There’s a reason why millions of people visit the National Parks in the US each year, and a lot of it has to do with recapturing a sense of wonder and grandeur that our incredible natural resources and Mother Nature herself have to offer every one of us once we get outside of our concrete jungle. Getting out in the woods also does wonders for beating stress.
Taking a road trip to any of the US National Parks will help you feel a deeper and greater respect for nature and a connection with our natural world, but nothing beats camping overnight – or a couple of nights – in some of these incredible destinations. And while all of the National Parks have stellar campsites to accommodate tents, RV’s and even car-campers, here are five of our current favorites.
Tuweep at the North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Picture-perfect for those who are looking to kind of “get away from it all” while camping, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon offer some of the most unique visual experiences you’ll find anywhere in nature – not just in the US, but anywhere on the planet.
A lot “lower key” than the South Rim (which has become overcrowded in the last few years for sure), the North Brim campground offers you the kind of “no-frills” experience some people are looking for to enjoy the Grand Canyon their own way if you ever get a chance to.
Piñon Flats in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Situated smack dab in the middle of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, this campground puts you right in the center of all the action and only just a quick hike away from all of the main attractions of this national park.
Not only will you be able to check out some of the biggest sand dunes in North America (with one towering 750 feet high), but you’ll also be able to enjoy some of the most incredible starscapes the to be found anywhere in the US as well just because of how little light pollution there is way out here in the middle of nowhere.
Wonder Lake at Denali National Park, Alaska
For most outsiders Alaska is almost like an entirely different world in and of itself, still appearing untouched by man for the most part and one of the most incredible examples of the drama and beauty of nature that are becoming harder to find on this over-developed planet. This campground at Wonder Lake is arguably going to be one of the most scenic of the campground sites on this list, and one that is so regularly photographed that even those that haven’t ever visited Alaska almost immediately recognize it at a glance.
Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Utah is so loaded with amazing National Park sites and other tourist destinations that from time to time the Capitol Reef flies a bit under the radar, but this is an incredible hotspot that you don’t want to miss – especially if you are looking to camp out for a night or two.
It’s best to visit this campground in the spring when the cherry blossoms are really rocking and rolling (the fruit orchards that have been planted here by settlers in the late 19th century are still maintained), and if you come later in the year when the fruit is in full blossom you can actually pick and eat as much as you like along the Fremont River.
Camp 4 in Yosemite National Park, California
If you’re feeling a bit hard core when it comes to camping – or if you are looking to scale some serious rock – check out Camp 4; there may not be a more famous campground site in the entire National Park System then this one!
Camp 4 is where Yosemite climbing legends really started to establish their reputation throughout the 1960s, carving up incredible classic lines throughout El Capitan, Half Dome and other rock faces throughout the area. This is such a historic campground that it’s actually been placed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003 – but you’ll want to make sure that you grab your spot early, as ALL of them are on a first-come, first-served basis.