Camping is one of the most affordable ways to vacation. According to Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, you can do it in a tent, trailer, recreational vehicle or even at a hotel (yes, there are four- and five-star hotels in some of the national parks). Camp on your own terms at some of the best locations in the United States:
1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
This barrier island, covered in 37 miles of sandy beaches, salt marshes and forests, is located off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. Adding to the charm is a community of wild horses that roams the island.
Campground reservations are recommended for peak-season camping: April 15-Oct. 15. Camping is allowed only on the Maryland side of the island.
2. Yosemite National Park, California
First protected in 1864, Yosemite offers visitors the opportunity to explore waterfalls, valleys, meadows and forests of sequoias within the park’s 1,200 square miles of vast wilderness.
There are 13 campgrounds throughout the park—four are open year-round, and the rest are open during peak season. Some are more rugged than others.
3. Badlands National Park, South Dakota