Shelton sits on the far southwestern corner of Puget Sound, on the shores of Oakland Bay. Due to its location in a quiet cove, Shelton has remained relatively untouched by the bustling city of nearby Seattle. Instead, you’ll find the same beautiful agriculture and fishing community that has existed for decades. In fact, the charming little town is nicknamed the Christmas Tree Capital thanks to the abundant forests and numerous sawmills still operating just outside the city limits.
However, Shelton is also just a short drive from the big city of Tacoma if you need to do any shopping or are looking for a night out on the town. Traffic can get pretty congested there, so you might want to use public transportation to get around the metropolis when you rent an RV in Shelton.
The Great Outdoors
RV rentals in Shelton are an outdoor enthusiasts dream vacation thanks to the many state parks and wildlife areas just outside of town. It should be noted, though, that thanks to its location on the Olympic Peninsula, you should come prepared for rain when participating in any outdoor activity. It may not last all day, but it’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella or a waterproof jacket.
Harstine Island State Park, just northeast of Shelton, is one of the more popular places in the area to get outside. It’s a great place for a picnic or just to stroll along one of its scenic trails, but the most popular activity here is shellfish collecting. All sorts of oysters, clams, and crustaceans can be found along its shores – just be aware of how much you can take so as to not run afoul of local regulations. Jarell Cove State Park is another one worth checking out and is also on Harstine Island. It’s pretty small, but it also doesn’t see too many visitors, so you should find some peace and quiet here. If you have a boat, there are two piers where you launch from and explore the area's many coves, otherwise, consider just wandering the beaches and taking in the stunning Pacific Northwest scenery.
Given the town’s location on the Olympic Peninsula, it would be a shame if you didn’t visit Olympic National Park when getting a travel trailer rental in Shelton. It’s one of the premier parks in America’s national park system if for no other reason than the sheer variety of ecosystems within its borders. On the western edge is the Hoh Rainforest, one of the most impressive temperate rainforests in the world. But on the eastern side is Hurricane Ridge, a desolate peak standing over 5,000 feet high. With a few days' time and a lot of effort, you can hike between these vastly different places and see the many changes in flora and fauna along the way.
RV Parks near Shelton
Spencer Lake RV Park is one of the closest spots to park the camper rental near Shelton and is just a few miles from town. It offers full hookups along with a laundromat, restaurant, and boat dock on the nearby lake. There’s also Little Creek RV Park south of town on Route 101. They have full hookups, showers, laundry facilities, and are located right next to a casino. So if you’d like to do some gaming when you get a motorhome rental in Shelton, this could be the place to stay.
A more rustic experience can be had at Hope Island Marine State Park just east of town. They have a limited number of campsites and each comes with just two vault toilets – no water or fire rings. However, if you want to experience Puget Sound without bright lights and loud noises, this could be a decent place to stay. There’s also a Walmart in the center of Shelton where you might be able to stay for a few nights with manager permission. Staying here also means having no amenities, so come prepared with everything you’ll need for self-sufficiency.
Exploring the Town of Shelton
To get a sense of the town’s history, look no further than the Mason County Historical Museum. It’s not very big but is packed with artifacts from the town’s past and is staffed by knowledgeable and friendly people just waiting to tell you stories of Shelton’s rich history.
The Olympic Peninsula’s unique climate also makes this a fantastic place to do some winery tours. While every one of them will sell you samples of their product, you can also find some that have informative tours so you can learn a little something when you visit with a Shelton RV rental.
If you’re an animal/cat lover, you’ll definitely want to check out the Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington just east of town. The organization provides a sanctuary for wild and feral cats and educates the public about conservation issues related to the feline creatures.