Camping Coffee Six Ways

Camping Coffee Six Ways

When I plan a camping trip there are a few comforts that are non-negotiable, even when hiking deep into the backcountry. One is warmth, and I have a ridiculously low-temp sleeping bag with a waterproof shell to ensure I will never again stay up all night shivering.  The other is hot morning coffee, preferably ready […]

Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2017

On a budget? Then mark your calendars! Our National Parks offer FREE admission days for 2017. Free U.S. National Park Admission Days for 2017 January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents’ Day April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30: National Public Lands […]

Amp Your Camp: New Essentials for Modern Camping

Camping season is almost here! In just a few short weeks, we’ll be sleeping under the stars atop a plateau in the Eastern Washington desert. And then under old growth at Mount Rainier. And then steps from the beach on Whidbey Island… Where will you be camping this year? (and have you made your campground […]

Ask TripFinder: Oregon Campervan Road Trip Itinerary?

Oregon Campervan Road Trip Itinerary

Want to rent your own campervan to take the camping road trip I describe below? Browse camper vans, RV’s and travel trailers that you can rent by the night at Outdoorsy. Check out Vagabond Vans which offers converted camper mini vans, Go Camp Campervans for cool pop-up VW Vanagons and Eurovans.  Dear TripFinder, Q: Hey there!  […]

Olympic Peninsula Weekend: The Hybrid and the Kabin

I’m a bit inclined to get stuck in ruts, from the cars I like to drive (old Volvo station wagons), to the campgrounds I prefer (tent sites near wilderness) to the toppings on my pizza (pineapple and hot peppers). And that’s usually okay because really, change is over-rated.   But one kind of change is not over-rated: climate change. Our record-hot […]

Campfire Restrictions in the Northwest

Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATE: August 20, 2016 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place (see details below). In fact, 2016 marks the fourth summer in a row that has seen restriction on campfires in the Northwest, though the restrictions are […]

Like a Local: Exploring the Wild Northwest with Ashlee Langholz

Northwest TripFinder’s new Like a Local series explores the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of avid travelers who live here. If you’re on Instagram and you love exploring the peaks and valleys of the Pacific Northwest, you should be following Ashlee Langholz. Then again, seeing as she has over 50,000 scenery-loving followers hanging on to […]

Q: Great Camping and Fishing near the Tri-Cities?

Dear TripFinder, Q: I recently moved to tri cities and love to camp and fish. Are there any forest areas that have good camping within 100 miles? – Terek  Dear Terek, First, only because some readers may not know this, the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco) are in Washington’s desert country in the south central […]

Top Picks from REI’s Biggest Outdoor Gear Sale

I have to say, it’s quite thoughtful of REI to have their biggest sale of the year just as I’m planning our summer camping trips and figuring out all the gear we need. This isn’t just a clearance sale–many of the deals are new gear products, discounted as much as 30% off. Check out the sale; it ends May 25. […]

Q: Peak Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park?

Dear TripFinder, Q: I am trying to decide between Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds for a reservation this summer.  I would like to be able to go view wildflowers towards the end of July. Is Paradise or Sunrise better for that and based on that which campground would you suggest? – Mary S. Dear Mary, At […]