Camping Itineraries to Explore the Best of Land and Sea:

National Parks and National Marine Sanctuaries

By Rachel Plunkett

August 2022

Five national marine sanctuaries—Olympic Coast, Greater Farallones, Channel Islands, Florida Keys, and American Samoa—have boundaries adjacent to or overlapping national park boundaries, and these protected places work closely together. Other sanctuaries, like Cordell Bank and Stellwagen Bank, collaborate with nearby national seashores and other protected lands and waters.

Ready for your next camping adventure? The pages below have some tips to help plan camping and adventure itineraries in some of America’s most treasured land and sea places: national parks and national marine sanctuaries. The sample itineraries are based on a three-day primitive camping trip, with recommendations for things to do if you have more than three days to camp, learn, play, and explore.

views from a sandy beach showing a railroad bridge passing over tropical turquoise waters

Tropical Paradise Duo

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Dry Tortugas National Park

silhouette of a person standing next to a tent on hill with an orange sunset in the background and several birds flying around

Remote Island Oasis

Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary

a tent on a remote beach with seastacks rising from the ocean in the background

Rustic Escape

Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary