While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on most people’s travel plans, it’s caused a boom in the RV and camping industry. Everyone is looking for ways to get and have fun while not putting themselves or anyone else at risk. One of the biggest challenges for travelers has been finding a campsite, as many public campgrounds were booked solid through the busy summer camping season.
A great way to find off-the-beaten-path sites is with Hipcamp, an online booking system that hosts everything from luxury RV parks with dozens of sites to single spaces in people’s backyards. You can even narrow your search to sites near hiking trails and kayaking put-ins, or by the amenities like showers and Wi-Fi. These features make it incredibly useful for digital nomads or anyone going on a long road trip in their RV.
The Best Hipcamp Sites in Each State
Hundreds of Hipcamp sites can be found in every state, ranging from level patches of grass to full-service RV parks to yurts and luxury cabins. The hardest part of planning an RV road trip is choosing just one (or a few) places to stay. These are some of the best Hipcamp sites in several states.
California’s coast gets all the attention, but there are equally amazing camping options on the other side of the Sierras.
Mountain View RV Camping (starting at $57/night)
This Mountain Views RV campground is just north of the otherworldly Mono Lake and has every amenity you could need for hip camping –– full hookups, showers, a kitchen, kayaks, and nightly bonfires. Spectacular views of 10,000 feet peaks are just the cherry on top.
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Animal lovers will be overjoyed by the number of fluffy alpacas roaming around at this campsite outside of Grand Junction.
Dena M.’s Land (starting at $35/night)
Dena M.’s Land is a Hipcamp site on a working farm, providing alpaca wool for apparel companies around the country. The best part? You can learn a lot about these fascinating animals and the amazing products being spun from their fleece. It’s right in the heart of Colorado wine country too, with over a dozen vineyards within a fifteen-minute drive. Adventure tourists can also hike the spectacular canyons of the Colorado National Monument, half an hour to the west.
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Michigan may be considered the Midwest, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any of the natural sights RV enthusiasts seek.
High Swamp Camp (starting at $20/night)
The grassy High Swamp Camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (the UP) is ideal for RV campers that want to go off the grid and into the wilderness. It’s less than 20 minutes from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a stunningly beautiful sandstone coast on Lake Superior that’ll make you forget you’re hip camping in the Midwest. The site has a very communal atmosphere with a group firepit and events in the evening too.
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Montana has many hidden gems when it comes to hip camping spots! Here is one of our favorites in the state.
Peaceful Woods Near Glacier NP Tawn B.’s Land (starting at $50/night)
Located just 10 minutes from Flathead Lake and 45 minutes from Glacier National Park, this rustic little spot is the perfect place to base yourself on a Montana road trip. It has all the creature comforts like water and electrical hookups and Wi-Fi, but is well-suited for those wanting to kick back in nature or have a wild adventure. Flathead Lake is the epicenter of tourism in the state with horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, downhill and cross-country skiing, or windsurfing and is just a short drive away.
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The sandy hills of Nebraska don’t get a lot of love from road trip planners, which makes this campsite near the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument a real hidden gem.
Rose Hill’s RV Spots (starting at $42/night)
Rose Hill’s RV Spots is an affordable hip camping site for adventurers in the Midwest. Hike from your campsite into the monument to explore the Oregon Trail the way pioneers did over 150 years ago or head over to Lake Minatare to swim in its cool waters and have a cookout on the beach.
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There’s nowhere else like the Outer Banks (OBX) –– it has a spectacular beachfront, wild horses, southern accents, and the best blue crab you’ll ever eat.
Hatteras Island Keith M.’s Land (starting at $60/night)
Airbnbs and hotels book up in the summer, which is why this backyard campsite with water and electrical hookups, showers, Wi-Fi, and only a short walk to the beach is the perfect spot for hip camping in North Carolina.
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The Beehive State is a boondockers dream, with the federal government managing nearly 65% of its land, mostly through the BLM and permitting free dispersed camping. For a small fee though, you greatly improve your camping experience by staying in this hip camping site.
Sunset Campground on Ruin Road (starting at $22/night)
Sunset Campground on Ruin Road is near Blanding and close to Bears Ears National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Monument Valley. Several Native American pueblo sites can also be found just outside the campground.
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Think about Vermont for a moment and you probably picture maple syrup, apple-picking, or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, but how about wine?
Grassy Area Behind Barn (starting at $50/night)
This beautiful camping space sits adjacent to the bucolic Snow Farm Vineyard on South Hero Island. It’s only half an hour from bustling Burlington and the shops of Church Street but feels a world away when you’re relaxing on the shore of Lake Champlain with a glass of Snow Farm’s Vidal Blanc.
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Few states can compete with Evergreen State for the number or variety of Hipcamp options, but for a truly unique experience, head to the San Juan Islands.
RV Site - Power and Water (starting at $59/night)
This is the only RV park on Orcas Island, the largest island in the San Juans, and offers water and electrical hookups, along with showers and a dishwashing area. Eastsound, the main town on the island, is less than 10 minutes away and is chock full of art galleries, great restaurants, and cute boutique shops. Head to Moran State Park for a hike up Mount Constitution or over to Deer Harbor for some spectacular sea kayaking adventures.
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Start Your Hip Camping Journey With Cruise America
Cruise America has a full fleet of RV rentals ready for your adventures hip camping. Check out our wide range of vehicles to find the right one for you, then contact us to book. Get outside and explore the great outdoors with an RV rental from Cruise America today!