Seattle is bookended by a bay and a massive lake, so it’s surrounded by beautiful water views. But there’s something special about getting out there and camping next to the water, even if you’re just an hour or two away from home. The Puget Sound region has something to offer for most waterfront campers, whether saltwater or freshwater, bay or river, hiking or fishing. Plus: You don’t end up paying the same premium you normally would for waterfront accomodations.
Because of our topography and tides, many of these campsites are located on bluffs above the water, but they’re all at most a quick walk down to the shoreline.
For those wanting a more intense, immersive waterfront getaway, there are even a couple of sites where no cars are allowed at all, including one island only accessible by boat (don’t worry, there’s a shuttle option). So grab your kayak and dry bag and get ready for an adventure—and if you’re looking for more stops, the state has a whole network of campsites along the Cascadia Marine Trail.
All of the sites on this map are within two hours of Seattle—and many of them are an hour or less—and some are even accessible by transit.
Want to go camping but not... camping-camping? The area has plenty of parks with cabin rentals, some with beautiful waterfront locations of their own.
Map points are ordered north to south.Read More