There is no need to ever stay in a unsatisfactory campground. With a little bit of online research it is easy to locate campgrounds that suit your individual tastes.
AllStays.com is possibly the most comprehensive list of both public and private campgrounds. It also includes places for overnight parking. Both the website and app allow the user to search according to tastes and specifications. If I were to use a single application this would be it.
UltimateCampgrounds.com is a site I found relatively recently and have been using it more and more. It specializes in public campgrounds, which we prefer, and is more comprehensive than allstays.com in this segment.
In 2013 we crossed the country, staying at more than three dozen campgrounds along the way. Below is list of our favorites. These are, of course, subjective to our tastes and preferences. We prefer scenery and proximity to cool stuff above all. We enjoy the luxuries of a full service campground from time to time, and when stationary for extended periods, but we are happy to rough it a little for a great trail or view. We also appreciate a good value, expensive campsites really have to be something special to impress us.
This New Mexico Park is enchanting. It has sweeping vistas of the “wild west” and is surrounded by an ancient lava flow. The park has a nice hiking trail through the flow so visitors can get a closer look at the unique fauna. Camping here is a memorable experience. New Mexico parks have nice amenities, well maintained and inexpensive, less than $20. Each site has water and electric, concrete pad and a shade pavilion with picnic table.