10 great places to camp in America’s national parks, from Zion to Shenandoah

The best way to get to know a national park is to camp in one, say authors Renee and Matthew Hahnel, who took a seven-month road trip to research their book “Roaming America: Exploring All the National Parks!” (Lannoo Publishers)

The couple, originally from Australia, lived in a van during their trip and were amazed by the low-cost camping options they found in most parks.

“You’re down by a river. You have a mountain view, you’re in a beautiful setting,” says Renee. Many campsites can be reserved through the recreation,gov website, and although some spots are held for walk-in visitors, they’re often claimed early in the morning.

The Hahnels share some of their favorites with USA TODAY.

1. Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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