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North Dakota Tent Camping Trip

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The arc of North Dakota’s history reaches back into time immemorial. Pick up the story today on this North Dakota tent camping trip by retracing the trails of Lewis and Clark and exploring the legacy of our nation’s westward expansion in historic resort communities like Medora or by visiting the several rustic old forts that dot the state.

Following Lewis and Clark
The famous expedition came to North Dakota in the early fall of 1804 and wintered near present-day Washburn until April 7 1805. Captain Lewis exclaimed that the area “is one of the handsomest plains I ever beheld” and travelers these days can behold the same plains and enjoy the many sites of historical interest along the trail.

Fort Mandan
This reconstructed fort was the winter home of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery in the winter of 1804-05. A stopover here gives visitors a vivid sense of what life for the expedition would have been like.

Missouri-Yellowstone Interpretive Center
The state’s newest historical center offers the same sweeping views of the rivers that the expedition saw in 1805-06, as well as murals depicting various episodes from their journey. It is located in the city of Bismark where you also have a number of North Dakota tent camping sites to choose from. General Sibley Park is one of the North Dakota tent campgrounds you should try and check out in the area.

Western Forts
The romantic history of the American west and old forts are forever intermingled in the popular imagination. North Dakota boasts several reconstructed and original fort structures steeped in western lore.

Fort Lincoln
The original command post for General George Custer and the ill-fated 7th Calvary, the state park now features a reconstructed barracks, blockhouse and living-history re-enactments.

Fort Buford
Famous as the place of Sitting Bull’s surrender in 1881, three original buildings remain on the site as well as museum exhibits and an interpretive center.

Established in 1824 by a young French aristocrat and a favorite buffalo hunting ground for a youthful Teddy Roosevelt, this unique town has grown to become one of the state’s top tourist destinations. Medora delivers several attractions in and around the town that appeal to everyone in the family. There are also a couple North Dakota tent campgrounds in the area that offer recreational fishing.

The Medora Musical a two-hour musical variety show features gospel, country and patriotic music from nationally known acts and other talented performers set against the North Dakota Badlands in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Upon his arrival to the Dakota Badlands, Roosevelt became concerned about the impact of overgrazing and mismanagement of the land he loved. The 70,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established after his death and serves as a living memorial to the concepts of conservation and husbandry that he championed.

The 128-acre Chateau de Mores historic site serves as a showcase for the estate of the Marquis do Mores, the entrepreneurial Frenchmen who envisioned Medora as the epicenter of his cattle kingdom. His legacy lives on in the 26-room mansion and grounds overlooking the town.

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Ohio Tent Camping Trip

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From Indy, head east on I-70 until you pass into Ohio and reach the town of Springfield. There you can pick up US-40, the National Road, and the next highway on our tour of Americana. In town, get out of the rig and stretch your legs along the Little Miami Scenic Trail, a multi-use trail tracing 69 miles of old railway, connecting Springfield to Milford. The Pennsylvania House Museum is a quaint little stop in town as well. Operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the 1822 building is a historic National Road tavern housing an impressive collection of dolls and buttons.

Heading east, pull off at Columbus to visit the Camp Chase Military Prison and Confederate Cemetery. Used during the Civil War to house Confederate prisoners, the prison was soon turned into a cemetery after a deadly 1863 outbreak of smallpox claimed hundreds of soldiers. On the lighter side of Columbus, take a tour of the American Whistle Corporation, the only maker of metal whistles left in the United States. Afterwards, blast off to the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, a museum dedicated to the life and times of the first American to orbit Earth.

Keep heading east and just before you reach the town of Concord, you’ll find the National Road-Zane Grey Museum, your last stop in Ohio. This two-for-one museum tells the story of the National Road through impressive exhibits and authentic examples of vehicles that have traveled the road over the years. Next, shift gears and explore the life and accomplishments of the great American author through Grey’s writings and memorabilia.

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Oklahoma Tent Camping Trip

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From its very beginnings in the famous Land Rush of 1889, Oklahoma has been a place where beautiful countryside meets a vibrant and energetic people. Oklahomans proudly trace their roots back to that same land today and celebrate the rich heritage of its many inhabitants. The mix of history and culture just so happens to make Oklahoma a very rewarding destination.

Cowboy Heritage
The legend of the cowboy still thrives today in Oklahoma and is kept alive throughout the various museums and western-related attractions proudly preserved throughout the state.

With many artifacts and original photographs, the Chisholm Trail Historical Museum documents the rise and fall of the cattle industry as it came into being after the Civil War and how the myths surrounding the men who worked it continue to thrive in our imaginations.

Housing the world’s most definitive collection of western art, the Gilcrease Museum is a hit with art lovers and western aficionados.

The cowboy who “never met a man he didn’t like” is remembered at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Billed as the largest private museum in the nation, the JM Davis Museum houses an impressive collection of vintage weapons and artifacts.

Native American History
The history of Oklahoma’s native peoples is still very much alive and featured in museums, living-history recreations and in the performing arts, as well as on the approximately twenty reservations in the state today.

The Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Village has been painstakingly constructed to replicate Cherokee life as it existed before outside contact. The Cherokee Heritage Center is one of the most visited Native American education centers in the nation and features a number of attractions. Highlights include the Cherokee National Museum, a restored ancient village, and the Tsa-La-Gi Amphitheater, which is home to the critically acclaimed Trail Of Tears outdoor drama.

The everyday life of the Plains Indian is displayed in painstaking detail at Indian City, USA. Tour through seven replica tribal villages reconstructed with the guidance of the Anthropology Department at the University of Oklahoma.

The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history and culture of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole and Chickasaw tribes. Exhibits feature artifacts, cultural arts, textiles and historical documents gathered to tell the stories of these Native Americans and their contributions to the history of Oklahoma.

Lake and River Getaways
Never let it be said that Oklahoma doesn’t contain some of the best fishing and boating around on the state’s many waterways. The following are some of the best. Fish for trout year-round on the Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow. Peaceful “no-ski” Spavina Lake offers more than 1,500 acres for fishing, while Fort Gibson Lake and Tishomingo River offers kayaking as well as trout fishing.

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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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