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22 Best Places To Camp In 2022

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Nov 16, 2022 #Camp, #Places

Reservations for “glamping” sites have more than doubled between 2021 and 2022 according to Campspot, the leading online campground marketplace. Whether you’re into glamping in a cabin, roughing it in a tent, or being surrounded by all the comforts of home in an RV, Campspot’s top camping destinations of 2022 have something for you.

Mountain Aire Resort campground in Banff
Mountain Aire Resort

1. Banff, Alberta, Canada

Mountain Aire Resort

From majestic mountains to turquoise glacier-fed lakes, Banff is one of the most scenic national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Hiking, rafting, and climbing are all great ways to explore this unconquered territory. Mountain Aire Resort is just a couple of hours away, offering access to fishing, ATV trails, wildlife watching, and more.

Woodland Park Campground in Grand Marais, MI
Woodland Park Campground

2. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan Upper Peninsula

Woodland Park Campground In Grand Marais, MI

Pristine Lake Superior beaches and over 100 miles of hiking trails await at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The national shoreline is named for its vibrant multi-colored sandstone cliffs, some of which feature waterfalls like Spray Falls. See it on a Pictured Rocks Cruises boat tour, enjoy the scenery by foot, or take in Michigan’s serene Upper Peninsula by kayak.

Close to downtown Grand Marais on the shores of Lake Superior, Woodland Park Campground makes for a great home base. Watch the sunrise or set over the water — Campspot says “it’s the view that keeps people coming back year after year.”

Campbell Cove RV Resort & Campground
Campbell Cove RV Resort & Campground

3. Hocking Hills, Ohio

Campbell Cove RV Resort & Campground

Home to caves and waterfalls, Hocking Hills State Park makes for some super scenic hiking. Campspot says Old Man’s Cave can be reached by “crossing bridges, hiking past a swirling pool of water called Devil’s Bathtub, and climbing a narrow set of stairs carved into the rock.”

Campbell Cove RV Resort & Campground is surrounded by tall pines by beautiful Lake Logan. The family-friendly campground offers seasonal sites, RV sites, tent camping, and rental cabins in a beautiful natural setting. It’s also conveniently located close to Hocking Hills attractions, such as Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, and Cedar Falls, as well as restaurants, wineries, and distilleries. 

Hadley’s Point Campground
Hadley’s Point Campground

4. Acadia National Park, Maine

Hadley’s Point Campground

Spanning more than 47,000 acres, Acadia National Park is known as the “crown jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.” One of the most popular national parks in the U.S., more than 2 million visitors come to Acadia to bike, hike, birdwatch, swim, stargaze, and boat in the summer, while the winter brings hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and ice fishermen.

Just minutes from Acadia National Park and the popular seaside town of Bar Harbor, Hadley’s Point Campground offers quiet, family-friendly digs where you can stay in a cabin, tent, or RV amid the pines.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Glen Ellis
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Glen Ellis

5. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Glen Ellis

Bordering New Hampshire and Maine, White Mountain National Forest draws millions of visitors every year. Boasting the highest elevation in the northeastern U.S., this area is home to world-class leaf-peeping, skiing, hiking, and camping.

Conveniently located near the towns and villages of Mt. Washington Valley, Jellystone Park is an outdoorsy paradise with a “vast number of scenic hiking trails (some even have hidden swimming holes and underground caves),” according to Campspot. Campground amenities include a pool and an ice cream bar.

Peters Pond RV Resort in Sandwich, MA
Peters Pond RV Resort

6. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Peters Pond RV Resort In Sandwich, MA

Known for beautiful beaches, quaint little towns and villages, fresh seafood, and lighthouses, Cape Cod is a relaxing summertime haven. The Cape’s pristine peninsula also features golf courses, charming history, and three coasts to choose from.

Situated along a spring-fed pond, Peters Pond RV Resort offers a serene environment if you want to get away from it all. But, there’s also plenty of onsite activities, such as softball, horseshoes, volleyball, and bocce ball to keep guests entertained.

