In this digitally savvy world where attachment to internet has become commonplace and problematic, taking time to unplug is critical. And for many, unplugging does not simply mean turning off their mobile phones and reading a book. For these people, unplugging is going out with their backpacks to some of the best campsites in the country!
Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite camping is one of a kind. Established in 1864, Yosemite is one of the most visited campsites in the US. And there’s no wondering why. With its iconic scenery and mountains, along with 800 miles of trails, this park gives you a bit of solitude, fun and adventure. It’s also a home to some of the tallest waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs in North America. There are also coffee shops and gift shops around. But because the park can get crowded, it’s advisable to book in advance to make sure you get a good spot at the campsite.
Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland)
Perfect for beach and nature lovers – the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland is the best getaway if you’re in the East Coast. The island offers lots of fun activities for you and your family, from swimming, paddle-boarding and surfing to fishing, hunting, cycling and bird-watching. That should be plenty to keep you busy, even if you go camping for a week. The Assateague Island features ocean-side and bay-side campgrounds. Wild ponies are also a must-see. But they can be a nuisance. Make sure you keep your food and dispose your trash properly so they don’t go chasing your tent!
Acadia National Park (Maine)
With over 3 million visitors each year, Acadia National Park offers plenty of beautiful views and sights, as well as fun activities for campers. If you love rocky cliffs, lakes and ponds, evergreen forests, and ocean shorelines, you will surely enjoy your visit to this park. Great for the thrill-seekers – Acadia has 120 miles of hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. From the rugged shorelines to the open mountain summit – this park is one of the best places to go not just for hiking but also for walking, biking, horseback riding and carriage rides. Best time to visit is September through early October when summer campers have started to subdue and before the temperature starts to drop below freezing point. If you’re camping in April or May, make sure to grab a camping tarp or two to ensure an extra weather protection for your tent.
White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire)
The White Mountain National Forest houses over 120 different mountains, one of which is the popular Mt. Washington which once held the record for having the highest wind speed in the world at 231 miles/hour. There are many drive-in campsites scattered throughout the region where you can enjoy serene moments looking at the majestic peaks and enjoying fun recreational activities. You will also find a number of specialty shops and restaurants offering diverse cuisines.
Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
Whether you love to camp, hike, ride a horse, or go fishing, the Shenandoah National Park has all you need for an epic adventure. The park allows for backcountry camping which is ideal if you don’t like the crowd. There are plenty of rivers and streams so water sources aren’t hard to find. Weather at Shenandoah National Park greatly varies, depending on your location. Winter can be severe with snow and ice and summer can be humid with sudden rain showers.
After a day of hiking and other physically challenging activities, wandering, and admiring breathtaking views, it’s time to huddle around a campfire with your friends or family, crack open a beer, roast hotdogs and marshmallows, play a guitar, and gaze up at the glowing stars. Then, you go inside your tent, zip it up for a deep, restful slumber. The next morning you are awakened by the sound of chirping birds and dazzling sunlight, feeling renewed and energized – ready to go back to the hustle and bustle of the city life. Oh yes – that’s what camping is all about!
Megan is a writer, a DIY geek, a camping lover and a happy mom of 2 who works with Grizzly Tarps. She writes just about anything, from giving you an advice on how to go about your date to sharing her personal experience in relationship how tos.