So you like camping and you have been to your local campgrounds a few times but maybe you want to explore something bigger. You want to see a place that has amazing scenery and beautiful landscapes. We have you covered. Below, you are going to read about the best 5 camping trips you need to take at least once in your life, all within the United States!
Glacier National Park
At Glacier National Park in Montana, you can choose from 13 campgrounds and over 1,000 sites to camp. You can go on a first come, first served basis, but must make reservations if you are staying at Fish Creek, St. Mary, Apgar and Many Glacier.
The amount of time you camp is limited from 2 weeks to one month depending on the time of year and there are some basic rules and regulations you must follow. If you are staying in Bear and Mountain Lion Country, you should be aware that the animals may get close to your site, and you should never approach any animals.
You can find a primitive status campground, as well as spaces for hikers and bikers. Don’t miss out on the evening events that happen. Programs cover a wide variety of topics from rangers and Native Americans, and you can check the schedules there to see a program, or visit the amphitheaters.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park has 12 camping grounds that are first come, first served and is open all year around. Bring your best survival watch because you will surely want to get lost in this national park! There are even places for those who want to do backcountry camping or camp outside of the park.
This national park is cut into 3 districts, which are determined by the Colorado River and the Green River. These districts are known as Island in the Sky, The Needles and The Maze. Utah’s largest national park, you can explore over 300,000 acres of beautiful land and water.
You should bring everything you need as there are hardly any services in this remote area of land. However, you can visit any of the three visitor centers, one of which are available in each district. The Hans Flat Ranger Station has a small sales area but no food, water or gas.
The Needles visitor center has permits, an eating area and an orientation movie that shows during the day. The Island in the Sky center shows an orientation movie, too and has places to drink water and use the facilities.
Haleakala National Park
MyOutdoorsLife loves to help you get the most out of camping, no matter where you go. At Haleakala National Park, you can stay at one of 2 drive-up camping grounds. The Hosmer Grove Campground is in the cloud belt, at over 2,000 meters high.
You can experience cold weather and rain here, and sometimes freezing temperatures. The daytime is quite nice reaching up to 65 degrees. Here, you can grill food, eat, get drinking water and use the facilities. From here, you can take the self-guided nature trail to explore the area and check out the native birds and animals.
At Kipahulu Campground, you will be close to the visitor center and will see ocean cliffs and enjoy a short walk to ‘Ohe’o Gulch. You can watch the sunset over the ocean for a romantic evening. At this campground, you can cook, eat, use the facilities and shop at the 2 general stores, just a few miles away. The weather here can be intense, and you may run into mosquitoes, so be prepared.
Grand Teton National Park
When you visit the Grand Teton National park, you can stay at one of 6 campgrounds, for anywhere from a week to two weeks. Visit Jenny Lake and Colter Bay for a beautiful scenic experience. At Colter Bay Campground, you can use the hookups and laundry facilities, however Gros Centre Campground is beautiful with the safe brush, cottonwoods and Gros Centre River.
Headwaters Campground offers a forest full of spruce and fir trees as well as many facilities. Jenny Lake is near Jenny Lake and offers a ton of beauty, just like Lizard Creek Campground, which has lots of spruce and fir trees and sits near Jackson Lake.
Signal Mountain also offers spruce and fir trees but also has hillsides, as well as mountain and lake views, and near a marina and amenities. You can camp at this national park in the winter, from December until April.
Acadian National Park
You can stay at 1 of 4 campgrounds here. Duck Harbor is rugged and is an island off the coast of Stonington, ME. It is remote and sits among some of Maine’s beautiful camping areas. Schoodic Woods Campground is on the Schoodic Peninsula and is near Winter Harbor. You can camp here from May until fall time.
Seawall Campground is near Southwest Harbor and is open from May to September. This is near route 102A, so it is noisier than other grounds nearby. Blackwoods Campground is located on Rte 3 and is by Bar Harbor, and its open all year.
Group camping is encouraged here for groups of 15 to 20, depending on the campground you are staying at. There are 4 sites for this at Blackwood, 2 at Schoodic and 5 at Seawall. Overall, Acadian has a lot to explore and much to do for those who want a relaxing time.
Do you feel like we have covered the best places to go camping at least once in your life? Are you ready to start a cross-country tour where you hit up all of the best national parks for camping? We can’t blame you! Now that you know where the best places to go are located, you can plan the trip of a lifetime and not spend a bunch of money to do so!