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The Best Places for Camping in the USA

Written by Ronald Owens

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Posted on February 11 2019

The Best Places for Camping in the USA

 

Camping is a much-loved pastime all over the world, and few places are better to get out in nature than the United States.

 

With incredible national parks, wide open spaces and landscapes that range from rugged deserts to dense woodlands, there’s no shortage of amazing places to go camping in the USA. Whether your idea of camping is a cozy-yet-comfortable log cabin or a no-frills campsite miles from anything, we’ve got you covered.

 

Let’s take a look at the best places to take your next camping trip in the USA.

 

#1: Mt Baker-Snoqualmie Forest, Washington State

 

With so many great camping destinations in the USA, it can be hard to narrow down what you’d like to visit: a woodland? The lake? The mountains?

 

That’s why we love Mt Baker-Snoqualmie Forest in Washington State - it has many different which are in easy reach of a variety of landscapes. It’s the kind of place you can visit over and over, and each time you will discover something different yet amazing.

 

From snow-capped mountains to thick forests and lakes, it’s like visiting many amazing places in one trip!

 

#2: Arches National Park, Utah

 

Every good camping trip involves some beautiful landscapes, and they don’t get much more impressive than the Arches National Park.

 

With the incredible ochre-red rock formations dotted all over the dramatic landscape, you’ll be dazzled and amazed as you camp out at The Arches. The campsites are a little limited in number, but it’s worth the hike to find them, as this park is just so beautiful and the atmosphere is amazing.

 

Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the amazing landscapes in the Arches! They’re gorgeous by day, but even more eerie when the sun goes down and the only light is from your campfire!

 

#3: Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

 

The quintessential lakeside camping trip is always a hit, and we love Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

 

While the surrounding area may not be quite as dramatic as the Arches, it more than makes up for it with a plethora of water activities. There are more than 80 campsites around the lake, and each has great access to activities including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming and fishing.

 

There’s even the Nebraska Sandhills if you want something different, and a few picturesque sandy beaches to enjoy.

 

#4: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

 

If you want to go camping but aren’t keen to give up all of your mod cons, then you’ll love Badlands National Park in summer.

 

There are two pristine campgrounds that offer great facilities within the beautiful park. By day, you’ll find an amazing variety of hiking trails to wind your way through the beautiful landscape. Keep your eye out for native wildlife including bison, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets along the way.

 

In the evening, there’s even a nightly entertainment calendar to keep you entertained through summer. Plus, the facilities here, including bathrooms and picnic tables, are clean and well-maintained.

 

#5: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

It’s the most visited national park in the United States, and it also offers some of the best and most varied camping in the country.

 

If you’re looking to challenge yourself and escape it all, there are plenty of backcountry camping areas where you’ll be forget about modern life and just enjoy the stunning landscapes. There’s even campsites set up for horses and their riders, as well as a chic lodge for those who prefer ‘glamping’.

 

There’s no doubting the romance of the Great Smoky Mountains, and with so many options available, it’s undoubtedly one of the best camping areas in the USA.

 

BONUS! #6: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

 

Okay, so if you’re in the mainland of the USA, Hawaii might not be ideal for a weekend trip - but this campsite is so incredibly unique that we just had to add it in.

 

Scientists believe that Hawaii was created by a powerful volcanic eruption. To this day, lava oozes through many places on the islands, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the best places to be wowed. By day, you can explore the trails that snake through the dramatic landscape, parts of which still glow molten red.

 

And don’t worry -- you can sleep soundly knowing that although you’re in the shadows of an active volcano, modern technology means you are perfectly safe.

 

As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing places to go camping in the United States of America.

 

Whatever you are looking for, you’re sure to be able to find it somewhere - whether it’s tucked away in a back country campsite, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, or around a bustling campfire with some newfound friends.

 Written by: Georgie Mack  for CoraJohn Outdoor Outfitters

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