The pandemic has changed the way people travel. And one of the biggest shifts is a greater focus on open-air trips. Far from a fad, getaways that combine scenic beauty, family-friendly activities and relaxing vibes are here to stay. (After all, we could all use a little R&R every now and again, err always.) This brings us to one of the most popular means of getting out and immersing yourself in nature. Camping—whether it’s a quick overnight or a week-long vacation.

Surely, you already know there’s terrific camping in Colorado, California and New York. Perhaps, you’re even aware of the many campsites in Texas and Florida. But what’s your familiarity with the best camping in Washington? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of the best spots to spend the night underneath the stars. What’s cool is that it’s not just tents. You'll also find RV parks, car camping (Google “car campgrounds near Seattle”), glamping setups and more unique options such as yurts. The accommodations, of course, come secondary to the gorgeous scenery that’s all around.

According to Pitchup.com, the most popular location types for camping are beaches, mountains and forests (in that order). Where does this trifecta of beautiful backdrops exist? Yep, you guessed it, all this—and more—is waiting in the Evergreen State.

So pack up your food (please bring more than just s’mores supplies), reusable water bottle, bug spray, fave all-terrain gear, extra clothing, stuff to keep the kids entertained and products for your pup (provided the campground is dog-friendly) and head out west for some unforgettable camping in Washington. Oh, and because pitching a tent and trekking are basically a match made in outdoorsy heaven, don’t forget to consult this handy hiking checklist before hitting the trails.

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Best Camping in Washington OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
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1. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Olympic National Park is known far and wide for its glacier-capped Mount Olympus. Trekking to the summit stands out as a Herculean task that requires quite a bit of grit. (It all sounds very ancient Greek, amirite?) While exploring the fortitude-testing peaks, old-growth rainforests and 70 miles of rugged coastline, it’s really fun to pretend you're some Athenian warrior on an odyssey decried by Zeus. Big, deep and oh-so blue, Lake Crescent (that'd be Poseidon’s territory for anyone keeping score) offers ample opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. Ready to unwind? Seek out a quiet campground right by the Quillayute River or set up your tent near mineral hot spring pools. You’ve definitely earned a soothing soak after so much effort!

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Best Camping in Washington MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
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2. MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

The crown jewel of Mount Rainier National Park? It’s obviously Mount Rainier, which sits 14,410 feet above sea level and holds the title of the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. And that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness in store for visitors. There are also five major rivers, meadows filled with wildflowers, glimmering lakes and icy glaciers. Another standout feature (or, rather, features)? The myriad hiking trails for every skill level. And, of course, the car campgrounds and primitive walk-in sites for tents only deserve a shoutout. While real-deal mountaineer types can obtain permits for off-the-beaten-path backcountry camping that all feels very modern pioneer in spirit.

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Best Camping in Washington CAT
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3. NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK

Located just a two-hour drive from Seattle, North Cascades National Park will delight your senses with an ecologically diverse alpine landscape that’s truly like no other. Expect an enticing mix of dramatic peaks, glimmering lakes, verdant valleys and more than 300 glaciers as well as an abundance of scenic hiking trails, ranging from beginner-friendly to expert level. That’s not all! We haven’t even talked about the drive-in campgrounds along State Route 20 and sites on the banks of the Skagit River that accommodate small to mid-size RVs.

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Best Camping in Washington LAKE CHELAN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
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4. LAKE CHELAN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

The 61,949-acre Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is a destination of unparalleled beauty, year-round wildlife peeping and outdoor recreation (hiking, fishing and boating give way to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter) and tech-free adventures. To that end, cell phone reception doesn’t really exist. So turn on that OOO reply and dive headfirst into full-on vacation mode. The camping options, which range from lakeshore sites Bridal Veil Falls to permitted backcountry camping amidst the untamed wilderness, reinforce the far-away-from-the-stress-of-daily-life mentality of this remarkable place.

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Best Csmping in Washington LAKE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
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5. LAKE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Every once in a while, we stumble upon a locale that lures history buffs and outdoor junkies alike. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Northeast Washington does just that. Massive ice age floods set the stage for the incredible geologic landscape that’s evolved over thousands of years. Native Americans, early settlers, traders and trappers are just some of the people who have lived in this fruitful area. OK, now, back to the present. Lake Roosevelt itself is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Snoozing at a lakefront campground with a boat launch ensures you won’t miss out on even a moment of time on the water.

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Best Camping in Washington DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK
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6. DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK

Washington's most-visited state park for so many reasons, Deception Pass State Park provides day-trippers with resplendent scenery (think secluded coves, dramatic cliffs and windswept dunes associated with the extensive Puget Sound coastline) and an enviable array of activities—notably collecting shells along the beach, boating at Cornet Bay and soaking in the spellbinding views from the iconic bridge. With stunning sunsets and after-dark stargazing, you won't want to leave at the end of a day filled with swimming, collecting shells and hiking. Down to spend the night? Reserve one of the 172 tent sites. Traveling with pals or family members? There’s a group camp for up to 50 people!

