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    Updated on Jul 24, 2020. Posted on Jul 20, 2020

    19 Of The Best Places To Camp In The US If You're Craving Nature

    Camping: the original form of social distancing.

    The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies as you're planning any future trips.

    Summer is officially here, and many are looking to camping as a way to escape their city for a socially distanced getaway. Camping is considered by some experts to be one of the least risky summer activities, so we rounded up some of the most beautiful sites from California to New York and everywhere in between.

    looking out through the doorway of a tent onto morning mist and crescent lake, superior national forest, minnesota
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    However, it's important right now to stay close to home, so be sure to check out what parks your state offers and avoid long trips. And read up on the CDC's tips for visiting recreational parks safely before you go. Happy camping (and social distancing)!

    1. Yosemite National Park, California

    Yosemite's mountain range and forest floor with a waterfall in the background and a blue sky above.
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    Yosemite is one of California's most gorgeous parks, and as of last month it's open to the public by reservation. The campsites are operating at 50% capacity as of now, making it easier to visit while still social distancing.

    2. Anastasia State Park, Florida

    3. Willamette National Forest, Oregon

    4. Colorado Bend State Park, Texas

    5. Flathead National Forest, Montana

    6. Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia

    7. Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina

    8. Panthertown Valley, North Carolina

    9. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

    An aerial view of a waterfall gushing into a gorge with green trees surrounding.
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    Boasting one of the tallest waterfalls in the eastern states, this park is a stunning place to camp, hike, swim, fish — you name it! Most campsites are open for reservation, but may be running at lower capacity, so check the park's website for closures before you go.

    10. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

    11. Green River Reservoir State Park, Vermont

    12. Shawme-Crowell State Forest, Massachusetts

    13. Gila National Forest, New Mexico

    A discolored and wavy rock wall of gray and beige with lush green trees in the foreground and a sunset above.
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    Reopened last month, this forest offers a cooler summer alternative to New Mexico's desert heat, especially at the higher elevations. There are 3.3 million acres of forest and mountain range, but a must-see is the ancient cliff dwellings, built into these stunning rock formations by the Mogollon people.

    14. Grand Isle State Park, Louisiana

    15. Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, New York

    16. John Bryan State Park, Ohio

    17. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

    Lush green hills covered in green trees spread out under a blue evening sky with a few fluffy clouds and a large cliff juts out from the lefthand side.
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    Currently in its Phase Two of reopening, this park has it all: waterfalls, wildflowers, and all kinds of critters you can spot as you hike. Some campsites are first come, first served, but they are also now taking reservations due to limited capacity.

    18. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

    19. Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

    A slightly muddy, rough stone staircase between a natural stone wall and a forest of vibrant, healthy trees.
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    A hop and a skip from Chicago, there's plenty to do at this park, from hiking its shady trails to renting a canoe and hitting the water. The best part about camping here? Getting a jump on the crowds and seeing the waterfalls while they're empty! Be sure to make a reservation before you grab your tent, though.

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