Best Campsites in Every State
The United States of America is home to several natural wonders. From mountainous regions, deserts, and oceans, the vast range of climates and landscapes in the states are magnificent. Among the incredible array of views are some of the best camping spots in the world. We’ve searched the nation, across the more than ten thousand state parks, fifty national parks, and world wonders to find the most believed and breathtaking camping spots in the United States.
Located on the Gulf Coast, Gulf State Park is a hot spot for camping in Alabama, and not just during spring break!
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This large national park has even larger views. Imagine waking up among the eagles, moose, and caribou of Alaska next to these views!
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The Grand Canyon just has to be the best campsite in the state of Arizona. There are several different locations to camp in and around the canyon, including by the famous Havasupai Falls.
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The Petit Jean State Park is full of beauty, mountainous landscapes, ancient geology, and large campsites to house all of those wishing to see this sublime park.
Most of northern CA is considered part of the Redwood State park. This, UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only considered on of the 7 wonders of the World, but it is also a perfect spot to set up camp. Walk among the huge Redwood tress or hike along the coast of the Pacific Ocean during your stay.
While you cannot camp directly on this famous Colorado view, you certainly can camp nearby. Several campsites circle Mount Elbert, Mount Massive, and the Twin Lakes themselves.
Hammonasset Beach State Park has 558 campsites to comfortably welcome all who travel to stay near the amazing views of Hammonasset Beach.
Located on the Delaware Bay is a camping location of beauty and history. Walk along the Atlantic Ocean, or see the WWII towers nearby during your stay. Regardless, you will have some amazing views.
While this park does not need anything else to make it stand out from the pack, it is known for its Old Railroad Bridge which beautifully stretches across the turquoise waters.
Cloudland Canyon State Park is just that; walking in “cloudland.” The peace and tranquility at this park make camping here seem like you are on cloud nine!
This photo of Waianapanapa State Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Hawaii is in a league of its own when it comes to camping, but Waianapanapa State Park is out of this world.
12. Idaho- Redfish Lake
The breathtaking views at Redfish Lake are perfect for camping, and the many activities in the area make this site the top pick for Idaho.
13. Illinois- Illinois Beach State Park
What is not to love about sandy beaches in the Midwest! Among the views of Lake Michigan also reside sand dunes and a large forest.
Nestled into the woods of Clifty Falls State Park are campsites neighboring the many waterfalls of Clifty Canyon. Each visit shows a different perspective of the falls due to the erosion and changing weather.
15. Iowa - Maquoketa Caves State Park
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With 13 caves, Maquoketa Caves State Park lives up to its name. There is certainly no end to adventure at this camping spot.
16. Kansas- Clinton State Park Campground
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Clinton Lake and Marina are the center of abundant wildlife and water sports at Clinton State Park Camping. Campsites among the wildflowers, viewing these incredible results in one breathtaking experience.
Located in the beautiful Daniel Boone National Forest, is an incredible string of cliffs, canyons, arches, and campsites. The Red River Gorge is a must see spot in Kentucky plenty of room to welcome all.
18. Louisiana- Chicot State Park
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Hiking trails, water sports, nature lessons, and more can be found at Chicot state park. Camp along Lake Chicot and relish in great views in the midst of the activities.
19. Maine- Hermit Island Campground
Fan of waterfront campsites? Hermit Island Campground is perfect for you. Find yourself in complete tranquility in this secluded, beach-filled campground.
20. Maryland- Elk Neck State Park
Surrounded by nature and the white clay cliffs, Elk Neck State Park has the reputation of one of the most scenic locations in Maryland.
21. Massachusetts- Horseneck State Park
The beach views at Horseneck State Park are all you need for a gorgeous camping experience, but the nearby towns, campsite amenities, and activities make the park that much better.
22. Michigan- Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Home to one of the largest waterfalls in the northeast, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a majestic destination for camping.
This photo of Afton State Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Conveniently located outside of the city of St. Paul, is an oasis of bluffs, rivers, incredible views, and several campsites to refresh all their visitors.
The Appalachian Mountains are a spectacle of loveliness. At Tishomingo State Park, the campsites resting on the foothills the Appalachian Mountains is an even more impressive light.
