The Best Campsite in Every State
Looking for a perfect place to pitch your tent or roll up your RV? Check out these stunners in every state in America.
Alabama: Gulf State Park
If you love the water, Gulf State Park has several options for keeping you cool—its own swimming pool, several campsites that sit right along Middle Lake, and a killer location just a mile from the powder-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re not a big fan of camping, these glamping vacation ideas might win you over.
Alaska: K’esugi Ken Campground
This campsite, located within the 325,240 acres of Denali State Park, offers stunning views of the highest peak in the United States from several of its campsites. K’esugi Ken’s campgrounds are nicely spaced out to offer privacy, have electrical hookups for RVs (not a common thing among Denali sites), and access to the new Curry Ridge Trail, where you can get wow-worthy looks at the mountains—and may even run into moose and bears.
Arizona: North Rim Campground
If you want to camp the Grand Canyon, the North Rim Campground lets you enjoy one of America’s natural wonders without braving the South Rim crowds. The spacious campsites are nestled among ponderosa pines and aspens, and many have views of the canyon, just a mile’s hike from the campground. While you can rough it, nearby amenities include showers, laundry services, and a general store.
Arkansas: Petit Jean State Park
The first state park in Arkansas is this wooded wonder, with Petit Jean Mountain as its centerpiece. No matter what your camping style, you can do it here—a 24-room lodge with a restaurant for the glampers, 33 cabins and four yurts for families or groups, and slots for RVs and tents. The campsite has lavish amenities, including two pools, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.
California: AutoCamp Yosemite
If your idea of camping it isn’t exactly roughing it, the AutoCamp may be just your speed. Billed as “the spirit of camping with the comfort of a luxury hotel,” these campsites (in Yosemite and also among the redwoods on the Russian River or near Santa Barbara) offer the options of luxury tents, decked out Airstream trailers or cabins. Most come outfitted with Tempur-pedic beds, spa-inspired bathrooms stocked with specialty bath and beauty products, and even TVs in some accommodations. And did we mention the wine tastings and yoga? No surprise, here, Yosemite is home to one of the 15 wow-worthy campsites to add to your bucket list.
Colorado: Steamboat Lake State Park
A spectacular view of Hahn’s Peak is just one of the selling points of this scenic campsite, which offers cabins, RV hookups, and a marina if a boat’s more your speed. With year-round camping, you can enjoy winter sports like snowshoeing and ice fishing. And you’re just a short drive away from Steamboat Springs, if you feel the need to get back to city life.
Connecticut: Nature’s Campsites
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Located in the middle of Pachaug State Forest, the largest woods in Connecticut, this nearly 50-year-old campground has a little something for everyone in it—including a pool, basketball courts, paintball fields, and Wi-Fi. If you don’t have an RV or tent, rent one of their cabins—or the adorable 1928 caboose that offers all the comforts of home, including its own kitchen and air conditioning.
Delaware: Delaware Seashore State Park
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It’s all about location, location, location at this stellar state park campsite, located on a small strip of barrier island along the Delaware coast, right between two of Delaware’s best beaches, Rehoboth and Bethany. The campgrounds offer beach access with a lifeguard on duty during the summer, free naturalist programs and tours, and Mobi-Mat equipment, which makes the beach accessible to people with wheelchairs.
Florida: Manatee Springs State Park
Head to this spring that feeds the Suwannee River during the cooler months, and you may catch a glimpse of the namesake aquatic animal keeping cozy in the 72-degree water. Scuba diving and snorkeling are allowed in the springs, along with canoeing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Camping newbies can rent the equipment on-site at the state park.
Georgia: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Explore natural wonder Okefenokee Swamp at Stephen C. Foster State Park, where you’ll get a glimpse of alligators, turtles, and bears during the day, and a glittering star show in the dark sky at night. The campground offers pontoon boat tours, or canoe and kayak rentals so you can set out on your own. Cabins are available to rent, alongside the traditional campsites.