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5 Camping Trips You Must Take with Your Family This Summer

May 19, 2017

5 Camping Trips You Must Take with Your Family This Summer

The United States is covered in beautiful parks, lakes, and mountain ranges. From coast to coast, there are amazing sights, with campgrounds that can accommodate explorers of all sizes.  From riding ATVs to hiking towards cascading waterfalls, there's no limit to the fun you and your family can have.

So pack up your truck and unload your ATV or UTV, because we've put together a list of camping trips in the United States that you must take with your family this summer.

Glacier National Park - Montana

Lake McDonald - Glacier National Park

In the Rocky Mountains of Montana lays the " Crown of the Continent ." Glacier Park received its name due to the giant glaciers that once stood tall here, and is now home to beautiful lakes and valleys. Based on how blue the water is and lush the forests are, it's not hard to believe that these lakes were created by glaciers thousands of years ago.

The largest lake at Glacier National Park is Lake McDonald at 10 miles long and nearly 500 feet deep. Within the Lake McDonald Valley you have Avalanche Lake, a popular day hike, and Trail of the Cedars, a wheelchair accessible hike, according to the National Park Service.

After a day of hiking or horseback riding, cozy up to the warm fireplace at the Lake McDonald Lodge.  There are also 13 drive-in campgrounds throughout Glacier and you can visit their camping page for more information on how to plan your trip.

Letchworth State Park - New York

Letchworth State Park

The New York State Parks website lists Letchworth as the "Grand Canyon of the East." The park borders The Genesee River, which has large waterfalls that you can hike to. The river is a level 2-3 for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Letchworth also has 66 miles worth of trails to explore and hike on.

This state park hosts activities year long, which you can find a schedule for here . You can also stay the night at the park's tent and trailer campgrounds . New York's Letchworth State Park is beautiful and there's plenty to do for the whole family. It's so beautiful, in fact, that you can also view the park from a hot air balloon! There's no end to the possibilities for your summer camping trip here!

Sequoia National Park - California

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, with its massive sequoia trees, is picture-perfect for family fun. Gather the kids in front of the enormous General Sherman Tree and capture them looking even smaller than usual. Hike through the Giant Forest or up to the top of Moro Rock for an experience your children (and you) will never forget.

Among the many recreational activities available, you may want to  load up the truck with your ATV and take a ride through the trails in Sequoia National Forest. You can also find information for camping, fishing, and hunting at the Forest Service website for Sequoia .

Lake Powell - Utah & Arizona

Lake Powell

Located on the Colorado River, Lake Powell is the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States and settled between Utah and Arizona. There are several options to choose from for RV and camping spots, or if you bring your family then consider renting a houseboat with a water slide.

Daily activities on the lake include boating, tubing and fishing, or you can stay on shore to go hiking and golfing. Summer is the best time to visit Lake Powell and really enjoy all that the lake has to offer. Go to lakepowell.com for information on houseboat rentals, boat tours, and lake activities.

Pocono Mountains - Pennsylvania

Pocono Mountains

The Poconos are home to 150 lakes and a tremendous amount of outdoor adventure. Bushkill Falls is known as "The Niagara of Pennsylvania," where your family can experience walking across bridges and walkways near a 100 foot waterfall. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery from the beach or even a raft as you float down the river. Or, if you prefer, there are several adventure parks and water parks to choose from as well. You can find entertainment in The Poconos whether it be on a hiking trail near the river or at a restaurant close to town.

No matter where you choose to came and ride this summer, you’re sure to have a blast and create a lifetime of memories.