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The United States features some of the most beautiful landscapes on planet Earth. What’s a great way to enjoy some of these landscapes first hand?

Go camping!

Here are 15 amazing places to camp around the United States. 

1. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Location: Ashland, Nebraska

Camping offered: tent, RV, trailer, cabin, lodge

Price: $20-$455/night


Alongside the Platte River, the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park attracts families year ‘round. When summer arrives, the Family Aquatic Center opens its wave pool and three water slides. During the winter, some campers ski down snowy hills, while others can be found ice fishing and ice skating. The Peter Kiewit Lodge has spectacular views of the valley and river.

2. Bayou Segnette State Parks

Location: Westwego, Louisiana

Camping offered: tent, RV

Price: $18/night Oct-Mar; $26/night Apr-Sept


20 minutes away from New Orleans, Bayou Segnette State Park is a great place to explore wildlife through hiking and boating tours. Along with basic amenities like showers and electricity, campers have access to comfort stations with free laundry and Wi-Fi.

 

3. Boston Harbor Islands

Location: Several islands outside of Boston, Massachusetts

Camping offered: tent, yurt

Price: $55.65-59.65/night (with ferry tickets)


On these ancient Civil War-era islands, you can tour abandoned historical buildings, wander through hiking trails, and then go kayaking or sailboating. The brave-hearted can stay in a tent without showers and electricity for a real camping experience. Alternatively, yurt rentals with electricity are available on Peddocks Island — it’s just a 10-minute walk from fresh water and toilets. Martin Scorsese also shot scenes for Shutter Island here.


4. Chippokes Plantation State Park

Location: Surry, Virginia

Camping offered: cabin, tent

Price: $10-$59/night


 

Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historical exhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James River in Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails. The plantation has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s and has a variety of cultivated gardens and native woodland.

 

5. Rock Island State Park

Location: Rock Island, Tennessee

Camping offered: tent, RV, cabin

Price: $40-$135/night


 

Rock Island boasts beautiful gorges & breathtaking waterfalls. Nestled along the the Caney Fork River, you’ll enjoy canoeing through the gorge, finding deep pools for fishing and - if you can gather the courage - cliff jumping. Each cabin features basic appliances and kitchenware, including a microwave and television.


6. Enota Mountain Retreat

Location: Hiawassee, Georgia

Camping offered: tent, RV, cabin, motel

Price:$25-$135/night

Enota Mountain Retreat is a non-profit conservation resort found deep in the valley between Georgia’s tallest mountains. Around the campsite there are bubbling streams, waterfalls, trout ponds, and even an organic farm.

 

 

7. Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging

Location: Groveland, California

Camping offered: tent, RV, yurt, cabin, lodge

Price: $16-$349/night

 

Experience the breathtaking views of Yosemite National Park at this friendly California campground, you’ll have access to hot showers and restrooms without sacrificing the magnificent sights. In addition to the park, there’s an on-site gold mine where you can learn about the history of Gold Country.


8. Malibu Beach RV Park

Location: Malibu, California

Camping offered: tent, RV, cottage

Price: $42-$275/night


 

Malibu Beach is great if you love everything about camping except actually camping in a tent; all of your camping gear is already set up at your cliff-side-view site when you arrive.  You can enjoy hiking, sightseeing, whale watching, and swimming.

9. Toe River Campground

Location: Burnsville, North Carolina

Camping offered: tent, RV, cottage

Price: $20-$40/night


 

Located on the Toe River, facilities include river access, in-ground swimming pool, game room, picnic areas, a playground, basketball and beach volley ball courts, facility & tube rentals. Enjoy swimming, camping, fishing & hiking.


10. Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort

Location: Reedsport, Oregon

Camping offered: tent, RV, cottage, lodge

Price: $20-$130/night

 

Loon Lake is known for its pleasant climate. Located 18 miles from the pacific ocean, the air is dry and warm. Lake views and beach camping are available, as are a resturant, a store, and fuel in the lodge. Fish the lake for trout, bass, blue gill, catfish and carp.


11. Ludington State Park

Location: Ludington, Michigan

Camping offered: RV, lodge, cottage, tent

Price: $12-$50/night

 

Ludington State Park is comprised of nearly 5,300 acres of scenic sand dunes, shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands, and forests. It is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water. The three campgrounds at Ludington State Park — Pines, Cedar and Beechwood — have a combined total of 344 modern campsites. All of the campsites have electricity and there are modern shower and bathroom facilities in each campground.

