These are the recommended places and experiences provided by Family Travel Association members as an annex to an article about family travel and camping. For the introductory post associated with this page, go HERE.
Erin Kirkland, Publisher, AKontheGo
We are fans of public land campgrounds: US Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and state parks. As stewards (and citizen owners) of public land, we feel it is important to embrace what we are so lucky to have readily available. Denali National Park and Alaska Region Forest Service campgrounds are our favorites for their attention to detail, ranger-led experiences and access for all.
When the kids were younger we went to the same spots every year:
1) Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia
2) Anna Bay on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia
3) For more great camping choices in Out & About with Kids, click HERE
Liz Schnabolk, Senior Editor, FamilyFun Magazine
We just did a list of our top 10 campgrounds for families, but here are three standouts:
1) Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton, Arkansas, where families can rent a yurt on the shores of Lake Bailey!
2) Piñon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Mosca, Colorado, which features soaring sand dunes framed by the Sangre de Cristos mountains.
3) Snake River Campground, Merritt Reservoir State Recreational Area in Valentine, Nebraska, is so far from light pollution that the Milky Way literally casts a shadow.
Mike Gast, Vice President of Communications, Kampgrounds of America
One of the best parts about camping is getting to experience different environments. I’ve camped at beaches, nestled against thick forests, nearby national parks and adjacent to big cities like Nashville and San Diego.
Shellie Bailey-Shah, Editor, KidTripster
Of course, our national parks provide stunning, affordable locations for camping. But state parks should not be overlooked, especially for younger families who may not be able to travel as far. If we’re able, we always stay in a park campground as opposed to a commercial one.
Anna O’Donnell, Public Relations & Earned Media Specialist, Montana Office of Tourism
1) Holland Lake Campground, located near Bigfork, offers views of the lake and 40-foot waterfall in the Flathead National Forest, and is located just 25 miles from the charming town of Seeley Lake.
2) Thompson Falls State Park campground is on the Clark Fork River near the town of Thompson Falls. This destination is a feature for many road trips. Plenty of hiking, biking, and a drive through the National Bison Range is a must.
3) Bannack State Park is one of the most unique sites for camping in Montana. As the home of the well-preserved ghost town of Bannack, this park has 28 campsites and a tepee for rent. In addition to exploring the abandoned streets of this ghost town, visitors can fish, bike and hike.
Steve Markle, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at O.A.R.S. Family Adventure Vacations
My favorite camping spot is anywhere with no cell reception, no Wi-Fi, good views and room to explore. Among my favorites are:
1) The High Sierra
2) Southeastern Oregon
3) Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness
Cameron Martindell, Adventure Correspondent, Off Yonder
1) North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
2) Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
3) Kite Lake Campground, Colorado (Mt. Democrat)
Rafa Mayer, Founder and CEO, Say Hueque
We’re lucky to call Argentina home because there are so many stunning camping destinations just a short distance away. A personal favorite of mine is Torres del Paine, which offers one of the most stunning campsites in the world, nestled right in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. It’s also a great options for families, because you have the option of “roughing it” or seeking out more comfortable experiences, such as eco-domes that provide delicious meals, cozy beds and even a fireplace!
John Spence, President, Scott Dunn USA
1) Botswana – One incredible 10-day adventure takes in Botswana’s wildlife highlights, including Chobe National Park, Khwai Concession and the Moremi Game Reserve on a fully-serviced mobile safari.
Letaka is a comprehensive fully-serviced mobile safari, which provides a wonderful way to explore Botswana’s amazing wildlife areas in a small group and with an outstanding guide. The areas that are visited are varied in terms of both landscape and game viewing and there’s a wide variety of activities on offer including game drives, bush walks, boat cruises and mokoro (dugout canoe) trips.
2) Lapland, Sweden – One wouldn’t normally associate a tented camp with snowy Swedish Lapland, but that is exactly what renowned Swedish photographer Fredrik Broman has achieved in this truly unique destination.
Nestled on the banks of the Råne River in Swedish Lapland, the camp is scattered amongst the trees and overlooks a vast lake which is frozen for much of the year. The “laavu” tents are based on a traditional Nordic tipi design that ties in with the indigenous Swedish Sami reindeer-herding people. Despite their authentic design the tents are very comfortable featuring a wood burning stove that keeps the tents snug and cosy and up to 4 single camp style beds. They are bright and airy and with plenty of headroom! In true camping style the washroom is situated between 20-75 meters from the lavvus but do bear in mind that there are no showering facilities!
This is the type of camping trip that your children will never forget.
3) Wahiba Sands, Oman – Hud Hud Bespoke Luxury Camping is a completely unique service that offers a luxurious private camping experience whilst still retaining an authentic Bedouin style. Tents can be pitched wherever the guest wishes (either desert, mountains or beach).
The bedrooms are complete with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, feather pillows, colorful bedspreads, local carpets and bedside tables with lanterns and cold drinking water, this is truly camping with a difference. Behind your tent, your private loo and shower tent is fitted with a wooden loo, wash stand, shower set on a wooden base, cotton towels and toiletries.
This is such a special experience that you and your family are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Leann McDonough, External Communications Specialist, Wyndham Vacation Rentals
1) It may not be what people would typically think of when planning a camping trip, but The Netherlands are rich with gorgeous spots. When you’re exploring a destination abroad, why not get up close and really soak it up? Europe is huge on holiday parks and getting people outdoors.
2) This treehouse is out of a kid’s dream, with a built in slide and modern comforts like a kitchen and living area. Yet it’s still situated within a holiday park with activities like archery, an animal meadow, swimming and more.
3) These children’s bungalows cater specifically to families. They’re located on gorgeous holiday parks, but have comforts like bedrooms, kitchens and play areas to make camping with kids easier.