THE MASONRY MONTHLY
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5 Best Camping Destinations in the United States
F amily vacations are so complicated these days. Resorts. Cruise ships. Theme parks. Staycations. Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned camping trip? Nothing brings the family together like exploring the great outdoors, sharing s’mores around a campfire, or sleeping beneath the stars. But half the battle of camping is knowing where to go. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a few suggestions your family is sure to love! North Rim Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Visiting the Grand Canyon is on most people’s bucket list, so why not make it your vacation destination? This natural wonder is also an incredible camping location. But you won’t be sleeping in the canyon. North Rim Campground is located beneath towering Ponderosa pines, shading campers from the hot Arizona sun. You can hike in the Grand Canyon, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and watch the sunrise over the Colorado River. Between May 15 and October 31, campsites are available by reservation only, so claim your spot by visiting recreation.gov. Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho Looking to explore the true untamed wilderness? Then venture into Sawtooth National Forest. Northern Idaho is about as far from civilization as you can get, though you’ll never feel alone with the impressive Sawtooth mountains to keep you company. Hike rugged trails, fish in rivers and lakes, and find the perfect place to pitch your tent in the thick forests. But before you head out, be sure to get your wilderness permit from a local Forest Service Office. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico isn’t technically in the United States, but it is a U.S. territory, and that counts for this list. Flamenco Beach is the only place on the island of Culebra where camping is permitted, and it’s a beautiful location. Spend the day frolicking in the waves, snorkeling, or relaxing in a hammock beneath the mangrove trees before you grill dinner on one of the many barbecues available throughout the site. It’s all the fun of camping in the wild combined with a tropical getaway.
Oz Farm, North Coast, California Oz Farm is the destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life who would still like to use a fully equipped kitchen. An eco-friendly escape, you can enjoy 230 acres of blooming meadows, redwood groves, and rushing rivers before returning to your private cabin for the evening. From the scenic Tower Cabin to the relaxing Newbird Cabin, Oz Farm features several housing options, so there’s sure to be one that fits your family. Space is limited, so book your stay at hipcamp.com/discover/california/oz-farm today. Nãpali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii This scenic Hawaiian paradise is another fantastic location for a beach camping trip. But sunbathing on the sandy beaches isn’t the only thing to do here. Nãpali Coast is also home to Kalalau Trail, a stunning 11- mile path that attracts hikers from all over the world. This challenging trail is recommended for experienced hikers only, but the pristine waterfalls and lush valleys make it well worth the trouble. If you’re thinking about camping at Nãpali Coast, be sure to buy a camping permit at camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html. These amazing destinations can make your family trip one to remember. What are you waiting for? Grab a tent, get some bug spray, and invite your family on the adventure of the summer!
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