Everyone has their own method for locating camping spots when on the road. While no one source seems to put together a resource that pulls together all options available campsite resorts I have relied on a few great resources to help me find campsites that worked pretty well last summer.
I am a visual person so I like to get an overall picture of the area that I am going to. So the atlas is often the first place I start when looking for a new camp. I draw an imaginary circle around an area that I am going near and then begin looking for more detail. A good camp needs to be close to the attractions in the area that you want to participate in or you spend the campground savings on gas going to the places you want to see. Just like in a sticks and bricks, it is all about location, location, location. Here are some of my favorite resources when hunting done the perfect camp.
1. National Geographic Atlas - My go to atlas.
This well used atlas, shows state campgrounds but also show National Forests and marks National Campgrounds which are often very low costs and of course many participate in the 50% off camping fees for seniors. It is spiral bound with a heavy duty, plastic coated cover and has held up well under constant use. (it has held up far better than my Benchmark or Delorme Atlases.)
2. Two web sites that have provided camps that aren't always on maps or Atlases
Generally basic campsites but the ones I have used have been in areas that do not have a great number of low cost campsites so are valuable in a pinch.
3. Pinterest - My on the Road Virtual Filing Cabinet
It works great for me.
4. ALLSTAYSAllstays is an app that s available for use on phones or computers that could quickly become my new best friend. Within its search engines are all kinds of information that will help the travelers as they move into unfamiliar territory.
5. Bench Mark Maps
6. Chat with locals, Visitor Centers and other Rv'ers along the way
I haven't paid for membership at campgrounds or Fraternal Orders campsites or the Escapees and their magically Boondocking lists...... and am not eligible to stay at the military camps. Nor am I particularly fond of camping in RV Parks or resorts but I have discovered that some of the private campgrounds are actually cheaper than state parks when using the weekly rates. When traveling on the East Coast, I certainly will have to develop some new travel planning strategies to cope with the high cost of overnight stays.