6 Most Beautiful Camping Sites in America
Camping is an affordable, tranquil, and rewarding way to relax on your vacation. You get the chance to completely unplug and reconnect with yourself or the people you love most—plus no other vacation is nearly as pet friendly. Don't settle for just any campsite, however; you need to languish somewhere truly beautiful.
Worship the Mountains at Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Camping on the West Coast is awe-inspiring. There are wonderful places all around Washington State and Oregon, but Mount Ranier National Park tops any list. The views of the mountains aren't even the best part, although they'll certainly take your breath away. The best part is going up 6,400 feet, which takes you to Sunrise Point. Like the name implies, it's perhaps the most beautiful place in the States to see the sunrise.
Camp Out on the Coast in Haena Beach Park, HI
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If you thought there were no cheap vacations in Hawaii, think again. How about camping right along the coastline? Head to Kauai and set up camp in Haena Beach Park, where you'll sleep on soft sands for prices as low as $3.00 nightly. If you're near Tunnels Beach, you can wake up every morning and go swimming or snorkeling. Pick the right spot, in fact, and the lapping waves may wake you up at sunrise.
Bed Down on the Beach at Assateague Island, MD
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Camping on the East Coast is absolutely stunning, especially with all those beaches. However, camping on your own island is something else altogether. Maryland's Assateague Island is a sandy paradise—and sand makes an excellent cushion for any sleeping bag. Most of the campsites are very near the water, so you'll have the chance to swim, fish, play volleyball, or collect shells all day long.
Take in the Trees at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, CA
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California's Redwood trees are legendary. What's better than sleeping beneath their majestic canopies? In Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park you'll enjoy pure peace, since campsites are only accessible through certain paths and roads. Odds are good that you'll set up camp right in the middle of a towering grove. The best thing to do here? Simply take in all those forests, especially around the Stout Grove Trail.
Get Primitive in Badlands National Park, SD
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If you love animals, head to the Badlands of South Dakota. In addition to losing your breath to the sight of the striated rocks and prairies, you'll get to see and hear animals that are practically made of myths these days. Sunrises bring in the bison, which travel in friendly herds. Once the sun goes down, however, you'll hear all manner of wolves, coyotes, and even the born-again swift fox.
Go Country at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA
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How about heading down south? The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is home to a whole host of animals. You'll camp right in the center of the swamp, usually atop platforms and shacks—beneath which sleep alligators. It's not quite a cabin and not quite a campsite, but it's certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for bird lovers and conservationists. Don't head to the same old campsites you've used for years, try something new and gorgeous instead. Where is the most interesting place you've ever camped?