Summer is the time for vacations. The weather is finally warming up, the sun is shining, and the growing need to escape from everyday life becomes more pressing. The only question is where to go for great summer camping.
Camping provides the perfect summer vacation for many people. Whether it is a chance to connect with nature, take a vacation on a budget, or just hang out in some spectacular places, camping has long been a popular option for summer vacations. Here are a few places you might want to consider if you are planning to go camping this summer.
Acadia National Park in Maine is on Mount Desert Island off the Atlantic Coast. The 47,000-acre park offers something for everyone, including lakes, ocean shore, woodlands and mountains. Acadia is also home to dozens of wildlife species. There are two dedicated campgrounds within the park providing amazing summer camping.
Assateague Island, located off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, offers a unique combination for visitors of summer camping, beaches and wild horses. Several campsites are available on the island.
Hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are all popular activities at Everglades National Park. The park is one of the largest national parks, and provides the opportunity to see wildlife, marshes, mangrove forests and the Florida bay.
This Minnesota park offers hiking and boating opportunities for visitors, including guided boat tours. There are more than 200 established camping areas in the park, but they can only be reached by water.
Hikers love Glacier National Park in Montana because it has hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Most campers would need to return quite a few times to cover all of the trails in the park. There are more than a dozen established campgrounds in Glacier National Park.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is famous for its majestic Rocky Mountain peaks, lakes and wildlife. Hiking is popular at Grand Teton as is photography. There are several campgrounds within the park.
Zion National Park in Utah presents visitors with wildlife, wide open skies and impressive sandstone cliffs. Zion is also home to the famous Kolob Arch, a large natural arch. There are three established campgrounds in the park, but they are often full during summer months.
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a must-see destination for many people, and for good reason. Words and photographs do not do it justice. There are several campgrounds within the park, but it is busy during summer months.
Visitors to Olympic National Park in Washington have the opportunity to experience three different ecosystems. The park includes rainforest, glaciers and mountains. There are more than a dozen campgrounds located within the park.
Yosemite National Park in California provides a unique experience in that the vast majority of the park is designated wilderness. This is great for those who want to escape buildings, roads and utility lines. Yosemite is popular with climbers and hikers. There are more than a dozen campgrounds in the park.