Your Sacramento to Bellingham road trip is loaded with amazing sights to see and majestic places to explore. On your journey, you'll encounter five of America's most breathtaking national parks that take you from Yosemite and Lassen in California to Crater Lake in Oregon and onto Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington State. Visits to a few fun cities along the way have you feeding adorable parrots at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, rooting for your favorite derby teams at Rose City Rollers in Portland, and zooming up an iconic skyline structure at the Space Needle in Seattle. You'll also get to explore the Downtown Plaza on your way through Ashland and experience the wonders of nature at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene.
On your Sacramento to Bellingham RV road trip, you'll find a few of the most incredible and iconic national parks along your route.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is one of America's most famous parks and is only two hours and 40 minutes south of Sacramento. At this park, you'll have opportunities to go on amazing tours of the Valley Floor, Tuolumne Meadows, and Glacier Point. You can trek some of the 850-miles of trails at White Wolf, Crane Flat, and Hetch Hetchy. Take some time to enjoy biking, fishing, horseback riding, and camping to be sure you experience everything Yosemite has to offer.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Head to Lassen Volcanic National Park to see top sights such as Lassen Peak and Cinder Cone; then, spend a relaxing day fishing on the calm waters of Lake Helen. Check out the hydrothermal wonders at Sulphur Works before hiking any one of the park's 30 scenic hiking trails.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is a spectacular destination that features several breathtaking sights that you won't want to miss, such as Phantom Ship, Wizard Island, and Plaikni Falls. The Steel Visitor Center is a must-visit for park history and info, and the areas around Crater Lake are perfect for exploring by vehicle on Rim Drive or by foot at Sun Notch.
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park impresses with incredible views and hikes of its 14,410-foot active volcano from beautiful areas in Sunrise and Paradise. A gondola ride up Crystal Mountain rewards you with some tasty cuisine at the Summit House, and the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad allows you to chill out on a picturesque, 18-mile journey through the park.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park has an exciting and beautiful variety of things to see and do, and it's just an hour away from Olympia. Here, you can enjoy some time tide pooling at Ruby Beach, wandering through the moss-covered Hoh Rainforest, and marveling at the park's highest summit, Mount Olympus. The wildlife viewing here is phenomenal, and you'll likely see black bears, elk, salmon, and marmots with chances to spot some migrating whales at the Shi Shi and Kalaloch Beaches.
Check out a few relaxing state parks as you head up Interstate 5 on your road trip from Sacramento to Bellingham.
Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crag State Park features 28 miles of pristine hiking trails that lead to scenic destinations such as Castle Dome, along with excellent trout fishing excursions on the Sacramento River and popular rock-climbing locations in the Pin Cushion Wall area of Castle Crags.
Seaquest State Park
Seaquest State Park is a lush oasis that offers magnificent views of nearby Mount Saint Helens, in addition to 7 miles of prime hiking trails. You can bass fish on Silver Lake, bird watch on the trails, and walk through the pedestrian tunnel that connects the park to the Mount Saint Helens Visitor Center.
Bayview State Park
Bayview State Park is a sweet seaside retreat that's perfect for spending a few days kayaking, fishing, swimming, and sailboarding on the salty waters of Padilla Bay. Camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing are more fantastic ways to enjoy Bayview.
Stop at Downtown Plaza on your way through Ashland to enjoy a home-style meal and delicious craft beer at Oberon's Restaurant and Bar before you indulge with a sweet treat from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Head inside, and catch a movie at the historic Varsity Theater; then, experience the delightful fizziness of nearby Lithia Park's sparkling mineral water from the fountain located in the center of the Plaza. If you're here during the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, be sure to put seeing a play on your Ashland bucket list.
Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene is an informative nature center that features over 40 different species of raptors with on-site programs that allow you to enjoy a "raptor on the glove" experience with one of the center's trainers. There's also a visitor center that's home to a few fascinating natural history exhibits that you'll want to view before you leave.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market isn't just the fish-throwing place; it's also an area where you can explore wondrous attractions such as the Gum Wall, a colorful, local landmark that's lined with the gum of past visitors, before or after you drop a few coins into a beloved, 550-pound brass bank called Rachel the Pig. A few of the other spots you'll want to check out include Chukar Cherries, Piroshky Piroshky, the Market Magic Shop, and Rachel's Ginger Beer.
Stop in Redding to check out some incredible sights at the Sundial Bridge, the Lake Shasta Caverns, and the Shasta Dam before settling down for a fabulous meal at Armando's Gallery House. Head to Turtle Bay Exploration Park to feed the parrots and to view a few fascinating exhibits before you head to the Kaleidoscope Coffee Company for a delicious caramel frappé. Another fantastic place you'll want to hit is Woody's Brewing Company, where you can sample a few flavorful homebrews while munching on some spicy Buffalo sliders with the locals.
Redding RV Park offers campers a variety of amenities that include spectacular views of Mt. Shasta, free cable and Wi-Fi, and a sparkling swimming pool. Laundry facilities, clean showers, and a dump station are also on the premises.
Portland welcomes you to explore some of its cool and quirky hotspots as you hike to the Witch's Castle in Forest Park, snap a selfie in front of the "Keep Portland Weird" sign, and enjoy a raucous roller derby bout at Rose City Rollers. Go on a sustainable farm tour for a day of fresh Willamette Valley air that includes a hands-on cow-milking session, a tasty lunch, and an end-of-tour hors d'oeuvres and local wine feast. If you're in the mood for a movie and a glass of beer, head to McMenamins Bagdad Theater, where you'll also be served piping hot slices of pizza and buckets of buttery popcorn. More Portlandian places you'll not want to miss are Pittock Mansion, Voodoo Doughnuts, 50 Licks, the Portland Audubon, and Game Knight.
Portland Fairview RV Park is a lush oasis that's just 8 miles from downtown Portland. This park features a spacious clubhouse, a fitness center, and a swimming pool. You'll also find a dump station on-site for your convenience.
Seattle invites you to get your grub on as you down the best burgers ever at Dick's and sample the weirdest hot dog condiment combo in the world on a classic Seattle dog, which you can get from any street food vendor in the city. Take a trip to the top of the iconic Space Needle for breathtaking views of the downtown and Puget Sound; then, head to the George Washington Memorial Bridge to strike a pose with the Fremont Troll. Before you depart, make sure you eat seafood at Elliot's Oyster House, grab a coffee at the original Starbucks, and stop by the Museum of Pop Culture.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Sacramento to Bellingham, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Sacramento or Bellingham.