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If you really want to see the best of what our great country has to offer, there’s nothing quite like hitting the open road and heading out on a camping adventure.

It’s your chance to slow down the pace of your day-to-day life and focus on what really matters: reconnecting with your family and creating new memories together as you make new friends from across the U.S. Camping lets you explore little known out-of-the-way places, meander down scenic roads and discover natural wonders you never knew existed. It opens up a whole new world you wouldn’t be able to visit any other way. Whether you’re an experienced camper who has traveled from coast to coast, or you’re just starting to test the waters, you’ll find the ideal park or campground on GoCampingAmerica.com.

No equipment? No problem. Many of our parks offer furnished cabins and park models to make it easy for you to get back to nature and enjoy more of our beautiful country than you ever have before.

Spotlight On: Smuggler’s Den Campground, Southwest Harbor, Maine

This is your chance to experience northern Maine and its breathtaking coastline. Smuggler’s Den Campground is nestled in a natural, wooded setting bordering Acadia National Park and provides easy access to all of the sights and activities of Mt. Desert Island. The campground is located just five minutes from the quiet, quaint town of Southwest Harbor which offers a full grocery, restaurants, gift and antique shops to explore. The popular tourist destination of Bar Harbor is just a short trip away.

The campground accommodates all types of campers at its tent sites shaded by plenty of tall trees and in modern cabins that border on the national park. Smuggler’s Den also offers a small convenience store for last-minute essentials as well as full bathroom facilities, a pool and a playground for all to enjoy.

Offering over 35,000 acres to explore, Acadia National Park is an adventurer’s dream and you’ll find that more than 25 miles of hiking trails are easily accessible from the campground. If it’s island hopping you prefer, The Island Explorer free bus service will pick you up right at the campsite office and take you almost anywhere on Mt. Desert Island you want to go. It’s an easy way to explore the island at your own pace without having to hassle with traffic or parking. You’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, including boat cruises, whale watching and coastal sightseeing tours, deep sea fishing excursions and lobstering.

Then, no matter what you choose to do, you can return to the campground, sit by a campfire, stare up at the endless stars in the clear night sky and reminisce about your fun-filled day.

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Photo Credit: Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort
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