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Tumwater, Washington, is a mid-sized city located just south of Lacey and Olympia, the state’s capital. Though Olympia is, unsurprisingly, one of the most well-known cities in The Evergreen State, its quieter neighbor Tumwater predates some of Washington’s largest metropolitan areas. If you’re looking to explore the oldest settlement in the state, book an RV in Tumwater to discover the city’s cozy suburban areas and rugged outdoor beauty.

Since Tumwater is nestled near the convergence of the Deschutes River and Budd’s Inlet, visitors can enjoy vistas of these bodies of water from just about anywhere in the city. Those looking to rent an RV in Tumwater can enjoy the best of both worlds during their stay: the convenience of Interstate 5, which travels right through the heart of town, as well as quiet neighborhoods where campers can enjoy a restful night’s sleep after a long day of traveling.

The Great Outdoors

The city got its name from the Chinook pidgin word tumwater, which roughly translates to “waterfall” -- and you can expect to see plenty of waterfalls when you rent a motorhome in Tumwater.

Marvel at the sight of the Deschutes River cascading more than 80 feet into Capitol Lake at the aptly named Tumwater Falls Park. Traverse the park’s trails, which pass through wooded wonderland and along footbridges, offering sweeping views of picturesque waterfalls, boulders, and reflective pools. Guided riverwalk tours provide more information on the park’s historical significance and its wildlife, including the Chinook salmon native to the region.

Offering a change of scenery and terrain, Isabella Bush Park is home to roughly 20 acres of wetlands and pastoral charm. Trek the park’s half-mile trail and watch for wildlife along the way -- the area is somewhat of a haven for birdwatchers. The park also boasts a unique feature: a working farm operated and maintained in partnership with a local youth farming program.

Overlook Point Park is one of the city’s most popular destinations for avid hikers and sightseers. Picnickers flock to the overlook to soak up the ambiance of this peaceful park and snap photos of the breathtaking Olympic Mountain range in the distance. To access the park, visitors can choose to walk or drive to the top of Tumwater Hill, and though the hike is steep and challenging, the views from the top make the legwork well worth it.

RV Parks

If you’re looking for an RV rental near Tumwater, you’ll need to drive a short distance to find a place to park your rig. Dozens of RV parks and campgrounds can be found nearby. Salmon Shores RV Park in Olympia could be a good choice for smaller RVs which only require 30-amp electrical hookups. The RV park offers showers and Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and even a playground for the kids.

Looking for a place to park your luxury RV rental near Tumwater but want to avoid Olympia altogether? Nearby Elma offers a few options. Elma RV Park provides all the amenities you’d expect from an RV park that “welcomes the tired and the retired” -- and a few more. In addition to full hookups, paid restroom and shower facilities, and RV supplies and service right on-site, patrons can also enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and cookies.

Exploring the town of Tumwater

History buffs will feel right at home in Tumwater. The city’s historical significance is preserved and proudly showcased at a number of sites around town. Art enthusiasts and craft beer connoisseurs alike won’t want to miss The Schmidt House. This historic home right on the Deschutes River is an architectural delight built for the founder of the town’s brewery, the now defunct Old Brewhouse. Visitors can learn more about the lives and legacy of the Schmidt family and enjoy the original watercolors and European sculptures found both inside the home and in the gardens.

If you consider yourself less of a history buff and more of an adrenaline junkie, Tumwater has a unique attraction for the thrill-seekers in your family. The city's indoor trampoline park is the perfect place for the kids to burn some pent-up energy after a long day of exploring. It’s technically suitable for all ages, so grown-ups can even join in the fun.

All that touring around Tumwater will almost certainly work up your appetite, so when you’ve got a camper rental in Tumwater, you’ll be happy to know you can grab a bite at one of the dozens of restaurants right off Interstate 5. Whether you’re craving something a little different like Vietnamese cuisine, or you have a hankering for classic Italian or steak and seafood, Tumwater offers a number of dining options to suit your tastes and budget.

Vacationers and travelers looking for a motorhome rental near Tumwater will love the variety of recreational opportunities and cultural attractions available right in town.

RV Rentals in Tumwater, WA

Tumwater, WA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Tumwater. Outdoorsy's Tumwater RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Tumwater, WA


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Tumwater Falls Trail Olympia, WA
State Capitol and Central Olympia Olympia, WA
Olympic Peninsula Loop Olympic National Park, WA
Watershed Park Trail Olympia, WA
Capitol Lake Trail Olympia, WA
LBA Park Loop Trail Olympia, WA
McLane School Trail Olympia, WA
McLane Creek Woods Trail Guerin County Park, WA
Priest Point Olympia, WA
Lake Lois Habitat Reserve Olympia, WA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
American Heritage Campground Thurston County, WA
Olympia Campground Thurston County, WA
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Enumclaw Expo Center RV Campground King County, WA
Kid Valley Campground Cowlitz County, WA
Longview North / Mount St Helens KOA Cowlitz County, WA
Silver Cove RV Resort Cowlitz County, WA
Silver Lake Resort Cowlitz County, WA
Bay Center / Willapa Bay KOA Pacific County, WA
Hudson-Parcher Park Campground Columbia County, OR

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