12. Ocean Pond Campground

Location: Olustee, Florida

Camping offered: tent, RV

Price: $8-$18/night

 

 

 

Ocean Pond Campground is located on the north side of Ocean Pond, a 1760-acre natural lake. Sixty-seven campsites are available for tents, trailers, or motor homes. Many of these campsites are waterfront sites allowing guests to enjoy the water or fish right from their campsite. Campers can enjoy Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Swimming.


13. Double Lake Campground

Location: Cleveland, Texas

Camping offered: tent, RV, lodge

Price: $9-$50/night

 

 

Built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Double Lake offers a little of everything including camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking or just getting back in touch with nature. Double Lake is stocked with bass, bream and catfish. Boaters and fishermen can fish from one of three piers or can take advantage of a limited access boat ramp with parking nearby for trailers. An 8-mile-long mountain bike trail meanders around the lake.


14. Eagle River Campsites

Location: Eagle River, Wisconsin

Camping offered: tent, RV, lodge

Price: $10-$50


 

 

Follow the Heritage Drive Scenic Byway to one of the most popular camping areas in the Nicolet located on the shores of crystal-clear Franklin Lake. This 881-acre lake provides excellent swimming, boating, and fishing. Historic stone and log structures and campsites mixed with tall pines and hemlocks are perched near the lake’s edge—a beautiful setting for this campground that is on the National Registers of Historic Places. An interpretive center and naturalist programs are featured throughout the summer. In addition, a one-mile interpretive trail which passes Butternut Lake is available for every season. Numerous other trails are nearby, including the Hidden Lakes Trail connecting to Luna-White Deer Campground, as well as a six-mile trail to Anvil Lake Campground.

 

15. Rocky Mountain National Park

Location: Estes Park, Colorado

Camping offered: rv, tent, lodge

Price: $35-$145

 

Beautiful Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, is rated one of the nicest areas in the country. Beautiful mountain scenery surrounds you as you hike, fish, camp, bike, explore, swim, or anything else you can think of.

Have you camped somewhere beautiful recently? Post your comments or photos below!

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We have alot of customers of all ages, but we have alot of customers in their 20’s.  Are you in your 20’s?  We’re daring you to seize the day, check some of these off and when you’re in need to gear for all your twenty-something adventures, come visit us at Buystand.com!

If you are anything like me you might own a Go Pro, you might know how to turn it on, but you’re no Andrew Whiteford and you’re definitely going more amateur than pro with it.

My parents bought me a Go Pro my first winter out west and it stayed in the box until the last few weeks of winter when I decided to give it a shot.  In my world, the real pro’s videos were rad.  The “in the action,” “up close and personnel,” and “out of this world” angles were something only this device could capture, but it didn’t seem as exciting when it was me.  

I was wrong.  Go Pro’s aren’t just for the professional athletes with the skills to flip, twist, turn, jump, dive, and do just about anything extreme.  By throwing some good humor and a pinch of childish giggles to the picture,  I’ve quickly learned that they are just as fun used floating around on the lake, to taking videos of your roommates puppy stumbling on the front lawn, or making “not so extreme” videos of you and your friends on an average days adventure.  (Not to mention they usually produce some pretty entertaining pictures as well.)

Do you have a Go Pro?  What’s your favorite recreational use for it?

Check out Buystand’s selection of Go Pro’s here!

Photo Credit: (L to R) Jesse Brangwynne,Tess Wood, Jeff Brines, Jeff Brines

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The best part of living in a four season state is variety and the seasonal change of pace. Winter is straight forward, outdoor activities are limited and typically you have one that you focus on; summer on the other hand is a little different story.

Moving to a mountain town in the winter I immediately found comfort in the ability to go skiing every day.  It didn’t matter if I knew anyone else heading to the mountain that day or not, I knew that I would be able to fill my day with my favorite sport. There was no stress in deciding what kind of gear I would need for the day or which outdoor companion to bring on my adventure, I was going skiing and that was the end of it.

Then came summer.  The heat and I don’t always get along and I’m not always the best decision maker, so immediately I listed summer as a dislike.  The hardest part about summer was the copious amount of activities you have to choose from, I know, I know, rough life right? But, I’d wake up every day faced with mountain biking, road biking, running, hiking, floating, rafting, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, the list goes on and on and how is an indecisive person to decide?

I’ve come to the conclusion that while I may think I like winter better, if it was winter all year long I might long for a season where I had copious amount of options.  After all, variety is the spice of life.

What’s you favorite seasonal activity?

