With spring in full force, and summer just around the corner, people across the country are going to be making their way outdoors for some much needed sunshine, warm and air and fun outdoor activities. One of the easiest and best ways to experience the outdoors during the summer is to go camping. Whether it is in your backyard, or a backpacking trip up the mountains, camping can be a fun experience for people of all ages. Camping gets everyone in to the outdoor spirit, allowing people to find a passion for the outdoors they may not have realized. Before you go out, check out this list of the top five places to go camping in the United States.
1.) Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park is famous for the exact reason its name states: arches. This national park provides campers with over 2,000 natural stone arches, allowing for beautiful scenery and the best photo opportunities around. They have many trails to hike with easy, moderate and long trails leading campers to different arches around the park. The park has one developed campground called Devils Garden Campground that has 50 campsites. The busy season is March-October, but the park is open year round, so make sure to visit when you can.
2.) White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
Everyone talks about the beautiful foliage that takes place during the fall on the East coast. If you are one of those people that are interested in seeing these beautiful colors, than White Mountain National Forest is the right place for you. The hiking can be pretty tough, so make sure you are up for a workout. There are 24 drive-in campgrounds and eight walk-in campgrounds in the northern part of the park, so camping is accessible to a new comer or someone who has a lot of experience. Make sure to bundle up during the fall months!
3.) Yosemite National Park, California
This park is particularly geared for the experienced camper, as about 95% of the park is designated wilderness, meaning no cars, no roads, and no electricity. There are about 13 popular campgrounds throughout the park, so there is a lot of space to roam. You can hike up to Glacier Point, which overlooks Yosemite Valley and the high Sierra Peaks. The view is stunning, and eel worth the almost 8 hour hike. They also have Half Dome, which is a rock structure that many experience climbers rave about.
4.) Olympic National Park, Washington
Have you ever wanted to go to a rainforest, but can’t afford the air fair to a tropical location? Look no further than Olympic National Park in the beautiful state of Washington. This park is home to the Quinault Rainforest, which is home to the largest Stika Spruce tree in the world. You can go around the 30-mile road that loops through the rainforest, or hike through. At the beach, you can see mountains, glaciers and rain forests right off the shoreline. At La Push, the northernmost beach in Washington, you can see whales off the coast during migration season. This park is both beautiful and diverse.
5.) Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee
This park has so much history; it will take more than one camping trip to see it all. This are has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and more than 70 structures still remain from that era. This park also contains the largest collection of historic log buildings in the east. The park features waterfalls and amazing hikes that only take the day and are not too difficult to accomplish. The park has 10 campgrounds, all with running water and toilets for the person who isn’t ready to completely give him or herself up to the outdoors just yet.