Camping has always been known to be a place where a person can retreat from the hassles of everyday life. That might be why there has been numerous studies that point towards camping improving people's sleep, helping with concentration and even helping people heal faster.
This is why more than 40 million Americans go camping each year. They want to get away from the urban sprawl. Camping is a joy because it gives us an excuse to look at the stars instead of our televisions. It allows us to be one with nature and forgo most distractions that we would have at home. It allows us to eat more s'mores than we know what to do with.
If you're looking for an excuse to break out the old lantern or jump in the RV, all 50 states in the U.S Remarkable and unique landscapes where someone can go off and find an adventure.
Whether it be camping in a hotel, RVing, stealth camping or throwing a tent up, take a look at the best places to camp in all 50 states. Also, if you're in need of camping gear go check out GLGear.com where we have Amazing Gear for Adventurous People.
Alabama - The Outpost at Gulf State Park
Glamours camping or Glamping meets backcountry at Gulf Stake Park's Outpost. This place looks like it came from a Pintrest board as white sand meets canvas tents. Each spot comes with four beds, an outdoor sink, a port-o-potty and a fire pit.
Alaska - Bartlett Cove Campground, Glacier Bay National Park
Alaska is one of the most beautiful states to visit. There are humpback whales, mountains and blue-tinged glaciers. Bartlett Cove Campground happens to be the parks only campground and it's surprisingly green. This is the perfect spot to jump off for some boat and kayak tours.
Arizona - Havasupai Falls Campground
The biggest challenge to visiting Havasupai Falls is getting there. If you're lucky enough to grab a permit before they're gone, its a 10-mile hike from the rim to the Campground. If you're able to get there, the risk is worth the reward as you will see the famous waterfall and natural pools all in a shade of robin's egg blue.
Arkansas - Buffalo National River
The 135 mile river is America's first national river. Buffalo National River wraps through Ozark mountains, through fast moving rapids, peaceful pools and rocky bluffs topped by emerald forest. When you go, plan for a float trip and take it slow to observe all of the beautiful scenery this place has to offer. Go out and venture to the 200-foot Hemmed-in Hollow Falls.
California - Julia Preiffer Burns State Park
California already has a huge coast line with lots of great campsites. Lading in Julia Preiffer Burns State Park is however considered a huge achievement for coastal campers. Take the waterfall overlook trail to the end and see for yourself one of the most breathtaking views in the state park. You'll have a front-row seat to McWay Falls, an 80-foot cascading waterfall that pours into the Pacific below.
Colorado - Pinion Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park
When you think of Colorado, you generally don't think large mounds of sand. However, the nation's largest sand dune which is 700 feet soars into the sky at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Pinion Flats Campground is the perfect place to grab a free backpacking permit and find a nice spot underneath the stars.
Connecticut - White Memorial Conservation Center
The White Memorial Conservation Center is dedicated to environmental education. This is where you stop everything your doing and take in the scenery. There're 40 miles of trails, ponds and a onsite museum.
Delaware - Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen is known for its soft dunes and ocean breeze. The Lighthouse is within walking distance from your tent as well as the beautiful sunrise.
Florida - Cayo Costa State Park
The only way to access Cayo Costa is by boat as it doesn't have any access via car. That makes this a true escape. You're able to spend your day kayaking, biking along the trails or scanning for dolphins.
Georgia - Cloudland State Park
This lofty park, which is along a thousand-foot gulch on the western flank of Lookout Mountain, offers panoramic views which is worthy of its name. This is only the tip of the iceberg as the real attraction is below, where a steep trail descends into the canyon past a pair of awesome waterfalls and murky caves. You can also take your pick from a buffet of camping options, including 40-foot sites with electric hookups, secluded walk-in spots, charming yurts, and well-outfitted cabins.
Hawaii - Malaekahana Beach Campground
When you think of Hawaii you typically think of beaches. Well, wouldn't you like to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean in Hawaii? On the Island of Oahu, Malaekahana Beach Campground offers where you can rent a tent or cabin which occupies prime beachfront real estate at the fraction of the cost of any resort. Rent kayaks, paddle boards and bikes onsite, or even sign up for a personalized session of surf classes.
