August is here already? It feels like just yesterday that summer began!
Even though late summer is now upon us, it’s still an incredible time to visit camping destinations in scenic locales. Check out our recommendations for where to enjoy some time with the family, or just a retreat for two, before summer ends.
5 Camping Destinations for the End of Summer
1. Blue Ridge Mountains
A land of rugged hills and age-old forests, the Blue Ridge Mountains are one of America’s natural treasures. On the North Carolina side, we recommend taking the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. A few other area attractions include:
Fort Tatham RV Resort & Campground offers a great place to stay in Sylva, North Carolina. The accommodations at Fort Tatham include RV sites, tent sites, and vacation rentals, making it a great camping destination. Plus, the town of Sylva has a charming Main Street filled with quirky shops and eateries.
2. Quad Cities
Iowa and Illinois
High on the banks of the Mississippi River are four cities, two in Iowa and two in Illinois. On the western Iowa side, you have Davenport and Bettendorf. On the eastern Illinois side, Rock Island and Moline. Known as the Quad Cities, this Midwestern hub has numerous things to do:
- Davenport Skybridge
- Figge Art Museum
- Putnam Museum and Science Center
- Vander Veer Botanical Park
- John Deere Pavilion
Tucked east of the Quad Cities is Sunset Lakes RV Resort. Beloved by families, Sunset Lakes features a huge outdoor pool, tennis courts, miniature golf, a dog park, and much more. You can also rent canoes and paddle boats to spend time on the water.
3. Cape Cod
Cape Cod ranks high among the best camping destinations, especially in late summer. An iconic attraction is Cape Cod National Seashore, which features 40 miles of beaches, including popular Race Point Beach. There are also sand dunes, salt marshes, and numerous hiking paths.
Here are some other ideas for spending time in Cape Cod:
- Cycle the Shining Sea Bikeway or Cape Cod Rail Trail
- Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
- Take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket
An ideal place to stay is at Cape Cod RV Resort in East Falmouth, Massachusetts. During your stay, you’ll find 55 acres of pine forest with RV sites, tent sites, and cabin rentals. On top of that, you’ll enjoy three swimming pools, a miniature golf course, and a small lake with a private beach for campers. It really is idyllic!
4. Old Orchard Beach
If you’re in search of laidback vibes and fine folks, head to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. This seaside town, locally known as OOB, features The Pier on the Atlantic Ocean, offering restaurants, comedy clubs, bars, and scenic views. It’s also home to to family-friendly entertainment like Palace Playland, a beachfront amusement park. What’s more, there are two nearby water parks, Aquaboggan and Funtown Splashtown USA.
Old Orchard Beach is just 20 miles south of historic Portland, Maine, another great city to visit. The Old Port, East Bayside, and Munjoy Hill are all trendy neighborhoods to explore in the city. You can also check out the bunkers and lighthouse of Fort Williams Park, which offers free admission.
When in Maine, make Hid’n Pines RV Resort your launchpad for adventuring in the area. Located within a one-mile walk of Old Orchard Beach, Hid’n Pines is a family-friendly camping destination. Take your stay and enjoy amenities like a heated pool, convenience store, and café.
5. Mystic Seaport
Step back in time when you visit Mystic, Connecticut, our last featured camping destination. Made famous by Mystic Pizza, this seaside hamlet is a stunner. The most popular attraction is Mystic Seaport, a recreated 19th-century village that also features the Treworgy Planetarium.
Outside of Mystic Seaport, the town has more things to try:
- Grab a slice at Mystic Pizza and admire the movie memorabilia
- Cruise Mystic Harbor aboard a sailing ship with Argia Mystic Cruises
- Visit the Mystic Aquarium, followed by a bit of shopping at Olde Mistick Village
Seaport RV Resort & Campground is a wonderful place to stay in Mystic. Verdant green RV and tent sites await campers, along with amenities like a miniature golf course, pickleball courts, and a fishing pond. And while it feels secluded, Seaport is just four miles from downtown Mystic.
Summer is ending soon, so be sure to plan your stay before the season slips away. No matter which of these late summer camping destinations you visit, you’re sure to have an incredible stay. Book your trip today and don’t forget to share this post!