Covered wagon sits outside of Frontier Town Campground
Sun Outdoors Frontier Town

7. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Sun Outdoors Frontier Town In Berlin, MD

Famous for wild horses, Assateague Island is an Atlantic barrier island located off the eastern coast of Maryland and Virginia. At 37 miles long (but never more than a mile wide), the small strip of land is considered one of the best beaches on the entire East Coast. Lack of human development makes for an abundance of wildlife, including marsh and coastal birds. Search for seashells, explore sand dunes, and check out the picturesque Assateague lighthouse. Campspot recommends visiting “the island during sunset for a truly colorful and surreal experience.”

Only 8 miles away from the Assateague Island National Seashore entrance, you’ll find Sun Outdoors Frontier Town in Berlin, MD. Formerly known as Frontier Town RV Resort & Campground, the Western-themed campground doubles as a theme park and water park. It also features a marina, fishing, jet ski rentals, an onsite restaurant, and mini-golf.

Aerial view of Florida campground on the ocean
Sun Outdoors Marathon

8. Key West, Florida

Sun Outdoors Marathon In Marathon, FL

Sparkling white sand beaches, sinking sunsets, and key lime pie are all synonymous with Key West. Sunsets are so stellar here that the island celebrates sundown every evening on Mallory Square. The southernmost point in the U.S. also sports historic sites, unique architecture, lively nightlife, and quite a culinary scene.

An hour away from downtown Key West, Sun Outdoors Marathon sits along the Gulf of Mexico’s blue waters. In addition to camping, this quiet paradise offers secluded waterfront access, boat slips, and a private marina.

Ozark Farms

9. The Ozarks

Ozark Farms Family Campground & RV Park In Rolla, MO

Filled with important history, beautiful scenery, diverse attractions, local treasures, and fun things to see and do The Ozarks, aka the Ozark Mountains, meander through Missouri, making their way down to northern Arkansas. Hiking is one of the best ways to appreciate its woodlands, limestone bluffs, and caves.

Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Ozark Farms offers peace and quiet in the great outdoors. Fugitive Beach and Meramec Springs State Park are nearby, while Onondaga Cave State Park is only a 40-minute drive.

Tiny Cabin, glamping experience at Camp Fimfo
Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country

10. Texas Hill Country

Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country In New Braunfels, TX

West of Austin and north of San Antonio, Texas Hill Country is where you can find Fredericksburg, wineries, Enchanted Rock Natural State Area, and plenty of bluebonnets in the spring. It’s also home to New Braunfels, which features the award-winning Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark & Resort, floatable rivers, and a brand new camping experience.

Located along the Guadalupe River, Camp Fimfo puts the ‘glam’ in glamping. This fun campground boasts a swim-up bar, outdoor movies, water slides, and more!

Aerial view of Airstream at Roadrunner Travelers Campground
Roadrunner Travelers

11. Big Bend National Park, Texas

Roadrunner Travelers Campground In Terlingua, TX

Speaking of Texas adventures, Big Bend National Park is chock-full of them! From hiking and backpacking to river trips through deep canyons and dirt road adventures, Big Bend adventures know no end. Don’t forget the awe-inspiring views, brilliant star-gazing, and camping!

Stay at Roadrunner Travelers in the lively ghost town Terlingua, just a short drive away from the park. This Chihuahuan desert oasis features excellent views of Bee Mountain from each camp spot, access to hiking, and a dog park.

View of campground entrance mountain in the background at Aplen Rose RV Park
Alpen Rose RV Park

12. Four Corners (UT/CO/AZ/NM)

Alpen Rose RV Park In Durango, CO

Named for where four states meet, Four Corners’ rich history and protected lands draw visitors to the Southwest. To the east is Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, where what remains of the Ancestral Puebloans stand. Tour the cliff dwellings of a civilization that lived on the Colorado Plateau for hundreds of years. It’s also one of the best stargazing spots in the country. Also to the east, San Juan National Forest is home to some of the most stunning hikes in Colorado.

West, you’ll find Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where you can boat Lake Powell, hike and drive the canyons and mountains, and check out Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Canyonlands National Park also lies to the west of Four Corners. One of the big five national parks in Utah, its 527 square miles feature a colorful landscape of canyons, arches, buttes, rivers, and mesas.

Durango, CO is about an hour and a half from Four Corners Monument (where you can get your picture in four states at once). Here you can stay at Alpen Rose RV Park in the peaceful Animas River Valley surrounded by stunning red rock cliffs. Note the RV part — this campground only has full hook-up sites.

Cabin accommodation with tree in back at Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground
Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground

13. Moab, Utah

Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground In Moab, UT

Located in eastern Utah, Moab is surrounded by natural beauty, rugged landscapes, and national and state parks that are ideal for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The terrain is a product of erosion, with softer rock yielding to water and wind, leaving behind arches, striated canyon walls, hoodoos, and towering monuments.

Moab is a good central location for those looking to explore Canyonlands and Arches national parks. Campspot recommends Moab’s Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground. Its pool allows campers to sunbathe or swim while surrounded by red rocks. Guests can also hike around the property. Choose to stay in one of the tent sites, pull-thru RV sites, or cabin rentals.

Glamping tents next to large rock formation at KitFox
KitFox

14. Santa Fe, New Mexico

KitFox In Lamy, NM

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and drenched with sunshine, Santa Fe offers something for everyone. Whether you are an art lover, history buff, outdoor adventurer, or foodie, you’ll find plenty to see, do, and eat in this high-altitude capital city about an hour north of Albuquerque.

In close proximity to the city, KitFox offers high desert glamping at its finest. From hiking and fishing to offroading and horseback riding, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had. KitFox launched last year and has yet to release its Spring 2022 calendar for nightly stays.

Campground view of RV and large tree at Rancho Sedona RV Park
Rancho Sedona RV Park

15. Sedona, Arizona

Rancho Sedona RV Park In Sedona, AZ

Nearly 3 million tourists flock to Sedona each year to hike, mountain bike, bask in energy from the area’s world-famous vortexes and dine in restaurants in spectacular settings. This upscale resort town has several must-see spots in addition to gorgeous red sandstone formations, Rancho Sedona RV Park offers a peaceful desert setting to relax and unwind. Sedona has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, but shaded RV sites are canopied by grand sycamore and cottonwood trees. Mountain bike, hike, and fish on premises, or walk to nearby galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Man in hammock outside an airstream in the desert
Ride Out Ranch

16. Saguaro National Park, Arizona 

Ride Out Ranch In Florence, AZ

Named for the giant cacti it protects, Saguaro National Park is comprised of two areas separated by the city of Tucson: the Red Hills Tucson Mountain District (aka Saguaro West) and the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East). Take in the park’s iconic southwestern landscape via scenic drive or hiking trails.

Just an hour north of Saguaro National Park, Ride Out Ranch offers scenic desert views in Florence, AZ. In addition to full-hookup RV sites, The ranch features primitive camping areas and four shed-sized “tiny homes.” It’s called Ride Out Ranch because campers are encouraged to bring along their horses to stay in the partially covered horse stalls and take on the endless trails right outside the gates.

RV parked at Jim & Mary’s RV Park in Missoula, MT
Jim & Mary’s RV Park

17. Missoula, Montana

Jim & Mary’s RV Park In Missoula, MT

A college town on the scenic western side of the state, Missoula, Montana, has the best of both worlds. Minutes from the city, you’ve got solitude, nature, and adventure while still being close to funky local shops, a unique music scene, and plenty of eateries. White water raft the famous Alberton Gorge, or explore the city via its system of trails. Bonus: Yellowstone and Glacier National Park are both an easy day’s drive away. 

Nestled in the heart of Missoula, just 10 minutes from downtown, is Jim & Mary’s RV Park. This well-manicured family-owned campground also features a made-in-Montana gift shop.

