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.
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
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Located on Mount Desert Island off the cost of Maine, Acadia is home to two campgrounds: The rustic Seawall, and Blackwoods, which offers more comprehensive facilities (including pay showers). Either represents Maine at its best: A cool breeze through endless miles of pine, chilled, clear ponds and lakes, and extraordinary leaf peeping during fall. For those looking for a brisk hike in the wee hours of the morning, there awaits one of the more sublime experiences around: The chance to be the first person in the country to see the sun rise, atop Cadillac's summit, the highest point along the east coast.