If you’re getting bored camping in your backyard or at your local state park, you can definitely kick the excitement factor up a notch by pitching your tent at the base of a volcano. If that sounds like something that’s too exotic for your family, you might be surprised to know that there are actually quite a few locations in the U.S. that will allow you to camp next to a volcano. Here are some of the best volcanos in America for your next camping spot.
Katmai National Park
If one volcano doesn’t sound exciting enough for you, how about 14 of them? Katmai National Park in Alaska has some of the most active volcanos in the world. You may be surprised to learn that not all volcanos are created equal. For example, the volcanos in Hawaii are made up of hot plumes of magma, while the volcanos in Alaska are made from oceanic crusts melting below the North American continent. Camping in Katmai is definitely an adventure and it doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for a true adventure, it’s hard to beat.
Volcanoes National Park
You’re probably not surprised to see a Hawaii destination on this list. In fact, many people believe this is one of the only places to see an active volcano in the United States. While this list proves that’s not the case, it doesn’t change the fact that Hawaii is one of the best places to camp near an active volcano. Camping in Volcanoes National Park will not only provide you with bragging rites for camping near a volcano, but there’s always a chance you’ll actually be able to see flowing lava and fire belching from active volcanoes.
Yellowstone National Park
Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho
There are plenty of reasons to camp in Yellowstone National Park, but it’s one unique characteristic that secures its spot on this list. Yellowstone, in its entirety, is actually one giant volcano. You’re probably aware that Yellowstone is also home to countless hot springs and geysers. That’s because that hot magma is so close to the surface in this region that it interacts with surface water, creating the superheated springs and erupting geysers. The good news is that with over 2,000 campsites within its borders, you shouldn’t have a hard time booking a spot.