We came across this article below on travelpulse.com that pinpoints some super locations for campers to consider going to. We have taken a portion of the article and published it here on The Camping Companion as it’s a pretty excellent guide for readers who find it hard to make a decision and find themselves scratching their heads over-deliberating on where to go camping. Now, there are no excuses for choosing a destination and just going for it. The original article (linked to at the foot of this post) actually looks at no less than 30 possible destinations in America. Why not do the whole lot over next number of years!
“Camping is a year-round adventure but some of the nation’s most scenic places become that much more beautiful and accessible come spring and summer. Whether you’re driving across country in a luxe RV or traversing the backcountry with a tent inside your backpack, these stops are all but guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Unless you have a backcountry permit, camping in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is limited to the Mazama and Lost Creek Campgrounds, which are only open during the summer months. The former takes reservations and is able to accommodate RVs while the latter is open to tents only on a first-come, first-served basis.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Travelers planning an overnight camping trip in Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island would be wise to make reservations in advance as the campgrounds here are extremely popular, especially during the warmer months from May to October. Blackwoods Campground is open year-round while sites at Seawall, Schoodic Woods and Duck Harbor Campgrounds are available seasonally.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Scenic Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is home to five gorgeous campgrounds, including Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and Dundo Group Campgrounds. The latter is ideal for large groups as it boasts three sites that can accommodate anywhere from seven to 20 campers.
Adirondack Mountains, New York
New York’s expansive Adirondack Mountains are home to countless campgrounds so your options truly are endless. Take your pick from traditional camping, backcountry camping, RV camping, island camping or even glamping.
Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania
This beloved Pennsylvania state park spans more than 13,000 acres and boasts plenty of eye candy ranging from Lake Jean to the seven-plus mile long Falls Trail loop. The latter features a series of free-flowing waterfalls and has been recognized as one of the best hikes in the state.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Maryland’s Assateague Island National Seashore is a unique camping experience as visitors will be just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and in the midst of wild ponies and other coastal wildlife.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is a massive swath of wilderness spanning six million acres so there’s no shortage of places to set up camp. Keep in mind that Riley Creek Campground is the only campground in the park that’s open year-round. Plan a summer visit—mid-May to September—and your options will increase six-fold.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
California’s Joshua Tree National Park is among the most popular camping spots in the country so your best bet to secure a site is to plan ahead. There are at least nine campgrounds in the park but many operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, consider making reservations at Black Rock, Indian Cove, Sheep Pass or Cottonwood Group Campgrounds.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California
To the northwest, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park’s stellar sights and sounds make it an incredibly popular camping destination. Despite there being dozens of RV and tent camping sites near the Big Sur River, reservations tend to fill up months in advance. Be sure to secure your site online well ahead of time to ensure you’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Like many national parks across America, Washington’s Olympic National Park can get crowded in the summer. Consider making reservations at Kalaloch or Sol Duc Campgrounds in advance because the rest are first-come, first-served.
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Bartlett Cove Campground is where you’ll want to stay the night inside Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. The free walk-in campground is maintained by the National Park Service and features helpful amenities like a warming shelter and free firewood all within close proximity to feeding whales.”
Read the full article on travelpulse.com