Incredible Boondockers Welcome Locations along the Pacific Ocean

A trip to the ocean is a quintessential summer adventure that many people plan for at least once per year. Those close to the West Coast of the United States typically visit the Pacific Ocean, which is known for its unique biodiversity, surfable waves, and gorgeous beaches. From So-Cal all the way up to Canada, the Pacific Ocean beckons visitors from all over the country. 

Visiting the ocean in your RV is a unique experience that all RVers should take advantage of if they can. With a Boondockers Welcome membership, RVers can gain access to free overnight stays all across North America. Did you know that there are tons of Boondockers Welcome locations near the Pacific Ocean? Get ready to beat the heat this summer as we explore cities to visit, things to do, and places to stay all along the Pacific Ocean. 

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California

Many people associate California with the Pacific Ocean, and they wouldn’t be wrong to do so. The entire west coast of this state borders the ocean that creates the perfect stops for coastal adventures. From southern California to northern California, the adventures will differ greatly but each coastal section of California makes for a unique trip.

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San Diego

First established in 1769, San Diego didn’t become part of the United States until 1848. Since then, the town has attracted tourists and visitors from all over due to its amazing climate, beautiful beaches, and endless things to do.

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Things to Do

The top thing to do, aside from visiting the beaches, would be to visit the San Diego Zoo. This world-famous zoo pioneered open-air, cageless exhibits for its animals, making it a stand-out attraction, and today, they house over 650 species. Additionally, San Diego is home to numerous museums and other educational attractions such as the USS Midway Museum

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If you’re looking to get outdoors, be sure to go on a kayak sea cave tour, visit the La Jolla Cove or Shores Park, set sail on a harbor cruise, or even go whale-watching. There are so many unique activities that can only be enjoyed in San Diego, so be sure to do your research to make the most out of your visit.

Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are seven Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of San Diego. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is famous all around the world for being a cultural melting pot, the official home to Hollywood, and the place many go to “make it big.” The beaches, countless places to eat, and rich history here provide visitors with almost endless things to see and do.

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Things to Do

For first-time visitors, many want to see the Hollywood sign, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, go on a Warner Bros tour, hit up Beverly Hills, see celebrity homes, or go to Disneyland. Those wanting more low-key activities and less bustling Hollywood can visit the Botanical Gardens at Huntington Library, visit Echo Park Lake, tour the Bradbury Building, view a film at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or even stumble into a secret staircase downtown. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby areas surrounding Los Angeles. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are nine Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of Los Angeles. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

San Jose

From the first capitol of California to Silicon Valley, San Jose is a bit of a wild card. Each year, millions visit this vibrant city to experience the culture and see what it has to offer.

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Things to Do

One of the top San Jose attractions remains The Winchester Mystery House. Stop by and see if you can unlock the secrets to this puzzling architecture. And speaking of building, Legoland Discovery Center amuses visitors of all ages and can leave you feeling creative. Those that are wanting to get into the Silicon Valley technical mindset can visit The Tech Interactive. This hands-on science and technology center inspires people daily. Lastly, if you’re feeling like dabbling in more educational attractions, be sure to check out the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At this time, there are seven Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of San Jose. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

North California

Northern California almost feels like a different state than central California and SoCal. Here, the Pacific Ocean is cooler and rockier, and there are dramatic cliffs and vast changes in biodiversity. 

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Things to Do

Northern California is known for its iconic redwood trees. If you are wanting an up-close experience of these, check out Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Those seeking outdoor recreation and those who are fans of Jurassic Park should be sure to check out Fern Canyon, as well. Parts of the movie franchise have been filmed there, and visitors often feel like there could be a Stegosaurus just waiting around the corner. In addition, be sure to check out Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach, and definitely plan for some tidepooling in Northern California. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are four Boondockers Welcome locations in close proximity to the the northern California coast. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Oregon

Oregon varies from bustling cities to mountains, and even some high desert. Similar to California but on a smaller scale, the entire west coast of Oregon borders the Pacific Ocean. 

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Eugene

While not quite coastal, Eugene is in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Tucked into the Willamette Valley between the Willamette and Siuslaw National Forests, the area is very lush and green with lots to see and do.

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Things to Do

There are numerous lush parks in and around Eugene that can allow visitors to stretch their legs after traveling. Those looking for educational things to do should check out some of Eugene’s many museums, including the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Don’t forget to check out farmers markets and Sunday markets for local goods. Consider making Eugene your basecamp while you go out and explore the Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal towns for the day.

