RVing on the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park

RVing on the Olympic Peninsula

Written by guest-blogger, Christina Pivarnik, RVer for 20 years

Roaming and Rambling in your RV

After months of being confined at home, the siren call of nature’s beauty beckons, inviting us outside, luring us to travel again and see new places. We’re ready to do something different, yet anxious to stay safe.

Travel safely

With a playground as compelling as the Olympic Peninsula, why not go exploring in an RV where you can take your home with you. Most RVs are self-contained where you’re in full control of your environment and can maintain diligence against COVID-19. It’s also easy to keep a safe distance from other guests in a campground or RV park. See our COVID-19 blog for more info on traveling safe and our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands table to know what’s currently open.

RVing on the Olympic Peninsula - Point Hudson RV Park, Port Townsend

Point Hudson RV Park, Port Townsend

In some instances, restrooms, playgrounds and pools may be closed as part of their protocols Check-in may even be done online. It’s good to confirm those details since things change quickly. Counties may differ as to what phase of reopening they’re in.

RV rentals

Don’t own an RV? No worries. There are a variety of options (listed below), from trailers to motorhomes to vans. Renting is a good way to try before you buy. If you’re new to RVing, check out the 5 Tips for Rookie RVers below.

RVing on the Olympic Peninsula - Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon

Dosewallips State Park, Brinnon

Affordable family time

RVing is an affordable vacation and offers special time with family. Pretend you’re nomadic gypsies and travel from one campground to the next or make an RV park your home base. (If you plan to do the latter, hauling a travel trailer could be easier so you can use the tow vehicle for your explorations.) This is a perfect way to create family memories and reconnect with one another in a new way.

RVing and fishing in the Quinault Rain Forest

RVing and fishing in the Quinault Rain Forest

Where to stay on the Olympic Peninsula

With Olympic National Park at the heart of the peninsula, you’ll find an array of beautiful campsites or stay in one of the county parks in Clallam, Jefferson, Mason or Grays Harbor Counties. Visit our Lodgings page to view all the RV and campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Make reservations as early as possible since parks are often full during peak season. If you can’t get into a place you had your heart set on, try reserving it for the fall. Travel mid-week instead of a weekend or go boondocking (free without facilities) or dry camping (where you may be charged a small fee, but not connected to water, electricity or sewer). To that point, there are places in Olympic National Forest for “dispersed camping.”

RVing on the Olympic Peninsula - Seal Rock Campground, Olympic National Forest

Seal Rock Campground, Olympic National Forest

Whatever destination and activity suits you and your family best, hit the road in your RV for an action-packed time, interspersed with relaxation, and create a lifetime memory together. You’ll fall in love with Mother Nature all over again.

5 Tips for Rookie RVers

  1. Be sure both you and your spouse/partner know how to operate all RV systems.
  2. Know the location of exterior corners of your rig, making it easier to maneuver in tight places and when turning corners (front and rear wheels track differently than a car).
  3. Practice backing and tight turns in a large, empty parking lot before you hit the road.
  4. Call ahead to attractions in rural areas to assure their parking area can accommodate your rig and has ample turn-around space.
  5. If you’re going into a new site, get there before dark so you can get set up in daylight.

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