July 4, 2009

Places to Camp - How to Find the Best Campgrounds

So you have your camping equipment and you're ready for a great camping adventure. Now all you need is a place to camp. If you are a beginning camper finding the best campground may seem like a daunting task. But once you become familiar with the different types of camping locations, you will be able to make the best decision for your next camping trip. There are a few things to consider when choosing a place to camp. What type of activities will you want to do on your camping trip? What kinds of amenities do you want to have available to you during your stay? While doing your campground search you will want to keep these answers in mind.

Commercial Campgrounds

Commercial campgrounds offer a wide range of camping opportunities and are located throughout the United States. These campgrounds generally tend to have more amenities such as swimming pools and even putt-putt. They cater to families with smaller children and those families who really don't like "roughing it." Examples of these types of campgrounds include KOA, Jelly-stone and Reserve-America.

Privately Owned Campgrounds

Privately owned campgrounds are typically smaller and may have less amenities than the larger commercial campgrounds. But they are usually run by families or couples who love camping and have a lot of experience.

National Parks

National Park campgrounds offer some of the most spectacular views available in the US. They also offer a wide variety of camping facilities depending on the location. Campground reservations are usually expected and can fill up a year in advance depending on the location so be sure to take this into consideration when planning your camping trip.

State Parks

State parks are plentiful throughout the United States and can offer some great locations, many at the beach or by a lake. Not all accept reservations and campground spots may be available on a first come; first served basis.

Here are some great links for finding the perfect place to camp:


National Park Service

Sandy Taylor has been camping since she was three years old. She and her husband John have been camping with their two boys on lakes, beaches, forests and mountains. With over 40 years of camping experience, she has a wealth of camping knowledge she likes to share through her website FamilyCampingPlanner.com. Sandy especially enjoys helping young families learn how great camping can be. Sign up for her free camping checklist at http://www.familycampingplanner.com

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