For outdoor adventure lovers nothing can feel more exhilarating than the idea of exploring a new hiking or camping spot. Whether you are looking to escape to travel to a remote mountainside base camp or a vast lake amongst the trees, you can camp anywhere in the world. Because camping means freedom and adventure. Here are seven new camping sites that you may not have considered yet.
Shenandoah National Park, USA:
Just outside of America’s capital, Washington, D.C., about 75 miles away, you’ll find Shenandoah National Park. Here you can experience wilderness and breathe fresh mountain air while enjoying time learning about the history and nature of this national park. The main road to get to the park is Skyline drive: a winding, narrow road with a gorgeous view along the way. You will see eye-popping vistas and various beautiful waterfalls in this breathtaking national park. The park sits on 200 thousand acres of land protected to preserve the wildlife and scenic views. There are plenty of areas for rustic camping and hiking, though cell phone reception may be limited during your visit. Because the park is open throughout the year you can decide whether you’d prefer hiking in the summertime or have a snow trek during the winter.
The Alps, France:
With crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, this is the perfect destination for skiers in the winter months. When the snow thaws the Alps become one of the world’s most beautiful camping and hiking destinations. Hikers and campers arrive from around the world to experience the gorgeous villages at the foothill of the mountains and the fresh air of the Alps. This area is perfect for hiking, skiing or enjoying a beautiful starlit evening among the mountains. If you are not a skier then you can still enjoy the quaint towns or even relax in a thermal hot spring during the day.
Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet:
Admire fantastic views of the world’s largest mountain on a campsite constructed to protect the environment around Mount Everest. While you can spend the trip in an attempt to hike to the summit of the largest mountain in the world, you can also just enjoy the camping experience surrounded by one of the most beautiful views in the world. Though it may be difficult to sleep at high altitudes due to shortness of breath here you can witness the night time starry sky with no light pollution to dilute it. And you can sleep in if you’d like because the sunrise is delayed by the surrounding mountains. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you can climb the 20,540 feet to the summit of the mountain for one of the least seen and most coveted views in the world.
The Isle of Arran, Scotland:
The largest island in the Fifth of Clyde offers a little bit of everything that you’d hope to experience on a Scottish island. From beautiful coastlines, lush forests, and mountain peaks, you are sure to experience something on the Isle of Arran that you’ve never seen before. Along with brilliant camping and hiking, you can also witness various cultural festivals and enjoy the local cuisine. The island is known for great beers, cheeses, oatcakes, and various confections. You can sample traditional Scottish whiskey at the Arran Distillery and then take a hike around the island to enjoy the many wildlife on the island, including deer, seals, and otters. The Isle of Arran is a once in a lifetime getaway that you’re sure to enjoy.
Located just 1,055 kilometers from the state’s capital of Perth is Karijini National Park. It is the second largest national park in Western Australia. Here you can explore the parks many gorges, waterfalls, and canyons while witnessing the local wildlife of red kangaroos and geckos. The landscape has been carved by water over billions of years and allows for rock climbing, kayaking and plenty of hiking trails from beginner to expert. At night you can sleep under the stars in a beautiful landscape. If you aren’t sure where to start with your journey to this scenic national park, there are companies that can help you plan how to spend your visit. Charter North Tours offers a variety of guided excursions for solo trips, couples, and even groups.
Patagonia, Argentina, and Chile:
Southern Chile and Argentina are home to Patagonia comprised of the Andes mountains, deserts, and grasslands. It is one of the few regions with coasts on three oceans, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Southern Ocean to the south. Here you can visit Torres del Paine National Park or Tierra del Fuego. These areas with picturesque mountains and gorgeous scenery that switch between mountain peaks, glistening lakes, and deserted grassland offer a plethora of various hiking and camping locations. Traveling in the off-season will reduce your costs tremendously and you will be able to avoid the crowds that come with seasonal travel.
Sahara Desert, Morocco:
This scenic hot and dry climate is perfect for a camel trek along the desert dunes. Spend a night under the starry African sky before spending your days hiking the dunes and trying your hand at sandboarding. Sandboarding is an extreme sport similar to snowboarding that includes riding down a sand dune on a board. You can spend your evenings having an authentic Berber dinner and camping in a traditional Berber tent. Enjoy a scenic sunrise over the seemingly endless sand dunes before hiking through the ancient villages to begin your camel trek. It is the ultimate bucket list trip.
Any of these destinations will provide you with a once in a lifetime vacation. Whether you prefer mountainous views or sand boarding in a desert climate, these destinations are sure to give you something that any outdoor adventurer would appreciate.