A Guide to the 8 Most Beautiful Places To Camp Around the World
By Gianna Barone
Among other things, the midpoint of summertime calls for packing up your camping gear and hitting the road! It’s finally that time of year where we trade in our ski rentals for bike rentals and venture out to hike down the mountain trails that we once snowboarded down not long ago. And while the U.S. has some optimal spots for camping in just about every region, we’re thinking a little bit bigger.
Because while international travel is known for its rich culture and tantalizing cities, there are also some insanely cool campgrounds that any outdoorsman would appreciate. Thus, we bring you an (almost) complete guide to the the best places to pitch a tent around the world.
Wadi-Rum Desert, Jordan
For every sun-worshipper who’s ever dreamed of hitching a ride on a camel across a hot desert or off-roading through the sand in a Jeep Wrangler, Wadi-Rum is definitely the spot for your next getaway! The locale, nestled in the heart of Jordan, has become a popular spot for tourists looking for a scenic outdoor experience in the Middle East. Not to mention, Wadi Rum is the spot for a girls’ “glamping” trip!
Did you ever want to magically pitch a tent and live in a Bob Ross painting? That’s kind of what the views of Hallstat are like. Boasting some of the most vibrant greenery around, this hidden gem is a refreshing step away from the realities of city life. And with annual events like a jazz and blues festival, torchlit walks though Hallstat, and a beer garden, you’re going to want to call your travel agent, like, now.
Eibsee Lake, Germany
Yes, between all of the hustle and bustle of Germany’s famous city life lives some of the most mesmerizing and captivating lakeside views. Feast your eyes on the beauty of the Bavarian Alps as you pitch your tent next to crystal-clear waters that you thought you could only find in the tropics. And in the winter, hit the trails for an epic skiing and snowboarding expedition!
Jenkinson Lake, California
That’s right, Cali isn’t just for lounging at the beach anymore! Located in the pinelands of El Dorado, Jenkinson Lake provides an easy-breezy, traditional camping experience for U.S.-based adventurers. Classic activities like fishing, biking, and horseback riding are just a few of the perks that can fill up your day while you wait for that gorgeous sunset to kiss the lake’s surface long enough for a photo op.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
There’s camping, and then there’s camping on a salt flat. The terrain of Bolivia’s Salar De Uyuni, spread out just below the Andes mountains, is a giant salt deposit that locals have agreed makes a truly unique campground. Plus, the photography that has come out of this site is beyond spectacular. If you’re considering a camping experience that is totally out-of-the-ordinary, this is the trip to make.
The Hardergrat, Switzerland
Often dubbed “the best hike in the world”, the Hardergrat trail in the Swiss Alps is a small beast. Spanning 23km and connecting the cities of Interlaken and Brienzer, attempting this expert-level hike is worth planning a camping trip out of it. The pay off after this long, exhausting trail? Some of the most magnificent views of misty mountaintops available to the human eye.
New Denver, British Columbia, Canada
With numerous backcountry trails and miniature waterfalls, experience the Canadian forestry scene like a true local. While your friends are snapping pictures of themselves in front of tried-and-true Niagara Falls, take the road less traveled by checking out the less-populated Rosebery Provincial Park or seeking out one of the many hot springs in the area.
Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
Fact: the camping culture in Washington is quite massive. With over 30 designated grounds to choose from and some of the most flourishing wildlife in the country, just about any spot in the state is bound to impress. Snoqualmie Falls, however, is home to camper-approved trails like Norse Peak and Raven Roost, where you’re bound to find some truly breathtaking scenes of Washington’s signature “dark and dreary” mountaintops.
Do you know of a beautiful campsite somewhere in the world that we should add to this list? Leave a comment below!