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The 10 Best Summer Camping Destinations for 2023

by CampspotterMay 17, 2023
The 10 Best Summer Camping Destinations for 2023

Using advanced reservation data for the summer months, we snuck a peek at the hottest campgrounds for the hottest months of the year! From lakeside retreats to epic mountain views, browse our list of best summer camping destinations for summer camping inspiration galore. You might wanna pack your bags first—you’ll be ready to hit the road, gather your crew, and hide away for some summer memory making ASAP.

Prairie Oasis Park – Special Area No. 2, AB 

Boat docks on a shoreline with cloudy skies overhead.

If you’re heading to Alberta, make sure to check out Special Area No. 2, located about 3.5 hours north of the Montana border. And no, it’s not a top-secret government facility, although it does sound like it. Instead, it’s a special region in the eastern part of the province that’s home to some of the most unique landscapes you’ll ever see. From vast prairies to rolling hills to stunning badlands, it’s a place that’s perfect for anyone who loves wide-open spaces and wild, rugged scenery. 

As for where to rest your rump, spend time on the water this summer at Prairie Oasis Park.  Enjoy easy access to a boat launch and marina equipped with a fuel station! This campground offers a mix of RV and tent sites that are the perfect spots to set up shop for fun in the sun. With amenities like a playground, full-access beach, floating docks, and ice cream—the whole family will be delighted to make this your home base while exploring Special Area No. 2. 

Revelstoke Campground – Revelstoke, BC

A girl looks back over her shoulder while canoeing with a mountain view in the backdrop.

Oh, Revelstoke in the summer! It’s like a paradise for those who love hiking and exploring nature. And for those who don’t, there’s always air conditioning and Netflix. Just kidding! But seriously, Revelstoke is a beautiful town in British Columbia that comes to life in the summer. You can visit Mount Revelstoke National Park and get lost in the beauty of nature, or you can stroll through the charming town and grab some ice cream while enjoying the warm weather. Oh, and have we mentioned the view? 

Revelstoke Campground is where you’ll want to call home when exploring this scenic destination. Not only is this campground nestled in a beautiful setting with mountain views all around, but you’ve got access to all sorts of outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, and even rock climbing. And let us tell you, there’s nothing like taking a dip in the outdoor pool or relaxing in the cedar barrel sauna after a long day of adventure. Plus, this campsite has got it all—RV hookups, rustic cabins, and good old fashioned tent sites. And don’t even get us started on the outdoor movie theater!

Moose Lake City Campground – Moose Lake, MN 

An aerial view of a lakeside campground.

Have you ever heard of Moose Lake, Minnesota? No, it’s not a place where you can find a bunch of moose chilling by the lake, but it’s still a pretty cool town. It’s got that classic small town charm, with friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, there’s a beautiful lake that you can enjoy. Whether you want to go fishing, swimming, or just take a peaceful stroll around the shore, Moose Lake has got you covered. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of outdoor activities to check out in the surrounding area. 

Trust us, you won’t get bored in Moose Lake. Especially if you’re staying at Moose Lake Campground! Birch Avenue and Third Street are your coordinates to paradise. They’ve got supervised public swimming so you don’t have to worry about sinking like a stone, a renovated playground that’ll make you feel like a kid again, and picnic areas perfect for indulging in some summer snacks. There’s also an open pavilion, boat landing, and an enclosed pavilion with a full kitchen and party room (whoa, fancy) available for reservations. 

Barnes Park Campground – Eastport, MI

Blue-green waves lap the shores between two clumps of green trees with blue, cloudless skies overhead.

Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore, the scent of fresh pine trees filling the air, and the sight of a tranquil beach greeting you. That’s what happens when you go camping in Eastport, Michigan! Way up north past Traverse City, it’s the perfect spot for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking to roast s’mores around the campfire or take a dip in the crystal-clear water, Eastport has got you covered. Plus, with breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan, you’ll feel like you’re living in a postcard. So grab your tent, pack some snacks, and get ready for a trip you’ll never forget!

Barnes Park Campground in Antrim County is the cherry on top of Northern Michigan’s camping scene. Nestled in the trees and located right on Grand Traverse Bay, this spot is perfect for families, couples, and anyone on the hunt for some tranquility. With so many ways to enjoy nature, from strolling on the beach to trekking the trails, you might just forget all your worries and never want to leave. (Just don’t forget to pack the bug spray!)

Lake Camanche South Shore – Wallace, CA

An outcrop of land with trees in the middle of a lake.

Have you ever heard of Wallace? Not the famous Scottish warrior, but the little town an hour south of Sacramento near the Camanche Reservoir. Being near the Camanche Reservoir means there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. So why not trade in the hustle and bustle of the city for a slower pace in Wallace? Who knows, you might just fall in love with this hidden gem.

For an adventure home base in Wallace, look no further than Lake Camanche South Shore! This multi-award-winning campground is the perfect spot for all your year-round recreational and fishing needs. Not only does it have 54 miles of shoreline and 7,700 surface acres of water, but it also has plenty of family and group camping options right on the lakefront. And don’t worry if you’re not a fan of tents – they’ve got cottages and RV sites too! But wait, there’s more! You can also hike, boat, fish, swim, kayak, and explore equestrian trails and camping areas. Plus, Lake Camanche is a hot spot for weddings, festivals, and even corporate events. 

Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort – Mt. Shasta City, CA

A large snow-capped mountain looms over hills studded with evergreens with campers enjoying an inflatable waterpark in a lake in the foreground.

So, there’s this big old stratovolcano in northern California called Mt. Shasta. It’s a pretty impressive sight, standing tall and proud at 14,163 feet. Mt. Shasta City lies in its shadow, making it a truly incredible spot to vacation with serious mountain views. It’s also one of the country’s fastest growing locations for destination vacationing, offering everything from luxury accommodations to more traditional wilderness experiences. Just maybe keep an eye on the volcano, you know?

When it comes to staying in Mt. Shasta City, Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort is where it’s at! Not only is it a 2023 Campspot Awards winner across four categories, it’s also nestled on the South West side of Lake Siskiyou, with stunning views of Mount Shasta and the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Whether you’re all about those charming rustic tent sites or prefer the full hook-up RV experience, this place has got you covered. You can even live out your retro dreams in one of their vintage trailers or opt for the luxurious comforts of a cabin or house. And if you’re not sold yet, the resort offers a ton of activities, like hiking trails, beach rentals, and even a Splash Zone inflatable water park. Plus, you can fill up on grub at the Lake Sis Bar & Grille—just make sure to invite us along! 

Hadley’s Point Campground – Bar Harbor, ME 

A cabin with a front porch and picnic table surrounded by trees.

Bar Harbor Maine, the perfect destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you want to hike through Acadia National Park or indulge in some fresh Maine lobster, this quaint town has it all. Don’t be surprised if you run into a moose on your morning jog or if you accidentally stumble upon a hidden gem of a lobster shack. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat tour and try to spot some whales. Just be prepared to hang on tight if you hit some rough waters, because those whales aren’t exactly small fish. So why not take a break from reality and vacation in Bar Harbor Maine? Your taste buds and adventurous spirit will thank you.

Located right in Bar Harbor, Hadley’s Point Campground won a 2023 Campspot Award for Best Campgrounds for Couples. You’ll find this oasis of calm at the north end of Mt. Desert Island. The cherry on top? The public saltwater beach nearby! Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and swimsuit, beach babes. If you’re tired of crowds, head to Acadia National Park or downtown Bar Harbor—they’re both just a stone’s throw away. If peace and quiet are what you’re searching for, take a walk and explore under the towering pines. Campsites and cabins are available at Hadley’s Point to match any camper’s needs.

Indian Flat RV Park – El Portal, CA 

A cabin in the woods with a steps leading up to a front porch.

Hey folks, if you’re planning a visit to Yosemite National Park, El Portal is a great spot to stay. This little town may not be as famous as the park itself, but trust us, it’s worth a visit. Located right on Highway 140 and just outside the park gates, El Portal has a bunch of cool restaurants and fun activities for visitors. And, don’t be fooled by its size—this town has some serious surprises waiting for you both on and off the beaten track. 

Indian Flat RV Park is the perfect spot to set up camp in El Portal for your Yosemite journey. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, not only is it the closest campground on highway 140, but it’s got everything you need to make your stay both comfortable and memorable. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good outdoor pool? Make Indian Flat RV Park your home away from home for your Yosemite adventure and we promise your inner nature-lover (and your backside) will thank you!

Lake Bonham Recreation Area – Bonham, TX

The blue waters and shoreline of Lake Bonham Recreation area

If you find yourself needing a break from the hustle and bustle of Dallas, head on up north for about 1.5 hours, and you’ll stumble upon a hidden gem called Lake Bonham. This little slice of heaven spans over 1,000 acres and is a prime spot for fishing, boating, and just plain old relaxing. Not to mention, it’s located in the Prairies and Lakes Region of northern Texas, which means you’ll be surrounded by some seriously beautiful nature. 

Lake Bonham Recreation Area is a super popular spot for summer camping. As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice the double wide launch ramp for boats and immediately start dreaming about all the fish you’ll catch. If fishing isn’t your thing, no worries, you can head to the public beach for a refreshing swim or hit up the playground with the kids. You can also attend an event at the enclosed heated/cooled event center or host your own party at the open pavilion. With biking and hiking trails, there’s plenty of ways to break a sweat if you’re feeling adventurous.

Pine Grove Campground – Shawano, WI

An aerial view of the water at Pine Grove Campground, surrounded by lush green trees.

Located just 40 miles west of Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin, this charming town is nestled in the midst of some of the most breathtaking natural scenery you’ll ever lay eyes on. And if lakes and rivers are your thing, you’ll be happy to know that Wolf River and Shawano Lake are both nearby. You can fish, boat, or simply relax by the water’s edge and let the worries of the world just drift away. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see some of Wisconsin’s famous wildlife up close and personal. Just don’t try to cuddle the bears. Trust us on this one.

Sitting smack dab in the pristine Wisconsin wilderness, Pine Grove has it all—from cozy cabins to over 200 woodland campsites that are perfect for your summer family vacation. And with so many fun activities at the campground and nearby, you’ll never run out of things to do. So whether you’re looking to break out the marshmallows and campfire tunes, or you’re ready to hit the trails for some hiking and biking, this summer vacation destination is not to be missed.

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