Looking for wonderful campgrounds across America? Check out these hidden gems for your next outdoor adventures!
The Best Campgrounds Across America to Visit Today
Campgrounds Across America: Where to Go Camping Across the U.S.
Camping is always an option (even in New Jersey!) I've lived in Texas my whole life and can't believe I've missed out on a few of these.
Campgrounds are abundant in this country, so if there's one thing you'll have a problem with, it's choosing which one to visit first! We've included just about everything, from mountains to beaches, wilderness, and lakes.
Whether you prefer camping in the mountains or a day at the beach, we've got you covered. Just find your state (or one you want to visit) and click through to see the top campgrounds.
1. Camping in Alabama
Come prepared and enjoy the wild outdoors at a spot like Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville. If you prefer a more controlled and comfortable outdoor experience, don't miss the Gulf State Park to enjoy the amenities and watch the sunset from the beach.
2. Campgrounds in Alaska
Despite the heftier price tag, you won't have a problem finding a safe spot to park and spend the night. You'll likely encounter some of the best views in all the states.
3. Camping in Arizona
This very beautiful area has lakes, rivers, mountains, and campsites that will make you feel right at home.
4. Camping in Arkansas
Catherine's Landing is a great place to put on your list, with both hot springs and rich wildlife.
5. Camping in California
California is known for the bright lights and glamor of Hollywood, but there's more to the state than movie stars and celebrities.
Yosemite National Park is also located in the Golden State, as well as Sequoia National Forest where the world's largest trees are found.
6. Camping in Colorado
Be sure to visit the Great Sand Dunes in Pinyon Flats and revel at the stunning views.
7. Camping in Connecticut
In addition, the state is also home to scenic views of nature like the Devil's Hopyard State Park and West Thompson Lake.
8. Camping in Delaware
What you may not know is the state also boasts stunning beach campsites and beautiful forests. If you prefer camping in swampy terrain, don't miss a visit to Trap Pond State Park.
9. Camping in Florida
A good place for campers is the Blue Spring State Park where you can find West Indian manatees.
10. Camping in Georgia
Be sure to visit Black Rock Mountain State Park where you can walk along streams and waterfalls. This place is also ideal for people who love hiking.
11. Camping in Hawaii
Where else can you see the best view of the Pacific Ocean but in the mountains of Hawaii? The weather is perfect and you couldn't possibly run out of activities in this Aloha State.
Check out some of the best beach camping in the United States while you're there!
12. Camping in Idaho
Redfish Lake is a scenic place to set up your camp among the locals.
13. Camping in Illinois
Would you believe a huge part of the State of Illinois is farmland? You may know it as the birthplace of some of the most important individuals in the history of the United States, but it's also a place of beautiful campgrounds like the Prophetstown State Park.
14. Camping in Indiana
Check out the Monroe Lake Campground for the enjoyment of a number of outdoor activities.
15. Camping in Iowa
The State of Iowa may not be famous for tourist destinations, but it is home to many beautiful campgrounds. Iowa has a dozen natural lakes which give the surrounding land scenic views great for setting up tent or RV parking.
16. Camping in Kansas
At the right spot, you'll get a stunning view of more than 100,000 acres of green wonder.
17. Camping in Kentucky
Try the Buckhorn Lake for a soothing view and a few beers under the starry night.
18. Camping in Louisiana
When you want to listen to the best jazz music in the country, come to the Pelican State. Aside from being known for its diverse cultural influence, Louisiana offers more of nature than one might think.
Enjoy fishing, hiking, and a lot of other outdoor activities in Louisiana.
19. Camping in Maine
The State of Maine offers bountiful wildlife overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With many diverse things to offer throughout the four seasons, campers are sure to find delight in one of the state's many charms.
For hiking and camping, check out Bradbury Mountain any time of the year for a picnic or family getaway.
20. Camping in Maryland
If you are looking for a relaxed outdoor experience, check out Rocky Gap State Park for a break from a busy life in the city.
21. Camping in Massachusetts
Harold Parker State Forest, for example, is a fine place for putting up your tent, RV camping, and many recreational activities.
22. Camping in Michigan
When a place is bordered by five great lakes on all corners, it must be something special! Although Michigan is known for bitterly cold winters, you won't be able to get enough of the scenic views and campgrounds Michigan has in store.
23. Camping in Minnesota
It's no surprise the state is a favorite destination among outdoorsmen due to its geographical wonders.
24. Camping in Mississippi
Mississippi State is famous for its great historical significance, especially during the Civil War. If you're looking to explore the natural wonders of the state, be sure to check out the natural beauty of the Holly Springs Natural Forest at Puskus Lake.
25. Camping in Missouri
26. Camping in Montana
It shares the Yellowstone National Park with Wyoming and Idaho and is a place known for its abundant wildlife and ecosystem.
