March 21, 2024 4 min read

As the weather warms and the feeling comes back into our toes after a long winter, spring adventures are calling. From desert landscapes to picturesque coastlines, the spring season offers up a range of stunning destinations for unforgettable road trips in your camping rig. If you're planning a spring road trip, here are five must-visit locations for your next camping adventure.

Top 5 Spring Road trips for Camping Adventures


Grand Canyon to Sedona, Arizona

Getting on the list of Natural Wonders of the World is a big feat, and reason enough to start this road trip off at the Grand Canyon. From stunning red rock, to deep, cavernous canyons, the sheer size of Grand Canyon National Park offers a lifetime of adventure. Spend your days exploring on canyon rim or even hike down to the valley floor where the impressive 277 miles of the Colorado River has been eroding the canyon walls for the past 5 to 6 million years. When you’ve gotten your fix of impressive views, you’ll be able to relax and unwind or keep the adventure going in the nearby town of Sedona, Arizona. Known for its stunning red rock formations and spiritual vibe, Sedona is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the area's numerous vortex sites, go hiking or mountain biking on the surrounding trails, and take in the breathtaking views of the desert landscape.


Olympic Peninsula, Washington

With easy driving access from Seattle, it’s no wonder that the Olympic Peninsula is on this list. From the Emerald City, you have two ways to get to the Peninsula—by ferry or by road. The ferry is faster and a more unique way to travel, but does cost money per vehicle (and extra passenger)! Once you’re on the Olympic Peninsula, you’ll be able to drive around the 101 with plenty to do to keep you busy. Plus, you’ll be able to check out the peninsula wildlife like whale watching tours or bird watching at Sequim’s Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. If your focus is water, you’ll be able to choose from the ocean, lakes, hot springs and waterfalls, and if monuments are on your list, Olympic National Park is never too far away. An added bonus is that you can park and camp near the coast, falling asleep to the sound of the waves. While exploring the peninsula, don't miss the chance to visit the Hoh Rainforest, one of the wettest (and quietest) places in the continental United States!


Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic drive that winds through the Appalachian Mountains, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, forests, and wildflowers. This road trip will bring you from Charlottseville, Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina spanning 384 miles. Spring happens a little later in this area of the Appalachian Mountains, so you’ll want to catch the blooming flowers around May or June. You’ll be able to take in the views, stop and enjoy the art in the small towns along the way, or even set up your HEST Sleep System under the stars in some official Dark Sky areas along the way. Don't miss the chance to hike some of the nearby trails, such as the famous Appalachian Trail, to immerse yourself deeper in the stunning scenery!


Joshua Tree National Park, California

If your plan is to dethaw from a cold winter, escaping to the desert of Joshua Tree should be your next big road trip. The best time to explore Joshua Tree National Park is around March during the spring bloom for  cacti and flowers. With temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, less crowds, and plenty of time to enjoy the stars, Joshua Tree is the  perfect way to kick off the new season. The park offers around 500 campgrounds, ranging from basic sites to more developed ones with amenities, so no matter your camping setup you can stay comfortable with any of our sleeping setups. While you’re there, you’ll have the chance to explore the park's unique rock formations, go hiking among the Joshua trees, hit up the many crags, or stargaze to end a day of exploring. 


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

While the weather may be a little unpredictable in the spring, the wildflowers will be blooming in April in the Great Smoky Mountains. The wonderful thing about this national park is that you can throw on your hiking boots, hop in a kayak, or take in the mountains by bike or horse—sometimes all in the same day! The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the cool air that combines with the humidity of the rainforest that covers the mountains, creating low clouds and a “smoky” effect on the horizon. Explore the park's numerous hiking trails, take in the views from Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park, and keep an eye out for wildlife such as black bears and elk.



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