• Take a hike to the best camping spots in the U.S.

    2014-07-16

    One of the great advantages that United States travel has over international vacations is the great diversity of the American landscape. From snow-capped mountains to grassy plains, travelers in the U.S. have plenty of natural venues to choose from. There may be no better way to explore the range of the country's wild places like packing up a tent and heading out to camp.

    Acadia National Park in Maine offers a mix of expansive wilderness with the safety of an organized campground, according to Greatist. The park is situated among trees, rivers and lakes for ample hiking opportunities, but camping is only allowed in designated areas. That means you'll be safe from the bears and coyotes that roam the area and still be ready to take on the woods in the morning. The source recommended climbing Cadillac Mountain to get the most out of your trip to Acadia. The summit is the highest point on the East Coast of the U.S., meaning that it's the first spot in the country the sun touches each day.

    Arches National Park in Utah is a good choice for campers who want to avoid the chance of a frightening wildlife encounter and don't mind basking in the heat instead. There are fewer spots for wilderness hiking at Arches than in more forested campgrounds, but the park does feature a number of trails and canyons to explore. Some areas of the park are only accessible with a guide or with a permit for making the trip solo. Since many of the trails are unmarked, it can be dangerous to go without an escort or plenty of camping experience. In exchange for the risk, visitors are treated to some astonishing natural rock formations and a calm natural landscape.

    Rampart Mountain in Montana was described by CNN as the most remote location in the U.S. Located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the spot is both far removed from major cities and less traveled than many other popular parks. An experienced pair of hikers who dedicate their time to exploring remote locations took five days to hike to the mountain, spotting grizzly bears and mountain goats on the way, the news source said. In addition to the native fauna, campers here can expect to see waterfalls, streams, lakes and massive forests, perfect for the travelers who wants to really get away from it all.

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