Stop coveting the lifestyle of Instagram influencers this summer, and get out there and live it. Really. In the wilderness. You don’t have to pay money for Lightroom presets or work on your yoga postures for your next post. You can just throw camping gear into the back of your car and spend the weekend at a cool campsite. Take a few days to sleep under the stars, take a deep breath of fresh air, and appreciate the free (or very cheap) things in life. Throw your cell phone into a lake or leave it in the car when you need to go back to your life. Here are some of the coolest places to camp this summer.
Acadia National Park: $ 22 / night for a walkable side
There are three separate campsites in Acadia and a dozen others in the scenic wilderness surrounding the national park. Basic campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits. Most campsites have flush toilets nearby. In the nearby village of Otter Creek, showers are available for guests staying at one of the nearby campsites. Once you’ve pitched your tent, you can relax and leave your car parked thanks to the Island Explorer shuttle. Propane vehicles follow ten routes around Desert Island, connecting campsites with restaurants, beaches, visitor centers and starting points.
Assateague Island Campgrounds:: $ 30 / night
This Maryland Barrier Island is notorious for the wild horses that live there. In the national park there are campsites that are accessible and drive up on both sides of the island with a view of the sea and the bay. For the more adventurous, the park offers camping with horses and backcountry pitches that are only accessible by hiking or paddling.
Big Bend National Park:: $ 16 / night
You don’t want to leave the scenic Chisos Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert that this national park encompasses. Fortunately, they allow camping for up to 14 consecutive nights and up to 28 days in a calendar year. They have pitches for all levels of camping experience, from developed drive-in pitches to backcountry campsites that are only available to hikers.
Badlands National Park:: Free
The Sage Campground on the west side of the Badlands Wilderness Area is free of charge and is right next to the park’s towers, canyons and rock formations. It’s a primitive campsite with pit toilets, but some campsites have covered picnic tables. In the midsummer months, all locations in the Sage are first-come, first-time and popular.
Arches National Park:: $ 22 / night
North of Moab you will find thousands of sandstone formations in the desert. It is a must and worth a summer road trip. There are many campsites with flush toilets and seasonal staff in the area. However, if you feel adventurous with permission from the visitor center, you can head out into the desert for a unique camping experience.
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