Fourth of July Camping: Idaho and Washington

Photo Courtesy of Idaho State Parks and Recreation

Although many campsites are completely booked this time of year, it’s still possible to plan a last-minute vacation in parts of the beautiful Northwest. If you want to spend Independence Day under the stars, try giving one of these areas a shot.

Western Idaho’s lakes and greenery provide the perfect backdrop to your weekend escape. Cook a campfire meal and absorb the picturesque surroundings, all in your own backyard. For a change in scenery, look for campsites in the Southeastern region of the state. The striking rock fixtures and dramatic sunsets are enough to take your breath away.

If you find yourself farther West or would prefer to be closer to the ocean this holiday, check out some of Southern Washington’s campsites. Famous for its lush forests and staggering Oceanside cliffs, Washington’s parks and campsites are something to marvel at. If you don’t mind being away from the shore, the Washington/Idaho border’s placid lakes and open fields provide a peaceful atmosphere.

If you still haven’t finalized your Fourth of July plans, camping is the perfect alternative to parades and firework shows. To find an Idaho escape, go to idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com. If you’d rather stay in Washington, visit washington.goingtocamp.com. These sites provide specifics about the campgrounds, show you the availability and allow you to make reservations.