As suburban sprawl creeps ever outward, the allure of spending a night in the wilderness has increased exponentially. Whether it’s sleeping in the open air, a tent or a comfortable RV, camping vacations are how many families and adventurers choose to get away from it all.
There are lots of ways to “go camping.” Some are serious—survivalists plunge deep into the wild with minimal supplies—and some are relaxed forays into nature, such as amenity-laden RV parks on the fringe of forests. Many campers combine the standard hot dog and marshmallow roasting with active pursuits like hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, hunting and fishing.
The United States is chock-full of some of the best campgrounds in the world. California has amazing sites at its many national parks and preserves. The northern reaches of the continent also are favorites for their wilderness and wildlife; try Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska to start.
Alaska’s wilderness is one of the final frontiers for travelers seeking adventure, unparalleled natural beauty or just a chance to get away from it all.
The highest mountain peak in North America, abundant wildlife and family-friendly activities make this an essential stop on your Alaska itinerary.
Prepare for your family hiking or caving adventure with these expert tips on safety and gear essentials.
Don’t stress over planning your family vacation. At family camps, daily meals, activities and lodging are all included in a basic fee.
With a little help from your friends—aka, professional outdoor guides—your family can have a safe and hassle-free vacation.
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Whether you have 30 minutes for a helicopter ride or two weeks for a rafting trip, there’s a canyon tour bound to suit you.
Tahoe’s plethora of accommodations can fit any family’s budget or style, from luxury resorts to classic campgrounds.
A local highlights what’s best in the region for a Lake Tahoe vacation in any season.
This luxury retreat offers bejeweled-wall tents, silk bedding, a seaside spa and guided activities. Roughing it has never been so glamorous.
Hawaii’s second-largest island is, as the locals say ‘the best.’ It offers striking beauty, a range of activities for all ages, cultural history and a peaceful vibe.
Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park’s scenery rivals the European Alps for beauty and variety.
Southern Utah’s bedazzling red-rock park offers countless hiking trails and special events this year to mark Zion’s centennial.
Use this camping guide to help plan your outdoor adventure whether you’re a first-time or seasoned camper.
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From lush rain forests to staggering mountain peaks, experience the rugged beauty of the this state’s three national parks, each an easy day-trip from Seattle.
Explore the great outdoors with your special needs child at several accessible national parks.
Tag along for this teen’s perspective on her hiking adventure along the scenic and slippery slopes of this beautiful northern trail.
From last minute summer escapes to upcoming winter specials, there are plenty of discounts and packages to help you explore the great outdoors.
Single parent travelers can plan memorable family vacations with activities that encourage quality time with the kids.
Read our expert’s tips on all that this USVI hot spot has to offer, from top beaches and hotels to the best places to pitch your tent.
Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.
Enjoy the Caribbean paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands—and help preserve it—with a stay at one of these luxury eco-camps.
How do you get up close and personal with all that Yellowstone has to offer? Camp!
From camping to luxury hotels, family-friendly cafeterias to fine dining, Yosemite offers something for every taste and budget.
Introduce your children to the great outdoors with expert advice on how to make sure your first camping trip goes smoothly.
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Two comprehensive and educational guidebooks cover everything from Yosemite hikes to helping kids identify animal tracks and droppings.
Camping gear for those who like their creature comforts on the go.