We all know the checklist: spacious skies, purple mountains majesties, a little piece of quiet. With millions of acres of wildlife, fresh air, and open skies beckoning, ours is an astonishingly varied land and we've never found a better way to take it all in then getting out and pitching a tent for a couple nights. We could fill a library trying to list all the various options for camping, and so instead we've pulled together a few of the most exceptional ones – whether it's the best place to see the sun rise, or dazzling stars at night, or to get in a skinny-dip in between.
For a Really Long Walk
The Long Trail, VT
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Stretching 273-miles from the Canadian border down the ridge of the Green Mountains of Vermont to Massachusetts, The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the country (in fact the Appalachian trail was modeled after it). And peppered along its entire length are near endless options for day- to multi-day hikes. The ultimate experience though is going the distance and relying on the series of primitive shelters along the way; the Green Mountain Club maintains 70 along the route that range from lodges to lean-tos. A popular route is to "walk with autumn," by starting at from the North in the fall and heading south, the idea being to catch trees precisely as their leaves turn.