Camp in these 8 charming places in the United States this fall

As the leaves change and temperatures cool, camping conditions comfortably peak. It’s the perfect time to pack a backpack, gather your friends and family, and get out into nature together. However, an unforgettable fall camping trip is about more than finding a trail and pitching a tent. Off-the-beaten-track adventures and tours help adventurers connect more deeply with nature and the site’s history. Camp in these 8 popular hiking destinations in the United States and get to know them through these unique and thrilling adventures.



8 Joshua Tree National Park, California

A hike in Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best outdoor camping experiences California has to offer. Adventure seekers can heighten the excitement of a Joshua Tree camping trip with a half-day group rock climbing session. With plenty of time to learn the basics of rock climbing, this group climb is perfect for beginners. Since the ascent is a half-day activity, advanced climbers can use the second half of the day to explore more advanced terrain or embark on a scenic hike.

  • Recommended visit:
    Group Rock Climbing for Beginners in Joshua Tree National Park

  • Duration:
    4 hours

  • Cost:
    From $225

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seven Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia

Camping along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall is an unforgettable way to experience the beautiful fall foliage of this region. A guided tour of North Carolina’s towering waterfalls makes the camping trip even more memorable. This tour begins near Asheville and includes a hike through two forests to see several roaring waterfalls. The tour begins in the Pisgah National Forest and continues into nearby state forests. The hike includes breaks for rest and snacks.

  • Recommended visit:
    Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hike from Asheville

  • Duration:
    5 hours 30 minutes

  • Cost:
    From $97

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6 Acadia National Park, Maine

Because there is so much to see in and around Acadia National Park, campers would do well to first take a guided tour of the area, identify trailheads, and learn more about the region. This private half-day tour offers adventurous visitors a deep dive into the region with an experienced guide. Armed with local knowledge, visitors can then make the most of their camping trip to Acadia and decide on the ideal routes and campsites. The trip includes Sand Beach and Great Head, Bar Harbor and Somes Sound, among other exciting off-the-beaten-track locations.

  • Recommended visit:
    4-Hour Private Tour: Acadia National Park, Cadillac Summit and Somes Sound

  • Duration:
    4 hours

  • Cost:
    From $700 per group (up to 5)

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5 Big Sur, California

Big Sur camping is one of America’s most iconic outdoor experiences. To take advantage of the coastal views and fantastic geographical features, campers should combine a bike tour with their camping trip. To allow travelers to cover the most ground, this tour uses e-bikes. Passing along parts of Monterrey Bay and spanning 17 miles, this route covers more than a dozen points of interest, from dramatic cliffs to shady groves. The tour is family-friendly, with tandem driving options available.

  • Recommended visit:
    Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive – Full Day Tour from San Francisco

  • Duration:
    11:00

  • Cost:
    From US$105 per adult

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Related: These are the 10 best glamping spots in scenic Big Sur

4 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

The vast Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of natural beauty to see and experience. A guided overnight backpacking trip through the park is a great way for travelers to get acquainted at the start of an extended camping trip. This guided hike is not only fun and adventurous, but also educational. While beginners benefit from learning the basics of hiking and camping, more experienced travelers will benefit from learning about local flora and fauna, as well as special hazards and the best places to see in the forests. of the Great Smoky Mountains. After the trip, campers can plan to extend their trip and put into practice the local knowledge gained during the visit.

  • Recommended visit:
    Overnight Smokies Hike

  • Duration:
    1 day 8 hours

  • Cost:
    From $499

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3 Canyonlands National Park, Utah

More than 300,000 acres of lunar wilderness await adventurous hikers eager to camp in Canyonlands National Park. The sheer size of this park can be daunting. Luckily, visitors can join a day trip to learn more about this unique slice of the United States while traversing its heights and valleys. This extensive tour covers twenty top sites and two of Utah’s national parks. The famous Mesa Arch and otherworldly Dead Horse Point State Park are included in the tour. Hikers with a passion for photography will appreciate the pace of the tour, which allows for photo opportunities at key stops.

  • Recommended visit:
    Discover Moab in One Day: Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Pt

  • Duration:
    8 hours

  • Cost:
    From $369.49

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Related: A Complete Guide to the Four Hiking Districts in the Canyonlands

2 Channel Islands, California

A hidden campsite awaits adventurous hikers off Santa Barbara, California. The rugged Channel Islands offer breathtaking views and a sense of peaceful solitude. At the end of a camping trip to the islands, visitors can enjoy a kayaking trip to the mainland coast. Visitors can encounter local wildlife up close, such as seals, dolphins and a variety of seabirds. There are also several attractions to see along the coastline, including the Santa Ynez Mountains. A safety briefing precedes the tour to welcome and prepare beginners and advanced kayakers to kayak safely in local conditions.

  • Recommended visit:
    Kayak tour of Santa Barbara with an experienced guide

  • Duration:
    1h30

  • Cost:
    From US$55 per adult

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1 Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

In the fall, Shenandoah National Park lights up with vibrant fall colors; it’s the perfect time to hike its rolling peaks and quiet valleys. Shenandoah campers can enjoy waterfalls, whispering streams and breathtaking woods. However, there is also a lot to see underground. A visit to Luray Caverns and Skyline Drive is an unforgettable experience. Beginning in the limestone caverns of Luray, Virginia, this tour gives visitors a glimpse of the beautiful landscape of the Shenandoah Valley. Travelers will learn how these magnificent caves came into existence and how the whole ecosystem is connected to them. From the caverns below to the soaring Skyline Drive, the tour continues with a walk through the fall foliage along this scenic and iconic road. Travelers end the guided trip with an in-depth understanding of the unique ecosystem and geology of this truly special place.

  • Recommended visit:
    BEST Luray Caves and Shenandoah Skyline Drive Day Tour

  • Duration:
    7 to 9 a.m.

  • Cost:
    From US$166 per adult

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