Looking forward to an end to this pandemic and travel restrictions with these five great camping sites.
Mike Honeycutt’s World of Hunting and Fishing made us think of the great outdoors. Honeycutt’s world travel book is a must-read for all adventure seekers. It tells us about Mr. Honeycutt’s countless trips and travels on all seven continents, including here in the country. The United States is home to great outdoor spots and great camping landmarks. With the hope that the pandemic will be over soon and those travel restrictions are lifted, we thought of featuring five must-see camping areas within the country. Of course, there are thousands to choose from, ranging from serene rivers to majestic mountains, cool woodlands to magnificent open fields and natural landscapes.
Big Bend National Park in Texas
Big Bend is every outdoorsman’s dream and a hiker’s paradise. It boasts more than 150 miles of desert and mountains trails to explore and camp. Located in West Texas near the border of Mexico, Big Bend National Park is named after a large bend in the Rio Grande/Río Bravo. Although it’s primarily open spaces and rocks and mountains, Big Bend National Park has plenty of wildlife and beautiful sceneries. At night, campers can enjoy the open night sky and its celestial majesty. For those who are into history and archaeology, the park is home to sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as volcanic dikes. Tourists will enjoy open road driving and star gazing. Big Bend park rangers guard the place, so it’s safe to camp here in the open.
Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho attracts tourists and campers who want relative privacy and enjoy outdoor activities without sharing them with hundreds of trekkers and mountain climbers. The site offers dozens of camping grounds, all offering picturesque landscapes, bodies of water, and the fantastic Sawtooth Mountains. It is also home to Albion, Black Pine, Boise, Boulder, Pioneer, Raft River, Smoky, Soldier, Sublett, White Cloud mountain ranges, and the Hyndman Peak. Depending on which camping ground you choose to settle, Sawtooth always offers a safe and unforgettable outdoor experience almost all year round. Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight camp, Sawtooth National Forest is a must-visit spot.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
It would be impossible not to include Grand Canyon National Park on our list. After all, this iconic tourist spot in Arizona is one of the most visited outdoor places in the country. Home to the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history, the park is a wealth of history, majesty, and nature’s power. For an unforgettable sight-seeing, tourists can choose from viewpoints Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio, and her Desert View Watchtower. One of the most visited is the Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, plus the breathtaking sunrise and sunset. Backcountry camping both at the North and South Rims is allowed if you secure a permit.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Suppose you want to experience a vast wilderness (about a million acres), different ecosystems, glacier-capped mountains, rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline in one area. In that case, Olympic National Park in Wahington is the place to be. This famous tourist spot has 14 different campgrounds. Campers can enjoy areas near the ocean. For those who love interior natural landscape, they can camp in the rain forest. Overall, what Olympic National Park offers is a variety of adventures. It is important to note that the best time of year for visiting and camping in Olympic National Park is spring through fall, where the rainforest is vibrant, and no rain disrupts your outdoor activities.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Known as “America’s last frontier” because of its remote location and harsh landscape, Alaska is surprisingly home to several amazing camping sites. None is perhaps most famous than Denali. It is the highest mountain in North America, reaching 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level. To enjoy the stunning view of this mountain, you need to visit the Denali National Park and Preserve. Although certain parts of the park and preserve are inaccessible, the park has four camping areas within its interior. Camper buses are available for visitors who have reservations at the campgrounds. Here you can enjoy woodlands, mountain vista, and the wild river.