Finding the best camping spots isn't always easy—especially when you're exploring a location you've never been. You can rely on word of mouth, Google, state reservation systems, or you can check out a relatively new startup that outdoorsy people can't seem to get enough of.
Hipcamp is a company that uses the same model as Airbnb. Private landowners list their campsites, glampsites, RV spaces, and cabins for rent on at least two acres of land. While some listings are located in ordinary-looking backyards or national parks, others are on farmland, treehouses, yurts, Airstreams, tiny houses, and other off the grid spots.
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Hipcamp is ideal for anyone looking for a fun getaway with family or friends—whether you're looking for adventures, to relax, or a nice mix of both. You can search based on exactly what you want out of a trip (fishing, toilets, full hook-ups, equestrian access, wildlife watching, forest, hot spring, etc.), and you can set the price and group size. You can also browse by location or by specific sections, including tiny houses, locations with farm animals. The site will also show you the most popular locations and spots available tonight or over the weekend.