With summer fast approaching, it’s time to pull out the sleeping bags, gather the camping gear and buy some outdoor tees. The Pacific Northwest doesn’t fall short with amazing opportunities for the great outdoorsmen and women of the world. But as any avid camper knows, not all campgrounds are created equally. There's nothing like being in a campground that is so far off the grid, there's nothing to explore. So, let’s make sure you have the best adventures this camping season in the Pacific Northwest. Here are three National Parks you have to pitch a tent in at least once in your lifetime.
Rest with the Rain Forests in Washington’s Olympic National Park
Washington’s Olympic National Park should be at the top of your list for camping spots in the Pacific Northwest. This place is truly magical. It has all the diversity you desire from nature, from sky-high mountains to long beaches, and yes, even rainforests.
You can spend your days hiking the 17-mile trail through Hoh Rain Forest, soaking up the sun on the sandy shores of Kalaloch Beach Root Tree or backpacking off the beaten path.
There are several campgrounds to choose from in the Olympic National Park, all of which are at least 4 stars according to Google rankings. And is Google ever wrong? Just be sure to pick a camping spot based on the things you want to do in the Pacific Northwest, as this can determine your location in the park.
Enjoy Big Sky Country in Montana’s Glacier National Park
If you’re interested in seeing the Pacific Northwest in all its glory, the Glacier National Park in Montana is a great place for it. From scenic drives to large bodies of water, pristine waterfalls, snow-tip mountains, 700 miles of hiking, a hidden lake, and all the wildlife you can imagine, this is one place that needs to be on your bucket list.
Glacier National Park is insanely massive. It even extends into Canada, so you have to be careful when selecting a campground because you could end up on the other side of a country – literally. Since this Pacific Northwest park is so large, it's recommended to figure out what you want to do beforehand. This will dictate where you look for campgrounds. Wherever you go, you’ll be able to experience everything it has to offer, so don’t stress too much trying to navigate through the available camping spots.
Explore Three States in Yellowstone National Park
Hey Yogi. Everybody who’s somebody knows of Yellowstone National Park. So, this camping destination has likely been on your to-do list ever since you were a young child, thanks to good ole’ yogi bear. And while you may not find Yogi per se, there are many bears, wolves, elk, antelope, bison and hundreds of animal species to look for.
When you’re not looking for wildlife, you can dive into the great outdoors and Yellowstone National Park is the place to do it. Situated on the top of a volcanic hot spot, this national park is the epitome of the Pacific Northwest. It extends across Montana and Idaho, and is mostly in Wyoming, and as you can imagine, it has plenty of diversity. Explore the climatic canyons, trek through the lush forests, relax in the hot springs, catch a gushing geyser on camera (ever heard of Old Faithful?) and enjoy the adventures of this truly spectacular place. Wherever you decide to pitch a tent, Yellowstone National Park will deliver. So, the only thing you have to figure out is what state you want to explore and they'll be many campgrounds for you to choose from.
What are you waiting for? Grab your adventure tees and start packing your camping gear. These national parks in the Pacific Northwest book up fast with plenty of outdoor enthusiasts flocking to them each year, and you don’t want to be the one missing out on the epic experiences that come from each.