In an increasingly plugged-in world where you can do almost anything online, constantly have electronics nearby, and can have meals delivered to your doorstep, it becomes ever more necessary to get away from it all. For many, the only way to do that is to get outdoors and go camping. Putting physical distance between themselves and their normal daily routines is a way to get away from stresses and the rat race. Even if you camp somewhere where you still get a wireless signal, there’s no substitute for sleeping under the stars or cozying up to a loved on in a tent.
Having said all this, it’s necessary to be able to find places to go camping. Keep reading to learn 6 ways to do just this:
1) Focus your search: Camping opportunities abound across the United States, so it helps to know what the travel limitations are you are facing. If you’re looking for an epic summer road trip, check national parks for the best possibilities from coast to coast. On the other hand, if you’re thinking more about a weekend away, look for highly rated chances to go camping inside your state or in a neighboring state.
2) Consider the season: It’s easy enough to look online for great places to go camping, but keep in mind that very few places have a static climate throughout the year. That can impact how much value a location has. Camping in Florida can be very uncomfortable due to summer humidity, but a spring or fall trip can mean unparalleled beach memories. Likewise, camping in the Great Smokey Mountains national park in May or August is tremendously fun, but going in June can mean awesome firefly displays, and October means seeing the foliage change across the ridges.
3) Do you know any scoutmasters? Boy Scout troops go camping all the time, or at least most of them do. If you know any parents involved in a troop, they’re probably a gold mine of information and suggestions.
4) Ask around at your outdoor goods store: You likely have one particular favorite store for buying camping equipment, be it an outdoor store or a sporting goods store. Chat up the staff on a slow day and see where they hang out on days off.
5) Join a social media group: Facebook isn’t just for friends and family connections. You can easily find communities of like-minded individuals who share their passion for camping. Through this, you can find not only leads but also possibly camping buddies for times your family doesn’t want to go with you.
6) Talk to other campers when you do go: Any time you and the family or friends do get on a camping trip, take advantage of any chance to chat with fellow campers there that night or weekend. They obviously share the passion, and they’re bound to know places you have yet to discover.
As you go through these 6 steps to find places to go camping, don’t just make a comprehensive list of possible locations that generally look good. Vet them for particular details that can make or break a trip. They include whether or not there are fees, permits, or scheduling required. Also, check into seasonal availability for places closed in winter, and never get tailgate/drive-in camping sites confused with ones you have to hike or backpack to.