From kayaking and crabbing to high-elevation hiking, the Seattle mountains have it all.
With its enviable location on the Puget Sound, Seattle blends urban and outdoor lifestyles. When you’re craving a camping trip, you’re in luck—an hour’s drive takes you out of the city and into the wild. Northwestern Washington has it all, from backcountry mountain sites to Coastal RV parks.
Your biggest challenge is choosing the perfect site! For a PNW island vibe, check out the campgrounds on the Puget Sound. At spots like Fay Bainbridge Park and Joemma Beach State Park, you can sleep within steps of the sea.
About 40 miles from the city, the North Cascades offer cool mountain campsites. Camp on the slopes of an active volcano at Mount Rainier National Park. To the north, choose from 150 campgrounds and cabins in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. With 1,285 miles of hiking trails and endless rivers and streams, the forest has plenty to keep you busy.
Out on the Olympic Peninsula, it’s all wild mountains and pounding surf. You’ll find 14 campgrounds in Olympic National Park; sites at beautiful South Beach overlook the Pacific. Nearby, explore the Hoh Rainforest and hike the misty peaks. Or, join the locals in surfing and kayaking along the rocky coast.
Weather is always a consideration on a Seattle camping trip. The rainy season runs from November to May, but it’s a good idea to bring rain gear year-round. Summer brings sunshine and warm weather—be sure to book campsites early to beat the crowds.