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Camping Destinations To Celebrate The Last Days Of Summer

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  • September 17, 2018

Head on out to some great camping locations to enjoy the last moments of the summer sun!


As fall is starting to set in and kids are heading back to school, we are dying to get outdoors for some much needed nature. Before it gets too cold, head on out to some great camping locations to watch the fall leaves change or enjoy the last moments of the summer sun! We have created a list highlighting some of the most beautiful spots across the country starting from the west coast and moving east! No matter where you are, we know one of these spots is calling your name and telling you its time to take that final summer road trip.

 Joshua Tree - California  

Starting in California, you cannot miss a weekend at Joshua Tree National Park. This desert is perfect for your last moments of enjoying the heat! If you need an escape from the city, this is your ideal weekend get away. With it’s open landscapes and dark night skies, you and your family and friends will be able to look up at the stars for hours, forgetting about the hustle and bustle of the work week. 

Camp sights tend to fill up pretty quickly, so it’s recommended you reserve a spot in advance. You can do so on the official website HERE! There are plenty of different campsites depending on where in the park you go and prices range from $15-$20 per night! 

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Photo: Joshua Tree

Olympic National Park - Washington 

Moving across the country, you’re going to want to check out Olympic National Park in Washington. If you’re looking for a weekend surrounded by luscious green trees, high towering mountains and beautiful rushing rivers, this is the perfect camp-spot for you! 

In the park, tourists are able to camp, backpack or stay in a variety of lodges. Pitch your own tent or opt to stay in an adorable log cabin, a lodge in the mountains or on a stunning lake. Olympic Park is one of the best western destinations for long hikes for the explorer in you. For more information lodging options, click HERE

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Photo: Olympic National Park

Glacier National Park - Montana 

Yet another beautiful western spot is Glacier National Park in Montana. Another amazing place for hiking, this park sets itself apart from others due to its incredible lake views. Hike on up for gorgeous lakeside spots right in the valley of the mountains. Some of the most picturesque places in the park include Logan Pass, Two Medicine (in east glacier) and St. Mary’s lake. Just looking at pictures will make you need to hit the road and escape the busy city scenery for a weekend of adventure and relaxation. While in Glacier, there are multiple options for where to stay including lodges, inns, and campsites. 

Check out the camping information HERE

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Photo: Glacier National Park

Lake McConaughy - Nebraska 

Not able to make it so far west, head to Nebraska to visit Lake McConaughy. Located 9 miles north of Ogallala, Nebraska, this historic park is known not only for it’s scenery, but also it’s American landmarks. Here you can find Mansion on the Hill, an 1887 Victorian home and museum, to add an educational experience to your time in the mountains.  

There are over a dozen campgrounds as well as a few lodges to stay at during your time here. Get your tan on by the water, toast marshmallows by the campfire and learn a little bit about history at the same time. For more information on lodging and accommodations, click HERE

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Photo: Lake McConaughy 

Wyalusing Hardwood Forest - Wisconsin 

Another classic American camp spot is Wisconsin. If you’re anywhere in the mid-west, drive on out to Wyalusing Hardwood Forest. The forest has over 100 family campgrounds, 5 large scale sites for big groups to reserve and an indoor lodge. Known for its lush green atmosphere, you will really feel like you are in a forest away from the rest of the world. Bring your friends and family, put on your favorite playlist and tell stories all night long. 

Reserve your spot HERE!

Photo: Wyalusing Hardwood Forest 

The Vineyards Campground and Cabins- Texas 

Moving farther south, we know you will love camping Texas style. They say everything is bigger and better in Texas and campouts are no exception. Located in Grapevine, Texas on a large property of land The Vineyards Campground is your perfect getaway! You can pull up your RVs or stay in one of the cozy lakeside cabins. Rent kayaks, fishing gear or bicycles and enjoy a weekended exploring with friends and family or participating in the planned activities. This campground is basically a summer camp for anyone and everyone. Re-live your childhood years with friends or bring along the whole family!

Check out the website HERE for more information. 

Photo: The Vineyards Campground and Cabins

Hot Springs National Park - Arkansas 

Last but not least, check out the Hot Springs National Park located in Garland County, Arkansas! Who needs to fly all the way to Hawaii or Mexico when you can relax in gorgeous natural springs! With flowing waterfalls and lush greens everywhere, you will be dying to jump right in! Camp nearby, hike the surrounding trails and cool off with a quick dip in the beautiful natural pools. 

Camping here fills up quickly and costs $30 a night so make sure you get to the site early because all spots are first come first serve! Enjoy the last moments of summer sun, get your toes wet and set out for a weekend full of nature! Check out details about the park HERE

Photo: Hot Springs National Park

These are just a few of the must-see getaway spots to finish off your summer! Get outside, go explore and let us know what places you love the most across the United States! 

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