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7 Beautiful Campgrounds for Your Bucket List

We have looked around the net, read user forums, comments, and reviews in search of best camping sites to go. The following seven parks raise to top among others all around the country.

1. The Grand Canyon is a true bucket list destination. The area’s most accessible campground features tent and RV camping. This is the kind of place you’ll still be talking about months perhaps years later.

2. Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations, located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park. Being only about 2 hours away from Los Angeles and with just only first-come-first-served sites you’ll want to arrive early.

3. At Bartlett Cove Camp in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, you will be camping where a glacier once stood. With endless trails to hike and waterways to kayak this place is a quick reminder of why Alaska still remains as the Final Frontier.

4. If your bucket list starts with Grand Canyon, it is not complete if it does not include the White River Campground located within Mount Rainier National Park of Washington State. This campground features tranquil campsites around the White River, a glacial river filled with salmon and trout. This site is ideal for fly fishermen and backpackers looking for a picturesque basecamp.

5. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not a widely known outside Midwest for its top nature sites. Set among deep pine forests along the banks of the Little Beaver Lake campground is a rare beauty within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. For boaters, there’s a boat ramp to launch your watercraft towards adventure, and for land lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails too.

6. The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area covers well over 900,000 acres across both Montana and Wyoming, making it near impossible to pick just a single campsite among the endless possibilities sharing the view and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The area offers great hiking trails and alpine lakes nestled between mountain ranges. Just don’t forget to pack the Grizzly-strength bear spray.

7. Acadia National Park is only one of many beautiful camping areas in Maine. Here you’ll find hiking trails where the hills meet the Ocean, calm seas to canoe, and historic towns to explore. The area is a hallmark of New England and the rest of the northeast cost of the country.

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Berry Picking

Berry picking is a fun outdoor activity the entire family can enjoy. Often towards the end of summer when berries start to ripen their are tons of wild berry locations near popular campgrounds and waterways. There are also tons of local berry farms that allow you to fill your own bucket with as many as you can haul.

Taking some time out to pick berries can be a delicious and nutritious activity. When picking berries you’ll definitely need to bring a bucket. If you’ve got a few kids going with you you’ll want to bring a bucket for each of them. You’ll want to know when berries are in season before you head out. Since weather plays a major part in when the berries are ripe you should check with local growers to determine the approximate time they will be ready for picking.

Out of all of the u-pick berry farms I’d say that Strawberries and Blueberries are the most popular. Some of the most common berry types are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  Strawberries are usually one of the first berries to ripen and can be ready as early as April. Many berries start to ripen in the middle of summer. Some fruit like Raspberries usually have two harvests a year. Blackberries are another middle of the summer harvest. Blueberries on the other hand mature a little later in the season like around October depending on the weather.


When berry picking you’ll want to select only the nice plump ripe berries to take home, especially since berries don’t ripen off the vine. You should also watch out to avoid picking over-ripe berries which will spoil faster. The best berries to pick are ones that are just ripe and full of juicy flavor. After you’ve picked all you want there’s a wide variety of things you can use them for. For instance there’s eating them plain, or adding them to desserts, or smoothies. You can also use them to make delicious jams. If you want to save them for later you can freeze them to keep them fresh until you’re ready to use them.

Berry picking is an outdoor activity that’s fun for the entire family. Just remember to watch the brambles, wear sun screen, and wash off your finds before eating.

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Bear River Campgrounds in Colfax CA

The Bear River Campgrounds is located in Colfax California and is a great place to go gold panning, hiking, swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling and hiking.

Location: 2500 Campground Rd. Colfax, California 95713
Contact Info: 530-346-8891


Directions: Exit West Weimar Crossroads from Interstate 80 and drive north 1 1/2 miles. Then turn right on Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road 2 1/2 miles. Turn left on Plum Tree Road and follow it until you reach the Bear River Campground.

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