THE BEST CAMPGROUNDS IN AMERICA

‘THE NEW WORLD’ OFFERS NUMBER OF OPTIONS TO THOSE WHO WANT TO SPEND A FEW STARRY NIGHTS WITH HIGH MOUNTAINS, UNTOUCHED BEACHES AND CLEAR LAKE WATERS ON THE BACKGROUND.

One goes through a hard time trying to imagine the nature of America while walking among the dazzling skyscrapers in the metropolitans. However, ‘The New World’ offers a number of options to those who want to spend a few starry nights with high mountains, untouched beaches, and clear lake waters on the background. Here are some of the most beautiful camping sites of this continent; you cannot even imagine their nature.

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OREGON
The Crater Lake, which was formed by a volcanic blast about 7700 years ago, is a natural wonder located in the state of Oregon. The lake, surrounded with high hills and historic pine trees, is almost like an inland sea because of its depth about 650 meters at places and approximately ten kilometers of diameter.

There are many activities
Another feature of the Crater Lake that draws attention with its clear waters is the one other volcanic cone that is located right in the middle of it. The second lake that takes place on the second volcanic cone, which is younger, makes this place even more awesome. You can swim, explore the Wizard Island, which is in the middle of the lake, and walk through the legendary Pacific Crest Trail.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
This is one of America’s best climbing zones especially in winter. The natural walls of the park are among the favorites of the experienced climbers. The place also offers climbing zones for every age and level, biking routes, and walking trails. Some of the walking trails might take up to 2-3 days to complete. ‘Jumbo Rocks’ camping, located in the park, has the most interesting rock formation of the region.

Different faces of nature
Following the sunset at ‘Keys View’, the park offers a real nature experience thanks to its desert silence and distance from the light pollution. Being paid a visit by bunnies and foxes is likely here. This place of transition hosts three different ecosystems and two desert systems; therefore, you should be prepared to welcome many different faces of nature. It is a natural zone that is noteworthy with its Joshua trees, cactuses, flora, and fauna.

EQUESTRIAN CAMP, MARYLAND
Are you in love with horses? Would you like to camp with wild horses? In an island… This place offers the chance to camp in the same environment with wild horses at the beaches of an Atlantic island. Some people even visit the island with their horses. It must not be easy to find another island, which is that horse-friendly.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA
This place should be in everyone’s bucket list! This American legend is not something to be underestimated. It is among the most visited national parks of the country and it is also in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Especially South Rim offers picturesque views. The park is open year round; however, North Rim closes when the first snowflake hits the ground. The distance between South and North rims is about 5 hours. It presents striking geologic color and erosion formations.

Diversity of the species
The past of the oldest rocks, located in the tunnels underneath the canyon, go back for 1.84 billion years. The park is the home of over 1500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammal, 47 reptilian, and 9 amphibian species. In addition, 17 fish species live in the Colorado River, which divides the park, and in its bayous. There are many activities other than camping such as walking, rafting, biking, and balloon flights. Sunsets and sunrises are not to be missed.

JEDEDIAH SMITH REDWOODS, CALIFORNIA
Many visitors put California on par with beautiful beaches and Hollywood stars. However, the real shining stars of this state are the Redwood forests that reach the sky. Jedediah Smith Redwoods Camping among the hundreds of old redwoods along the banks of the Smith River is one of the best camping sites in the state. There are special sections prepared for campfire. In addition, hot showers, and toilets take away the possibility of being miserable for those who cannot risk camping for these obvious reasons.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE
There is a logical explanation behind Maine’s fame of being called as ‘the pine tree state’. This state is a camping haven with its vast forests, over six thousand lakes, rivers, and creeks. Mount Desert Island is among the noteworthy campgrounds in the park. It is an ideal destination for the real nature lovers. If you climb up Cadillac Mountain that is the highest point of the eastern coasts at sunrise, you could be the first person to see the sun shine in America that morning.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Being in Death Valley, which is located in South Carolina and Nevada, is a different kind of experience. Spreading over 7800 kilometers of land surface, Death Valley is at odds with the American geography. This desert valley, which is a part of the Mojave, gives you the feeling of being in another planet because of its sand dunes that seem endless. The park is well known with its character of housing the extreme measures. It is the lowest, the most arid, and the hottest location in North America. The temperature had reached to 57 degrees in July 1913.

Healing waters
The section of the valley that is known as Badwater Basin is 86 meters below the sea level and it is the lowest point of North America. A land zone, which is 520 square kilometers, is actually sodium chloride or also known as table salt. You can watch the magnificent landscape of the drought slopes; heal in the thermal waters of Saline Valley; and see the breath taking formations that came in existence because of erosions.

ADIRONDACK LAKES REGION, NEW YORK
The Adirondack Mountains that were formed about one billion years ago are extraordinary geological formations that house countless peaks, clear lakes, and wild zones. In addition to many glacial lakes, the park, which is located in north of New York State, has many fresh water lakes with islets. Particularly, the region known as Saranac Lakes, where three lakes take place, has hundreds of islands that most of which can be reached by canoes. Approximately 78 camping grounds offer numerous opportunities to observe nature.

WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND, UTAH
The campground which is known as Zion located in southeast of the state of Utah has a different place in the country’s geography in the aspect of geological formations. The possibility of capturing a bad photo by a visitor who comes here for camping is almost zero.

NAPALI COAST STATE PARK, HAWAII
When the subject is the best campgrounds in America, keeping Hawaii out of this list would be missing a great opportunity. Napali coast is a special place. Hills and deep valleys end sharply at the ocean. As the water projects through these hills, falls and rivers meet in these narrow valleys. In the bottom of the valley, seeing the stone walled terraces, which are where the Hawaiians used to plant a tropical plant called ‘taro’, is very likely. Kalalau campground, which takes place at the end of a 17-kilometer walking trail, has a striking position on the hills that face the magnificent white beaches. Those who are on the look for excitement should keep Miloli’i camping ground in mind. The place can be reached by boat or canoe.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
The park, which is located in the northernmost point of the Olympic peninsula in the state of Washington, is near Seattle. What makes this region special is its climate. The peninsula has three different ecosystems: the great Pacific Ocean coastline, Olympic Mountain, and the temperate rainforest. The park that has the only rainforests of America is lush green and very popular in summers. This park has all the beauties of nature with its remote valleys, thermal springs, snowy peaks, and beaches full of tree branches brought by the waves.