Offering the freedom of the open road and the ability to take the comforts of home with you, RV camping has a timeless allure. Since the first “autocampers” set forth in the 1920s, North Americans have turned to RV camping as a way to see more hidden spots with relatively low costs.
Where should you park your RV right now? There’s a wide range of RV campgrounds out there. Public parks with RV camping offer more in the way of breathtaking scenery than hook-ups. Private RV parks have all the amps you need, and other perks like water, sewage, WiFi, laundry and even swimming pools. While RV parks are not always smack-dab in the middle of the scenery, they’re often located right next to it.
With the pandemic rendering camping a no-go, here are eight West Coast RV campgrounds worth a visit.
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Prepare to experience incredible RV camping on the Oregon coast. At Oceanside RV Resort and Campground, you’ll experience the sounds and smells of the Pacific Ocean from every tent, RV site, or vacation rental. Enjoy the tide pools on the pet-friendly beach or try your hand at fishing and crabbing. You can even go whale watching or enjoy various state parks, wineries, hot air balloon rides, museums, and much more.
Olympic National Park in northern Washington is a breathtaking world heritage sight; the wild 73-mile coastline, where Kalaloch campgrounds are located, is the crown jewel. Set on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Pacific, you will always hear the background roar of the waves. Several staircases descend to the beach below from the campground. You can hike the beach in either direction.
Bayshore RV Park in Tokeland, WA, offers 400 feet of private beach right on the coast. Located on Willapa Bay, Tokeland is centrally located nearby Westport, Grayland, Raymond, and South Bend. Healthcare workers currently receive 25% off with ID.
Getaway to the high desert plateaus of Bend, Oregon. Nestled just east of the Cascade Mountains, Crown Villa RV Resort provides a place to relax and rejuvenate in the great outdoors. All guests can enjoy a hot tub, a game of billiards in the clubhouse, or sitting around a distanced fire in the courtyard.
Get up close and personal with Mount Rainier at Ohanapecosh campground. The subalpine wildflower meadows ring the glacial peaks and the old-growth forest is so abundant you might just start to take trees wider than a hug for granted.
Located on the tranquil shores of Soap Lake, Washington, Smokiam RV Resort and Campground is the perfect setting for your next vacation. Choose from the luxurious new cabin rentals, large renovated RV sites, campsites, or a unique adventure in a Tepee. Soap Lake itself is a unique mineral lake, world-renowned as “nature’s spa.”
Oceanside RV Park is located along the Rogue River adjoining the Sea, in the beautiful Gold Beach, Oregon. The park is currently offering 50 full hook-up RV sites and two yurts to make your stay memorable.
This RV’ers paradise, perched at the coastal intersection of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, is a bit like the set of a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Lazy days are easily lost at the 4,200-acre Fort Stevens; spend them beachcombing near historic shipwrecks or walking and biking along the miles of trails through shore pines and dunes. It’s practically mandatory to finish with a beachfront BBQ. There are 300 campsites that have electricity and water, picnic tables and fire grills.