Photo Credit: (L) Athlete: Kyle Dowman, Photographer: Patrick Nelson (Jackson Hole Mountain Resort); (R) Athlete: Monica Purington, Photographer: Gabe Rogel

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Link Time! We surf the web so you don’t have to.

Ok, this is legit as f&(*%^. The Adrenalist has a series of videos featuring “superhumans” that defy science.

Power nappin’ like a pro. Greatist explains how.

But what if you didn’t even need to nap… because you were a *morning person?* An infographic on how to join the ranks of this elite class of humans.

All you creative types out there: make your household items infinitely more awesome with these DIY projects. Who needs a cooler when you could have a pirate-style treasure chest??

We’ve established that we’re dog lovers. 18 ways man’s best friend can also be an exercise buddy. (It’s where we got the pic.)

Geeking out here, but Bill Nye’s been making science awesome for two decades now. It’s only right that we app-reciate him properly.

Outside Online takes the mystery out of finding that perfect pair of hiking boots.

Now that you’re good to go, read up on yoga for hikers. From Yoga Journal. You can do this stuff while you’re hiking!

We’re always hearing about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes scheduling it is stressful on its own. The HuffPo brings us 7 unexpected places you can practice meditation.

Find yourself losing workout motivation over the weekend? Apparently we’re not alone. Maybe this will help us out.

An ongoing series from Read-Write. Does fitness tracking gear really make us healthy? Interesting stuff.

Hopefully we gave you some new reads. Let us know the cool stuff you found! It’s like trading food at lunch…but with procrastination material.

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Sunday afternoon: sun in the sky, a light breeze, and me — surrounded by copious amounts of food. My ultimate dream was finally realized: I was at a food truck rodeo. Food trucks are a pretty big deal in NC and a couple times a year Durham holds an event where they come together in a park downtown for one joyous, delicious festival. Obviously, I had done my research prior to the event and knew there’d be 62 trucks. In a huge feat of self-discipline I had managed to go dessert-free for an entire week — unheard of given my sweet tooth tendencies. I had read that there’d be a raw foods truck and felt reassured that I could maintain my newly healthy ways….yeah, that didn’t happen. I had this instead:

*1 scoop each nutella and choc. chip cookie dough ice cream — Shout to to Triangle Creamery. Best ice cream I have ever had.

*2 cake shots. Basically just cake in a shot glass — this was a family-friendly event, people.

*2 cupcakes. The chocolate chip cookie dough one had cookie dough inside! Inception!

*Chocolate chai donut and apple cider donut.

 

Look at these lil’ guys

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Basically it was the happiest few hours of my life. Not really part of the health plan, though. So as I’m harboring guilt for contributing the obesity epidemic and feeling generally large, I am reminding myself that the experience was awesome. But that I should never do it again.


Top Image from http://modmealsonmendenhall.com

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Welcome to our second installment of “Weekly Roundup of Stuff on the Internet.” We surf the web so you don’t have to!

First up is Mashable’s list of weirdly awesome office accessories. The first item is a squirrel attack coffee mug. Yeah, it’s sweet.

Next up, we’ve got recipes from Fitsugar that double as dinner AND make enough for lunch the next day. These look delicious.

22 more lunch ideas from Cooking Light. Way more exciting than your typical brown-bagged sandwich and not too difficult to pull off.

And dinner time? Outside Online teaches us how to master the grill. “Grill Master.” Sounds so legit.

Aspiring filmmakers: Xpedition.TV is launching their first short-film contest. This is an incredible chance to gain recognition in the community. Go over to The Joy Trip Project for details.

Brain exercise?! Yoga! Check out the the findings from a study published this week by the Journal of Physical Activity and Health over at the HuffPo.

This week, six twenty-somethings embarked on a 900-mile canoe trip to the Arctic. Read about it at The Adventure Blog. 

Cauliflower-crust pizza recipe from Greatist. The carb-conscious eaters in the office are crying tears of joy right now.

Also from Greatist, a Fathers’ Day gift guide. If you haven’t gotten a present already hop over here for some ideas the dude will actually like.

Just realized we’ve got a bunch more from Greatist. Sorry, can’t help that they’re so…great (sorry for the pun, too). Read on:

Recipe for a sore neck and back: working in an office. What a terrible recipe. Here’s a list of stretches you can do to combat that.

Take your favorite activities outdoors! Here’s 21 ways how.

Beer drinker? Yeah. Health conscious? When we’re not drinking beer. Here’s 10 (good) beer choices that allow these dueling parts of yourself to exist in harmony. Told you Greatist is a godsend.