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Best Camping in Washington CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK
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7. CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK

A negative-sounding name for what is by all accounts a really spectacular spot, Cape Disappointment State Park does the exact opposite of disappoint (to be fair, it’s called that because of Captain John Meares’ foiled freshman voyage to find the Columbia). This 2,023-acre Pacific Northwest legend on the Long Beach Peninsula wows with its Pacific Ocean frontage, lighthouses, craggy cliffs, crashing waves, saltwater marshes, sparkling freshwater lakes and old-growth forests. It’s also steeped in both maritime and U.S. military lore (raise your hand if you learned about Lewis and Clark in school). Did we mention a mix of traditional camps, partial-hookup sites and yurts are up for grabs?

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Best Camping in Washington LAKE WENATCHEE STATE PARK
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8. LAKE WENATCHEE STATE PARK

Situated just 16 miles from the enchanting Bahavian village of Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee State Park has long been a household name in the Pacific Northwest. For travelers from across the country who might not be as familiar, we’ll give you the scoop. The glacier-fed lake for which the park is named delivers big on the recreation front. Take advantage of stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking and boating or turn your attention to land-locked pursuits such as climbing, biking, hiking and horseback riding. Don’t forget about year-round tent camping (in the winter, heated restrooms and warming shelters are available).

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Best Camping in Washington ROSS LAKE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
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9. ROSS LAKE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Billed as the most accessible part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex (which also includes North Cascades National Park and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area), Ross Lake National Recreation Area is a playground of adventure and outdoor activities that’s not too far south of the Canada-United States border. In the running for the coolest part of the visitor experience—well, besides hiking, paddling, fishing, ranger-led programs and naturalist tours? The 19 boat-in camps along the shores of Ross Lake that are equipped with fire-rings, picnic tables, tent pads and food storage lockers.

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Best Camping in Washington LARRABEE STATE PARK
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10. LARRABEE STATE PARK

This list wouldn't be complete without giving Washington's first state park its due. Established in 1915 and located less than six miles from Bellingham, Larrabee State Park presides over Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. The picture-perfect shoreline is the biggest selling point. Inland of the tidal pools, watercraft launches and diving are forested mountain bike trails, freshwater trout fishing and hiking. Overnight adventurers can hunker down at the 85 campsites on the seaward side of Chuckanut Mountain with access to showers, potable water and restrooms. There’s also a group tent camping area for a maximum of 40 people (not sure why this just screams family reunion to us).

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Best Camping in Washington SEQUIM BAY STATE PARK
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11. SEQUIM BAY STATE PARK

Perched on the picturesque northern Olympic Peninsula, Sequim Bay State Park lies in one of the driest micro-climates west of the Cascade Mountain (translation: the rain that’s commonly associated with the Pacific Northwest isn’t likely to impact your trip). It also has 4,909 feet of saltwater coast and plays host to part of Olympic Discovery Trail, a 120-mile, multi-use recreation path that extends from Port Townsend west to the Pacific Ocean. Plus, the RV sites accommodate watercraft, meaning you never have to decide between a day of boating and a night huddled around the campfire.

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Best Camping in Washington SPENCER SPIT STATE PARK
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12. SPENCER SPIT STATE PARK

Spencer Spit State park encompasses 138 beautiful acres on the summer holiday sanctuary of Lopez Island. Crabbing, clamming, boating and peering into tidal pools are some of the most popular pursuits. Love birdwatching? With any luck, you might see crows, ravens, eagles, geese, hawks, owls, herons, seagulls, hummingbirds, ospreys and woodpeckers. Don’t be surprised when chipmunks, rabbits, deers, elk and otters scurry past on the trails. Fisherman, we didn’t forget about you! How does catching cod, perch and salmon sound? Carve out some time to stand back and admire the many types of trees (cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, alder and maple to name a few). For camping enthusiasts, there are 37 tent spaces, two group sites, one dump station and two restroom facilities.

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Best Camping in Washington CAMANO ISLAND STATE PARK
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13. CAMANO ISLAND STATE PARK

Proximity to Seattle makes Camano Island State Park the perfect spot for a laid-back weekend getaway surrounded by nature. But let’s back it up for a moment and really extoll the wonders of this less-trammeled treasure of a recreation area in Puget Sound. It covers 244 acres, boasts 6,700 feet of mesmerizingly rocky shoreline and impresses visitors with a wealth of activities, from seaside strolls and sailboarding (basically, someone stands up on a board connected to a mast and sail) to crabbing and saltwater fishing. While tranquil tent and RV sites as well as forest cabins are a hit with campers looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The group camp fits 100 people and touts a kitchen shelter. OK, that’s totally going to take your bean recipes to new culinary heights.

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Best Camping in Washington ODLIN COUNTY PARK
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14. ODLIN COUNTY PARK

Odlin County Park is an 80-acre Lopez Island gem set along the Salish Sea. It has all the hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating you could possibly want, plus a wetlands area that’s worth exploring and, of course, plenty of campsites. Not super keen on sleeping in a tent? RVs and camper vans allow you to bring some of those creature comforts into the equation. (And, for the record, shacking up in either type of vehicle still counts as camping in our book.) Choose between several sites that have toilets, mooring buoys, day-use docks and beach access. Problem solved.

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