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Best Phone Apps for Hiking and Camping

Your smartphone may be your best tool outdoors when deep in the Cascades or on a lonely Olympic beach—and not just for the camera.

9:44am By Allison Williams

Outdoorsy

The Subtle Shifts of the REI Co-op

As the annual sale kicks off at the Seattle-based outdoor recreation chain, REI has undergone small but notable changes.

05/20/2022 By Allison Williams

SAVE THE MONEY

11 Must-Haves from the REI Anniversary Sale

From May 20–30, get discounted Hydro Flasks, top-rated tents, Cotopaxi jackets, and more outdoor gear and technical clothing.

05/20/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Outdoorsy

How to Plan Your First Backpacking Trip in Washington

Your complete guide to planning your first trip, where to find gear in Seattle, and how everyone can hit the trail for an outdoor overnight.

05/02/2022 By Allison Williams

Gear Up

The Best Outdoor Gear and Clothing Stores in Seattle

The best stores to shop for the backpacks, hiking boots, paddleboards, and rain jackets a Northwesterner needs, from REI to Evo to Dick's Sporting Goods.

04/29/2022 By Allison Williams

Outdoorsy

How to Plan Your First Camping Trip in Washington

Find out which campsites to go to, what gear you need, and why the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest is for everyone, even if it's your first time.

04/26/2022 By Allison Williams

Shut-Eye

How One Seattle Company Changed Camping

The SoDo sleeping pad company, founded by three former Boeing engineers, rethought how we get comfortable on camping trips.

04/21/2022 By Allison Williams

sharesies

How to Rent Camping Gear in Seattle

You don't need to own your own tent and sleeping bag to get outside. Rental programs from REI to Eddie Bauer to smaller outfits can help.

04/19/2022 By Allison Williams

Public Lands

20 Best State Parks in Washington

You can go diving, spelunking, horseback riding, hiking, and more in over 100 state parks within driving distance of Seattle.

02/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Book It

How to Reserve a Campsite or Backpacking Trip in Washington

Here's how to book a camping spot in Mount Rainier National Park, the Olympics, the Enchantments, the Columbia Gorge, and more.

02/15/2022 By Allison Williams

The Mountain

An Insider’s Guide to Visiting Mount Rainier National Park

Make the most of a visit to Washington State's famous volcano.

08/25/2021 By Allison Williams and Seattle Met Staff

In Tents

30 Best Washington Campgrounds

Where to camp in the mountains, on the beach, or among the ruins of a decommissioned army base.

06/16/2021 By Allison Williams

THE OLYMPICS

Insider's Guide to Visiting Washington State's Olympic National Park

What to do, where to hike, and where to stay in the country's fifth most-visited national park.

06/02/2021 By Allison Williams

Off season

Crystal Mountain Gets Glamping Tents This Summer

You just need to book them with 20–50 of your closest friends.

04/19/2021 By Allison Williams

Trendsetting

Van Life vs. RV Life

Not everyone wants the Instagram lifestyle.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams

Site Survey

10 Best RV Campgrounds in Washington

Where to park campers and RVs overnight near Leavenworth, Cascades National Park, and the Washington coast.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams

Trailer Taxonomy

Understanding the Different Types of RVs

Size isn’t everything. Recreational vehicles are classified by shape, not length.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Seattle Met

Perk City

The Best Amenities Found in Fancy RVs

Certain additions can make an RV feel better than home.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams

Four Wheel Home

Truck Campers Have a Whole New Look

A few local outfits rethink flatbed chic.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams

Driving Home

Learning to Camp Indoors

Three days, one rental, and a whole new perspective on the RV lifestyle.

03/04/2021 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Cody Muir