Looking for the best camping hotspots across the nation? Here are the ones most highly rated by tourist industry professionals and traveler surveys.
1. Assateague Island, Maryland
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Nestled between the Atlantic coast and Sinepuxent Bay, Assateague Island has more than 300 campsites to choose from. Camping is permitted year round, and back country camping is available for those who wish to backpack or paddle the island. The ocean side features two miles of coastline for swimming, surfing, and fishing.
The bay side is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. The marsh areas are rich with wildlife, including the famous feral horses, deer and waterfowl. The quaint town of Berlin is a short 8 miles from the campgrounds, a great place for a day of shopping or dinner out.
2. Huntington Beach, South Carolina
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Huntington Beach offers three miles of beach and 2,500 acres of some of the most beautiful beaches on the Grand Strand. The park also features a freshwater lagoon, salt marsh, and maritime forest. An aquarium is on display, and the campgrounds offer both primitive and improved sites.
A comfort station and other amenities are available, including walking trails and a nature center. Most campers plan to spend a day touring the home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, a national landmark. This is a fun and interesting two day drive from Team Nissan North. New and Used Nissans in Lebanon NH.
3. Glacier National Park, Montana
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Glacier National Park offers 13 different campgrounds with over 1,000 campsites. Most people choose to take Going to the Sun Road to sight see, where you can visit Lake McDonald Valley, Logan Pass, and St. Mary Valley.
For a more peaceful journey, consider some of the lesser traveled ways, such as North Fork, Two Medicine, Goat Haunt, or Mary Glacier. These routes allow you to see Native American historical sites, homestead sites, wilderness areas, Alpine meadows, and an array of valleys carved by thousands of years of glacier activity.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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Bryce Canyon is open to campers year round, however some facilities are only open during the summer months. Bryce offers two campgrounds, North and Sunset, both snuggled in the Ponderosa pine forest offering sunshine and shade in equal amounts. Both campgrounds are also near Bryce Amphitheater, an geological wonder.
There are a number of activities to participate in during the spring, summer and fall, including geology talks, a Rim walk, evening programs, and events for children. Bryce is home to one of the world’s most successful predators, the mountain lion, and many visitors get to see a few during their visit.
5. Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in the nation, so it pays to plan ahead for your visit. The park opens and closes on different dates each year, depending on the weather, but there are year round opportunities to camp in the park. The busiest months are April through September.
There are several ways to tour points of interest, such as Glacier Point and Badger Pass, including hiking, biking, by a bus tour, or with a park ranger. The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable about the ecosystems, geology, wildlife, and plant life that make this area so unique, so it pays to spend some time with them learning while you’re there.
It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast for the areas you plan to travel through beginning two weeks in advance of the trip. Some camping hotspots are subject to extreme weather conditions. All of these camping destinations rate in the top 10 lists of national and international travel bureaus.