One of the questions we get asked most often here at Scenic RV is where our top camping destinations are. We have quite a few favorite local destinations, but in the blog, we’ll be talking about some of our highest-ranked national parks and other great campgrounds with the best views.
We always try to bring you the best RVing advice, whether that’s which RV type is best for you, or how to winterize your RV. We also want to bring you a few of our favorite destinations and spots when traveling. While there are so many places to camp in and around our great state, we hope this article inspires you to spread your camping wings and really get out there to see what Mother Nature has to offer. Keep reading for more motivation!
Acadia National Park, Maine
We put this at the top of the list simply because we will never get over the beautiful views this park has to offer. As probably one of the most visited parks in the United States, Acadia National Park has the best views for all kinds of outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place for paddling along Frenchman Bay. Or, those more experienced can start at the boat ramps at Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor along with a few other access sites.
For camping, check out the Isle au Haut, one of the most remote but “worth it” places on the island. It’s an incredibly isolated area perfect for camping, but make sure you have reservations.
Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Whether you’re ready for a hike or just to camp out for a weekend, the Smoky Mountains is truly one you’ll need to put on your bucket list. For thru-hikers, the Appalachian Trail within the Smokies consists of 72 miles and is more than likely the most efficient and remarkable ways to experience one of America’s most visited national park. Long weekend backpacking is another great way to see what the trail has to offer. Either way, you experience it, the combination of black bears, mountain vistas, growth forests, and challenging climbs is what makes the Appalachian Trail the Appalachian Trail. Feel free to spend a day hiking the area, but to get the full impact of the mountains, taking the time to scour all 72 miles is your best bet. They allow you to stay overnight, but you do need a permit to do so. Plan ahead of time!
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
With over 500 miles of trails to trek, how could we not talk about this national park? You can also choose your view – either hike towards beautiful, cascading waterfalls or find a quiet and serene trail filled with the calm wilderness. If you’re up for the challenge, take the eight-mile hike on up to Rag Mountain and enjoy the stunning views from the peak, which is why it’s such a popular choice.
If you want to camp, choose one of the four campgrounds in every season except winter. You can also boondock or back-country camp here, but you’ll need to grab a free permit first.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, and their parks are no exception! Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas that includes all of the Chisos mountain range and has quite a few amazing places for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking along the Rio Grande. If you’d rather stay on dry ground, there are multiple trails along with the desert, mountain, and river landscapes that are great for hiking, biking, or backpacking. For camping, you have the choice of front or backcountry, with three out of four of those campgrounds being fully developed. If you choose backcountry, be sure you have a permit!
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
If you’re up for a climate challenge, the Badlands are waiting for you. What tends to draw visitors here is its organic, rugged, beauty. Containing the world’s richest fossil beds, ancient animals, such as horses and rhinos once called this place home. Today, the park’s 244,000 acres give plenty of space for the animals (bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed fetters) that live there today.
You have multiple hiking trails to choose from, overlooks are spread throughout the park, visitor facilities to break at, and important geologic features to check out. For camping, you have Cedar Pass and Sage Creek Campgrounds to choose from if you’re looking for front country camping. Both are open year-round. For backcountry, backpackers can camp anywhere that is at least half a mile off any road.
That does it for our favorite places around the United States to camp! With endless destinations out there, we know our readers have their favorites, too. Which campgrounds are your favorites to stay at? Let us know in the comments.