Couple sit by a fire in front of a Volkswagen Vanagon Camper at Cottonwood Canyon State Park in Oregon.

Explore the Best Campgrounds for Your Camper Van

How to Score Amazing Camp Spots

You have your camper van, but now … where to park it? When you book with GoCamp, we’ll give you insider tips on some of our favorite (and lesser known) overnight spots. You know, the ones that open up to vistas that feel all your own …

But sometimes, an established camp or RV site will be your best (or only) overnight option. Our friends at The Dyrt are campground experts. They’re kind of like Yelp, but for campgrounds. So you get real reviews and photos from people who have parked their camper van or pitched their tent in hundreds of beautiful locations throughout the United States.

And here’s our favorite new thing that The Dyrt has to offer that we think you are going to love: You can build and save “Lists” using simple and smart filters in order to create your perfect road trip, ensuring you always have a primo place to park it, no matter where adventure takes you.


Step 1:

Create a free account on The Dyrt (download the app so you have it on the go!)

Step 2:

Create your first “List”! On The Dyrt website you’ll find it under the dropdown in the upper right corner beneath your profile photo. On the mobile app you’ll find it on the lower navigation bar. Click the + to create your list. Then give it a name and a description. Example: “GoCamp Dreamin’: Oregon/Washington overnight parking options that are dog-friendly, close to hiking options, and near a river.”

Step 3:

Now build your list to fit the description! You can always edit it later. On the app, simply click the “Search Campgrounds” button. On the website, head to the search option or the map. Type in your destination, ie. “Oregon”. Then add your filters to refine. For example, we selected the following filters to build our first list: Access: Drive-In, Features: Dog-Friendly, Keyword: River. And bam! We got 183 options in Washington, and 256 in Oregon!

That’s a lot of options … so we zoomed in on the map to refine our search area, selecting a route along the historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon on one side, Washington on the other. Then start browsing campsites! When you see the little tent icon that indicates a Dyrt reviewed campsite, open it up and check it out. And if you like what you see and what you read from the reviews, choose “save” and indicate the list you’d like to save it to, then click “done.”

You can create a list based on amenities and features, location, access, reviews, or dozens of other details.  We found this Oregon campground in our searching; it even has free bikes you can borrow while you’re there! Definitely adding this one to our “GoCamp Dreamin” list.

Step 4:

Repeat as often as you like! Soon you’ll have a collection of road trip lists that include your preferred overnight parking options at reliable and reviewed campsites. Build a list around seeking out the waterfalls of Washington, or touring the coast, or find the brightest fall foliage in Idaho! The options go on and on for miles.

We know it’s super fun to hit the open road without having every detail ironed out, throwing caution to the wind, a free-spirit with a full tank of gas. But take it from us: it’s also no fun for the sun to be setting low on the horizon, the full tank down to fumes, with no place to safely park for the night. The Dyrt makes it easy to be free-spirited, but smarter! Build a few road trip lists on The Dyrt app, and be ready for a camper van road trip adventure that has plenty of whimsical roaming, along with the peace of mind of having a great place to park it at the end of the day.

Step 5:

Book a vintage camper van or a modern Sprinter with GoCamp, and we’ll go the extra mile to fill up your road trip memory tank.