Washington State offers premium sights and activities to those who want to experience the best of the state. Traveling from Tacoma, Washington and circling Mount Rainier on a scenic route, you will have a wonderful RV vacation. While in Tacoma, stop for an evening of music at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and if you have kids with you, take them to tour the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. You’ll find RV camping at Holiday Park.
Taking Highway 167 out of the city and branching off on Highway 410 is the best route. This will take you by Mud Mountain Lake where you can pull out that two-wheeler and take a bike ride. You can also hike or simply relax and watch the wildlife. Another place to enjoy outdoor recreation is Federation Forest State Park, along the White River.
The wild volcanic landscapes never fail to amaze. At the Norse Peak Wilderness Area you’ll witness steep rocky terrain and narrow valleys with sparkling mountain lakes. Forests of Douglas Firs and Ponderosa Pine beckon you into the backcountry.
Even in the summer, Crystal Mountain offers fun for the whole family. Take a scenic gondola ride, play a game of disc golf or go horseback riding. You will find plenty of RV camping in the area with great amenities so you can settle in for a lengthy visit.
Now to plan your visit to Mount Rainier National Park, the major attraction of this Washington RV excursion! Here you will visit what is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It can be seen dominating the horizon during your entire drive. With a multitude of outdoor fun available in the park, you will want to spend some time here. Many hiking trails throughout the park will give you the opportunity to exercise and get some of that fresh air into your lungs.
Be sure to stop at the historic Paradise Inn, the guest lodge built in 1916. Enjoy the nearby hiking trails and smell those wildflowers blooming everywhere. The Pacific Crest Scenic Trail also stretches nearby and skirts lakes between Highway 410 and White Pass. Don’t miss out on exploring the Cayuse Pass while you’re here.
Now you’ll take Highway 410 to Highway 123 south and cut over to Highway 706 heading west. You’ll shortly run into the Tatoosh Wilderness Area, an amazing spot with subalpine meadows and more lovely wildflowers. Head out to Tatoosh Lookout. Prepare yourself for a lengthy hike on the Tatoosh Trail. It’s almost 9 miles long but worth the trek in every sense.
After going through Longmire, you will soon come upon the Glacier View Wilderness Area, your last stop to take in the volcanic landscapes and astonishing views before heading home. You should stop in Ashford, Washington for dinner out before heading north on Highway 7 back to Tacoma. You’ll be happy you came and will no doubt want to come back again for a scenic Washington vacation in your RV.
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