The United States is famed for being home to some of the most diverse wilderness in the world. Stretching from smooth, sandy beaches to the iconic Rocky Mountains, there is something here that every camper can find a home in. This is mostly due to the great array of activities that each natural location boasts, but this can also make it tricky to choose just a few locations to visit. Every natural site has something that holds a special place in someone’s heart, but there are a few which offer panoramas, memories and activities that go far beyond everywhere else.
Mount Hood National Forest
Named after the highest peak in the forest, Mount Hood National Forest has been enchanting people for centuries. As one of the wildest locations on the list, it offers campers the chance to have a true escape into the American wilderness. When you are camping in a place like this, it’s important to note that you should bring some essential items with you. From head torches to unbeatable Benchmade knives, you can keep your group safe when you are camping away from the campsites. Summers in Oregon are temperate, but camping in the fall means you can see the glacial tip of Mount Hood icing over for the winter.
Acadia National Park
Nestled in the corner of Maine, Acadia National Park has a landscape unlike any other protected area. Defined by a rocky coastline and a multitude of tiny islands, it is a place that truly comes to life in the fall months, when the New England colors light up the trees. Yet, you should bring some swimwear with you if you want to take a dip in the water during the summer months. There are luckily many campsites here to choose from, where groups large and small are all welcome, but there are a select few that will give you the best of both land and sea on your trip.
Olympic National Park
Home to some of the only rainforests in the country, Olympic National Park has the perfect mix of forested mountains and untouched sandy beaches. The best thing about this location is that you can choose to camp on the beaches, where campfires and some idyllic sunsets create the perfect atmosphere. During your days, you can follow the many hiking trails that run through the park, which will lead you through to the coast. To avoid the biting Washington winters, take your trip in late Spring.
Yosemite National Park
You will rarely read a camping guide without seeing a recommendation to visit Yosemite National Park, but there is very good reason for that. One of the jewels in California’s crown, it sees millions of visitors every year. This is because it gives a glimpse into the famous Sequoia trees, which are surrounded by the towering Sierra Nevada mountains. There are campsites dotted within the park that gives the perfect distance to viewpoints like Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls.