In the face of uncertain times, many have turned to the great outdoors for sanctuary, solace, and a safe place to gather. Whether you’re a family ready for a getaway or an adventurer looking for your subsequent discovery, the relaxing power of camping is just a click away. To celebrate the destinations that bring us peace and serenity.
Best Places To Camp 2022.
1. Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff stretches across the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is one of Canada’s most scenic national parks. There is something for everyone in this little slice of heaven, with towering mountains, picturesque valleys, peaks, and glacial-fed lakes and rivers.
Where to Camp: Mountain Aire Resort in Water Valley, AB
Mountain Aire Resort’s mission is to provide an authentic Rocky Mountain experience with the comforts of home accessible to all. Immerse yourself in nature from the camp, where you have access to fishing, ATV trails, wildlife viewing, and more. The resort is only two hours from Banff National Park.
2. Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Michigan Upper Peninsula
This destination offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine Lake Superior beaches, 100 miles of hiking trails, towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the tranquility of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Whether you want to kayak, take a boat trip, or enjoy the scenery on foot, this destination has something for everyone. Fun fact Pictured Rocks was the first of four national lakes managed by the National Park Service.
Where to Camp: Woodland Park Campground in Grand Marais, MI
It is located on the shores of Lake Superior and close to downtown Grand Marais. Woodland Park Campground offers countless camper benefits. After a day of adventure at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, catch a spectacular sunrise or sunset at this waterfront campground—it’s the view that keeps people coming back year after year.
3. Hocking Hills, Ohio
For a Midwest adventure, look no further than Hocking Hills. Thousands of trails lead to amazing caves and waterfalls. Make your way to the famous Old Man’s Cave by crossing bridges, strolling through a swirling pool of water called the Devil’s Bathtub, and climbing a narrow stairway carved into the rock.
Where to Camp: Campbell Cove RV Resort and Campground in Logan, OH
Nestled among towering pines adjacent to beautiful Lake Logan is Campbell Cove RV Resort and Campground. This family-oriented campground offers a beautiful natural setting with numerous RV sites, campground shops, and cabin rentals. The park is within walking distance of many Hocking Hills attractions, restaurants, wineries, and distilleries.
4. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park lies 47,000 hectares off the Atlantic coast. Home to extraordinary wildlife, including moose, bears, whales, and marine life, this is the perfect national park to visit in 2022. Hike up Beehive or Cadillac Mountain for scenic rock views. Visit Bar Harbor, a famous seaside town perfect for a quiet getaway.
Where to Camp: Hadley’s Point Campground in Bar Harbor, ME
At Hadley’s Point Campground, you’ll be just minutes from Acadia National Park and downtown Bar Harbor. Enjoy a quiet and family camp where you can relax surrounded by pine trees. Hadley’s point offers cabins to suit the needs of different campers or choose from primitive tented camps, power and water camps, and fully equipped RV camps.
5. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
This eastern New Hampshire mountain range attracts millions of visitors and is home to world-class skiing, hiking, camping, and leaf viewing. Boasting the highest elevation in the Northeastern United States, this area, bordering New Hampshire and Maine, is perfect for your next getaway.
Where to Camp: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: Glen Ellis in Glen, NH
Conveniently located near Mt. Washington Valley, visitors can easily explore various scenic hiking trails (some even have hidden swimming holes and underground caves).
6. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If scenic towns, lighthouses, fresh seafood, and time to sunbathe are what your heart desires, Cape Cod is for you. This unspoiled peninsula offers three coastlines, so campers are never far from a spectacular beach. Days to learn about Cape Cod’s fascinating history, or kick back and enjoy a slower pace of life.
Where to Camp: Peters Pond RV Resort in Sandwich, MA
Peters Pond is situated on the banks of a beautiful spring-fed pond. Here, visitors can relax in the tranquil atmosphere or participate in the many on-site activities, including softball, horseshoes, volleyball, and bocce ball. If you don’t have an RV to enjoy Peters Pond, they also offer tent camping and vacation rentals.
7. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
An Atlantic barrier island split between Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island is a small strip of land with a lot. It remains the most significant offshore island with no human development. However, home to various shore and marsh birds, the wild horses steal the limelight. Visit the island at sunset for a truly colorful and surreal experience.
Where to Camp: Frontier Town RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, MDF
Frontier Town in Berlin is just eight miles from the entrance to Assateague Island National Seashore. Frontier Town offers primitive campgrounds, vacation rentals, and various RV sites.
The park also has a water park, miniature golf course, western theme park, bar, and marina for fishing and kayaking.
8. Key West, Florida
The southernmost point in the United States, Key West, is famous for its beaches, historical sites, unique architecture, lively nightlife, and culinary scene. For a Key West cultural experience, make your way to Sunset Celebrations on Mallory Square to delight in a festival of magicians, jugglers, musicians, artists, and local flavors.
