Are you going camping this summer? Look before you book your next campsite with this nifty online app.
Still wondering what a campground will look like before you show up? Are you traveling to a new location and don’t know where to camp? Want to land the best spot? This website offers virtual tours of campgrounds across the country, so you can see for yourself where you will be setting up your camp.
Founded in 2017, CampingViews.com is called the “Best Online Directory of RV Parks and Campgrounds”. It’s a headline to live up to.
However, its virtual tour feature might be the tool we’ve all been waiting for. And just in time for summer, the site is adding a few new hits.
Views of the campsite Virtual tours
Currently, the site has a directory of over 15,000 parks and campgrounds in all 50 states, although only 300 of them have virtual tours uploaded so far. We have tested the directory and mapping functionality, and find this site to work quite well. However, to find even more sites, you will need to enter a location (city, state).
Recognizing the big spike in RV and camping participation since the pandemic, CampgroundViews adds more to its unique ‘virtual tour’ feature. The site will add a few hundred more parks in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Nevada over the coming weeks.
Why video tours? Well for starters you can see what the site actually looks like. But you can also see how close your neighbors are, if there is a view, if the site is level, if your rig or trailer will be fine, and more.
CampgroundViews tours also have a map layer system for additional camping information, and you can book directly from the virtual tour feature.
“There is no shortage of campsites. There is a lack of good information to help find available campsites, ”said Mark Koep, founder of CampingViews.com in a press release. “This new virtual tour technology makes it easier to find a campsite – we are what would happen if Google Street View took the TripAdvisor campsite.”
Other online camping booking sites, such as ReserveAmerica, Hipcamp, Recreation.gov – submit pictures and plans of campgrounds to help you choose a location. But none of these sites offer 3D video tours as well. Campsite photos also tend to be uploaded by visitors and users – CampgroundViews videos and virtual tours are all uploaded by the site itself.
Access to directory, photos, videos, and booking (CampgroundViews is fully integrated with Recreation.gov) is free, but to access a Campground Virtual Tour you will need to become a CampgroundViews member.
To encourage registrations, Campground Views offers early registration rates at half or more. And the fees range from $ 5 to $ 250 for a month up to a lifetime subscription. Ready to try it? Look before you book on CampgroundViews.com.