Many people believe the coronavirus is shutting down all types of travel and leisure.
But they would be wrong.
In fact, there’s one popular way to vacation that’s actually tailormade for social distancing during a worldwide pandemic.
Camping has always been about getting away from the busy world and reconnecting with nature, family, and yourself.
The crisp fresh air, the sounds of birds and wildlife, and most importantly, the solitude of pitching a tent and sleeping under a starry sky. It’s exactly what one may need right now.
America is currently in a panic over the novel coronavirus that’s infected over 244,000 people around the world and taken the lives of at least 10,000 to date, according to Business Insider.
The State Department has issued a global Level 4 health advisory against travel, travel bans to highly-infected countries are already in place, and discussions of domestic travel restrictions have been initiated.
Airports around the nation have become ghost towns and the fear of COVID-19 has caused many travelers to put their vacation plans on hold.
But why not simply change up your vacation and go somewhere that will keep you safe and give you a break from the media?
Here are four amazing camping destinations where you can forget all about racing for that last roll of toilet paper and just let nature take over.
And if you’re a camping novice, no problem! Proud American Traveler can help with these basic tips for the camping beginner.
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Maine is known as The Pine Tree State and nowhere is that more evident than at Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.
This 17-million acre park has 6,000 lakes and ponds, as well as 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, giving ample space far away from the coronavirus.
But be sure to check out Beehive Trail. While the two-mile loop is not for the faint of heart with its jagged cliffs and tight turns, it’s well worth the view. In fact, we’ve deemed it one of America’s best day hikes.
2. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
Unfolding across the northernmost part of the Appalachian Valley lies White Mountain National Forest.
Known for its awe-inspiring alpine peaks, it’s the perfect place for great cell reception to stay up-to-date on all things coronavirus.
This is where you tuck that phone away (unless you want to capture the moment with a quick picture) and let the fresh air renew you.
Don’t like to rough it? No problem. The forest has four drive-in campgrounds with a total of 800 campsites ready for you to enjoy.
3. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Just around the corner from Washington D.C. rests a green blanket of beautiful forest and cascading waterfalls.
Shenandoah National Park offers 500 miles of trails where you can view pristine campgrounds or catch glimpses of wildlife.
Hike the infamous Old Rag Mountain and get your heart pounding from something other than widespread panic.
4. Assateague Island Campgrounds, Maryland
Assateague Island is known for having wild horses galloping free in a powerful display of natural beauty. But that isn’t the only perk.
As Travel and Leisure boasts, you’ll find “37 miles of oceanfront beaches for camping, swimming, surfing, good paddle-boarding, crabbing (that’s hunting for crabs, of course), biking, kayaking, and wild horses.”
With so much chaos going on right now, it’s hard to notice the clear blue skies and blooming life all around us.
So step away from all the dangers and overwhelming media input and go connect with nature.
Traveling is so much more than airlines and crowded hotels – it’s a chance to discover and appreciate the world around you, and we could all use a little of that right now.