20 Trending Spring Break Camping Destinations for 2024

Wondering the top spots to hit in your campervan or RV for spring break? Here are 20 trending places to try!

It’s almost time to pack for spring break. Ready to soak up the sun? A camping trip is just what the doctor ordered. It’s a great way to unplug, destress, breathe some fresh air, and connect with nature.

At The Wayward Home, we’ve teamed up with Campspot to select the top 20 trending spring break camping destinations for 2024. From pristine white beaches and charming small towns to serene forests and mountainous canyons – there’s something for everyone on the list. 

You’ll notice that all the cities we picked are in the States because, according to Kayak’s 2024 travel report, “Domestic airfare will drop 16% in 2024 compared to 2023.” So going camping – in a van, RV, cottage, or tent – in the U.S. is one of the most affordable (and fun!) ways to enjoy spring break. 

Here we go.

1) Oxford, Florida

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Love the vibe of a quaint small town? Oxford, in southwest Florida, is a laid-back destination with plenty of activities to choose from. Enjoy your favorite water sport, hike the beautiful trails at Lake Griffin State Park, taste delicious local wine at a winery, go berry-picking, or browse through unique antique and specialty stores. 

There are three campgrounds in town and the average day rate is just $20. The Whimcycle Trail RV Resort is one of the best around. It’s located within the Santos area – a premier spot for mountain biking – and by the National Scenic Hiking Trail. Here, you can go cycling, horse riding, hiking, ziplining, and even gem-mining.

2) Daytona Beach, Florida

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If you’re looking to spend some time on the beach but get bored easily, head to Daytona Beach. You’ll have access to long sandy beaches, a lively nightlife, and plenty of outdoor activities. At the beach, you can go kayaking or beachcombing. If you don’t mind driving, head to nearby Tomoka State Park to go hiking and trailing.

Average day rates for camping in the area are $55. If you’re looking for a quiet campground, choose Elite Resorts at Salt Springs. It’s close to both Little Lake Kerr and the Ocala National Forest and offers full hookup RV sites and lakefront lodges. 

3) Moab, Utah

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Want to explore Utah’s iconic mountainous canyons and deserts? Consider booking a stay in Mohab. The city sits between Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, so you can explore both easily. And don’t forget to check out the Moab Rim Trail, which offers sweeping views of the Moab Valley. From Moab, you can go rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and off-roading in the desert. The Colorado River isn’t far, so you can also go on some exciting rafting adventures.

The average day rate for camping around Moab is $90. There are over 10 campgrounds to choose from. The most luxurious one has to be the Portal RV Resort and Campground. It offers two pools and hot tubs and a pickleball court.

4) Salt Lake City, Utah

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Easily switch between city life and outdoor activities in Salt Lake City. It’s close to 20 national parks – 20! The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is just a 30-minute drive away, while Zion National Park is four and a half hours away. In the city, you have amusement parks, zoos, gardens, historic sites, and more to visit. Not to mention, the city itself is right by the Great Salt Lake–a must-see when you’re in the area. 

There are lots of campgrounds near the city and the average day rate is $40. If you want to camp near downtown Salt Lake City, check out Sun Outdoors Salt Lake City. They have a pool, life-sized board games communal BBQ grills, and Surrey bikes. Take your RV, rent an Airstream trailer, or stay in a cabin.

5) Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Pigeon Forge is a well-known getaway destination to the Smokies and sits in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. It’s a great base to go on outdoor adventures. In town, you’ll find the Dollywood theme park, the Titanic Museum, and The Island in Pigeon Forge – a 23-acre entertainment complex. There are also lots of nice shops and restaurants on the town’s Parkway.

Camping near Pigeon Forge costs $40 per day on average. If you stay at Camp Riverslanding, you’ll have access to a heated pool, a bathhouse, a playground, and a community fire pit. Take your RV or stay in a rental.

6) Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Gatlinburg is a colorful town nestled in the woods by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It doesn’t have as many attractions as Pigeon Forge, but it’s extra charming. In town, you’ll find Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. By going during spring break, rather than waiting until the popular summer season, you’ll have a fun – not overcrowded – vacation.

The average camping day rate in Gatlinburg is $105. Just half an hour’s drive away, Cove Creek RV Resorts offers breathtaking views of Wears Valley. It’s close to the attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge but offers a quiet retreat for campers. At the campground, you can have a dip in the saltwater pool and fish in the catch-and-release pond.

