6 Can't-Miss Camping Spots in the Northeast

Looking to escape into the woods? Look no further.

Have you recently been tormented by visions of dreamy campfires, tents, starry skies and a truly socially distanced vacation spent deep in the woods?

Seems like you're fantasizing about going camping, and if so, you're not alone. Many Americans tired of social distancing, but not quite ready to return to public spaces, seem to have turned to camping as a method of escape over the past few weeks.

It's incredibly important that if you do decide to go on any sort of vacation this quarantine, you wear a mask, wash your hands, and properly socially distance (and avoid going anywhere if you're sick or immunocompromised).

But if you're feeling prepared to brave the outside and are ready to hit the woods, here are some beautiful escapes to try.

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

This pine-tree-laden, blueberry-scented wild paradise that is Maine's Acadia National Park tops most lists of top campgrounds, and for good reason. Maine's breathtaking ocean views and its wildly glorious landscapes make this a memorable escape.

Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island, and boasts two campgrounds—the slightly more populous Blackwoods and the quieter, more remote Seawall.

2. White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

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New Hampshire's White Mountains are unrivaled beauties. Located at a crossroads between the Appalachian Trail, Quebec, Boston, and other notable ports of exit, these mountains cover about a quarter of New Hampshire and offer majestic views all year round.

If you're not up for roughing it at a campsite, the White Mountains offer many scenic driving routes that will take you through mind-blowing mountain scenery.

3. Delaware Seashore State Park, Delaware

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Sleep cradled between to the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay at Delaware Seashore State Park, an oceanside campground that offers a multitude of ocean-related activities. Try crabbing, clamming, sailing, or living it up on the beach, and pick any of its 37 camping sites (many of which come complete with RV hookups) for a place to set up camp.

4. Nickerson State Park, Brewster, Massachusetts

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A few miles away from the bustling beachside towns of Cape Cod lies a scattering of over 400 campsites, built around eight lakes formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. A visit to Nickerson State Park offers a wide variety of experiences, ranging from peaceful cabin retreats to totally secluded forest getaways. This beloved spot is also perfect for hiking, biking, and other day trips that will guide you through towns, around lakes, and possibly into other parallel dimensions if you find the right portals.

5. Cathedral Pines Campground, Maine

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If you're the type of person who finds more religious symbolism in forests than in any church, you'll enjoy Cathedral Pines campground. Pray, sing, or start a cult beneath the stern faces of this forest's pines, located only 30 miles from Canada. This is truly a natural wonderland, a place to remember our reciprocal relationship with the Earth and to work on dissolving the boundaries that separate us from the world around us. High altitudes, abundant wetlands, and a welcoming community make these woods well-worth the trek.

6. Shawme-Cromwell State Forest, Massachusetts

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East Sandwich, Massachusetts' dense woods offer many secluded places to hide away and do whatever you've been longing to do this whole quarantine, be it scream at the sky or something else equally cathartic. 700 acres of trail wind through the pines, offering perfect hikes or biking ventures.


These are just a few of the Northeast's abundant forests.

Be sure to do your research before going—many of these parks are still closed—and be careful. That said, if you are lucky enough to go, enjoy every minute.

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

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Atlanta, Austin & San Antonio, Boston, Charlotte & Raleigh, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh & Cleveland, Portland, and Washington, DC.

Getaway's outposts are a maximum 2-hour drive from these major cities.

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Why Getaway?

It's an escape for the always on. Leave your work, technology and worries at home, and lean into an experience that allows you to reconnect and center yourself in nature.

Each cabin features 1 (or 2) queen-sized bed as well as a full indoor bathroom, both heat and a/c, and reliable electricity. The kitchen is stocked with food staples and cookware and there is a fire pit and outdoor seating. All cabins are family-friendly and dogs are permitted.

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Booking & Price

Book through the Getaway site. Cabins fit 1 - 4 guests and cost as low as $129 a night.

Safety

Cabins are already distanced (50-150' feet apart) from one another and go through a deep disinfection process between guest stays. Check-in is contactless, and each guest accesses their cabins through a personalized key code.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.