15 Reasons to Tent Camp in Our National Parks

Tiffany, The Campy MomNPF Blog

There are some things that you can only get from tent camping and can't get from staying in a hotel.

Here are 15 reasons to consider tent camping on your next national park adventure:

  1. The incredible view.  Choose from desert view, ocean view, mountain view and more.
  2. It’s economical.  Forget the stay-cation. Try a get out and play-cation.  Many parks offer tent camping sites with electricity from $17 per night and up.
  3. You will make memories your family will never forget.
  4. Hot dogs taste better when you are camping.
  5. Can you say adventure?
  6. Hiking a trail is better than a fitness video any day.  And with over 13,000 miles of land and water trails in our national parks, there are plenty of fitness options.
  7. Your child’s history lesson has never been so much fun.  Learn about the Choctaw, Chickasaw and other American Indians while staying in campsites along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
  8. Fresh air. Yes, please.
  9. Beautiful sunsets.
  10. The sunrises aren’t bad either.
  11. Ghost stories are scarier when told around a campfire.
  12. You see more lightening bugs than you would at a hotel.
  13. More activities than you can “shake a stick at.”  Did you know that the Lake Meredith Recreation Area in Texas offers recreational opportunities such as fishing, waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving, horseback riding, boating and hiking (to name a few).  Find even more events and ideas at www.nps.gov.
  14. You can find a stick (and shake it).  Or you can throw that stick on a campfire. It’s really up to you.  It’s your camping trip.
  15. Your kids will think you’re cool.  Enjoy it while you can.

Tiffany, aka The Campy Mom, enjoys tent camping and cane pole fishing with her husband and three crazy, camping kids.  She also writes a family camping blog, www.aLittleCampy.com, where she discusses all aspects of family camping, from pitching tents to pitching fits.  Join her there anytime, around the campfire.

Last updated April 21, 2012.

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