With so many awesome campsites spread across the country, how could you not find one for your summer vacation? At the same time, all those choices can be overwhelming, so I’m here to help. Here is a list of some really awesome campsites that you and your family are going to love. Please add to the list and share your favorites, because I want to start planning my own summer getaway.
You probably won’t want to go in the dead of winter, but Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in the country and has plenty of awesome campsites to help you enjoy the great outdoors. The Sterling Highway runs along Alaska’s southern coastline and boasts more than just one place to pitch your tent. My advice is to just start driving until you find the one that calls your name.
The Great Sand Dunes is an epic place to camp. You can even sled down the sand hills like you would if you were sledding in the snow. The camping areas are spread out through the park, but each is located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and near Medano Creek, during the snowmelt season. There is plenty of wildlife to see, lots of great scenery and loads of fun for people of all ages. It can get a bit windy sometimes so check the weather before you head out.
What could be better than camping? Camping near a fishing spot! That way you can attempt to catch your own dinner. Take some sandwiches, just in case. At Cotter Trout Dock, which is located in the Ozarks, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some fish, but you’ll also get to relax and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.
Located in the Inyo National Forest, Guitar Lake is ranked as the best sunset campsite in the United States. While you wait for the sun to go down, you can cook over a fire, hike the beautiful trails nearby or sit quietly and watch for birds or wild animals. There are also lakes, streams and towering mountains, providing you with lots of photo ops while you camp.
There are three wilderness spots and two traditional campsites here so you can have your pick of the spot you deem perfect. The place is littered with Spanish moss and is also an island, so you can enjoy some water sports before crawling into your sleeping bag for the night. There’s also a good chance you’ll see dolphins, sea turtles or wild horses. Be prepared with lots of bug spray, as the mosquitoes love this location too.
This great campsite has a dump station so you won’t have to carry out your own trash when you leave. That definitely makes for a better smelling ride home. There are 180 sites to set up your camp and there’s a grocery store and showers a short walk away. There are also bathrooms, which is ideal if you hate using nature as your bathroom. There are also fire pits so you can roast marshmallows. Sounds perfect to me!
If your idea of camping is a little less tents and a little more tennis, this is the place for you. You get to enjoy a plethora of traditional camping activities like hiking, fishing and cave exploration, but you get to head back to a warm, cozy bed in the lodge when you’re done. This site also has tennis and golf. Plus they also have trailer sites and rental cottages.
Where is your favorite place to camp? Do you like roughing it? I love old-style camping in tents without a stove or cell phones – but only for a day or two.
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