The 12 Most Beautiful Campgrounds in the United States

Read on, fellow traveler, if you enjoy pitching a tent in the American wilderness! There are many beautiful National Parks to visit in the United States. Here is a list of 12 of the most beautiful campgrounds in the United States.

#1 Piñon Flats, Colorado

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The popular Piñon Flats in the Great Sand Dunes National Park is the place to be in Colorado for outdoor adventure. You can see the stark snow-capped peaks of stunning Sangre de Cristo from the windows of your one way. Look in the opposite direction to see the continent’s tallest sand dunes. The dunes are so close that you can reach them on foot, making this an ideal location for daring hikers. More importantly, you can attempt to hike up North America’s tallest sand dune, the famous Star Dune.

#2 Watchman Campground, Utah


The Watchman Campground, also known as the NPS Campground, can be found in Zion National Park. Pitch your tent right here and go exploring each day you’re there. If you’re into hiking, more athletic visitors recommend the trails here.

This location is within walking distance of the park’s official visitor center and is open all year. While this is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park, the individual sites are surprisingly spacious, so you won’t feel too close to your neighbors.

#3 Sparks Lake, Oregon

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The captivating Cascade Mountains that surround this lovely spot speak for themselves. However, if you require more than the spectacular Brocken Top Peaks and the stunning North Sisters. There are plenty of places to visit in the surrounding area as well, so bring your hiking boots and extra socks. If you set up camp at the right time of year, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

#4 Gros Ventre Wilderness, Wyoming


When you vacation here, you can see the Grand Tetons in the distance. One real draw is that there are no real crowds here. That also implies that there is a lot of wildlife.

Bears, elk, marmots, and moose should be avoided. Another feature that distinguishes this campground from others is that no special permit is required for backcountry camping. Set up camp wherever you want! Simply pitch your tent in the actual campground if you prefer some amenities.

#5 Northern Rim Campground, Arizona

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This location has to be on every list of America’s most scenic campgrounds. After all, almost every traveler’s bucket list includes a visit to the famous Grand Canyon. ) Indeed, your roving reporter has hiked it from rim to rim.

The views from the North Rim of this natural wonder are breathtaking. There’s even a suprise. Because the Northern Rim is less developed than the South Rim, you have a better chance of experiencing its natural beauty in peace and quiet.

#6 Kalalau Beach, Hawaii


Have you ever wanted to visit Hawaii? Visit the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The excellent Kalalau Beach campground can be found here. This location is at the end of a memorable 11-mile hike through Na Pali Coast State Park.

This trail is one of the world’s “most beautiful trails,” according to National Geographic. This is due in part to its location atop some crumbling cliffs that offer breathtaking views of the island’s beaches. Furthermore, the beach and waterfall at the trail’s end are a welcome treat for anyone looking to cool off.

#7 Garden Key Campground, Florida

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This beautiful location in Dry Tortugas National Park is right on the beach. This popular park is a group of islands 68 miles west of Key West, and you must take a ferry to get there. You’ll have one of the world’s largest barrier reefs practically right outside your tent.

You can spend your vacation happily looking for Nemo. Rent some snorkeling equipment or bring your own. You can also visit Fort Jefferson and relax on the beaches. If you enjoy watching our feathered friends, bring your binoculars because this is also a great place for bird-watching.

#8 Assateague Island Campgrounds, Maryland

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Planning a trip to Maryland? The Assateague Island Campgrounds are located nine miles south of Ocean City.

This distinct location is where you will set up camp. There are 37 miles of oceanfront beaches in this park. There is a wide range of outdoor activities available, including (but not limited to) biking, beach camping, crabbing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, surfing, and swimming. Keep an eye out for local wild horses as well.

#9 Second Beach, Washington


To get to the fantastic Second Beach campground, take an easy 0.7-mile walk through the popular Olympic National Park. You’ll be camping along a dramatic coastline dotted with sea stacks. Have fun at the beach. Swim and explore the tide pools and the iconic Natural Arch at low tide. On the beach, you can even have an old-fashioned campfire. If you do this, make sure to choose a location that will not be washed away by the high tide.

#10 Arch Rock Campground, Nevada


This scenic campground is located in the scenic Valley of Fire State Park, 55 miles from sinful Las Vegas. While the park has two campgrounds, this one is not only the quieter and more private of the two, but it is also surrounded by rugged red sandstone. The stone formations have been eroded rather artfully over time, giving them an interesting appearance. Both Atlatl Rock and Atlatl Rock are easily accessible from your campsite. The site and park entry fees are combined into a single price.

#11 Bartlett Cove Campground, Alaska


The beautiful Bartlett Cove Campground is located in the heart of Glacier Bay National Park. While this location is undoubtedly off the beaten path, returning visitors agree that the campgrounds are well worth the extra effort required to reach it. While Alaska is somewhat remote and secluded, it is undeniably one of the more rewarding travel destinations in the United States. This location is even more recommended if you enjoy kayaking and hiking. There are many animals to see here, including elk, grizzly bears, wolves, and even humpback whales.

#12 Bear Rocks, West Virginia

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You should be prepared to hike a short distance to reach this cool campground. The farther you set up camp, the more secluded it will be. Because of its location on a high-altitude plateau with boulders and grassy meadows, travelers who have camped here say it feels like they are in the Canadian wilderness. The difference here is that you can see the magnificent Allegheny Mountains in the distance. It’s an absolutely breathtaking view. If you decide to hike the entire nearly 12-mile trail, you’ll have several backcountry campsites and established campgrounds to choose from.

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