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Guides to Destinations and National Parks

Our Destination and National Park guides give you sample itineraries for each location including Free Campsites, Epic Hikes and the Best Coffee, Burgers and Beer Around.

Latest Posts

The Best Free Campsites in Mt. Hood
What You Need to Know About Free Campsites in Mt. Hood, Oregon   Is There Free Camping in Mt. Hood? Yes! Not only do you have the National Forest camping options but you also have free access to the Sno-Parks out of ski season. This was by far one of our favorite...
The Best Free Campsites at North Cascades National Park
Who Is this Guide For? This is for those of you looking to enjoy North Cascades National Park and be as close to the gorgeous turquoise water and epic hikes as possible.  It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote...
The Best Free Campsites at Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor
What You Need to Know Who Is this Guide For? This post is for travelers looking to enjoy Acadia and be as close to the park, and Bar Harbor, as possible. It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote campsite in Wesley or...
The Best Free Campsites in Morro Bay, CA
What You Need to Know Is Car Camping Legal in Morro Bay? Unfortunately camping in your car, van, or RV is illegal on the streets of Morro Bay and carries with it a $250 fine. Like most popular towns and cities, on the California coast, Morro Bay sees quite a few...

The Best Free Campsites in Mt. Hood

What You Need to Know About Free Campsites in Mt. Hood, Oregon   Is There Free Camping in Mt. Hood? Yes! Not only do you have the National Forest camping options but you also have free access to the Sno-Parks out of ski season. This was by far one of our favorite...

The Best Free Campsites at North Cascades National Park

Who Is this Guide For? This is for those of you looking to enjoy North Cascades National Park and be as close to the gorgeous turquoise water and epic hikes as possible.  It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote...

The Best Free Campsites at Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

What You Need to Know Who Is this Guide For? This post is for travelers looking to enjoy Acadia and be as close to the park, and Bar Harbor, as possible. It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote campsite in Wesley or...

The Best Free Campsites in Morro Bay, CA

What You Need to Know Is Car Camping Legal in Morro Bay? Unfortunately camping in your car, van, or RV is illegal on the streets of Morro Bay and carries with it a $250 fine. Like most popular towns and cities, on the California coast, Morro Bay sees quite a few...

The 9 Best Hikes in Bend Oregon for All Levels

The Best Hikes in Bend Bend is a hiker's paradise with trails for all levels. Depending on the time of year, you can choose from alpine lakes, mountain summits, trail runs, waterfalls, and more. As the snow melts in the spring, you can go on a snow hike up to the...

The 9 Best Free Campsites in Bend, Oregon

What You Need to Know Is It Legal to Camp in Your Car, Van or RV in Bend? Bend is fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the United States. With that comes expensive lodging and busy paid campsites. With the exploding popularity, more and more...

Van Life in Bend, OR

Why Bend is a Top Destination for Van Life Bend, Oregon is one of the most popular van life destinations due to its combination of hiking, bike trails, free camping, skiing, rafting and mountains. It also home to the most breweries per square foot of any town, great...

Apps to Find the Perfect Free Campsite

How to Find the Best Free Campsites As a fellow van lifer I know how stressful it can be to not know where you are going to sleep that night. For most of us this is one of the main sources of anxiety when heading to a new location or if we are spending any amount of...

Van Life in Sedona

This is a guide and review of van life in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona for good reason is one of the most popular van life locations due to its combination of day hikes, free camping, scenic red rocks and an active town. Sedona is a bustling tourism destination, and on its...

The Best Free Campsites in Mt. Hood

What You Need to Know About Free Campsites in Mt. Hood, Oregon   Is There Free Camping in Mt. Hood? Yes! Not only do you have the National Forest camping options but you also have free access to the Sno-Parks out of ski season. This was by far one of our favorite...

The Best Free Campsites at North Cascades National Park

Who Is this Guide For? This is for those of you looking to enjoy North Cascades National Park and be as close to the gorgeous turquoise water and epic hikes as possible.  It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote...

