1. How big?
Typically, the older the campground, the smaller the lots. If you’re piloting a monster rig, make sure there’s room to park it. On the flip side, if you have a pop-up, make sure you haven’t fallen in love with a resort that admits only Class A motorhomes.
2. Luxury or off-the-grid?
Going your own way means you get to choose how to camp. But, whether you’re pampered or ready to rough it a little bit, make sure the park you select can support your desired experience. Be especially careful with national and state park campgrounds. They historically haven’t kept up with their outside competitors.
3. The kids are alright. Right?
Kids love camping, but not all campgrounds are ideal for little ones. A quick look at the amenities or photos on their website should set you on the right track.
4. Save enough gas money to get home.
In general, camping is always more economical than flights and hotel rooms. But check the rates. Prices can vary widely.
5. When should I book?
Yesterday. Camping is exploding in the U.S. and the best sites fill up early. So plan ahead, know exactly when sites can be reserved, and save your spot pronto.