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It’s summer, and that means one thing: Camping season is here! Get out and explore nature this year with energy and determination. There’s nothing better than trying a few new camping spots to kick off the season. Check out these best camping locations.

best camping locations

Summer is time to camp and check out some of these best camping locations

Best Camping Locations in the United States

Whether you’re hiking to the top of a mountain or setting up camp in the national parks of the Great Basin, discover something new. Of course, you’ll need to grab the fishing poles and your camping tents to make the most of your experience. But, once you’ve loaded up with the necessities, an entire continent is at your fingertips.

Hunting and hiking provide the perfect distractions from the hassles of everyday life. And, there’s no problem that a night sleeping under the stars can’t cure. Bunk down in the wilderness by yourself or find one of the nation’s top campsites to share your experience with fellow nature lovers. Both routes are sure to provide you with some relaxation and excitement.

Porcupine Mountains Lake Superior camping

Best camping locations – Camping along Lake Superior

Perhaps the best part of camping is that you can take the weekend for a quick getaway or spend the entire week amongst the wildlife and natural beauty. For the experienced outdoorsman and the amateur enthusiast alike, check out a few of the best camping spots in the country this year.

From the state parks to the Great Lakes, America is littered with hundreds of opportunities to show your family an enjoyable outdoor getaway. Perhaps your loved ones are used to the wild, or maybe your trip will be a total reversal from vacations of the past.

Either way, they are sure to experience an unforgettable time at one of the country’s naturally stunning destinations. This site in the Golden State is a perfect example. Walk among the giant redwoods, check out the Stout Grove Trail Loop, and enjoy the scenic grove. It’s hard to do better than this Northern California Park.

Sage Creek Primitive Campground, South Dakota

Does it get more natural than seeing herds of bison roam by your tent? Head to the prairie land this year for a bit of a different camping experience. Located in the Badlands National Park, there is never a shortage of trails to explore and climbs to attempt.

Badlands National Park

Sage Creek Basin in November – Badlands National Park

Gallo Campground, New Mexico

If you’ve ever wanted to see Indian ruins without traveling south of the border, this historic site is the spot for you. Campgrounds are often located next to ancient artifacts and structures so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own tent to get involved.

Arch Rock Campground, Nevada

Red rock beauty and a 60-mile drive from Las Vegas? Count us in. With 29 sites available and desert weather all year around, there’s no more peaceful place to pitch a tent.

Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee Swamp is not one of the first places many would pick on a best camping locations list- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Camping out is always a great idea, but in a wildlife reserve like Okefenokee, don’t forget about cabin rentals. Experience nature in a personal way by touring the raised platform trails and roofed-over decks. Just watch out for the gators (seriously). You can also take in hundreds of species of birds and other forms of swamp life. Thanks to restrictions by the state, this area only allows a select number of visitors at any one time. Book early, and then enjoy this secluded section of the American South.

Baxter State Park

Best camping locations – Baxter State Park in Maine – Wikimedia Creative Commons

Baxter State Park, Maine

The Northeast during fall months is pretty much a must see. Baxter State Park is no exception. Find one of the many great campsites and then enjoy a few days of swimming and boating.

Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon

When you think of the beach, Oregon isn’t the first state that comes to mind. We can promise this sandy shore won’t disappoint you though.

Chincoteague Bay Maryland

Best camping locations – Sunset at Chincoteague Bay in Maryland – Wikimedia Creative Commons

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Wild horses anyone? Pitch a tent mere yards from the ocean and watch the ponies run around the bay.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas

Renting diamond digging equipment is just one of the attractions at this secluded getaway.

Devil’s Tower KOA, Wyoming

Spot wildlife, take a dip in the pool, and, best of all, explore the site’s namesake. As with the other camp sites listed above, no matter where you find yourself camping out this season, there’s a piece natural beauty close by.

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