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In Washington is where you will find Squak Mountain, the second most westerly mountain of the Issaquah Alps Mountain Chain. Most of the mountain is protected by the Squak Mountain State Park. The park covers 1545 acres and is just a short 15-minute drive from the bustling city of Seattle. There are miles of trails to enjoy, incredible views, and plenty of opportunities to see some of the park's abundant wildlife population.
Squak Mountain is the ideal destination for those looking to escape busy city life for a while and be surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature. The two closest towns are Renton and Bellevue, and both can make a great addition to any motorhome camping vacation itinerary. To get the best experience of the park, it is worth spending a few days in the area, rent an RV in King County and make the most of it.
Nature lovers will love camping at Squak Mountain State Park thanks to the abundance of wildlife in the area. Not only are there are a huge number of trees and plant life, but there are also many animals and birds, so make sure you pack a pair of binoculars in your RV rental. If you want to learn a little more about the wildlife that lives here, there is a short, self-guided interpretive walk along the Pretzel Trail, which follows the adventures of a field mouse as he meets local forest creatures.
Lace-up your hiking boots and get ready to hit the trials when Squak Mountain State Park camping. The park has miles of walking trails suitable for those of varying abilities that wind through the undergrowth. Expect to pass bubbling creeks, huge rocks, and trees covering dripping lichen. One of the most interesting trails is the Bullitt Fireplace Trial, as the path will lead you down to the remains of the 1952 fireplace that lived in the Billitt House. If you are up for a big hike, aim for the mountain’s peak, towering 2024 feet high. Overall there are 13 miles of hiking trails and six miles of horse trails.
Because of the scenic nature of the park, picnicking here is very popular. There are six unsheltered picnic tables here for visitors to use, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Having a picnic with family or friends here is a lovely way to spend the afternoon, with plenty of room for the children to play and enjoy the natural environment around them.
Although there is nowhere to camp directly int the park, there are plenty of options in the surrounding area. Snoqualmie River RV Park is a good option for those that rent a camper near Squak Mountain State Park as it has 92 level sites available, 36 of which are pull-thru. Sites offer 30/50-amp service, cable TV, and big rig sites.
The Seattle/ Tacoma KOA is great for those that fancy a resort-style camping experience when motorhome camping, with many amenities and things to do. Wake up every morning to a hot breakfast served directly at the campsite before enjoying the heated pool and bike rentals. There are several public transport stops nearby, which make it easy to hop on a bus and see the nearby sight, and there are also many planned activities to enjoy throughout the year.
There is no better way to see a city than from above, and that is exactly what you can do at the Skyview Observatory in the nearby city of Seattle. With a height of 902', it is the city's highest peak, therefore a way to get a look at the towering buildings and surrounding land from a different perspective. On a clear day, you may even be able to see Mt. Rainer as the tower offers 360 degrees of uninterrupted views. Besides the viewing gallery, guests can relax in the bar and cafe and browse the gift shop.
Aviation enthusiasts should head to the museum of flight. It is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world, so you can rest assured there will be plenty to see. The museum takes a very hands-on approach, so not only will you be able to view and learn a lot about a range of aircraft, but also can experience VR travel, a Pilot Experience, watch a 3D movie, take part in a shuttle training tour, and lots more.
When renting an RV as a family, then a great place to visit is the Fun Center at Bullwinkle's. The indoor attractions here offer something for everyone, and the fact it is in a covered space means it is a good rainy-day activity. There are places to climb, crawl, and explore, an exciting Lazer Quest adventure, and a few rides. Heading outdoors, the fun doesn't stop. There are go-karts, Bungy trampolines, and mini-golf. The center also has places where you can grab some food and a drink, allowing you to spend the whole day here.