While it may feel as though the COVID-19 pandemic has stolen just about everything we hold dear — from literal lives lost to canceled celebrations to increased food insecurity — one thing it hasn't been able to conquer is our need and desire to explore our local environment. And now that it's warming up in the Pacific Northwest, this #optoutside attitude is sure to express itself in weekend excursions to the nearby mountains, lakes, and rivers that both enrich and define the Seattle area.
We've compiled a short list of some of our preferred spots for camping in Seattle, all situated within two hours of downtown. Whether you're looking for something safe and fun to do with the kiddos, planning a romantic getaway with your significant other or simply in need of a pine-scented staycation, these five spots will give your soul a much-needed boost.
A personal favorite dating back to the late '90s, Fay Bainbridge Park & Campground is an idyllic place to recharge. RV campers are welcome to avail themselves of the stunning views of Puget Sound, and tent and cabin rates range from $20 – $95 per night.
If you decide to visit, make sure you check the ferry schedule beforehand. Just don't let the 35-minute ride deter you. With nearly 20 acres of marine camping, FBPC is a must-see.
Considering its fairly remote and an undeveloped location, it's likely you've never heard of Maury Island. The 320-acre campground boasts unrivaled views of Mount Rainer, the East Passage, and the Cascade Mountain Range, and is home to a vast array of fish and wildlife, including Chinook salmon, bull trout, and orca whales.
Still not sold? Maury Island is less than your average movie's length from Downtown Seattle!
Easily one of the most beautiful campsites in the PNW, Turlo is one of the few destinations from which one can spot Mt. Baker, old-growth forests and the North Cascades.
Situated among more than 1,500 miles of hiking trails and alpine meadows, Turlo offers both standard sites and RV camping, and its close proximity to the Stillaguamish River lends the entire experience an almost too-good-to-be-true vibe.
Do you prefer boating? Do you wish every campsite featured its very own cafe? Are you itching to go clamming, scuba diving and/or bird watching? If so, Blake Island Marine State Park may just be your new favorite camping destination.
Accessible only by boat (this includes kayaks), BIMSP features more than 1,100 acres of hiking trails, sandy beaches and campsites in the shadow of the spectacular Olympic Mountains.
Is it breathtaking? Yes. Is it close to Downtown Seattle? Of course. Should you plan a visit? Duh.
If you're familiar with Deception Pass, chances are you already know it's the most-visited state park in Washington. And for good reason.
With its iconic (and frighteningly narrow) bridge, majestic sunsets, and countless coves, the campground at Deception Pass is a Depression-era relic that continues to enthrall visitors each and every year. Featured among its nearly 4,000 acres are 77,000 feet of saltwater shorelines and three pristine lakes.
Oh, and did we mention campers can avail themselves of crabbing, horseback riding and white-water kayaking? It truly doesn't get much better than that.
It's no secret that we in the PNW live amidst so much natural splendor. COVID-19 may have kept us more or less housebound for the better part of 2020, but now that winter has officially ended, it's time to schedule a camping trip in Seattle. After all, what better way to celebrate the return of semi-normalcy than with a little (socially-distanced) fresh air?