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7 Beautiful Campgrounds for Your Bucket List

We have looked around the net, read user forums, comments, and reviews in search of best camping sites to go. The following seven parks raise to top among others all around the country.

1. The Grand Canyon is a true bucket list destination. The area’s most accessible campground features tent and RV camping. This is the kind of place you’ll still be talking about months perhaps years later.

2. Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations, located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park. Being only about 2 hours away from Los Angeles and with just only first-come-first-served sites you’ll want to arrive early.

3. At Bartlett Cove Camp in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, you will be camping where a glacier once stood. With endless trails to hike and waterways to kayak this place is a quick reminder of why Alaska still remains as the Final Frontier.

4. If your bucket list starts with Grand Canyon, it is not complete if it does not include the White River Campground located within Mount Rainier National Park of Washington State. This campground features tranquil campsites around the White River, a glacial river filled with salmon and trout. This site is ideal for fly fishermen and backpackers looking for a picturesque basecamp.

5. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not a widely known outside Midwest for its top nature sites. Set among deep pine forests along the banks of the Little Beaver Lake campground is a rare beauty within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. For boaters, there’s a boat ramp to launch your watercraft towards adventure, and for land lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails too.

6. The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area covers well over 900,000 acres across both Montana and Wyoming, making it near impossible to pick just a single campsite among the endless possibilities sharing the view and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The area offers great hiking trails and alpine lakes nestled between mountain ranges. Just don’t forget to pack the Grizzly-strength bear spray.

7. Acadia National Park is only one of many beautiful camping areas in Maine. Here you’ll find hiking trails where the hills meet the Ocean, calm seas to canoe, and historic towns to explore. The area is a hallmark of New England and the rest of the northeast cost of the country.

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Yosemite Lower Pines Campground


Yosemite lower pines campground is located on the east end of Yosemite Valley. Many of the campsites in Yosemite Valley are quite close together and are situated among tall pine trees in several different loops. However you can find a few sites with some privacy. The scenery of the Yosemite Valley definitely can’t be beat. And its close proximity to great hiking trails, Curry Village, and the Merced River make this a great spot for someone who wants to be in the heart of the action that Yosemite offers.

You may be surprised to learn that bears and deer’s do often frequent the lower pines campground. For this reason it is essential that you store all food in the bear locker situated on the site. Each site comes with a picnic table, food locker, and fire ring. There is also nearby bathrooms with flush toilets and potable water. The sites are open from March through October depending on the weather. There are approximately 60 tent campsites. Each campsite costs $20 a night and up to six people are allowed per site. Unfortunately no pets are allowed.

There are several wheelchair accessible campsites. These are numbers 7,13 14, 18 and 20. In addition there are two group campsites that can accommodate 7 to 12 people as well as a double campsite that holds up to 12. You can find showers nearby at the Housekeeping Camp or in Curry Village. If you have an RV or trailer you can find a dump station in camp. RVs up to 40 feet in length as well as trailers up to 35 feet are welcome at Lower Pines Campground.

Reservations for campsites are available online and are recommended for about five months in advance.

Number of Campsites: 60 + 3 group sites
Location: Yosemite Valley, close to Curry Village
Elevation: 4000 ft
Max People Per Site: 6 people per site
Facilities: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Grocery Store: Yosemite Village & Curry Village
Showers: Housekeeping Camp & Curry Village
Pets: No pets allowed
Trailers and RV’s: Up to 35 ft  in tent sites for trailers, RVs up to 40ft
Open: Approx. March through October
Reservations: Required
Cost: $20 tent sites
Phone: (209)372-0200

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground Yosemite

The Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite is located on the Tioga Road at an elevation of 8600 feet. The high elevation of this campground means it’s only open from July through late September. The opening and closing date is approximate and depends on the weather. To find the campground you can drive the last 7 miles from the Tioga Pass entrance on the Tioga Pass Road also known as California Highway 120.

The campsites at Tuolumne Meadows are bigger than most Yosemite campsites and have beautiful surroundings. Most sites are shaded by pine trees. You can see popular Cathedral, Lembert and Unicorn peaks nearby. There are multiple hiking excursions available from the campground including a climb up to Lembert Dome. This hike goes to an altitude of 9450 feet and takes about 3 miles round trip. There is also a gentle hike to nearby Parsons Lodge, as well as a hike to Elizabeth Lake.

