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The Best Places to Camp

October 22nd, 2013 - 10:16 AM

How About a Camping Trip?

One of the great perks of moving with U-Pack is that you can pack your stuff up and send it off in the moving truck while you take a little mini vaca in your own vehicle. And what better way to spend a few days than planning a camping trip along the way? It’s not a bad way to save money, either.

Sound like a good plan? Check out some of these really cool places to camp.

Awesome Places to Camp in the U.S.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Why go: 740 miles of hiking trails, more than 130 named lakes, some of the finest fly fishing in the country, and the well-known “Going to the Sun Road.”

Where to camp: There are 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served.

When to go: Glacier National Park is open every day of the year, but many people enjoy the off-seasons when the park is a bit quieter (fall and winter).

Lookout for: Black and grizzly bears, mountain lions.

What it costs to camp: $10-23 dollars per night during the summer season (non-refundable).

More info: Glacier National Park website


Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Why go: More than 230 miles of hiking trails including famous the Ozark Highlands Trail on 1.2 million acres, 9 developed swim sites, and the majestic Blanchard Springs Caverns (it’s a must-see!)

Where to camp: There are 320+ campsites in the forest. Each campground has its own special attraction, like being near a lake or stream, or on top of Mount Magazine (the highest point in the state).

When to go: You can visit the forest year-round. Most campsites are open year-round, but some are only open May-October.

Lookout for: Black bears, snakes, spiders, chiggers and ticks.

What it costs to camp: Camping fees vary from $4-10 per night per site. Some sites are free.

More info: Ozark-St. Francis National Forests website


Sequoyah National Forest, California

Why go: The world’s largest trees, glacier-carved canyons, world-class whitewater, six wilderness areas, and 850 miles of trails.

Where to camp: There are more than 50 campgrounds in the forest. Most campsites are first come, first served.

When to go: The forest is open year-round. The campsites on higher elevation close when the first snow starts falling, usually around October.

Lookout for: Black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and snakes.

What it costs to camp: Camping fees vary by campsite.

More info: Sequoia National Forest website

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Why go: One of the 7 wonders of the world, 1 mile deep canyon, lots of hiking trails, two areas to visit – the South Rim and North Rim.

Where to camp: You can camp at Mather Campground on the South Rim (in Grand Canyon Village) or at the North Rim Campground.

When to go: The South Rim is open year-round for camping. The North Rim campground stays open with limited services throughout the end of November or until snow closes Hwy. 67.

Lookout for: Rattlesnakes, elk, dehydration, deer, rock squirrels.

What it costs to camp: It’s strongly recommended to make reservations during spring, summer, and fall. Fees for North Rim Campgrounds are $18-25 per site per night. Fees for South Rim Campgrounds are $18 per site per night.

More info: Grand Canyon National Park website


Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Why go: 37 miles of beach, world famous wild horses, popular birding destination (over 300 species to watch).

Where to camp: Camping is only permitted on the Maryland side of Assateague (not the Virginia side). There are more than 300 campsites available.

When to go: Open year-round. October 16-April 14 are first come, first served.

Lookout for: The wild horses…they’re wild for a reason.

What it costs to camp: October 16-April 14 is $16 per night. April 15-October 15 is $20 per night.

More info: Assateague Island National Seashore website


Everglades National Park, Florida

Why go: Largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., home to 36 threatened or protected species, and covers 1.5 million acres!

Where to camp: There are 2 drive-in campgrounds – Long Pine Key Campground and Flamingo Campground.

When to go: Camping is available year-round, but the wet season (June through November) can bring about difficult conditions.

Lookout for: vultures (they’re attracted to rubber on vehicles), crocodiles, and alligators

What it costs to camp: Camp site fees vary based on location (typically $15-30 per site per night). Reservations for the Flamingo Campground are strongly recommended.

More info: Everglades National Park website

What do you think are the best places to camp?

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