Go camping!

Go camping!

Camping is one of the best ways to explore the United States

Every year, the nation attracts scores of nature lovers who camp out and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some unusual ideas that will make your camping trip a memorable one! King Range National Conservation Area Campgrounds, Arcata, California: Camping where majestic cliffs plunge dramatically into the wild Pacific Ocean is an experience quite unlike any other. Otherwise known as California's Lost Coast, this region is just about as rugged as the West Coast gets. It's the perfect destination for serious outdoor adventurers.

Falls of Rough, Rough River Lake, Kentucky: Falls of Rough is within the Pennyroyal region of Kentucky and, more specifically, the 'Clifty' area. Rough River Lake provides tons of recreational activities for campers. Visitors can enjoy the waters and beautiful landscape, but the area may be best known for Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system in the world with more than 386 kilometres of mapped passageways.

Ocracoke Campground, North Carolina

Once you arrive at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in coastal North Carolina, Ocracoke Campground lets you camp on sand dunes with the Atlantic Ocean on one side of you and the Pamlico Sound bay on the other. At the site on one of North Carolina's barrier islands, you can fish, swim, kayak, surf and play or run on the beach during the day, ride a bike into the charming coastal town for a fresh seafood dinner at night if you aren't searing the day's catch over the campfire.

Caribbean National Forest:

El Yunque, Puerto Rico

The rainiest of all national forests, El Yunque's subtropical climate in Puerto Rico can surprisingly range from semi-desert to rainforest in a matter of steps, throughout all 11,330 hectares of its expanse. Explore the dwarf, or elfin, forest at the top of the mountain, hike the Mount Britton trail to the historical lookout tower and camp on the south side for a peaceful, night time experience in the forest, listening only to the music of tiny tree frogs known as coquis.

Fall Creek Reservoir, Lane County, Oregon

Located on the west side of Oregon, Lane County, to be specific, kilometres of forest and beach surround this 750-hecare lake. Aside from the hiking, water sports and other outdoor adventures right in the lake's vicinity, the Willamette Pass Ski Resort and Summer Skyway Gondola are within a few hours' drive. Activities such as wine tasting and a visit to the Mount Pisgah Arboretum also are within the scope of your stay. The lake itself is nestled in the Cascade foothills, which makes for some beautiful and rugged landscape. Plus, the sunsets at Fall Creek are amazing.

Camp Gateway, Brooklyn, New York

Camping in Brooklyn in New York City? Yep. Sleep under the stars all night and visit the Museum of Modern Art in the morning. Located in the depths of Floyd Bennett Field – New York's first municipal airfield that has long since shut down – this 'urban outback', as it's been touted, provides an oasis smack in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities. In fact, the park is still expanding. You'll be able to do all those outdoorsy things you love like kayak, fish, hike and bike well out of the shadows of skyscrapers and then hit Fifth Avenue, Chelsea art galleries and the Broadway show of your liking all in the same day.

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