Welcome to Monroe, Washington, a city with charm and an old town that takes you decades away from the busy highway and congested freeways of the Seattle area. This town has managed to preserve its small-town flavor, and you can still hear the sounds of train horns as they pass through town on their way across Stevens Pass. This is the land of berry farming, dairy production, and horse breeding, all in the shadow of tall, majestic mountains. Enjoy swift rivers, ancient forests and open spaces for hiking and biking. The Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosts the Fair Days Parade each year, where participants come from all over the area to showcase antique autos and show horses. Get to know this area, just 30 miles northeast of Seattle, and book an RV in Monroe, WA.
Sites and Scenery
This part of the country is one of the richest when it comes to outdoor activities and recreational areas. In fact, right in the town of Monroe is the Al Borlin Park, a beautiful place where you can float down the Skykomish River that runs through the area, or just walk along one of the many nature trails. This dog-friendly riverside park has well-maintained walking paths, and the views of the river are stunning. Enjoy a picnic, a hike, bike ride, canoeing or kayaking, in this beautiful park.
About a mile west of town is the 1,400+ acre Lord Hill Park, a nature preserve with a thick evergreen forest, trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, all just minutes from the main roads. Bald eagles and red tail hawks are frequent visitors, as well as deer and other forest animals. You’ll feel miles from everywhere in this nearby park.
Fifteen miles northwest of Monroe is Everett, Washington, on the shore of Possession Sound. Nearby Spencer Island Park is a birdwatcher’s haven, on this marshy 400-acre island that can be reached by crossing a historic bridge to reach this island on the Snohomish River estuary. Or, take a ferry (seasonal) to Jetty Island, a man-made island and natural park. Enjoy the clear waters and warm sand, or explore the nature trails on this scenic gem. Reservations are recommended for the ferry.
A trip to this area is not complete without a visit to Mount Rainier National Park. Just a two-hour drive in your Monroe rental RV, this 263,000-acre wilderness area is an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier stands tall as the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. These glaciers are the birthplace of five major rivers, which wind through wildflower meadows, ancient forests, and the lower slopes of the mountain. Wildlife flourishes here and your experience will be unforgettable. There are camping areas for your Monroe rental camper, hundreds of miles of trails, and adventures that include fishing, hiking, backpacking and more. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on park trails.
This part of Washington features a striking balance of urban sophistication, on the edge of the wilderness, and is blended with farming communities and small towns. Enjoy fresh market cheese and wine from the region, and don’t forget world-class microbrews and coffee. Wander this area and its myriad of rich, green forests, and head back to the coast for fresh salmon and evening drinks. Monroe is in the middle of it all, and a perfect base to explore the northern coast of Washington.
Seattle is just 30 miles away, featuring awesome museums, shopping districts, attractions, and avenues. Make sure to spend some time at the fabulous Pike Place Market with hundreds of merchants selling everything from handmade crafts, to luxury spices, artisan chocolate to “flying” fish. The Space Needle, built for the World’s Fair in the 1960s features a fine dining restaurant with breathtaking views of the cityscape and adjacent Puget Sound.
Speaking of Puget Sound, this coastline is one of the most beautiful in the country, and just across the way is the Olympic Peninsula, featuring Olympic National Park. Hop over to Bainbridge Island to see Seattle from a completely different perspective, and experience quiet, quaint suburbia in the metropolitan cityscape. Make sure to check out the Underground Tour in downtown Seattle, and discover the hidden city, below the city, buried after the fire of 1889.
One of the most beautiful gardens you can visit is in Seattle. Make sure to pack a picnic, and spend some quality tie at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This museum, in the Seattle Center Park (adjacent to the Space Needle), is incredibly unique and interesting. Indoor exhibits are displayed thoughtfully with gorgeous lighting and outdoor art pieces are beautifully illuminated at night. The work of Dale Chihuly is seamlessly blended with the landscape, lending a surrealness that is impossible to duplicate.
Closer to Monroe, Washington, is one of the most unique spots you can visit, the Reptile Zoo. Just east of the center of town, this great spot offers hands-on experiences and educational opportunities with a wide variety of lizards, snakes, and even an albino alligator. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and take excellent care of the animals that live in the rescue facility.
Where to Park It
With so many state and regional parks, municipal parks, and national forest areas and parks, you’ll have no problem finding a place to park your Monroe motorhome rental. You’ll also find many RV parks and resorts, some with super luxurious amenities like fine restaurants, golf courses, and clubhouses. There is a Walmart Supercenter off of Chain Lake Road, plus many others in the greater Seattle area, so you can stop for the night and park the Monroe RV rental for a night or two while touring the region.
It would be hard to find a better place for foodies than this part of the country. You will find a myriad of flavors and offerings in and around the entire region, including fresh seafood, Chinatown delicacies, great pastries and bakeries, world-class fine dining, and soulful casual eating spots. Farmers markets are the heart of this agricultural region, and there are several in the area, including right in Monroe. Farm-to-table restaurants are almost the norm, and any kind of dietary restriction or preference is typically easily accommodated.
The Pacific Northwest has so much to offer, and when you rent an RV, exploring this area will be at your fingertips. Search for a camper rental in Monroe, Washington, today.