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10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

Adirondack Mountains, New York
The Adirondacks are some of the most beautiful and well-traveled mountain ranges in the U.S.
The Adirondacks are some of the most beautiful and well-traveled mountain ranges in the U.S.
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New York might be best known for its bustling streets and unparalleled people watching, but the Empire State has a built-in getaway for its busy residents: the Adirondack Mountains. This cluster of peaks, which is located in northern New York, is primary vacation territory for harried New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors alike.

Formed after the last ice age, when glaciers glided slowly through the northern United States, the Adirondacks reach heights of more than 5,000 feet (1.52 kilometers). However, unlike ranges like the Rockies in the western U.S., the Adirondacks aren't actually a mountain range -- they're actually just a group of 100-plus disconnected mountains clustered together throughout a 160-mile (257-kilometer) wide area [source: Visit Adirondacks].

You'll find plenty of traditional campsites in the Adirondacks, ranging from family-oriented and RV-friendly to primitive and secluded. However, this is one of the relatively few places where you can do what's called glamping, or glamour camping -- a service where hired guides provide comfortable amenities, top-notch meals and even massages for those who prefer to mix, well, pleasure with pleasure.

If you're not especially keen on snow, summer is the perfect time to visit the Adirondacks. Warm days and temperate nights offer long hours for visitors to enjoy hiking, boating, fishing and even rock climbing. Birdwatchers also congregate in the area; if you're an avian enthusiast, consider building in time before or after your trip to join the Annual Adirondack Birding Festival in June [source: Visit Adirondacks].