Monday, May 13, 2013

Camping Your Way Across North America

A couple years ago we planned a camping trip across the border into Washington and I discovered how hard it was to choose campgrounds without any local knowledge on a given area.  I spent hours with my head buried in library books as I quickly tried to become familiar with Mount Rainer National Park and the Olympic Peninsula outside Seattle.  I scoured the internet for the "best campgrounds," the "secret spots" that everybody should visit, and the "top 5 hiking trails" in each area.  By the time we headed to Washington I knew as much about the area as most local outdoor enthusiasts and I had booked us into some pretty sweet campgrounds!  I also had a detailed itinerary planned out of the hikes we'd do, sights we had to see, and places we absolutely had to go while in Northern Washington.  But, it was a LOT of work.  And not everybody thrives on research and trip planning like I do.

Ohanapacosh Campground, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

 I know that eventually we will plan another camping trip south and it terrifies me when I think of the effort it will take to plan that trip to Yellowstone National Park or Southern California.  I know nothing about Oregon but dream of camping my way down the coast.  I could spend a year in Utah and never fully explore all of the great National Parks there, and Colorado has all those sweet 14000ers that I want to climb.  Then I have to add Arizona so I can hike in the Grand Canyon and Alaska so I can say that I actually travelled to Alaska - that's reason enough to take the journey up there.  I've only scratched the surface of places I want to visit but all the planning involved for these life trips gets a bit overwhelming.

Kalaloch Campground, Olympic Peninsula, Washington
I know I'm not alone in making lists of all the great places I want to travel and visit, and I know I'm also not the only one out there wishing I could escape some of the work of preparing for these trips.  It was with this in mind that I decided to initiate a project with a great group of outdoor family bloggers to create a collection of our favourite campgrounds - across the whole of North America - and then share them with you!  It's my hope that you will bookmark and save this collection of campgrounds, and that it will inspire you to visit some of these awesome places across this beautiful continent of ours.  We've made sure Canada is represented as well so please head North and visit us too.

The Best Campgrounds Across North America


The Best Provincial Park Campgrounds in Southern Alberta - Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Family Fun in Waterton Lakes National Park - Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

 British Columbia
The Best of West Coast Camping - Our Boler

Camping in Ontario  - Active Kids Club

Classic Campsites: Murphy Hogback Campground, Canyonlands National Park, Utah  - Adventure Parents

West Coast Campground Review - Sweet Summer Spots to Relax & Recharge! - Mommy Hiker

San Elijo Sate Beach Camping, California - Walk Simply 

North America's Best Campgrounds - Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH - Adventurous Moms 

Click on the following link to find this collection on Pinterest

Are you a blogger with a great campground to share and tell us all about?  Let me know if you would like to be included in this project and I will add your link above.  This is only the beginning!


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