The Pacific Northwest is known for its breathtaking landscapes featuring not only lush forests, but mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Taking your campervan to this region ensures you’ll have a great time if you love outdoor activities. There are numerous spots to camp, hike, fish, ski, and more all year round. Whether you have a destination in mind, or you just want to take a spontaneous road trip, each region has its own must-see spots to discover, so you’ll never get bored.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Located near the southwest of Canada and off the coast of Washington is a group of 172 islands, named the Sun Juan Archipelago. Ideal for any water-sport lovers, you can choose from kayaking around the islands, going on a whale-watching expedition, or fishing a variety of fish like salmon, trout, and halibut.
If you’re more interested in hiking and discovering the island terrain, explore trails like the Mount Grant Loop Trail, the Turtleneck Mountain Trail, or the Lime Kiln Point State Park known for their jaw-dropping views. You can also choose to bike, both solo or as part of a cycling tour of the islands to view the wildlife.
Glacier National Park
In the heart of northwestern Montana just next to the Canadian border, is Glacier National Park, a landmass greater than 1 million acres. Here you’ll find more than 130 lakes, diverse wildlife, and two major mountain ranges.
This park is a camper’s paradise. Explore the extensive trails ranging from short day hikes to longer, week-long escapades. Set up camp in one of the park’s 13 campsites or use your campervan to drive down Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile length of road traverses the park so you can check out a new view each day.
Lava Beds National Monument, California
Lava Beds National Monument’s formation is a result of half a million years of volcanic eruptions that have turned into a one-of-a-kind mountain range. Here you’ll find caves to explore, Native American historical sites, and a desert atmosphere.
One of the top features includes the Lava Tube Caves, where you can take a tour of the cave systems and witness unique rock formations. If you’re interested in history, try to check out Petroglyph Point, a site to hundreds of ancient petroglyphs.
There are also several designated camping spots within the park to explore where you may be witness to deer, coyotes, or even bald eagles.
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Not far from Seattle is a rugged landscape with more than 300 glaciers, waterfalls, and lush green forests. Home to more than 600 campsites (both backcountry and developed) and over 400 miles of trails, this park is a hiker’s dream come true. While you’re on the road you can try out their rock climbing sites or take a canoe or motor boat for an up-close tour of the crisp turquoise waters of Lake Diablo.