Four of the best places to go camping in the US
Almost 43 million Americans went camping in the year 2011, every year millions of Americans pack their bags, buy provisions and go camping in some of the most beautiful spots in the world. Camping is all about finding peace and quiet in the great outdoors, sleeping next to a campfire and hiking for miles to see a spectacular view and most importantly, adventure. Whether you pitch a tent, reserve lodging or stay in your RV, everybody should go camping. We’ve picked out some best spots for a camping trip in the US.
Ludington State Park, Michigan
There is a wealth of activities that can be enjoyed in Ludington State Park, you can partake in hiking, hunting and fishing or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery in this Midwest haven. The parks 21. 5 mile expanse is made up of sand dunes, a shoreline vista, marshlands, ponds and forests and lots of hiking trails. The park itself is positioned in the middle of Hamlin Lake and the great Lake Michigan, which means itoffers spectacular views of these famous lakes. Open all year in the day, it’s open to campers from mid-May to late November; the site has three established modern campgrounds Beechwood, Cedars, Pines all of which offer cabins and Jack Pine Hike In Sites, a rustic campground where campers can pitch.
Cost: $11 fee to purchase the required Michigan State Park Recreation Passport.
Lake Tahoe, Border of California and Arizona
Lake Tahoe is famous for formerly being the centre of Washo Indian territory. It’s also one of the best and most varied locations to camp at and was voted America’s Best Lake by USA Today in 2012. Lake Tahoe has two different sides to it, because of its location next to California and Arizona it’s surrounded by bars, casinos and other glamorous places. However, walk a mile and you’re surrounded by nature. Because of this, Lake Tahoe has lots of different types of campsites. There is Emerald Bay Boat Camp, Sugar Pine Point State Park for bicyclists and Meeks Bay Resort for beach enthusiasts. We recommend Zephyr Cove RV Park, located near a lively beach with spectacular views and a full service marina. It’s conveniently close to hikes and trails and is for both RV drivers and traditional campers.
Cost: None apart from the price of your pitch
Olympic National Park, Washington
The most unique aspect of Olympic National Park in Washington is it has three different ecosystems, including arainforest. The Quinault Rainforest is one of only three rainforests in the western hemisphere, it’s also where you can find the largest Sikta Spruce tree in the world. This diverse park has 16 National Park campgrounds and a total of 910 other sites, including primitive sites that are open all year round. Visit the beautiful beach La Push to see whales off the coast during migration season, or end up at Ruby Beach where the fantastic view will show you the rainforest, mountains and glaciers.
Cost: There is a $15 vehicle entrance fee that is valid for seven days.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park’s most famous asset is its Going-to-the-Sun Road, a stunning 50-mile road through the park’s interior that gives drivers a spectacular view of the mountains. The park’s ecosystem has been referred to as “Crowd of the Continent Ecosystem” with over 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of different species of animals. There are 13 developed campgrounds in the park with over 1,000 established camping sites. One of our favourites is Many Glacier Campgroundlocated near the historic Many Glacier hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake, the campsite is accommodating for standard campers and RV’s. RV’s can get the best view as the site is nestled within the park, which is also great for catching site of local wildlife such as moose, bears and bighorn sheep.
Cost: Entrance fees are $15-$25 per car valid for seven days, depending on the season.
Campers are adventurers at heart and what’s more adventurous then exploring a different country? There are many fantastic sites around the world which showcase beautiful scenic landscapes for campers and drivers to enjoy. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is a popular holiday in Europe, it’s no wonder that camping by Lake Garda is famous for relaxation, with its crystal blue water and olive and citrus groves fringing its shores.
The United Kingdom is also incredibly popular for camping and caravanning, The Lake District is the most popular National Park in the UK with 15.8 million annual visitors. For a spectacular view of the park, hike up to Scafell Pike which is the highest ground in the UK. The Lake District also has lots of great camping grounds for tents, caravans and cars. If you are going to travel in a caravan remember to get insurance, The Caravan Club have good deals on insurance and an extensive directory of all their caravan sites.
For a more luxurious and typically European camping experience visit Castel Camping Le Ty Nadan in Brittany, Northern France. This campsite is nestled in the wooded countryside of a 60-acre, riverside estate. Brittany is the largest French peninsula; the campsite is located near The Breton coast, famous for its many caves, cliffs and rias.