Travel with Children: Top 10 Camping Vacations

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
FALL FOR IT: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Richard Nowitz/Digital Vision/Getty)

West Coast of the South Island (New Zealand)
Lakes and rivers, short walks to magnificent glaciers and a chance to hear the chirps of the elusive kiwi bird. New Zealand has some of the best camping grounds in the world.

Sunshine Coast (Australia)
Surf or frolic on endless beaches or tramp through the subtropical rainforest of the hinterland.

Yellowstone National Park (USA)
Geysers, hot springs, wildflowers, bears and bison are only a fraction of the attractions at this over-the-top beautiful park.

Vancouver Island (Canada
Spot orcas, fish for salmon and watch eagles soar overhead. Camping options range from RV parks near urban areas to complete back country.

Hvar & Korcula Islands (Croatia)
Shady beaches, clear and calm waters that aren't too crowded—yet. There are so many great places to camp in this country it's hard to choose!

Corsica (France) & Sardinia (Italy)
Get two cultures for the price of one when you board the ferry to island hop from France (Corsica) to Italy (Sardinia). In these spots you'll find white Mediterranean beaches, mountains, amazing food and beautiful campsites.

Bornholm (Denmark)
The soft-sand beaches and dunes of this island are perfect for children, and there's a camping ground in a wooded area right next to the beach.

Sea of Cortez Coast (Mexico)
The place to go in a camper van. Calm swimming beaches, lazy fishing villages and whale watching are on the menu.

Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Excellent kid-friendly facilities in one of Africa's greatest wildlife parks.

Cyclades (Greece)
The islands of Naxos and Amorgos, among others, have lovely laid-back seaside camp spots.

Reproduced with permission from Travel With Children 5, 2009, Lonely Planet Publications. All rights reserved.


Published: 9 Feb 2010 | Last Updated: 30 Jul 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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