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20 Beautiful Places To Go Camping This Summer
These spots are perfect for hiking, swimming, and stargazing with the entire family.
June 29, 2021
For camping, hiking, kayaking, and bird-watching,
Yosemite National Park
in California is ideal. There are all kinds of campgrounds available, and you’ll probably come across a gorgeous Steller’s Jay during your visit.
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Big Bend National Park
is located in Texas and is a gorgeous desert camping oasis. There are seemingly endless hiking trails, roads for scenic drives, wildlife, hot springs, and tons of photo-worthy sites to see.
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Acadia National Park
in Maine is home to Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak along the east coast. There is plenty of space for hiking and sightseeing, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a moose while you’re there.
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If you’re looking for a beach getaway, consider the
Sonoma Coast State Park
in California. There is plenty of land to explore, sun to soak up, spots for picnics, and water for fishing.
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For a mid-west camping adventure,
Sawtooth National Forest
in Idaho offers gorgeous scenery, kayaking, hiking, wildlife, and some absolutely amazing lakes for fishing. You’ll find various kinds of trout, salmon, whitefish, and more.
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The sandstone arches in Utah’s
Arches National Park
are truly a natural wonder. The park spans
119 sq. miles
with more than 2,000 stone arches. There’s plenty to keep thrill-seekers satisfied, but the sites alone are reason enough to visit.
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It wouldn’t be a complete camping list without the
Grand Canyon National Park
. The park spans nearly 2,000 square miles and, in addition to breathtaking views and endless hiking, has rivers, waterfalls, caves, and lots of wildlife.
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Joshua Tree National Park
is full of beauty, but the night sky is what stands out the most. When the sun goes down you’ll be able to see the milky way in all its glory without the distraction of city lights.
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For a fun beach camping experience, check out
Padre Island National Seashore
which is located along the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a particularly fantastic spot for animal enthusiasts because it’s a safe space for sea turtles to hatch.
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Don’t let the Netflix show steer you away, because the
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
is absolutely beautiful and full of amazing campsites. The whole river system is protected and fantastic for kayaking and fishing.
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You’ll have to do a little extra traveling to get there, but the views at
Denali National Park & Preserve
in Alaska are worth it. It’s six million acres (yes,
) of land, so there are plenty of spots to pitch a tent.
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For kayaking fans,
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
is the place to be. There’s plenty of water for sports and fishing and a forest for wilderness adventures. It gets
cold in the winter though, so prepare accordingly.
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Cayo Costa State Park
in Florida has nine miles of protected, pristine beaches along the Gulf Coast. You’ll get some real “deserted island” vibes here, and chances are high you’ll come across some wildlife during your visit.
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Along Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan is
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
. There are lots of great campsites, hiking trails, scenic views, and you can even bring your boat and do a little lake exploring.
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Beaches, forests, and wildlife. You get it all at Georgia’s
Cumberland Island National Seashore
which is 9,800 acres of protected land. There are all kinds of things to do, but the wild horses on the beach are a must-see.
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Movie buffs may particularly enjoy camping in the
Redwood National Park (& State Parks)
because scenes from
E.T., Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
were filmed there
. Not to mention, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
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In Oregon, camp in the
Mount Hood National Forest
where there is plenty of hiking, wildlife, fishing, kayaking, and sightseeing. Also, since Mount Hood happens to be a dormant volcano, you can cross seeing one of those off of your bucket list.
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Whether you want to do some hiking or skiing on your camping trip,
White River National Forest
in Colorado has you covered. Just pick the right season, and enjoy your favorite outdoor activity.
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If you go camping in Montana’s
Glacier National Park
, you’ll wake up to gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains. There’s plenty to keep you occupied during your visit and a good chance you’ll see some wildlife, like a flock of bighorn sheep.
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Monument Valley Tribal Park
is on the border of Utah and Arizona and is absolutely gorgeous. It’s more than 91,000 acres of land filled with natural sandstone formations straight out of an old western movie.
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