I’m going to try to get in the habit of tallying our miles and expenses for after-trip summaries.  This is a summary of our 2-week trip up and around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington last month.


Total Nights: 15

Distance traveled: 700 miles

Trip Cost: $1264.24


  1. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 1-2: Dosewallips State Park
  2. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 3-6: Fort Worden State Park & Port Townsend
  3. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 7-8: KOA, Hurricane Ridge & Olympic Game Farm
  4. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 9-10: Sol Duc Campground and Hot Springs
  5. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 11-13: Hoh Rainforest
  6. Olympic Peninsula Trip Days 14-15: Kalaloch & Ruby Beach
  7. 5 Insights about RV travel with young kids from our two week trip

Trip Route & Distances

Leg Distance (Miles)
Portland -> Dosewallips State Park 171
Dosewallips -> Fort Worden 37
Fort Worden -> Olympic Peninsula Port Angeles KOA 41
KOA -> Hurricane Ridge -> KOA 50
Errands 5
KOA -> Sol Duc Campground 48
Sol Duc -> Hoh Rainforest 71
Penny Squisher (we promised the girls a penny squishing machine, and ended up needing to drive a bit out of our way for it) 26
Hoh -> Kalaloch 39
Kalaloch -> Home 212

Expenses Detail

TOTAL $1264.24  
Category Expense Notes
Fuel $251.51 700 miles– we get around 10mpg towing
National Parks Annual Pass $80.00 Good for 1 year
Sol Duc Hot Springs Pool Admission $41.05 For the 4 of us– pricey!
Olympic Game Farm Admission $25.00 Well worth it!
Campgrounds $489.70 15 nights, avg. $32.64/nt.
Dump Stations $10.00 Paid $5 twice to dump and fill water
Fast Food / Dining Out / Treats $21.51 Subway, taco bell, and a bakery
Groceries $323.66 Not including food we brought from home
Postcards $4.31  
Laundry $4.00  
CAT Station Scales $13.50 Weighing van & trailer before trip

The cost of campgrounds surprised us a bit.  If we were living full time on the road and staying at campground with similar rates as the ones we stayed at during this trip, we’d be spending about $1000/mo on campgrounds.  That’s definitely more than we’d like to be spending, and more than our not-working budget can sustain comfortably, so we’ll need to experiment more with boon-docking and/or staying at cheaper ~$20/nt. campgrounds.