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The Coolest Camping Destinations in the West

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Quik Shade 1 Comment

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The west coast of the United States is home to arguably some of the most naturally beautiful sites in the world. With a wide variety of geological sites and miles and miles of coastal splendor, the west is truly a camper’s paradise.

Here are some of the most picturesque camping spots the west coast has to offer:

 1. Camp Homer, Homer, Alaska

The incredible splendor of Alaska can best be taken in in the peace and calm of this tent camping site. Here, there a plant called fireweed grows in the summer and is so healthy and fast growing that it serves as something of a wall in between campsites. Many of the tent sites here also offer prime views of Mt. Iliamna, a nearby active volcano.

 2. Doe Bay Resort, on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, Washington

The islands off the coast of mainland Washington are truly majestic and an incredible way to see wildlife like migrating orcas, and a wide variety of gorgeous birds. This campsite offers several different types of camping, including yurts, but the spot with the best view here is an area called Seal Landing where tent campers have a great view of the cove and easy access to the site’s soaking tubs and saunas.

 3. Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

This spot is ideal for taking in Oregon’s biggest state park, and includes awesome hiking, including a  7 mile hike into Ten Falls, which meanders through waterfalls and stunning wildflowers. In warmer months, Silver Creek offers great swimming.

 4. 16. Fall Mountain Lookout, Malheur National Forest, Oregon

Spots at one of the country’s premiere fire tower sites are fantastic because they offer panoramic views through windows that look out over the entire park. This charming and unique spot offers visitors 14 by 14 foot rooms and the chance to have a visually stunning adventure on catwalks perched above a 20-foot scaffold. These high altitude vantage points mean getting a superb look at the Strawberry Mountains and the John Day Valley.

5. Wallowa Lake State Park, Oregon

This is a water sport lover’s dream with plenty of water fun to be had. Campers can swim, fish, and boat. There is also a gondola that runs campers up to the summit of Mt. Howard, which stands at an impressive 8,150 feet tall.

6. Point Campground, Near Stanley, Idaho

This campground, situated in the beautiful Sawtooth National Forest, has plenty of tent sites and offers truly breathtaking views of the Sawtooth Mountain range and Mt. Heyburn and Grand Mogul. There are also boats available for rent and great trails for hiking or leisurely strolls.

7. Lone Fir Campground, Okanogan National Forest, Washington

The northwest is at its finest here, where campers can enjoy the quiet beauty of the woods along a beautiful creek. In the warmer months, swimming is great at nearby Pearrygin Lake.

8. Kirk Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest, Big Sur, California

Big Sur is legendary for its cliffside views of the ocean, and this place offers all of the incredibly stunning ambience of Big Sur’s many five star hotels at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy hikes from moderate to medium or just soak in the inspirational beauty that has brought artists to this area for years.

9. McGrath State Beach, California

Nestled in the area between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, Ventura boasts a climate that makes camping possible year round with the help of canopies. The ocean here is home to some of the most ideal surfing in the world, and the beach is surprisingly uncrowded. Wildlife is plentiful, so expect to see some beautiful birds in the sky as well.

10. Salt Creek Recreation Area, West of Port Angeles

Majestic views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and vibrant tide-pools at Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary make this an outstanding site. Choose a spot with a view!

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One Response

  1. Sweet post, love love love the West Coast – just wish I had seen this before I took my west coast roadtrip last summer…

    I do feel like you missed Jessie M Honeyman, OR and Mill Creek in Del Norte, CA. They are incredible. Jessie is in the dunes and Mill in the Redwoods.

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