Destinations: Yosemite National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, Sedona, Yellowstone National Park

Themes: Family Travel, Experiential Travel, Mountain Vacations, Outdoor Adventures, Single-Parent Family Travel

As suburban sprawl creeps ever outward, the allure of spending a night in the wilderness has increased exponentially. Whether it’s sleeping in the open air, a tent or a comfortable RV, camping vacations are how many families and adventurers choose to get away from it all.

There are lots of ways to “go camping.” Some are serious—survivalists plunge deep into the wild with minimal supplies—and some are relaxed forays into nature, such as amenity-laden RV parks on the fringe of forests. Many campers combine the standard hot dog and marshmallow roasting with active pursuits like hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, hunting and fishing.

The United States is chock-full of some of the best campgrounds in the world. California has amazing sites at its many national parks and preserves. The northern reaches of the continent also are favorites for their wilderness and wildlife; try Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska to start.

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Plan the Perfect Alaskan Vacation

Alaska’s wilderness is one of the final frontiers for travelers seeking adventure, unparalleled natural beauty or just a chance to get away from it all.

Alaska’s Denali National Park

The highest mountain peak in North America, abundant wildlife and family-friendly activities make this an essential stop on your Alaska itinerary.

Be Prepared Before Hitting the Trail

Prepare for your family hiking or caving adventure with these expert tips on safety and gear essentials.

Family Camps Save Sanity and Money

Don’t stress over planning your family vacation. At family camps, daily meals, activities and lodging are all included in a basic fee.

Wilderness Outfitters Help Families Bond

With a little help from your friends—aka, professional outdoor guides—your family can have a safe and hassle-free vacation.

RV Travel: On the Road for Less

See how an RV rental can save you money on your next family vacation.

Grand Tours of the Grand Canyon

Whether you have 30 minutes for a helicopter ride or two weeks for a rafting trip, there’s a canyon tour bound to suit you.

Where to Stay in Tahoe

Tahoe’s plethora of accommodations can fit any family’s budget or style, from luxury resorts to classic campgrounds.

Tahoe, From Lake to Peak

A local highlights what’s best in the region for a Lake Tahoe vacation in any season.

Luxury Camping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

This luxury retreat offers bejeweled-wall tents, silk bedding, a seaside spa and guided activities. Roughing it has never been so glamorous.

Maui No Ka Oi

Hawaii’s second-largest island is, as the locals say ‘the best.’ It offers striking beauty, a range of activities for all ages, cultural history and a peaceful vibe.

Movable Feast for Wilderness Lovers

Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park’s scenery rivals the European Alps for beauty and variety.

Zion National Park Centennial

Southern Utah’s bedazzling red-rock park offers countless hiking trails and special events this year to mark Zion’s centennial.

Sleeping Under the Stars

Use this camping guide to help plan your outdoor adventure whether you’re a first-time or seasoned camper.

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

What to expect and how to plan for the journey of a lifetime in Peru.

Seattle Getaway: Washington State National Parks

From lush rain forests to staggering mountain peaks, experience the rugged beauty of the this state’s three national parks, each an easy day-trip from Seattle.

Access Nature at U.S. National Parks

Explore the great outdoors with your special needs child at several accessible national parks.

Teen Travels on Alaska’s Peterson Lake Trail

Tag along for this teen’s perspective on her hiking adventure along the scenic and slippery slopes of this beautiful northern trail.

Deals in and Near U.S. National Parks

From last minute summer escapes to upcoming winter specials, there are plenty of discounts and packages to help you explore the great outdoors.

Traveling Solo With Kids

Single parent travelers can plan memorable family vacations with activities that encourage quality time with the kids.

Sweet Spots on St. John

Read our expert’s tips on all that this USVI hot spot has to offer, from top beaches and hotels to the best places to pitch your tent.

Escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands

Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.

Upscale Camping—Be Green in Comfort

Enjoy the Caribbean paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands—and help preserve it—with a stay at one of these luxury eco-camps.

Camp Among the Bears in Yellowstone

How do you get up close and personal with all that Yellowstone has to offer? Camp!

Lodging and Dining in and Around Yosemite

From camping to luxury hotels, family-friendly cafeterias to fine dining, Yosemite offers something for every taste and budget.

Camping With Kids 101

Introduce your children to the great outdoors with expert advice on how to make sure your first camping trip goes smoothly.

Lake Tahoe Guidebooks: Summer and Winter Adventures

Read our review of two guidebooks to see whether a summer or winter Tahoe family vacation is right for you.

Inside Yosemite: Treks, Tracks and Scat

Two comprehensive and educational guidebooks cover everything from Yosemite hikes to helping kids identify animal tracks and droppings.

Into the Wild … in Comfort

Camping gear for those who like their creature comforts on the go.