When the hustle and bustle of everyday life becomes too much, scientists actually suggest a camping trip to help focus the mind and clear the body of fatigue.
The regular 9-5 can take its toll on the mind and body, causing you to feel lethargic and unmotivated. One of the best and most enjoyable cures to this is a good trip into the great outdoors where you can completely forget about your worries under the canopy of the clear night sky.
Camping not only invigorates and re-inspires you, it’s also – put simply – fun. We all have memories of packing into a camper as a kid, roasting marshmallows on whatever sticks we found on the ground (maybe get a Reversible Pork Fork to stay more hygienic) and waking up early to the fresh smell of pine and cooked caught fish.
Looking for a place to escape to? We’ve compiled a list of the 8 best US places to go camping in 2018, whether you’re a single outdoors man looking to test your survival capabilities, or you’re just looking for a casual and enjoyable family vacation spot.
8. Big Creek Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Caroline
This serene mountaintop campground (at an elevation of 1,700 feet, to be exact) is the perfect place to overlook mountain ranges that feature a pristine center stream. This national park is a hiker’s heaven, with over 800 miles of trails that range from short family-friendly walks, medium enjoyable yet challenging hikes, and long strenuous treks for only the most dedicated of hikers. After your hike, take some time to catch dinner in Big Creek, which offers some of the best trout fishing in the area. But don’t disturb the local wildlife – you’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse the river otters playing in the creek, or to spot a black bear in their natural habitat.
7. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – Minnesota
Your adventure starts here in one of the most visited wildernesses in the United States - in the northeastern part of Paumco Outdoors home state of Minnesota. This campground is the perfect mixture of bountiful forests, smooth glacial lakes, and wide streams perfect for canoeing. It’s a over an astounding 1 million acres in size, with over 2,000 designated campsites, over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, and 12 hiking trails. No matter who you are, you’re bound to find an activity you love in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
6. Malaekahana State Recreation Area – Hawaii
If you love sleeping in a tent AND a beautiful shoreline view you’ll want to take a trip on down to Hawaii in the Malaekahana State Recreation Area, a wooded beach park with a gorgeous view of a sandy beach and shoreline. There are plenty of water-based activities to satisfy your inner beach buff – including swimming, body surging, shore fishing and other beach-related activities. The currents are calm enough for all of these activities for most of the year (unless you head out in winter) so you’re bound to have a great time!
5. Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming
Relaxing in nature is only a boat ride away. With plenty of scenic rafting along rivers, calming lake cruises across Jenny Lake, fishing for your evening meal, or regular camping activities such as hiking and bike riding. Not only do you get the joy of staying in this relaxing National Park, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take a short walk to the Yellowstone volcano to see more incredible landmarks. This park also offers an easy hike for the family due to the low altitude at the beginning of the hike, and a more challenging endeavor once you hit Cascade Canyon.
4. Cloudland Canyon State Park – Georgia
When someone says they have the urge to go out and “rediscover nature”, this state park will fulfill every one of their wilderness needs. A campsite for the more adventurous explorer, you’ll find a plentiful amount of wild caves to go spelunking in, dense woodland to explore, and multiple thousand-foot deep canyons to gaze into (from a safe distance away)! There are abundant wildlife that can be found throughout the park for you to respectfully observe, or photograph and enter into their annual photo contest!
3. Starved Rock State Park – Illinois
A beautiful wilderness area off of the south bank Illinois River, the Starved Rock State Park is known for its many winding rock canyons in its 2,630 acres. With over 13 miles of hiking trails, 18 deep canyons in the park that feature gorgeous and long-lasting waterfalls, and a trail right alongside of the river which offers gorgeous scenic views from popular Illinois attractions such as Lover’s Leap Overlook. Feeling more western? Horseback riding trails are among their most unique attractions!
2. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve – Alaska
Hop on a cruise ship and be charted out to the smooth and wooded Glacier Bay National Park in the serene remote lands of Alaska. Prepare for the crisp mountain air and beautiful melody of the local Alaskan whales, who you can book a trip to go and observe in their natural state. Not only does this park host beautiful whales, but is also home to many other forms of wildlife, including black bears, mountain goats, wolves, rabbits and more (if you’re into sport hunting and trapping, make sure to get a permit before heading into the preserve!). The campground also features bear-proof food storage caches, free firewood, and a quaint warming shelter located in the rainforest along the shore, giving you peace of mind and fantastic views while you camp.
1. Cherry Springs State Park – Pennsylvania
One of the things we associate with camping is an undisturbed view of the beautiful and vast starry night sky, and Cherry Springs State Park has taken this view to a new level. Get divine views of the Milky Way and all of our neighbor planets, galaxies, and other heavenly bodies that you won’t see in the city and are unparalleled to most other views from around the country. On a clear night, up to nearly 30,000 stars fill the night sky. Not too well-informed on the great big universe? Take a private guided star tour where you’ll be given a unique and personal star gazing experience and new knowledge you’ll never forget. Being nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago, they put a new definition on the word “camping” by giving the ultimate outdoors experience.
Now that you have a comprehensive list of some of the best places to go camping in the US, it’s time to pack your bags and set out to adventure. Any of these 8 places you pick will provide you with the nature experience you’re searching for.
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