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8 Incredible Scenic Camping Destinations

8 Incredible Scenic Camping Destinations


There are camping sites, and then there are honest, “Now I can die a happy camper camping sites. Some are so spectacular you could return again and again and never go anyplace else. Here are a few of our all-time favorite bucket list sites:

#8. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Formed by the fall of a 12,000-foot volcano some 7,500 years ago, Crater Lake, is the deepest lake in the entire United States, with a depth of just over 1900 feet. This is likely the cleanest lake you have ever seen as well. The five-mile by six-mile lake has no rivers to feed it, which means it is created totally by rain and melted snow. Rarely does any sediment get into it, so it remains perpetually blue like a sapphire year after year. Camping here is strictly a mid-July through September gig, and you can’t camp where you can actually see the lake, but you can get very close, and in summer there is fantastic biking and hiking, and in the winter, snow shooing.

#7. Yosemite National Park, California
With 13 campgrounds, 15 waterfalls, 20 mountain peaks that exceed 10,000 feet not to mention black bears, bighorn sheep, bobcats, coyote and mule deer, spread out across 700,000 acres, this is one of the U.S.’s most popular parks. The only problem here is the crowds, with four million people a year visiting. Still if you get there early, you may snag a reservation and enjoy some of the best outdoor
scenes in the country.

#6. Denali National Park, Alaska
If you have never been to Alaska, and particularly to Denali National Park, you owe it to yourself to camp there once. With 18,000 foot peaks, caribou, moose and grizzly bears, if you ever wanted to really experience the wilds, Denali is the place. There are plenty of camping adventures, and to make sure you have what you need, it is recommended you go with a small group.

#5. Lake Powell, California
Many people are not familiar with Lake Powell, but when you mention the skydiving scene in the movie Point Break, which resembles a landing on the moon, people go ah! You can camp pretty much in any area undeveloped, and trust us, it’s worth the trip.

#4. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Center, Oregon
If you have never been to the Arabian Desert, believe it or not you can enjoy it and be much cooler, and near civilization in Oregon. Thousand of years ago, the coastal mountain range brought sedimentary near, and the wind and the ocean turned it all into sand. Huge sand dunes that are as much as 500 foot high. With the ocean nearby, this is an otherworldly experience. There is plenty of camping and it’s well worth the trip.

#3. Long Key State Park, Florida
Although damaged somewhat by Hurricane Irma, Long Key State Park is literally just feet from the Atlantic ocean, and you can enjoy hiking, snorkeling, and camping a short not too far from the mainland on Highway 1.

#2. Arches National Park, Utah
Although there is technically only one campsite in the park at the Devils Garden Campground with 51 sites, the spectacular red rock arches of this park are worth getting up early for to snag a reservation.

#1. Yellowstone National Park, Montana
We almost said the Badlands in South Dakota because it’s also tremendous but with geysers everywhere, 45 waterfalls, 70 peaks, 900 miles of trails, and a plethora of wildlife, this has got to be number one.

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