Driving a campervan across the United States is part of the new norm for the great American road trip — lauded for its cheap price tag and ability to deepen our love for this wild and diverse country. But with the average RV park/campsite costing $20 to $40 per night, you could spend a small fortune getting to know the national and state parks that preserve the prettiest parts of the US.
But you don’t have to pay to sleep in your van. Not if you learn the ins and outs of stealth camping and where you can legally camp for free this summer. From BLM land to dispersed camping to sneaky city camping, here are our tips for scoring free overnight van camping on your next road trip.