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8 Best RV Destinations in the Pacific Northwest

In terms of natural beauty few places can compare to the Pacific Northwest.

Outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes know this area is one of the best in the US for camping, hiking, biking, and all kinds of outdoor activities.

But, you don’t have to rough it to enjoy this scenic area.

The Pacific Northwest is home to many great RV destinations – from soaring redwoods to Glacier National Park.

Read on for a closer look at some of the best RV destinations in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Crater Lake Oregon: Mazama Village Campground

View from the Western rim of Crater Lake

Situated in Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is home to the deepest–and one of the most beautiful–lakes in the US: Crater Lake.

The lake itself makes a trip to this area entirely worthwhile, but the area is also home to plenty of other great outdoor activities.

Camping is available at several locations in the park, with the best spot for RVs being Mazama Village Campground. With sites available for rigs of all sizes and full hookups available at some sites, this is a great location for those looking for the complete package that’s still right in the heart of the park.

Sites with no hookups and electric only hookups are available too. And, unlike many national parks or national forest campgrounds, Mazama Campground does have restrooms with flush toilets and potable water available.

Although this campground has over 200 sites, it’s a popular destination so make sure you make your reservations early!  

Keep in mind that snow can often remain on the ground at Crater Lake well into July, so aim for late July through late September if you’re considering this park.

Newport Oregon: Pacific Shores MotorCoach Resort

Lighthouse in Newport Oregon near the coast

Located on the Pacific coast in central Oregon, Newport is another great destination for a Pacific Northwest vacation. Home to sandy beaches, the historic Yaquina Lighthouse, and many other waterfront activities, this area has a lot going on. Plus, it’s not too far from many of Oregon’s other outdoor hotspots.

For RVers, Newport’s Pacific Shores MotorCoach Resort is one of the best camping spots in the area. A beachfront location gives you 24/7 access to this temperate area of the Pacific. Campers also have access to a pool, exercise facilities, walking trails, and more.

While there are a few different types of sites available, all of the sites in this park would be considered premium in most RV parks. All sites are paved, very level, and include nice picnic tables and well-maintained landscaping.

Oddly, this park does only allow newer Class A or Class C RVs though, no trailers of any kind.

Joseph Oregon: Park at the River

Wallowa Lake near Joseph from the northern shorline

Joseph Oregon is situated in the northeast corner of the state. Tucked into the Wallowa mountains with the Wallowa river and lake just to the south, this area is home to some great hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Stay right on the Wallowa River at the Park at the River. This cozy park has nearly 50 full hookup sites, including 30 and 50 amp sites, along with some rustic sites with no hookups. The rustic sites are located right on the river though. Cabins are also available along with laundry facilities and an event center.

The Park at the River has plenty of big, older trees throughout the park, offering lots of shade. But, the views of the surrounding mountains and river are also very good.

Washington Coast: Pacific Beach State Park

If you want to go a little farther north, Pacific Beach State Park is located west of Seattle right on the shores of the Pacific. This park is also very close to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.

Pacific Beach State Park has over 60 campsites with the maximum site length being about 60 feet. Nearly half the sites have partial hookups (electric only) but there is potable water in the campground and a dump station. 26 sites are located on the water, but all campsites appear to have good views of the beach due to minimal tree cover.

This park does have restroom facilities too and many areas of the park are ADA accessible.

Mount Rainier Washington: Mount Rainer National Park

view from a meadow in Mt Rainier National Park

Sitting less than 100 miles southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier is a popular destination for RVers–and with good reason. Mount Rainier is over 14,000 feet tall and is a very prominent sight in the surrounding area.

Around the mountain, you’ll find Mount Rainer National Park which is packed with hiking and other outdoor activities.

The area around the national park has plenty of RV parks but several campgrounds are located within the national park too. Save some money and get closer to nature by staying at the Cougar Rock, White River, or Ohanapecosh campgrounds.

All of the campgrounds in the park can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet and trailers of no more than 27 feet in length. While sites are water only, fees are relatively low and dump stations are located in all of the park’s campgrounds.

There are more than 500 campsites within the three campgrounds, but this area is very popular so try to make reservations before making a trip to Mount Rainier.

Washington: Olympic National Park

view of the sunset in Olympia National park in Washington

Home to Mount Olympus, scenic old growth forests, and mile after mile of hiking trails, Olympic National Park is a must-see spot in the Pacific Northwest.

This national park has plenty of camping right inside the park. Out of the 14 developed campgrounds located within the park, 9 are suitable for RVs with varying levels of access and hookups. Most of the campgrounds have potable water and dump stations.

The one drawback to staying in Olympic National Park is that all of the campgrounds except Kalaloch and Sol Duc are first come, first served only. During the busy months, you’ll need to show up early to get a spot if you don’t make a reservation at the right campground.

Montana: Glacier National Park

Perhaps one of the most well known national parks in the US, Glacier National Park spans more than one million square miles in northwestern Montana. This park is known for its unique glacier formed scenery, superb hiking, and many other unique outdoor attractions.

To get the full experience at this park, try staying at one of the many campgrounds within the park. Like many national parks and forests, there are no hookups at any of the campsites within the park so make sure you come prepared.

Potable water and bathrooms with running water are available at most of the campgrounds, but only a few have dump stations.

Fees are very reasonable and comparable to most national park campgrounds but reservations are only available at the St. Mary and Fish Creek campgrounds. Some sites are also reservable at the Apgar and Many Glacier campgrounds, but not all. So, get your reservations in early if you can.

Glacier can get extremely busy during the peak summer season. If you’re renting an RV for the first time, it can be a bit stressful navigating the narrow roads. Some of the other parks we’ve covered might be a better option.

Northern California: Redwood National Park

Situated along the Northern California coast, Redwood National Park covers a relatively small area but preserves some seriously large Redwood trees along with a swath of Pacific coast rainforest. The park is home to a collection of its namesake Redwood trees along with a network of hiking trails and scenic forest drives.

Camping is available throughout the park at a number of different campgrounds. Two of the park’s four developed campgrounds have dump stations but none offer hookups of any kind, though potable water and restrooms with showers are available at all camping areas.

Campsites are not particularly large either, with most accommodating motorhomes and trailers of no more than 30 feet and some allowing nothing longer than 20 feet.

Reservations are available at all campgrounds and are highly recommended. This is a very busy park during the summer months, so make your plans and reservations early.

Other Great RV Destinations

The Pacific Northwest has some truly unique outdoor spots that make great destinations for RV trips. Whether you’re renting an RV or have you’re own, if you’re looking for ideas for your next getaway, be sure to keep this area in mind.

You can also check out our articles on the best RV destinations in the Northeast, our favorite Southwest destinations, and some great warm locations in the Southeast.