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Top 10 places to camp in the USA – Good road trip idea.

When looking for a good place to go camping, you find that there are a ton of places to camp. Not all of them are great places. That’s why I set out to find the top 10 places to camp in United States of America. If you love camping like my family and I, you know that a good camping spot is everything when it comes to being a happy camper.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HawaiiHawaii Volcano National Park

Even though you have to take and expensive plan ride and Hawaii is not known as a camping region due to the resort nature of much of the islands. However, there are a few scenic spots to pitch a tent, and the Volcanoes National Park is one of the most stunning. In the evening you can look out where active volcanoes light up the sky, and during the day you can explore the strange rock formations and unusual flora that have managed to live near the caldera of a lava-spitting monster. Even though you can’t put this on your road trip list its still a place you should check out if you have a chance.

Lake McConaughy, NebraskaLake McConoughy

Being from Nebraska, I might be a little partial to this one. With that being said, whether your from Nebraska or not Lake McConaughy is an awesome place to camp and have fun on the super clear water, like boating, water skiing, and casting opportunities flourish around Lake McConaughy. They also have some beautiful white sand beaches to catch some rays or just around with the kiddos. 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 Sand hills for a very different experience.

Glacier National Park, MontanaGlacier National Park

With 700 miles of hiking trails, Glacier National Park is sure to be a place to do some back country hiking. 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 curvy highway wending its way through 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 back country places nestled among the receded glaciers will entice any mountaineer armed with an ice axe.

Badlands National Park, South DakotaBadlands National Park

With 244,000 acres, camping is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the badlands. Rocks litter the landscape with plenty of opportunities for some exciting rock climbing. With scenic views per square mile than anywhere else.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, ColoradoBlack Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

You can pitch a tent anywhere along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. If you want a place that is extremely climber friendly and wants visitors to be challenged more than relaxed, this is the spot for you. It’s a long drive up a winding dirt path, but once up there you’ll see nothing but kindred spirits who can suggest great fishing holes and rocks to hop.

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, ArizonaFool Hollow Rec. Area, Arizona

Located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, this lake sits at 6,300 feet above sea level and allows visitors to enjoy one of the largest desert bodies of water in the world. Bald Eagles and Blue Heron are likely to soar overhead as you are able to land some impressive lake trout and other fish. Hike, climb, stroll, or lie around for hours basking in the sun.

Hot Springs National Park, ArkansasHot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Camping in this laid back country can be so stress free that you wouldn’t want to leave. Soak yourself carefree in the natural springs of the Ouachita Mountains. You can take tours or go on a few walkabouts, but why would you.

Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite National Park, California

Outside of Yellowstone, there’s probably only a few places quite as visited and therefore as touristy as Yosemite, but the problem is that it is nearly unparalleled. Almost all the park is completely natural, meaning you won’t be bothered by traffic of any kind any or other distractions. It’s just you and nature.

Acadia National Park, MaineAcadia National Park, Maine

Every camper of any kind will find something to love in Acadia. Head out into the waves for some swimming, boating, fishing, or snagging up Maine lobster. Tackle Cadillac Mountain if you’re looking for a vertical ascent. Go deep into the woods in any direction. For whatever you want out of your camping experience, Acadia provides.

Glacier Bay National Park, AlaskaGlacier Bay National Park, Alaska

In the center of the park is, as you would expect, a glacier that can be hiked. The majority of the rest of the park is water where rafting is highly encouraged. Trails are generally unmarked, which means you should only head out if you’re looking for a challenge or wish to end it all the hard way.

By reading all the information and looking all the pictures you can see why these are the top 10 places to camp in the USA. These places have everything a camper would want do to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Feel free to leave any comments or feedback in the comments section below and I will get back to you.

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8 Comments

  1. Nate Kidd

    These are some great ideas for camping spots. I am glad you mentioned Hawaii. I spent 6 years there and found some great spots there.

    I am from Arkansas but I never went to Hot Springs. I still visit Arkansas because I have family there so I am going to make the effort to get there.

    I love camping. Spent many years in the military and that requires a lot of time outdoors. You also brought back so many memories of me living in Arkansas and fishing at camping spots.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Fred Prasun

      I also spent some time in the military. I was stationed in Hawaii myself. So I know what your talking about when you say spending time in the great outdoors. Your welcome! Thank you for the comment.

  2. Habib Ali

    Hi Fred, we were thinking of visiting the US and possibly do some camping. I’m loving some of these places you’ve recommended. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas sounds perfect for us. Is it safe there?

    Habib

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. I love that you are thinking about going camping while you visit the US all of these places are safe, fun and beautiful. If you have any questions or more comments please let me know and I will help you in anyway I can. Thanks again!

  3. Furkan103

    Bandland National Park looks great. I really want to camp in there and do rock climbing.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment. Badlands National Park is amazing and beautiful. I’m not to sure I would be doing any rock climbing though, cause I am terrified of heights! If you have any comments or questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  4. Dennis K

    Fred – very interesting and compelling content. I’m not a camper but I did learn a lot about the topic and particularly enjoyed the Top 10 places to camp section with it’s beautiful images. One thing I noticed is that your facebook link seemed to be broken – you might want to fix this as you may be losing all of that potential traffic. Great site and I hope it does well for you!

    Dennis K

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for reading and taking a look around my website. I am glad you like all my content. Thanks for letting me know about my Facebook link not working. I got it fixed. The places I listed are some pretty awesome places to camp. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to let me know. Thanks again!

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