The Best Free Campsites at Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

What You Need to Know Who Is this Guide For? This post is for travelers looking to enjoy Acadia and be as close to the park, and Bar Harbor, as possible. It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote campsite in Wesley or...

The Best Free Campsites in Morro Bay, CA

What You Need to Know Is Car Camping Legal in Morro Bay? Unfortunately camping in your car, van, or RV is illegal on the streets of Morro Bay and carries with it a $250 fine. Like most popular towns and cities, on the California coast, Morro Bay sees quite a few...

The 9 Best Hikes in Bend Oregon for All Levels

The Best Hikes in Bend Bend is a hiker's paradise with trails for all levels. Depending on the time of year, you can choose from alpine lakes, mountain summits, trail runs, waterfalls, and more. As the snow melts in the spring, you can go on a snow hike up to the...

The 9 Best Free Campsites in Bend, Oregon

What You Need to Know Is It Legal to Camp in Your Car, Van or RV in Bend? Bend is fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the United States. With that comes expensive lodging and busy paid campsites. With the exploding popularity, more and more...

Van Life in Bend, OR

Why Bend is a Top Destination for Van Life Bend, Oregon is one of the most popular van life destinations due to its combination of hiking, bike trails, free camping, skiing, rafting and mountains. It also home to the most breweries per square foot of any town, great...

Apps to Find the Perfect Free Campsite

How to Find the Best Free Campsites As a fellow van lifer I know how stressful it can be to not know where you are going to sleep that night. For most of us this is one of the main sources of anxiety when heading to a new location or if we are spending any amount of...

Van Life in Sedona

This is a guide and review of van life in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona for good reason is one of the most popular van life locations due to its combination of day hikes, free camping, scenic red rocks and an active town. Sedona is a bustling tourism destination, and on its...

The Best Free Campsites in Mt. Hood

What You Need to Know About Free Campsites in Mt. Hood, Oregon   Is There Free Camping in Mt. Hood? Yes! Not only do you have the National Forest camping options but you also have free access to the Sno-Parks out of ski season. This was by far one of our favorite...

The Best Free Campsites at North Cascades National Park

Who Is this Guide For? This is for those of you looking to enjoy North Cascades National Park and be as close to the gorgeous turquoise water and epic hikes as possible.  It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote...

The Best Free Campsites at Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

What You Need to Know Who Is this Guide For? This post is for travelers looking to enjoy Acadia and be as close to the park, and Bar Harbor, as possible. It isn't for travelers who are passing through and want to stay for 10 days at a remote campsite in Wesley or...

The Best Free Campsites in Morro Bay, CA

What You Need to Know Is Car Camping Legal in Morro Bay? Unfortunately camping in your car, van, or RV is illegal on the streets of Morro Bay and carries with it a $250 fine. Like most popular towns and cities, on the California coast, Morro Bay sees quite a few...

The 9 Best Hikes in Bend Oregon for All Levels

The Best Hikes in Bend Bend is a hiker's paradise with trails for all levels. Depending on the time of year, you can choose from alpine lakes, mountain summits, trail runs, waterfalls, and more. As the snow melts in the spring, you can go on a snow hike up to the...

The 9 Best Free Campsites in Bend, Oregon

What You Need to Know Is It Legal to Camp in Your Car, Van or RV in Bend? Bend is fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the United States. With that comes expensive lodging and busy paid campsites. With the exploding popularity, more and more...

Van Life in Bend, OR

Why Bend is a Top Destination for Van Life Bend, Oregon is one of the most popular van life destinations due to its combination of hiking, bike trails, free camping, skiing, rafting and mountains. It also home to the most breweries per square foot of any town, great...

Apps to Find the Perfect Free Campsite

How to Find the Best Free Campsites As a fellow van lifer I know how stressful it can be to not know where you are going to sleep that night. For most of us this is one of the main sources of anxiety when heading to a new location or if we are spending any amount of...

Van Life in Sedona

This is a guide and review of van life in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona for good reason is one of the most popular van life locations due to its combination of day hikes, free camping, scenic red rocks and an active town. Sedona is a bustling tourism destination, and on its...

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