The United States is home to many types of terrain and ecosystems. You can camp in the Everglades just feet away from alligators (yikes!) or on top of an ice field in Alaska. You may enjoy beach camping – hearing the waves come in or pitching your tent in the silence of the desert. Here are just a few of the strangest and most unique places to camp in the US.
Unique Places To Camp This Summer
Camp On a Glacier
In the summer months in Seward, Alaska you can take a guided hiking and camping trip to one of the glaciers. It is definitely the most unique camping experience you will ever have. This camping adventure is best done with a local guiding company. They provide everything from the tents and meals to teaching you about the glaciers. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime camping adventure and not for the faint of heart!
Camp on a Movie Set
Definitely one of the most geologically strangest places in the US is Devils Tower in Wyoming. It is a laccolithic butte that is 867 feet tall, which is an anomaly in the middle of the area’s rolling prairies. Climbers come from all over the world to climb the United States first national monument. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind was set at Devils Tower! There is a campground plus backcountry camping permits are available if you want to camp at the base of the rocks. Night time sky viewing is pretty stellar as there is low light pollution. Ranger-led astronomy programs are offered on clear nights throughout the summer months.
Camp With Wild Horses
On the East Coast, head to Maryland’s Assateague Island National Seashore. You will find a gorgeous coastal bay, sandy beaches, a forest, and marshes. The best part is that there is a herd of wild horses on the island! Camping here is relatively inexpensive too. You can pitch your tent near the crashing waves or in the designated campground. It is peaceful, quiet and a pretty unique place to camp.
Camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon!
One of the most spectacular places to camp is on the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Bright Angel Campground is just above Bright Angel Creek, one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the US. There is nothing quite like looking up at the canyon walls and bright stars and losing yourself in the moment. That way you are camping at a new spot along the Colorado River every night. The best part of this excursion is that someone else is setting up camp and doing all the cooking! Can’t go wrong through with either camping experience!
Have you ever camped at one of these locations? What’s your favorite unusual campground in America?
And, if you aren’t a fan of sleeping on the ground but would like to explore nature, check out Sand and Surf’s “Glamping Guide” Explore Nature Without Sleeping on the Ground!”