Travel wants to be handy for even inexperienced campers

If your camping experiences are limited to your Boy Scout or Girl Scout days, these campgrounds will be a comfortable welcome back.


What it does: Uses actual camping experiences and glorious photos of nature — not to mention handy Google Maps — to make camping more accessible and desirable to those who are not regulars. Have an RV, kids or need a pet-friendly campground? Search destinations using its amenities section.

What’s hot: I loved the tips section for each campground. Even the most hesitant camper will feel more confident strolling into his or her campsite with info such as this that I found for Point Reyes: “Our favorite spots to camp are the boating sites on Tomales Bay. Grab a bag of oysters and paddle across the bay to find your own private beach campground. Remember to get a fire permit as well — gathering driftwood is allowed, but toward the end of the summer it will likely be sparse, so bring a bundle!” It’s also super-handy to know which campsites are available today, this weekend or next weekend.


What’s not: The pictures of the general areas were beautiful, but I wanted to know what the actual campgrounds looked like. I could tell Hipcamp is working on it: There are blank spots for photos on the individual campground pages; it also links out so you can find more info and book your campsite.

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