7 of the Most Scenic Places to Camp

Take a road trip across America, and you’ll find beautiful sights in every state.

One of the best things about RVing is that there are so many scenic places to camp. Nature lovers can enjoy the fresh air, glorious mountains, and clear lakes and streams during a camping trip.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Not only can you park your RV in these picturesque locations, you can also enjoy plenty of picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, and other activities in the great wide wilderness. From the Pacific to the Atlantic and from the Canadian Rockies to the Gulf of Mexico, your perfect outdoor camping trip awaits.

While many of these parks have distinct, built-up camping grounds to choose from with running water and electricity for RV parking (great for road trips), more experienced outdoors people can also find plenty of locations for backcountry camping where they can really rough it.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Badlands National Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Take a look at some of the amazing campsites, and don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure—and your camera.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park has 500 miles of trails, including an eight-mile hike up Old Rag Mountain that’s a must-do for avid hikers, this glorious park gives you plenty of lush views of forest and waterfalls. It’s open in the spring, summer, and fall and has four campgrounds to choose from.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Don’t underestimate the beauty of the Badlands. The climate may be rough, but it’s still gorgeous. Between the many rock formations you’ll see there, you’ll also find prairies and places to peak at ancient fossils. There are two choices of campgrounds: Cedar Pass (with amenities like running water and electricity) and Sage Creek (with no running water but you can often see bison wandering around).

Arches National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Arches National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Arches National Park, Utah

One of the most popular trails, the Delicate Arch Trail, takes you on an amazing hike full of photo opportunities. The park only has one campground, The Devils Garden, which has 50 campsites, but there are numerous other places to camp nearby in the Moab area.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

There’s no place like the Grand Canyon for stunning views. Reservations are recommended for two of the three developed campgrounds during the summer. While the South Rim is easier to reach, it does get crowded. For a more secluded stay, drive to the North Rim, if you don’t mind having a little harder time getting there.

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Joshua Tree State Park, California

There are a number of campgrounds located in the park, including Jumbo Rocks, known for its big boulder rocks that shelter sites from the wind. But you can also choose between the park’s 124 sites among its 800,000 acres, which are all first-come, first-serve. Plenty of options to see the park’s namesake, the Mojave Desert native Joshua tree.

Sequoia National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sequoia National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sequoia and Kings National Parks, California

Want to see some of the biggest trees in North America. Look no further than these national parks. Set up camp among the 14 main campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Most campgrounds are first come, first served, but you can make reservations up to six months in advance.

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Custer State Park in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota is full of lush forests, quiet and serene meadows, and majestic mountains. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park’s 71,000 acres of mountains, hills, and prairie, which they share with a wealth of wildlife including pronghorn antelope, elk, white-tailed and mule deer, big horn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, wild turkeys, a band of burros, and whole towns of adorable prairie dogs.

Custer State Park campgrounds offer a variety of scenic sites. Set up camp along a flowing stream, in the midst of pine forest, or near a mountain lake. The choice is yours! Each campsite has a gravel or paved camping pad, a fire grate, and picnic table. Electric hookups are available in most campgrounds.

Worth Pondering…

Stuff your eyes with wonder…live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

—Ray Bradbury

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