Guide to Campgrounds for City Lovers |


Andrea E. McHugh, Broadry

The past two years have been a wild ride, to say the least. Are you a little rusty when it comes to planning an out-of-this-world camping vacation? We understood. Fear not, outdoor lovers. We’ve rounded up the best cities for campers from coast to coast (thanks to our friends at for research !) where you can explore national parks, zoos, children’s museums, theme parks, beaches, botanical gardens and more when you haven’t mastered the art of making s’mores or taking a picture for the gram on the most picturesque sites of the country. Get ready to return to life under the stars and bask in the great outdoors!

Phoenix, Arizona

The Valley of the Sun is known for outdoor adventures, year-round sunshine, warm temperatures (to put it mildly during the summer months…) and an avid sports scene for competitors or spectators. A mecca for baseball, MLB teams have been flocking here for over a century for spring training with no less than a dozen teams perfecting their game ahead of the summer season.

In addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Greater Phoenix is ​​also home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, and the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. When it comes to hitting the links, the Phoenix area has long been known as one of the top golfing destinations, with nearly 200 courses to choose from. Looking for a solo adventure? Simply put on the laces and hit the many varied terrain trails of the Sonoran Desert. When it comes to city life, you’ll find critically acclaimed restaurants, plenty of breweries, live music, and fascinating cultural sites. attractions.


North Phoenix Campground

Covered Wagon RV Park

Desert Sands RV Park

Things to do

Phoenix Children’s Museum

Desert Botanical Garden – I have personally been here and it is amazing!

Biltmore Fashion Park

The Phoenix Zoo

Day trips to Sedona or the Grand Canyon

Lost Dutchman State Park – Guide to RVs and Campgrounds

Catalina State Park – Guide to RVs and Campgrounds

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Los Angeles, CA

The City of Angels is best known as the global epicenter of celebrities and celebrities, but LA is also home to more than 105 museums, 55 magnificent structures by revered architects, 431 miles of bike paths, 80 miles of hiking trails and 75 miles of shoreline stretching from star-studded Malibu to Long Beach – aka the “LBC”. LA County is the most populous county in the United States with 10 million people calling it home, while millions more visit this diverse and multi-ethnic metropolis each year.

Horseback riding enthusiasts should take advantage of the horseback rides at Griffith Park, which rewards riders with a close look at the famous Hollywood sign overlooking the city. The park is the nation’s largest urban park and is also home to a charming carousel built in 1926 as well as the Griffith Observatory, Southern California’s “Gateway to the Cosmos” with telescopes, exhibits, a planetarium and views that stretch from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean.


Hollywood RV Park

Dockweiler Motorhome Park

Golden Shore RV Resort

Things to do

The Hollywood sign

Temescal Canyon

Griffith Park

Los Angeles Zoo

Runyon Canyon Park

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

Doheny State Beach

Griffith Observatory

Downtown Arts District

Aquarium of the Pacific

Las Vegas, Nevada

Known to many simply as “Vegas”, this famous (or perhaps infamous?) mojave desert the city needs no introduction. What began as a small, dusty railroad town at the start of the 20th century became the country’s fastest growing metropolis by the end of the century; a sprawling oasis of entertainment. But before that, this land was home Las Vegas Paiutes, descendants of the Tudinu, or people of the desert, for centuries.

Today, Las Vegas is best known for its massive casinos and world-class entertainment, hence its nickname, Sin City. Want to be shot 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour from a 921 foot high platform atop the Strat Hotel? Dark. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see aerial views of the majestic Las Vegas Valley. But for many, Vegas’ big jackpot is its natural wonders. Whether it’s kayaking the Colorado River, biking through Red Rock Canyon, hiking through the Valley of Fire, or exploring the Hoover Dam, desert landscapes, and chasms of the river captivates body and soul.


Hitchin’ Post RV Park & ​​Motel

Desert Eagle RV Park

The Circus Circus RV Park

Things to do

death valley national park

Joshua Tree National Park

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Las Vegas View Trail

Eiffel Tower Observation Deck

The great bettor

SlotZilla Zipline

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Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Orlando, Florida

Nestled comfortably in the heart of the Sunshine State, Orlando is synonymous with theme parks and family fun, but this sprawling city is home to more than 100 lakes, beautiful golf courses, interesting museums and attractions, impressive outdoor recreation and solid programming. things to do.

The most visited destination in the world, Orlando’s nickname is “The City Beautiful”, and in the 19th century was home to the thriving citrus industry of Florida (which is now mostly further south). One of the best ways to see Orlando is via The Wheel at ICON Park, a 400-foot-tall Ferris wheel that whisks passengers into glass capsules where panoramic views await. Water sports are also big here, with plenty of places to paddleboard, kayak, take an airboat ride, or even swim with a manatee in its natural environment at Homosassa State Wildlife Park.


Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

moss park

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Things to do

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Paddleboarding in Orlando

medieval times

Orlando Museum of Art

World Chocolate Museum

Orlando Science Center

disney world



Day Trip – Blue Spring State Park

San Bernardino, California

At the heart of Southern California’s Inland Empire, San Bernardino has weathered both boom and bust times, but its alluring landscape has always delivered. It’s the largest county in the country, spanning over 20,000 square miles and offering diverse terrain, enviable hiking trails, and adventure sports like snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and off-roading. . With topography perhaps best known for the rugged San Bernardino Mountains and the Mojave Desert Basin, you’ll also find the charming alpine villages of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear here – resort towns that welcome visitors from all over the world.

Located along the iconic U.S. Route 66, San Bernardino’s mild winters and hot summers are also enjoyed on the Rim of the World Highway which hugs the crest line of the San Bernardino Mountains. On the other side of the spectrum, San Bernardino is home to the original McDonald’s Site and Museum, the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum, and the famous Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art located on the Cal campus. State San Bernardino.


Rancho Jurupa Park

Desert Willow RV Resort

Things to do

San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum

The original McDonald’s on Route 66

Edge of the World Scenic Drive

Joshua Tree National Park

Austin, TX

Capital of the state of Texas, this inland city has grown by leaps and bounds over the past half-century. Home to the flagship campus of the University of Texas (Hook ’em Horns!) and known as the live music capital of the world with country, blues and rock tunes emanating from downtown venues, Austin has grown from a small Central Texas city on the banks of the Colorado River to be named the fastest growing major city in the United States

In 2000, the city adopted a unique nickname, “Keep Austin Weird”. Over the past two decades, this once mostly quirky town has seen heavy commercialization and a jaw-dropping population explosion, but residents are struggling to maintain its unique character. It is perhaps best known as the home of South by Southwest (SXSW), which began as a music showcase and has blossomed into an annual springtime convergence of the global technology, film, music and entertainment industries. entertainment.

Austin offers countless things to do, incredible restaurants, world-class events, enviable nightlife, and outdoor experiences for everyone.


oak forest

Pecan Grove RV Park

Midtown RV Park

Things to do

McKinney Falls State Park

Lady Bird Lake

Austin Lake Activities

kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, paddle boarding or river cruising.

Coffee tasting

Cocktail classes

Beer tours

Bullock Museum

Austin Art Walk

Miraval Austin Wellness Center

Day Trip – Magnolia Market


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