Camping is not allowed at Point Defiance Park, but head north to the city of Federal Way for Dash Point State Park, with year-round sites for both tents ($14) and RVs ($20). More campsites are located at Kopachuck State Park, 12 miles northwest of Tacoma, and Penrose Point State Park, approximately 20 miles west of Tacoma on the Key Peninsula.
Get information at 360/902-8844. Make reservations ($7 extra) at 888/226-7688, www.parks.wa.gov.
Local RV parks include Karwan Village (2621 84th St., Tacoma, 253/582-1197) and Majestic Manor RV Park (7022 River Rd. E, 253/845-3144 or 800/348-3144).
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition