For outdoor enthusiasts and those who love camping, this country’s National Park system provides a treasure trove of amazing places to visit. Whether you like to climb rocks, hike trails, kayak rivers, or just take in the beauty of nature, you can’t go wrong with these top 13 destinations.
1. Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming
America’s first national park is perfect for every outdoor enthusiast. Watch the geysers; enjoy the wildlife, hike, fish, and camp in one of the 2,000 campsites.
2. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park features over 1,000,000 acres of natural wonder. Enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful scenery by hiking, biking, rafting, riding, and exploring.
3. Glacier National Park in Montana
If you love to hike, this is the spot for you featuring more than 700 miles of trails and gorgeous scenery. With more than 1,000 campsites, every camper can find just the right location for their vacation.
4. Yosemite National Park in California
With rock walls, rivers, hiking trails, and waterfalls, there is so much to do in Yosemite that you may need to stay an extra week.
5. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina
With more than 800 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of diverse wildlife, this national park is the most visited in the country.
6. Acadia National Park in Maine
Called a “camper’s paradise” this national park has more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, over 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a variety of hiking opportunities for all skill levels.
7. Joshua tree National Park in California
Located where the Colorado Desert meets the Mojave Desert, this camping destination offers ten mountains over 5,000 feet and is a popular rock climbing destination for rock-climbing enthusiasts.
8. Olympic National Park in Washington
Where else in the U.S. can you visit a rainforest, mountainous terrain, and the beach all in the same place. You may even be able to do a little whale watching without even having to leave the shore.
9. Zion National Park in UTAH
Hike up to Kolob Arch, one of the longest natural arches in the world, and stay the night in one of the many campsites before exploring other parts of the park like the deep underground passages of The Subway.
10. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Camp under the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains and spend your days hiking and enjoying the stunning scenery.
11. Badlands National Park in South Dakota
For an outdoor adventure of a completely different kind, pick one of the park’s two campgrounds and spend days looking for fossils and the nights looking at the stars.
12. Everglades National Park in Florida
Perfect for camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking, the 2,400 square mile park has something for everyone.
13. Denali National Park in Alaska
A hiker’s dream, this park has six campgrounds and provides permits for backcountry camping. Comprised of more than 6 million acres, hikers of all skill levels will enjoy exploring this natural wonder.