10 Best National Parks for Camping

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    Canyonlands National Park in Utah

    Canyonlands is Utah's largest national park and a great place to explore the rugged desert outdoors of the Moab area. Base yourself at the Willow Flat campground at the Island in the Sky to see what might be the state's prettiest sunset spot at Green Willow Overlook.

    Photo courtesy of Rob Lee

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    Glacier National Park in Montana

    When it comes to backcountry camping, it doesn't get much better than Glacier National Park in Montana. When you're not catching some Zs in an alpine meadow, you'll have more than 700 miles of trail to explore. For convenient family camping, check out the peaceful Two Medicine campground.

    Photo courtesy of Gabriel Amadeus

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    Yosemite National Park in California

    Even if you're not planning to conquer El Capitan -- at least not this year -- you'll still enjoy Yosemite's waterfalls, meadows and granite cliffs from one of its 13 campgrounds. It's also one of the best options for RV camping with 10 RV-accommodating sites.

    Photo courtesy of Nimish Gogri

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    Olympic National Park in Washington

    Whether you prefer resting your head in a wooded grove, temperate rainforest or perched atop a coastal cliff, you'll find it in Olympic National Park. For amazing views over the Pacific Ocean, check out the stunning Kalaloch campground. Watch the sun set over the water, let the waves lull you to sleep and warm up in the morning at the nearby Kalaloch Lodge.

    Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek

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    Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

    Camping within one of the United State's most spectacular mountain ranges -- Grand Teton -- makes for an unforgettable experience. With seven campgrounds dotting the relatively small park, you can pretty much pick your view, whether it be lakeside at the Signal Mountain Campground or enjoying views of the Tetons at Lizard Creek.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Land

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    Kings Canyon National Park in California

    If you want to enjoy the Sierra Nevada mountain range without the crowds of Yosemite, head into the wilds of Kings Canyon National Park. Camp beneath the giant sequoia trees with easy access to the park's many hiking trails from Sunset campground, or for those willing to backpack in, head to the remote campsite in Redwood Canyon.

    Photo courtesy of Peretz Partensky

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    Big Bend National Park in Texas

    Texas may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think about national parks, but Big Bend packs a big bang when it comes to sheer natural beauty. Making the drive into the middle of nowhere, Texas will be well worth it when you're sleeping under the stars, surrounded by cliffs at the Chisos Basin campground.

    Photo courtesy of daveynin

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    Acadia National Park in Maine

    Camping at the first national park east of the Mississippi River -- Acadia National Park -- is a joy year-round, but autumn sees the park at its most colorful when the leaves begin to turn. Whenever you choose to visit, you'll be surrounded by beautiful evergreen forest with plenty of biking and hiking trails to enjoy when you're not relaxing at your campsite.

    Photo courtesy of David Goehring

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy and quickly bid farewell to the United States for good. She's traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

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