More beer! Now in your food! Healthy beer recipes.

Last Greatist read: 23 ways to push through a tough workout. Used this yesterday, it’s solid advice.

Who knew dogs could be so expensive? Outside Online shows us the 10 costliest breeds. If I got one of these guys I’d be homeless…but at least I’d have a cool dog.

Climbers, we all know that the summit photo is an integral part of an expedition. Adventure Journal explains how to make your’s quality (example above).

How cool is this proposed skyscraper? Looks straight out of Inception. From Treehugger. 

Ending with another from Treehugger: baby elephant in the ocean! Yeah, buddy!

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One of the biggest challenges people have is finding a community to do outdoor trips with them, especially when your new to a city. 

If the process of meeting these people proves difficult, and you yearn for outdoor exposure, know that their are solutions. 

Meetup.com

Never used Meetup.com? Give it a try on your next hike. If you’re nervous, choose a meet-up that has hundreds of members. That usually means you  can trust the meet-up, and not be nervous that you’ll be the only one there.

Sierra Club 

The sierra club has local list-serves that tell you about environmental legislation developments, and occasionally plan hiking get-togethers for the community. The people are super nice, and there is always something to talk about it together: the latest pro or anti-environmental legislation.

Local gear store

Local gear stores plan their own version of hikes to bring together the community. You’ll leave the hike knowing more about your hiking boots than you wanted to know, but these are lots of fun and a great way to learn about new tools and tips. 

Wake up in the woods to these delicious Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls
14” dutch oven

For the dough: 

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
4-5 cups flour
1/2 heaping tsp. baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt

For the Blueberry Filling

1 pint blueberries
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 cup water

Additional Blueberries for Sprinkling

1 pint blueberries
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp flour

For the blueberry filling 

In a small dutch oven, combine 1 pint of the blueberries, sugar and cornstarch. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and water. Cook over a full spread of coals, stirring often, until mixture begins to thicken slight. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
For the dough
Mix whole milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Scald to 150 degrees. Let cool until lukewarm (~45 minutes). Sprinkle in yeast and let sit. Then add 4 C flour, stir mixture together. Cover and let sit for one hour.
Add 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir mixture together.  Add enough flour to make a semi-sticky dough.
Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle surface generously with flour and form into a rectangle, roll the dough thin, maintaining a rectangular shape. Spread half of the blueberry filling onto the dough. Sprinkle half of the additional blueberries for sprinkling on top. Roll the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it.  Cut rolls 3/4 to 1 inch thick and lay in greased dutch ovens. Repeat with other half of dough and blueberry filling.
Cover the rolls and let sit for 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Use 1 1/2 rings plus a couple of coals on top and 1 ring on the bottom.
Generously drizzle your favorite cream cheese frosting over warm rolls after they finish baking.
Makes 24-30 rolls.
**Requires two dutch ovens
***Best for car camping; would not attempt in a backpacking situation.

Happy Thursday, Buystanders! Each week we’re going to share some of the best links we’ve found that you may have missed. We surf the web so you don’t have to!

First up is a quick rundown of ways you can boost your creative thinking from 99u. Great for when you’re feeling the onset of that dreaded summer fog.

This isn’t exactly new, but this detailed infographic of restorative yoga poses from Greatist is exactly what we need as we’re ramping up our outdoor activity (and feeling very, very sore).

Uh…have we mentioned that we’re tired? This slideshow from Fitsugar may explain why we’re not waking up energized.

Travel-tech essentials from Outside Online. This is a great list for gadgets that will enhance your camping trips rather than distract from them.

Biking with beer?  Sounds kind of like heaven. Another one from Outside Online.

Active.com provides "epic" music suggestions for your next trip. They have playlists for camping, hiking, and trail running, among others.

Speaking of music, Buzzfeed gives us a list of the people you’re most likely to see at music festivals. Number 16: where are the parents?!

Also from Buzzfeed: this 102 year-old lady celebrated her birthday by parachuting off a bridge. Our conclusion: she’s a badass.

Mental Floss takes a look at bizzarre ways kids entertained themselves before there were video games. A round of Mumbly Peg, anyone? 

The New York Times delves into the controversial trend of minimalist running shoes. Whatever side you stand on in the traditional vs. minimalist debate, this is worth a read.

And lastly: sorry, but we had to. From Pleated Jeans, 20 pictures only dog owners could understand. We couldn’t even be mad at number one.

Bonus! Animals photoshopped to create new species. Too funny not to include.