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Top Unexpected Campgrounds To Visit This Summer (By Time Zone)

Jun 1, 2019 12:01:00 AM / by DISH Outdoors posted in Get Outdoors Month

Happy Outdoors Month everyone! We are so excited that the warmer weather is finally here and camping season is upon us. Do you have your Summer destinations all planned out? If you're like us, while you were planning you probably thought of your favorite places that you've been to many times over, but what if you turned that plan on it's head and took a summer adventure to every single time zone? And not only that, but what if you went to some of the most unexpected locations? Once our wheels got turning with this idea, we couldn't help but share some of the most beautiful, unexpected campgrounds in the US. Rev those engines, we've got some driving to do!

Eastern Time

Cape Henlopen State Park – Lewes, DE

Cape Henlopen - Outdoor Project

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Delaware’s not one of the places we see on bucket lists a lot, but it definitely should be. When you camp at Cape Henlopen State Park you’ll completely forget about the stresses of the week and you’ll be able to relax while you wade in the ocean waves, bike through the sand dunes and fish from the Bayside pier. If you’re looking for a little more of an adventure you can head out to the historical World War II towers or go hiking through the 7,000+ acres that the park has to offer.


Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Ontonagon, MI

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While Lake Superior might not be on the top of your list between November and June, it deserves a spot there in the warmer months. Your time spent here will be filled with taking in the beautiful scenery while hiking through 60,000 acres, taking a refreshing dip in the lake or beneath a waterfall and if you’re a scavenger, you could even pick up a buck or two!



Grand Marais Campground and Marina – Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais - Northshore Visitor

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And speaking of Lake Superior, have you ever even HEARD of a tiny Minnesota town called Grand Marais? Probably not, but now that you have, you can thank us later for introducing you. Just outside this quaint town of just 1,359 residents is where you’ll want to set up camp for a long weekend in the fall. Yes, Grand Marais is fun and beautiful in all of the warmer months, but the absolute BEST time to plan your trip will be on the dates surrounding peak foliage. After you’ve explored the local stores, head just a few miles south to Lutsen, MN and take the Summit Express Gondola to the top of Moose Mountain for the most iconic view of the Sawtooth Mountains’ trees changing colors.


Chickasaw National Recreational Area – Sulphur, OK

Chickasaw - Adventure Road

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We didn’t pin down an exact campground for this beautiful National Park because we thought you could choose from the SIX that they have to offer. Yes, SIX! You can take your pick between Central, Cold Springs, and Rock Creek in the Platt Historic District or between Buckhorn, Guy Sandy, or The Point near Lake of the Arbuckles. Between lounging in the mineral-rich natural springs, boating and fishing on the lakes and bird watching and horseback riding, you’ll make memories you and your family won’t soon forget



Antelope Island Campground – Midvale, UT


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Is it an actual island? No, you can definitely still safely get your RV there. Will you see actual antelopes? There’s a solid chance! While camping at Antelope Island Campground you could experience bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope, and many different birds in their natural habitat. When you’re done experience all that the animals have to offer, get ready for some AMAZING stargazing. Located far enough way from any intrusive lighting, this State Park was designated an International Dark Sky Park for their “exceptional quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment.”


Norris Campground – Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Surely Yellowstone National Park is on your bucket list, but have you ever experienced the Wyoming side? While Norris Campground is on a first come first serve basis, if you’re lucky enough to get a spot here you’ll be out all day long taking in the vast sceneries from around Yellowstone as this is the most centralized campground in the Park. Bring your camera! The gorgeous sites you’ll see on this trip are ones like you’ve never seen before.



Paradise Campground – Blue River, OR


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The name pretty much sums it up, but let us explain why Paradise Campground is so special. Though it is the largest campground on the Blue River, you’ll barely be able to tell when you settle in. If you take a peak at the map at how the sites are laid out, don’t be afraid. There is lush foliage between each and every one of the sites so you feel totally secluded from your neighbors. See where the paradise comes into play? And not only is YOUR site going to be great, the entire campground is so centrally located you can go on almost any adventure. From hiking or biking the McKenzie River Trail to fully relaxing and floating down the McKenzie River, you’ll never run out of things to do.


Atlatl Rock Campground – Moapa Valley, NV

Atlatl Rock Campground - The Outdoor Project

Photo Credit: Outdoor Project

It’s kind of like Napa Valley, except not in California and instead of a mass amounts of grapes, Moapa Valley has mass amounts of scenic views, caves, and beautiful red rock formations. Though Las Vegas is less than an hour from this campground, located in Valley of Fire State Park, it’s so peaceful and secluded, you wouldn’t even realize. Some might say this is even the best of both worlds! If hiking, history, and getting one-of-a-kind shots of the desert and mountains at once are on your list of things to do, this is exactly where you’ll want to be. However as with some of the other locations mentioned above, you’ll want to plan this trip in the early spring or late fall to avoid the infamous, scorching, summer heat.


If you're feeling adventurous and want to hit all of these places this summer, but still want to be connected to the outside world, check out our Satellite Antenna bundles so you have access to all your favorite news and sports while you're on the road. Did you notice most of these places are in super remote locations? Unfortunately, most times that also means there might not be cell reception, so make sure to stay safe by enhancing your cell signal with a weBoost!

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