Travel Picks: Top 10 camping destinations

Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:21pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Summer is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere, now that June has arrived. The arrival of the sun and warm weather means the great outdoors beckons and you might actually feel like answering the call of the wild. With that in mind, the experts at online travel website Cheapflights ( have come up with a list of top 10 camping destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Lake District National Park - Cumbria, England

The largest National Park in England, Lake District National Park brings together majestic green mountains and clear, glassy lakes for a one-of-a-kind camping experience. Whether you're a rustic camper or you gravitate toward luxury, there are a variety of campsites to choose from in every direction of Lake District. And once you're there you won't run out of activities to do: swimming, canoeing, rock climbing and loads of other activities are close at hand.

2. Cotopaxi National Park - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

If you're thinking about taking your outdoor adventure south of the equator, consider Cotopaxi National Park, located just outside of Ecuador's capital city. The snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano sets the scene, along with wild llamas and gently rolling hills. Hiking is most popular, whether it's a short trip or a multi-day hike, but there's plenty to do in the way of horseback riding and mountain biking too.

3. Pacific Rim National Park - Vancouver Island, Canada

Encompassing three major regions - Long Beach, The Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail - Pacific Rim National Park is an exciting destination for camping enthusiasts. Set your site up in the wilderness - along the sandy beach or in a formal campground with fellow adventure travelers - and get ready for world-class hiking, swimming, kayaking and even surfing.

4. Sangla Valley - Sangla, India

In the forested valley of Sangla, Banjara Camps & Retreats transforms camping into a comfortable and luxurious experience. Choose the accommodation that's right for you, whether it's a fully furnished tent or an enclosed cabin, and enjoy the pastoral beauty of the Baspa River and the majestic Himalayas. When you're not hiking or fishing, a trip to the Buddhist temples and monasteries is a perfect addition to your relaxing retreat.   Continued...

The Cotopaxi mountain, the highest active volcano in Ecuador, is seen from a plane during a flight to Quito April 24, 2011. The Cotopaxi, a stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, at 5,897 metres (19,347 feet). REUTERS/Guillermo Granja