Popular Camping Destinations

Alaska

Known for: Denali National Park, Alaska Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Arizona

Known for: The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the currents of the turbulent Colorado River. This canyon is a gift that transcends what we experience. Its beauty and size humble us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives. The Grand Canyon we visit today is a gift from past generations. Take time to enjoy this gift. Sit and watch the changing play of light and shadows. Wander along a trail and feel the sunshine and wind on your face. Attend a ranger program. Follow the antics of ravens soaring above the rim. Listen for the roar of the rapids far below. Savor a sunrise or sunset.

Arkansas

Known for: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

California

Known for: Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of the Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.

Colorado

Known for: Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Florida

Known for: Everglades National Park, Florida

Hawaii

Known for: Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Idaho

Known for: Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

Maine

Known for: Acadia National Park, Maine

Maryland

Known for: Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Michigan

Known for: Ludington State Park, Michigan

Minnesota

Known for: Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Montana

Known for: Glacier National Park, Montana

New Hampshire

Known for: White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

New Mexico

Known for: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico Carson National Forest, New Mexico

New York

Known for: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York

North Carolina

Known for: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Oregon

Known for: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Pennsylvania

Known for: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Known for: Congaree National Park, South Carolina

South Dakota

Known for: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Tennessee

Known for: Tennessee is calling if you wish to explore the pure beauty and amazement of the Great Smoky Mountains, enjoy the fun and family entertainment of Pigeon Forge, or hit the country music capital of the world, Nashville. Now for those Elvis fans, Graceland is you exit, and you won't want to miss it! The three stars on Tennessee’s flag represent the Grand Divisions: East, Middle and West, each with a rich heritage. West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n' roll and blues music. The heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Over in East Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bluegrass and Appalachian crafts tell quite a story.

Texas

Known for: Big Bend National Park, Texas

Wyoming

Wildlife Viewing in Yellowstone
The best times to see wild animals in summer are early morning and late evening. The Hayden Valley between Fishing Bridge and Canyon, and Pelican Creek east of Fishing Bridge are prime moose territory. Watch for bison in Hayden Valley, and waterfowl along its Yellowstone River. Watch for elk, bison, pronghorn, and coyotes in Lamar Valley, and for pronghorn in sagebrush flats near the North Entrance. Bighorn sheep frequent Mount Washburn in summer.

Known for: Yellowstone National Park, established on March 1, 1872, is the world's oldest National Park. Yellowstone is famous for hosting more than 10,000-plus hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. Yellowstone's geothermal wonders are created by one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption caused a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the parks size. We can't forget about Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful. Old Faithful erupts more frequently than any of the other big geysers and is still as spectacular as it was a century ago. Experience Old Faithful, the most popular geyser in the world, and hundreds of other geysers and hot springs. Look for bears and wolves, elk and buffalo in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys. Hiking, camping, fishing, enjoying exhibits and films, and attending Ranger-led programs are among the many ways to experience Yellowstone.

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