4 great places to pitch a tent in America

 

As you could probably tell from the other post I wrote for the blog, I love camping and spend a lot of my spare time outdoors. I’ve also bought a pair of birding binoculars that I use now and again. I like to spend time in nature because it makes me feel at ease and helps me to forget about the stress I deal with in my daily life.

I suppose that this is what we should all do from time to time, to feel human again. Nowadays, social networking has become such a significant part of our lives that we forget to interact with other people how we used to a decade ago. There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly cut grass, seeing animals in their own habitat, and just listening to the woods hum on a beautiful spring morning. It’s like the earth is speaking to you.

I’ve put together a list of four amazing places where you can pitch a tent in the United States. If you’re all out of ideas, I suggest you check them out.

 

Denali National Park, Alaska

Not too many people are keen on the idea of going on vacation to Alaska, but I have to say that I’ve had some surprises with the region in the past. I love recreational fishing, for instance, and Alaska is jam-packed with plenty of opportunities in this sense.

This park has 6 million acres of open land. There are trails for hardcore hikers and beginners alike as some start right next to the visitor center. While some argue that the park might not be for the inexperienced, I believe you can avoid getting lost if you have the right equipment, mainly a hiking GPS.

There are 6 campgrounds you can choose from. The park is open year-round, but the entrance is not allowed on days when the weather is bad.

 

Yosemite National Park, California

It stands to reason that Americans should see two places in their country; the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. The latter is one of the most spectacular destinations. It has no roads, no electricity, and no structures whatsoever, so you will need to spend a night under the stars. Keep in mind that the trails are long, so you’ll have to hike for three to four hours at a time.

The park has thirteen campgrounds located in various areas. Because it is quite popular, it might be a good idea to make a reservation, especially if you plan to visit it from April to September.

Olympic National Park, Washington

If you’ve seen movies like Lord of the Rings and others of which the action takes place in the woods, you simply have to make some time and visit this park. It is one of the unique ecosystems in the world as it can give you the opportunity to set your eyes on anything from mountains to rainforests.

There are 16 campgrounds scattered across the Olympic National Park. You’ll need to pay from $15 to $22 per night.

 

Arches National Park, Utah

It costs just ten dollars per vehicle if you want to spend the night in this park. Aside from the money-related advantage, you’ll probably like the diversity of parks that you can visit in the area. Both the photo opportunities and the trails are breathtaking, so you’ll have loads of fun with your friends and family, or even alone if you like hiking by yourself.

 

 

 

Top Gadgets I Use When Going Camping

 

Camping is an excellent opportunity for getting away from it all and leaving behind the technology, and the constant stress of push notifications and social media interactions should be high on your list. However, as we are getting too used to being connected all the time, and since there are significant advantages to using technology, even in the wild, I prefer taking a few gadgets along with me on trips.

A particular type of case for my smartphone

I doubt there are many people today who leave their homes without their smartphones. While spending a few exciting days enjoying the great outdoors, your smartphone may not exactly be in the safest place, as you may drop it, damage it, and go back home with a new expense on your list.

What I do and I suggest others do too, is to get a rugged case for their smartphone. There are a few different types on the market right now, and I prefer those that do more than just protect your phone. The best models are those that come equipped with a solar panel on the back so you can recharge your phone even without access to an electrical outlet.

 

An emergency weather radio

You can never know everything there is to know about how the weather will evolve in the area you go camping. I recommend getting an emergency weather radio, to keep you posted on what is happening and on eventual alerts for the area.

I like my weather radio to be more of a jack-of-all-trades. A model that is powered by solar energy is preferable because it will not depend on access to a power grid. Also, a hand-crank model is even better, because it will never run out of power for as long as you can use your hands. Of course, the most important thing to keep in mind is that your radio should be able to broadcast NOAA alerts.

 

 

An RV GPS navigation system

No matter where you go, you have to know what the best routes to take are, and extra information on what you may find around never hurts. In my search for a great RV GPS navigation system, this article helped me, and I am now the proud owner of a model that aids me get around with ease. While I am willing to embark on an adventure when I go camping, I have no wish to turn my trip into a horror story, by getting lost in the wild.

Having a navigation system with me offers me the certainty that I will not get lost and that I will make the best out of my camping trips.