In countries like the US where there are big open spaces across the land, camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities.
Depending on your circumstances and preferences, you can do beach camping, mountain camping, wilderness camping, urban camping, canoe camping, RV camping, backpacking, etc. The good news is that camping, as well as other outdoor recreational activities, is gaining in popularity. This is partly because it’s an opportunity to escape the grind, and partly because you can mix camping and sports activities.
It seems that the more we are separated from nature through technology, the more we long to reconnect with it. Camping is an ideal way to switch off and unwind, be physically active and spring-clean your lungs.
With 58 national parks and over 10,000 vehicle accessible public campgrounds, it’s easy to find the right camping location. With so many places to choose from, whether you’re an adventurer or have a young family, you can easily find a campground which offers facilities you need.
Top Five Best Places To Camp
This is a list of five best places to camp in the US for the more adventurous:
Arches National Park, Utah
Suitable for those seeking adventure and enjoying a challenge. Called a Red Rock Wonderland because of the thousands of massive natural stone arches and huge red rocks that litter the ground. This is not a place for the inexperienced, because it’s easy to get lost.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Amazing place for any outdoor enthusiast. This park has three completely different ecosystems, including a rain forest. You can hike or watch whales migrate when the season is right. However, it can be very dangerous for single campers
Glacier National Park, Montana
There are about 700 miles of hiking trails and hundreds of back country places hidden among the receded glaciers. Multi-day rafting trips can be arranged. Always be prepared for freezing temperatures and encounter with wildlife. Unattended pets and children will attract a mountain lion. Beautiful, dangerous, exciting
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Rock climbers’ heaven, but not easily accessible. Breathtakingly beautiful, isolated and very challenging. Plenty of bears, so make sure to secure your food in bear-proof storage lockers and clean up your site after eating.
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
A really wild place, potentially dangerous for the inexperienced. The glacier can be hiked and rafting is highly encouraged. Good place to practice survival skills, as trails are generally unmarked. Food must NEVER be left unattended even for a short while and needs to be stored in bear-resistant containers. All campers are required to attend a camper orientation.
The Benefits of Camping
Spending time in nature is not only good for our physical health, it also offers opportunity to, at least temporarily, still our thoughts and spend some time far away from the noise, pollution and crowds. Opportunity to reflect and maybe look at our life, or problems, from a different angle. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to find a solution for something that’s been bothering you for a while.