Memorial weekend is the unofficial start of the summer camping season, and that means you should kick the season off with a bang. These four unique camping destinations are ones that will offer you a weekend family getaway that you’ll never forget. Find the one nearest you, and start making your Memorial Day camping reservations today.
The Gallo Campground — New Mexico
The Gallo Campground is more than your usual RV and tent camping site. This breathtaking campground is located in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The park includes the ancient ruins of the Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest. Travelers can enjoy guided tours, ranger programs (including a must-see night sky program), backcountry trails, self-guided hiking tours and bike routes.
The Gallo Campground offers 49 campsites as well as two group sites. The sites cost $15 per night and do not have hook-ups. Although, you’ll enjoy a fire grate with grill, picnic table, clean restrooms, non-potable water and a dump station. Call the park ahead of time to reserve your spot for the busy weekend.
The Boone KOA — North Carolina
There’s nothing quite like the Blue Ridge Mountains in spring. Boone, N.C., offers the perfect launching point for your Blue Ridge adventures with a small but bustling town, countless outdoor activities and access to the highest peak in the area — Grandfather Mountain. Visitors can enjoy zipline tours, river rafting, hikes of varying difficulty, mountain biking, rock climbing, birdwatching or simply taking in the majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Boone KOA is the highest KOA east of the Mississippi River, so you know you’re getting the true “High Country” experience.
Recompence Shore Campground — Maine
The start of summer is the start of the best season to visit Maine. The Recompence Shore Campground in Freeport, Maine, is located on the 626-acre Wolfe’s Neck Farm. The campground features four miles of shoreline along the Casco Bay as well as wooded and field campsites. Canoe rentals, swimming, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, day camps, fishing and volleyball are just a few of the countless outdoor activities you and your family can enjoy.
Cape Disappointment State Park — Washington
Cape Disappointment State Park has a deceiving name, because nothing about this park will leave you disappointed. Spend your days admiring the views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, North Head Lighthouse or Columbia River. Eight miles of hiking trails, fresh and saltwater fishing, clamming, boating and exploring the beach will keep your entire family grinning throughout your stay.
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