We've rounded up the best campsites in the United States, from beautiful beachfront stays to mountaintop sites. From the waterfront city views of Kirby Cobe to the rope swing at Monterey's cypress forests, and from the thick forest of Kittatinny Campground to the human birds' nest of Treebones Resort, there are plenty of amazing camping spots to explore. The island of Kauai offers Kalalau Beach Campground, a stunning 11-mile hike with a waterfall and beach. Camping is one of the most American activities you can do, and with so many incredible places to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go.
We've compiled a list of the 21 best campsites in the United States, from urban camps with pizza delivery to trails far from civilization. Located less than 10 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, Kirby Cobe's four secluded campsites are famous for their waterfront city views. In the shade of Monterey's cypress forests, the grounds are within walking distance of a rocky beach as well as a daytime picnic area. Be sure to look for the rope swing that normally hangs on the beach if you want truly epic photos.
Kittatinny Campground offers 350 secluded campsites nestled in the Catskills Mountains. Camp in the thick forest or adorn your tricorn hat and set up a tent along the Delaware River (yes, the one George Washington supposedly crossed on his way to war). Jump yourself over the river to enjoy zip lines and play paintball at Kittatinny's Adventure Center. The Treebones Resort in Big Sur has a ton of great camping options, including yurts and a luxurious solar-powered tent, but it's the human birds' nest that puts them on this list.
Climb the private staircase to the human-sized nest, made of eucalyptus branches, and you'll discover a 180-degree view of the coast. The nest comes equipped with a full-size futon, but you'll need to bring basic items such as pillows, sleeping bags and a flashlight. The island of Kauai has a lot of amazing campsites, but Kalalau Beach Campground is located at the end of a gorgeous 11-mile hike in Na Pali Coast State Park. You'll be rewarded with a waterfall and time at the beach before setting up your tent atop the cliffs, which offer stunning views of the island's famous coastline.
Primitive camping is also allowed within the five wild areas, just remember to bring some water (or a water filtration device) and leave no trace. No matter what style of camping you prefer, you must make reservations in advance to camp here year-round and you can only stay three nights per 30-day period. Camping is somewhat limited, although you can move around with your backpack, as long as you show that you know what you're doing. This stunning white sand beach is the ideal place if you prefer camping with a surfboard and sandals.
Most are open seasonally, while a few are open year-round; check the website in advance for road conditions if you plan to camp during the winter months. When selecting our favorite places to set up a tent in the United States, we had a huge list to choose from. A lot of beautiful places fell on the floor of the assembly room, but we worked hard to find the best campsites for all tastes. Acadia National Park offers several different campgrounds for visitors to stay at, including Two Harbors Campground which offers traditional tents and cabins with access to showers, restrooms, fresh water, picnic tables, barbecues and fire pits.
You can even buy your products at Two Harbors general store and have your items delivered directly to your campsite. The other campground is Sage Creek which is smaller with 22 sites on a first-come, first-served basis with no running water, although you can usually see bison wandering around. Scattered camping is allowed in many parts of Sawtooth Forest as well as campsites and cabins that visitors can take advantage of. So grab your gear, put on your hiking boots and head to one of these beautiful places to experience some of the best camping in America! It is highly recommended that you book your camp in advance online, especially during high season which occurs between November and May as well as holidays, weekends and any day in spring as most can be booked up to six months in advance.