Whether you're in search of a family vacation that embraces a woodsy, rustic vibe or something more luxe, these kid-friendly resorts in the Pacific Northwest will transform your trip into an unforgettable adventure. Use these lodges, resorts, cabins and ranches as a home base for exploring the mountains, parks, cities and beaches that make the Pacific Northwest the ultimate family destination.
Lake Quinault Lodge near Olympic National Park & Forest is one of those places that remains blissfully disconnected from the modern world. Built in 1926, the grand and rustic lodge welcomes guests with warmth and a homey comfort. Unwind in front of the majestic fireplace, dine in the historic Roosevelt Dining Room, curl up with a good book by the lake, paddleboard or fish in the afternoon sun or hike in the temperate rainforest.
Nestled between driftwood-lined beaches and soaring evergreen forests is Kalaloch Lodge. A cozy, comfortable retreat with a laid-back charm (and inside Olympic National Park), it offers a range of lodging options. From the main lodge to cabins to rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you can't go wrong as you take in the region's natural beauty.
A convenient two hours from Seattle, the Alderbrook Resort takes you worlds away. Surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, the resort rests on the shores of the Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord home to eagles and osprey, salmon and seals. The amenities make it a great family destination with hiking trails, cooking demonstrations, board games, lawn games and a kids loft with a craft station.
Nestled on the south slopes of a glacier-shrouded volcano at an elevation of 5,400 feet with stunning views of wildflower meadows, Paradise Inn provides a relaxing retreat in the southwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The guest rooms come without the modern amenities of televisions, telephones or Internet, but invite guests to imagine a time past when life was simple without the distractions of today’s modern world.
East of Seattle, this sprawling, year-round resort sits on a 6,400-acre wooded property near the Cle Elum River. Most of the resort’s units are condominium-size, making them ideal for families. Suncadia offers planned youth and family activities, including portable Frisbee/disc golf, guided hiking and biking tours, photo scavenger hunts and storytelling sessions. They also offer CampCadia, a program of planned recreation for kids 4–12 that can be booked for full-day, half-day or evening sessions.
Take a ferry from Seattle to reach San Juan Island, where Lakedale Resort features a variety of accommodation options, including a 10-room hotel, real log cabins, canvas cabins for a glamping experience and camping. Families can enjoy the property’s natural features: three freshwater lakes for swimming, plus nature trails, fishing, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, picnicking and barbecuing.
This resort sits right on the beach with views of Haystack Rock from many of the rooms. They hand out hot chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon — perfect for a pick-me-up for kids. The resort also keeps supplies to set up a bonfire on the beach — complete with s'mores. There's also a fantastic indoor pool and free cruiser bikes that families love.
Soak up the unparalleled beauty of picturesque Central Oregon at Riverhouse on the Deschutes River. Although families love visiting in the summer for the river floating, mountain biking, festivals and cave exploration, the resort also offers winter ski packages with Mount Bachelor along with all kinds of snow activities.
Set high on the shoulder of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area offers one of the most exciting and unique high-alpine mountain experiences in North America. Timberline's luxury condominiums — The Lodge At Government Camp — make for a fun and unique "mountain town" experience for a family ski vacation.
This rustic, in-park lodging at Crate Lake National Park is a stunning place to see one of the country's most fascinating natural-history stories. A volcanic caldera, this lake of sapphire water, was formed in the aftermath of Mount Mazama’s volcanic eruption circa 5670 B.C. You can also explore the park by hiking up mountain peaks, cruising through the volcano area on daily boat tours or learn more about the area’s natural and cultural history on a guided walk.
Tucked in the heart of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest, Suttle Lake has drawn families in search of summer fun since the 1920s. Its modern lodge perfectly blends rustic appeal with cushy comforts. Families will love paddling a canoe around the glacier-carved lake, fly-fishing in a mountain river hiking on a nearby trail. The Boathouse restaurant concocts sophisticated Northwest dishes with locally sourced ingredients.