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The sleepy little bedroom community of Yelm lies on the outskirts of Washington’s capital between Olympia and Tacoma. Yelm was previously occupied by the Nisqually native people before the settlers came, and the name Yelm is said to mean “heatwave from the sun” in the indigenous language. Considered one of the fastest growing cities in the Evergreen State, Yelm has humble beginnings as a tiny settlement turned agricultural hub. After the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1873, the town really began to come to life and in 1924, it was finally incorporated.


Yelm is considered a bedroom community of Olympia with most of its residents working outside of their hometown, but the town is incredible in its own right and gives visitors a chance to experience the authentic America we all cherish. When you book an RV in Yelm you’ll have excellent access to neighboring cities like Seattle or Portland, Oregon to the south, as well as many heritage sites and outdoors areas


The Great Outdoors


The Pacific Northwest is easily one of the most gorgeous areas in the world in terms of natural beauty, and all of it is easily reachable in your Yelm RV rental. Before you even leave town, Yelm has multiple parks for you to rest in, relax, and enjoy while you are in town. Yelm City Park, Longmire Community Park, and Cochrane Park are all great places to bath in the sunlight, have a picnic, go for a walk, and observe the fabulous nature around you.


Alder Lake Park is south of town on the banks of Alder Lake and is best visited in the summertime, or in the fall when the leaves begin to change. The lake is teeming with fish so don’t forget your fishing rod. Tiger Mountain State Forest is up north by Seattle and features Tiger Mountain, a monster of a mountain, and over 13,000 acres of protected land.


To the west you can bring your Yelm rental RV to Capitol State Forest named for its proximity to the state capital of Olympia. The Mima Mounds can be found in Capitol State Forest, which remain one of the more mysterious land features we know of. These odd round humps number in the hundreds and are a strange sight to behold when you visit.


Head to the coast and enjoy the beach when you rent an RV in Washington, and see one of many spectacular seaside parks, like Leadbetter Point State Park. Motorcycling, bicycling, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and even clamming are some of the things you can do here.


Olympia National Forest and Olympic National Park are on the peninsula to the northwest of Yelm and feature some of the most gorgeous wilderness areas imaginable. With coastal wetlands, old growth forests, and awe-inspiring snow-capped mountain peaks, Olympic National Park draws in legions of visitors each year to witness the beauty of Washington.


Mount Rainier National Park is another park worthy of your attention when exploring the area with a Yelm RV rental by owner. You can never truly escape the watchful gaze of Mount Rainier while visiting Yelm because the powerful lone mountain dominates the horizon and provides a stable presence for all in the area. The high alpine meadows are graced with wildflowers of unimaginable beauty and the glacier-carved gorges and magical waterfalls trickle down the slopes.


City Attractions


Yelm is not the liveliest of towns but it still provides visitors with at least a few areas to see and discover. The Yelm Historical Museum provides people a chance to read up and engage with the fantastic history of the area, which goes back thousands of years. The museum operates informational tours four days out of the week during the summer months, and by appointment only during the winter time.


The Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village also seek to educate and inform all who wish to learn about the settlers of the land and the ancient peoples who still live in the region to this day. This living outdoors museum is exceptional at everything it does, with its artifact exhibitions and workshops where guests can craft their own items. The Pioneer Farm Museum also puts on lots of fundraisers and events to benefit the community. For a little change of pace, Nisqually Red Wind Casino is down the road from Yelm and has lots of gaming, live music, dining options, and nightlife.


RV Friendly


While Yelm might not have too many things to do in the town itself, it benefits from being surrounded by breathtaking wilderness and a whole bunch of campgrounds and RV parks. Bring your Yelm motorhome rental to Washington Land Yacht Harbor which specializes in housing the largest vehicles. This park is close to downtown Olympia and walking distance to many attractions the city has to offer.


Lost Lake Resort is a nice place for the Yelm luxury motorhome rental, with its state of the art gym facility, heated pool, private dock, and an isolated lake. Due to Yelm being so close to Mount Rainier National Park, there are lots of campgrounds within the wilderness areas within the park, and around the park as well.

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

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Nearby to Yelm are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount Pilchuck State Park, Wallace Falls State Park Management Area, and Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument.

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What's around Yelm, WA


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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Twin Falls Trail North Bend Washington
Snow Lake Trail Snoqualmie Pass Washington
Mount Si Trail North Bend Washington
Lake Serene Trail Gold Bar Washington
Lake 22 Trail Granite Falls Washington
Multnomah Falls Trail Bridal Veil Oregon
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail North Bend Washington
Poo Poo Point Trail Issaquah Washington
Angels Rest Loop Trail Corbett Oregon
Wallace Falls Trail Gold Bar Washington

Nearby Campgrounds

Olympia Campground

campground Olympia, WA
You can camp next to Douglas firs which seem to touch the sky and offer much privacy. Amenities include a store, laundry room, TV room with Wi Fi hotspots, outdoor heated pool, and a small playground. Stay in the trees with your RV.

