Planning your summer camping trips? Fantasizing about next summer?
Then check out our eye candy on the top 10 campgrounds in America.
We've been to most -- others, we only fantasize about. So, before delay, let's get going and talk about our favorite campgrounds in all of America
A well known view for hikers of the Appalachian Trail, this shelter is along the route once used by the Overmountain Men during the Revolutionary War. The shelter itself is a renovated barn, nestled in the expansive Roaring Creek Valley. During peak season the shelter can fill up, but the more the merrier along the AT.
Located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and good for those on a budget, the Mather Campground is not off the beaten path. It is, however, convenient for those looking for comfortable camping that's close to all sight-seeing in the Grand Canyon.
Boasting a laundry-mat, showers, and just a short walk from restaurants, stores and a bank, it can be a welcome refuge for wearied backpackers. It is also a haven for tourists hoping to save a few dollars without sacrificing amenities. Each tent site accommodates 2 vehicles and six people for $18 a night.
Additional info can be found on the NPS website.
Well known for its scenery and world-class bird watching, the Chiricahua Mountains are just 3 hours from Tuscon. With the distinctive rock formations overhead, hiking trails, and a number of bird, reptile, insect and mammal species, Cave Creek Canyon is a naturalist’s paradise.
Located in America’s first National Park, this is Yellowstone’s only drive-in campsite that is more than a mile from the paved road. Located along a river, Slough Creek is known for it’s great fishing and wildlife viewing (this is one of Yellowstone’s best known sites for spotting wolves).
Campsites are available on a first come first serve basis and you better get there early because it fills up fast!
Learn more about Slough Creek at the National Park Service page.
New Englanders who have camped at Hermit Island before will fondly remember their childhood adventures of exploring its beaches as children, and the relaxing getaway it has become as they’ve continued the tradition with their own kids. Bring your own kayak or rent one of the canoes or kayaks available at the island marina.
With 275 campsites and 6 sandy beaches to explore, Hermit Island is a summertime favorite of New England families. Fishing, swimming, hiking and boating are all at your fingertips. Grab a bite at the snack bar or spend a rainy afternoon playing in the game room at the Kelp Shed.
Catering to tenters, each site has a picnic table, fire pit and parking for 1 car. Accommodation for tent trailers or slide-on campers is available, but limited.
Here is Hermit Island's official website.
This campsite is at the northern edge of California’s remote King Range National Conservation Area.
These wide sands serve as the trail head for backpackers looking to explore what is known as California’s Lost Coast. Separated from the beach only by the dunes, boasting picnic tables, fire pits and 14 sites for tents or trailer, this spot is a great starting point to explore this pristine coastline.
Overnight camping in the dunes is allowed anywhere outside of the “day use area”. Sleep under the stars in a sea of sand, miles from civilization.
Visit the seasonal Medano Creek, sled the dunes--seriously, you can sled down the sand!--or escape the sun with a hike on nearby forested trails.
Information and overnight permits are available at the visitors center.
Learn more about the Great Sand Dunes here.
Moab, UT is blessed with many beautiful campgrounds, but Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed vistas in the world.
This campground is sandwiched between the Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park (both within a 45 minute drive).
Wake up every morning to an overview of the Colorado River snaking through the canyons. Kayenta has charcoal grills, tent pads, picnic tables, modern restrooms and electrical hook-ups. Site specific reservations taken months in advance.
Here's a map of Kayenta Campground.
Due to breathtaking views and abundant wildlife, this site is one of the busiest in Montana’s Glacier National Park.
With nearby trails, it is wise to arrive before 11AM if you want to find an open site. Set among the aspen and pine trees, each site has fire grates and picnic tables. Many Glacier accomodates tents & RVs on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Learn more about Many Glacier Campground at the NPS website.
Just how unique is this campground located in Alaska’s Chugach Mountains? It it is recommended by some that you wear earplugs at night to drown out the sound of the calving glacier nearby.
With 16 campsites located just behind the viewing area, hiking trails and the nearby Copper River teaming with salmon and other wildlife, this spot is well worth the journey.
Accessible only by a plane or ferry to the town of Cordova, this spot accommodates tent and trailer camping (for a fee, an RV can be transported by the ferry system).
Here are some great photos of Childs Glacier National Recreation Area.
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