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Long Key State Park
The Florida Keys 1 of 8
You're practically in the Bahamas here. Long Key offers oceanfront Florida camping on a subtropical island. You'll snorkel among dolphins, sea turtles, giant rays and tropical fish. You'll spot some barracuda and reef sharks but don't worry, the sharks won't bother you. And as for the barracudas, just make sure you remove all your jewelry and any other shiny objects—those toothy creatures like anything that glimmers.
Acadia National Park, Maine 2 of 8
The coast of Maine is unlike any other, with its rocky shoreline, granite mountains, firey fall colors, small-town charm, moss, evergreen wilderness, glacier-made kettle lakes and old-school harbor living. And when you want a taste of civilization, check out the little town of Bar Harbor ("Baah Haa-bah") for some lobster, a local microbrew and cuppa chowdah.
Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Kauai, Hawaii 3 of 8
This coastline has played setting to movies like Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Arc. The jagged, Pacific shoreline is only accessible via the Kalalau Hiking Trail or by boat. On trail, waterfalls will greet you practically every mile and mountain goats hop around everywhere. At night, you'll find yourself looking up at the most starry sky you've ever seen, on the edge of a tropical jungle, half expecting a pterodactyl to swoop down on you.
Silver Queen Campgrounds
Aspen, Colorado 4 of 8
Located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, it's the quintessential Colorado scene: Craggy peaks, crisp sky and alpine forest. Hiking to Conundrum Hot Springs is a must. Word on the trail is, the springs are never usually very crowded but clothing is optional...so make sure you're just as comfortable sharing water time with nude Aspenites as they are with you.
Culebra, Puerto Rico 5 of 8
AMC Huts, Appalachian Trail
White Mountains, New Hampshire 6 of 8
Staying at a hut in the White Mountains offers one of the most fun and unique ways to experience this distinct part of the Appalachian Trail. Full-service season and self-service season differ in services offered. Autumn is comfortable for the most part and the birches and seasonal colors are inspiring. Look out for moose, foxes, bears, deer and the occasional bald eagle.
Staney Creek Cabin
Tongass National Forest, Alaska 7 of 8
Staney Creek Cabin, on Prince of Wales Island, is a remote site offering a scenic setting for fishing, hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing. And among the deep pine and rainforests, ferns, sea plants and rocky coastline, you'd be hard pressed to get much closer to nature. Scan the surf for orcas, gray whales, humpbacks, sea lions and sea otters. On land, spot deer, mountain goats, bears and eagles.