When people think of going on vacation, many often think of relaxing on a beach somewhere or exploring another country. What many often forget about is going on a camping trip. Camping trips are great because they allow you to see some of the world’s most beautiful natural sights, and in our current COVID-19 world, it can be a lot safer for you and your loved ones due to being away from crowds and being able to spread out in the great outdoors. If you’ve never been camping before and aren’t sure where to go camping, here are a few of the best places to take a camping trip in the United States.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

If you’re located in the Washington D.C. area, you’re a rather short drive from one of the best camping destinations in the country. Shenandoah has four campgrounds that are open in the spring, summer, and fall and features over 500 miles of trails for you to hike on, with many ending in stunning natural views. It’s recommended to make reservations, as the grounds often get filled up rather quickly, but it’s ultimately first come, first served. It only costs $30 per vehicle, and this lasts an entire week meaning that you won’t have to spend much money outside of the supplies you’ll bring with you.

Yosemite National Park, California

If you’re looking to truly get away from civilization, check out Yosemite National Park, where the vast majority – 95%, to be exact – is designated wilderness. This means you won’t find any hints of civilization outside of potential campers. Locations such as Glacier Point are well known and worth the hike, being able to see things such as Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra peaks from the top. Yosemite features 13 awesome campgrounds with 7 of them operating under first-come, first-served rules, and the rest recommending a reservation, specifically between April and September when things get busy. Yosemite can be a little more expensive, with vehicles costing $30 each for a week, and campsites ranging between $6 and $26 per night.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Home to the United State’s deepest lake as well as a sleeping volcano, Crater Lake National Park easily falls as one of the best camping trips you’ll ever take. The lake is considered one of the cleanest and clearest bodies of water in the country, and there’s plenty to keep you busy during your trip. You have the option between two different campsites – Mazama and Lost Creek – and you can also do backcountry camping if you get a permit. The cost for vehicles is similar to the others on this list – $30 per vehicle, per night. If you arrive on foot or bike, it’s only $15. The campsites range between $5 and $31 depending on which you stay and if you go tent or RV.