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Treat Mom to Memorable Camping Adventures this May

Did your mother instill a love of camping in you? Perhaps she was the sidekick navigating the childhood trips and ensuring the campsite had all the comforts of home. Whichever way it was, why not celebrate your mom this month with some great camping gifts and trips.

Take a camping trip that may appeal to your mother’s interest. For example, consider checking out some of the natural wonders found around the country. Consider a stay at Thousand Trails Seaside in Oregon and check out iconic Haystack Rock, the 235-foot sea stack rising from the waters off Cannon Beach. Or go dark and explore the wonders of Mammoth Cave. Book a stay at Thousand Trails Diamond Caverns and explore the longest-known cave system in the world, while also enjoying activities offered at this Kentucky national park like hiking and horse-back riding. Beautiful Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, is another sight to behold. A camping reservation at Tahoe Valley Campground puts you in the center of all of Tahoe’s magic, from hiking to exploring the natural tide pools in Tahoe National Forest.

Thousand Trails Seaside

Some small-town charm, complete with quaint shopping and eateries, could be a good way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cape May, New Jersey definitely fits that bill. This Victorian seaside resort town has several camping options nearby including Pine Haven Camping Resort and Thousand Trails Sea Pines which are less than 20 minutes from town. Highlights here include the Emlen Physick Estate and the Cape May Lighthouse. Bar Harbor, Maine is New England charm personified and three camping locations here, Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Narrows Too Camping Resort and Patten Pond Camping Resort are good options if you want to bike ride through Acadia National Park or opt for one of several culinary walking tours in town.

Patten Pond Camping Resort

Art and flowers are always good options for gifts. Consider a visit to Yosemite National Park and take one of the daily art courses available here ( or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery located within the Park to view works by this renowned landscape photographer and maybe even take one of the photography classes offered too! Book a stay at a cool yurt at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes to explore the art of Yosemite. About an hour from Massachusetts’ Thousand Trails Sturbridge campground, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln offers visitors more than 50 outdoor sculptures set among 30 rolling acres of lawns, forests, fields and gardens. Either Thousand Trails Bay Landing or Thousand Trails Lake Tawakoni are great spots to camp if you want to explore the 66 acres that make up the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. In addition to the eleven separate permanent gardens, there are always special events and exhibits as well as tours of the historic DeGolyer House, offered Monday through Saturday.

Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes

Here are a few gift ideas to complement these special camping trips:

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