Half of the Tuolumne Meadows Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. The other half of the sites are online reservation only. Tuolumne Meadows campsites cost $20 per night with a maximum of six people per site. Seven group campsites are available for 13 to 30 people at a cost of $40 a night. There are also four horse sites available at a cost of $25 per night. In total there are 304 campsites available plus the group and horse sites. Every campsite has a picnic table, bear locker, and fire ring. There’s also potable water nearby as well as bathrooms with flushing toilets.

While visiting this campsite I’ve had many bear sightings. I’ve personally witnessed bears tearing campsites apart in their search for food. It’s very important to always store your food in a bear locker to avoid unwanted bear aggression and loss of property. I’ve noticed this site can also have a big mosquito problem. Make sure to bring clothing that can protect you from mosquitoes, as well as bug repellent to help ward off the bulk of them.

Map of Tuolumne Meadows

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground
Number of Campsites: 304 (plus 7 group sites and 4 horse sites)
Location: Tioga Road at Tuolumne Meadows
Elevation: 8,600 ft
Max People Per Site: 6 people per site
Facilities: Yes
Dump station: West of Campsite
Grocery Store: Tuolumne Meadows store
Showers: In Yosemite Valley
Pets: Allowed in regular sites
Trailers and RV’s: Up to 35 ft  in tent sites, no trailers in group sites, 27 ft limit for horse sites
Open: Approx. July through late September
Reservations: Yes for 1/2 the sites
Cost: $20 tent sites, $25 horse sites, $40 for group sites
Phone: 877/444-6777

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Wawona Campground Yosemite


The Wawona Campground in Yosemite is located at the southern end of the National Park. There are 93 Wawona campsites available. The campsites are spread out along the the South Fork of the Merced River. Many sites offer beautiful views and immediate access to the river. You can swim and fish from many of the campsites.

Each campsite contains a picnic table, their locker and fire ring. There are nearby bathrooms with flushing toilets, potable water, and a small grocery store close by. Showers can be found in Yosemite Valley. There is also a dump station located on Forest drive east of water during the summer. The Campground can accommodate RVs, or trailers up to 35 feet in length.

Wawona campgrounds is open all year, and they accept reservations online from around April through September. Campsites are on a first come first served basis from October through March. There are also horse site reservations available around April through September depending on the weather.

The cost of a Wawona campsites is $20 per night with a maximum of six people per site during the peak season. From October through April the campsite costs $14. Group campsites of 13 to 30 people are available for $40 per night. There are one group and two horse campsites available.

Overall, Wawona Campground is a beautiful spot with access to some great nearby hiking locations. The Mariposa Grove is an area of giant Sequoia trees which can be hiked to from Wawona on a 6 mile trail. Many of the trees are over 2000 years old and absolutely massive. There’s also a nearby hike to Chilnaulna falls which is a secret spot and not widely known.

The elevation of Wawona Campground is 4000 feet. You can make reservations by calling 877/444-6777. You can also get more information on the Yosemite National Park Service website located here.


Wawona Campground
Campsites: 93 tent, 1 group, and 2 horse campsites
Location: 25 miles to the south-west of Yosemite Village
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Max People Per Site: 6
Facilities: Bathrooms with flush toilets, potable water, picnic table, bear locker, and fire pit
Dump station: Located in nearby Forest drive (summer only)
Grocery Store: Located in nearby Wawona
Showers: No
Pets: Allowed
Wheelchair Access: Yes (campsites #69, and 70)
Trailers and RV’s: Yes under 35 feet
Open: All Year
Reservations: Needed April-September. Oct-Mar first come
Cost: $20 a night April-October – $14 off season, group site $40
Phone: 877/444-6777

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Clifford Kamph Memorial County Park

Located near the Oregon border the Clifford Kamph Memorial County Park has a great oceanfront location. The campsite sits on a sandy beach with additional campsites on a nearby hill. The campground features some trees and excellent fishing. Fishermen can commonly catch perch, rockfish, and cod fish.

There are a total of 12 tent campsites with a fee per night of ten dollars. Clifford Kamph Memorial County Park is located on the West side off U.S. Highway 101, 3 miles south of the Oregon border, and 4.8 miles North of Smith River. Pets kept on a leash are welcome.

For more information about this campground contact Dell Norte County Parks Department at:

840 9th Street, Suite 11
Crescent City, CA 95531

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