There is nothing better than spending some quality time in the great outdoors, especially in a beautiful national park. With so many options to choose from, however, how can you possibly decide where to spend your next camping trip? Below you will find an overview of the top three national parks that you should seriously consider adding to your camping bucket list.
1. Tuweep, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is a sight that everyone needs to see at some point in their lives and there is no better way to experience it than by spending a night under the stars on the edge of the canyon. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is not the center of activity like the South Rim – it is very remote that can only be reached by a 61-mile drive down a dirt road that is only passable with a high-clearance vehicle. The camp ground offers nine campsites and there are few amenities – no gas, water, food, or phone. But if you are looking for a beautiful location where you can truly get away from it all, there is no better location than Tuweep. Here you will enjoy stunning views, great hiking, and an absolutely unforgettable experience.
2. Fruita, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
There are quite a few national parks in Utah, but none is quite so unique as Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park. This park was named for the fruit orchards planted by settlers during the late 19th century which stand in stark and stunning contrast to the red sandstone cliffs. When the cherry trees are in bloom in spring, there is no more beautiful sight than an orchard of 3,000-plus trees standing against the background of the red-rock desert. Not only does this park offer a unique experience, but there are plenty of hiking trails and canyon exploration opportunities.
3. Seawall, Acadia National Park, Maine
When you think of a national park, you probably picture a wide expanse of green trees or perhaps the snowy cap of a great mountain. Acadia National Park is an experience in and of itself, bringing together the natural treasure of an ancient forest with the rocky beaches of northern Maine. Located on the other side of the mountain from the popular tourist destination, Bar Harbor, Seawall is a rocky wall that keeps the ocean at bay. From the peak you can view the sunrise while sipping on a hot cup of coffee or traverse the Wonderland Trail, a 1.4-mile hike that trails the edge of the ocean. A 1.2-mile hike down the Beech Mountain Trail lies Echo Lake and the beautiful Beech Mountain itself – from the peak you will enjoy a stunning view of the whole island and a great stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.
Every national park has its own unique qualities, but if you really want a camping experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, consider one of the top three national parks reviewed above. Whether you are traveling alone, with a partner, or with your whole family, these parks will guarantee you an unforgettable experience.