Each season has its share of travel traditions. Woodland cabins are booked in the winter months, rivers and national parks are well-traversed in spring, and summertime calls for days at the beach and on the open road in an RV. Therefore, with the autumn months about to roll right on in, there’s never been a better time to consider the campground retreat, and thanks to Travel Pulse’s list of “9 Great Campgrounds on which to spend your Autumn Days,” you’re well on your way to a season of isolation and relaxation.
Remember, just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean that warm climates are off the table, as many campgrounds are known to experience temperate conditions well after the scorching days of summer. Luckily, many of the following campgrounds have nearby waters on which you can beat the heat with surrounding breathtaking scenery. So conduct your research, pack your bags, and get excited, but please remember to be safe and responsible. As always, due to local regulations, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 surges, it is suggested that travelers properly research all local guidelines and CDC recommendations in order to keep you and those you care about as safe and responsible as possible in these unprecedented times.
There’s no time quite like autumn to be in the Rocky Mountains. The slight breeze in the air, the smell of pine, and vast mountainside forests make the Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Park the ideal stop if you find yourself in the center of the country. Ideally located adjacent to the Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors and residents are said to have been blessed with the scenery twice, as the majestic Rockies are to be seen once along the nearby horizon and a second time in the reflection of nearby pools and streams. The Elk Meadow Lodge sits on 30 acres, and it’s complete with 169 full-service RV sites, an outdoor swimming pool, seven comfortable cabins, one fully-furnished cabin, several teepees, and much more. Also, the Fall months are the perfect time to visit if you want to spot the lodge’s namesake, the Rocky Mountain elk, in their natural habitat.
After summer has come and gone, the colorful leaves of nearby trees aren’t the only thing “falling” at Marion County,Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park; the several waterfalls located at the park are also known to fall and attract visitors. In fact, the 177-foot cascade known as South Falls is quite a spectacle in and over itself, being the most visited waterfall in the park, and it’s only beaten out by the Remote Double Falls as the park’s highest waterfall that plunges into a small tributary within the Silver Creek Canyon at a height of 178 feet. These waterfalls provide a gorgeous backdrop, soundtrack, and centralized spectacle as campers enjoy the 24 miles of walking trails, 4 miles of bike paths, 14 miles of horse trails, and (of course) the 8.7-mile stretch known as “Canyon Trail” or “Trail of Ten Falls” that allows traversers to see the ten waterfalls along the banks of Silver Creek. This park is the largest state park in the state of Oregon, and its campground offers several secluded cabins, yurts, and other amenities to satisfy many guests’ needs in a location synonymous with beauty.
If you are looking for cozy, comfortable campgrounds and cabins in a secluded waterside location, then look no further than Zephyr Cove. This ideal getaway has Lake Tahoe to thank for its breathtaking scenery and natural beauty. The Campground itself is award-winning and offers an outstanding facility within a serenity-laden atmosphere set in a woodland setting. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove RV & Campground includes amenities like an outdoor patio, laundry, complimentary showers, cable connections, and much more for those pitching a tent or enjoying the comfort of their RV.
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