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27 Perfect Places to Go Camping

For natural beauty, solitude, and just plain fun, you can't beat the classic family camping trip. From the Florida Keys to the beaches of Cambodia, here are your favorite great-outdoors getaways!

  1. "Mount Desert Island in Maine in August. Free-range blueberries for the morning pancakes and tons of hiking trails and swimming holes. Plus, you don't have to feel guilty about the occasional lobster feast at night because, hey, you are camping." —Laura Sommer

    (Courtesy Lee Coursey/Flickr)
  2. "Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida." —Lisa Marie

    (Courtesy Pinellas County/Flickr)
  3. "Sitting in our trailer right now on the sand at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska. 20 feet from the water. This may be the best camping locale ever!" —Kristi Urynowicz Boddy

    (Courtesy vicki watkins/Flickr)
  4. "Shenandoah National Park! Next on our bucket list though, Dry Tortugas National Park [off Key West, Florida]." —Jodi Foxx

    (Courtesy Joe Parks/Flickr)
  5. "Any Wisconsin state park! But Wyalusing Hardwood Forest, on the bluff, is probably my favorite." —Bevi Lautz Haimerl

    (Courtesy Joshua Mayer/Flickr)
  6. "Pangong Lake in Ladakh, India." —Go4Anything

    (Courtesy Pavan Kunder/Flickr)
  7. "The Isle of Arran, in Scotland." —Anita Ziegner

    (Courtesy Valters Grivins/Flickr)
  8. "Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites—easy reservation system and great trails (including several near wine trails!)" —Tracy Grass

    (Courtesy mrwynd/Flickr)
  9. "Folly Beach in South Carolina, outside of Charleston. Cheap county park camping fees, right near the beach, and close enough to include sight seeing in Charleston." —Kathleen Geraghty Huggins

    (Courtesy Ted Kerwin/Flickr)
  10. "Letchworth State Park in New York." —Holly Slade Bommer

    (Courtesy Chris Waits/Flickr)
  11. "That's easy: Eastern Washington and, specifically, Sun Lakes State Park, Yakima River Canyon, Jones Bay Group Camp or Alta Lake. Splendid camping in Eastern Washington—our family camps all over out that way, and we have some good stories to tell!" —@clevelandette

    (Courtesy Abhinaba Basu/Flickr)
  12. "Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Renting at the water's edge overlooking the gulf islands, coastal mountains, and watching the bald eagles and boats cruise by is paradise!" —Andrea Duncan

    (Courtesy Taz/Flickr)
  13. "Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico." —Mariann Persad

    (Courtesy blucolt/Flickr)
  14. "Masai Mara in Kenya is the place." —Samuel Murira Ikihia

    (Courtesy BWM/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys." —Laney Hoffman

    (Courtesy Jim Lukach/Flickr)
  16. "Grayson Highlands State Park and Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area in Virginia—easy hikes in and out, permanent lean-tos or tent camping, part of the Appalachian Trail, and great wildlife including the feral ponies." —Chad Feay

    (Courtesy Eli Christman/Flickr)
  17. "Rock Island in Wisconsin just off of Washington Island—no electricity, cars, or modern life. The lakebed is stone and is full of Door County wineries that guarantee a fun camping trip." —Tim Fichter

    (Courtesy Joshua Mayer/Flickr)
  18. "Ginnie Springs [in northern Florida]. Headed there right now. Ready for camping, tubing down the beautiful Santa Fe River, relaxing in the refreshingly cold springs and having an all around great time with friends." —Eve Rigdon Stairs

    (Courtesy Joe King/Flickr)
  19. "New Brighton State Beach in Northern California. Lush green forest camping above and below the beautiful beach." —Elizabeth DeVargas Almeida

    (Courtesy Martin Jambon/Flickr)
  20. "Rabbit Island in Cambodia." —Tra Ol

    (Courtesy butforthesky/Flickr)
  21. "Cinnamon Bay Campground, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands." —Bonnie Nuendel

    (Courtesy Connie Ma/Flickr)
  22. "The Pennsylvania state parks are our favorites—hiking trails, lake or riverfront for boating and swimming, and clean bathhouses. For day users, no fees for using the trails, picnic grounds, or beaches!" —Mary Bigelow

    (Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)
  23. "Camping on the Gulf near Destin, Florida." —Connor Walters

    (Courtesy Steve Evans/Flickr)
  24. "Limekiln State Park in New York has been my favorite so far." —Jennifer Caccavale

    (Courtesy Kevin Stanchfield/Flickr)
  25. "Water Gap Park in Pennsylvania and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia." —Lisa Blanco

    (Courtesy Madeleine Holland/Flickr)
  26. "Coastal Maine, just south of Boothbay Harbor—bugs straight from lobstermen to steamer to campsite for dirt cheap!" —@cirsium

    (Courtesy Carl Wycoff/Flickr)
  27. "Ironton Park just outside of Ouray, Colorado. The San Juan Mountains are spectacular!" —@JKBAdventures

    (Courtesy Ken Lund/Flickr)

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