Probably one of the best things about camping vacations is that no two camping trips are the same. Camping is entirely different depending on who you are camping with, where you are camping, and the time of year that you camp. The seasons can change up the camping trip significantly. In fact, it can be interesting and exciting to plan multiple camping trips, attempting to complete one trip in each season, as they each have their own advantages and breathtaking sceneries.
Camping in the winter
Camping during the winter months is probably the least populated. You will find open campgrounds and low wait times on different camping attractions. A lot of people stay away during the winter because the weather gets cold and many states experience multiple inches of snow and ice. Yet, many camp resorts and family campgrounds remain open. They remain open because winter camping is an extremely underrated and wonderful camping experience.
Winter camping gives you the opportunity for winter sports. You can camp in the mountains for exciting skiing opportunities. You can take your child sledding for the first time, or teach them to ice skate. Although you might not want to stay in a tent during winter camping, camping in a cabin is a great option. There is also something beautiful about the views you can access in the winter from your cabin window, the sparkling and untouched snow filled ground.
Camping in the spring
The spring time brings a new excitement of warmer weather. You have been cooped up for many months. The flowers begin to bloom and everything feels so new. The weather during spring camping may not be enough to participate in water sports, but it does allow you to hike, sightsee, and play outdoor sports. If you wait until it is closer to the summer months, you can still participate in family camping underneath the stars in a tent. Approximately 87% of campers participated in multiple outdoor activities, with many of these not involving water, making spring camping a great option.
Summer time is the most popular time for family camping trips. The weather is warm and children are on a long break from school. Perhaps the best part about summer camping is the ability to engage in water activities, such as swimming, boating, and water sports. Choosing one of the local family campgrounds for summer camping is sure to leave you with lasting memories.
Summer camping also allows you to spend your nights outdoors. You can literally sleep underneath the stars or sit around a bon fire pit. Most campers have the ability to extend their camping trips in the summer months, because of reduced responsibilities. Each camping participant, whether staying in a tent, RV, cabin, bivy, or yurt, spent an average of 14.9 days camping. Many of these days are spent camping during the summer months.
Camping in the fall
Camping during the fall months is probably the second most common camping time. However, this season is often the busiest for families as children return to school and extra curricular activities. Early fall camping trips may be hard to schedule, but they offer some of the best sights possible. The leafs begin to change color in early fall, yet the weather is still warm enough to participate in outdoor activities. There is also something extremely fall about sitting around a campfire, singing songs, telling stories, and roasting smores. You can arrange fall camping trips during your busy season by picking family campgrounds with local camping sites. Many family campgrounds stay open the entire year.
The overwhelming majority of surveyed campers said they are planning an average of 4.9 camping trips, with two thirds planning three or more trips. Instead of cramming all of your yearly camping trips into the summer months, consider trying camping out during other seasons of the year. You will have the ability to experience an entirely different type of camping trip, with unique camping activities.