If you want to travel up the Western Seaboard so that you can see the beautiful sights between two unique big cities, then a Las Vegas to Seattle road trip might be in your cards. While you can travel a shorter route to reach Seattle from Las Vegas than Interstates 15 and 5 and State Routes 58 and 99, you would miss out on seeing some of the nation’s best national and state parks. In fact, you could technically travel to more than a dozen national parks and dozens of state parks along this route if you so desired. If you’re ready to hit the open road between Sin City and the Emerald City, then gas up your RV and get started on your road trip from Las Vegas to Seattle.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is one of the hottest, driest, and most inhospitable places in the world. Its name is no exaggeration; its environments are extreme. In spite of these facts, the stark beauty, unique features, and dark night skies found in this park attract numerous visitors per year. There are a couple of easy trails that will give you access to places like Badwater Basin, the Mesquite Flat Dunes, and Desolation Canyon.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park is, of course, famous for the gorgeous Sequoia trees featured there. The terrain itself is also lovely since the park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Since you’ll have access to more than 800 miles of trails in this park, you’ll have plenty of great hiking and horseback riding options available. Kings Canyon National Park is right next door, so you can also explore that beautiful national park’s sequoias, mountains, lakes, and streams.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is home to world-famous attractions like Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Thousand-year-old sequoias abound here, and miles of trails take you through places like Mono Pass, Soda Springs, Cook’s Meadow, and Cathedral Lakes. There are plenty of public and private RV campgrounds in Yosemite, so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place to set up your trailer at Yosemite National Park.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park may not be as well-known as Yosemite, but its multiple volcanoes, geysers, peaks, and lakes that call it home make it a worthy part of your road trip itinerary from Las Vegas to Seattle. It’s located in the Lassen National Forest in northeastern California not too far east of Redding. At this park, you can hike to the top of Lassen Peak, view the mud pots of Boiling Springs Lake, and trek through a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is located in the southern part of Oregon. It’s Oregon’s only national park, but it’s worthy of the distinction. Crater Lake was formed more than 7,700 years ago by Mount Mazama; the result is the deepest lake in the U.S. with water that’s famous for its pristine nature. The park has 90 miles of hiking trails that give you the means to summit Garfield Peak, walk through various types of vegetation, and hike past various volcanic formations.
Castaic Lake State Park
Castaic Lake State Park is only about 40 minutes outside of Los Angeles, so it’s a great place to stay if you want to explore the City of Angels on your Las Vegas to Seattle RV road trip. The lake itself is actually two separate bodies of water that provide great venues for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. There are also plenty of great places to hike, bike, and picnic.
Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park near Morgan Hill is California’s largest state park, measuring in at an impressive 87,000 acres. It’s fairly close to Interstate 5 and your route, so accessibility is easy and convenient. Canyons, rivers, creeks, and wilderness areas combine to form this lovely California state park.
Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park is on the outskirts of Modesto and is only 83 miles east of San Francisco. If you want to add a peaceful riverside state park to your road trip itinerary from Las Vegas to Seattle, then Caswell Memorial State Park is ideal. The calm waters of the Stanislaus River wend through a forest of grand oaks, providing a serene environment for hiking, swimming, fishing, and bird-watching.
Valley of the Rogue State Park
Valley of the Rogue State Park is located in a bend of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. It’s right off Interstate 5, so it’s on your route. If you didn’t get enough rest and relaxation at Caswell, then you’ll definitely be able to find it here. Three miles of shoreline provide a peaceful venue for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and boating. You can even play a game or two of horseshoes or volleyball.
Dash Point State Park
Just because you’re almost at the end of your Las Vegas to Seattle road trip doesn’t mean that you can’t stop at Dash Point State Park. Located between Seattle and Tacoma on Puget Sound, this state park is a great place to experience the beauty of the Sound up close and personal. Biking, boating, hiking, and swimming are all popular pastimes at Dash Point State Park.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is right off your route in Fresno, CA. Approximately 190 species call this zoo home, and many of them are contained in delightful exhibits that showcase them at their best. Exhibits like Zoorassic Park, African Adventure, Wilderness Falls, and Twiga Terrace bring joy to young and old alike.
Old Sacramento Waterfront District
Sacramento’s rich history and culture are both on display in the Old Sacramento Waterfront District. This section of Sacramento is sandwiched between the Sacramento River and Interstate 5. More than 125 places to shop, dine, and have fun are part of this historical district.
University of Oregon
Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, which has a lovely campus and some fascinating historical buildings. Deady Hall and Villard Hall, both of which were built in the last quarter of the 19th century, have been designated as national landmarks. If you want to visit places built a little more recently, you can stop by Autzen Stadium or take in a baseball game at PK Park.
Washington Park is a beautiful green space complex in Portland that has a variety of different natural attractions. You can visit the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, the Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Portland Japanese Garden at Washington Park.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is composed not only of the mountain itself but also Spirit Lake and the blast area. Everything from fairly simple trails to rugged backcountry backpacking is available here. No matter which part of Mount St. Helens you choose to explore, you’ll be able to see the aftermath of this powerful volcanic eruption that happened in 1980.
Fresno, CA, is one of the multiple large cities you’ll pass through on your way through California. There are many great campgrounds in the area, and multiple national parks are within driving distance. Local attractions include the Forestiere Underground Gardens, Island Waterpark, and Shinzen Japanese Garden.
Sacramento is the capital of California, so there are obviously plenty of campgrounds in the area. This city is rich in history, so be sure to check out places like the California State Railroad Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, and the California State Capitol Museum.
In addition to being the home of the University of Oregon Ducks, Eugene is also known for its culinary and brewing cultures. If you want to sample some of Eugene’s excellent adult beverages, then you may want to take some of the winery and brewery tours offered in the area. Fortunately, there are plenty of dump stations and campgrounds available to help you explore the area.
The people of Portland march to the beat of their own drummer, so they’ve unsurprisingly created a city worth exploring and experiencing. If you choose to do so, you can use multiple local dump stations and campgrounds. Some places worth visiting include Pittock Mansion, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and The Grotto.
Olympia is the capital of Washington and is an hour outside of Seattle. There are plenty of local dump stations and campgrounds for your use. Top attractions include the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the Washington State Capitol, and the Hands On Children's Museum.