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Top 5 Reasons Why Offseason National Parks Car Camping is the Best | Tips to Save Time, Money, Have More Fun

Offseason National Parks Car Camping is the perfect way to take a road trip and stay on budget. Ditch the crowds and high prices, avoid bugs and travel in autumn and winter. I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of sharing my travel experience with hoards of other people. Crowds of people make a holiday seem less relaxing and less personal.

Here are some indisputable facts about Offseason National Parks Car Camping:

               1 Roads into National Parks are less crowded

               2 Campsites are easier to grab

               3 The perfect photo is attainable

               4 Travel is cheaper

               5 Outdoor conditions are better


National Parks are Less Crowded in the Offseason

According to the LA Times: In 2017 the National Parks System had 331 million visitors. That is almost the population of the United States! March to October are the busiest months for most of the National Parks in the west. Did you know that park staff often temporarily close the roads into National Parks when they become too congested to let in more visitors? Offseason National Parks car camping means no waiting and no congestion.

These photos, below, show crowds of people at National Parks in the busy season (from

AVoid this mess with Offseason National Parks Car Camping

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Offseason National Parks Car Camping Tip 1:

The best place to get information on the quietest times to visit is by going directly to the park’s website.

Offseason National Park car camping is a great way to relax and feel close to nature. Your chances of getting a prime campsite greatly improve after Labor Day. Campsites are economical and if you budget car camp in the offseason,  you are less likely to be crammed into a site next to people who ride their dirt bikes at night, light off bottle rockets and (most importantly) blast Kid Rock at breakfast. Did you know that a Lost Campers budget campervan fits nicely into a tent site? No need to reserve an RV site.

Offseason National Parks Car Camping Tip 2:

Fewer crowds equate to greater chances of seeing wildlife.


The Perfect Photo is Attainable in the Offseason

The chance of you capturing that iconic photo, you know the one where you’re standing in front of an alpine lake with a mirrored reflection of the mountain peak in the background, is actually possible. You won’t have to worry about wildfire smoke ruining a photo either, besides that, wildlife photography is also easier. Not only are animals more likely to be visible in cooler temperatures they don’t like crowds either.

   Autumn & Winter = Off Season ↓                                    Summer = Peak Season ↓

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Avoid this Banff, CN mess: Offseason National Parks Car Camping is Better







A Story About My Offseason National Park Car Camping

Let me tell you a short story about the time I camped in my Lost Campers budget campervan outside of Mt. Rainier National Park in the offseason. It was cold outside our van, but we had our little heater keeping us toasty inside. We were getting ready to fall asleep on our comfy mattress when all of a sudden we heard a strange, high pitched sound. We opened the sliding door to our van and saw green eyes moving towards us.

It was the local herd of elk. The heard split up into smaller groups and the females lead the young ones across a road to a field. They were calling to each other and we got to witness the entire thing. In the morning we awoke to the same herd grazing all around us. No one else was around to scare the elk away and I was able to take some great photos. You wouldn’t get to be a part of something magical like that if you were camping in peak season or sleeping in a hotel room.

Offseason National Park car camping Tip 3:

Lost Campers rents small heaters and extension cords for no fee.


Off Season National Parks Car Camping Is Cheaper

According to AAA, gas costs less in the offseason. The national trend is that gas prices go up after Memorial Day in May. In addition to this, even though the cost of gas has risen in the last decade, it is currently cheaper (on average) than it was before right before the housing crisis. Prices of most things go up in peak season – so it makes sense that traveling is cheaper in the offseason. Lost Campers budget campervans cost a third less in the offseason. Not only that, they include a lot of essential camping equipment for free with the rental. (More about that below.)

Offseason National Park car camping tip 4:

Lost Campers often run specials on their budget campervans in the offseason.


Outdoor Conditions are Better For Offseason Car Camping in National Parks

Would you rather travel through Death Valley when it’s so hot you could fry an egg on the hood of your car? Nope! To me, summer means heat, humidity, mosquitoes, those persistent and insufferable, little flying insects that get inside your nose and eyes. It means tornadoes and hail storms. Using your vehicle’s AC in summer causes your engine to get hotter and sometimes overheat. The offseason generally has better weather for travel.

The colors are changing, the air is crisper and the fog that is associated with many sections of the west coast make for a gorgeous photo. Even if you are traveling in a cloudy season it will make your roadtrip photos more impressive (moodier). Fall is my favorite time of year for a road trip, but depending on where you plan to visit, traveling in winter may not be a bad idea either. With a little planning, you will see things that other people don’t get to see. Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes and animal tracks in the snow are all things you can look forward to if you travel in winter.

Offseason National Parks Car Camping with Lost Campers budget campervans with Roof top tent

Offseason National Park car camping tip 5:

Mosquitoes die or hibernate when the temperature is consistently below 50 C.

Travelers can take advantage of waiting a little later in the year to embark on an adventure. You could have the trip of a lifetime – all to yourself. The best way to take advantage of the shoulder season is by “getting lost” in a Lost Campers budget campervan. What are you waiting for?

3 Top Seattle Camping Spots Even You Do Not Have Camping Equipment

Looking for some nearby top Seattle camping places for quick fun and adventure?

Fear not, Lost Campers staff has picked out three great top Seattle camping spots to help you plan your next camping getaway.  Lost Campers has just opened a brand new budget campervan rental depot right outside of Seattle, Washington! Washington State is home to a breathtaking array of scenery, and with so much to see it can be a little difficult to figure out where to start.  Buckle up in one of our campervans and get ready for a fabulous vacation in one of America’s most beautiful States.

Top Seattle Camping Spot #1: Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls: Just 1 Hour from Seattle

There are plenty of great spots only a few hours away from Seattle, but if you’re looking for a spot to crash real fast you’ll definitely want to check out Lake Serene. It’s just over an hour drive from Seattle, and well worth it! Camping is allowed as long as you are at least 1/4th mile away from the lake. After you’ve gotten some shut eye hike the trail to the lake to spend some quality time out in nature. Lake Serene is also home to Bridal Veil Falls, though getting to the waterfall is another half mile hike in steep terrain. Be sure to bring your state park pass to get access to this location!


Top Seattle Camping Spot #2: The North Cascades Have Much to Offer!

Less than three hours away from Seattle is the North Cascades National Park. This is a must see for anyone traveling in Washington! The Cascade mountain range offers plenty to do, all while being surrounded in lush green scenery. Over winter, the mountains do get snowy and some road closures can happen. If you’re planning a winter trip be sure to pack warm! With plenty of trails to hike, you’ll never run out of things to do. There are several different campgrounds available inside the park. Be sure to check out their site for more details on what’s available!



Top Seattle Camping Spot #3: Olympic National Park will Take Your Breath Away!

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Olympic National Park, photo courtesy of NPS

Last but certainly not least, only a little over two hours away from Seattle is the gorgeous Olympic National Park. Whether you want to spend time on the shoreline or up in the mountains, this Seattle camping spot has it all. The park is also home to many unique species of plants and animals that are under conservation efforts, so be sure to abide by hiking rules and stay on the trails while you’re out and about! Olympic NP is super popular over summer, so be sure to plan ahead if you’d like to pay a visit to this amazing place during your trip. With a Lost Campers campervan, you can take advantage of just about any campground available!


Our Seattle depot is booking up fast, but of course you can pick up a van from any of our locations and head up north to spend some time in Washington’s lush green forests. Be sure to get your free quote today and a chance to win a campervan rental! Seattle Camping is incredibly popular, you don’t want to miss out.