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Did you know that taking a camping vacation instead of a traditional vacation is growing in popularity? A 2019 study conducted by KOA monitored the behaviors of campers and discovered that there are 7 million new households camping across the United States. The activity is also growing in popularity among millennials and Gen Xers as well. Are you thinking about exploring the great outdoors during your next vacation? Here are a few places to relax and enjoy the nature around you.

Acadia National Park: Experience the beauty of the Atlantic ocean during your time at Acadia National Park. Located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, this northeast treasure has amazing biodiversity. Along the 158 miles of hiking trails and coastline, you’ll see moose, bears, whales, and various seabirds. Some of the few campgrounds within the Acadia include Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods, and Duck Harbor.

Saranac Lake: Saranac Lake is actually a small town in New York named after the nearby Saranac Lakes. There are 85 plus camping locations available and the village itself is within the Adirondack Park. If you need a change in pace or scenery there are plenty of activities in the village and the larger area. While visiting, take the time to explore the Adirondacks by taking a guided tour!

White Mountain National Forest: Located in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine, the White Mountain National Forest is a great spot for everyone. Year-round, there’s plenty to do in the national forest. While camping you can hike, climb, hunt, fish, and bike; there are also multiple cabins you can rent as well.

Assateague Island National Seashore: If you want to see wild horses Assateague Island is a cool place to explore. The national seashore is split into two sections based on which state you’re in: Virginia or Maryland.  Camping is only available in the Maryland section of Assateague and it’s important to make sure you plan ahead when visiting. You’ll want to bring plenty of bug spray, locally purchased firewood, sunscreen, screen tents, and long stakes to anchor your tent.

No matter where you choose to camp make sure you are prepared for your trip. Bring plenty of supplies, rain gear, and a first aid kit. Happy camping!