27. Camping in Nebraska
The State of Nebraska offers numerous campgrounds with its many lakes and state parks. The Chadron State Park, for instance, is a nice location with numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.
28. Camping in Nevada
Nevada also offers wonderful campgrounds like Mt. Rose in the Sierra Nevada. People can challenge the mountain by hiking to its peak, or simply follow an easier trail near the base and enjoy the view.
29. Camping in New Hampshire
New Hampshire State may be small in comparison to other states, but it's home to many big scenic views. There's Moose Brook State Park, Umbagog Lake State Park, and White Lake State Park, just to name a few.
The state is also known as the “Mother of Rivers” so be sure to visit in the warmer months or take in the just-as-beautiful winter views.
30. Camping in New Jersey
If you live in New Jersey, you won't have any problem finding diners and shopping malls. If you're looking for camping and outdoor activities, you may be surprised to hear about the hidden gems the state has to offer.
The Kittatinny Valley State Park is one of the places in the state to hike, camp, and hunt.
31. Camping in New Mexico
Visit New Mexico and you'll understand why the state was named the “Land of Enchantment.” The City of Rocks and Heron Lake State Park are just a few examples of the mesmerizing views in this beautiful state.
32. Camping in New York
The Empire State is home to some of the most-visited tourist attractions in the world. While many don't venture outside of the city that never sleeps, New York has, even more, to offer upstate. Be sure to check out Niagara Falls before settling into one of the state's many scenic campsites.
33. Camping in North Carolina
The Tarheel State is possibly one of the most beautiful in the country. North Carolina offers national forests that provide a wide range of hiking trails and campgrounds for family getaways and experienced outdoorsmen.
For a great sunset view, set up camp on the beach!
34. Camping in North Dakota
With this in mind, it's unlikely you'll have trouble finding a place to set up camp.
35. Camping in Ohio
The state is also abundant in natural beauty, as seen in Hocking Hills State Park where visitors can enjoy scenic cliffs and waterfalls.
36. Camping in Oklahoma
This state's abundance of incredible landscapes and pleasant weather makes it a favorite place for campers and nature enthusiasts. If you're into fishing, the Sooner State is the place for you!
37. Camping in Oregon
One favorite destination is the Dorena Lake where campers enjoy the view and an array of outdoor activities.
38. Camping in Pennsylvania
Whether you prefer traditional backpacking or modern full-service resorts, you'll find it all in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania has wonderful state parks and recreation areas to offer campers looking for the best outdoor experience.
39. Camping in Rhode Island
Along with the beach, campers will have plenty to enjoy in Rhode Island.
40. Camping in South Carolina
Cheraw State Park is a great place for campers to enjoy time in the kayak or canoe on Lake Juniper.
41. Camping in South Dakota
42. Camping in Tennessee
Looking for hiking, biking, golf or fishing instead? Check out Montgomery Bell State Park for a wide array of outdoor activities.
43. Camping in Texas
Big Bend National Park is among the most beautiful and renowned destinations. Check it out if you want to see a breathtaking view of mountain and desert landscape.
44. Camping in Utah
The unique landscapes in Utah will make you feel like you're on a different planet. There's the Arches, Canyonlands, and Bryce Canyon National Parks with natural rock formations which are a feast for the eyes.
45. Camping in Vermont
46. Camping in Virginia
47. Camping in Washington State
If you prefer a more isolated camping experience, don't miss out on a visit to Olympic National Park.
48. Camping in West Virginia
West Virginia is a treasure trove of outdoor activity! Whether you're into hiking, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, or even winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, you'll find what you're looking for and more in this Appalachian state of West Virginia.
49. Camping in Wisconsin
With two great lake coastlines, acres of dense forest, and several rivers running throughout, Wisconsin is more than meets the eye when it comes to outdoor adventure.
Visitors enjoy fishing, rafting, boating, hiking, and birdwatching in Wisconsin’s many great camping sites. But don’t take our word for it… read on to see the 10 best camping spots in Wisconsin.
50. Places to Visit in Wyoming
From the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, from Grand Teton to Yellowstone, Wyoming is an outdoorsman's paradise. As the nation's least populated state and with over 3 million acres of wilderness, Wyoming offers plenty of opportunities for camping and outdoor adventure.
This is also a place where you can truly get in touch with nature–check out our list of Wyoming State Parks.
BONUS: Camping in the Capital (Washington D.C.)
Watch this video by Redfish Lake Lodge of the amazing Redfish Lake experience in Idaho:
Well, what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer!
Those who appreciate nature and spend some of their precious time in the wild know how fortunate they are to be living among these beautiful spots within the United States.
What do you think about the beautiful campgrounds of each state? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.