One of the most remarkable regions in the United States, the Pacific Northwest, is the perfect place to take a campervan trip. National parks, a wide variety of outdoor activities, and spectacular views await you. Whether you’re going with friends, family, or by yourself, the Pacific Northwest is an unbeatable place to start your next adventure.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is aptly named after a cannon that appeared on the shore after a shipwreck roughly 180 years ago. However, it’s most known for its mysterious and ethereal coastline and iconic sights like Haystack Rock, a larger-than-life rock formation surrounded by wildlife and tidepools. In fact, National Geographic 2013 placed in the top 100 beautiful spots in the world.
If you’re a nature lover who wants to explore a new city as part of your trip, Cannon Beach won’t disappoint. This spot has a lively artistic culture full of local cafes, eateries, and shops full of handmade goods.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Washington is home to some of the most beloved sights in the United States. If you’re new to the area, Olympic Park is a must-see spot while passing through. It’s home to multiple diverse natural environments like enchanting forests, rolling hills of flowers, glacier-iced mountain tops, and hot springs, making it the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities.
Whether you’re itching to go hiking, canoeing, skiing, or sleep with a clear view of the stars at night, Olympic Park has it all.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
This national park owes its name to a volcano eruption that occurred over 7,000 years ago. When the large explosion was finished, it had taken down a mountain, leaving a large lake in its wake. This lake is likely the deepest you can find in the country and now offers a variety of water-based activities all year round.
If you’re looking for a place to park, camp out near Crater Lake and watch the moon reflect on the water at night and take a swim in the deep blue water as the sun rises. You can also take advantage of their boat tours to see more of the lake that’s hard to access or hike on the Mount Scott or Plaikini trails for an unforgettable view.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Sitting at 14,410 feet, this unmissable active volcano is an iconic part of the western Washington skyline. This is one of the most popular national parks in the region since its creation in 1899, bringing in an average of two million visitors per year.
Here you can hike the famous Skyline Trail Loop, mountain climb, check out the many cascading waterfalls, or snow-shoe through the forest for a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, and Washington
Both the Oregon and Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge are equally entertaining and exceptional. The side that falls within Oregon state lines is renowned for its waterfalls, wildflowers, biking trails, and water sports.
The Washington side is a slightly drier environment, but no less fun! Here you can see petroglyphs, the Maryhill Museum’s world-class permanent art collection, try regional wine varieties, and enjoy a more slow-paced scenic view of the water.