15 incredible places to pitch a tent this fall

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Utah’s Arches National Park has some awe-inspiring terrain.
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The weather may be warmer in the summer, but camping in the fall often means escaping crowds and exploring stunning natural sites in peace.

We’ve put together a collection of destinations that offer everything from beautiful foliage to clear skies you can enjoy year-round.

From the dramatic landscape of Utah’s Arches National Park to star-filled skies in Africa’s Sahara Desert, here are 15 unique destinations for camping this fall.


Milford Sound is a fjord located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world,” the fjord is home to breathtaking mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. Campervan spots can be arranged through the Milford Sound Lodge.

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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is located at the edge of Napa wine country in Calistoga, California. It features a 1,900-acre park with 10 miles of trails and 50 campsites spread out among redwoods and firs.

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At Arches National Park in southeast Utah, visitors will discover an otherworldly landscape of contrasting colors, 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, and massive fins. Going in the fall allows you to miss the craziness of the park’s busiest season, which goes from May to October. The Devils Garden Campground is open year-round for campers.

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Camping allows you to experience the stunning beauty of Norway’s fjords both in the daytime and at night. Winter camping has continued to become more popular in Norway, and camping sites come equipped with sanitary facilities, cabins, and cross-country trails.

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For a more quirky camping trip, try out one of the hanging tree tents from adventure company Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht. The tents are hung high in the forest of Pfronten, Germany.

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Cordillera Hyayhuash lies in the Andes mountains of Peru. Snow-capped peaks soar over 21,000 feet into the sky.

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See an array of colors unfold and reflect off of pristine lakes in the Adirondack Lakes region of New York. While there are private campgrounds that stay open later in the year, you’re also welcome to bring your own tent.

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The 6,400-acre site of the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, located in California, stays open until late November. Cross-country skiing through the park’s famed giant trees makes for an unforgettable experience.

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Sleep under some of Southern California’s darkest night skies at Joshua Tree National Park. October through May tends to be the busy season, so try to book a campsite as early as possible.

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Montana’s Glacier National Park is home to pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. There are more than 700 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy, and you’ll find old historic chalets and lodges scattered about. Campgrounds are available, but remember to bring your own water and supplies.

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Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is home to a huge variety of natural wonders, from geysers, pine-clad hills, and nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness. The park has campgrounds you can reserve up until November, but year-round grounds work on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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With more than 35 million square feet of mountain wilderness, Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. It has plenty of year-round camping options — everything from a one-person ivy tent to a 39-foot motor home.

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The night skies of Great Basin National Park, located five miles west of the town of Baker in central Nevada, are among one of the darkest in the country. Most of the park’s campgrounds close around November but the Lower Lehman Creek Campground is open year-round.

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Africa’s Sahara Desert offers continuous miles of terrain, but the real appeal is the clear views of the skies and stars that appear at night. Since the desert can get extremely hot in the summer, fall is the ideal time to visit.

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The Lake District National Park, located in northwest England, has many shimmering and sheep-filled hills to explore. The area is scattered with campsites for hikers and families.

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