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Top 6 Campgrounds in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for Pacific Northwest Adventures

Published on May 4th, 2023 by Caitlyn Twilley

The Pacific Northwest is a dream RV destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many top rated RV campgrounds. Whether you prefer to park your RV along a waterway or deep in the forest, you’re sure to find an amazing campground in this list of the six best RV campgrounds in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

These Pacific Northwest RV Campgrounds Make Great Base Camps on the West Coast

Go RVing north along the Pacific, and you’ll be awestruck by the rugged landscape covered in lush evergreen forests, snowy mountain peaks, and pristine alpine lakes. You’ll find an RV camping paradise wherever you travel.

Here are six Pacific Northwest campgrounds that make excellent base camps in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Keep in mind that it’s wise to book campsite reservations long in advance. Despite camping in year-round humidity and unpredictable weather (it can get hot here in the summer!), this is a popular RV destination.

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Elwha Dam RV Park in Port Angeles, Washington

Elwha Dam RV Park overhead view. (Image: Elwha Dam RV Park)
Elwha Dam RV Park overhead view. (Image: Elwha Dam RV Park)

This Pacific Northwest RV campground lives inside a mature evergreen forest alongside the Olympic National Forest. It’s located in the Elwha River gorge, the former home of the Lower Elwha Dam.

If you are into biking, rock-hounding, hiking, catching sunsets, bird-watching, hydroponics and gardens, or simply soaking in nature’s best, this is the place for you.

Whispering Pines RV Campground in Cle Elum, Washington

Whispering Pines RV Campground (Image: @Dan McClung, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
Whispering Pines RV Campground (Image: @Dan McClung, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

Located just off Interstate 90 next to the great Yakima River, this property is home to a 60-acre dog-friendly park, a river walk trail, playgrounds, and a river-fed pond for swimming or paddle boarding.

Wildlife like hawks, eagles, and deer abound, along with some of the best fishing in Washington state. Downtown Cle Elum and Roslyn are right next door. Each boasts a small town atmosphere with specialty shops and dining experiences.

Old Mill RV Park & Event Center in Garibaldi, Oregon

Campsites at Old Mill RV Park in Garibaldi. (Image: @Pat Engle, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
Campsites at Old Mill RV Park in Garibaldi. (Image: @Pat Engle, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

The Pacific Ocean gently laps the shores of this 40-acre RV campground on the Oregon coast, complete with scenic mountain views.

Garibaldi was home to numerous wood mills over the course of many years, including the Whitney Mill which was opened in 1921 on what is now the site of Old Mill RV Park. The landmark Smoke Stack was constructed in 1927 by The Hammond Company. It’s all that remains of the “Old Mill.” You can’t miss the stack as you travel along Hwy 101’s scenic Oregon Coast Highway! Even today, it remains one of the tallest manmade structures along the Oregon coast.

Turtle Rock RV Resort in Gold Beach, Oregon

Turtle Rock RV Resort campsite. (Image: @Birgit_Johnson_973, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
Turtle Rock RV Resort campsite. (Image: @Birgit_Johnson_973, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

With direct access to a 7-mile stretch of beach at this resort, you can enjoy long seaside walks, agate and driftwood gathering, and the most scenic sunset views.

There are a couple of noteworthy RV guest amenities. Some RV Sites come with a hot tub, and the award-winning Arch Rock Brewery is across the road from Turtle Rock’s entrance gate. 

Crystal Gold Mine RV Park in Kellogg, Idaho

Crystal Gold Mine and RV Park entrance. (Image: @RVL716510, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
Crystal Gold Mine and RV Park entrance. (Image: @RVL716510, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

The Crystal Gold Mine was one of the first hard rock mines in the Silver Valley, originally worked during the 1880s. Sign up for the guided underground tour, where you’ll find stalactite crystals of smithsonite in an array of colors coating the walls, or try panning for gemstones, fossils, and other artifacts.

All RV sites at this historic Idaho destination have paved pads with full hookup connections.

CDA River RV, Riverfront Campground in Cataldo, Idaho

CDA River RV Campground overhead. (Image: @CDA River RV, RV LIFE Campgrounds)
CDA River RV Campground overhead. (Image: @CDA River RV, RV LIFE Campgrounds)

Adventure awaits in this mountain valley, just 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, situated in the middle of the panhandle. With over 8-acres of beautiful riverfront, there is easy access to fishing, kayaking, and tubing. Outdoor enthusiasts will be thrilled to find this property is close to Silver Mountain, the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail, and Wallace – a special place where the entire town is on the National Historic Register.

Find and book reservations at your perfect Pacific Northwest RV campgrounds

This epic RV destination is filled with opportunities to venture out and explore. Whether you prefer many spontaneous stopovers or the peace of mind that comes with advance reservations, I recommend trip planning tools like RV LIFE Pro and RV LIFE Campgrounds. Both will maximize your RV trip planning time and effort. Then book your stays through Spot2Nite’s free centralized marketplace, which makes it easy to book last-minute or advance campsite reservations.

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