The Best National Parks If You’re Camping
June 3, 2018
Family vacationing may be your favorite event that has to be held at least once annually. But you did not want to spend too much money during your family vacation. Camping may be your best friend for your savings, as well as, your family. Although not every family member will enjoy the camping, the main goal is still the same, a peaceful retreat in a scenic natural setting. Sure, outdoor camping is not the only preference available in these national parks, but let’s take a closer look at some of the best national park for camping.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Located in the state of Maine, Arcadia National Park, a haven for outdoor lovers, has a mountain descend into the sea along its wind-swept jagged coastline. Climbing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, kayaking are the most favorited activities among a lot of activities here. The most important camping grounds are Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds. The Atlantic ocean is within a 10-minute walk from the camping grounds.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Sunrises are among the main feature here and, of course, visible from the camping ground. Set your tent at the Rising Sun Campground and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Montana area near the Canadian Border. If you prefer the view of Lake McDonald with snow-covered peaks in the distance, feel free to head to the Sprague Creek Campground. More than 1000 campsites, each with their own scenery and amenities, are available to the campers.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Pristine American wilderness can be found when you are boarding the camping adventure in Denali National Park of Alaska. A lot of wild animals roam freely in this subarctic landscape, including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, black bears, wolverines, and caribou. Beside those animals, watch the amazing golden eagles and peregrine falcons gracefully swoop through the air over the glacier-fed streams. In total, there are 6 camping grounds available.
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK
Reaching your campsite within Voyageurs National Park is a unique experience in itself. “BYOB” takes on a new meaning within this arboreal forest in northern Minnesota – the B stands for “Boat”. More than 200 well-developed campsites – including some reserved for houseboat spaces – are scattered among the 500+ islands within the park, and are accessible only by boat. But don’t fret if you don’t own a watercraft: Paddleboats and canoes are available for rent in the park. With 84,000 of the park’s 218,054 acres stretching over water, aquatic exploration awaits you. Don’t have a boat, but want to camp? Two state parks adjacent to the national park offer drive-up campsites. See also this post about New York State.
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Situated in the epicenter of Red Rock Country in south-central Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is lesser known (and less traveled) than surrounding parks. Canyons, domes, natural bridges, and cliffs become your personal playground in the 100-mile long Waterpocket Fold. Although primitive campgrounds and backcountry camping are available, direct your attention to the park’s one well-developed campground, Fruita. The 71 campsites are nestled within a desert oasis. Back in the 1880’s, Mormon pioneers planted this orchard that flaunts cherries, apples, apricots, and peaches for your picking. After a thrilling day of canyoneering in the dry desert, return to camp and sink your teeth into a sweet, juicy peach.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK
Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts take note: You can roll your love of camping and coral reefs into one tropical camping adventure. Situated 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, the 100 miles of Dry Tortugas National Park encompasses five small islands and striking blue waters that are home to coral reefs and a vibrant marine ecosystem. Arrive at the park by boat or plane (typically chartered from Key West), and pitch your tent at one of Garden Key Campground’s 10 primitive first-come, first-served sites. Then get your pair of flippers and dive into the water to explore the underwater landscape teeming with nurse sharks, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored fish. See also this page with top attractions in America.
VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
This Caribbean 7,000-acre national park stretches across nearly half of the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Crystal-blue warm waters lap against sandy white beaches, which extend into sub-tropical forests. Cinnamon Bay Campground offers furnished campsites, bare sites, and cottages that are set along the beach or tucked back into the forest. If you don’t feel like lugging your personal camping gear through airports, rent a furnished campsite – tents, sleeping bags, and all other necessary equipment are provided.
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
When many people think of Texas, they imagine a sprawling, flat landscape stretching into the distant horizon. But situated in the middle of the desert in western Texas, the Chisos Mountains rise toward the expansive sky and ancient limestone canyons ripple across flat terrain. Chisos Basin Campground’s 60 developed sites are situated among rocky cliffs and are convenient to many trails. And you don’t want to miss an opportunity to hike in Big Bend. This national park possesses the most types of bats, birds, and cacti of any national park in America. For a spectacular display of colors peppering this rugged landscape, visit the park during the spring or late summer when wildflowers are in full bloom.
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Located just 75 miles south of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park boasts spectacular vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Numerous scenic overlooks, trailheads, and eateries dot the 105-mile long Skyline Drive twisting through the heart of the park. This national park is perfect for individuals and families who wish to go camping but don’t want to venture into a rugged wilderness. Four developed campgrounds are conveniently located close to some of the park’s main attractions, from being within close proximity to Shenandoah’s tallest waterfall to being able to pitch a tent atop Big Flat Mountain. So when you’re in the area, don’t miss out on the opportunity to check out these Washington D.C. absolute must-sees.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Olympic National Park’s more than one million acres stretch from glacier-capped summits of the Olympic Mountains down to the Pacific Ocean. The 16 front-country campgrounds provide 900 campsites from which to choose. You can camp along the shores of Lake Crescent (Fairholme Campground). Nestle within your cozy sleeping bag among old growth forest at Heart O’ the Hills Campground, or unwind while listening to waves lap against a rugged beach (South Beach Campground). Or snag a backpacking permit to hike through one of the wildest places left in the lower forty-eight states. Explore the jagged peaks of the high country and walk the weathered beaches dotting the wilderness coast.