18 Tent Shots That Will Make You Want To Go Camping

These campsites are as good as it gets.

By: The Outbound Collective
June 18, 2015

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Sitting around a bonfire with your friends, watching the sun set behind the mountains, and unzipping your tent first thing in the morning to the early light - these are the things that make us want to get off the computer, wrap up the conference calls, and spend a night (or several) under the stars. Call your friends, load up the car, and start getting your plans together for your next camping trip.

1. Mt. Conness & Young Lakes

Photo: Alex Souza

Find the renowned "ledge" campsite that over looks the lower of the two lakes and Ragged Peak for some spectacular views to go along with your morning joe. Learn more.

2. Alex Knob

Photo: Josiah Roe

Spend a night in the remote and varied terrain of New Zealand's west coast. Learn more.

3. Kings Peak

Photo: Jacob Moon

Set up camp here then summit Utah's tallest mountain at 13,527 feet (4,123 meters). Learn more.

4. Bear Rocks

Photo: Christin Healey

With grassy meadows, sweeping vistas of the Allegheny Mountains, wildflowers, and crystal clear rivers and streams, Bear Rocks is a true gem on the East Coast. Learn more.

5. Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

Photo: Steve Yocom

Just a couple hours from Asheville you can enjoy tent views of these rolling hills. Learn more.

6. Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

Photo: Kevin Kaminski

Make this challenging ascent over four passes, and you’ll be rewarded by stunning views of the Maroon Bells wilderness. Learn more.

7. Red Rock

Photo: Moe Lauchert

Enjoy cliffside camping in solitude...except for maybe a few elk. Learn more.

8. The Trek to Machu Picchu

Photo: Drew Robinson

Embark on this world famous trek for a once in a lifetime view. Learn more.

9. Monument Valley

Photo: Hillary + Matt

Located on a Navajo Reservation, this campsite comes with a stunning view of this famous desert landscape. Learn more.

10. The Lone Peak Cirque

Photo: Andy Earl

A long steep approach, best done at night in the summer months, deposits you in the high meadow surrounded by high granite walls. Learn more.

11. Indian Heaven

Photo: Vic Garcia

Hike in to amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier and score a great campsite by Blue Lake. Learn more.

12. Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout

Photo: Beau Ramsey

Winchester Mountain is home to one of the last fire lookouts in the area and is said to have the greatest reward for least amount of effort in all the North Cascades. Learn more.

13. Cumberland Island

Photo: Emily Lester

This magical place on Cumberland Island National Seashore will be a campsite you won't soon forget. Learn more.

14. Moraine Park

Photo: Ryan McKinney

Camp out under the stars at Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn more.

15. Mt. Dickerman

Photo: Scott Kranz

Hike 8 miles through thick old growth forest to wake up to views like this. Learn more.

16. Wild Willy Hot Springs

Photo: Greg Balkin

Take a soak in this hot spring with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra - bring your friends! The tub fits about 30 people. Learn more.

17. Nugent Mountain

Photo: Andrew Slaton

Nugent Mountain is great car camping and offers one of the best spots in the U.S. to stargaze. Learn more.

18. Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Photo: Michael Matti

This is a super steep and challenging hike, but totally worth the amazing views. Learn more.

Cover photo: Beau Ramsey

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.