Camping is one of our favorite summer activities – whether you go alone or with friends, whether you have a family or go with your boyfriend/girlfriend, it is fun and usually brings unforgettable memories. Everybody loves a good camping story, and spending time in nature, under the open sky, can never be a bad thing.
So, if you, like so many other Americans, like to pitch a tent, and don’t know which destination to pick next, we are here to offer some of the best places to visit, that will take your breath away and make you want to come back. Read on for ideas…
1. Yosemite National Park, California
So, if you decided to get away from the noise of the big city, the cars, bad air and worse water, why not try the exact opposite. The wilderness in Yosemite National Park is breathtaking and – wild. Also, if you like hiking, there are several destinations that you can try: Glacier Point, Four Mile Trail, Panorama Trail… why not try them all? Thirteen campgrounds are scattered around the park and most of them require reservation, so make sure you book on time. Pack your bags, bring your loved ones along, and enjoy the scenery of Yosemite National Park.
2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Going camping and not considering the Grand Canyon is like making burgers and not considering buns – impossible. If you want to get the best view, you can pay a little extra cash for the best spots to park your RV overnight. Pick between the South Rim and North Rim (not like you can go wrong since you are already at the Grand Canyon) and have an unforgettable experience. You can also decide whether you would like to try hiking or maybe take a rafting trip.
3. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Like the name says it, it can be tough, especially because of the climate. But, if you are willing to try it, you will find amazing nature, different rock formations and, possibly, some fossils. This park has one of the most complete fossil accumulations in North America, so maybe you will even make some amazing archaeological discovery… you never know. Also, if you are a fan of stargazing, this is a place for you, especially in August, when there is an astronomy festival. You are already packing, aren’t you?
4. Acadia National Park, Maine
There are 17 million acres of forest in Maine, as well as 32,000 miles of rivers and over 6,000 lakes. Is there anything more we need to say? Just pick a spot, choose what you like best, and enjoy yourself. You can choose between two campgrounds: Blackwoods and Seawall, according to your preferences. You can go hiking, or you can gaze at the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, which is really a unique experience. With this one, you simply can’t go wrong, so the only question is: why aren’t you already there?
5. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Whether you decide to go camping in the spring, summer, autumn or winter, this national park is a good option to consider. It is open all year long and always has something in store for its visitors, whether it is hiking, snowboarding or watersports. Since you can access the park only via water, we would recommend bringing your own boat, but if you don’t have one, you can always take a guided boat tour of the lakes and islands.
6. Everglades National Park, Florida
This is the third biggest park in the lower 48 states, and it is literally full of hiking trails, as well as opportunities for canoe or kayak rides. As for the wildlife, the park has some exotic animals, like alligators, crocodiles, panthers, and pythons. Don’t be afraid though, because encounters with them are quite rare. If it does happen, stay at least 20 feet away from them and don’t panic, and even more importantly, don’t even think about trying to feed or pet them. You want to have fun, not get killed!
7. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
This park has 10 campgrounds and most of them don’t require reservation. Two of them are open throughout the year, while others close at various times. The whole area is packed with waterfalls, as well as structures that were formed during the prehistoric era (there are more than 70 of them!). Just be careful because there are a lot of bears inhabiting this area, so make sure you follow food storage rules and maybe even bring a bear spray. Also, keep an eye on venomous snakes, even though snake attacks haven’t occurred for quite a long time now. It is worth it to be a bit scared and cautious, and in return get to enjoy the views, the amazing nature and the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
8. Zion National Park, Utah
This park is rich in hiking trails leading to amazing places, such as Kolob Canyons in the northwest part of the park (a.k.a. Kolob Arch), one of the biggest natural arches in the world. Also, it would be an amazing experience to visit the Subway of the park, which requires a special permit you can only win in a lottery, which takes place during summer. Pick one of the three established campgrounds, wish upon a lucky star and make this a trip one to remember. Bon voyage!