The coolest places to camp with kids in the US

Stef Zisovska

Camping in a tent with your family can be one of the best experiences you can have. Heading off with the whole crew on a trip, far from the comforts of home, setting up a camp and sleeping in the great outdoors is what makes family camping so special. Of course, there are always ups and downs in everything in life, but that shouldn’t scare you. There are many campgrounds around the US that provide epic playgrounds for the whole family.

If you are a nature lover and would like to show your kids an alternative way of vacationing, then take a look at these cool camping spots in America where you can spend the next family holiday.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras Light, prior to its move in 1999

This is probably not a surprise at all. Take your kids to any of the four campsites in Cape Hatteras National Seashore and enjoy the 70-mile wild Atlantic shoreline. What makes this area so cool is that it’s accessible by SUV, and there are plenty of fishing, surfing, and beach camping opportunities. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the first among the 10 national seahorses in the US, which makes it even more unique.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

Canoe campers on a trip in the BWCAW

Sawbill Campground is the right place to be if you want to have a cool camping vacation with your kids. If some lakeside camping is what you always wanted to do with your family, then Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the place to head for. Traveling with a canoe is an extremely fun activity for the whole family and your kids will love it. Not to mention the nights spent stargazing that will turn your trip into a magical and unforgettable experience.

Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Natural Bridge Owachomo at Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, USA

There are 13 campgrounds in the park that you can choose from. The place is unique because you get to see three natural stone bridges that look absolutely amazing. You can reach them easily after a short hike that shouldn’t be too challenging for your kids. Natural Bridges National Monument was the first designated Night Sky Park in the world.

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Fremont culture lizard petroglyphs, Dinosaur National Monument – Author: James St. John – CC-BY 2.0

Echo Park Campground is the best place to go family camping in the area, and it’s 38 miles from the Canyon Visitor Center. The place is super-fun for kids because it’s abundant in fossil discoveries that all children love to check out. Spectacular river canyons and the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers are other examples of nature worth seeing while camping in the area. Also, you can go hiking during the day and stargazing during the night.

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Skybridge arch – Red River Gorge, Kentucky – Author: Smokemob – CC-BY 3.0

In this area, you can find three different campgrounds where you can take your family for a camping vacation. Right in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest, there is a stunning gorge where you can take your kids to beginner-level rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, and hiking. If all of these things are not enough for you to think about taking your family to Kentucky, then add the amazing Natural Bridge, a sandstone rock arch that is 65 feet high and 78 feet long and start planning your Red River Gorge tour.

La Push, Washington

La Push, Second Beach – Author: Pascal WEBER – CC BY-SA 2.0

Do we need to say more than Olympic National Park? Go for a camping trip at La Push Second Beach where you and your family can surf, fish, and hike. The first inhabitants of La Push are the Quileute people, who have preserved many of their skills and crafts. Olympic National Park protects more than 73 miles of wild Pacific Coast that you will love if you visit during the summer.

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