When you want to clear your mind, invigorate your body, stimulate your imagination, and, as a bonus, make sure your boss can’t reach you for days, a camping trip may be just what you need. Getting back to nature is a worthy goal in itself — as Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” — and it offers the added benefit of vacation savings: Camping out is almost always less expensive than a hotel stay. If you’re looking for a place to go, check out some great places to camp in the United States:
- North Cascades National Park. Located in the North Cascades Range, within easy driving distance of Seattle, WA, North Cascades National Park offers five car-accessible campgrounds, three boat-in campgrounds, and dozens of back-country sites. For fees as low as $0, you can fill your days with fishing, boating, hiking, horse-riding, backpacking, climbing, or just taking in the views.
- Bowman Lake Campground. About 32 miles of dusty dirt roads into the North Fork section of Montana’s Glacier National Park, Bowman Lake Campground is ideal for campers seeking isolation and serenity. The campground offers a boat launch into Bowman Lake as well as hiking trails into the glorious wilderness of Glacier National Park. Amenities are few and far between, but the $10-per-night camping fee is tough to beat.
- Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP). There are 53 campgrounds in ARP, stretching across north central Colorado, but as long as you’re not damaging natural resources, you might just be able to pull the car over and pitch a tent off the road (for free). From biking, climbing, and hiking to fishing, hunting, picnicking, and more, ARP’s recreational options serve a variety of interests.
- Bahia Honda State Park. Less than an hour east of Key West, FL, Bahia Honda is a hidden camping jewel serving both tent-dwellers and RV residents. Book early, though: There are only 80 campsites on the island, starting around $36 a night. Stunning beaches, world-class snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking, and easy access to full-service amenities make Bahia Honda an ideal destination for vacationers who love the water.
- Blackwoods Campground. One of several camping spots inside Acadia National Park, Blackwoods Campground is five miles south of Bar Harbor, ME, and has over 300 campsites available for $10-20 per night. With museums, gardens, beaches, hiking trails, boat cruises, and other activities throughout the year, Blackwoods Campground puts you right in the center of one of America’s most diverse parks.
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