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ksg5000

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Posted: 12/05/19 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on how much time. I would focus on the unique stuff (Mt St Helens, etc). I personally found that the Olympic Nat Forest a disappointment (takes lots of time and not necessarily the requisite return). I found that when I take my guest on tours they really remembered the Volcano and the San Juan tour which I usually make into a loop which includes Victoria/BC.


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Posted: 12/05/19 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree that the state parks are over-priced and then the additional Discovery Pass charge.
I avoid state parks and use the national parks, national foreset and BLM parks.


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Yes, everyone should avoid the Wa. state parks at all cost.
- And thank you.


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Posted: 12/05/19 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

Yes, everyone should avoid the Wa. state parks at all cost.
- And thank you.


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2scootn

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Posted: 12/05/19 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All great suggestions on where to go and what to do.

I would also recommend Mt St Helens - Taidnapam campground is a nice place to stay and you can drive up to the overlook and see where the mountain blew out and down into Spirit Lake. The trees were blown over like matchsticks.

Olympic peninsula is another favorite - Port Townsend is a Victorian town and Fort Worden is where they filmed An Officer and a Gentleman, nice campground but does fill up fast. Fort Flagler is another campground nearby on Marrowstone Island. If both are booked, the Port Ludlow campground is also very nice. Chimacum (Finn River Cider is excellent there), Poulsbo (Sluy's Bakery is legendary), Hood Canal (Hama Hama Oyster Saloon), Port Gamble (old logging town, neat shops and haunted) - all in the same area.

Taking Hwy 20 back you could take the ferry from Port Townsend over to Whidbey Island and go that way (also a beautiful place to visit) and see Deception Pass. Anacortes is there (along with a couple of campgrounds) and you could take a ferry to the San Juan's. Winthrop is along that Hwy 20 route as someone mentioned already - also a neat town.

Have a fabulous trip and safe travels!

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We really like Astoria and Ft Stevens CG, OR which gets you at the mouth of the Columbia River. And there is more along the Columbia River.


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Posted: 12/05/19 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

What ever you dicide to do, if you want to stay in State Parks make your reservations NOW!
Even now, the better spots or even just sites with utilities will probably be booked solid.
We have to make all our reservations 9 months in advance.

Hope you enjoy our state!

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This^^ - for both state parks and privately owned parks. The PNW is gorgeous - which is why everyone and their mother's uncle wants to be there in the summer.

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So much to see and do.
For Mountain camping I would suggest Lake Wenatchee area. San Juan Island is great, but ferry costs can scorch your budget fast. Grand Coulee Dam great, specifically Steamboat Rock State Park is very nice, but this area can get very hot in the summer and it's a lot more fun with a boat.

I would also second Fort Stevens in Oregon, large campground near the mouth of the Columbia.

Any campground in Oregon & Washington you want to start reserving asap.


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What about the Palouse Falls park, that's on my list for summer.


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Your GS will love the Astoria Maritime Museum and learn about the 270+ MAJOR ship wrecks due to the Columbia bar and weather and much more. And right there is the $2 waterfront trolley. And the Bow Picker - great fish and chips. And he will enjoy launching a paper plane from the Column. Lewis and Clark fort. Ft Stevens - fantastic, take a kayak tour on the sand dune made lake - very unique and much more.

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