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April 02, 2018

Camping this summer 2018 in the USA

When thinking about amazing places for camping in the USA, there are countless destinations that come to mind. While some of the first ones that you think of are the most iconic US camping destinations and are typically over-run by tourist families and their camper vans, the United States offers a few gems that can make any camper’s dreams come true.

Many of us are looking for the camping destinations that offer the most stunning views and get you that much closer to mother nature. Well, we’ve got some good news for you. We’ve taken the time and done some digging around to find you some of the best camping destinations in the US.

If you’ve never visited these gorgeous destinations, then maybe it’s time to pack up your gear and get them at the top of your bucket list.

Chopping wood for your summer camp fire

  • Maine’s Acadia National Park

If you’re looking for stellar scenery, excruciating (yet, rewarding) hikes and peaceful campgrounds, be sure to check Acadia National Park. Set at the northeastern tip of the US, Acadia National Park is the perfect dream come true for any backpacker or camper. With its soaring granite pinnacles, rugged shores and emerald forests, this US National Park is a perfect place to check out this summer. While you’re there, try renting a kayak and exploring the coastline or lace up your boots and try hiking the park’s 125 miles of trails.

  • Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Na Pali is a place that’s on almost every backpacker’s bucket list. With vibrant green mountainsides and crystal-clear waters, the island of Kauai beckons you to come and adventure. One of the best parts of this camping destination is that there are no vehicles allowed. You’re not even allowed to access the beaches or campgrounds by boat! That’s right, you’re going to have to earn it. To get in, you’ll need to hike a challenging 11-mile trail that follows the coast, which takes about a full day to complete. However, once you’ve succeeded, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best and most remote camping destinations in the country.

  • The Californian Coast

California’s coast is home to endless breathtaking scenery, easily accessible campgrounds and is likely one of the most easy-to-get-to camping destinations. This makes it a very rewarding destination for camping that requires minimal effort.

When visiting the coast, you’ll be able to choose from the cooler coastlines of Northern California or the warm, sunny beaches of Southern California. Furthermore, many people love to make a road trip of the coast to be able to take it all in. In the end, it doesn’t matter where you go, the Pacific Coast truly delivers the California dream.  

  • Montana’s Glacier National Park

When you make you way north, far past cowboy territory and into the majestic Rocky Mountains, you’ll find some of the country’s most stunning scenery. Glacier National Park, otherwise known as the “Crown of the Continent”, consists of some of the most rugged mountains, stunning glacial vistas and immaculate bodies of water that tell a story of prehistoric dimensions. While you’re there, you’ll be able to explore over 740 miles of trails, rent a cabin and relax in solitude, or just savor the peaceful serenity offered by this remote camping destination.

  • The Alaskan Interior

Alaska is known to be the epitome of remote wilderness. The entire state itself is home to endless scenery where every look is more captivating than the last. For reasons like this, Alaska is a perfect bucket list camping destination.

Being the largest US state with the smallest population, even the most populated Alaskan areas can feel like a far-away fantasy. If you’re planning on taking a camping trip to The Last Frontier, it might be a good idea to plan for more than a week. It would take months to explore the Alaskan Interior alone with its endless scenery, not to mention that the state is home to more than 6,000 miles of stunning ocean coastline.

  • California’s Yosemite National Park

What outdoor enthusiast doesn’t dream of exploring Yosemite? With about 12,000 square miles of awe-inspiring scenery, Yosemite should be at the top of any camper’s bucket list. It’s one of the most visited and photographed wilderness destinations in the US and with it’s numerous flowing waterfalls, sensational vistas and bountiful activities, it’s no wonder why.

For hiking enthusiasts, the park is traced with over 800 miles of hiking trails, which include an abundance of more daring options for the true thrill seekers. Overall, Yosemite is a great place to get away from the big cities and cozy up to nature.

 Camping gear for your summer trip in 2018

What to Bring on Your USA Camping Adventure

When going on most trips, it’s easy to pick things up while you’re on your way. However, when camping in the wilderness, forgetting to pack something can lead to a catastrophic situation. There are no stores in the middle of the wild and if you forget an essential item, you might be stuck doing without or even worse, end up having to cancel your item trip.

Thankfully, we’ve come up with a quick essential list of items that will ensure that you have everything you need for your next camping adventure. Still, always remember to check twice before heading out to make sure that you’re not forgetting anything important that you’ll need.


  • Hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Wool socks
  • Long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Shorts or swim suit

Cooking Essentials

  • Cookware and utensils
  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Dish soap and a small towel
  • Food


  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries
  • First air kit
  • Prescription medications if needed
  • Anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or ibuprofen

Tools and Navigation

  • Maps and compass
  • Portable GPS
  • Pencil or pen
  • Flashlight and lamps
  • Batteries
  • Guidebook
  • Knife
  • Ax or portable saw
  • Lighter or flint


  • Tents, poles and stakes
  • Tarp or sunshade
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Travel pillow
  • Travel chairs


  • Camera
  • Binoculars or maybe a telescope
  • Cards
  • Fishing rod and tackle
  • Portable travel board games

The great outdoors in summer 2018

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