Whether you’re looking for dramatic vistas or serene wilderness, these camping destinations have it all. Unleash your inner explorer at these unforgettable campsites and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Breathe in the crisp mountain air, soak your feet in glistening lakes and hike breathtaking trails at these epic campgrounds. These camping trips are worthy of your bucket list!
1. Glacier National Park
Many people first hear about Glacier National Park through stunning photos featuring crystal-clear waters, multi-colored rocks, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road is so iconic that it was featured in the opening credits of the classic horror film The Shining.
Besides the stunning natural scenery, Glacier is home to historic chalets and lodges and offers activities like hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. The area is also known for its impressive wildlife and is one of the best places to see grizzly bears in the US.
However, Glacier is very popular and gets crowded during the summer with bumper-to-bumper traffic on Going-to-the-Sun Road and campgrounds booking up months in advance. Make sure to plan ahead to avoid the crowds. And be prepared for chilly temperatures at night even during the summer.
Located on the shores of scenic Lake Lagarfljot in Iceland’s easternmost region, Egilsstadir is the largest town in the area and home to an array of natural gems. It is also near Hallormsstadaskogur National Forest, where you can experience the beauty of the country’s wilderness with hiking trails and enchanting views.
The town also offers an excellent selection of restaurants, hotels, cabins, and camping grounds for visitors to choose from. If you are seeking a cultural experience, Skriduklaustur, a former monastery, is worth a visit to see its fascinating history and beautiful gardens.
Hengifoss Waterfall is another must-visit attraction in the area, which is an epic waterfall with mesmerizing features. Those looking for something more relaxing can explore the nearby Fardyk grounds, which offer a peaceful escape amidst lush birch trees.
A favorite among wildlife lovers, the Corcovado National Park is a camping destination that offers front-row access to some of the world’s most beautiful creatures. Featuring over 5% of the planet’s biodiversity, this lush green park offers visitors an unforgettable nature-filled experience.
Breidavik is in close proximity to Europe’s largest bird cliff, Latrabjarg, which makes the area a birdwatcher’s paradise. Millions of seabirds nest on these cliffs, including razorbills and puffins.
At the nearby farm Hnjotur, you can visit a unique aeronautical and folk museum, which features a Russian Antonov biplane. The site also hosts a popular restaurant and free coffee and tea. In addition, Breidavik is home to a number of churches. A variety of double/twin rooms and hostel-style self-catering accommodations are available to choose from.
4. Exit Glacier Campground
Kenai Fjords National Park is a pristine wilderness area with towering glaciers, mountain peaks, and lush forests. It’s the only road-accessible part of Harding Icefield, which spans over 700 square miles.
There’s a 12-site walk-in tent campground at Exit Glacier Campground in the park, which fills up quickly during the summer. Sites are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, but pets are prohibited. There’s also a central food storage, cooking and dining shelter, as well as an accessible pump for drinking water.
During your stay, hike the nearby trails to get sweeping views of Exit Glacier and other glaciers. You’ll also be able to take a tour of the ice field and learn how glaciers change the landscape. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears.
5. Yosemite National Park
The grandest temple of nature in America is Yosemite National Park, home to pristine granite cliffs and giant sequoia groves. The park also features a host of lakes, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls and streams.
Visit the park to experience a different type of adventure each season: Watch waterfalls come to life during spring and summer, hike in the Sierra Nevada high country during fall and roast marshmallows around the campfire in winter.
The famous Tunnel View offers a breathtaking family snapshot of Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls. You can camp in the 13 campgrounds throughout the park, but be sure to reserve well ahead of time as campsites fill up months if not years in advance. Alternatively, you can stay in Yosemite Village and enjoy modern amenities like a year round steakhouse, museum and amphitheater while still enjoying the pristine views of the surrounding landscape.