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The Best Places to Camp

October 22nd, 2013 - 10:16 AM

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

Glacier National Park is one of the best places to camp
Wild Goose Island – Glacier National Park, Montana by Loco Steve, CC BY 4.0

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

The Ozark National Forest is one of the best places to go camping
DSC_O156 by Adam Bartlett, CC BY 4.0

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

Sequoyah National Forest
View through the forest – Sequoia National Park – California by ogwen, CC BY 4.0

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

The Grand Canyon National Park has some of the best campgrounds in the U.S.
Grand Canyon by Paul Fundenburg, CC BY 4.0

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

Assateague Island National Seashore
Ponies, Assateague Islands NS (Robin Baranowski, NPS Photo) by National Park Service, CC BY-SA 4.0

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

Everglades National Park is one of the best camping places
Everglades National Park Long Pine Key Nature Trail by Miguel Vieira, CC BY 4.0

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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