Camping is one of the most American activities you can do. While it might not have been invented in the colonies, the wide prairie ranges, open spaces, incredible wildlife, and diverse climates have made many parts of the U.S. international hotspots for people who get their thrills from spending time off the grid, communing with nature. In selecting our favorite places to pitch a tent in America, we had a huge list from which to choose. A lot of beautiful places landed on the cutting room floor, but we worked hard to track down the best campsites for everyone.
From the RV camper who takes their $100,000 home with them to the survivalist who puts a tiny hiking backpack on and disappears for a month, we sought out spots for everyone. We found urban campgrounds where pizza delivery is a phone call away, and trails far from civilization, where no one can hear you scream. Coastal sites, desert oases, mountainous climbs, and dusty valleys are all represented. If you like pitching a tent, hanging a hammock, or unwinding on a bedroll, one of the 21 best places to camp in the U.S. will suit you.