It is a big, wide world and you can’t see it all. If you do want to appreciate a place, it is best to actually camp there for a few days so you can immerse yourself in everything it has to offer. Here are 6 great camping destinations you have to visit once. We’ll give a mix of places and experiences so there’s something for everyone.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park in California is 95% wilderness. This means no lighting, buildings or other infrastructure. You can sleep under the stars and see the Milky Way. You can see an abundance of wildlife year-round. Just be careful how you store your food because black bears still roam the area. And you’re not far from Sequoia National Park.

Shenandoah National Park
If you’re planning on visiting Washington D.C. or want to see what’s left if it falls off the face of the Earth, visit Shenandoah National Park. This peaceful retreat in the Appalachians hosts one of the most accessible and walkable portions of the Appalachian Trail.

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
This national park on the Hawaiian island of Maui is home to a dormant volcano. Lush vegetation competes with stark volcanic rock. If you book it far enough in advance, you could stay at one of the raw campsites accessible only from the trails. It is a great activity for when you’re done visiting the aquariums and Hawaiian art museums on the island.

Hossa National Park, Finland
Hossa National Park in Finland opened for the first time in the summer of 2017. It is full of ancient, rugged forests and best for rough camping. And make sure you to go to and pick up a good axe for splitting firewood for your roaring campfire.

Okunoshima, Japan
Okunoshima is better known to the rest of the world as “rabbit island”. This island was once a center for producing poison gas. After that facility was destroyed, most of the island was abandoned. There remains a museum and resort hotel here. However, the main attraction is the sheer number of rabbits that populate the island. There are so many of them that the local golf course is unusable because they keep eating the grass. You can rent campsites here, though you have to do so at the local hotel.

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Views from the campgrounds here are amazing. Whether you’re stopping here to camp after seeing the Lord of the Rings sets that have become tourist attractions or visiting Auckland, this is a must-stay location if you can make it to New Zealand.

If you want a switch from the same ol’ same ol’ and are ready to explore some uncharted territory, there are plenty of spots around the globe where you can quench your thirst for adventure. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and consider some of these once-in-a-lifetime destinations.


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