Top 10 Most Beautiful Campgrounds in the United States-Panergy

by Regina Wu
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Top 10 Most Beautiful Campgrounds in the United States-Panergy

Lonely Planet has selected 9 of the most beautiful campgrounds in the United States, some of which are off the beaten path and require special transportation to reach, and some of which are near famous national parks and recommended for advance booking. At the end of the article, I also put together a whole, to recommend the most beautiful campsites I think over the years.

1. Bartlett Cove Campground, Alaska
Location: Inside Glacier Bay National Park, hiking only
Price: Free, walk-in only
Recommended season: Summer

2. Silver Bell Campground, Colorado
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Features: highlands, mountains, aspen woods, wildlife, creeks
Recommended season: late summer/early fall
Other: no water, managed by national forest

3. Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii
Location: Within Haleakalā National Park, there are several wilderness tent camping locations, including Palikū Campsites and Hōlua Campsites, which are suitable for backpacking.
Price: 8-9/reservation up to 30 days; permit required
Features: Friends who go to Hawaii will not miss the Haleakalā sunrise tour, in fact, it is also possible to camp here at night. We all understand the scenery, otherwise it would not be so famous.

4. Assateague Island, Maryland
Location: Located on the national seashore
Features: sun, sea, sand, and wild horses 
Recommended season: late summer and early fall, watch the weather. Don't miss the sunset

5. San Juan Islands, Washington
Location: There are several ways to get to the island, the most popular being by Washington State Ferry, or by wheeled passenger plane or seaplane.
Features: Bald eagles, killer whales, comfortable weather and beautiful coastline
Recommended Season: Avoid the rainy season and recommend summer. April and October are the two months with fewer tourists.

6. Caladesi Island, Florida
Location: A pristine island on the west coast of Florida that can only be landed by boat
Features: Because you can only land by boat, there are few tourists here and the whole island seems to be yours.
Recommended season: April/May

7. Tuolumne Meadows Campground, California
Location: Yosemite National Park
Features: Endless meadows, the Tuolumne River flowing through the campground, and views of Yosemite's granite mountains
Recommended Season: Best in September

8. Mount Pisgah, North Carolina
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway near North Carolina, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, if you are going to the Great Smoky Mountains, you can stay here first and then stay in the Great Smoky Mountains the next day to avoid the crowds.
Features: rolling hills, healthy forests, high probability of seeing black bears
Recommended season: Late spring and early summer are full of highland wildflowers. Because it is at a higher elevation, it is also slightly cooler in summer.

9. Grand Canyon North Rim Campground, Arizona
Location: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Features. Grand Canyon's South Rim has a lot of tourist-related facilities, but is too commercial and less adventurous. Since my first visit, I always choose to go to North Rim, which is higher in elevation, has more water vapor, and only feels cooler in summer. It's one of the few places that's good for summer camping. (Of course, the cabins here are managed by the national park and are very inexpensive, so I personally give preference to staying in cabins every time I visit.)
The campground is located on a high plateau between Roaring Springs Canyon and Transept Canyon, next to the famous North Rim Transept Trail. look up at the stars under the world's darkest night sky and wake up to the first light of the morning that shines into the canyon.
Recommended season: Autumn

My personal recommendation: Piñon Flats, Great Sand Dunes National Park - Colorado
Opening hours: April 1st until October 31st
Features: Snow-capped mountains, desert, and streams in the same frame
Reservations: Reservations need to be made through, as it is very popular, reservations are recommended 3 months in advance.
Facilities: Water, flush toilets, a camp store selling basic supplies; no showers, no electricity.
It's in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the location is excellent, with a close up view of the Great Sand Dunes directly from the campground.



by Regina Wu


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