Best Summer Camping Vacation Locations 2018…

Camping is a year-round adventure but some of the nation’s most scenic places become that much more beautiful and accessible come spring and summer. Whether you’re driving across country in a luxe RV or traversing the backcountry with a tent inside your backpack, these stops are all but guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Unless you have a backcountry permit, camping in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is limited to the Mazama and Lost Creek Campgrounds, which are only open during the summer months. The former takes reservations and is able to accommodate RVs while the latter is open to tents only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Travelers planning an overnight camping trip in Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island would be wise to make reservations in advance as the campgrounds here are extremely popular, especially during the warmer months from May to October. Blackwoods Campground is open year-round while sites at Seawall, Schoodic Woods and Duck Harbor Campgrounds are available seasonally.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Scenic Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is home to five gorgeous campgrounds, including Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and Dundo Group Campgrounds. The latter is ideal for large groups as it boasts three sites that can accommodate anywhere from seven to 20 campers.

Adirondack Mountains, New York

New York’s expansive Adirondack Mountains are home to countless campgrounds so your options truly are endless. Take your pick from traditional camping, backcountry camping, RV camping, island camping or even glamping.

Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania

This beloved Pennsylvania state park spans more than 13,000 acres and boasts plenty of eye candy ranging from Lake Jean to the seven-plus mile long Falls Trail loop. The latter features a series of free-flowing waterfalls and has been recognized as one of the best hikes in the state…

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