Places to Camp in America

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The United States is home to some of the most captivating camping sites in the world, thanks to its vast expanses of diverse terrain. A multitude of national parks, lakes, beaches, and canyons double up as camp sites welcoming a steady stream of visitors. Those planning a camping holiday in the USA must, of course, make sure they book a spot well in advance to avoid any disappointments, especially if the preferred camping ground has a limited capacity. Also, hiring a car helps cover ground in a speedy and comfortable manner. 

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the best places to pitch a tent in America. 

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Open throughout the year, the nine camping grounds in this park prove an exciting outdoor destination, especially for those who love hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The predominant, yet diverse desert terrains of the Colorado and Mojave deserts, and several high mountain peaks make this location an adventurer’s haven. There are many campsites available for tents and recreational vehicles, aka campers. Joshua trees that dot this landscape make a great picture, as well.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

A visit to America is probably incomplete without catching a glimpse of the Grand Canyon. Better still, why not camp out here and experience the thrill of hiking and white water rafting on the Colorado? The North Rim of the canyon reportedly is challenging and secluded while the South Rim is accessible and, hence, quite popular. Backcountry camping is permitted and reservations recommended. 
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Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

It is activities galore at the Assateague Island Campgrounds, where campers can indulge in swimming, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, or canoeing, apart from, of course, lazing out in the beach. The less-adventurous can keep busy with bird-watching or photographing the scenic settings. It is important, though, to watch out for wild horses that raid camp sites in search of food. The beach island settings may need some acclimatisation. Do check out the national or state park’s website for more details, and plan ahead to make the most of this trip.

Glacier National Park, Montana

A spectacular setting replete with forested terrain, mountains and meadows, this park is an idyllic retreat where campers can relax in style. Home to 13 camping grounds, there are over 1000 sites allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis, except for three of them. The small, yet comfortable Sprague Creek Campground (with basic amenities) right on the shore of Lake McDonald is worth checking out. Several lakes in the vicinity are accessible via hikes. Lake McDonald Lodge nearby has a restaurant, store, and also offers boat tours and horse rides to visitors.
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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Home to six camping grounds, the park is dotted with several lakes, rocky peaks, and also houses the National Elk Refuge. Campers can spend their time hiking along the different trails here, cycling through the park, fishing at the lakes, or observing wildlife in their natural settings. Free permits are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for backcountry camping.