We’ve already discussed some of the best campgrounds to check out, but camping isn’t just about the campgrounds. There’s so much more to see and do while you’re on the road, and sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down your options, so Ryan’s RV Town as provided some of our favorite spots to visit with your Forest River RV. Whether you’re from out of town or looking to explore parts of your home state that you’ve never seen before, these are the places you’ll want to check out.
In the City of Seattle
It’s one of the most iconic west coast cities in America, home to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and an insomniatic Tom Hanks character. And if even if your goal was to explore the great outdoors, it can’t hurt to leave your Forest River RV and take a day or an afternoon to see this infamous metropolis for yourself.
Of course, the classics that we’ve already mentioned are must-sees if you or someone in your camping party hasn’t been there before. The Space Needle is recognizable throughout the world and gives you a unique look at the city and the surrounding landscape. Pike Place Market has shops, entertainment, fish throwing, food, a gum wall, and so much more. It’s not only a well-loved part of the city, but also offers insight to the eclectic people and cultures who call it home.
But there’s so much more you can be doing here. If you’re sticking with downtown, check out one of the many museums or stroll down to the original downtown near Pioneer Square. Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island and catch a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel. Enjoy Hawaiian food from Marination Ma Kai and check out the original Starbucks. There’s no shortage of things to do, so make sure you have a plan before heading into the city.
Exploring Around Everett
Traveling north in your Forest River RV, you’ll reach Everett, where you’ll find yourself a little more immersed in the pristine landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Make a trip to the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens to explore themed gardens and beautiful plantlife. Book a trip with All Star Fishing Charters to bag the best salmon of the season, or take some of your favorite outdoor activities and hit one of the many trails around Puget Sound and the foothills of the Cascades.
When it’s time for some indoor adventures, take a short drive to the Future of Flight Aviation Center, with a tour of the Boeing factory, to see how modern flights made its greatest strides and what to expect next overhead. For the adults in the group, consider heading south to the Chateau Ste. Michelle, the state’s oldest winery. There’s also the Hibulb Cultural Center, dedicated to the Tulalip tribe and their history and culture. Or, simply stroll through the quaint shopping districts to see what Everett shopkeepers have to offer.
Traveling Up to Bellingham
Nearing the international border, you’ll probably find yourself camping with your Forest River RV in Bellingham, home to the Western Washington University Vikings and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the state. Be sure to check out some of their breathtaking views by hiking areas like Whatcom Falls Park, Chuckanut Mountains, and the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. There are trails of all intensity levels and lengths, so you can take a quick stroll to kill an hour or spend the whole day discovering the backcountry.
For some fascinating information on our own history, check out the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, where you can find replicas of important electrical inventions and the relics themselves, with family-friendly, interactive exhibits to entertain everyone. Then stop by the Fairhaven Historic District for a mix of classic architecture and modern attractions. And, of course, you can’t visit Bellingham without checking out one of their many breweries, serving the state’s most refreshing IPAs and more.
This is just a handful of the things you can do here in Washington but there’s so much more you can explore. But before you can do that, you’ll need a Forest River RV to get you there. To check out our complete inventory, visit Ryan’s RV Town, serving Seattle, Tacoma and Bellingham, and we’ll help you find the perfect model to fit your needs.