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8 Places to Explore for National Camping Month

by CampspotterMay 25, 2023
8 Places to Explore for National Camping Month

National Camping Month takes place in June every year, and it’s no wonder why. June is the official unofficial start of camping season! Time to gas up the RV, gather your friends or family, and embark on a camping adventure like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a novice in the great outdoors, we looked at states and provinces across the U.S. and Canada with the most advanced bookings to create a curated a list of eight incredible destinations and campgrounds that promise unforgettable experiences. Grab your marshmallows and get ready for a journey filled with fun, nature, and maybe even a few unexpected surprises and these must-visit national camping month destinations. 

Traverse City, Michigan

Aerial view of the tree-lined lake near Leelanau Pines Campground, a great spot for camping near Traverse City

Leelanau Pines Campground

Located in the scenic beauty of Traverse City, Michigan, Leelanau Pines Campground is a gem that offers a perfect blend of outdoor fun and relaxation. Picture lush green forests, crystal-clear lakes, and the aroma of pine filling the air. With spacious campsites, modern amenities, and access to hiking trails and water activities, this campground will have you falling in love with nature all over again. Don’t forget to indulge in some local cherry treats—after all, Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World (you might even want to extend your stay into July, when they host the National Cherry Festival!). 

Oceanside, California

A picnic table with a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs with a tiki bar in the background and palm trees overhead.

Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort

If you fancy a coastal camping experience with the cool breeze caressing your face, Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort in Oceanside, California, is the place for you. Imagine waking up to the sound of crashing waves, building sandcastles on pristine beaches, and watching breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. This RV resort offers well-appointed campsites, beachfront access, and amenities that will make you feel like you’re on a luxurious vacation. Grab your sunscreen and get ready for some sun-soaked adventures.

New Braunfels, Texas

Campers float down a tree-lined river on tubes at Lazy L&L Campground in New Braunfels, Texas.

Lazy L&L Campground

Texas is known for its big personality, and Lazy L&L Campground in New Braunfels lives up to the Lone Star State’s reputation. Nestled along the banks of the Guadalupe River, this campground is a haven for water enthusiasts. You can go tubing down the river, indulge in some fishing, or simply relax by the water’s edge. With spacious campsites, barbecue pits, and a friendly atmosphere, Lazy L&L Campground will have you saying “y’all” in no time!

Water Valley, AB

The sun sets rises over the mountains and evergreen trees along a river in Alberta, Canada at Mountain Aire Resort Campground.

Mountain Aire Resort Campground

Welcome to the picturesque Canadian Rockies! Alberta’s Mountain Aire Resort Campground is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and dense forests, this campground offers a tranquil retreat away from the bustling city life, plus, it’s only two hours away from the extraordinarily epic Banff National Park! Hike through breathtaking trails, spot wildlife, and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Whether you’re pitching a tent or bringing your RV, this campground ensures that your Canadian camping adventure will be filled with beauty and serenity.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Cabins and RV sites alongside a boulder-filled river at Hickory Nut Falls Family Campground, located in Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Hickory Nut Falls Family Campground

For those seeking a camping destination that combines scenic beauty with a touch of adventure, Hickory Nut Falls Family Campground in Chimney Rock, North Carolina, is an absolute delight. Nestled at the base of the iconic Chimney Rock State Park, this campground provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to hiking trails and natural wonders. Prepare to be amazed by the towering waterfalls, fascinating rock formations, and a camping experience that will make memories to last a lifetime.

Moab, Utah

A green glamping cabin with a brown front porch with desert rock formations in the background at Sun Outdoors North Moab.

Sun Outdoors North Moab

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Moab, Utah, is a mecca for adventure seekers, and Sun Outdoors North Moab is your gateway to this outdoor wonderland. Surrounded by awe-inspiring red rock landscapes and world-renowned national parks like Arches and Canyonlands, this campground is an adventurer’s dream come true. Whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or simply marveling at nature’s wonders, Moab offers it all. Just make sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas!

Milton, Pennsylvania

A row of cabins at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Milton with trees overhead.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Milton 

Get ready for some family-friendly fun in the heart of Pennsylvania at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Milton. This campground caters to both the young and the young at heart, with a range of activities and amenities that will keep everyone entertained. From swimming pools and mini-golf to themed weekends and outdoor movie nights, this park ensures that boredom is not on the itinerary. Plus, you might even get a chance to meet Yogi Bear himself! So gather your loved ones, pack your picnic baskets, and get ready for a “pic-a-nic” adventure!

Gardiner, Montana

Campers swim in the hot springs pool with partly cloudy skies and mountain views in the background at Yellowstone Hot Springs, located in Gardiner Montana

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t forget the iconic Yellowstone National Park. Nestled just outside the park’s north entrance, Yellowstone Hot Springs in Gardiner, Montana, provides a perfect blend of wilderness and relaxation. After a day of exploring the park’s geysers, wildlife, and awe-inspiring landscapes, rejuvenate your tired muscles in the natural hot springs, surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. It’s the perfect way to end a day full of adventure!

National Camping Month is the perfect time to unleash your inner explorer, create lifelong memories, and connect with nature. Whether you prefer picturesque lakes, sandy beaches, rugged mountains, or charming family-friendly parks, these eight camping destinations have something for everyone. So pack your camping gear, gather your loved ones, and embark on a camping adventure that will make you laugh, rejuvenate your spirit, and leave you craving s’more!

Header Image Credit: Leelanau Pines Campground