Just off I-5, an hour north of Portland, lies Mount St Helens, one of the “Ring of Fire” volcanoes that line the Pacific coastline. Us old timers remember the 1980 explosion so it seamed like an interesting place for one of our first family camping trips, back in 2004. We were not disappointed.
National Geographic Traveler calls Washington State’s Cascades Loop: “One of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives.” The inland portion of the Loop runs 400 miles from Everett over the Cascade Mountains (the “south loop”), up the east side of Lake Chelan, and back to Interstate 5 at Burlington (the “north loop.”). At some point, you should take a week to camp it all.