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Top 5 Camping Destinations with the Best Views

| Updated Sep 23, 2019

Our RV Lifestyle Fellow Travelers know how spectacular the views can be when we’re out enjoying nature.

We’re always trying to bring you details on the best places to go (and always looking for recommendations from you).

That’s why I took notice with the folks at put together a list of “5 U.S. Camping Destinations with the Best Views.”

To make things easy, I put the list below, and included some details from past RV Lifestyle reports. (Be sure to leave your favorite camping spots with the best views below.)

Top 5 Camping Destinations with the Best Views

Acadia National Park, Maine

I did a story about our visit to this area a few years ago and can definitely attest to its overall beauty. We’ve also featured an “Off the Beaten Path” report from the area, and RV Lifestyle contributor Jim Van Heule documented a visit last year. Inside the park, there are three campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods. The Van Heules stayed at nearby Lamoine State Park. Once you decide where you are going to camp, you will want to definitely get out and enjoy the views afforded by the area.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Seventy-five miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. lies an oasis that's as serene as the D.C. metro is crowded. Shenandoah National Park has more than 500 miles of trails. Many of the trails take you through miles and miles of quiet and peaceful wilderness. Other trails take you to beautiful waterfalls or stunning viewpoints overlooking the trees and the Appalachian Mountains in the distance.

The park sits on 200,000 acres of protected land. It allows back-country camping for the truly adventurous. Up for a challenge, take the 8-mile hike up Old Rag Mountain, a popular route because of the stunning views at the peak. You can camp in one of four campgrounds during every season except winter. If you want to back-country camp, you'll need to get a free permit. Be sure to check out this RV Lifestyle report for more details on RVing in the area. 

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Just one view at Shenandoah.

Glacier National Park, Montana

We’re asked all the time what National Park is our favorite and we have to say, when all is said and done, that Glacier National Park is probably our favorite when it comes to dramatic landscapes and the diversity of wildlife.

We've written about Glacier National Park many times in the past and those stories can be found here.

Further, here’s a video sampling of what we saw and why Glacier is such a special place…. 


Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Deep in the heart of red rock country is  Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. One really cool thing about this park is the Waterpocket Fold, a geological wrinkle (officially termed a geologic monocline) on the surface of the Earth that was likely formed at least a million years ago. Capital Reef happens to sit at the most scenic part of the fold. The park extends nearly 100 miles and includes canyons, bridges, domes, and cliffs for hikers and adventurers to explore. Back-country camping is available with a permit.

If you prefer traditional campsites, you can stay at the Fruita campground, which is a developed campground that holds 71 sites. More remote campgrounds are also available if you prefer roughing it. Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley don't have water but they do have pit toilets. The national park sits on a historic site that has been inhabited since at least 500 B.C. You can even see petroglyphs etched into stone along with some painted pictographs. These remnants of the people who used to live on the land have been preserved as much as possible. Be sure to check this “Off the Beaten Path” report for more. 

Little Beaver Lake Campground, Michigan

TravelTrivia singled out this particular campground for its proximity to the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Of course, the northernmost part of our home state is one of our favorite destinations. We would argue that there are a lot more beautiful places to stay in the U.P., too, such as Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We've highlighted the best in our “Upper Peninsula 7-Day RV Adventure” guide. 

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2019-09-23

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “Top 5 Camping Destinations with the Best Views”

February 10, 2020at4:42 pm, Tina said:

Glacier is truly one of the most Beautiful places in the World. Yellowstone is my favorite because it holds so many childhood memories. If you get a chance Jasper Park in Canada really gives them a run for their money though. The Mountains are spectacular I highly recommend this North West side of the American Continent.

November 12, 2019at2:37 pm, Connie Cartmell said:

Enthusiastically agree with your top scenic camping list! Ohlen and I especially love Capitol Reef. Have been there multiple times. Campgrounds super. Only place we’ve missed is Michigan site. Funny thing..
It’s closest to our Ohio Home! Go figure. ? Thanks for sharing.

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