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 Sleeping By the Sea
Long Key State Park, FL
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Halfway down Florida's Overseas Highway that connects the Keys is Long Key, a 965-acre islet all but dedicated to nature lovers. There are 60 camp sites, all with beachfront views and access to hot and cold water, electricity and even vending machines. The hook though is what lies all around you, with direct access to some of the most gorgeous water around for canoeing and kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and some incredible birdwatching – Long Key is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.