Idaho - Point Campground
The Point Campground is a cliche in the best possible way: sites are framed by towering pines, a pristine crystal clear lake which reflects the mountains, and many mils of trails for you to go hiking on. This is a place where you can pull on your hiking boots and fish for dinner.
Illinois - Starved Rock State Park Campground
This is such a great place to get away from the city life as its only two hours away from Chicago. Come to Starved Rock in the spring when everything is full bloom, or check it out in the winter for watching eagles. This campground offers electric hookups for your RV, and a historic lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps which serves a awesome Sunday Brunch.
Indiana - Brown County State Park
This place is crazy if you're an adrenalin junkie as you can fly down a 30 mile singletrack with your mountain bike, which is often ranked the best in the state. There are plenty of places to hike through the wooded hills, they bring it back around to the lodge's indoor waterpark. There is also a 90-foot fire tower for a epic view and campers of every corner can find a site to fit their needs among the 400-plus posts.
Iowa - Maquoketa Caves State Park
Indiana Jones would be proud of anyone that ventures into this state park as visitors strap on headlamps as they go into a series of underground enclosures that range from hollows to tight, crawl-your-way-in tunnels. This place is gorgeous during the day with all the wildflowers and wooded campground.
Kansas - Wilson State Park
The White Bass and Striped Bass jump out of the water here at Wilson state Park. This is the perfect place to wake up to a lovely view of water and days spent navigating the shoreline in kayaks or exploring on the 25-mile bike trail.
Kentucky - Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest is huge as it spans just over 700,000 acres across 21 different counties. If visitors are looking for waterfalls, they should take a trip to Cumberland Falls Campground around a full moon, when the 125-foot wide sheet of water creates a rare lunar rainbow, which is known as the Moonbow.
Louisiana - Lake Bistineau State Park
This place is the definition of a true Southern experience. Tupelo trees and bald cypress laden with Spanish moss provide that Southern view from air-conditioned cabins or improved cabins. This place is great for fishing, or exploring by boat.
Maine - Flood's Cove
Many generations of families agree this is the most relaxing traditional oceanfront Maine vacation you will ever find. Rent a kayak or BYO, then keep an eye out for puffins and harbor seals en route to this rugged speck just off the coast where amenities are scarce but views are spectacular.
Maryland - Assateague State Park
With more than 300 sites just above the dunes on this barrier island, it's perfect for pitching a tent or pulling your RV in for the night. The island's best attraction isn't it's two miles of beach but rather the wild ponies, which make frequent appearances to pose for photos.
Massachusetts - Boston Harbor Islands
With the Boston City skyline in the background, Boston Harbor Islands has magnificent views. Campers are caught between worlds on four ferry-serviced islands in Boston Harbor where visitors come to hike, explore, and hang out on the beach. This is the perfect getaway from the city life in Boston.
Michigan - Chapel Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Along the shoreline of Lake Superior for more than 40 miles, the sandstone cliffs and turquoise waters look more like New Zealand than the Midwest. As you hike to the rustic campground, you will pass amazing waterfalls and an inland lake.
Minnesota - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Along the Canadian border stretches this 150 mile Superior National Forest. Carved from glaciers, it's comprised of thousands of lakes and streams that make up more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes. There are more than 2,000 campsites where the million-acre wilderness becomes your beautiful backyard.
Mississippi - Davis Bayou Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Come for the bayous, stay for the beach. Keep a watchful eye for armadillos and alligators as they adventure into a pair of bayous via nature trail or paddle trip, then grab a boat ride to uninhabited barrier islands where there’s sun, sand and not much else. When you need a little more civilization, Ocean Springs has a number of art galleries as well as killer pulled pork at the Shed.
Missouri - Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
On the East Fork of the Black River, the shut-ins—an Ozark word for confined, rocky river—double as a natural waterpark, where summer finds kids shooting down small rapids and splashing in crystal clear pools of water. A full array of different campsites, from walk-ins to electric hookups, means you’ll find a spot for your camping rig, no matter what you’re rocking.
