The idea for this book began with a 26,000 mile car-camping road trip across the US in Zippy, the minivan, and evolved into the solution for a traveling camper's need - a great guide to public campgrounds in Washington State. This guide includes over 360 campgrounds operated by 47 different public entities with over 700 photos and 900 maps. It includes driving directions, reservation procedures, lists the campground's facilities, and suggests activities.Because people don't live on scenery alone, there is a nice selection of taste-tested recipes included.Washington is one of the most diverse camping states in the US. From the lush temperate rain forests of the Pacific Ocean shoreline to the grand mountains of the Olympics and Cascade Range to the drier forests of the hilly northern interior and finally to the lower dry basin area found along one of the world's great rivers, Washington State is truly one of the nation's camping gems.