1. Florida Caverns State Park – North-Central Florida
Undoubtedly, Florida is a summer location all year round. It’s tough to beat with palm trees, ice-cold beer, and of course amazing beaches. But if you wish to see a different side of Florida, ditch the shore. You might be surprised by how much the state has to provide, from swimmable freshwater springs to spectacular cave systems. The gulf beaches along the panhandle are some of the prettiest the state has to use, and they’re not too far away once you’re done spelunking.
2. Tillicum Beach Camping Area – Oregon Coast
Hiking in the Columbia River Canyon is absolutely amazing, but if you have not been to Oregon’s rock-studded coastline yet, you’re seriously missing a great opportunity. Tillicum Beach allows outdoor camping right on the water. The magnificent coastal formations in Cape Perpetua can’t be missed, especially Devil’s Churn or Thor’s Well. You’ll want to watch for whales, especially if you arrive in early summer.
3. Cougar Rock Campground – Mount Rainier, Washington
The Pacific Northwest’s provides a stunning landscape of vibrant wildflowers and waterfalls. While here you can fish for your supper, take a breathtaking drive, hiking journey, or go rock climbing. You can also grab the title of hiking the biggest mountain in the state of Washington, Rainier stands 14,410 feet tall.
4. Sugar Pine State Park – Lake Tahoe
While this area is always great for a ski trip, but it’s equally as stunning throughout the summer. You can get out on the water by boat, jet ski, or stand-up paddleboard or just jump into the lake instead. You’ll find adrenaline-pumping sightseeing tours available along the coastline, consisting of everything from hang-gliding to bungee jumping.
5. Fontainebleau State Park – New Orleans
Southern Louisiana is hot and humid and is even worse during the summer season. Yet if you’re seeking a cool spot to take in great music, you can not do much better than here. Fontainebleau State Park is out of town to allow you to recuperate with some much-needed solitude.
6. Twelvemile Campground – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan.
Along the southern cusp of Lake Superior in Michigan’s breathtaking Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks offers a landscape like no place else in the midwest. Studded with unique sandstone developments and residues of shipwrecks, you can fish, camp, trek, or swim along this 40 mile stretch of freshwater coastline.
7. Blackwoods Camping site – Acadia National Park, Maine.
If the cold weather keeps you away from this far-northeastern state in wintertime, you would certainly be remiss not to visit during the summer with its stunning coastlines and granite mountaintops. If you go out hiking, you can even eat the numerous and scrumptious wild blueberries that grow here.
8. Camp Anywhere – Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee.
Situated in eastern-central Tennessee, this park’s namesake waterfall is the highest east of the Mississippi River. In addition to hiking, biking, angling, and boating along its miles of routes and rivers, Fall Creek visitors can also benefit from the on-site golf course or Olympic-sized pool.
9. Lake Solano – Napa and Sonoma
Although it can be a little cool in fall, summers are gloriously temperate events in the wine country. What goes better with a summertime getaway than a glass of fresh, local wine?