If you’re like us, you’re staying safe and bundled inside - but also harking back to the days of venturing out and about, and being less than six feet apart from everyone. Looking at pictures of old trips, or planning your next one - we’re here to dream alongside you.
Add these 4 breathtaking parks and sites in the US to your camping 'to-do' list and let's count down the days till we can camp again!
Pic: Brian Holsclaw
1) Deception Pass State Park - Washington
Washington’s most-visited state park, this PNW oasis is something from a dream. Crisp evergreen air, hidden coves and jagged cliffs add to the mystery and wonder of this beautiful park. Whether you’re a local or traveling internationally, this park should be high on your list!
With more than 300 accessible sites spread across two islands (Fidalgo north and Whidbey south), there’s no shortage of ground to cover. Well-maintained campground facilities make this site a hit for families with children. Being Washington, however, be sure to bring an extra hoody!
If you’re lucky, you may run into a family of seals or even spot some whales out in the Puget Sound!
Pic: Rick Obst
2) Cape Lookout State Park - Oregon
Okay, we promise we aren’t biased to the PNW (but come on, look at that view), we still couldn’t make this list without throwing one of Oregon’s most stunning parks - Cape Lookout.
Traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the beautiful Wilson River Pass will take you along some scenic sites and waterfalls worth pulling over for. Once arrived, Cape Lookout is located on a sand spit in between Netarts Bay and the ocean - allowing for easy beach access to peep that fiery sunset.
Three loops of secluded camp sites give the sweet feeling of isolation while being close to tons of stunning trails. Any spot you set up camp, you’ll be falling asleep to the sound of the waves.
3) Ohiopyle State Park - Pennsylvania
Let’s show the East Coast some love by shouting out one of their most famously marveled parks - Ohiopyle State Park.
Coined as the gateway to Laurel Highlands, Ohiopyle spans nearly 20,500 acres of rugged yet lush greenery and is located on the southern reaches of Laurel Ridge. Being close to a couple urban areas, it offers easy access to resupplying on goods as well as a fair share of local activities.
Its main attraction is the roaring Youghiogheny River Gorge that hosts some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern U.S.
4) White Sands National Park - New Mexico
Sick of lush, evergreen woodlands and breathtaking waterfalls? Didn’t think so - nevertheless, the White Sands National Park takes stunning sights to a new level.
The world’s largest gypsum dunefield, made up of 275 square miles of captivating desertscape, White Sands National Park is right in New Mexico’s backyard off I-70. Dune Life Nature Trail and Interdune are some of the paths that wind and flow between the clearings and waves of white sand - and they’re riddled with interpretive exhibits of wildlife among other natural wonders.
A great place for clearing your head and even hopping on a sled, there are plenty of backcountry secluded hike-in sites for you to set up camp that are surrounded by the otherworldly white sand hills.
Unfortunately since most sites and parks are currently closed, we’ll just have to keep dreaming on our neighborhood walks. When the storm clears, and you fly out the door on your next adventure, don’t forget your favorite Crazy Creek Chair to take your campsite hangout to the next level!