There are few better traditions in the United States than taking to the road and pulling into a national park campground for a few nights of adventure. Of course, the parks can be crowded, so the best spots to pitch a tent are off the beaten trail, where they immerse you a bit deeper into the landscape and unique history that make these parks national treasures. Dig into our picks below and start planning your spring break and summer vacation now.
—Doug Schnitzspahn


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About the Writer

Boulder, Colorado-based writer and conservationist Doug Schnitzspahn has spent his lifetime exploring the parks and wild places of America. He edits Elevation Outdoors magazine and writes for Men’s Journal, Outside, Skiing, and other publications.