Best Campgrounds In The U.S.

You’ve just driven through the gates of a digital campground. And we have 12 unique sites – stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic – for you to choose from. Don’t mind sleeping with gators or ponies? Got you covered. Disney or Spielberg fan? We have that, too. You can even stake your tent in a former Civil War prison or in a campground so legendary it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s something here for every taste, from tent and car camping all the way up to yurts or the finest RVs. So, welcome to Camp Best. We’re glad you’re here.

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Camp 4, Yosemite National Park

California    Best Camping Camp 4 Yosemite Icons 

Yvon Chouinard slept here. In his waking hours, the legendary climber and founder of Patagonia completed landmark ascents on El Capitan and other Yosemite peaks. He and generations of other rock stars spent so much time in Camp 4, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s no online registration. In season, you simply get in line and wait for the ranger’s arrival at 8:30 a.m. First come, first served. Good luck.

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Assateague Island National Seashore

Maryland    Best Camping Assateague Island Icons

Want unique? How about island camping amid a herd of wild ponies that have roamed the site since before the Declaration of Independence was signed? A barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, Assateague boasts a 300-site campground and plenty of sea-centered activities, like kayaking, surfing, and crabbing. Just be sure to secure your carrots – the ponies can get nosy (seriously).

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Devils Tower KOA

Wyoming    

If you’ve never seen Steven Spielberg’s 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you may not grasp the pop culture significance of Devils Tower. But don’t worry, the campground hosts nightly outdoor screenings. Before darkness falls, you can swim, bike, and fish. After that, just watch the skies. Those aliens have to show up some time, don’t they?

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Garden Key Campground

Florida    Best Camping Garden Key Icons

The phrase “getting away from it all” may have been coined here. Seventy miles west of Key West on one of the seven islands of Dry Tortugas National Park, Garden Key has only 10 sites. Campers bring all supplies on the daily ferry. You’ll set up inside Fort Jefferson, an unfinished structure once housing Civil War prisoners. Fortunately, your incarceration includes unlimited beach visitation and warm, clear waters for swimming and snorkeling.

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Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands

South Dakota    Best Camping Cedar Pass Icons

Funny thing about the Badlands. Sometimes you know you’re in South Dakota. Other times you’d swear you’re on the moon. The distinctive buttes, gullies, and ridges certainly present a desolate lunar beauty. And while many campers have a natural aversion to pavement as a means for exploring nature, the park’s Loop Road draws enthusiastic reviews for its many overlooks and trailheads. Cedar Pass is the preferred campground, with easy access to the visitor center.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Michigan  Check campgrounds for facilities and amenities

Pictured Rocks is remote, but it’s worth the drive to the south shore of Lake Superior. Choose Twelvemile Beach Campground for long stretches of deserted coastline and direct access to the seven-state North Country National Scenic Trail. Little Beaver Lake Campground offers easier access to Chapel Rock and Miner’s Castle, the lakeshore’s two showpiece formations.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tennessee/North Carolina  Check campgrounds for facilities and amenities

Traffic and crowds. Those are frequent memories for anyone who’s ever visited the Smokies. But if you’re willing to journey to the east side or southern edge of the park, you’ll find several campgrounds typically available even during peak periods. As their names suggest, Abrams Creek, Big Creek, and Deep Creek offer water access. Cataloochee and Cosby are perfect for hiking. Balsam Mountain is the highest and most secluded option in the park.

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Long Pine Key Campground, Everglades National Park

Florida    Best Camping Long Pine Icons

Packing your bikes? Everglades National Park is an unexpected treasure for two-wheelers. Shark Valley trail, a 15-mile paved loop with a lookout tower and restrooms at the halfway point, is an ideal venue for seeing the exotic wildlife. In winter and early spring, you’re nearly guaranteed to see alligators, along with plenty of wading birds. Long Pine Key, the nearest camping option, offers its own seven-mile trail for hiking.

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Florida    

It’s Disney, so no wallet leaves unscathed. But camping – with tent sites at reasonable prices in non-peak periods – offers one way to soften Walt’s impact on your bottom line. Amenities include horseback riding, bus and boat transportation to the theme parks, and one frighteningly large rodent.

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Hidden Valley Campground

California    Best Camping Hidden Valley Icons

The surreal becomes routine in Joshua Tree. Two deserts, a mountain range, dry lakebeds, stone monoliths and, of course, plenty of Joshua trees combine for a truly strange and quirky visual experience. Hidden Valley, though low on amenities, is very popular. Arrive early – the 44 sites are first come, first served.

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Boston Harbor Islands

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Can islands in the Atlantic be considered urban camping? Many happy Bean Town residents think so. You can choose the more primitive amenities of Grape, Bumpkin, or Lovell Islands. Or if you prefer something closer to “glamping,” Peddocks Island has yurts, a visitor center, and fresh water availability. All four offer hiking trails and beautiful coastal views.

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Okefenokee Canoe Shelters

Georgia    Best camping Okefenokee Icons

If you’re not comfortable with backcountry camping, stop reading now. Still here? Cool, this will be fun. First, paddle a canoe to your elevated campsite. Why elevated? Well, this is a swamp. A really big one. So you have to keep everything dry. Plus, it keeps curious gators from poking around the tent. Hey, wait a minute, where you going? We didn’t even talk about the birdwatching and magnificent sunsets.

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