1. MOUNTAIN LOOP
The Mountain Loop is a northwest road tripper’s paradise. If you own a van and crave stunning treelines, mountain peaks, and wild rivers, take this trip into the Central Cascades and back. It can be done in a day or, more leisurely, in a fun-filled weekend with lots of stop-and-linger camping opportunities.
The name “Verlot” hints at the words “verdant” and “lots.” As in, there are dozens of camping lots that you can rent here in a verdant setting. Next to a river.
Verlot has some spots that have water and electrical hookups, perfect for parking it for a few days. There’s no shortage of beautiful views for your ‘gram or a great place to set down your phone and unplug. Camping here runs from under $20 to $40/night.
RIVER MEADOWS PARK
River Meadows Park: the name says it all. The place is comprised of fields next to the Stillaguamish River. Van/RV camping here is a good option for river recreators who want to hit the “Stilly” with a fishing pole. From this basecamp, you can make excursions into the neighboring towns of Arlington, Oso, and Darrington for foodstuffs, camping supplies, or the local culture of these working northwest logging and farming communities.