Where to Camp: Pelican RV Resort and Marina in Marathon, FL
Enjoy a unique camping experience nestled along the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Pelican RV Resort and Marina. The resort is just an hour away from the excitement of downtown Key West, giving campers access to a quiet paradise to relax and restore. Here campers can enjoy private waterfront access, boat slips, and a private marina.
9. The Ozarks
The Ozarks stretch across southern Missouri, also known as the Ozark Mountains. This destination has long been a must for adventure seekers looking to explore forests, limestone cliffs, and caves. Travelers finally wake up to its beauty, making it one of our top destinations: Ozark Farms Family Campground and RV Park in Rolla, MO.
You will feel right at home in this little piece of peace, quiet and incredible nature. Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Ozark Farms is a favorite with locals and campers alike.
You’ll find various sites offering full or partial hookups or sites without utility lines, perfect for smaller RVs and tents, with a stay at Ozark Farms, just a short drive from Fugitive Beach, Meramec Springs, and only 40 minutes from Onondaga Cave State Park.
10. The Texas Hill Country
West of Austin and north of San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country offers numerous opportunities for natural beauty, museums, history, and shopping. Explore Fredericksburg, choose from 100 area wineries, or hike the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Fun Fact Visiting in Spring? Don’t miss the beautiful array of wildflowers. Bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, will be in full bloom.
Where to Camp: Camp Fimfo, the Texas Hill Country in New Braunfels, TX
More than a camp, Camp Fimfo is a new camping experience rooted in nostalgia and focused on all things fun. Combining the local charm of the Texas Hill Country with quirky and fun design touches, they offer campers a vacation that looks and feels different. Accommodations provide a genuinely exceptional reason to get out.
11. Big Bend National Park, Texas
Are you looking for breathtaking views? Big Bend National Park is an adventurer’s paradise year-round. Steep mountains and cliffs, rocky terrain, and the Rio Grande River make this area a fantastic outdoor playground for hikers, campers, canoeists, photographers, and nature lovers.
Campspot Ambassador Kendra suggests hiking Balanced Rock, a two-mile round-trip trail. The local town of Terlingua also attracts stargazers as a dark sky region. With access to hiking trails, a dog park, and internet access, this place is a haven for humans and furry friends.
12. Four Corners (UT/CO/AZ/NM)
Though it’s the only point in the United States shared by four states, it’s not the only attraction of its southwestern region. Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the San Juan National Forest, and to the west is Glen Canyon, National Park, to the west. Whichever direction you venture, you’re bound to find an adventure.
Where to Camp: Alpen Rose RV Park in Durango, CON
Nestled beneath breathtaking red cliffs, Alpen Rose RV Park is the perfect base camp for your Four Corner adventures. Enjoy the tranquility of the Animas River Valley with stunning mountain views and a variety of full-fledged hookup points. You are near downtown Durango, Colorado, the perfect place to begin your adventure.
13. Moab, Utah
Want to experience Utah’s famous red rocks, arches, and canyons? Moab is the perfect home base, surrounded by two national parks, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Suppose you’re planning a long weekend camping or a week-long vacation. It would be best if you read the Moab guide for itinerary ideas.
Enjoy a scenic stay at Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground. Enjoy a dip in the pool overlooking the red rocks or stroll around the property. Whatever your camping style, there is something for everyone with various tent sites, RV sites, and vacation rentals.
14. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bursting with history, art, and culture, Santa Fe is a must for anyone looking to explore a fantastic city while also having the opportunity to be outdoors. Visit the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, browse the art on Canyon Road, and discover Pueblo style. Architecture, all in the capital of New Mexico.
Where to camp: KitFox in Lamy, NMP
Connect with nature at KitFox, New Mexico’s glamping destination. The decoration combined with the natural landscape creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere and a tranquil stay. Being so close to Santa Fe means you can enjoy the city’s vibrant history, art, shops, restaurants, and more.
15. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is known for inspiring visitors and nourishing the soul. Set in the spectacular Red Rocks, it’s a heaven for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, biking, or relaxing with a beautiful sunset.
Where to Camp: Rancho Sedona RV Park in Sedona, AZ.
Rancho Sedona’s peaceful desert setting is unsurpassed, yet you’ll find spots sheltered by tall sycamores and cottonwoods. You can enjoy year-round mountain biking, hiking, and trout fishing right from the park, or explore the local galleries, shops, and restaurants, all within walking distance.
16. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Saguaro National Park is named after the saguaro cactus, which you’re sure to see in the iconic landscape of the national park’s southwest.