7) Friant, California

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Want to visit Yosemite? Do it from Friant, in Fresno County. It’s just an hour away, but not as popular as other destinations. When you don’t want to make the trip into the valley, you can visit local wineries or head to the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area to go mountain biking, swimming, hiking, or boating. 

If your main objective is to visit Yosemite, Indian Flat RV Park is the closest campground to the park entrance of Highway 140. There are RV sites, tent sites, and tent cabins. The campground is near a river where you can go for a stroll and there’s a swimming pool to relax in after a long day of hiking or rock climbing in Yosemite.

8) Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, so it makes for a classic spring break destination. It offers Mediterranean-like weather, sweeping coastlines, and delicious wine. Near Santa Barbara, you can practice water sports in the Pacific Ocean and go on some excellent hikes in the Santa Ynez Mountains. In town, you’ll be able to appreciate the historic architecture, as well as interesting shops and great restaurants.

If you’re looking for a place to stay nearby, check out Sun Outdoors Santa Barbara. They have large RV and tent sites suitable for families. At the campground, there’s a heated pool, outdoor movie nights, and a market. If you like hiking, you can hire one of their guides to take you on private trails. There’s also a llama and goat farm nearby.

9) Savannah, Georgia

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Are you a fan of that charming European vibe? Experience it in Savannah. With its cobblestone streets, well-preserved mansions, and public squares, you’ll feel like you’re in Spain or Italy. In town, you should visit Forsyth Park with its lush green spaces. Drive to Skidaway Island State Park to walk the trails winding through the maritime forest and salt marshes. 

If you like kayaking, stay at Okefenokee Pastimes Cabins & Campground, which is by the gorgeous Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. It offers 120 miles of paddle and motorboat water trails, with plenty of opportunities to spot its notable wildlife, which includes the iconic American alligator. 

10) Eastman, Georgia

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If you’re looking for a tranquil spot to relax and recharge, opt for Eastman in the heart of Middle Georgia. Head to the Dodge County Public Fishing Area to go fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching. Drive to Little Ocmulgee State Park to play the golf course and go boating or fishing. If you want to spend some time in town, check out the flea market.

Looking for a peaceful pet-friendly retreat? Fair Harbor RV Park & Campground is set in a stunning wooded area. Stay in RV sites or one of the cozy cabins and experience camping in nature. 

11) Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Golf Shores sees warm weather year-round, so you can enjoy its famous sandy beaches. Nearby, you’ll be able to visit Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, where you can admire migratory bird species and diverse ecosystems. If you’d rather do something more active, head to Gulf State Park to go hiking, biking, ziplining, and fishing. 

Camping in the area costs $45 a day on average. Island Retreat RV Park is just 3 miles from the Gulf Coast, right by a lagoon. If you like, you can spend your whole break at the campground; they have a clubhouse, cornhole, fire pit, and planned activities year-round. Like the sound of it? Just be sure to take your own vehicle.

12) Maplesville, Alabama

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Looking for a relaxing break away from it all? Experience small-town life and tranquil nature in Maplesville. You’ll be able to go to the nearby Mulberry Fork Wildlife Management Area for hiking, birdwatching, and fishing on the Mulberry River. There are plenty of woodlands and rolling hills in the area, so you’ll be able to escape the crowds easily.

There’s a nice selection of campgrounds near Maplesville. Birmingham South RV Park is located just 18 miles away and it’s huge. There are 101 campsites, including big rig sites, RV sites, and cabins. No matter where you stay, you’ll have access to a heated swimming pool, foosball tables, ping pong, camping supply store, and organized outdoor activities.

13) Phoenix, Arizona

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Of course, Phoenix, Arizona made the list. It’s no mystery the city’s a hotspot for campers during spring break. It’s close to lots of incredible places, like Tonto National Forest and Superstition Mountains. Head to one of the nearby state parks, like McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Lost Dutchman State Park, or Dead Horse Ranch State Park, to go hiking, biking and stargazing. And when you need to reconnect with civilization, check out Phoenix’s vibrant nightlife.  

Camping near the city is very affordable; day rates are an average of $20. If you want to treat yourself, head to Mesa Sunset RV Resort. Located just a 30-minute drive from downtown Phoenix and 6 miles from Usery Mountain Regional Park, it features paved roads, remodeled facilities, and large lot sizes. On site you’ll find a pool, spa, clubhouse, and pickleball court.

