We’re fortunate in the United States to live in a country with thousands of great places to camp. But if you’re looking for the best camping spots in the U.S., that list should include Yellowstone National Park, Acadia National Park, White Mountain National Park, Biscayne National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve and Yosemite National Park.
That list may seem long, but it only scratches the surface. Still, these camping spots stand out in what is (fortunately for us) a wealth of beautiful places that are among the best camping spots in the U.S.
If you’re looking to take a great camping trip in the coming year, you should consider the following.
Beautiful American Camping Spots
In considering this list of the best camping spots in America, the idea was to pick places in different parts of the country. Each brief description includes links to detailed campground information at the parks.
Yosemite National Park
California has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great parks, including Joshua Tree National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. Yosemite National Park stands out as the oldest and most popular. Some of the biggest campgrounds require a reservation – be sure to make it early. Yosemite also features some of the best places to climb in the U.S.
This park along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee is great for hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting and camping near waterfalls at places such as Deep Creek Campground near Juney Whank Falls. Great Smoky Mountain National Park camping sites are available in the backcountry, front country, for groups and for horse camps.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park offers 17 million acres of forest and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. It also offers three great campgrounds. The Blackwoods campsite near Bar Harbor is among the most popular, while Seawall and Schoodic Woods are more remote. So is the Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut, an island off the coast of Stonington, Maine, that is inaccessible by automobiles and linked to the mainland only by mailboat.
A must-see for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, whether you are camping or not. Yellowstone National Park offers 12 campgrounds with more than 2,000 sites – it’s gigantic. The park also offers more secluded backcountry campgrounds.
Biscayne National Park
Located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Key Biscayne is an oasis just east of downtown Miami. There are even campsites at this park from which you have a view of downtown Miami! Biscayne National Park offers great paddle boating, canoeing, fishing and diving opportunities, as well as camping on Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key, which are only accessible by boat.
White Mountain National Forest
Located at the north end of the Appalachian Valley in New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest offers great hiking trails and spectacular foliage in the fall. The park also has four drive-in camping areas with more than 800 individual sites.
At the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, you can camp in about as remote a location as possible while still in a national park. The park allows those camping in a tent or in an RV. Reservations are a good idea during peak season.
These are just seven of the best camping spots in the U.S. Others include:
- Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
- Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas
- Isle Royale National Park in Michigan
- Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
- Big Bend National Park in Texas
- Badlands National Park in South Dakota
- Glacier National Park in Montana
- Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
It’s a treasure trove of best camping spots in the U.S. for those who love the outdoors. Keep in mind factors like weather and the best time of year to go, as well as the need for reservations in the most popular spots. There are so many options that you are sure to find the best spot for your camping trip.