Do you like to camp (or backpack? or hike?)? The U.S. has so many incredible natural places to explore, and summer is a great time to get out and get acquainted with them. Here are five places we’d love to camp this summer:
Allagash Wilderness Waterway State Park, Maine. 92 miles of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the forests of northern Maine. Henry David Thoreau was one of its visitors!
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. “Oh, Shenandoah!” Long storied in song and folklore, this park offers a pastoral landscape of waterfalls, quiet hollows, and beautiful Blue Ridge views. (Photo credit: John Keith Photography)
Denali National Park, Alaska. The tallest attraction at this majestic park is Denali itself, the tallest peak in North America (also known as Mt. McKinley). The taiga forest, alpine tundra, snowy mountain range, and incredible wildlife are also draws!
Olympic National Park, Washington. This park encompasses multiple ecosystems, including a rainforest. A hike through this park will take you past (and over, and through) mountains, glaciers, old-growth forests and beaches. You might even see a whale off the coast! (Photo credit: Maurice King)
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Home to the breathtaking Teton Range, also known as the “Mountains of the Imagination,” along with extraordinary wildlife! (Photo credit: Ron Niebrugge)
Plus, check out these smart camping tips! (We’d just add one: before you go, iron some Smartphone Pockets into your hiking pants and jacket–and even your bag or tent–to store all those loose odds and ends!)
Where are some of your favorite places to camp?