The United States has a diverse amount of vacation hot spots from city to country, 5 star hotels and resorts to hidden treasures. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming when just trying to choose a location.
For backpackers and campers at heart, pack a good canvas tent for outdoor use. This article will share with you the top five waterfront camping destinations
and the top five national park campsites
in the country.
Top 5 Waterfront Campgrounds
5. Salmon River Campground, Idaho. Salmon River is surrounded by meadow grass, sage brush, and lodge-pole pines within Sawtooth National Park. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, this campsite offers hiking, rafting, fishing, and horseback riding. It brings the fun of the water to the beauty of the backwoods.
4. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Oregon. This coastal rainforest park boasts sandy beaches, blackberries and huckleberries, two freshwater lakes, and a host of outdoor activities. The fact that it is only a short hike from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area adds to the appeal of small, quiet locations near larger conveniences. Make sure you have a good canvas tents
treated for outdoor use. This location is sometimes prone to moisture.
3. Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, California. Nestled within redwoods, hemlock, and Douglas firs this campsite has a lot to offer campers by way of scenery. There are a number of activities such as hiking, and bird or whale watching. Gold Bluffs is also known for wildlife so keep a camera handy. Elk and mountain lions are fairly common here.
2. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Waterfront camping, miles of hiking, glaciers just outside your tent… need we say more? Aside from the breathtaking view you can walk on the Exit Glacier if the waters are low enough or kayak the river.
1. Haena Beach Park, Hawaii. This location has sandy beaches and panoramic views of the ocean. It is one of the safest beaches for swimming on the island. To top it off, the state charges small fees for camping, as low as $3.
Top 5 National Park Campsites
5. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Manzanita Lake Campground, California. Cool summer climates offer relief to hikers and campers from the heat 6,000 feet below. The path that circles the lake offers views of volcanic activity from the early 20th century.
4. Grand Teton National Park: Signal Mountain Campground, Wyoming. This campground is within walking distance to Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, and other areas of Grand Teton making it an ideally central location. Aside from that the views can be better than those found elsewhere in the country. Convenience shopping is only a short hike away so there is no need to worry about what may have been forgotten at home.
3. Olympic National Park: Kalaloch Campground, Washington State. Kalaloch sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a beach for strolling or just enjoying the ocean. While fog often chases away frequent visitors, it enhances the coastal experience. Conveniences are not far off either.
2. Glacier National Park: Two Medicine Campground, Montana. Staying here offers campers the chance to enjoy the beauty of Glacier Park without the hassle of crowds. There are a number of hiking trails around the area, as well as easy transportation to East Glacier for the full Glacier Park experience.
1. Devils Tower National Monument: Belle Fourche Campground, Wyoming. Nestled in a grove of cottonwood trees this campground is often ignored by frequent travelers. Even the hardy hikers pack up camp early, making it a quiet location. There are trails along the base of the tower as well as toward the Belle Fourche River, making it ideal for water fun or for the hiking adventurer.
The list is not limited to just what is contained in this article. The options in the US are extensive. Visit some of the above links for more options on the best camping locations in the country. If Canada is more to your taste, find out more
about the best locations spots in Canada.