With the chill in the air subsiding, Memorial Day within reach, and summer rolling in, you may find that you have the itch to emerge from hibernation. Camping is always a perfect way to enjoy this nature-friendly time of year. Spending time in the great outdoors can satiate your wanderlust, whether you travel to exotic lands, or just escape for a quick weekend getaway. Camping has always been one of America’s favorite pastimes and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with Mother Nature.

Speaking of which, here are the top 5 best places to pitch a tent:

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

This National Park has various campsites to choose from, all of which put you right on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Spend your time relaxing, and enjoying the beauty of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, or wander the nearby trails for even more impressive views. If you’re in for the long haul, you can actually hike between the North and South rim, which is about 25 miles, and not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

Big Sur, California

With a large selection of campsites, and hiking trails for any fitness level, you’re able to select your perfect atmosphere at the world famous Big Sur. Choose to set up camp under the shade of the redwoods, or you can make your way to the beach and find a spot right by the ocean.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

If hiking among cascading waterfalls is what you desire, then this is the place to be! With 101 miles of Appalachian trails, and sitting just 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is full of beautiful wildlife, and quiet wooded hollows. It’s the ultimate peaceful getaway.

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

Don’t let the name fool you. The weather in Iceland is actually pretty nice in the summer. Whether you are planning on enjoying the breathtaking views, explore the natural phenomena, or check out the wildlife, you can’t go wrong with a Myvatn camping trip. Plan your timing just right, and you may be able to catch a spectacular display of the northern lights.

Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Located on the Caribbean island of Culebra, Flamenco Beach is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not to mention the most popular in Culebra. Its turquoise waters and soft white sand invite you to relax Oceanside, and soak in the sun. Set up camp and spend all day at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or surfing.

If you just can’t get the time away for an extravagant vacation this year, take a long weekend off for a camping trip instead! With these beautiful destinations, you’re bound to have a great escape!

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