Montana - Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park
This is the Glacier National Park you’ve imagined: thick forest, jagged peaks and crystal clear-mirror-like lakes that reflect the whole gorgeous scene. Even better is the high-elevation campground which gives you a head start on some of the park’s best day hikes, so you can make it to and from milky-teal Grinnell Lake or Ptarmigan Falls with daylight to spare and just in time for supper over the campfire.
Nebraska - Fort Robinson State Park
Rocky buttes rise above a grassy plain at this historic park in northwest Nebraska, where adventures spot herds of bison and longhorns as they explore via horse, foot, mountain bike, kayak, inner tube or even jeeps. Back at the lodge, the playhouse hosts eight performances a week during the summer season and an old-school Nebraskan rodeo which is free to the public every Thursday.
Nevada - Arch Rock Campground, Valley of Fire State Park
Pitch your tent amid Aztec red sandstone formed by ancient dunes that date back to the dinosaurs. The campground’s namesake arch is one of the premier attractions, but you’ll also find petrified trees, narrow slot canyons and ancient petroglyphs, like the one at Valley of Fire’s second campground, which is better suited to RVs and trailers.
New Hampshire - Pawtuckaway State Park
Make a wooded campsite on Pawtuckaway Lake your basecamp for exploring more than 5,000 acres of oak and hemlock forest laced with hiking and mountain bike trails. Massive glacier-deposited boulders make this a top destination for bouldering, while wildlife watchers should bring their binoculars to spot beavers, deer and blue herons in the expansive marsh.
New Jersey - Worthington State Forest Campground, Delaware Water Gap
Inside the Delaware Water Gap’s 70,000 acres, you’ll discover a world of mellow waters, ancient lakes, swooping eagles and mountain vistas. Don’t miss the gap itself, a notch in the Kittany Ridge cut by persistent waters.
New Mexico - Gallo Campground at Chaco Canyon
By day, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as a cultural center for the Pueblo people more than 1,000 years ago. By night, turn your eyes skyward. A designated dark skies park, Chaco’s observatory is one mile from the campground and hosts guided telescope viewings a couple nights a week.
New York - Camp Orenda
Summer camp grows up at this intimate Adirondacks retreat where guests glamp in cozy canvas cabins and eat communal meals cooked in the outdoor kitchen. Borrow a kayak, canoe or mountain bike free of charge, or hit the trail to 250-foot OK Slip Falls or the Snowy Mountain fire tower for magnificent views of the surrounding hills.
North Dakota - Juniper Campground, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Though not as dramatic as South Dakota’s Martian badlands, the rocky, river-carved formations of North Dakota’s badlands are still strange and spectacular. Base yourself in a cottonwood-shaded site along the Little Missouri River, and don’t be surprised when hulking bison amble past your tent or trailer.
North Carolina - Big Creek Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
More than 11 million people visited the Great Smoky Mountains in 2016—nearly double the 5.9 million who hit the Grand Canyon—and it’s easy to see why: forested ridges draped in purple fog, more than 800 miles of hiking and the most biodiversity of any U.S. National Park. Escape the throngs at this tent-only campground, then hit Big Creek Trail to Mouse Creek Falls, a popular swimming hole and breathtaking spring wildflowers.
Ohio - Hocking Hills State Park
Expansive caves, narrow gorges, dramatic waterfalls that shower the earth below. Follow the trails inside this Ohio park from photo opp to photo opp, and when the stone stairs to reach the high-up rock house don’t feel daring enough, book a zip line tour and soar through the canopy.
Oklahoma - Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Once revered for their therapeutic properties, the mineral-rich, cold-water springs of Chickasaw still draw visitors to bathe in sculpted rock pools nestled under the trees. When you’re not soaking, hike past grazing bison or launch a boat on the Lake of the Arbuckles.
Oregon - Cape Blanco State Park
The westernmost point in the state, Cape Blanco juts out into the Pacific like a thumb, the 147-year-old lighthouse atop its cliffs warning ships away from the shore. That position also grants the park magnificent views of the Oregon Coast, especially when sunset dyes the landscape in rosy hues.
Pennsylvania - Cherry Springs State Park
Set atop a mountain surrounded by forest in northern Pennsylvania, this park is in the middle of nowhere and that’s entirely the point. Those features serve to block artificial light, so overnight campers can spend the wee hours stargazing on the Astronomy Observation Field, where the Milky Way unfolds overhead in all its glory.
