We partnered with PNW blogger Alexandra Hamilton to share our love of adventure and all things wild. Read about her Wild Within Reach getaway here:
I always crave weekend trips away from the city, so last weekend Casey and I grabbed a ReachNow car and headed to Lake Sylvia State Park. It’s so nice to get away from the crowds and escape into the mountains for a good ol’ refresh sesh. The number one thing on our agenda: lots and lots of S’MORES!
Lake Sylvia is beautiful year-round, but it’s especially fun in the summer when the lake warms up just enough to take a cool dip and escape the heat. There are also kayak rentals, and most campsites are along the water and offer beautiful views of the park and the towering pine trees.
Every time I go into nature, I can feel my stress and anxiety just dissolve. Everyone deserves that luxury! ReachNow, especially now that they’ve teamed up with Xscape Pod, is making it easier than ever to get out and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Don’t have your own car? Looking to visit Seattle or Portland and need to rent a car? Don’t wanna take your personal car on an off-road trail adventure? No prob. Become a ReachNow member and grab an AWD BMW to take on the PNW.
I’ve rented a lot of cars in my lifetime, because I love road trips. But this one was my FAVE by far! I loved the sunroof, leather seats and in-car navigation.
Personally, I find ReachNow to be way more convenient than a rental car service. I’ve spent countless hours waiting in line at check-in counters, on the phone trying to get a reservation, getting lost trying to find the rental, or trying to return it, etc. etc. You can skip all that, just pick up the car and go! ReachNow has over 1,000 cars in the Seattle and Portland area that are ready for on-demand trips. Complete the sign up process (this took me roughly ten minutes), and open the app to find an available car close to you and drive that car for up to five days!
The best part? No need to return to a rental location or specific parking space — every car has a special parking permit that enables you to park for free in any on-street parking space within the coverage area. For most people living within city limits, this would include your neighborhood.
As we pulled up to campsite 7 I could smell the sweet scent of other campers’ fires and hear their lively chatter. The forest was so lush and vibrant, and the most beautiful blue sky with soft, white clouds reflected in the glistening water next to our campsite. It felt like a happy little village, where strangers offered beaming smiles and fresh coffee to each other. I never wanted to leave!
A few more reasons to love ReachNow:
ReachNow offers weekly rates as low as $50 per day, and weekend rates as low as $80 per day.
The first tank of gas, insurance and in-car navigation are included in every rental.
All BMW vehicles are AWD and come with a State Park Pass fo’ FREE.
AND here’s an added bonus (as if you needed one): From now until September 30th, ReachNow members save 20% off camping packages from Xscape Pod.
So… what is Xscape Pod?
Xscape Pod is a brilliant service that lets you rent camping equipment, and delivers it to your door! Not everyone has the funds to buy camping gear (it’s EXPENSIVE), and it takes up a lot of space. Xscape Pod is great for the casual camper just looking to get out of town for a few days. They even offer free concierge service to help you find a campsite that fits any requests you may have! I’m a huge fan of anything that saves me time. Find out more info on how Xscape Pod works here.
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Need some inspo for your next weekend road trip outside Seattle? Here are my top 5 Washington State Parks!
Lake Wenatchee State Park (2 hour drive from Seattle)
Offers stunning lake and mountain views with lots of campsite locations to choose from. The beach at South Lake is my favorite spot to catch a sunset! Perfect for a picnic. You can see Emerald Island from here, which is a popular photo spot for good reason… it’s GORGEOUS! If you come on a good weather day, the lake reflection is the best part about this place
Lake Sylvia State Park (1.5 hour drive from Seattle)
A bit more low key, this park offers a few campsites, all with views of the towering forest and most are lakefront. Go for a swim, hike the many trails nearby, or take a kayak for a spin. This lake is smaller and less popular than Wenatchee, so the crowds are fewer and everything is close by. It just feels more quaint and peaceful.
Palouse Falls State Park (4 hour drive from Seattle)
This place is just magical. Drive through the seemingly endless desert scenery of Eastern Washington, and in the middle of it all is an enormous waterfall. The falls have carved through a huge canyon, making the cliff views above spectacular. Take the easy pathway from the parking lot to overlook the falls, or hike all the way down to the bottom!
Cape Disappointment State Park (3 hour drive from Seattle)
Don’t take the name seriously, this place will not disappoint! The beaches, cliffs and rock formations here are breath-taking. Check out Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Deadman’s Cove for some epic scenery.
Wallace Falls State Park (1 hour drive from Seattle)
If you’re limited on time or don’t wanna spend the night outside of the city, check out this park! The hike is a pretty easy workout, and the views along the way make it wonderful. The trail meanders through mossy forests next to a rolling stream, and before you know it you’ve made your way up to the Wallace Falls viewing platform. In midday if the sun is out, you can always see a rainbow in front of the falls!
Don't forget to always practice Leave No Trace methods, and most importantly... HAVE FUN!