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Recommended Tent Camping Locations - OR, PA
Oregon Tent Camping Trip
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In the Beaver State, start your Oregon tent camping trip by spending a few days around the Klamath Falls area, located along the California/Oregon border. From there, follow US-97 north as it meanders its way through the center of the state.
The Klamath County Museum is worthy of your visit as it focuses on the Modoc War (1869-73), which helped shaped much of the Pacific Northwest.
From here, US-97 runs through a region of numerous lakes, recreational areas and swampland that the Modoc Indians once called home. The highway snakes through heavily forested land bound by Rogue River National Forest and Winema National Forest.
One worthwhile excursion is to head west a little ways ‘til you reach Crater Lake. There, take advantage of the 33-mile Rim Drive, which circles this impressive lake, sometimes as much as 2,000 feet above the water. Here Mazama Campground is one of the Oregon tent campgrounds to stay at in the area.
Continuing north you’ll soon find yourself in the town of Bend and the High Desert Museum. This facility is one of Oregon’s finest museums, and it presents the lives of early Native Americans and the courageous European settlers who first came to central Oregon. Before you consider your visit to Bend over, we suggest a stop at the kooky “Funny Farm”. Five miles north of town on US-97 you’ll find this place; a curious mix of corny humor, off-beat art and farm animals. It’s your only chance to see the Tire Totem Pole and meet “Matey” the goat. Bend is also home to a couple Oregon tent camping sites found in the Deschutes National Forest and at Tumalo State Park.
Maintaining a northerly heading, you’ll find yourself in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. The area regularly attracts Portlanders looking for a little fun in the outdoors. A fantastic casino, golf, horseback riding, and a hot-springs-fed swimming pool also draw visitors to the resort.
North of the resort, US-97 leads us to a curious attraction known as the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Okay, that description doesn’t quite do this place justice. In actuality, John Day contains one of the world’s greatest fossil collections.
An alternative nostalgic route can be found in the classic highway US-395, which runs northeast out of California and through the Beaver State. Just north of Goose Lake is the town of Lakeview, home of Geyser Hot Springs Resort where non-resort guests can pony up a few dollars to take a dip in their hot springs pool. Also on hand is Oregon’s only geyser, which erupts every 90 seconds. While in town, make a stop at a peculiar site known as the Shoe Tree, an American cultural oddity that “sprouts” when one person throws their shoes into the tree. Hundreds of people have followed suit, and the result is that one of America’s best-known shoe trees is located in Lakeview. There are also a number of Oregon tent camping locations here.
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Pennsylvania Tent Camping Trip
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Pennsylvania welcomes tourists to both big-city and small-town living, amusement parks, offbeat factories, fabulous scenic roadways and an abundance of significant historic locales. This state truly has it all including some great Pennsylvania tent camping locations.
From thrill rides to splashing waters to candy-making tours, Pennsylvania’s amusement parks are simply delightful.
Kennywood, a national historic landmark park, boasts vintage wooden roller coasters, paddleboat rides, games, and special amusements for children. Parades, fireworks, a shady picnic grove and an “All-American High Dive Show” are also part of the old-fashioned fun.
Lakemont Park (circa 1894) currently stands as a granddaddy among American amusement centers. In fact, the restored Leap-the-Dips rollercoaster, built at Lakemont in 1902, qualifies as the oldest coaster in the entire world. Today’s Lakemont–with its Island Waterpark, go-karts and mini-golf deliver an appealing blend of aw, shucks nostalgia and contemporary fun.
A family-oriented park that’s chock-full of popular rides, Knoebels Grove has it all. From thrilling coasters to antique cars to an old-time train, the Grove doesn’t rest on its reputation. The entertainment schedule is lively, too, with music, magic and comedy shows.
Hershey Park is just one of the highlights in the “Town Built on Chocolate.” This is the town where streetlights look like wrapped silver candies and the pleasing scent of cocoa wafts through the air. Take a candy-making tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World, go full-throttle on some 30 rousing rides and take in shows by top-notch entertainers. There are a number of Pennsylvania tent camping locations conveniently located close to Hershey. Hershey High Meadow Campground, Mountain Creek Campground and Hershey Conewago Campground are a few.
Beer, crayons, motorcycles, bologna… take your pick, and see how they’re made during a fascinating visit to a Pennsylvania factory.
Learn the history of America’s oldest beer-producing company (since 1829), and gain a first-hand view of the brewing facilities at Yuengling Brewery. And don’t be afraid to partake of a well-earned sample.
Observe the multicolored manufacturing process for crayons and markers at the Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing. Treat yourself, and the kids, to a 64-Crayola pack before leaving.
The folks at Daniel Weaver’s company have been producing their famous Lebanon Bologna since the late 1800s. Today’s visitors can walk through the smokehouse, nibble some samples, and find out how bologna is processed before it’s stocked on grocers’ shelves. You may find a couple Pennsylvania tent campgrounds to stay at in the surrounding area.
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