Top Seven Spots for a Camping Trip

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Everglades National Park, Florida

Summer is the wet season in the Everglades, which means humidity, high temperatures and rain. But we still suggest camping in this park, no matter what time of year it is. After all, you'll have a more peaceful experience if you visit the Everglades in the summer, when crowds are sparse. But if you want more sun and fewer mosquitoes, plan a trip for the dry season. Camping is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the remote Everglades, which are made up of cypress swamps, mangrove forests, uninhabited islands, marshlands and more. Everglades activities include boating, fishing, bird watching and wildlife spotting -- look out for American crocodiles and panthers!

Denali National Park, Alaska

Located at the foot of snow-capped Mount McKinley, Denali National Park is a wildlife watcher's paradise. The park is home to black bears, wolves, caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, foxes, sheep, moose and a variety of birds. Cars are not allowed on Denali Park Road, but the park offers shuttle buses large enough to transport camping equipment. Denali has six campgrounds situated among six million acres of wild lands; fees vary by site. The largest is Riley Creek Campground, which is located just inside the park entrance and has the most amenities (including a nearby general store, laundry facilities and shower house).

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park is a World Heritage Site filled with sequoia forests, waterfalls, streams and cliffs. The park has a Mediterranean climate, which means it has mild temperatures year-round. Camp in the California wilderness and we guarantee you'll see a diverse assortment of plants and animals; watch out for bears, who routinely raid campgrounds in search of food. There are 13 campgrounds in the park, many offering running water and restrooms. Keep in mind that you'll need to make reservations well in advance to camp here, especially in the summer months.

Death Valley National Park, Nevada and California

Death Valley's nine campgrounds allow adventurous campers to stay overnight in the valley's arid and otherworldly terrain. Although motel accommodations are available near the park, we recommend saving your money -- sleeping under the stars in this beautiful desert wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Enjoy hiking, roasting marshmallows in a fire pit, or searching for unusual plants and desert animals. Some campgrounds offer free access; others charge a nominal nightly fee.

Southern Vermont Campgrounds, Vermont

New England charm mixes with fresh air and emerald green mountains in Southern Vermont. Choose from over a dozen state and private campgrounds in this area. The Battenkill River and the Connecticut River give campers plenty of opportunities to kayak, swim and fish, while mountain trails lead hikers to historic New England towns. You can even take mountain biking classes on Mount Snow. Not looking to rough it? Some private campgrounds in this area offer cushy amenities like linen service, Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.

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