There isn’t a feeling quite like sitting by the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying to the sounds of nature surrounding you. Breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying breathtaking views are just a few of the perks that come along with camping. While there are a multitude of places to camp out for a few days or even a night, these are some of the best spots to pitch a tent in the US.

Adirondack Mountains, New York

The Adirondacks are located within the Adirondack Park and are comprised of mountains that are over 5 million years old. Containing millions of acres of land, these mountains provide the opportunity for visitors to hike, paddle, play, and explore in nature. There are over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, as well as 1,200 miles of rivers. Be sure to check out the Wild Walk, where you can experience the mountains from the tops of the trees, providing an entirely new perspective of nature.

Yosemite National Park, California

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, Yosemite National Park contains over 1,200 square miles of protected land, boasting waterfalls, deep valleys, meadows, ancient sequoias, and so much more. Additionally, Yosemite has a rich background in human conflict, dreams, diversity, hardship and the preservation of one of America’s first national parks. Camping is a very popular activity here and you will have no trouble finding a spot to set up for the night.  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Rising along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains, you can enjoy hiking all year long. The most visited park in America, these mountains are well-known for its diversity of animal and plant life. It is not uncommon to spot a brown bear, with roughly 1,500 bears roaming the park at all elevations. Be sure to also check out Cades Cove, one of the most frequented destinations in the park, offering some of the best opportunities for spotting wildlife.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Containing a combination of woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier peaks, Acadia National Park is a must-visit camping destination. With over 47,000 acres of recreation on the Atlantic coast, it’s easy to find something for the entire family to explore. Acadia also holds the highest peak on the United States East Coast, Cadillac Mountain. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife like moose, bears, whales, seals, birds, and more.

These are just a few of some of the best camping spots to visit in the US. For additional places to set up camp, these are some other areas to discover. Happy camping!