Camping out is about more than just sleeping under the stars. It’s also an excellent opportunity to visit some scenic places. A few stand out among the many choices.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a famous scenic spot for camping. Found at Mount Desert Island, the forest spans 17 million acres. Its 6,000 ponds and lakes, as well as rivers that stretch a collective 32,000 miles, can be the perfect backdrop for a camping trip. Campers can choose to pitch their tents at Schoodic Woods, Blackwoods, and Seawell’s.

White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest, found between Maine and New Hampshire, includes the north end of the Appalachian Valley. The most popular time of year to visit this forest is in the fall. Visitors can see the leaves changing colors right in front of them. In addition to hundreds of sites in which to go camping, there are many climbing areas where visitors can test their physical prowess.

Minnewaska State Park Reserve

New York’s Minnewaska State Park Reserve is located on the Shawangunk Ridge. Its rocky terrain makes it a challenge to navigate. Besides camping, the reserve also offers space to ride bikes and go hiking.

Shenandoah National Park

Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park contains 500 miles worth of hiking trails. Avid hikers often embark on the eight-mile trek to the top of Old Rag Mountain. The waterfalls and forest land provide unforgettable views. There are five spots around the park where visitors are welcome to camp out.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park is also popular among campers. The park is known for having the most extensive barrier reefs in the world. Daytime activities include visiting Fort Jefferson and the local beach, which allows visitors to rent snorkeling equipment. Those who come armed with a pair of binoculars often spend some time bird watching.

Big Bend National Park

Texas’s Big Bend National Park is located on the Rio Grande and is an excellent spot for kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. The hiking trails take visitors through the mountains and desert. Three of the park’s campgrounds are developed, but there is also one site for backcountry camping.

Ozark National Forest

Arkansas’s Ozark National Forest features hiking trails that stretch a collective 400 miles. The forest also has streams and lakes, as well as nine beaches. The camping sites can accommodate both tents and RVs.