15 of Our Favorite Parks to Visit in the Northwest

From a rocky coastline of Oregon to the glacier-filled mountains of western Montana, the northwestern corner of the United States has so much natural beauty that some people visit and then never leave.

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Not that we blame them.

If the Northwest is on your list of must-see destinations—and we think it should be—there's no better place to start than by exploring its many national and state parks. Whether you're into hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or the simple joys of wandering, these 15 parks and forests are some of the best.

On your next road trip, don't get bogged down in logistics. Make planning easy by relying on KOA's network of 500-plus campgrounds!


Adventure by Scott Kranz, North Cascades National Park

Adventure by Michael Matti, Mount Rainier National Park

Adventure by Matt Williams, Olympic National Park

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Adventure by George Bruce Wilson, Ecola State Park

Adventure by Jessica Dales, Smith Rock State Park

Adventure by Eric Johnson, Crater Lake National Park

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Adventure by Colin Ayers, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Adventure by Josh Packer, Caribou-Targhee National Forest 

Adventure by James Troxell, City of Rocks National Reserve

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Adventure by Noah Couser, Glacier National Park

Adventure by Hunter Day, Lolo National Forest

Adventure by Noah Couser, Flathead National Forest

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Adventure by Chase Dekker, Yellowstone National Park

Adventure by Eric Schuette, Devil's Tower National Monument

Adventure by Josiah Roe, Hot Springs State Park

KOA campgrounds in Wyoming

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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