Yearning for a couple of weeks of peace and nature? Well, if that’s the case, then you should consider staying on the campsites of these incredible National Parks and Forests! These places full of stunning views, glistening rivers, and fun hike trails are all spread across America. Here are the best ones on this list; don’t miss #3 for a great surprise!
#22. Denali National Park, Alaska
If you consider yourself a born and bred adventurer and an admirer of colossal mountains with beautiful snowy peaks, then the South American Patagonia or Alaska are some of the top picks for your next trip.
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Obviously, Alaska is a bit more accessible, distance-wise (if you live in the U.S.), so you’d better consider this option seriously. The Denali National Park situated in Alaska covers six million acres of land (yes, you read that correctly!).
#21. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
The Denali National Park might include some of the most striking mountains of the country, like Mount McKinley, but Hawaii’s most inviting National Park, Haleakala, doesn’t fall short either. Just look at those views, they seem from another planet!
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Haleakala offers (apart from constant perplexing views, like the one from the picture) a dormant volcano which is 10,000 foot high! The Summit Area and the campground called Kipahulu are both great options to enjoy a couple of nights. Trekking lovers, this is your spot!
#20. Sequoia And Kings National Parks, California
Any pro or amateur photographer knows about the beauty which can be found in a flower or a tree. Indeed, the best picture of your life is probably waiting in a nearby magical forest or National Park. Can you guess which park we’re talking about?
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Well, look no further if you live in California! The Sequoia and Kings National Parks have these odd and massive trees which are like no other. As a matter of fact, sequoias are the tallest trees in the world, reaching a maximum height of 85 meters! Be sure to check the following 2 slides to discover other great National Parks from California!
#19. Yosemite National Park, California
If you’re a Travis Scott fan, this National Park might ring a bell, since it’s referenced on the song Yosemite, definitely one of the best singles to come out of his 2018 album, Astroworld. And the views that the park offers are so breathtaking, that it definitely deserves to have its own songs!
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Maybe it’s not very similar to the psychedelic forest that appears on the video, but Yosemite National Park is still one of the most astonishing ones in the country. Wanna know why? More than 90 percent of the Park is pure wilderness! Forests, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls… this park has got it all! So head straight here for an unforgettable camping experience and hike through its snow-capped mountains.
#18. Joshua Tree State Park, California
This National Park also bears an important relationship with a famous musical act. Can’t figure it out? Here are some clues… Ireland, With Or Without You… Nope? Nothing? Don’t worry, we got your back.
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Joshua Tree is also the name of U2’s most notable and successful album! In fact, the cover shows one of the strange-shaped trees which gave the park its name, and these can obviously be found here. So, nature lovers, bring your tents and camp among some of nature’s most exotic trees!
#17. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
While reading this list, always bear in mind that all of these awesome National Parks have their own camping sites for you and your family to stay in for some peaceful nights connected with nature! And, of course, Crater Lake National Park is no exception.
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This unique park features two great campgrounds, Mazama and Lost Creek. Additionally, this park includes the deepest lake of the country (almost 2,000 feet deep!). But why its name? Well, believe it or not, the lake was formed from a collapsed volcano. Sounds like pure science fiction, doesn’t it?
#16. Olympic National Park, Washington
Usually, some strict rules and sanctions regarding fires govern National Parks, in order to prevent accidents that could harm the wildlife. However, the Olympic National Park in Washington has a cool exception. Do you dare guess?
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That’s right, not only does this park have a splendid coastline, perfect for a walk with a stunning view at dawn, but the rules also allow you to start campfires on the beach! Just imagine eating those hot marshmallows while contemplating the coastline at night!
#15. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Yes, if you’re new to these activities, campings like the ones from the Olympic National Park, on a smooth, beachy area might be the ideal pick. But expert campers might be looking for another type of experience…
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So, here’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park for them! Located in New Mexico, this one only has a single camping site, so permits are required to stay here. Knowledgeable rangers are there to give you useful information about the strange, night creatures that roam the area, like bats.
#14. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Whether you like to take amazing photographs or to have an emotional moment while contemplating an unforgettable view, parks with unique landscapes are a great destination for your next vacations. And what’s best for this matter than the one and only Grand Canyon National Park?
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The Grand Canyon is the biggest canyon in the world, and its multi-colored rocks will definitely make a good picture. However, the campgrounds might get a little crowded during the summer, so early reservations are recommended a couple of weeks beforehand!
#13. Arch Rock Campground, Nevada
It’s pretty mindblowing to realize that this place with beautiful brown and orange mountains and a clear blue sky like no other lies only about 50 miles from Las Vegas. They seem like two completely different worlds, right?
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But, hey, this is Nevada we’re talking about, a state with a wide array of options that can satisfy gamblers and explorers alike. If you belong to the latter, then the Arch Rock Campground in the Valley of Fire State Park is our best recommendation! So next time you go gambling to Las Vegas, don’t forget to bring your tent!
#12. Arches National Park, Utah
No, we’re not talking about Nevada’s Arch Rock Campground anymore, but about the remarkable Arches National Park, located in Utah. Its iconic archlike, red rocks are one of the most recognizable symbols of any park in the country.
