How About a Camping Trip?
One of the great perks of moving with U-Pack is that you can pack your stuff up and send it off in the moving truck while you take a little mini vaca in your own vehicle. And what better way to spend a few days than planning a camping trip along the way? It’s not a bad way to save money, either.
Sound like a good plan? Check out some of these really cool places to camp.
Awesome Places to Camp in the U.S.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Why go: 740 miles of hiking trails, more than 130 named lakes, some of the finest fly fishing in the country, and the well-known “Going to the Sun Road.”
Where to camp: There are 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served.
When to go: Glacier National Park is open every day of the year, but many people enjoy the off-seasons when the park is a bit quieter (fall and winter).
Lookout for: Black and grizzly bears, mountain lions.
What it costs to camp: $10-23 dollars per night during the summer season (non-refundable).
More info: Glacier National Park website
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
Why go: More than 230 miles of hiking trails including famous the Ozark Highlands Trail on 1.2 million acres, 9 developed swim sites, and the majestic Blanchard Springs Caverns (it’s a must-see!)
Where to camp: There are 320+ campsites in the forest. Each campground has its own special attraction, like being near a lake or stream, or on top of Mount Magazine (the highest point in the state).
When to go: You can visit the forest year-round. Most campsites are open year-round, but some are only open May-October.
Lookout for: Black bears, snakes, spiders, chiggers and ticks.
What it costs to camp: Camping fees vary from $4-10 per night per site. Some sites are free.
More info: Ozark-St. Francis National Forests website
Sequoyah National Forest, California
Why go: The world’s largest trees, glacier-carved canyons, world-class whitewater, six wilderness areas, and 850 miles of trails.
Where to camp: There are more than 50 campgrounds in the forest. Most campsites are first come, first served.
When to go: The forest is open year-round. The campsites on higher elevation close when the first snow starts falling, usually around October.
Lookout for: Black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and snakes.
What it costs to camp: Camping fees vary by campsite.
More info: Sequoia National Forest website
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Why go: One of the 7 wonders of the world, 1 mile deep canyon, lots of hiking trails, two areas to visit – the South Rim and North Rim.
Where to camp: You can camp at Mather Campground on the South Rim (in Grand Canyon Village) or at the North Rim Campground.
When to go: The South Rim is open year-round for camping. The North Rim campground stays open with limited services throughout the end of November or until snow closes Hwy. 67.
Lookout for: Rattlesnakes, elk, dehydration, deer, rock squirrels.
What it costs to camp: It’s strongly recommended to make reservations during spring, summer, and fall. Fees for North Rim Campgrounds are $18-25 per site per night. Fees for South Rim Campgrounds are $18 per site per night.
More info: Grand Canyon National Park website
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Why go: 37 miles of beach, world famous wild horses, popular birding destination (over 300 species to watch).
Where to camp: Camping is only permitted on the Maryland side of Assateague (not the Virginia side). There are more than 300 campsites available.
When to go: Open year-round. October 16-April 14 are first come, first served.
Lookout for: The wild horses…they’re wild for a reason.
What it costs to camp: October 16-April 14 is $16 per night. April 15-October 15 is $20 per night.
More info: Assateague Island National Seashore website
Everglades National Park, Florida
Why go: Largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., home to 36 threatened or protected species, and covers 1.5 million acres!
Where to camp: There are 2 drive-in campgrounds – Long Pine Key Campground and Flamingo Campground.
When to go: Camping is available year-round, but the wet season (June through November) can bring about difficult conditions.
Lookout for: vultures (they’re attracted to rubber on vehicles), crocodiles, and alligators
What it costs to camp: Camp site fees vary based on location (typically $15-30 per site per night). Reservations for the Flamingo Campground are strongly recommended.
More info: Everglades National Park website
What do you think are the best places to camp?
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