Campers picnic next to Airstream at Elkamp Eastcreek campground In Mineral, WA
Elkamp Eastcreek

18. Mt Rainier National Park, Washington

Elkamp Eastcreek In Mineral, WA

The tallest peak in Washington State and in the Cascade Mountain Range of the Pacific Northwest, Mount Rainier stands 14,411 feet above sea level and is home to the most glaciers in the country. Five major rivers originate at its glaciers, subalpine meadows surround its icy peaks, and old-growth forests cover its lower slopes. Mount Rainier National Park strives to preserve this unique and diverse ecosystem. The best way to experience its towering forests, crystal-clear alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, and world-famous wildflower meadows is by hiking through it all.

A 15-minute drive from the Nisqually Gate entrance (the only one that’s open year-round) Elkamp Eastcreek lies among the trees at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Just a couple hours away from Seattle and Portland, its park-like grounds are the perfect place to stay during your Western Cascade getaway.

Aerial view of campground next to river with RVs parked
Gorge Base Camp

19. Hood River, Oregon

Gorge Base Camp In White Salmon, WA

Hood River is situated between the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Range. Scenic hiking and biking trails and waterways display the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. Skiing, kiteboarding, and windsurfing are popular sports here. It’s also home to some of the region’s best wineries, craft breweries, and farm-to-table restaurants.

Although Gorge Base Camp overlooks the Oregon town of Hood River, it is located on the Washington side of Columbia River Gorge. Tent and RV sites are available.

Pool, hot tub, and cabanas at Sun Outdoors San Diego Bat in CA
Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay

20. San Diego, California

Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay In Chula Vista, CA

From white-sand beaches to fantastic restaurants, sunny San Diego offers so much to see and do. Head downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter and sing your heart out at The Shout! House dueling piano bar. Drive over to Coronado and have a drink at the Hotel del Coronado as you watch the sunset over the Pacific.

Southern California’s newest, upscale resort, Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay is on San Diego Bay in nearby Chula Vista, right next to Living Coast Discovery Center. It has RV sites as well as cottage rentals, plus amazing onsite amenities. The pool has private cabanas, there’s an arcade and outdoor activities like pickleball, a market, and onsite eateries.

Aerial view of sunset at Indian Wells RV Resort in Indio, CA
Indian Wells RV Resort

21. Palm Springs, California

Indian Wells RV Resort In Indio, CA 

Speaking of SoCal escapes, Palm Springs is just a couple of hours away from Los Angeles and San Diego. This posh resort town is home to quirky historic hotels, the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the world, creative cuisine, and stunning natural landscapes. Its boutique hotels, luxurious resorts, and vacation rentals can cost a pretty penny though, so why not try camping in the charming nearby town of Indio?

Just half an hour from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Wells RV Resort offers mesmerizing mountain views. No RV? No problem! In addition to 300 RV sites, one- and two-bedroom vacation rentals are available. Indian Wells amenities include a pool, hot tub, clubhouse, gym, mini-golf, dog park, yoga, and more!

Aerial view of alaskan campground with RVs parked between trees
Diamond M Ranch Resort

22. Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Diamond M Ranch Resort In Kenai, AK

Dubbed “Alaska’s Playground,” the Kenai Peninsula wilderness is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s also a fishermen’s paradise, with the famed Russian River offering some of the world’s best salmon fishing. At the edge of the peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park’s landscape, carved eons ago by glacial ice, is a protected space preserving a unique blend of glaciers, marine and land wildlife, and snow-capped mountain fjords.

Situated on the bluff overlooking the famous Kenai River and Cook Inlet, between the town centers of Soldotna and Kenai, Diamond M Ranch Resort makes for a perfect home base for your Alaskan adventure with easy day trips to Seward or Homer. In addition to spacious, full hook-up RV sites, the resort offers tent sites and cute-as-can-be Main Street historical suites, designed to represent Alaska’s Last Frontier.

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