This destination is perfect for explorers with scenic drives and various well-maintained hiking trails. This park is divided into two districts on either side of Tucson – the Rincon Mountain District on the east and the Tucson Mountain District on the west.
Where to Camp: Ride Out Ranch in Florence, AZ
Ride Out Ranch is off the beaten track and offers some of the best desert scenes. The ranch has 14 full-service extended-stay RV hookups and several primitive camping areas. They also offer stays in their 4 “little houses” with access to everything you need in the ranch house.
17. Missoula, Montana
Missoula Montana is the best of both worlds when solitude, nature, and adventure are just minutes away from an electric city vibe, funky local shops, and a unique music scene.If you’re looking for a local adventure, spend the day white-water rafting the famous Alberton Gorge or hike the city-wide network of trails.
You’ll also find that both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are a day’s drive away.
Where to Camp: Jim and Mary’s RV Park in Missoula, MT
Located in the heart of Missoula, Jim and Mary’s RV Park offers 70 RV sites hidden in the trees. You’ll find impeccable attention to detail with beautifully landscaped grounds, a Montana-made gift shop, and great amenities designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
The park is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Missoula, making it your perfect home away from home. The starting point for local adventures.
18. Mt Rainier National Park, Washington
One of North America’s most famous peaks, Mount Rainier, is 14,411 feet above sea level. This dormant volcano can be seen from more than 100 miles away, but we recommend a trip to the national park to see its fantastic scenery. It’s a hiker’s dream, from snow-covered trails to flower-covered meadows with hundreds of manicured courses.
Where to Camp: Elkamp Eastcreek in Mineral, WAA.
Staying at Elkamp Eastcreek offers a perfect balance of nature and comfort. The park-like grounds nestle among the trees at the base of Mt. Rainier, just 15 minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park’s Nisqually Gate. With spacious and well-maintained sites for RVs and tents, their mission is to ensure you spend your time relaxing, renewing, and reconnecting with nature.
19. Hood River, Oregon
Hood River, also known as the Windsurfing Capital of the World, nestles between the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Range. The Hood River is filled with scenic hiking, biking, and water trails, and this destination offers all the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll also find an oasis of craft breweries, wineries, and farmhouse restaurants.
Where to Camp: Gorge Base Camp in White Salmon, WA
Gorge Base Camp is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, overlooking Oregon and the city of Hood River. You will also find nearby wineries and breweries just a short drive from the campsite.
20. San Diego, California
A metropolitan destination might not be your first thought when choosing a campground. Still, we think San Diego’s white-sand beaches, incredible year-round weather, and charm are plenty of reasons to intrigue visitors and travelers. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, this city offers an abundance of fun and relaxation for visitors of all ages.
Where to Camp: Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, CA.
It’s easy for campers to live life at Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay. After a busy day exploring San Diego, unwind by the pool, lounge in your private cabana, or indulge in a sip of juice from the breakfast and juice bar.
21. Palm Springs, California
Easily accessible from Los Angeles and San Diego, Palm Springs is an easy getaway choice for locals and travelers alike.With a focus on art and design, you’ll enjoy small-town charm with a chic vibe. Enjoy a perfect blend of nature, art, design, a great food scene, and nightlife in this desert oasis.
Where to Camp: Indian Wells RV Resort in Indio, California
You’ll wake up to stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains when you stay at Indian Wells RV Resort. Tucked away in the charming town of Indio, in the heart of the Coachella Valley, you are 30 minutes from all the attractions Palm Springs has to offer. You don’t have to own an RV to enjoy Indian Wells – with a wide range of vacation rentals to choose from, and there’s something for everyone.
22.Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
The Kenai Peninsula is a paradise for those who want to be with nature. You’ll find an abundance of wildlife here, making it a great destination to view wildlife in its natural habitat. On the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll discover Kenai Fjords National Park, which offers endless opportunities for glacier exploration.
Where to Camp: Diamond M Ranch Resort in Kenai, AK.
Nestled in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, this resort is our preferred base for your Alaskan adventure. Whether it’s RV sites with complete large historic suites with views or a campground with access to all resort amenities, their goal is to help you have the Alaskan experience of a lifetime.
Staying Safe While Camping
Going camping is generally a safe endeavor, especially if you are camping at a campground where many other campers will be. But that doesn’t mean that it comes without risk.
And if you plan to go hiking while on your camping trip, that is another consideration. Bringing plenty of water, provisions, and proper clothing is suitable to start.
Fast food in a plastic tub locked in your car keeps critters at bay. It’s also likely that you won’t have cell service, so having a satellite phone can be very helpful. Phones like Iridium, Globalstar, Inmarsat, and Thuraya work in remote areas where cell phone use is often impossible.
Preparation as a camping newbie is critical. Once you are, we guarantee you’ll have a great time camping.