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Old 03-20-2016, 10:54 PM   #1
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Things to See/DO Washington State

We are planning a few weeks in Washington State this summer or fall and would like a few places of interest and campsites to see.

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The Space Needle and the Museums next to it in Seattle.

The Duck Boat ride in Seattle.

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We stayed in a little City called Enumclaw last year. We were visiting friends and stayed in their City park at the Fairgrounds. Nice big sites with 50amp/Water hookup(may have sewer by now)with a dump station close by. The spots were $27 a night, and they are only busy a couple times a year during the fair and a couple shows they host, but the rest of the time nice and quiet. We stayed there over the 4th of July and there were only 6 campsites out of 50 occupied. It is right next to a nice Golf Course, which you can access from one of the CG trails. From there it is about a 30 minute drive to Seattle, various Casinos, Crystal Mountain, Mt. Ranieer, and a lot of other scenic areas. You could spend two weeks there and not run out of things to do. Also within a short drive you have shopping, banks,restaraunts ect.
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We are planning a few weeks in Washington State this summer or fall and would like a few places of interest and campsites to see.
Mt. St. Helens is a good place to start (south of Seattle)

A side trip to Mt. Rainier is also great.

Near Seattle, there is a lot to see. Lake Pleasant RV Park in Bothel is the best and most convenient near Seattle. Need reservations. IF full there a a couple on Highway 99 in Everett, WA. South of Seattle there is a KOA in Kent, WA. Not great but okay.

Flight Museum on Boeing Field is a must.
Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle
Seattle Center has Space Needle, Chihully Glass Museum, Experience Music Project. Pioneer Square is south of downtown. Waterfront has a great aquarium.

Locks in Ballard - between Lake Union and Elliot Bay. also has fish ladder.

As mentioned the Boeing plant tour north of Seattle is a great tour.

North of Seattle: Whidbey Island specifically Deception Pass. Stay at Fidalgo Bay RV Park near Anacortes. Take ferry to San Juan Islands (do not take your RV!)

I would ferry to Pt. Townsend and tour the Olympic peninsula, go to Hurricane Ridge, and travel along the ocean, heading south on your trip home. Lots of ocean state parks that are good. At the far south end of the state at the mouth of the Columbia river on the Long Beach Peninsula is Cape Disappointment. Good place to stay. Go to Lewis and Clark Museum.

You probably can't do it all, but pick and choose what interests you. Enjoy your time in WA state!
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Well...you can't see the whole state in two weeks so pick an area or two and concentrate on it. Here are some ideas:

We really enjoy the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend area. Fort Worden State Park has wonderful beach camping.

From there you can take the ferry to Vancouver Island from Port Angeles for a day trip. You don't need a car as the public bus is readily available from the ferry which can take you to Butchart Gardens.

You can take boat tours out of Port Townsend for whale spotting in the San Juan Islands.

You can explore Olympic Nat'l Park

Port Townsend is a great quaint little town. There are always free concerts going on at Noon at Fort Worden. Bring a blanket or chair and lunch.

You can take the ferry to Seattle letting you off at the Aquarium and Pike Market area. Pick up the monorail to whisk you off to the Space Needle.

There's lots to do from that one small area.

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Cape Disappointment State Park at Ilwaco just over the Oregon border is another nice park.

....and on your return do the Oregon coast. It's best done from north to south as the scenic pull-outs will be on the ocean side and you won't have to cross traffic. Enjoy!
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I live in Washington, depends if you want to camp or do city.
Check out state parks.
Mt. St.hellens , Mt. Rainier, Olimpia peninsula ( hwy 101). North cascade hwy. (Hwy 20)
From my house, within 2.5 hours, I can be in the dessert, mounians,ocean,rain forest,or a nice time in downtown Seattle.
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We've lived in Washington State since emigrating from the UK in 1968 and now live in Anacortes, about a half-mile from the terminal of the San Juan/Vancouver Island ferry service. It's a great little city (about 20,000 population). We've been here 16 years since I retired from Boeing and we moved from Everett.

A couple of hours gets us to downtown Seattle or Vancouver BC. Highway 20, starting a few blocks from home, gets us to Eastern Washington's high desert country. The ferry to Port Townsend is 30 minutes south and that gets us to the Olympic Peninsula. We're going to get much more familiar with that run, as one of our daughters has just moved from Kirkland to Poulsbo.

There's so much to see in WA. We've been here since '68 and haven't covered everything! You'll definitely enjoy it (except for the Seattle area traffic!). Just be prepared for much cooler weather than California (Anacortes rarely gets summer highs above 75F) and the possibility of some gently rainy days. 24 hours of rain around here gets about a half-inch accumulation.

In addition to the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, there's also the museum's restoration center at Paine Field in Everett, across the airport where the Boeing plant tour is based. Paul Allen's museum of WW2-era airplanes is close to the restoration center.
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What's your interest?
City stuff or nature stuff?
How big a coach is also helpful in offering options.

We have also lived here for 55years, mid state on the coast, just west of Olympia.
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Olympic and Around

Since this thread has slowed Ill ask a few on the same subject.

What is the best way to see Olympic? We are in a 5th Wheel. We hiked the entire JMT last summer (we like to hike). Looking for mostly day hikes and the highlights for Olympic. Where to stay when in a 5th wheel in this area? How many times to move the rig to see the park? What about the ocean areas that surround?

We will be starting the trip into the area by taking the Ferry into Port Townsend.

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From Port Townsend you can see a lot of the park between there and Port Angeles. Fort Worden State Park is an awesome campground but popular. You'll need a reservations. Then you might want to move between Port Angeles and Forks. Salt Creek Rec. Area is a great spot for that area and there are possibilities around Forks.

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