Sure, camping is a budget-friendly vacation, but its benefits go beyond finances. It provides the opportunity to disconnect from technology and spend quality time outdoors with friends and family. You’re getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sun, reducing mental stress by communing with nature and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life. Not convinced yet? Here are five more reasons to go.
You Don’t Have To Be A Pro
Camping isn’t just for Boy Scouts and hardcore mountain men. There are plenty of campgrounds around the country for beginners, too. The Wahweap Campground Glen Park National Recreation Area at Lake Powell is one of those spots. It’s a quiet and impressive waterfront area that’s also comfortable, thanks to the hot showers and shaded picnic tables. You can even rent a boat or kayak at the onsite marina to explore Lake Powell’s stunning rock formations, which Sunset magazine compares to “Zion National Park filled halfway with water.”
Ever heard of glamping? Yes, it’s an actual thing. Basically, it’s a luxury alternative to traditional camping. So instead of an RV or standard tent, you’re living it up in style with plush amenities. At The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, River Camp puts you on the banks of the legendary Blackfoot River in a one- or two-bedroom tent with an en-suite bathroom. In your cozy home away from home, you’ll enjoy comfortable beds, daily housekeeping, a nightly s’mores bonfire and even your very own camping butler and chef.
Camping Is Romantic
What could be more enchanting than a night spent under the stars with the one you love? Chilly evenings perfect for cuddling, wide open spaces to admire, and nothing but conversation to keep you busy – camping is practically perfect for couples. Napa Valley’s rolling hills and vineyards are a favorite camping destination for romance, because you have the best of both worlds: quiet seclusion and access to the region’s best wineries. Skyline Wilderness Park is just two miles from the center of downtown Napa and has trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
You Can Bring Your Dog
The beauty of camping is that you can bring the whole family, including your pup. Dog-friendly campgrounds are aplenty in states like California, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. For RV owners, the North Petaluma KOA site in Northern California is just 30 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, where both you and Fido are welcome on most of the Bay Area’s parks and trails. Then there’s Route 66 KOA, which sits on the longest stretch of the historic highway and is near landmarks like the Hoover Dam and Havasu Falls.
It’s A Thrill
Is rugged adventure more your thing? There’s plenty of opportunity for that on your next trip to Hawaii, where state recreational areas offer the perfect retreat for experienced campers. On the Big Island, the MacKenzie State Recreation Area is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts for its craggy coastline and electrifying ocean views. If you like fishing and feeling like you’re away from the everyday hustle, this is the place for you, although we should point out that swimming isn’t recommended here because of strong currents.