Medford and the Rogue Valley

State Parks

CAMP & HIKE: Moran State Park on Orcas Island

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. Orcas Island is a beautiful patchwork of lush farmland, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline–a whole lot like its sister islands in the San Juan archipelago. One thing that undeniably sets it apart from the others, though, is Moran State Park–5,200 acres in […]

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Plan Now, Camp Later: Reserve Early for the Best Northwest Campsites

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Skip the last-minute scramble before your summer camping trip by reserving your Washington state yurt or tent site early. Get more free advice on Northwest camping by subscribing here – it’s free. Remember the spontaneous camping trip? You’d wake up, have a yearning for fresh mountain air, pack the gear into the trunk and just […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Dash Point State Park

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Dash Point State Park sits on Puget Sound just northeast of Browns Point, Commencement Bay and downtown Tacoma. It’s a great recreational destination on its own, and particularly popular with kite flyers and swimmers. It’s also a nice spot to launch a kayak and explore the shoreline to the north and to the south. There’s a jetty […]

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Explore Saltwater State Park on Puget Sound

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Where is the closest public campground from downtown Seattle? I’d have to pull out a map to know for sure, but I’ll bet it is Saltwater State Park, a Puget Sound waterfront and forested oasis exactly half-way between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. In fact, this park marked a symbolic turning point in the […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island

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While it’s a bit of a toss-up which of Lopez Island’s two laid-back waterfront campgrounds nudge above the other in greatness, I’ll go with Spencer Spit State Park just for the setting. Gosh, it is beautiful there. This state park sits on the northeast corner of the island on a sand spit that encloses a picturesque lagoon. […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Fort Flagler State Park

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How about a hike with a history lesson? Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war. Fortunately for us, all five were converted to state parks in the 1950s, giving the public access to thousands of near-shore acres and miles […]

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CAMP: Bullards Beach State Park

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Bring the whole family to Bullards Beach State Park! The three campground loops are set among shore pine, protecting the campsites from strong ocean winds. Rent one of the park’s 13 yurts year-round for one of the cheapest sleeps on the Oregon Coast. Bullards Beach is horse-friendly and quite popular with equestrian campers; the horse […]

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Five Great Oregon Coast Camping Trips

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. When summer finally comes to the Pacific Northwest, it passes too quickly. Those twelve or so sunny weekends must be cherished and savored. There’s no better place to spend the warm, sunny days of summer than outside. Even better? Spend your […]

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Washington Camping: Ten Great Campgrounds

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Pitch a tent and build a campfire! With summer almost here, we’re thinking about sleeping under the stars. And it won’t break the bank, either. Where else can you sleep on waterfront property for $15 a night? Of course, you’re probably wondering where to pitch your tent. Choosing a great campground in Washington is kind […]

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My Oregon Coast Yurt Adventure

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Below is a guest post from my sister Lesley. Lesley is a master barista, musician and music producer in Seattle. This past October, my boyfriend and I decided to try something a little different for our last hurrah before winter and drove down to the Oregon Coast to stay in a yurt at Nehalem Bay […]

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