Are you dreaming of a camping trip along the West Coast of the United States but have no idea where to begin? The drive is absolutely breathtaking and considered one of the best road trips in the world! Experience a variety in climate and scenery as you make your way through Washington, Oregon, and California. Let us help you find accommodation in the most beautiful campgrounds on Highway 101!

WashingtonOlympic Hot Springs, Washington, The Best Campgrounds on Highway 101

FairHolme Campground

This lovely lakefront campground is one of the best campgrounds on Highway 101 in Northern Washington. The area gives you access to numerous hiking trails, kayak rental, and swimming in the lake. The Olympic Hot Springs trail head is only half an hour away. Here you can take an easy 5 mile round trip trek up to several natural hot pools. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is also within 30 minutes; giving you access to waterfall hikes, hot springs and a spa.  Click here for more information about the campsite and hiking trails.

  • $20 USD per night
  • Restrooms, no showers
  • Check-Out: 11 AM
  • Kayak rental: $20 USD/ hour from the general store
  • No reservations, first come first served. If you hope to get a lakefront campsite, plan to get there early!

Kalaloch Campground

Kalaloch campground is right on the coast and considered one of Washington’s best campgrounds! It is backing onto the beach with access to trails, tide pools and gray whales playing in the waves off the shore. Make sure to find Kalaloch Tree Root Cave during your stay. Driving 10 minutes north will bring you to Ruby Beach; a unique and stunning beach full of sea stacks and driftwood.

  • $22 USD per night
  • Restrooms, no showers
  • Reserve online heresome sites remain first come first serve

Pacific Beach State Park

This was one of my absolute favorite campgrounds on Highway 101! There are 18 tent sites that literally back onto the ocean. Walk for miles exploring the wide, beautiful beach where you can enjoy a sunset campfire.

Pacific Beach Campground, Washington, The Best Campgrounds on Highway 101

  • $25-35 USD per night for a standard tent site
  • Check-In Time: 2:30 PM Check-Out Time: 1 PM
  • Hot Showers and restrooms
  • Firewood available and campfires on the beach are allowed
  • Reserve online here

Oregon

Wright`s for Camping

A family run campsite that is only 5-7 minutes walk from the beach and close to the main street. Cannon Beach is a unique little town that is home to Oregon’s famous landmark Haystack rock. You can hike, surf, lay on the beach or explore the local shops and restaurants.

  • $38 USD per night
  • Check-In Time: 2 PM Check-Out Time: 12 PM
  • Showers and washrooms
  • coin operated laundry
  • Reserve online here

Cape Lookout Campground

Find a great tent site near the beach at Cape Lookout Campground.  Spend time in the water or hike up Cape Lookout Trail for jaw dropping views of the coastline. You have to drive 20 minutes north to check out the Tillamook Cheese Factory! Take a tour, try some samples and make sure to have some of their famous ice cream on your way out; you wont be disappointed.

  • $21 USD per night for a standard tent site
  • Check-In Time: 4 PM Check-Out Time: 11 AM
  • Hot showers and restrooms available
  • Reserve online here

Sunset Bay Campground

One of most beautiful campgrounds on Highway 101 is located in Coo`s Bay, Oregon.  From there you have access to Sunset Bay State Park, Cape Arago State Park and Shore Acres State Park.You could easily spend a few days between these three areas. Explore hiking trails, rugged cliffs, landscaped gardens, Cape Arago Lighthouse, and beautiful beaches. 1 hour north of Sunset Bay Campground is the worlds first sand-boarding park; Sand Masters. Rent a board at the shop for $ 16 USD and drive just up the road to the sand dunes!

  • $19 USD per night for a standard tent site
  • Check-In Time: 4 PM Check-Out Time: 1 PM
  • Hot Showers and restrooms
  • Book online here

Mazama Village Campground

Although Crater Lake  is 4 hours inland from Sunset Bay Campground, this bucket list destination is absolutely worth the detour! The stunning lake was formed by the volcanic collapse of Mount Mazama. You can drive 33 miles along the rim of the crater which offers awe- inspiring views and access to numerous hiking trails. Another activity option is to take the ferry to Wizard Island near the western edge of the lake. Mazama Village Campground is 7 km from the rim of this spectacular lake. The campsite is excellent, but be sure to make a reservation early because the sites fill up quick!

  • $23 USD per night for a standard tent site
  • Check-In Time: 4 pm Check-Out Time: 11 am
  • Showers and restrooms available
  • Book online here

California

Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground

This wonderful campsite is in the heart of the redwoods in Northern California. With over 20 miles of walking and hiking trails nearby, there is a lot to experience in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

  • $35 USD per night
  • Check-In Time: 2 pm Check-Out Time: 12 pm
  • Showers and Restrooms
  • Book online here

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground

Fern Canyon, California, The Best Campgrounds on Highway 101
Fern Canyon, California

Explore hiking trails, go for a walk in Fern Canyon (Where parts of Jurassic Park were filmed), or hang out on the beach! Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is an excellent place to stop after the redwoods for a change of scenery. 40 minutes south of this campground you can kayak and enjoy the beach at the Big Lagoon.

  • $35 USD per night
  • Check-In Time: 2 pm Check-Out Time: 12 pm
  • Showers and restrooms
  • Reserve online here

Kirby Cove Campground

Hands down the best place to stay in San Francisco and one of the top campgrounds on Highway 101! Located across the river from downtown, you will enjoy phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city from the campground beach. Explore San Francisco, or take a day trip up to Napa or Sonoma for some wine tasting.

  • $30 USD per night for a tent site, hike in only.
  • Check in: 1 pm Check out: 12 pm
  • Outhouses, no showers
  • Book online here

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground

A lovely campground within 30 minutes of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and beach, McWay Falls (an 80-foot waterfall from the cliffs onto the beach) and the Bixby Bridge. Make sure to stop in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the famous 17 mile drive on your way!

  • $35 USD per night
  • Check-In Time: 2 PM Check-Out Time: 12 PM
  • Token operated showers and restrooms
  • Reserve online here

Sycamore Canyon Campground 

Sycamore Canyon Campground in Point Mugu State Park is close to the beach with lots of trees and bushes for added privacy. Unlike most campgrounds on Highway 101, the gate is locked at 10 PM and opens at 8 AM so keep that in mind when planning your arrival. From here you can go skydiving with Sky Dive California Coastal or check out Santa Monica Peir and Venice Beach.

  • $45 USD per night
  • Check-In Time: 2 PM Check-Out Time: 12 PM
  • Token operated showers
  • Book online here

San Clemente State Beach Campground

A great campground close to the beach, surfing, and the shopping pier. Being only 15 minutes down the road from Dana Point, you will have access to many activities. Try surfing, explore the shops and marina or go hiking in Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area.  From the marina you can go to Catalina Island or on Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari.

  • $40 USD per night
  • Check-In time: 2 PM Check-Out time: 12 PM
  • Showers and restrooms
  • Reserve online here, a number of first come first serve spots always available

La Jolla B&B Inn

Okay so its not a campsite, but why not treat yourself for the last stop of your road trip? The La Jolla B&B Inn is an amazing place with a three course breakfast just one block from the ocean. It is a little pricey but absolutely worth the money for a relaxing, romantic couple of days. From here, you have access to La Jolla, San Diego, Temecula Wine Country, and Del Mar!


There are so many wonderful campgrounds on Highway 101, and now you are all set! Don`t forget to check out our full West Coast Road Trip blog for more details on where to stop and what to do. We hope you have an awesome trip! 

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