A traditional way to spend quality vacation time with the family is to go on a camping trip. But because most children can only go on vacation in the summer, camping may not be ideal for keeping cool in the summer heat. Whether you use Marmot tents or Coleman tents, they are likely to turn into a personal sauna in such sweltering heat. However, there are quite a few great locations for camping in the summertime, where the breeze is cool and shade is in abundance. Don’t let the heat keep you indoors. Check out these cool destinations this summer.
1. Arizona: There are plenty of attractions and sites to see other than the world-famous Grand Canyon. Try taking a hike through the White Mountains in eastern Arizona. Bordering the Arizona-New Mexico border, the White Mountains consist of communities such as Alpine, Lakeside, Eagar, Snowflake, Greer and Taylor. Full of history and Native American heritage, these areas have excellent campsites and fascinating wildlife. Another area where campers can escape the Arizona heat is Mount Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest. Part of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this area maintains cool weather can and allows the use of RVs.
2. California: Mount Shasta is famous for fun outdoor activities. Although hiking to the summit of Mount Shasta would take much time and commitment, there are a ton of fun activities throughout the campgrounds. Lake Tahoe, just outside of San Francisco in the Northern Sierra, is perfect for a summer getaway in cool weather.
3. New York: Everyone needs a break from the city that never sleeps. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and daily grind by escaping to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Unlike the city’s polluted and humid air, these mountains exude a crisp, fresh air. If you prefer to stay in New York, check out the Adirondacks, the largest National Historic Landmark in the United States. There are plenty of activities to take part in such as canoeing, kayaking, tubing, paddling, fishing and swimming.
4. Utah: The snowy mountains of Utah are where avid skiers and snowboards flock to during the winter season. However, travelers are not as familiar with Utah’s splendid summer campsites. North of Las Vegas lies Utah’s Brian Head Resort, where campers can escape the summer heat and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, biking and rappelling.
5. Appalachian Trail: Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world travel far and wide just to hike the Appalachian Trail. The trail’s 300-mile wide stretch covers a vast area full of opportunities for escape and exercise. Many campers are attracted to the White Mountains in this area, which covers 25 percent of New Hampshire and a small chunk of Maine. These mountains offer less-traveled sights for the adventurous as well as fun nearby cities for the tourists.