1. Yurt and treehouse camping in Big Sur, California
Sleep in yurts, treehouses, or nests, and wake up to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Check out Treebones Resort for camping experiences you'll remember basically forever.
2. Overnight pack trips in Montana
Everyone who has horseback-riding experience needs to try an overnight pack trip, and Montana is the perfect place for that. They're offered at several dude ranches, including Nine Quarter Circle Ranch.
3. Beach camping in the Dry Tortugas, Florida
Garden Key, the second largest of the Dry Tortugas, offers spectacular beach camping. It's also home to Fort Jefferson, one of the most impressive masonry structures in the Americas, as well as plenty of wildlife.
4. Red rock camping at Canyonlands, Utah
Imagine a tent surrounded by a Martian landscape of red rock, with no other people in sight and a blanket of sparkling stars at night. That's what camping at Canyonlands is like.
5. Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail is a 296-mile long trail in Northeastern Minnesota overlooking Lake Superior. Backpack for as long of a segment as you want, and set up camp at various locales along the way. You'll pass beautiful lakes and waterfalls, walk through marshy wetlands, and feel totally at peace with the world.
6. Sand dune camping in Colorado
Camp in the tallest sand dunes in North America, located in Southern Colorado. You'll feel like you're in another world, but you'll still be close to alpine tundra and lakes!
7. Hammock camping on the Appalachian Trail
Attempt a portion of the mythical Appalachian Trail and set up hammocks in the forest along the way. It's more comfortable and low-impact than ground camping, and you'll feel even more in tune with nature.
8. Music festival camping
This is a must-have experience in life! A number of days-long summer music festivals around the world are host to crowded campgrounds. Check out a list of camping music festivals here.
9. Backcountry camping in coastal Maine
Maine's coast is utterly breathtaking and relatively unpopulated. Camp along the Bold Coast Trail, where you'll be surrounded by amazing scenery, wildlife, and wild blueberries.
10. Trailer & teepee camping in Texas
Nothing says camping in the West Texas desert like teepees, trailers, and luxe tents. El Cosmico is an 18-acre campground near Marfa. Go for the zany art and stay in a zany shelter!
11. Camping amidst glaciers in Washington
Hike amongst jutting peaks and alpine scenery even in the summer. The Sahale Glacier is a permitted camping area, where you can literally pitch your tent on rocky outcroppings surrounded by glaciers.