25. Missouri- Johnson’s Shut-in state Park
This photo of Johnson’s Shut-in State Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor
From equestrian sites to laundry services, the Johnson’s Shut-in state Park will make sure you have a great camping experience all while taking in the natural beauty around the.
26. Montana- Many Glacier Campground
Even more impressive than the amount of wildlife at this park is the landscapes seen from the campsites at Many Glacier Campground.
A 70-foot observation tower can present immaculate views of the Platte River, but the campground at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park also has stunning sites of the forest from the ground.
28. Nevada- Cathedral Gorge State Park
Slot caves and caverns are one of the main attractions at Cathedral Gorge State Parks. Stay close to the adventure in one of the twenty-two campsites in the park.
Visitors to the Notch have come to know and love this popular campground, set in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park. There are 97 tent sites available, along with a variety of hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming opportunities.
For fans of winter sports, or elevated views, camping at High Point State Park is for you!
31. New Mexico- City of Rocks State Park
This park’s name says it all, but you have to see the unbelievable views for yourself.
The Thousand Islands never look as good as when viewed from Kring Point State Park, and it is not hard to do so with over 50 waterfront campsites at the park.
33. North Carolina- Jones Lake State Park
This state park has a reputation for the vast amount activities available within the park. Hikes, water sports, fully furnish campsites, and more are waiting to be enjoyed along with the lush woods that surrounds the campground.
34. North Dakota- Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Known to have the best views in North Dakota, camping at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a must do activity.
35. Ohio- Riverside Campground
You get to choose your fun at Riverside Campground. The river campsites offer views of the Hocking River and a peaceful experience. Then for those who wish to add a little more activity into their camping experience, the Fun Center Campground is there with mini-golf, a driving range, arcade, go-karts, and more.
36. Oklahoma- Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw National Recreation Area with its many waterfalls, creeks, lakes, and swimming holes is much like a natural water park. Even better, there are campsites with water front views.
37. Oregon- Cape Lookout State Park
With the ocean only a short walk away, and the Three Capes Scenic Route all around, Campers of Cape Lookout State Park get the best of both worlds. To top it all off, the campground has quality amenities for all styles of camping.
38. Pennsylvania- Pocono Mountain Resorts
This resort elevates the camping experience with not only incredible trails leading to lakes and creeks, it also offers places to play sports like tennis, basketball, racquetball, and of course swimming.
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With 3,100 acres, 20 cabins and 700 campsites, the Burlingame State Campground is almost as large as the amount of camping available on the premises.
There is a reason why Calhoun Falls State Parks campground’s quickly fill with campers. The sites have outstanding amenities and even more outstanding waterfront views.
41. South Dakota- Spearfish City Campground
The whole area around Spearfish City Campground is fun and full of activities. The campground itself is located in the heart of the attractions. From excellent fishing, to scenic routes, and an adventurous town. Spearfish City Campground has it all!
42. Tennessee- Cades Cove
Within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is one of the top visited campgrounds in Tennessee. Among the lush forests, there is a 11-mile paved road as well as several trails leading to Abram Falls and other immaculate views.
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It’s not the 800,000-acer size of Big Bend, or the 8,000 foot elevation that makes this camping spot a favorite in Texas. The views of natural formations found in the park are truly what makes it so beloved, but its other characteristics do not hurt.
The Canyonlands National Park is home to high desert camping with access to beautiful sandstone arches and spires. What is not to love?
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Lakeside camping in Vermont does not get better than Button Bay. There are plenty of water sports, as well as trails and a pool to full your day.
Hike, bike, kayak, relax, and more in the False Cape State Park. Camping is available along the Atlantic Ocean coastline on the East, and along the Sand Bay to the West. Make sure to reserve ahead of time as spots are highly coveted.
Relax among the trees, hike along open fields, view waterfalls, all in the foothills of a massive volcano!
The New River widens out to form the Bluestone Lake, which has camping sites on both sides. Lake recreation opportunities as well as plentiful pine forests add up to make this place a weekend getaway for everyone.
A short ferry ride is all it takes to get to this island, and the isolated serenity that awaits. Forests open up to shorelines where Lake Michigan offers views and recreational activities all around the island.
Situated in the Grand Teton National park, this lake side campground sits with the Grand Tetons looming in the background. Trails circumnavigate the lake, and a quick drive north will land you in Yellowstone park.