Many countries are reinstating travel bans and setting up lockdowns, which means you must put your international travel plans on hold once again. Luckily, you don’t have to stay cramped in your apartment. Grab your camping gear and hit one of these amazing camping destinations in the United States.
Travel to Mount Desert Island and you will find Acadia National Park—the crown jewel of Maine. This park is covered in 17 million acres of trees, speckled with around 6,000 lakes and ponds and cut with 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, so you can expect a lot of gorgeous spots perfect for camping and exploring. There are three campgrounds open for the public, but make sure to check whether they work due to the pandemic before you embark on your adventure.
Assateague Island, Maryland
How does this sound: wild horses roaming the vast shores, falling asleep with the sounds of crashing waves and waking up with fresh air in your hair. If you like what you hear, hit Assateague Island National Seashore Campground. Set on the eastern coast of a peninsula in Maryland, the 37-mile long island is very organic—it’s a first-come-first-served campsite that offers a lot of freedom to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. You can also try your hand at crabbing, clamming, swimming or kayaking.
Governors Island, New York
If the thought of sharing the same space with crabs and other critters makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry, because the States also offer excellent glamping opportunities. One of them is certainly placed on Governors Island. After you get a private water taxi to get you to your accommodation, you will settle down in a private tent with an indoor bathroom, air conditioning and all other necessities and commodities. When it comes to food, expect multi-course meals from your on-site chef as you enjoy unparalleled views of Manhattan.
Crater Lake, Oregon
If you’re not afraid to camp while there’s still snow on the ground, grab your four-season gear and hit Oregon. Crater Lake National Park sounds fun from its very name and it definitely lives up to expectations—it’s a magical spot perfect for curious souls and born explorers. Even though it’s perfect for intimate camping trips, you can find many lengthy hiking trails at the location and witness various lookout spots. Don’t expect a lot of people around you, but that’s a good thing when camping in nature since you can enjoy the peace.
Green Mountain, Vermont
Green Mountain might ring a bell if you’re an avid drinker, but this Green Mountain is more famous among campers. It’s a great location for peaceful natural outings because it has very loose regulations. As long as you care for the environment, you can stay in Green Mountain National Forest whenever you like. But, since it’s that secluded, make sure to arm yourself well with camping necessities, and pay special attention to your trusted switch blade knife you need to keep by your side at all times. This tool will help you with all tasks imaginable—clearing out the campground, setting up the tent, preparing lunch and keeping everyone safe from predators.
Tybee Island, Georgia
If you want to be fully immersed within nature, visit Tybee Island and its River’s End Campground. This location offers both RV and tent sites, but you can also stay in cabins. River’s End has everything you might need from pools and beaches to general stores, but what draws visitors to Tybee year after year is the idyllic atmosphere and budget-conscious camping solutions.
Yosemite spans across several countries in Northern California, so due to its size, it’s famous for its biological diversity and some of the most beautiful picnic locations in the US. Inside the National Park, you can find 13 campgrounds, stunning views of waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and giant Sequoia trees. If you want to camp in Yosemite, better get a reservation, especially between April and September, otherwise, you might be forced to go back home.
Kauai Island has many amazing campsites, but Kalalau Beach on Kapa’a is probably the most impressive. Located at the end of an impressive 11-mile hike lies a gorgeous beach and a waterfall—a pretty good reward for your efforts. Pitch your tent atop a cliff so you can enjoy stunning views of the island and its interesting coastline.
Denali is the highest mountain in North America, and this is where you’ll find Denali National Park and Preserve. The park has camper buses, but they are only available for campers with reservations, otherwise, you can only access the mountains with an air taxi. Certain parts of the park are not open to the public, but there are four great camping areas you can enjoy.
Are you excited about your camping trip this year? Pick any one of these spots and you’ll have the time of your life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A breath of fresh air might be all you need to clear your head and fall back in love with nature and simple living.