I think anyone who camps can agree that no matter where you go to camp, you’re bound to have a great time. Camping is an all around great way to enjoy nature and be with people you love – such as your family. Check out a few best camp grounds for families in America.
Big Sur Campground & Cabins (Big Sur, California)
One of the most scenic iconic road trips in the world, the stretch of Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Monterey Bay, is a feast for the eyes. Stunning cliff faces drop into a surging sea, and there’s something new to take your breath away around every corner. What there isn’t is an abundance of accommodations—and that’s why camping is among the best ways to experience Big Sur. There are a number of several state parks with campgrounds in the Big Sur area, some of them among the most beautiful in the world. But for families, the Big Sur Campground & Cabins can’t be beat.
Boston Harbor Islands (Boston, Massachusetts)
This could be one of Boston’s best-kept secrets. Rustic camping is available on four of Boston’s Harbor Islands (Peddocks, Bumpkin, Grape, and Lovells), all of which are within sight of downtown Boston. To reach the islands, you must come by private boat or ferry service and bring everything with you.
Enota Mountain Retreat (Hiawassee, Georgia)
Enota Mountain Retreat pretty much has it all for those looking for a relaxing getaway with the kids. (Oxymoron? Maybe, but not at Enota.) It has a spa and wellness retreat, cabins, a motel, and an organic farm. For the kids, there’s wildlife, an organic garden, trout ponds, swimming, biking, and hiking—that is if you can pry them off the giant trampolines.
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Ashland, Nebraska)
Sprawled next to the Platte River, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a winner for its year-round fun. Visit for the tobogganing in the wintertime and return for some splashy fun in the aquatic park during the summer. Adding to the good times are paddle boats, playgrounds, and a wave pool; not to mention more classic pursuits like fishing, hiking, hunting, and boating.
Ingalls Homestead (De Smet, South Dakota)
Ready to live like Laura Ingalls Wilder? The Ingalls Homestead, a large farm in the middle of a prairie, brings the Little House on the Prairie books and television show to life. You can even stay in a covered wagon (which the kids will want to do, so book in advance). It is indeed where Pa Ingalls set claim to his quarter section of land in 1880, and about which Laura Ingalls wrote many of her books. There are ponies and horses, covered wagon rides, pioneering activities, and more.
Before you head out on your next camping trip, be sure to check out our safety tips for camping also.