Family camping is a great and affordable way to spend your vacation. Camping is an activity that is typically enjoyed by people of all ages and it also gives the family a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of the world.
When selecting a destination for a family camping excursion, National parks and/or historical site are always a good choice but you would need to reserve many of these camping spots in advance because during the summer and high peak travel months, the available camping spots at these locations tend to fill up pretty quickly. Parks –
Some Suggested Family Camping Destinations Include:
- Local Parks – If you want to have all the family fun included in a vacation without going to far than look for a local park within 1 days driving distance of your home. Local parks within a days drive are great options for those families with small children because if they are too frightened or for some reason you need to take them home, you’re not too far away. Also if you have pets or regularly take care of a sick family member, a local park would allow you to be close to home in case of an emergency.
- Yellowstone National Park: a popular family park that runs through three states: Montana, Wyoming & Idaho. Yellowstone is famous for “Old Faithful” one of the longest running geysers Yellowstone also has abundant wildlife such as wolves, bison, grizzly bears and even elves along with, beautiful scenery budget friendly activities to keep the kids busy. Basic campsites with no amenities start at about $12 night and there are also small fees to pay to enter the park but these fees pale in comparison to the normal costs for many of today’s popular vacation destinations.
- Crater of Diamonds State Park: Lovcated in Arkansas this is the only diamond producing park in the world that let you search for diamonds and keep what you find. They also have a water park and playground for the kids along with the ability to watch local wildlife behind secluded blinds. Campsite fees are less than $20 and include bathrooms and admission is less than $6 a person for the water park. Make reservations early because this park only has 59 campsites and they fill up fast.
- The Grand Canyon: Located in Arizona and is a National treasure that everyone should see at least once. Your child(ren) will come away from the Grand Canyon with memories that will last a lifetime. There are plenty of activities to keep the family members busy such as a donkey ride, the recently built skywalks entirely made of glass and overlooking the Colorado river and admission to the skywalk is FREE. There are also 3 Indian reservations near the Canyon just in case the family wants to take an educational tour. Hiking is also a popular activity in the Grand Canyon. There is a $25 fee per vehicle for entry to the park and campsite rental are $18-$20 for campsites with water & electricity hookups and $12 for sites with less amenities.
- Everglades National Park: Located in Florida, is the best subtropical wilderness reserve in the US where you can see all kinds of wildlife in the park including the American crocodile, Florida panther and West Indian manatees. You can also enjoy kayaking, canoeing and fishing and the park has plenty of hiking trails that are suitable for the entire family. Camping in the park cost $14 a night with bathroom & showers. $10 charge per vehicle to enter the park and that admissions is good for 7 days.
- Denali National Park: Located in Alaska, which houses a portion of the 20,320’ tall Mt. McKinley also known as the “roof of North America.” This park is known for its amazing scenery and wildlife and is a great place for excitement, inspiration and exploration for the entire family. Hiking is the main activity and wildlife (wolves, bears, moose, eagles etc..) is extremely abundant. Guided tours and demonstrations (such as dog sledding) happen daily. You can spend nights in a traditional igloo if you’d like. Camping is different from other parks because you need to stay at a lodge and the prices vary depending on the season that you go. A national park pass cost $50 for the entire year.
- The Appalachian Trail: Is a national treasure that goes thru Maine, New Hampshire, Georgia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, & North Carolina. The terrain of this trail ranges from easy to extremely difficult and the territory can get very rough for hiking. This park is not suitable for young children. Entirely FREE from beginning to end.
- Yosemite National Park: in California, this park is known around the world for its stunning waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs. If you and your family enjoy rock climbing, then Yosemite is a great destination for you. You can hike, bike, ski or horseback around the park. Entrance fee is $20 per car to get into the park and plan early because campsites fill up fast. Campsite prices range from $10-$20 per day.
- Glacier National Park: in Montana: Is a spectacular place to take a family vacation. More than 50 glaciers can be found in the park and more than 200 lakes and streams. The hiking is great and very family friendly in this park. Once in the park you will also be amazed by the abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. This park is also rich in Native American history which serves as an educational tool for the family. Because of the elevation and glaciers in the park, the weather gets very cold at night. There are 10 campgrounds in the park and some have showers, bathrooms and market facilities and those fill up fast so reserve early. Campsites run from $10-$20 per day.
10. Volcano National Park: in Hawaii, is a great place to experience what Hawaii is like without spending a lot of money. There are 2 active volcanoes in the park and those volcanoes are the two of the most active in the world. Activities include hiking through the park, hiking to the top of one of the active volcanoes, hiking thru the park, lectures & presentations and the only tropical rainforest in the US. There are guided volcano hikes that are offered for FREE. There is a $10 entrance fee per vehicle to get into the park which is good for 7 days. There are no other fees, campsites are FREE but there aren’t a lot of amenities on site.