Best Camping Spots in Washington

Whether you prefer authentic camping or luxury "glamping," our camping guide has you covered.
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Roughing It
The Northwest offers plenty of ways to commune with nature, but nothing quite surpasses the getting-back-to-the-land feeling of hiking, sleeping and cooking outdoors—especially when s'mores await at the end of a day spent entirely free of walls.


Not-so-Roughing It
If sleeping on the ground—even on a pad in a warm sleeping bag and tent—is more than you can stomach, there are other, more civilized ways to spend the night in the great outdoors (just don’t tell your hard-core hiker pals). 

Vamping
A Eurovan is the ground-averse camper’s silver bullet. Arts & culture editor Brangien Davis' vamping travel diary.

Going Rogue
For many of us, spending the night in a crowded car campground, even in a beautiful locale, feels like camping in a mall parking lot.


Occupational Hazards
Contributor, avid hiker and mother of two uncomplaining campers, Kristen Russell wants to be sure you know a thing or two about the nature—and perils—of camping in the Northwest before you pitch your tent

Camping With Children
Taking your wild things with you to the wilderness?
Camping with kids presents special problems, so we asked a family-camping veteran—ParentMap’s managing editor, Kristen Russell—for some answers.

Recipe for Delicious Campfire Dessert: Easy Salted Caramel S’mores
A tower of decadent s'mores

Road Trip: Concrete and East Skagit County

Road Trip: Concrete and East Skagit County

Enjoy a scenic drive and stay out in eagle country
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View the eagles during the Skagit Eagle Festival; snap a pic and enter it by January 15 in the Skagit River Bald Eagle Center’s 20th anniversary photo contest. Go win it!

WHERE: Concrete and east Skagit County.

WHY: Eagles are flocking to their spectacular winter getaway—why not join them? The Skagit Eagle Festival (1/1–1/31; concrete-wa.com) happens every January weekend, and your car makes a perfect blind for snapping pictures without scaring off these magnificent birds. Celebrate along the Skagit River with arts and crafts, wine tasting, photography tours and river rafting for eagle spotters.

NIGHT OWLS: Check out the Concrete Theatre, built in 1923 (45920 Main St.; 360.941.0403; concrete-theatre.com), updated for films, live music and events during the festival. early birds: Stop by 5b’s Bakery (45597 Main St.; 360.853.8700; 5bsbakery.com) for quality gluten-free baked goods and more for breakfast or lunch. For dinner, there’s Annie’s Pizza Station (44568 State Route 20; 360.853.7227; anniespizzastation.net), whose handcrafted cuisine would be a hit even in a town bigger than Concrete, population 753.

RULE THE ROOST: Spend the night in one of Ovenell’s Heritage Inn log cabins, located on a historic ranch across the river (46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road; 360.853.8494; ovenells-inn.com). Pick up a steak or two—the cows are raised right there on the ranch—and throw them on the provided barbecue. Had enough of eagles? Elk, deer and coyotes are known to roam the ranch on a daily basis.