Camping season is finally here. Tranquility in the middle of nature, cool dips in the water, fishing and late-night s'mores. Could it get any better than that? Well, sure it can. Especially if you have the most perfect spot to pitch that tent. We've done our research and narrowed down the Top 10 places for you and your family to camp this summer to ensure you get the most relaxing escape from your busy reality.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Known as The Pine Tree State, Maine is covered in 17 million acres of forest, making it a shoe-in for one of the best camping experiences you'll ever have. Located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is sure to impress all nature lovers. If you hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain you will see one of the best sunrises of all time.
Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
If you pitch your tent close to Vermont's Long Train you will find it easy to hike part of it during your stay. This trail is over 270 miles long, making it the oldest long-distance trail in the U.S. The trail actually follows the ridge of the Green Mountains through Vermont from the Massachusetts border to Canada. You must remember, however, that this area has no electrical hookups or dump stations so you must come prepared.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania
This scenic park is located at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's popular because The Appalachian Trail – one of the most famous foot trails in the world – runs through the forest. It's believed that only about 2,000 people actually attempt to hike the entire 2,186-mile trail each year, but between two and three million people hike or walk a portion of it. You can also visit the Appalachian Trail Museum during an afternoon out.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Assateague is a barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia that is covered in sandy beaches, salt marshes, forests and bays. So you can lay on the beach all day if you want, or hike the trails. If you're lucky you will even get to see a bunch of wild horses that run through the area.
Yosemite National Park, California
If you are truly looking for an escape from it all, this is the place for you. Most of this park is designated wilderness, which means no cars, structures, roads or electricity is available. You can pitch your tent and truly enjoy peace and quiet. During the days you can hike up to Glacier Point, which overlooks Yosemite Valley, High Sierra peaks and the famous rock structure Half Dome.
Glacier National Park, Montana
If hiking is your thing, this park is for you because it has more than 700 miles of trails that run through forests, meadows and mountains. If you have a car, you can take a trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile trip that will take you through some of the most breathtaking mountains. If you're on foot you can head to Logan Pass and Many Glacier for views of alpine lakes.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Yes, you can camp at the Grand Canyon! How cool is that? The South Rim is one of the most popular places to go, although a bit busier than the North Rim, which is more difficult to get to, but offers more privacy. Wherever you stay, the views will be striking. Backcountry hiking is one of the most popular activities to do here but will certainly test your endurance. If hiking isn't your thing, you may want to take your family out for a day of whitewater rafting along the Colorado river.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Here you will get to experience rafting, canoeing and kayaking, not to mention incredible views of the park. You can also hike the trails to experience the desert, mountains and rivers. One of the most popular hikes is through the desert on Devil's Den, a 5.6-mile trip that takes you down into a limestone slot canyon. At night, sit outside and enjoy the sky – the park's remote location will give you one of the most beautiful views of the stars you've ever seen.
Peninsula State Park, Wisconsin
If you want to get away from it all while not really getting away from it all, this place is perfect. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors or you can take part in several activities that are available, including an 18-hole golf course, volleyball courts, boating and hiking. If you love the water, you can enjoy swimming or boating. If hiking or biking are your thing there are miles of trails available for you.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
This is America's most-visited national park and it's easy to see why. You certainly won't get bored here with its variety of animals and plants, breathtaking mountain views and, of course, its history. More than 70 structures from the prehistoric era are still located here and the park contains the largest collection of historic log buildings in the eastern U.S. If you visit here you will also get to hike around during the day to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls America has to offer.