Consider one of these amazing places to pitch your tent and you’ll experience some of the best views on the planet.
Ahh, the great outdoors… a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with mother earth. Honking car horns and recurring ringtones transform into chirping birds, singing crickets, and the rustle of wind through the trees. Mountain landscapes offer awe-inspiring views and a way to see the world from new perspectives.
A day spent fishing or canoeing out on a lake gives a chance to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. A hiking adventure gives time to quiet the mind under a canopy of trees. The night sky, uncorrupted by city lights, provides the opportunity to gaze at the vast constellations shining from light-years away.
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Spending time in nature has many benefits, from alleviating stress and strengthening the immune system to increasing happiness and boosting creativity. Whether your idea of camping involves a rustic retreat in the rainforest or a glamping-style hideaway in the mountains, the 10 best places to go camping in the world should definitely go on your bucket list.
The entries are ranked in no particular order, so feel free to cast your vote for your favorite spot.
1. Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
Head to the ends of the earth, and you’ll find one of the most idyllic places to go camping. The Patagonian region spans the southern portion of the Andes mountains. Explore remote regions of glacier peaks, teal lakes, and jagged mountain tops. For a truly unique experience, try eco-camping in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park where you’ll sleep in dome hotels inspired by the ancient dwellings of the region’s Kaweskar people.
2. The Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Camping becomes a safari when visiting Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Animal-lovers can see the “Big Five” in their natural habitat: elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo. Like a scene out of The Lion King, the wildebeest migration across the Mara River also occurs here between July and August. During a camping trip to this open Savannah grassland, visitors can also catch a glimpse of giraffes, hyenas, zebras, crocodiles, and hippos. As many of these species have become endangered, organizations like the Kenya Wildlife Trust aim to protect the extraordinary wildlife of the Maasai Mara.
3. Odda, Norway
You can see how the Vikings came up with their idea of heaven, Valhalla, in a place like Odda. The region features icy blue glaciers, luscious canyons, plunging waterfalls, and skyscraping peaks that defy gravity. Perhaps one of the most breathtaking rock formations on the planet, Trolltunga, juts out of the mountainside overlooking Lake Ringedalsvatnet at 2,300 feet (700 meters) with views from heights not for the faint of heart. Campers can pitch a tent, rent a cabin, or stay at more comfortable accommodations while enjoying outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking, and fishing in Odda.
Tree camping is the new extreme at the Waldseilgarten Resort in Bavaria, Germany. In the warmer months, a view of the resort from afar looks like tent-lanterns dangling from a forest canopy. This unique camping experience lets visitors stay overnight in tents suspended over a mountain summit. During the winter months, the Waldseilgarten Resort lets guests build and stay overnight in their very own igloo. Bavarian outdoor activities include hiking, tree rope courses, archery, rock climbing, snow walking, and skiing, depending on the time of year.
5. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Positioned between North and South America, Costa Rica has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Corcovado National Park spans 164 square miles (424 km-squared), making it perfect for trekking and exploring lowland tropical rainforests, mangrove swamps, rushing waterfalls, and highland cloud forests alongside palm shaded beaches. Campers share their temporary home with resident wildlife like jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, and over 100 species of butterflies.
6. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
As New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mount Cook gives campers an alpine adventure with views of soaring summits, enduring snowfields, crystalline glaciers, and spectacular star-studded skies. Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to reach the summit of Everest, trained on Mount Cook in preparation for his history-making feat. Local Ngāi Tahu legend tells the tale of Aoraki and his three brothers whose canoes capsized. When they climbed on top, the freezing winds turned them into the mountains that continue to watch over Mount Cook National Park.
7. The Jordan River, Israel
Late spring, summer, and early fall provide an ideal season to camp nearby one of history’s most famous rivers where Jesus was said to have been baptized. Pitching a tent beside the Jordan River, campers can set up fires, cook shakshuka, and grill kebabs shaded under palm trees. The narrow, crystal blue river provides a chance to cool off for a swim or catch some rays laying out on a float or an air mattress (as many of the locals do) during the day. Howling jackals sing at night under starry skies.
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8. Maine, United States
This gloriously gorgeous state in the north-easternmost tip of the United States has ample camping opportunities, whether you prefer pitching a tent in the Allagash or Acadia Park or renting a cabin by the Penobscot or Moosehead Lake. Outdoor activities abound like canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and white water rafting. While out in the wilderness, you may hear the haunting song of the loon, spot a bald eagle with a 7.5-foot (2.3 meters) wingspan soaring overhead, or catch a glimpse of a 7 foot (2 meters) tall bull moose wading in the water.
9. Itsukushima, Japan
This small island, also known as Miyajima, sits in Hiroshima Bay by western Japan. The island’s Tsutsumigaura Nature Park gives campers a chance to pitch a tent or rent a cabin while using campsite cooking and bathing facilities. Discover ancient temples on “Shrine Island” while exploring magical camphor and cypress forests where wild deer wander. Peer out onto the water to see the island’s famous floating torii gate.
10. Devon, United Kingdom
Located in the southwest of England along the Jurassic coastline, Devon has lush green cliffs overlooking the steel blue waters of the English Channel. The Exmoor campsites near Europe’s Dark Sky Reserve give access to the tallest trees and highest cliffs in the country. While in Dartmoor National Park, campers can see first-hand the inspiration for many myths and legends like prehistoric stone circles, ancient burial chambers, and mysterious bogs and mires.
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