Curry Village, Yosemite National Park

Yes, it’s crowded. And, yes, there’s a reason: rustic tent cabins (equipped with bathrooms and running water) in the shadow of Half Dome and other majestic monuments around the famous park.

Kirk Creek Campground, Los Padres National Forest
A stunning campsite perched on a 100-foot bluff overlooking the craggy coastline of Big Sur. The setting is so picture-perfect, it’s the stuff of postcards.

Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth and Carver

Five camping areas tucked into a forest that’s dotted with pristine kettle ponds. Hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails complete the picture.

Devil’s Garden Campground, in Arches National Park

A starkly beautiful setting 5,200 feet above sea level and ringed by jagged rock outcrops with sweeping mountain views. Keep food in closed containers — foxes, deer, and ravens abound.

Coon Creek Campground, on Lake Shelbyville

Perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations. Take a walk along the water, a boat to a secluded cove, or play in the shallows with the entire clan.

New York
Chittenango Falls State Park, Cazenovia

A towering waterfall (it’s 167 feet high) is the central feature of this restful campground. Hide high in the shadows of the cascade by day; fall asleep to its rhythm by night.

Salthouse Branch, Henry, on Philpott Lake

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it offers camping on an undeveloped island. Wake in the morning to watch the fog lift from the lake.

Colorado River State Park, Clifton

Fishing, sightseeing, picnic spots, and public swimming. In the winter (the campground is open all year), eagles swoop through the skies.

Brevort Lake Campground, Moran

Heavily wooded campgrounds, all with easy access to the lake. Flush toilets and a camp store nearby.

Winhall Brook Campground, Jamaica

More than 100 campsites tucked along a beautiful brook in the Green Mountains. You’ll see other campers around, but it still feels like a rural escape.

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— J.S.