It's not too late to plan a stellar camping trip. Of course, it helps to know which national parks are the best for the type of camping trip you have in mind. Start thinking about sleeping beneath the stars and check out the best national parks for your summer camping trip with friends or family.
1. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is a national park and a national treasure. This expansive park extends into parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The good news is that you can find thousands of campsites here. There are 300 extra sites that are ideal for experienced campers looking for truly rugged overnight stays.
2. Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park offers several camping areas. However, this place is one of the most popular spots for camping in America. That means that planning ahead is very important.
3. Yosemite National Park
Enjoy some California vibes as you take in amazing wilderness views inside Yosemite. The nice thing about camping in Yosemite is that you can pair your outdoor adventure with a stop in San Francisco or tours of California's top vineyards. Just keep in mind that spots inside Yosemite Valley need to be booked ahead of time.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park isn't as famous as some of the other big parks in the country. However, those who know it well cannot get enough of it. Features like restrooms, picnic tables and easy access to trails from Bryce's Sunset Campground make this spot very popular among big groups and travelers with kids. It's perfectly fine to show up with your tent. However, this spot is famous for attracting RV owners.
5. Assateague Island National Seashore
Beautiful Assateague in Maryland is famous because it is home to a tribe of wild ponies. Do you really need to know anything else about this majestic spot? Keep in mind that campsites need to be booked in advance and competition can be tight.
6. Joshua Tree National Park
Camp in the desert inside this iconic park. Both tent campers and RVs are welcomed here. Sleeping under the desert sky is just the beginning. A beautiful world of trails opens up once the sun comes up.
7. Acadia National Park
Beautiful Acadia is a perfect spot for summer camping because of Maine's notoriously beautiful and cool summers. Blackwoods, Seawall and Schoodic Woods are beloved campgrounds that many visitors return to year after year. Hiking and water sports can be enjoyed when you're not basking in the beauty of your campsite.
8. Isle Royale National Park
There is nothing more beautiful than a Michigan summer. The fun twist to Isle Royale is that the park's campgrounds can only be accessed by foot or watercraft. That makes this a perfect spot for real nature lovers.