Rhode Island - East Beach, Charlestown
Among the dunes on a three-mile barrier beach, this spot is the ultimate rarity: an undeveloped beachfront campground open exclusively to RVs. Four-wheel-drive RVs, that is. Twenty sites set on the sand offer sun, sea and little else, though that’s more than enough when the setting is this lovely.
South Carolina - Edisto River Treehouses
Start your river canoe adventure 13 miles upstream from a trio of off-the-grid treehouses equipped with propane grills, tiki torches and outhouses. Hang in the hammock, cook up s’mores under the moonlight, then prepare for your 10-mile paddle out through the private wildlife refuge.
South Dakota - Blue Bell Campground, Custer State Park
Spot pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, burros and bison inside this scenic state park, where the herd numbers about 1,300 and the annual roundup draws crowds. Book a guided trail ride or bison safari, then be back at Blue Bell in time for a chuck-wagon cookout or dinner in the onsite restaurant.
Tennessee - Elkmont Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This tent- and RV-friendly campground 25 minutes from Gatlinburg is the busiest inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and for good reason. Wooded sites fill up with visitors who spend their days on nearby trails or tubing down the Little River, which runs right through camp. Plan well in advance to snag a spot during the annual firefly event when thousands of the glowing bugs mysteriously flash in unison.
Texas - Chisos Basin Campground, Big Bend National Park
This 800,000-acre park includes such diverse landscapes as the Chisos Mountains, Chihuahua Desert and Rio Grande River. Start your adventure with a hike along the Lost Mine Trail, then cross the river into Boquillas, Mexico for authentic tacos and cerveza's(beer) before sleeping under the stars at this high-altitude campground encircled by rocky cliffs where you won't see a better star show around.
Utah - Devils Garden Campground, Arches National Park
Molded over millions of years, this natural sculpture garden in Moab is a gallery of geological masterpieces that seem to defy the laws of gravity. Scattered among rock formations and juniper bushes, the park’s 50 campsites offer shade, privacy and prime views of snow-capped mountains and the glittering night sky.
Vermont - Smuggler's Notch State Park Campground
In Vermont’s forested Green Mountains, Smuggler’s Notch once served as an illegal trade route, an escape for fugitive slaves and a bootlegging thoroughfare during Prohibition. Today, it’s a woodsy playground, where visitors hike rugged trails or brewery hop in nearby Stowe before bunking in wooden lean-tos with stone fireplaces built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Virginia - Big Meadow Campground, Shenandoah National Park
Stay in the heart of Shenandoah National Park at this popular campground, where black bears and deer make regular appearances, three waterfalls are within easy reach and hikers can tackle a section of the Appalachian Trail. Just steps from your tent or RV, the Big Meadows Lodge offers ranger-led twilight hikes, astronomy programs and a full-service restaurant and bar.
Washington - Second Beach, Olympic National Park
Considered the crown jewel of the park’s west coast, campers pitch their tents right on the sand of this Pacific Northwest beach. Make a driftwood bonfire, photograph sunset over the sea stacks and try to absorb this enchanting spot with your entire being.
West Virginia - Thorny Mountain Fire Tower, Seneca State Forest
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1935, this 53-foot-tall steel tower is now home to one of West Virginia’s most unique accommodations: a 14-by-14-foot cabin in the sky serving 360-degree views of the Seneca State Forest.
Wisconsin - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Hop a water taxi or paddle a kayak among these 21 islands in Lake Superior, where erosion has turned red sandstone cliffs into undulating sea caves. Most of the islands feature primitive campsites, so grab your dry bags and keep an eye towards the heavens. When conditions are right, you might catch the aurora borealis.
Wyoming - Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park
Serrated peaks provide a dramatic backdrop to a lake-dotted valley where bison, elk and moose meander. Make camp among the trees at tent-only Jenny Lake, then hike through glacier-carved Cascade Canyon or hop a raft down the Snake River. If you’re feeling fancy, the restaurant at the nearby lodge serves a five-course dinner that’s not to be missed. Reservations (and showers) required.
The Grand Tetons will also be in the path of the total solar eclipse this August.
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