Summer has a funny way of slipping away every year. Though it feels like you have all the time in the world to plan a camping trip in June, a constant schedule of barbecues and other social commitments can quickly eat away at your plans to get out of town. The next thing you know, the weather is already cooler. Just because the temperature isn’t soaring doesn’t mean you have to give up on your getaway. In fact, fall might actually be the better season for a stay in the great outdoors.
Camping in autumn means you’ll actually be able to sleep instead of lying awake in a pool of sweat, and you’ll have the best views of the changing leaves. Plus, ReserveAmerica points out many campsites offer reduced fares after Labor Day. And if crowds aren’t your thing, sites are generally less packed in the fall.
While it can get cold at night, particularly later in the season, a little bit of preparation is all it takes. Check out The Wilderness Society’s tips for successful fall camping to learn everything you need to know. Then, all you have to do is figure out where to go. We’ve highlighted six of the best destinations to pitch a tent in the upcoming months. Fall vacation might become the new summer vacation.
1. Indian Cave State Park (Shubert, Nebraska)
This 3,052-acre site boasts 22 miles of trails for hiking and biking as well as a prime location along the Missouri River, which is ideal for those who prefer to catch their supper. The area is home to a variety of fish, including bass and carp. As the name suggests, this park is home to an impressive cave. The massive stone structure is a popular attraction thanks to the ancient petroglyphs scratched into the walls.
Though Indian Cave State Park is a great place to camp during the warmer months, it’s known for some especially beautiful fall foliage. Folks who prefer to camp in an RV should note the option to stay in the vehicles is only available until the end of October, sometimes a bit longer. Traditional tent camping, on the other hand, is permitted year round.