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At this time, there are five Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of Eugene. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Portland and Coastal North Oregon

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and is often considered the most interesting. Between the amazing food scene, the breweries, and the endless list of things to do, paired with the stunning mountainous backdrop, Portland should be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. Similar to Eugene, consider making Portland, or its surrounding areas, your basecamp while you explore the ocean, coastal towns, and nearby Mt. Hood.

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Things to Do

Portland is home to so many gorgeous gardens, including the Portland Japanese Garden. Heading inland, you can see the gorgeous Mt. Hood. This stunning mountain frames Portland, making for a dramatic skyline. Be sure to check out Mt. Hood National Forest, which provides ample opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and summer skiing. For a fun tour of Portland, consider going on a brewery tour or a dinner cruise. It’s also definitely worth it to check out the Portland Art Museum. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are fourteen Boondockers Welcome locations near Portland and coastal north Oregon. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Washington

Washington State is also coastal on the west side and borders the Salish Sea to the north. Just across that body of water is Canada. Washington is one of the most mountainous states in the country and is also home to three stunning national parks. 

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Willapa Bay and North Bay

Washington has two western bays that feed from the Pacific Ocean. The coastal towns and rivers around them are brimming with possibilities and adventures.  

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Things to Do

Located right between the two bays is the Seashore Conservation Area State Park. Despite how rugged the coastlines are, these areas still need to be protected. In and around these bays, and within the state park, there are tons of hiking opportunities. Depending on your interests, there are also opportunities for visiting breweries, attractions, museums, fishing, and more just waiting for you.

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area as well. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are two Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of Willapa Bay. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Salish Sea and Northwest Washington

Located between north Washington State and Canada, the Salish Sea is home to orcas (killer whales), tons of islands, straits, and many scenic sights.

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Things to Do

When visiting the northwest corner of Washington, visitors need to check out Olympic National Park. This unique park is truly special and unlike anything else in the United States with its intense biodiversity and stunning rainforests. Additionally, there are so many beaches to visit and check out, each with their own unique qualities. If you prefer lakes over the ocean, be sure to visit Lake Ozette for some incredible water activities. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are nine Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of the Salish Sea on the U.S. side of the border. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Seattle and the Puget Sound

Many travelers tend to choose between Seattle and Portland, but with a Boondockers Welcome membership, you don’t have to. All the money you save on overnight stays can be used to visit more places and see more iconic sights. Seattle and the Puget Sound should definitely make your list! 

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Things to Do

Seattle is brimming with possibilities but has a particularly large amount of museums covering almost any topic. This should leave something for almost everyone in your group to choose from. Those who enjoy the outdoors should definitely check out Mt. Rainier for some unmatched hiking opportunities. Visitors should also take the opportunity to go on a ferry ride or harbor cruise for a quintessential Seattle experience. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are twenty-six Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of Seattle. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Canada

Most members don’t realize that their membership isn’t limited to the United States. There are many RVers waiting to host you in Canada, should you choose to visit with your passport. Canada’s West Coast borders the Pacific Ocean and extends all the way up the the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. 

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Vancouver

Staying within the Puget Sound, drive or ferry your RV over to Vancouver. This city is one of the most ethnically diverse in Canada and is surrounded by gorgeous mountains. 

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Things to Do

First-time Vancouver visitors could visit the aquarium, some of the gorgeous parks and botanical gardens, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Granville Island Public Market. If you aren’t afraid of heights, consider visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are nine Boondockers Welcome locations within a thirty mile radius of Vancouver. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

Vancouver Island

Our last Pacific Ocean stop takes us to Vancouver Island. You’ll need to take a ferry to get here, and it’s certainly not uncommon for RVs to be ferried across. 

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Things to Do

Vancouver Island is like all the best parts of Northern California, Oregon, and Washington in one place. The biodiversity makes it one of the best places in the world for both whale watching and wildlife encounters. There are so many small towns, beaches, and less-traveled places just waiting for you to discover them. 

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Places to Stay

There are numerous campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts in the nearby area. And, of course, there are Boondockers Welcome locations as well. At the time this article was written, there are twenty-four Boondockers Welcome locations on Vancouver Island. Sign in to see the specific locations and book reservations.

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With a Boondockers Welcome membership, traveling in your RV is more affordable than ever, especially with the current gas prices. This is an invaluable membership to have in order to save on overnight accommodations, not to mention that it allows you to meet new people who are also fellow RVers wherever you go. Be sure to use the route planning tool, or simply browse all the places you can stay on your next adventures. 

Have you visited any of the places on our list? Which one sounds like the most fun? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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