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I just can’t come to terms with the fact that these rocks naturally acquired this weird form! Impressive, right? You might want to take your best camera here to take a couple of epic pictures like the one above. You better hurry, though, there’s only one campground on this park.
#11. Gunnison National Forest, Colorado
With the current obsession of getting the perfect Instagram picture, these girls probably posed for the shot like 8 times. But jokes aside, just picture you and your best friend sharing a moment of bliss with this awe-inspiring view!
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You’re actually observing the Gunnison National Forest, where you can spot Colorado’s main attraction (the Rocky Mountains) from a privileged angle. You’ll also find about 30 campsites spread around Gunnison to visit for a couple of days. So, camping lovers, this park is your paradise!
#10. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Another place where you can get a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains is the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. But not only is it home to striking snow-topped mountains, but it is also really close to a couple of iconic places that also deserve a visit.
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While Jackson Hole lays to the south, the National Elk Refuge is also very close. These aren’t the only attractions though: the tourist-favorite Signal Mountain is our personal recommendation. Keep sliding to discover the best National Parks of the country!
#9. Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
Have you ever visited the Great Smoky Mountains? Well, it’s not only a cool name… this mountain range includes almost 200,000 acres of forest, and these offer some of the most diverse ecosystems in the country. Not to mention its storybook views!
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These epic mountains constitute the view that you’ll enjoy in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest, where more than 80 campgrounds and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area await for an awesome stay. Apart from offering the best campsites, this park is great for kayaking, hiking, and trekking. What else can you ask for?
#8. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
If the question is which is the best American National Park, then the Badlands in South Dakota is a force to reckon with, that’s for sure! It’s no surprise that we included it in our top ten since its 244,000 acres offer some of the greatest landscapes of the country.
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Incredible rock formations which seem from another planet, unique fossils, gorgeous and uncommon mammals… The rich and diverse prairies of the Badlands are one of our most valuable national treasures, so don’t miss the opportunity of visiting its campgrounds!
#7. Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Besides being the name of one of the best crime series of the last decade, Ozark is also what one of the most wonderful National Forests in America is called. Located in Arkansas, the Ozark National Forest is unknown to many explorers, but it has a lot to offer!
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With those splendid multi-colored trees, what else could you ask? Well, Ozark’s countryside also boasts 9 enthralling beaches, a whole bunch of cool lakes, and hundreds of miles-long trails, extremely suitable for a hike. Pretty impressive, huh?
#6. Big Bend National Park, Texas
The fragility of these gorgeous white and lily flowers may suggest that the best of this landscape is seen during the daytime. However, if you think this, you’re a bit mistaken my friend. The real magic occurs at night. Can you imagine why?
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That’s right, one of the advantages of the Big Bend National Park, in Texas, is that it’s arguably the best place to look at the stars when the sky is clear. The purple aura of the Milky Way and a couple of falling stars will leave you mindblown here!
#5. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
If your standards are a bit high and you want to stay on a camping site that’s almost like a lost paradise, then the Dry Tortugas National Park, located in Florida, should be your number one priority. So next time you visit Disneyworld, why not add a bit of nature to your trip?
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Imagine the opportunity of waking up in the morning, getting out of your tent, when all of a sudden, BAM! The first thing that your eyes meet is one of the greatest barrier reefs on Earth. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Time to practice those snorkeling skills!
#4. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Don’t envy the guy from the picture, that can be you! Numerous great spots for a moment of peace and quiet and bewildering green sights are just a short drive away from you if you’re from Washington D.C. Who would’ve thought?
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Indeed, a couple of miles away from the city lies the Shenandoah National Park of Virginia, which has some of the best hiking trails you’ll ever come across within America: we’re talking about the Old Rag Mountain hike, but be sure to be fit because it’s a challenging one!
#3. Minnewaska State Park Reserve, New York
Every tourist who travels to New York for the first time visits the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty… maybe they even attend a standup show or a jazz concert. Without a doubt, the cultural offer of New York can please anyone.
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But they don’t tend to associate the state with nature or huge forests, though. However, the Minnewaska State Park Reserve lies only 94 miles away from the city! That’s right, around the Shawangunk Ridge there’s a great Reserve, ideal for a bike or a jog with views which are unimaginable in the city.
#2. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
The last appearance on this list was pretty unique, mainly due to its unlikely location. Wondering what makes this one special? The White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is probably the most welcoming site of this list or the one that’s the most prepared to receive a lot of people at least.
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Yes, the four drive-in campgrounds include a total of 800 campsites. You read that right! Located in the Appalachian Valley, this is the perfect place to meet your explorer soulmate or another group of friends who dig hiking or spending a couple of days of pure nature.
#1. Acadia National Park, Maine
This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… our number 1! The park that tops our list is the Acadia National Park, in Maine. With those vigorously blue waters and beautiful trees which can be seen in the picture, it’s no surprise really.
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Acadia, which is located on Mount Desert Island, offers a staggering amount of 17 million acres! Not even the best explorer can visit all of its wonderful forests and thousands of miles of rivers (about 30 thousand miles of them, to be precise). Schoodic Woods, Seawall and Blackwoods are the three campgrounds of the park.