Did you know research indicates that spending time out in nature is beneficial to your health and happiness? Being in the great outdoors can have a restoring and refreshing effect on your psyche.
One great way to get out and experience nature is to take a camping trip. Sleeping under the stars with friends and family creates a one of a kind experience, and allows you to truly unplug from your daily stresses.
Ready to figure out where you should take your next camping trip? Check out these 10 dream camping locales to determine where you ought to go.
1. The Alps, France
When folks think of a romantic getaway in France, chances are their mind immediately goes to Paris. But the city is not the only place to enjoy some special alone time with your sweetheart. For a unique romantic experience, it is hard to beat the French Alps.
While the Alps are great for skiing during the winter, they are perfect for hiking during the spring and summer. In the evening, you will be able to see a clear sky full of glittering stars.
2. Kruger National Park, Africa
There are many impressive national parks located in Africa. But this park is home to South Africa’s largest game reserve, giving visitors the opportunity to see all kinds of unique wildlife, ranging from Zebras to Lions to Hippos. To view wildlife in a safe way, you can take a drive with an experienced ranger through the park.
3. Yosemite National Park, California
One of the main reasons that Yosemite makes our list of dream camping locales is that much of the park is considered designated wilderness. This means that no roads, no structures, and no electricity can reach this part of the park. Campers are truly out in nature.
If you enjoy rock climbing, Yosemite offers some good options. Half Dome and the High Sierra peaks both provide a challenge and some rewarding views at the top.
4. Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its other-worldly landscapes, and Mount Cook does not disappoint. This mountain is the tallest in New Zealand. Camping from this elevation provides breathtaking views of the New Zealand countryside.
Are you not sure if camping is quite your speed? Luckily, there is a small village located within the park that contains a few hotels and motels. This way, you can still enjoy the fantastic views.
5. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
For folks who live in the DC area, Shenandoah national park is one of the best dream camping locales only a stone’s throw away. The park contains hundreds of miles of hiking trails, many of which lead to beautiful views of waterfalls.
The park is open year-round, but arguably has the best weather in spring and summer. For something different, you can consider visiting in autumn when the fall foliage is in full force.
6. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
While most people associate Yellowstone with Old Faithful, there are actually many unique features visitors can enjoy here. One of the best ways to truly explore the foliage and wildlife in Yellowstone is to camp there.
Of course, another benefit of Yellowstone is that it is not far from another of our favorite dream camping locales, Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton is an excellent place to view the rocky mountains and beautiful lakes.
Make sure to take binoculars with you, as this will give you the opportunity to view wildlife safely. Bears, coyotes, and buffalo all live in these parks, so it is important to remember to be respectful of their homes.
7. Acadia National Park, Maine
Off the coast of Maine, you will find beautiful, craggy shores along crystal clear waters. The park is also home to thousands of gorgeous pine trees, providing shade and shelter to campers. For a beautiful view of the sunrise over the ocean, hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Acadia National Park has several designated camping areas. If you enjoy wilderness camping, keep in mind that you are restricted to the camping areas at Acadia National Park.
Even in the summer, it can get chilly in Maine. Make sure to pack accordingly so you will stay warm enough at night.
8. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Many Americans on the coasts of the country would struggle to name a significant landmark in South Dakota. This a shame, considering that there are many beautiful sights to visit here.
The Badlands National Park in South Dakota is home to some of the most interesting natural formations in the country. Some folks compare the unique rock formations to waves that appear to be made of stone.
If you are interested in archeology, you may be able to spot some fossils while camping here. At any rate, you will certainly experience gorgeous stargazing in the evening.
9. Sequoia National Park, California
There are few things that will make you remember how magnificent nature is more than standing next to gigantic trees. The Sequoia National Park in California provides perfect access to these kinds of amazing and ancient trees. Hiking through these massive trees may even change your perspective on life.
10. Glacier National Park, Montana
While most people associate glaciers with Alaska, the lower 48 have some of their own glaciers to boast. Glacier National Park in Montana, in particular, boasts some of the most beautiful glaciers in the country.
In addition to camping under the stars, visitors can also enjoy a boat ride out on the bay in the center of the park. This can also be an easier way to navigate through the park since backpacking can be strenuous. This is especially true because there are no marked trails in Glacier National Park.
Plan Your Trip to Dream Camping Locales Today
Taking a camping trip to any one of these 10 dream camping locales can be the perfect way to get away and reconnect with nature.
Planning to take your kids with you on your dream trip? Make sure to check out these safety tips for camping with children.