Whether you like to get a good night’s sleep in an air-conditioned RV camper or pitch your own tent there are a number of campgrounds across the United States that are great for all kinds of families. Discover some of the very best camping locations in a national or state park. If you haven't been to any of these five great camping destinations below, put them at the top of your bucket list.
Bryce Canyon National Park | Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park is home to a collection of giant natural amphitheaters and “hoodoos” – tall, thin spires of rock – that are truly something wonderful to behold. And with park activities including full-moon hikes and geology talks, there’s certainly no shortage of things for campers to do here.
Spring Breakers visiting this national park have access to camping options that include RV camping, tent sites and backcountry camping.
Palmetto Island State Park | Louisiana
Whether you fancy a stay in a Palmetto cabin, an RV campsite or a primitive campground, Palmetto Island State Park has it all when it comes to tranquil overnight accommodations.
During daytime hours, this park provides great options for campers looking to take in the sights and sounds of Louisiana’s natural wildlife and plant life: Visitors have river access for fishing and boating, as well as lagoon access for canoeing and kayaking, which allows adventurers to get up close and personal with nature.
Finally, this state park is near several other area attractions, as well. Consider visiting the nearby Cypremort Point State Park for sailing, windsurfing and/or crabbing as well as Jungle Gardens, home of exotic botanicals.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park | New Mexico
Experience the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
This park is home to the massive buildings – some built with up to 700 rooms – created more than 1,000 years ago by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, as well as a museum and an information desk to help visitors explore the history of the culture.
Chaco camping options include tent camping and RV camping.
Devils Fork State Park | South Carolina
Devils Fork State Park is home to Lake Jocassee, many small waterfalls and some really excellent trout fishing.
The primary attractions at this park include – of course – fishing, as well as boating and hiking.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Tennessee, North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bound to be busy during Spring Break – and for good reason. If you can handle the crowds, you’ll be rewarded with scenic mountain views, glimpses of diverse plant and animal life and an immersion Appalachian culture.
And beyond looking, there’s doing: Popular activities at this national park include fishing, bicycling, horseback riding and picnicking.
As far as camping options go, take your pick – backcountry camping, car camping, horse camps and cabins are all available to park visitors.
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