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Camping is a popular activity in the Pacific Northwest, which isn’t really surprising given the enticing mountainscapes, lakes and coastline Washington state provides. We’ve asked our local insiders to recommend their favorite, most scenic spots – read on for suggestions that you and your camera will love.
Lake Wenatchee should be high up on your to do list for those classic Northwest views over deep blue lagoons, lush green forests and looming mountains. The park’s campground is well maintained and incredibly scenic, with easy access to paddleboard and kayak hire for those wanting to spend a relaxing day on the lake. Alternatively, head off into the depths of the forests following the extensive network of hiking trails. Lake Wenatchee boasts near-universal appeal – it’s a favorite for both groups of friends on road trips and families on weekends out with the kids. Recommended by local insider Grace Coleman
Colonial Creek is definitely one for animal lovers. The site is dog-friendly, and there are great wildlife watching opportunities nearby (including bears, which are great to observe from a distance, but make sure you take suitable precautions while using the campground and the hiking trails). It’s remote, but hugely popular with holidaying Seattle folk due to its proximity to the city; while this means it gets busy at peak times, it also means that the campground is equipped with all modern conveniences, including a fishing pier, boat ramps and trailer parking, paved roads and even an amphitheater. With access to Lake Diablo, it’s the perfect place to enjoy long dusky evenings by the water’s edge. Recommended by local insider Eric Coleman