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Welcome to Washington

With mountains and rain forests, wine country and urban landscapes, Washington State offers natural wonders and a diversity of RV experiences.

Make Seattle your starting point in your next Washington adventure. Everything about the Emerald City seems tall—from the 607-foot Space Needle to the freighters in Elliott Bay, from the Olympic Mountains and snow-capped Mt. Rainier filling the skyline, to the size of the lattés and mochas found on every street corner. Pike Place Market is filled with locals selling fish, flowers, produce and gourmet food.

A visit to Tacoma is incomplete without seeing the Chihuly Bridge of Glass or watching glass blowers make art at the Museum of Glass and Hot Shop Amphitheater. Explore the rich heritage of Olympia with a self-guided tour through an historic neighborhood or tour the Washington State Capitol.

Head west for the Peninsula and Coast region, here artists' havens, rain forests, sea stacks and beach towns distinguish the state's western edge.

Long Beach is rich with coastal beauty and offers kite flying, kayaking, clam digging, bird watching and miles of hiking trails. Check out the two fully functional lighthouses, Cape Disappointment (1856) and North Head (1898).

North Cascades
The North Cascades region has journeys past fields of tulips, bald eagle nesting areas and more than 300 glaciers. Located in the heart of the Skagit Valley, La Conner is home to an historic waterfront village with quaint restaurants and locally owned boutiques and galleries. The surrounding landscape of mountains, farms, rivers and islands is breathtaking. Nestled in the rugged foothills beneath Mount Baker, Concrete is the gateway to the North Cascades and abounds in spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, rafting and Nordic skiing.

The Islands
By land or by sea, Washington's archipelago provides unforgettable opportunities to view art and orcas. Nestled in the heart of Puget Sound are the San Juan Islands. Although the islands number around 170, only four (Lopez, Shaw, Orcas and San Juan) are readily accessible. A spectacular destination surrounded by the waters of the Puget Sound, San Juan Island boasts beaches and pastureland, historic harbors and parks, museums and marinas. Activities range from hiking and shopping to kayaking and whale watching. Boating, salmon fishing, clamming and crabbing are bountiful on Whidbey and Camano Island.

North Central
Alpine vistas, a Bavarian borough and ghost towns make for charming day trips. Best known for its warm sun and clear blue lake, the resort town of Chelan lies where the Cascade Mountains meet the eastern Washington desert—on the southeast tip of glacier-fed Lake Chelan. 

Visitors can tour Grand Coulee Dam's interpretive center, learning about the dam and area geology, or take in the nighttime laser show. Leavenworth is your Bavarian getaway complete with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. With 300 sunshine-filled days a year and the Columbia River running through town, Wenatchee offers fruit stands, hiking, biking, river rafting and the annual Apple Blossom Festival. 

Northeast
The inland city of Spokane boasts an average of 260 days of sunshine a year. Located along the banks of the Spokane River, the city's attractions include Riverfront Park and Centennial Trail. Recreational opportunities include whitewater paddling, hiking and camping.

Peninsula and Coast
Artists' havens, rain forests, sea stacks and beach towns distinguish the state's western edge.

Long Beach is rich with coastal beauty and offers kite flying, kayaking, clam digging, bird watching and miles of hiking trails. A favorite is the two fully functional lighthouses, Cape Disappointment (1856) and North Head (1898).  With miles of sandy beaches, Ocean Shores offers numerous family-friendly activities including beach combing, digging for clams and kite flying. Port Angeles is the gateway to Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge. Port Townsend is known for its natural scenery and the remaining Victorian buildings dating back to the 19th Century.

Metro Seattle
Everything about the Emerald City seems tall—from the 607-foot Space Needle to the freighters in Elliott Bay, from the Olympic Mountains and snow-capped Mt. Rainier filling the skyline, to the size of the lattés and mochas found on every street corner. Pike Place Market is filled with locals selling fish, flowers, produce and gourmet food. A visit to Tacoma is incomplete without seeing the Chihuly Bridge of Glass or watching glass blowers make art at the Museum of Glass and Hot Shop Amphitheater. Explore the rich heritage of Olympia with a self-guided tour through an historic neighborhood   or tour the Washington State Capitol. 

The Volcanoes
Mount Rainier National Park offers leisurely mountain drives as well as a 305-mile trail system for hikers of all experience levels. With a summit of 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier stands as the tallest volcanic mountain in the continental U.S. Summer alpine meadows bloom at Paradise, the primary destination for many visitors. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens exploded, blowing off nearly a mile of its summit and flattening nearly 250 square miles of forest around the mountain. The area is now the Mount St. Helens National Historic Monument; visitors can find a variety of outdoor activities around the mountain.

Wine Country
The Yakima Valley claims more than 6,500 acres of wine grapes. The birthplace of Washington's wine industry, Prosser has the Yakima River running through it and over 25 wineries surrounding it. Yakima is noted for being one of the best apple-producing areas in the world and for producing three-quarters of the nation's hops. Walla Walla has become a popular spot for wine enthusiasts, although it was originally known for its famous sweet onions. Kennewick, Pasco and Richland make up the Tri-Cities region. The area offers an abundance of recreational activities including biking, sailing, boating, waterskiing, swimming, windsurfing and wine tasting. 

The Gorge
A monastery, an observatory, a Stonehenge replica and astounding views are available as you RV along the Columbia River Gorge. Goldendale Observatory houses the nation's largest public telescope. Visit museums, state parks and a replica of England's Stonehenge. Washington's Vancouver lies on the north bank of the Columbia River and has a wealth of scenic beauty, recreational activities and cultural offerings for the whole family.

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Silver Cove RV Resort
Silver Lake, WA