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Washington RV Parks: The RV parks in Washington You Want to Visit!

RV parks in Washington are widely distributed throughout the state, and offer a wide array of accommodations for travelers. My wife and I have stayed at Washington RV parks in many parts of the state, and also have stayed at state and county parks that offer facilities for RVers.

We recently took to the highways with a 32-foot fifth-wheel trailer on a 30,000-mile road trip that both started and ended in Washington. It took us to all four corners of the conterminous United States in search of America and of ourselves. The search was successful on both counts, and we found RV travel in America to be a most rewarding experience. Our trip is recounted in my book, In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.

Washington RV parks where we stayed as part of that road trip, and as part of other, shorter, RV travel we have done, include:

Majestic Mobile Manor RV Park near Puyallup. Don’t let the name fool you. The only thing truly “majestic” about this place is its view on a cloudless day of nearby 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. The park is adequate for travelers, however, and we enjoyed a six-day stay here. This RV park provides paved interior roads, 118 gravel sites for travelers, all with side-by-side hookups, and all with full hookups. It provides wireless Internet service, cable TV, pool, recreation hall, laundry room and LP gas sales. Freshwater fishing for steelhead and salmon is available nearby in season, and the park is convenient to all the attractions of Puyallup, Tacoma and the South Puget Sound region.

Pioneer Trails RV Resort & Campground in Anacortes. This RV park provides gravel interior roads, 97 gravel sites, all with full hookups, 12 of them pull-throughs, wireless Internet access, cable TV, laundry room, groceries, LP gas, recreation hall and hot tub. This is a neat campground surrounded by a forest of fir, and is a good base to use for visiting Anacortes and Washington’s San Juan Islands.

Riverbend RV Park near Twisp. A pleasant, tree-shaded park on the scenic Methow River, with riverfront sites available. This RV park provides paved interior roads, 69 gravel sites available to travelers, 37 of them pull-throughs, 60 with full hookups and the rest with water and electric. It also provides a recreation hall, wireless Internet access, laundry room and LP gas sales. Fishing and swimming are available in the Methow River in season, and the park is convenient to the attractions of Winthrop, an “old West” town.

Grandview Inn Motel & RV Park near Kettle Falls in northeast Washington. This RV park provides gravel interior roads, 21 gravel sites, all with full hookups, and cable TV. It also provides heated pool, laundry room and LP gas sales. This park is located convenient to Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake and its Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The 129-mile-long lake and the rural terrain that surrounds it are managed by the National Park Service, which provides 22 boat-launching ramps and 27 campgrounds along the shores, some of the campgrounds accessible only by boat.

Alderwood RV Resort near Spokane. An attractive and comfortable park located close enough to Spokane to provide access to all of that city’s attractions as well as to recreational opportunities in much of the rest of Eastern Washington and North Idaho. This RV park provides paved interior roads, 100 paved sites with patios, all with full hookups, 56 of them pull-throughs. It also provides wireless Internet access, heated pool, recreation hall, laundry room, groceries, RV supplies, LP gas sales, planned activities.

RV travel in Washington also is enhanced by an excellent system of state and county parks, plus campgrounds operated by power companies, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. County parks we have enjoyed include:

Wenatchee River County Park near Monitor on the Wenatchee River in Eastern Washington’s Chelan County. A grassy, tree-shaded park with paved sites, all of which offer full hookups.

County Line Park on the Columbia River between Stella and Cathlamet in southwest Washington’s Cowlitz County. This is a 5 1/2 acre park with side-by-side hookups and electricity on the bank of the Columbia. Good fishing here in season for steelhead and salmon, and spectacular close-up views of passing freighters and container ships going and coming from the port of Portland, OR.

Salt Creek County Recreation Area on the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles in Clallam County. This is a beautiful, rustic park with grass or dirt sites and electric hookups available, most with a view of the strait and many of them waterfront. Great views here of marine traffic on the strait and, at night, the lights across the strait of Victoria, capital of Canada’s province of British Columbia. Convenient access from this campground to parts of Olympic National Park.

Also available in Washington is a large system of state parks, which can be accessed online at www.parks.wa.gov, as well as numerous scenic campgrounds on Washington national forests and in its national parks. Many national forest and national park campgrounds cannot accommodate the largest rigs, and do not offer any utility hookups.

If you’re considering exploring any Washington RV parks, I hope you’ve found these descriptions helpful. If you know of any other RV parks in Washington that I should add to this list, e-mail me at searchforamerica@msn.com

To read a great book about life on the road, including my travels through some of the great RV parks of Washington and other states, grab your copy of In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.