When you live in a country as vast and diverse as the US, it’s a shame to jump on a plane every time the opportunity arises. Often, you’ll find the most incredible vacation spots right on your doorstep. If you’re planning a staycation this summer, camping is a fantastic idea. Here are some of the best places to enjoy an all-American outdoor adventure.
Grand Canyon National Park
It seems implausible to start anywhere else but the Grand Canyon. This stunning natural wonder attracts visitors from all corners of the world, and it’s no surprise. You’ll get great views whenever you visit, but camping on-site enables you to beat the crowds at sunrise. The North Rim is the best spot to pitch a tent or park your RV. Don’t forget your camera and some warm layers.
Crater Lake, Oregon
If you’re searching for peace and tranquility, head to Oregon’s famous Crater Lake. Spend your days taking in the views and watching the gentle rippling of the water. Go fishing, grab your walking boots and set off a hike, or climb aboard your bike. On a sunny day, you can appreciate the clarity of the bright blue water. The sunsets are also spectacular. If you’re staying for a few days, this is also a great base to explore Wizard Island.
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Do you fancy being marooned on the sandy shores of a peaceful island for a few days? If you’re looking to escape it all, Assateague Island in the place to be. You’ll have wild horses for company, and you can sleep beneath the stars and enjoy your own island adventure. If you’re braving the elements in a tent, make sure you’ve got the right kit. Check out Outdoor Gear Boss to stock up on essentials before you set off.
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Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend is a vast national park surrounded by the domineering peaks of the Chisos Mountains. This is the site to choose if you’re interested in stargazing and astronomy. The clear, dark skies make this one of the US’ most noteworthy stargazing spots. By day, you can hike, cycle and climb. In the summer months, the mercury soars, so take plenty of water with you and shelter from the midday sun.
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If geographical features are your bag, look no further than Zion. This stunning national park is straight out of a glossy coffee table book or a geography textbook. Think emerald lakes, crystal-clear waterfalls, and vivid red cliffs. There’s also a hanging garden and some incredibly impressive canyons. This is the place to hone your photography skills and capture moments that will stay with you forever.
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When you’re planning vacations, you may automatically think about sun, sea, and sand. But there are so many different options when it comes to taking time out. Why not switch things up this year and organize a staycation? Explore, discover and enjoy new experiences. Take advantage of the breathtaking scenery on your doorstep, and enjoy the freedom of sleeping under starry skies. An unforgettable adventure awaits!
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