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Seattle-area camping trips for everyone

Want to leave the car at home? Stay by the water? Rent a cabin? Hit the backcountry?

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There are few better ways to experience the beauty of the Seattle area than spending the night in it—and fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Whether you’re looking for a jumping-off point for some fantastic hikes, a leisurely stay in a cabin, or a dip in the sound, there’s a campsite for every taste, many even accessible by transit. And with a recent renovation of Washington State Parks’s online reservation system, more campsites than ever can be yours with just a few clicks or taps.

A note to more advanced campers: We do have one list of backcountry trips. But if you’re looking for a place to roll in, pitch a tent, and roast some marshmallows, we have you more than covered.

As you explore the #pnwonderland, remember to be safe and respectful—bring layers and plenty of supplies, leave the site better than you found it, follow the posted rules, etc. Be prepared for a little dampness, as it tends to happen around here. Check the burn ban restrictions for the county you’re in before you start a campfire. But most importantly: Have fun.

Let’s get started!

Transit-accessible camping trips near Seattle

Saltwater State Park.

You’re not getting into the great outdoors just to be around cars—so why use one to get there? There’s no need to touch a steering wheel to get to a campground, with many just one transfer or less away (and one even in the city). A few of these have a transit journey that’s part of the adventure, but for a real transit enthusiast, it’s part of the fun. Check out our full map here.

Gorgeous waterfront campgrounds near Seattle

Blake Island.

With the Puget Sound area full of perfect canals, bays, and inlets, it’s only natural to want to take full advantage on your next camping trip. There are so many incredible options in the area that we narrowed our map down to destinations within two hours of the city, which still leaves so many trips to choose from. To get really waterfront, though, try Blake Island, which is only accessible by boat. See all the details right over here.

Essential backpacking trips near Seattle

A red tent pitched on a flat, rocky area lined with grass overlooking several mountains.
A campsite in the Cascades.

Take your camping a step further by pitching your tent in the backcountry after a beautiful hike. Whether you’re a seasoned mountain person hiking long stretches of the Pacific Crest Trail or just want to get a little further away from civilization after a short hike like Shi Shi Beach, there’s an essential backpacking trip for all levels—and our map rates trip difficulty for your convenience.

Dog-friendly campgrounds near Seattle

Kalaloch Beach.

Hoping to bring your best friend along? These pet-friendly trips are full of adventures for both you and your dog, from long, sandy walks at Kalaloch Beach to the extensive amenities around Deception Pass. Peruse the full list with your pup here.

Washington State campgrounds with historic buildings to explore

Fort Ebey.

Looking for a little extra texture for your camping trip? All these sites have a little something extra to explore—like the now-abandoned “Triangle of Fire” forts, full of empty bunkers, barracks-turned-museums, and pretty lighthouses. Those who prefer their trips without a side of warfare can check out the iconic parkitecture all over Mount Rainier National Park or the old Dalles Mountain Ranch down by the Oregon border. Explore for yourself over here.

14 parks near Seattle with cabin rentals

In the foreground is a body of water. In the distance is a row of small wooden cabins. Behind the cabins is a forest with many trees.
Cama Beach State Park.
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Not quite ready to commit to a tent yet—or looking for some extra creature comforts? Washington State’s got you. From the former fishing resort at Cama Beach State Park to a fire lookout in the Cascades, all of these trips will at least give you a roof over your head. Take a look over here.

Cama Beach State Park

1880 West Camano Drive, , WA 98282 Visit Website