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10 Family Camping Hotspots

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Some camping destinations are about the company, not the scenery.
Some camping destinations are about the company, not the scenery.
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The No. 1 site on our list of family camping hotspots is a little unusual -- and a little more centralized. You don't have to go out into the great outdoors to have a fun time camping with your family. If you love crowds, lively parties and a little excitement, consider hitting the NASCAR camping scene.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is famous for sanctioning and governing numerous auto racing events across the U.S. every year. What you may not know is that hundreds of thousands of people camp at these events, and many come just for this scene, foregoing the races altogether.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona is a model example of this spirited setting. Here, you'll find a maze of RVs and trailers as well as tents. Fans tailgate, barbecue and watch races on their TVs from the comfort of lawn chairs. Walk up and down these packed corridors, and friendly campers will engage you in conversation and probably greet you with a handshake or a cold beer.

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