10 Best Places to Camp in the U.S.
Camping is one of the most American activities you can do. While it might not have been invented in the colonies, the wide prairie ranges, open spaces, incredible wildlife, and diverse climates have made many parts of the U.S. international hotspots for people who get their thrills from spending time off the grid, communing with nature. In selecting our favorite places to pitch a tent in America, we had a huge list from which to choose. A lot of beautiful places landed on the cutting room floor, but we worked hard to track down the best campsites for everyone. From the Miami RV camper who takes their $100,000 home with them to the survivalist who puts a tiny hiking backpack on and disappears for a month, we sought out spots for everyone. Miami RV Rentals found urban campgrounds where pizza delivery is a phone call away, and trails far from civilization, where no one can hear you scream. Coastal sites, desert oases, mountainous climbs, and dusty valleys are all represented. If you like pitching a tent, hanging a hammock, or unwinding on a bedroll, one of the 10 best places to camp in the U.S. will suit you. Ludington State Park, Michigan If you have a family with a lot of different tastes, or if you want to switch up your experience from day to day, then Ludington will easily keep you entertained. You have swimming in Lakes Michigan and Hamlin, beach walks, kayak rentals, jet skiing, sand dunes, marshlands, and forests made for nature hikes. The campgrounds offer both year-round and seasonal accommodations.
(Ludington State Park, photo courtesy of backcountrygallery.com)
Arches National Park, Utah Photo opportunities and challenging trails abound in the twisted Arches National Park where daunting red stones litter the ground with their weather-beaten buttresses reaching high into the sky. Camping is somewhat limited, though you can backpack around, so long as you prove you know what you’re doing. It’s easy to get lost, so anyone who fancies a challenge along with some striking sights to behold is welcome.
(Arches National Park, photo courtesy of Utah.com)
Olympic National Park, Washington The evergreen state has innumerable places for any outdoor enthusiast, but Olympic has more than just exceptional trees and hiking. It bears three completely different ecosystems, including a rainforest. Hike the hills or watch whales migrate when the season is right. Camp in any of the provided grounds, or spend $5 on a backcountry camping permit and put up your suspended tree tent in any of the massive forestland.
(OIympic National Park, photo courtesy of alterra.cc)
Joshua Tree National Park, California Sitting right at the juncture of the Colorado and Mojave desert, Joshua Tree is one of the few really arid places where camping is a delight. There’s more than 10 mountain peaks in the area if you like to hike, but if going vertical is more your style, strap on your rock climbing shoes and get ready for some serious scaling. This is a handy winter location since off-season rates apply and it never gets unbearably cold.
(Joshua Tree National Park, photo courtesy of uniquelyjoshuatree.blogspot.com )
Everglades National Park, Florida We don’t want to send you to a tourist trap, but within the 2,400 square miles, there’s plenty to do that isn’t in the brochure. Grab yourself a fishing kayak and a recurve bow, then head out for some of the most amazing game fishing you can imagine. Rent a canoe and find your own fun on the waterways, or pack along your favorite mountain bike to test the remarkably challenging trails.
(Everglades, photo courtesy of fredwasmer.com)
Lake McConaughy, Nebraska Unless you like corn, there really isn’t much to see in Nebraska, but for watersport enjoyment without the coastal crowds, and some of the most laid back fishing you can imagine, this is idyllic. White sand beaches, boating, water skiing, and casting opportunities flourish around Lake McConaughy. It truly is a slice of paradise done Americana style. Dune buggy riders and those who enjoy desert adventures can hop over to the Nebraska Sandhills for a very different experience.
(Lake McConaughy, photo courtesy of knopnews.com)
Wyalusing Hardwood Forest, Wisconsin When woodlands, botany, and hiking get your motor running, this is the place to find sun dappled glades full of some of the most astounding trees in the world. Due to the high arboreal content, amateur ornithologists will find all manner of nesting birds in the area who fill the woods with song. You’ll find less in the way of exciting activities and much more in the way of centering yourself in Zen calm.
(Wyalusing Hardwood Forest, photo courtesy of driftlesswisconsin.com)
Glacier National Park, Montana Parks and camping areas aren’t ordinarily known for how exciting their roadways are, but Glacier has the Going-to-the-Sun Road which is 50 miles of winding highway wending its way through the festival of nature for those who want a little hairpin mountain joyriding. Naturally, that isn’t all that the park has to offer for campers. More than a thousand standard camping spots and untold number of backcountry places nestled among the receded glaciers will entice any mountaineer armed with an ice axe.
(Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of toonts.com)
Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts If you want a little history to go along with your hiking and trail riding, you’ll find that there’s a nice mixture of modern and archaic on these islands. Several Civil-War sites offer tours that will pique your curiosity and provide you with background on the area. Then, jump onto a stand up paddleboard to take a tour of the surrounding surf. Natural tide pools and other wonders dot the landscape punctuated by lighthouses and other man-made curiosities.
(Boston Harbor Islands, photo courtesy of ruebarue.com)
The Vineyards Campground and Cabins, Texas Just a little ways from the Dallas Airport is a spot where you can camp if you so desire, but you can also rent a lovely cabin complete with WiFi for that home-away-from-home experience. Right on the shores of Grapevine Lake, there’s plenty to do on the water and plenty of wineries and festivals to help take the edge off your trip.
(Vineyards Cabins, photo courtesy of lake-grapevine.com)
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