West Coast Campgrounds to Visit

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Ready for your next camping adventure? If you’re on the west coast, there are an abundance of campgrounds to try out, of course. Here, we’ve highlighted a few to consider as you make plans for your next adventure.

Sonoma Coast State Park, California

You can’t not mention California in a post on the west coast, and so we had to go with the right spot. The Sonoma Coast is about two hours north of San Francisco, so the weather is quite cool now. Once it warms up, this is a great spot to take in the seaside air and camp for a few days.

“Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California’s most scenic attractions,” according to the California State Parks’ website, where you can also make reservations to stay.

Camping sites at Wright’s Beach and Bodega Dunes range from $35 to $45 a night, depending on if you want a premium site. There is an additional fee for your vehicle.

Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles, Washington

Washington State has an abundance of camping options, whether you want to be near the beach or forest or lakeside. It was difficult to pick just one to focus on!

Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles offers an ideal retreat for a family camping trip, and sites range from $22 to $32 a night, which you reserve here.

Photo courtesy TillamookCoast.com

Barview Jetty County Campground, Oregon 

The gorgeous Oregon coastline is a site for sore eyes, to be sure.

Barview is a great spot to pitch your Elk Mountain canvas tent for a night or two, and enjoy the scenic views.

With the water comes plenty of activities, too. From scuba diving to fishing to surfing.

“Noted explorer Robert Gray, who first set foot on the shores of Tillamook Bay in August 1788, would be quite impressed and glad, too, that a jetty was built to protect the shoreline of the Tillamook spit,” according to TillamookCoast.com. “It’s a great day for fishing off the jetty; extending 5,213 feet into the ocean, it makes you feel as if you were walking on the water.”

To camp at Barview Jetty County Campground, you can make reservations up to nine months in advance directly from the Tillamook County website. As a bonus, the campground offers wifi for a cost, so you can still stay connected.

Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona

Set on the scenic Colorado River, Lake Havasu State Park is open year round.

“The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites,” states the official webpage for the park. “This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City.”

A tent site is $35 a night for a standard site, and $40 for beachfront sites. This includes access to restroom and shower facilities as well as use of the park day-use facilities, according to the State Park’s website.