Keep reading to find your next family road trip adventure destination. Editor's note: The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center remains closed.
An 18th century fur trader and the 19th Century Lewis & Clark Expedition felt rather let down by this spot where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The cabins are tucked into an Alder forest on the shore of Lake O'Neil.
Each cabin sleeps six and includes bunk beds and a full-size futon. There's a covered porch, fire pit and picnic table and bathrooms and showers are nearby.
Take your crew on the trail to the lighthouses (there are two) or Dead Man’s Cove (if you dare!). History buffs can tour a coastal fort and check out the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
In the foothills of the Cascades, this park is a great spot for a family cabin adventure. Little anglers can try their fishing skills on the volcanic lake---it’s stocked with trout---and the cabins sit in a forested grove within walking distance of the lake.
Each cabin sleeps five (furnished with bunk beds and a full-size bed) and includes a porch, picnic table, fire grill and deck; bathrooms and showers are nearby. There's swimming, boating, bird watching and wildlife viewing and an awesome kids’ play area as well as hiking and horse trails.
The beach is within easy walking distance (bring binoculars for birdwatching). Cabins sleep four and include a double bed and two single bunks.
There are shared restrooms nearby and each cabin has a BBQ and fire ring (perfect for roasting s’mores). This renovated 1930s fishing resort is on the waterfront, just a skipping stone’s throw from a driftwood-strewn beach.
You can also take your mini hikers on the mile-long trail to neighboring Camaro Island State Park. The cedar cabins sleep 4-6 people, and have a living room, bedroom and kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave and sink); shared bathrooms are nearby.
Splurge on a deluxe cabin, and you’ll get your own bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. Cost: $87-$119 per night, depending on the time of year and type of cabin.
Located just a mile down the trail from Came Beach, Camaro Island State Park has lots for young campers to do including beach combing, hiking, and saltwater fishing. Cabins are located in a forested area with views of Saratoga Passage.
The furniture was made by local volunteers with wood from trees cleared at the park. Each cabin has a fire ring, grill, picnic table and covered porch.
Keep your eyes out for mule deer and elk who often take a stroll through the park and frogs, toads and turtles who make their homes by the lakeside. Woof: Cabin 1 is pet-friendly with a $15 pet fee (plus tax) per night.
It’s the place for clamming, crabbing, oyster harvesting, fishing and, if you’re really adventurous, produce digging (that’s GOOEY-DUCK for any non-Northwesterners reading). There’s a covered front porch, picnic table and fire grill.
Distance: On Hood Canal, just over two hours from Seattle by road or ferry. Take a dip in clean, refreshing Mayfield Lake, then head back to your cabin, just a short walk away among the trees.
There’s a covered front porch, deck, picnic table and fire grill; bathrooms and showers are nearby. There’s also plenty to keep everyone busy including hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing and swimming.
A saltwater beach overlooking Hood Canal in the “Viking Village” of Polls, Kit sap Memorial State Park is a great little getaway from Seattle. Outside is a picnic table and fire pit and all cabins are ADA accessible.
After beach combing and exploring tide pools, enjoy a picnic or head into town for fish ‘n’ chips or a tasty Norwegian pastry. Distance from Seattle: A little less than two hours by road or the Bainbridge Island ferry.
Just the place to cool off on a hot day, Lincoln Rock State Park offers swimming, boating, hiking, bike trails, horseshoe pits, a children’s playground and more. The cabins have great views of the Columbia River and Rocky Reach Dam.
Distance from Seattle: On the east side of the Columbia River. With kitchenettes, a private bathroom (sink/toilet) and A/C, you and your petite campers can enjoy the good life at Parrying Lake (there’s even a coffee pot!).
Rolling green lawns lead down from the cabins to the lake, where you can swim, boat, fish or just lounge in your floatie. If you’ve got more energy, try the 3.1 mile Rex Deer trail that starts just east of the boat launch.
Parrying Lake also has lots to offer year-round, with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and fat-tire bike rental in the winter. Impress your kids by splurging on the Vacation House with full bath and linen service.
A great place for spotting wildlife, including Bald Eagles, Radar State Park is on the shoreline of the Skagit River. The cabins are in an Alder and Fir forest, an easy half-mile walk from the river.
Outside, there’s a covered porch, two Adirondack chairs, fire pit, picnic table and stand up BBQ brazier. Park activities include hiking (3.7 miles of hiking trails and 1 mile of ADA accessible trails), fishing and a children’s play area.
You can’t miss the giant basalt butte “Steamboat Rock” as you drive the winding road to Banks Lake. This State Park features grassy areas filled with wildflowers, leading to a sandy beach that’s perfect for making sandcastles and a cool lake made for splashing and relaxing. The air-conditioned cabins sleep five, and are furnished with a queen-size futon and bunk beds.
Outside, you will find a picnic table and fire pit with grate and plenty of activities to keep your crew busy. Hike, bike, bird-watch (watch out for Bald Eagles), swim, kayak, and enjoy the kids’ playground.
During the winter, you’ll find ice-fishing, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Check out the amazing Laser Light Show at nearby Grand Coulee Dam.
Wallace Falls State Park lies along the shores of two rivers and three lakes and features outstanding scenery with no less than nine waterfalls (the tallest is 265 ft). Each cabin has bunk beds that sleep three and a full-size futon that sleeps two as well as a covered front porch, picnic table, fire pit, and BBQ.
Activities include hiking, biking, boating, freshwater fishing, swimming and whitewater kayaking. Wallace Falls is also a great location for snowshoeing in the winter.
Editor’s note: Bookings for the 2021 season open March 1, 2021. If cabin camping is a bit too rustic for you, the WashingtonState Parks Commission partnered with Wanderlust Camps to bring clamping to Moran State Park on Orcas Island.
Book your stay online where luxury awaits (this is perhaps a grownups-only outing). Drop-in visitors are welcome as long as space is available, but cabins fill up quickly in the busy summer months.
You don’t need to buy a Discover Pass if you’re staying overnight in a Washingtonstatepark (your accommodation fee covers vehicle access for the park you’re staying in). But, if you plan on stopping in at other Washington state parks on the way there and back, we’d recommended getting the annual pass.