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Pacific Northwest has it all....

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Some of the best weekend getaways for us in the Pacific Northwest

Cape Disappointment State Park, Southwest of Ilwaco

The campground launches you into 1,880 pristine acres at the end of the Long Beach Peninsula. Wander 27 miles of beach, or go clamming or fishing. Sites 104 and 105 have great beach access. 360/902-8844; book at

Lone Fir Campground, Okanogan National Forest, Northwest of Winthrop

A wooded spot along Early Winters Creek offers a cool base for exploring the northern Methow Valley. On hot days, head to the swimming beach at Pearrygin Lake State Park, near Winthrop. No reservations; 509/996-4003.

White River Campground, Mt. Rainier National Park

Keep an eye out for mountain goats near this campground (accessed from the White River entrance) on Mt. Rainier. For wildflowers, hike 3 miles to Glacier Basin or 4.2 miles up, up, up to Summerland via the Wonderland Trail. No reservations; 360/569-2211

Moran State Park, on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands

After you summit 2,400-foot Mt. Constitution or conquer the park’s bike trails, cool off by Cascade Lake at this shaded campground. Skip the long car-ferry lines and walk on with your gear; the Orcas Island Shuttle ($5 one-way; runs all summer long. 360/902-8844; book at

* Due to covid restrictions, be sure to call ahead and see about availability of camping spots

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