14) Tucson, Arizona

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Fascinated by the desert? Consider staying in Tucson, Arizona. It’s close to both Saguaro National Park and the Santa Catalina Mountains. Walk on the dusty trails among the giant cacti (giant saguaros). Drive into town to indulge in delicious southwestern cuisine and experience a lively arts scene.

Tucson is one of the cheapest spring break camping destinations. The average day rate is just $15. To get that Wild West vibe, head to Ride Out Ranch. It has incredible desert views and the sites are immersed in the wilderness. They even have horse stalls. There are full-service RV hook-ups, tiny homes, and primitive camping areas. 

15) Charlotte, North Carolina

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If you can’t give up the city life even on spring break, head to Charlotte. The city has a ton to offer, but it’s also close to Lake Norman State Park and McDowell Nature Preserve. Here, you can go for a stroll and have a picnic in a forest, meadow, or by a lake. For some fun outdoor activities, head to The U.S. National Whitewater Center to go ziplining, rafting, and mountain biking

The average daily rate for camping near Charlotte is $50. If you’re in the area, you have to check out Broad River Campground. It overlooks the Broad River and North Carolina mountains and offers cabins, domes, and RV sites. The owners are very pet-friendly, which is a plus.

16) Goldston, North Carolina

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Would you rather go somewhere quieter? Goldston, North Carolina is a peaceful spot that’s ideal for families where you can go fishing, boating, hiking, and paddling. Head to the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and Lower Haw River State Natural Area to spend some quality time in nature.

Looking for a family-friendly campground in the area? Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort will keep the kids entertained for the whole vacation. Resort amenities include a pool with waterslide and waterfall, two fishing ponds, a laser tag, a jumping pillow, and more. Be advised – it might be hard to find a moment to chill out on a sundeck.

17) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Myrtle Beach is a classic spring break destination–and for good reason. You can enjoy the beach exclusively or also explore Myrtle Beach State Park’s maritime forests and hiking trails. In town, you’ll find multiple amusement parks and a lively boardwalk.

On average, Campgrounds charge $45 a day in the area. Barefoot RV Resort is another awesome spot for families. There are fire pits, picnic tables, a golf course, and more. It’s also close to the beach, so you won’t need to drive to get there. You can stay in an RV site or a cozy cottage.

18) Charleston, South Carolina

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For a fun but culture-rich break, head to Charlestown, South Carolina. Stroll on the cobblestone streets and visit historic sites like Middleton Place National Historical Landmark. In the city, you’ll find some of the country’s oldest landscaped gardens. There are also lots of fantastic restaurants, bars, and clubs in town. But Charleston is also close to some impressive marshland and stunning lakes.

It pays to camp out of town so you can have a good night’s sleep. Palmetto Shores RV Resort is on the shores of Lake Marion and features a private beach, a boat ramp, a huge outdoor gaming area, dock slips, and a splash pad and lazy river. The owners also organize activities for guests of all ages. Take your own rig or stay in a modern cabin.

19) Austin, Texas

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Spring is a great season to explore Austin and its parks. You don’t need to venture far from town to go hiking and enjoy the waterfront. Don’t forget to visit Zilker Botanical Garden and the state capitol in town. With the live music scene and a huge variety of restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the evenings. If you want to spend a day outdoors, drive to McKinney Falls State Park.

Camping in the area costs an average of $40 per day. If you’re a fan of motorsports, head to Circuit of The Americas RV Park. You’ll be able to watch the biggest names zoom past or perform onstage. Onsite, you’ll find a swimming pool, zipline, playground, all-ages kart-racing circuit, and dog park. 

20) Blanket, Texas

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Ever heard of Blanket, Texas? We’d be surprised if you have! Located southwest of the Dallas-Forth Worth area, it’s close to the Colorado Rover and Lake Brownwood State Park. During your stay, you can enjoy lakeside views and go fishing, hiking, and kayaking. Near town, you’ll find wineries, beer gardens, historical museums, and vineyards. 

Little Star RV Park is just a 20-minute drive away from Blanket, right by Lake Proctor and the PAR Country Club Golf and Recreation. While you can enjoy staying onsite to go fishing, swimming, and practice watersports, you’ve got to venture a little further. Check out nearby Chicken House Flea Market, Brennan Vineyards, and Stone Eagle Beer Garden.

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