Break out the sleeping bags, sunscreen, and s’mores because it’s camping season! There are thousands of designated camping sites throughout the United States, but it can take a lot of trial and error to find what works best for your outdoor adventures. Whether you are looking for a beach, mountain views, or new experiences, these are our favorite summer camping destinations across the US.
Arches National Park
With over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, stacked pinnacles, and impossibly balanced boulders, Arches National Park is a climber’s paradise. Arches is famous for its beautiful red hues, unique landscape, and outdoor recreation options. If climbing isn’t your activity of choice, there are plenty of hiking trails and bike paths throughout the park for all skill levels. Reservations are required to camp at the park’s designated campsites.
Gunnison National Forest
If you’re searching for unrestricted views and endless trails, the GMUG National Forests are for you! Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests offer campers more than 3,000 miles of trails and routes. With so many campgrounds, cabins, and routes to explore, it’s nearly impossible to have the same experience twice. This classic Rocky Mountain vista has options for motorized and non-motorized recreation, making it extra important to check the visitor’s map in order to find the right camping spot for your trip.
Weekend beach getaways are closer than you might think! Lake McConaughy is a popular outdoor destination for landlocked campers. Take a dip in Nebraska’s largest reservoir, or its smaller neighboring body of water, Lake Ogallala. Lake McConaughy, or “Big Mac”, is known for its white sandy beaches and clear waters, making it an awesome choice for fishing, diving, swimming, and more. To ensure a good experience for all visitors, traditional campgrounds and beach camping sites are available by reservation only during the summer season.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable coastal camping experience, check out Assateague Island in Maryland. In addition to gorgeous ocean sunrises and cooling sea breezes, this shifting barrier island is inhabited by wild horses! There are several camping sites available, including a handful of backcountry destinations that are only accessible via paddle or hiking. A trip to Assateague requires good bug protection and some extra planning, but there is nothing else quite like it!
Located just outside of Cañon City, the Royal Gorge is one of Colorado’s largest outdoor playgrounds, with excellent camping options nearby. The stunning canyon is formed by the Arkansas River, which cuts through the middle of the Rockies. It provides lots of wildlife habitat, beautiful scenery, and endless adventures. Whether you are a minimalist camper or more of a glamper, there are plenty of camping options nearby and an abundance of activities to enjoy. From ziplining and helicopter tours to rock climbing and white water rafting, the Royal Gorge is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise.
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