America's Best National Parks for Camping

Yellowstone, Yosemite, Denali, Acadia—they're all incredible places to pitch a tent.

Where to pitch your tent this year.

From Popular Mechanics

The United States has dozens of gorgeous national parks spread around this big country. Most of them are incredible places to camp out, and here are our favorites.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The sites at the drive-in Canyon Campground are really convenient for spotting wildlife, with trails into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It’s a big campground, but the tents-only Loop E is more secluded, especially sites 95 and 96. —Linda Veress, Yellowstone Spokeswoman And Former Ranger

Biscayne National Park, Florida

[post_ads]Pitch your tent at Boca Chita Key’s open campground. The key isn’t big, but I like the view of downtown Miami, and there is so much fascinating wildlife: osprey, manatees, dolphins, rays, and wild, migrating birds. They’re best in spring and fall, but winter has the best weather. —Matt Johnson, Public Affairs Officer

Acadia National Park, Maine

Reserve one of the nine hike-in sites at Schoodic Woods Campground. It’s on the mainland, but the sites are away from the road and you’ll feel like you’re alone in the forest. —Christie Anastasia, Public Affairs Specialist, Ranger


Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

My favorite campsite is No. 27 in Gulpha Gorge Campground. It has the relaxing sound of the water, easy creek access to dip your toes, nighttime programs at the nearby amphitheater, and it’s not too far from the restrooms. —Shelley Todd, Natural Resource Program Manager

Yosemite National Park, California

The Tuolumne Meadows campground is one of my favorite places in the summer. It is out of the main valley and above 8,000 feet, so it’s a totally different ecosystem of plants and animals like yellow-bellied marmots and pikas. —Jamie Richards, Ranger


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

The Deep Creek Campground near Bryson City, North Carolina, lets you enjoy the sounds and sights of Deep Creek. Then it’s an easy walk to Juney Whank Falls, an 80-foot cascade. There are great opportunities for trout fishing and kids can look for salamanders.—Dana Soehn, Management Assistant

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

[post_ads]There is a small backcountry campsite on Lake Superior off the beaten path on the north shore of Isle Royale, Huginnin Cove. It’s beautiful and quiet. Last year’s moose count was about 1,600. It doesn’t guarantee you’ll see one, but it’s not a big island. —Chris Amidon, Supervisory Park Range

Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

At Wonder Lake, there is a campground with just 28 sites. You’re as far from civilization as you can be while still being on a road. You get amazing views of Denali only 26 miles away—it looks monstrous. —Chad Oelke, Backcountry Ranger


Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Paddle out to the Locator chain of four lakes. There is only one single-family campsite at each, and Quill or Loyden are occupied the least. —Chuck Remus, Former Voyageurs Chief Ranger

See more at: Popular Mechanics


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Travel Magazine: America's Best National Parks for Camping
America's Best National Parks for Camping
Yellowstone, Yosemite, Denali, Acadia—they're all incredible places to pitch a tent.
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