Relaxing in a vintage travel trailer. Credit: Megan Winternheimer
Around the Olympic Peninsula
Your camper will keep you warm and dry even on this verdant forested peninsula that gets 140 inches of rain per year. Follow Highway 101 as it loops around Olympic National Park, starting on shellfish-rich Hood Canal and ending on the wild Pacific Coast.
Dosewallips State Park near Brinnon on Hood Canal is a favorite park for families due to its variety: forested trails, a pristine river with wide gravel bars that attract herds of elk, and saltwater beaches that are loaded with oysters and clams. Note: You’ll need a shellfish license to harvest them; licenses are available at area gas stations. The campground has 48 full-hookup campsites that accommodate RVs to 60 feet. Reserve online or by calling 1-888-226-7688.
Salt Creek Recreation Area, west of Port Angeles, is great for families with children of all ages — there’s playground equipment for young kids, historical military installations for older kids (this land was previously Camp Hayden, a World War II camp) and rocky tide pools full of marine life for everyone! Most of the campsites have views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca across to Vancouver Island. Half of the 92 campsites are reservable, and most of them have full hookups. Reserve online.
Bogachiel State Park, located south of Forks, is one of the few campgrounds on public lands in this coastal region of the Olympics that offers utility hookups, and there are only six campsites with them. Make this your basecamp while hiking the Bogachiel River Valley, the Hoh Valley or the coastal trails of La Push and Rialto Beach. Reserve online or by calling 1-888-226-7688.