I like to pick up a backpack, put all my essential camping gear in it, and climbed up mountains. But sometimes it's not a perfect way for family camping, especially when kids are small. In this case, auto camping is a decent solution, which allows us to get the entire family outside and still gives us the sense of adventure we all crave, meantime makes us enjoy the flexibility of having an entire car to fit everything into, such as a nice, big, roomy tent, full-sized air mattresses, comfy sleeping bags, gourmet food, or many other gears your want to bring.
Luckily, from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters our country has a lot of great auto camping destinations to offer. Read on, campers, and find the best car camping site in this post.
- HARRINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds, and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish, or practice astronomy at one of the observatory's monthly public viewings.
- OZARK NATIONAL FOREST
The Forests' rugged scenic beauty offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities during the four very separate and distinct seasons! Whether you are a hiker, camper, canoeist, horseback rider, hunter, or fisherman, the Ozark National Forest offers you the experience you are seeking. The Forest also offers three spectacular multiple-use trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). There are over 230 miles of hiking trails (plus another 130 miles of other trails that are open to hiking) including the 165-mile-long Ozark Highlands Trail.
- DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali (fka Mount McKinley), North America’s tallest peak. With the terrain of tundra, spruce forest, and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Popular activities in summer include biking, backpacking, hiking, and mountaineering.
- ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Maine's Mount Desert Island. Its landscape is marked by woodland, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. It's one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Two campgrounds are located on Mount Desert Island, another campground is on the Schoodic Peninsula, and five lean-to sites are on Isle au Haut.
- JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It's characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. There are five campsites: Black Rock, Cottonwood, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan. All campsites are first-come, first-served and reservations are not available. Some campgrounds may close in summer.
Spring is in full swing, it's also a time to start a family auto camping, enjoying and relaxing in nature.