Lonely Planet Writer

It just got easier to find a place to go camping in the US

With incredible landscapes across its 50 states, the US is the perfect place to plan a camping trip.

It’s about to get easier to camp in the US. Image by Cavan Images/Getty Images

But if you’re wondering how to find a spot to set up your tent, you don’t have to drive aimlessly around the countryside. Hipcamp, a website similar to Airbnb that lets landowners rent out their space to campers, is making it easier to find spots in traditional campsites.

The start-up has announced that it has become the first platform to access campsite availability data from Recreation.gov, the government website where travellers can book federal campsites. That means users will be able to see in real-time where they can find a federal camping spot, including in places like Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and more. For now, users can only see the availability, but Hipcamp is working with Recreation.gov to allow for booking directing on the site in the future.

Explore the American Southwest at Arches National Park in a camper van. Image by ©Stanley Wai/Getty Images

Already the app allows users to book into unique campsites on ranches, vineyards and has an inventory of more than 370,000 private and public parks, campgrounds and campsites. That means, if you are on a camping trip around the country, you will be able to find a place to spend the night online.

“With this integration, we’ve taken a significant step forward in providing the kind of campsite reservation experience people expect and deserve in the 21st century,” says Hipcamp Founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio. She added that the new feature will allow the company to build new resources that “connect more people with their public land, generate more interest and revenue for federal parks, and expand overall access to the outdoors.”