Camping and "Glam"ping Getaways

Whether you need fewer or more creature comforts, a camping vacation can provide true respite from technology and an opportunity to connect with nature.

A simple getaway is sometimes better. While some of the luxuries of life may be sacrificed, you just might feel more relaxed and rejuvenated when you can disconnect from the cell phones, computers, and incessant manufactured noise in your life. Many campers leave all of their electronic devices at home to be able to fully enjoy the sounds and sites that nature provides. If you are considering a camping getaway, this summer, check out these five Washington State campgrounds overseen by the U.S. National Park service, U.S. Forest Service and the state park system.

  1. Mt. Rainier National Park in Ashford, WA
  2. Lake Chelan in Steheiken, WA
  3. Kachess Lake Campground in Ellensburg, WA
  4. Staircase in Hoodsport, WA
  5. Takhalakh Lake in Randle, WA

And don't forget, the U.S. National Park Service charges $15 and state parks will begin charging $10 ($30 for an annual "Discover Pass") on July 1 just to enter the park. And then there's the campground fees, that can run from $12-$25. Whatever campground you choose, be sure to have a list of supplies and gear to pack (this website should help).     

If a road trip is out of the question-for whatever reason-why not take your tent and do some suburban camping in your own backyard? Grab some supplies, a couple of good stories, and listen to the sounds around you. You can sneak back inside if you forget anything, and you have the luxury of indoor plumbing close-by. And, who knows? It might become a popular tradition for you and your family for years to come.

Happy camping! 


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