Most Scenic Campgrounds from Coast to Coast

From Atlantic to Pacific, America abounds with breathtaking scenery—and what better way to explore our nation’s beauty than an RV camping trip?

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.

Sleeping under the stars renews the spirit, and pitching a tent is a budget-friendly alternative to expensive.

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

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

Sage Creek Campground at Badlands National Park in South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sage Creek Campground at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

Don’t underestimate the beauty of the Badlands. 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).

A stay at this primitive campground offers an authentic experience of the vast Badlands. Visitors can observe bison roaming the park’s prairie landscape, which abounds with colorful buttes formed from layers of sediment.

Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park in Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park in Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park in Utah

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.

At Devils Garden Campground, visitors spend the night among the natural sandstone formations of Arches National Park. During the day, they can hike through the desert landscape, admiring the flowering cacti and juniper trees.

One of the most popular trails, the Delicate Arch Trail, takes you on an amazing hike full of photo opportunities.

 

Campground at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina

 

Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. Five miles of pristine beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet, and a 100-site campground are all part of the park’s natural allure.

Each camping site offers water and 20/30/50-amp electric service. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet; other up to 28 feet.

 

Campground at Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina

 

Edisto Beach on Edisto Island is one of four oceanfront state parks in South Carolina.
Edisto Beach State Park features trails for hiking and biking that provide a wonderful tour of the park. The park’s environmental education center is a “green” building with exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin.

Camping with water and electrical hookups is available ocean-side or near the salt marsh. Several sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Each campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.

 

Campground at Gulf State Park in Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Gulf State Park in Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Gulf State Park in Alabama

 

Gulf State Park’s two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls, and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into.

Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full-hookup campsites with paved pads and with 11 primitive sites. Tents are welcome on all sites.

 

Campground at Laura S. Walker State Park in Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Laura S. Walker State Park in Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campground at Laura S. Walker State Park in Georgia

 

Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating

The park has 64 camping sites; 44 sites offer electric utilities and accommodate RVs up to 40 feet.

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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