One of the best activities to do during the summer will always be camping. There’s just something so enjoyable about putting down the cell phones, spending time in nature, and remembering the simpler pleasures in life. And as much as we keep building and encroaching on the natural areas, there are still more incredible spots to camp in this beautiful country then we could ever visit in a lifetime! What better way to round out the summer bucket list than with a trip to one of the best campsites in the country?
Oceanside Campground, Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
If what you’re into is gentler wildlife and waking up to the sound of waves crashing, then the Oceanside Campground on Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland is your spot. Tent, RV, and trailer spots are available starting at just $30/night, nestled right on the sand of the narrow strip of land between Chincoteague Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Not only do visitors love this campsite because of its serene ocean views and seaside sunrises, but they get to share it with the island’s famous herd of wild horses. You’ll also be able to spend your days swimming, paddling the island waters, and hiking the unpaved beach trails.
Colter Bay Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
If mountains are more your thing, there’s no campsite quite like Colter Bay in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. Embrace the wilderness a bit more here, with endless hiking and biking trails through the mountains, as well as wildlife viewing. You’ll be able to catch some elk, moose, bison, and bears, among many others. Snake River winds its way through Grand Teton National Park, allowing for all the fishing and floating you can dream of. All the nature your heart can take for just around $30/night.
Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii
If you’re looking for something a bit different than any experience you’ve had before, look no further than Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui in Hawaii. You’ll have 2 different choices of campground and adventure options, one of which being the coastal Kīpahulu District and the other being the dormant volcano Summit District. Kīpahulu provides breathtaking waterfalls, sweeping ocean views, lush vegetation, and is inhabited by endangered species found nowhere else on Earth. It also offers numerous scenic hiking trails where you’ll be able to spot wildlife like sea turtles, monk seals, dolphins, seabirds and humpback whales. In the Summit Area, enjoy exploring the summit of the dormant Haleakalā volcano, watching the sun rise over the crater walls, and some of the best stargazing in the world. You can’t possibly go wrong when you choose Haleakalā National Park.