Can’t Miss US Camping Destinations in National Parks
From the ability to sleep under the stars to the connection with nature, there are so many reasons to go camping, and there are a multitude of places throughout the United States – especially national parks – where you can do just that. National parks are located from coast-to-coast, so chances are there’s one that’s relatively close to you. If you need ideas of where to go, the following four are just some of your options for national parks in which you can go camping.
Shenandoah National Park
Located in Virginia, the Shenandoah National Park is 200,000 acres and is only 75-miles from Washington D.C. It’s here that you’ll see black bears, deer, several species of birds, and more. If you want to go backcountry camping, you’re going to need a free permit, but if you want to stay at the campgrounds, there are four from which you can choose. Mathews Arm is located at mile 22.1,Big Meadows is at mile 51.2, Lewis Mountain is at mile 57.5, and you’ll find Loft Mountain at mile 79.5. For more information on camping in Shenandoah National Park, you can check out their camping page here.
Glacier National Park
Established in 1910, Glacier National Park is located in Montana. The gorgeous 1,583-square-miles is ideal for hikers thanks to the 700-miles of trails, but you can also go biking, go fishing, take tours, go boating, and more. You can, of course, also go camping. While you can go backcountry camping, there are also several campgrounds where you can stay including Bowman Lake, Logging Creek, Cut Bank, and Rising Sun. Check here for campground availability at Glacier National Park.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, which was established all the way back in 1890 and is about 1,169-square-miles, is located in California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are 13 campgrounds where you can stay, and while some like Upper Pines and Hodgdon Meadow are open all year, others such as Porcupine Flat, White Wolf, and North Pines are only open through certain times of the year. Some also require reservations while others are first come, first serve. Their camping page here can provide you with the information you need.
Grand Canyon National Park
Established in 1919 and located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park consists of 1,902-square-miles and as you probably guessed, the Grand Canyon is the primary feature. You can either visit the North Rim or the South Rim; the views from either are absolutely breathtaking and it’s considered quite the experience. Considering the North Rim is more secluded and is only open from May to October, more people visit the South Rim which is open year round. For information on camping in the South Rim you can check here, and for the North Rim, peruse through here.
The aforementioned are just some of the many national parks throughout the United States where you can go camping. Before you head over, make sure to read through all the information including about whether or not you can bring your pets, if you need to make a reservation, and which campgrounds are open. You want to make sure you have all your information set beforehand. Now that you have some ideas about where to go camping, all that’s left to do is plan your trip!
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