new places. 🙂 God Bless.