The Space Needle

attraction Seattle, WA
Known as the icon of the Pacific Northwest, it was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, with a height of 605 feet. You can enjoy 360 degree views of the city, and of the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier, as you dine at the Sky City restaurant. Your trip to Seattle wouldn?t be complete without visiting the top of the needle.

White River Amphitheatre

attraction Auburn, WA
You do not need to travel to the big city and fight traffic in order to find great entertainment when you visit the White River Amphitheatre. The theatre is located in the rural area of Auburn, Washington and hosts some big name events without all of the chaos that traveling to Seattle or Tacoma can cause. You will get to take in an outstanding show and have a great time every step of the way. The White River Amphitheatre hosts comedy shows, live concerts, festivals, and more. There is always something going on, so check out the events that will be happening while you are in town. The White River Amphitheatre has something to suit everyone's tastes and provides a great way to be social and meet new people. The theatre is clean and modern and has an abundance of comfortable seating. You can sip on a cold beverage or eat a delicious meal while you are there.

American Heritage Campground

campground Olympia, WA
You'll be camping within 25 acres of pristine evergreen forests. Have a picnic or enjoy a fire as you listen to the sounds of nature. Participate in one of the community events, where you can listen to bluegrass, watch a vintage trailer rally, and more. Camp in your RV rental in a wooded setting.

Jimi Hendrix Grave Site

attraction Renton, WA
If you are a fan of the great rock guitar icon Jimi Hendrix, visiting his grave site in Renton will be a moving experience. The grave site is located in Greenwood Memorial Park and attracts admirers from all around the world who want to pay their respects. Hendrix died unexpectedly at the young age of 27 in London.When news of the tragedy made its way to James ?Al? Hendrix, (Jimi's father) back in the United States, the wheels for a lasting memorial began to take shape. Al Hendrix requested that Jimi's body be brought back to his birthplace of Seattle, Washington so that a burial at a new family plot, located at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton could be performed. On November 26, 2002 Hendrix's body was exhumed and reburied under a marble dome memorial in another section of Greenwood Memorial Park. Hendrix's father Al and his step mother Ayako 'June' Hendrix have also been placed in the vault in the center of the memorial.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

attraction Tacoma, WA
A museum is history, and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a compelling combination of heritage life, historic record, and living history. Visitors can engage in historic dialogue with a variety of interpretive staff and volunteers in period clothing and an historic environment, with actors that are recreating life at a 19th century fur-trade post in the Pacific Northwest. This was the first European settlement in the region now known as Puget Sound, and was owned and operated by the Hudson?s Bay Company. The site is part of the larger regional park that encompasses most of scenic Point Defiance, and consists of many reconstructed buildings that were built from original foundations and plans. Visit at any time of year to see authentic, historic craftsmanship, skills demonstrations, and other interactive activities. The fort also hosts several special events that are relevant to the period and fun for everyone, like Queen Victoria?s Birthday and a 19th Century Christmas.

Gig Harbor RV Park

campground Gig Harbor, WA
Stay in the midst of the rugged Pacific Northwest at Gig Harbor RV Resort. This stunning venue is only minutes away from many of the fjords, islands, and forests that make Seattle and Tacoma such popular travel destinations. The RV park itself is within minutes of Henderson Bay and Raft Island, and Point Defiance Park and Commencement Bay are just across the eastern strait. Plus the park is only a twenty minute drive from downtown Tacoma and an array of urban sights and activities. Guests can also relax on site with free WiFi, a playground, a laundry room, electrical hookups, cable TV access, a picnic area, restrooms, and a dump station. The park also hosts and helps organize workshops and educational programs intended with northwest coastal life in mind. Early June has a Painting and Varnishing Plywood Boats Workshop scheduled, and there?s also a Community Boat Restoration Program for Women held on every Thursday and Friday.

Manchester State Park

campground Port Orchard, WA
In this 111-acre camping park, you'll have a secluded, wooded area to park your RV, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Fir and Maple woods as you sit by your campfire. There?s a 1/4 mile hike to the 3,400 foot shoreline of Rich Passage in Puget Sound, where you can swim, kayak or boat. You can explore the historical sites nearby, check out the Bremerton Navy exhibits, and you will be close enough to town. A great RV rental destination.

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Ride a tram through the park and maybe zip line for some excitement.

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