2014 Camping: Your Summer Challenge List
This year, take the summer challenge. Tackle new hikes, visit different campgrounds, and try few new activities like geocaching and jet skiing.
May1 of 7
Your first big trip of the season is coming up: Memorial Day weekend. If this is a camping tradition for your family, it's likely that you pitch your tent or park your RV at the same place year in and year out.
Summer Challenge: Camp somewhere new, even if it's in the same state. Find a new campground at ReserveAmerica.com, where you can filter by campground and location—ranging from general to specific.
June2 of 7
Camping season is in full swing, and for most parts of the country this is the best time of year to hike because temperatures are cooler than in mid-summer, making strenuous hikes less demanding.
Summer Challenge: Choose your campground based on a trail you want to hike. Try the Sargent Mountain Loop in Acadia National Park. After this spectacular summer hike, rest your head at Blackwoods Campground, located within the park.
July3 of 7
In the heat of summer, nothing is more refreshing than a dip in cold water. If you complete your summer challenge for July, you'll become familiar with that feeling.
Summer Challenge: Camp at an Army Corps of Engineers campground, all of which are located on a body of water. Head to Twin Lakes, in South Carolina and enjoy spacious waterfront campsites that are perfect for a hot summer weekend.
August4 of 7
For kids in school, summer is coming to a close. For campers however, the season is still in full swing and this month's summer challenge may be the most fun on the list.
Summer Challenge: Try a new water activity: think scuba diving, body boarding, jet skiing, and windsurfing. Push yourself to the limit and you just may want to try it again next summer. Find a campground on the water to make this challenge a little easier.
September5 of 7
Labor Day, another popular camping weekend, is coming up this month. If this is the last time you pull out your tent for the season, go out with a bang.
Summer Challenge: Try geocaching, an exciting family adventure that people of all ages can participate in. Go on geocaching.com to find a treasure hunt near you.
October6 of 7
Though summer is officially over, you don't have to head into hibernation just yet. Fall foliage is a great reason to get outside this time of year, so make the most of it with your last summer challenge.
Summer Challenge: Go fall camping in a national park. Leaves change color in many regions across the country, making it easy to find a scenic spot to pitch your tent.