Cheap Camping


Camping is one of the most affordable vacation options available, unless you are roughing it at a National Park. Some of this country’s most spectacular natural treasures charge an arm and a leg for lodging, which makes affording a summer getaway quite challenging, especially for families traveling on a tight budget.

Fortunately, there are ways you can experience the wonders of nature at some of the country’s most awe-inspiring parks without going broke. The key is timing. Waiting until late summer/early fall when kids are heading back to school and group travel takes a dive, provides you with the opportunity to enjoy legendary camping sites like Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park for less than $100 per night.

Grand Canyon National Park: No trip to Arizona is complete without a visit to the Grand Canyon. Bargain hunters can score big this fall by staying on the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Lodging there is currently selling for $92 per night for a decent-sized cabin. While not directly on the Rim, The Maswik complex offers clean cabins and is located near a cafeteria and shuttle stop. For a couple dollars more per night, you can bunk in a standard room at Bright Angel Lodge, a property that is also within walking distance of the South Rim.

Glacier National Park: This natural gem nestled in picturesque Montana is a family favorite. What’s more, you can explore the park without emptying your wallet by staying at Swiftcurrent, a property that offers one-bedroom cabins with private bathrooms for just $92 per night. You can save $20 per night if you rent a cabin without a toilet. Communal restrooms are available on-site. What’s more, the walk to the bathroom provides some of the most spectacular scenery the National Park system has to offer.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.