We have stayed at Birch Bay State Park twice over the years, used it as a base for going into Canada. Once on the way out of Canada, once before going into it. It is a 194-acre camping park with 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek. The park is rich in archeological significance and offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands.
Very nice park, neat views, neat seafood in the area.
We enjoyed a short stay at Sequim Bay State Park, a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim "rainshadow," just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. The bay is calm, the air is dry and interpretive opportunities await visitors.
To get to Sequim from Birch Bay, we did take a ferry to Port Townsend. Can't remember route at this time. We also took a ferry from an island, which we drove to from Sequim, to Seattle. Bough some fresh pawns at a small country stop & shop and some smoked salmon from some guys selling it from their van along the way. Go some crab boil at a Super Market in Sequim. Oh, was it a feast!
We over nighted once at Saltwater State Park, an 88-acre marine camping park with 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The park is located halfway between the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. The cities jointly and literally buried a hatchet in the park as a symbol of an end to their mutual competition. The park offers beautiful views and wildlife-watching opportunities.
The campground and park store at Saltwater State Park are closed until further notice. The day-use area is open.
It was a nice place in a very urban setting.
Anyone of these at the following link must be neat, along the coast no less, what could be wrong? http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/region/?sele...on=pacificcoast
After staying a few days at Sequim Bay, we spent a night at the Olympic National Park Campgroud at a Rain Forest site, can not remember the name, etc. instead of finding one along the coast. It seems the Rain Forest area by on the Pacific side of the Park.
After checking the coastal parks site, I want to go back someday & spend more time in that area. Stay at one or more those coastal campgrounds, yes!
But before leaving Washington, we stopped at Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.
It was very nice.
We found a nice campground around the Oregon Dunes NRA which extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast, but can't remember the name. The dunes were Very neat to hike into, but we found the campground was to far from the beach. This was in the lower part of the state. I believe it was a National Park campground, along the 101 with dune drifting down into it.
Like the Washington state parks, there are Oregon State Parks all along the coast.They are all good for both a short stay or longer. Good spots for a one-nighter while covering the miles and Good places to stay for several days and deeply relax in a quiet, beautiful, interesting spot. We stayed at 2, I believe. One was Beverly Beach State Park, very nice, near New Port. http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_227.php
Bullards Beach SP might be the other one, or one close to it might be it. We may have walked to this one along the beach from where we were. I do not remember the lighthouse?
List of Parks: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/camping.shtml
Fort Clatsop a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park was neat to see, our young kids liked it. It is near Astoria.
The bridge over the Columbia River is neat to cross at Astoria as well. We stayed a couple of nights at a state park located just outside Ilwaco at the very southwesternmost corner of Washington. Camping facilities include 190 standard campsites, 60 RV sites and 4 primitive campsites. It was called Fort Canby State Park when we were there, but is now: Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall
The campground was Walking distance to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse began operating in 1856, and is now the oldest lighthouse still in use on the West Coast.
We also found there were No Self-serve gas in Oregon, all have attendents pumping the gas. Not sure if it is still like that or not.
We also stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Co, very interesting. http://www.tillamookcheese.com/VisitorsCenter/
On another trip helping a friend & not camping, we stopped by Multomah Falls, it is neat but a long way from the coast. http://www.multnomahfalls.org/
We stopped at the site, Sea Lion Caves, located 11 miles North of Florence on the Oregon Coast. But did not go down to see them. In '86 it was Tooo costly we figured. http://sealioncaves.com/about/common...ons/#admission
Again, all along the west coast is great to visit and camp, we stayed at a Nat'l Forest CG by the Oregon Sand Dune Nat'l Rec Area, very nice, but tooo long a walk to the Pacific. Neat walking out on them anyway. We also stayed at one of the State Parks along the coast hwy, we did walk to the beach. Very nice. We also stayed at a state park by New Port, closer to the beach, very nice, neat town to visit, docks. We did not have reservations, but it was years ago when we were there. The Free Willie Orca was living at New Port at that time. We did two trips along west coast hwy 1. one up to the north in '97 and one down from Canada in '86. Would love to go back, a must do again place for sure. http://discovernewport.com/
There are lots of sites along there, all would be neat in IMHO.
The Oregon State Parks were nice, we made two trip alone HWY 101, very nice drive, lots of camping along it. We just went, no reservations, no sweat.
We stayed at the Crater Lake Campgournd once, but it was early June. Still snow along the roads by the lake, some of them not opened yet.