The main camping season is over and the cold temperatures have arrived. For some camping lovers, this season means skiing off snow-covered slopes and landscapes, while for others, it involves skipping the cold and enjoying the sun and sand in warm destinations. If you are in the second category, then you are in good company. Below is a roundup of some of the best camping spots to escape the cold.
What’s even better is that all these destinations are within the country. So if you have a camper, you’ve got a road trip and a warm camping destination awaiting you. If the shorter days, longer nights, and incredibly low temperatures during winter are not your thing, then get your camper ready because we have some pretty impressive, as well as warm camping destinations to avoid the cold.
With 350 sunny days a year and is located near the Sonoran desert, Tucson is a haven for camp lovers throughout the year. It has a string of great RV friendly campsites such as the Far Horizon. The A-rated campground accommodates over 55 RVs and opens up access to the Sonoran desert so you can enjoy:
- A drive on Mount Lemmon scenic byway
- Exploration at the recently restored adobe church from the 1700’s
- A visit to the Arizona Sonora desert museum, which features 2 miles of walking paths spread out on its 21-acre piece of land. You also get to see the majestic Saguaro cactus.
Key West, Florida
Florida, as a whole, is an excellent destination for anyone who wants to avoid the winter. But if you’re looking for a serene camping retreat, then look no further than the Florida Keys, the country’s most southernmost part. There are plenty of state parks and a host of beach-front camping spots such as Boyd’s Key West campground. It features 50 and 30-amp hookups, has Wi-Fi, a heated swimming pool, bathrooms, a marina, and is only a few minutes away from the famous Duval Streets. Some great activities to indulge in while you are here include:
- Fishing and Swimming
- A visit to Key West botanical gardens
- A seaplane trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park
- Explore Duval Street and make a stop at Mallory Square for the famous Mallory Square sunset celebration.
Padre Island, Texas
Always dreamt of waking up to the sound of waves breaking and birds chirping? If yes, then you should head over to South Beach in Padre Island National Seashore. Here, RV campers and other cars are permitted to drive on the sand and camp right on the beach! It has one dump station and water filling stations. One of the best camping spots on this end of the island is the Malaquite campground. Padre Island is the world’s largest barrier island and features miles of pristine coastline, dunes, and tidal flats. Some of the things you can do here include:
- Kayaking in the Laguna Madre
- Bird watching (Corpus Christi has been awarded the title of “America’s Birdiest City” in America)
- If you are lucky, you might also see the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Joshua Tree is one of the most popular camping spots in California. It’s also the most photographed parks in the country. It features over 500 campsites and is open all year-round. Most of the camping spots operate on a first-come, first-served basis. So try starting your road trip as early as you can and, if possible, head there on Thursday and Friday mornings. Some activities to keep you busy when you are not curled up in your camper include:
- Horseback riding
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
This camping spot is just as delightful as it sounds. It is home to quite a few natural baths, which for more than 200 years, have been the go-to spots for those seeking healing and relaxation. There are also plenty of bathhouses downtown dating back to the 19th century.
Besides enjoying spa-relaxation in the bathhouses, this park also boasts some excellent hiking trails.
Winter is fun during the first weeks when the holiday spirit is at its highest. But once that is over, and it’s back to reality, the cold weather can lower your spirits and have you miss the outdoors. Luckily, you don’t have to take it while sitting down as the destinations above are pretty amazing getaways and offer unforgettable road tripping opportunities.
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