Calpine Fire Lookout, Tahoe National Forest, CA While nearly all the other sites on this list offer a cleared patch of ground at best, Calpine Fire Lookout offers a fully functioning shelter, atop a mountain no less.
Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area, MT The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area stretches well over 900,000 acres across both Montana and Wyoming, meaning it's damn near impossible to pick just a single campsite that's going to be better than the next.
Chisos Campground, Big Bend National Park, TX Looking for a reason to visit Texas outside of Austin? Try Chisos Campground and wake up to great views and pure mountain air. Located at well over 5,000 feet elevation in the middle of the green Chisos Mountains.
When many people think of California their minds jump immediately to beautiful beaches and Hollywood celebrities, but it's the state's soaring redwoods are the real stars. Set alongside the idyllic Smith River and amongst hundreds of old growth redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods Campground is arguably the state's most beautiful camping spot. Plus, with ready-made fire pits, hot showers, and restrooms, you won't really have to rough it too hard.