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10 of the Best Camping Spots for Fun and Adventure

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Are you looking for new, breathtaking scenery? Plus outdoor fun for you and your friends and family? We’ve selected ten awesome camping locations from all over the United States to help you find your perfect adventure right now! 

Relax by the Water

Acadia National Park – Coast of Maine

At one of America’s most beautiful national parks, you can pitch your tent at a beautiful, waterside campsite where the wildlife is spectacular! In the Fall, Acadia is known for its magnificent foliage of oranges, yellows, and reds encapsulating the entire park. Among the shorelines and trails, you will encounter stunning, scenic sights and even see some of the 40 species of animals that live here. Take your adventures into the water to boat, swim, and cool off! 

Standing Stone State Park – Hilham, TN

Beautifully situated on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, this park is located in the middle of the 11,000-acre Standing Stone State Forest.  There are plentiful hiking trails throughout the park, with fishing and boating opportunities available on the park’s 69-acre lake. Camping and RV sites are nestled in the woods, with rustic cabins also available. Perfect for family fun!

Biscayne National Park – Southern Florida

With campgrounds located on islands, enjoy boating, snorkeling, or simply sitting by and enjoying a breeze at this coast-side park. Biscayne is an excellent spot for kids to learn about water ecosystems and participate in the park’s Junior Ranger Program. They will learn all things ranger and earn badges for their adventures. Warm weather and beautiful water await!

Perfect for the Whole Family 

Olympic National Park – Port Angeles, Washington

Established in 1938, this beautiful park showcases the splendor of the Pacific Northwest! Hiking and backpacking your way across the park’s numerous ecosystems will provide unforgettable memories for the entire family. Book your campsite (or the lodge, for those who prefer not to rough it) and enjoy the view of spectacular Mt. Olympic! A sound night’s sleep under the stars will have you ready to explore Olympic’s tidepools, rainforests, and beaches the next day. 

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – Descanso, CA

Featuring over 100 miles of hiking trails, Cuyamaca is the spot to hike, picnic, and sit by the campfire every day for life-long memories. They even offer horseback riding! The camp’s waterfalls flow over beautiful rock formations, leaving gorgeous views. And – as long as you follow guidelines – feel free to bring the dog along for the adventure!

Cliffs, Mountains, and Canyons

Arches National Park – Eastern Utah

Are you ready to take exploration to the next level? This national park – located just north of Moab –  is the perfect spot to climb and hike through the sand-rock canyons.  Home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, Arches showcases one of the most unique recreational landscapes in the country. Having your adventures here will require a higher level of experience and a permit – but the incredible sights will be worth it!

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

This park was founded in 1915, is one of the oldest in the US, and became a great spot for year-round activities. With gorgeous lowland meadows, flowing rivers, and elevations up to 12,000 feet, you’ll experience scenic drives unlike ever before. Take advantage of its numerous adventure options, such as fishing and horseback riding, for ultimate exploration. With changes in weather throughout the year, activity options will change. Be sure to plan ahead for any alerts the national park puts out! Once you’re all set up and ready to explore, you’ll delight the entire family with a stay at this fan-favorite camping destination!

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park– Montrose, CO

With tall cliffs and a river running through the bottom of it, Black Canyon is nothing short of stunning. The park was named after the canyon’s naturally and uniquely shaped rock, showing vibrant colors around sunset. Black Canyon of The Gunnison calls for caution and expert hikers only! Take on inner-canyon hikes and rugged adventures, but remember to be safe and follow guidelines. This National Park’s beauty does not disappoint, no matter the time of year. Check out the cross country skiing or snowshoeing for a whole new experience when the cold months roll around!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg, TN

Are you looking for crisp air and magnificent views? The beautiful Smoky Mountains are your answer. The different campsites here allow campers to find what they are looking for – from auto touring to fishing – and you’ll be amazed by this park’s natural ability to show off. Pitch a tent and take in the splendor. A tip: remember to glance up at the night sky to see the Little Dipper on display!

Zion National Park  – Southwestern Utah

This national park is a vast nature reserve.  Located near the town of Springdale, Zion is known for its impressive sandstone cliffs and beautiful hiking opportunities along the Virgin River. The river will take you to the Emerald Pools, where you’ll find waterfalls and a hanging garden.  The park is about 229 square miles, full of trails, and especially warm in the summer. If the goal is to hike, this is the place to be!

Camping Requires Preparation
Remember to plan for your camping trip by visiting the camp’s website. Desired activities and camping spots may require reservations or permits, and you don’t want to be unprepared. 
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