Here are the most beautiful camping destinations for those who want to enjoy the outdoors of United States, whether they’re getting cheap flights over with a few tents, or those living in America with a desire to holiday on home soil.
Bend Area, Oregon
This region offers a beautiful dessert experience on the banks of the Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir.
The National Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre is less than an hour away. You can also fish, water ski and boat or simply can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The camp grounds at this area include North Twin, Gull Point, Hot springs, Sheep Bridge, West South Twin, Big River, La Pine State Recreation Area, Tumalo State Park, China Hat, and Rock Creek.
Black Mountain, North Carolina
In the shadows of the Black Mountain, this older and well-cared campsite is famous for its quite and relaxed forest atmosphere. It offers few services and is a best place for hiking and bicycling. This is well known to fishermen for its Toe River trout.
Malibu Creek State Park, California
This park is very near to Loss Angeles. This park is 7000 acre wide and it is a great place to camp with your tent all year round. This is protected by mountain range and is in between two major highways.
This is a great place for children to enjoy a lot and is also a good stopping point if you are on your way to LA. If you live in LA, it is a good spot to enjoy your weekend.
San Francisco Bay Area, California
This area has great scenery, ocean access and mild weather. This is completely with human creations – Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and cable cars. All these make San Francisco as one of the most exciting cities in the country.
This area has 74,000 acre Golden Gate Recreation Area. This is the world’s largest urban park. Just an hour away, at Point Ryes you will find very large isolated beaches and walk-in campsites. Big Basin State Park and Muir Woods will offer you to walk among giant ancient redwoods.
The famous campsites include: Half Moon Bay, New Brighton State Beach, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Big Basin Redwoods, Sunset State Beach and Coyote Lake, China Camp, and Butano State Park.
San Diego, California area
This is an attractive spot bounded with history from the Serra Museum to the Gaslamp Quarter.
One of the biggest marine bases in the world is a unique San Diego’s landscaped waterfront boardwalk. Sea World and Mission Bay will introduce you to an incredible ocean experience and the San Diego Zoo is something you will never forget.
Some of the best beaches on the west coast are in this area only. San Elijo State Beach offers great camping, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling and surfing.
South Carlsbad State Beach offers great fishing along with all above mentioned activities. Inland, the Cleveland National Forest offers a different outdoor experience.
San Bernadino County, California
The San Bernadino Mountains separate the California area into two separate areas. South is famous for fertile land and is heavily populated, and in the north few people are living in the desert area.
The mountains between are covered with thick forest and contain three large lakes – Arrowhead, Big Bear and Silverwood.
In the east, the border of the World Scenic Byway follows the crest of the mountains and the scenery will make you breathless no matter which way you turn.
Campsites in this area are Big Pine Flat, Gray’s Peak, Hesperia Park, Mojave Narrows Park, Mojave River Forks, Pineknot, Prado Regional Park, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area and Yucalpa Regional Park.
Santa Barbara County, California
This area is most popular for beaches, mountains, mild sunny weather and oceans. The Los Padres National Forest will introduce you to a great wilderness experience and Lake Cachuma offers one of the largest waterfront campgrounds in the area. Over 34 wineries are open for tours and wine tastings.
The famous campgrounds include: Carpinteria State Beach, El Capitan State Beach, Jalama Beach Park, Horseshoe Spring, Miranda Pine, Sage Hill and Wagon Flat.
Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills, California
Now this area is hosting a flourishing wine industry. Still, you can find a few gold mine tours.
The famous campgrounds include: Big Reservoir, Don Pedro Reservoir, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Grinding Rock, Lake McClure, Malakoff Diggins, Merced River Recreation Area, Nevada County Fairgrounds, New Hogan Lake, Rollins Reservoir, Skillman Group Camp, Scotts Flat Lake, Sugar Pine Reservoir, South Yuba and White Cloud.
Timothy Lake Area Campgrounds, Oregon
This area has a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. The campgrounds at this 1500 acre lake provide great camping, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, and canoeing.
The famous campgrounds include: Clackamas Lake, Oak Fork, Joe Graham Horse Camp, Pine Point, Hoodview, Little Crater Lake and Gone Creek.
Ventura County, California
This area is famous for art galleries, bookstores and coffee shops. Its 42 miles of shoreline contain beautiful beaches. The Los Padres National Forest contains two large wilderness areas.
Famous campgrounds include: Big Sycamore Canyon, Camp Comfort County Park, Dome Springs, Kenny Grove County Park, Kings Camp, Pine Mountain, Rose Valley and Ventura River.
Some other top campsites include:
- Lake Michigan at Manistee National Forest, Michigan
- Cooper Falls State Park, Wisconsin
- Waveland Park, Arkansas
- Allegany State Park, New York
- Juniper Springs Recreational Area and Ocala National Forest in Silver Spring, Florida
- Fallen Leaf Campground, California
- Steamboat Lake State Park, Colorado
- Choctaw Lake Campground, Ackerman, Mississippi
- Guadalupe River State Park, Texas
- Seneca Shadows, Monogahela National Forest, West Virginia