Most trips to Washington focus on Seattle and that certainly makes sense. Seattle is the jewel of the Northwest, a fantastic city full of great food, delicious coffee, and one of the best professional football teams in the country! What some people are not aware of, however, is that you will find some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country surrounding Seattle. If you’re looking for a combination of city fun and outdoor adventure, consider a memorable RV trip that takes you from Seattle’s Puget Sound all the way up to the Cascade Range mountains!
After you pick up your RV, your first stop is a short drive down Interstate 5 to the Wild Waves Water Park. Wild Waves is the only outdoor water park in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s an awesome first-stop for the whole family as summer starts and the temperature begins to rise. The park features tons of creative water slides and several roller coasters, so there’s something fun for everyone. Even better, the lines are shorter than anything you’d find at more famous water parks in California or Florida. Click on the link above to see this amazing water park that will have your kids thanking you for years to come! It really captures the “Wow-factor” for adults and kids alike!
Next, head up Highway 18 to the town of Snoqualmie and take in the glory of Snoqualmie Falls. You can watch the cascade from a viewing deck near the bottom if you wish, but we highly recommend taking a hike to the top of the 270 foot falls to enjoy the view. With the weather warming up, make sure to dip your toes in the water! On your way out, you can also pick up a package of the all-natural Snoqualmie Falls pancake mix. It’ll make for a great breakfast on the next day of your trip after camping at the Snoqualmie River RV park. It’s a good local choice for when you’re ready to turn in for the night.
Less than two hours to the south, you can find yourself at the foot of Mount Rainier. This 14,410 foot peak is surrounded by a gorgeous national park. The mountain and its park are home to over fifty species of mammals and 120 species of birds, so bring your camera for you’ll have ample opportunity for wildlife viewing. Mount Rainier is also an active volcano and has twenty-five glacier. You will also be able to explore geological features that are rarely found so close to a major metropolitan city.
For a last stop in the mountains of Washington, head for the world-famous town of Leavenworth. This small town completely remodeled itself in the early 1960’s to create the image of a Bavarian village. Every shop, hotel, and building front now presents the famous wood beam architecture that evokes the German Alps. While you would have to wait till the winter to take in the local ski slopes, you can still enjoy a full springtime schedule of live music, art walks, and simply exploring a countryside that is covered in wildflowers.
Washington is full of wonders, and it’s worth your time to get out of the city to find them. Whether it’s shooting down a water slide or hiking through the mountains, the best way to enjoy it is in an RV. Pick one up today and let your adventure begin!
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