In western Washington, Puget Sound creates an immense playground of beaches, bays and islands linked by America’s largest ferry system. Go clamming along the Pacific, whale watching in the San Juan Islands or exploring on the cedar-shrouded Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy a day in Seattle. Within a day’s drive of most Washington campgrounds are the peaks of Mount Rainier or Mount Baker, rising above the Cascade Range. Mountain towns like Winthrop and Leavenworth position you for outdoor fun with RV parks, cabin rentals and tent camping. Out east, grand western rivers like the Snake, Columbia and Yakima roll through sunny high-desert hillsides striped with vineyards.
Visit KOA’s website to learn more about KOA campgrounds in Washington State, and book your reservations now!
Planning your first – or 101st – family camping adventure? You can find it all within a half day’s drive of Seattle or Tacoma: mountain views, wooded streams, shining lakes, ocean tides – even desert sands. Here are my recommendations for five excellent campsites that are less than four hours from Seattle by car (and sometimes ferry).
1. Sequim Bay State Park, Olympic Peninsula
A year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim rain shadow, Sequim Bay State Park sits just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has 49 tent spaces and 15 utility spaces, and there are two loops of forested, dry, camping sites, some very near the water. The calm bay and dry air make it popular with boaters. Other features include a tennis court, baseball field, horseshoe pits, beach combing, interpretive opportunities and the paved Olympic Discovery Trail. Ten minutes away, the city [...]
Love camping but heat spending your vacation cooking? Follow these Easy RV Cooking for Tips on Easy Meals on the Road.
1. Plan your menus
Get out a calendar and figure out a meal plan for each day you’ll be away from home. Photocopy your calendar or daily planner and mark up the photocopy with the meals you have in mind, taking into consideration a kickoff dinner, a special breakfast or brunch, a cookout if you plan to have one (ditto on a fish fry), a final dinner celebration, a potluck with new friends in the camp, and so forth. As you mentally prepare your food plan, note special diets in the group and picky eaters.
Be sure to make a list of items you already have and need to bring from home, items you prefer to pick up when you get to your destination, items you’ll want to get at [...]
Now is the time to book your reservations for spring and summer using the online Washington State Parks Reservations system. Make sure you book your campsites, cabins and yurts as soon as possible as space is limited, especially on weekends.
Here’s a list of State Parks that are still taking reservations:
Alta Lake (pictured at right)
Twenty-Five Mile Creek
Lewis and Clark Trail
Need to get your RV tuned up or stock up on camping supplies? Come visit us at All Seasons RV!
Most recreational boaters in Washington are required to complete an approved boating education course and carry a Washington State Boater Education Card. Spring is the perfect time to take the class online, and get your certification. Washington State offers online courses to make it easy. Sign up today!
National and statewide boating accident statistics tell us that educated boaters are safer. Whether you cruise, sail, kayak, fish, or do yoga on a stand-up paddle board, you need to know the basics of boating safety.
The Washington State Boater Education Card is valid for your lifetime! It is also valid in Canada and Oregon. We encourage you to take an education course even if you’re not required to carry a card.
RV Camping is a great family experience. It gives you the ability to drive down the open road, see the sites, and spend time with the ones you love. Here are a few All Seasons RV Favorite Camping Hacks that are sure to make you a happy camper by making your trip easier.
Shoe Racks: Use these to create shoe rack storage room around your bed, and in the shower!
Extra Sleeping Space: Create a PVC pipe hammock for extra sleeping room! Perfect for kids.
Collapsable Garbage Can: RV’s are low on storage, and a large trashcan is [...]
A Discover Pass is your ticket to Washington State’s great outdoors. Purchase an annual pass online today.
The Discover Pass offers you access to millions of acres of state recreation lands in Washington, including:
More than 100 developed state parks
More than 350 primitive recreation sites, including campgrounds and picnic areas
Nearly 700 water-access points
Nearly 2,000 miles of designated water and land recreation trails
More than 80 natural areas
More than 30 wildlife areas
When you buy the Discover Pass, you are helping to keep the state’s wonderful outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public.
Want to learn about other ways to support Washington State’s fabulous parks? Consider purchasing a State Parks License Plate. Support arts and education in state parks by purchasing a Washington State Parks license plate. Funds raised [...]
Here are a few of our favorite RV Camping Recipes. We love the Go RVing “Recipes for the Road” website for ideas.
Breakfast Favorite:Cast Iron Egg & Ham Cups
With three simple ingredients (black forest ham, eggs, and a doppop of creme fraiche) we think this recipe is so simple and tastes amazing. Combine ingredients in a cast iron drop biscuit pan and bake to your desired egg texture and color.
Dinner Favorite: All In One Burger
Combine ground beef, chopped onion, chopped carrot, chopped potato, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper and form into hamburger patties. Cook over a fire for a delicious flavor. Combine with salad and you have a delicious complete meal!
We love to hear from you. What are your favorite camping meals?
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we’re ready for spring camping! Here are a few reminders to ensure your spring camping trip is a success. Springtime weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you are prepared!
Check Your Gear Well Before You Go
Every year, as soon as you set the clock forward, it’s time to start cleaning the cobwebs off all of your camping equipment. When going through your camping checklist, remember to:
Check for holes and tears and test everything out.
Make sure your stove and igniter is in working order.
Use our gear checklist below to take note of what you have, what you need to need to update, and what you need to buy.
Pack for Warmth
Spring nights are anything but warm, and you need to pack [...]
If you’re planning an overnight trip to a Washington state park during the busy summer months, you can reserve a campsite, yurt, cabin, rustic structure, vacation house, group camp, or group day-use facility in more than 60 Washington state parks. Drop-in visitors are welcome at some locations as long as space is available, but reservations offer peace of mind when traveling to distant or popular parks.
It’s not too early to make your online reservations now!