Visit These Log Cabin Locations Before the Summer Ends
Don’t let your calendar tell you anything different: summer is not over yet. In other words, you still have time to squeeze in one last vacation before cooler weather sets in. And there’s no better way to take advantage of the sunshine and warmth than by spending your last few weeks of summer outdoors.
That’s why camping is a great choice for your last getaway. There are so many reasons why you should go camping. You’ll escape the urban or suburban grind, restore your appreciation for nature and log quality time with the ones you love. Even better, you can make your foray into the great outdoors much more comfortable by staying in a log cabin: you’ll have all the comforts of home in the middle of the wilderness.
To make your vacation planning easier, we’ve found seven of the best destinations for a bit of log cabin camping. After that, all you must do is rent a house, pack your bags and get to know nature again. We promise, you’ll feel refreshed, renewed and happier — that’s just the effect the outdoors tends to have on us, after all.
Lake Michigan Shoreline, Michigan
Especially in summer, the Great Lakes give you all of the beach vibes you crave without requiring you to buy a plane ticket to either coast. This is especially great news for landlocked Midwesterners, though those who already live coast to the East or West Coast would appreciate the lake’s natural beauty, too. Places like Manistee, Frankfort and Silver Lake bring you up close and personal with the state’s pristine beaches.
Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, West Virginia
This log cabin-laden destination is considered a must-see vacation spot for campers who also have an affinity for ATV riding or dirt biking. That’s because the campground sprawls over 1,600 acres of private land lined with trails for you to ride. Even better, you can safely park your vehicle or even bring it inside if you’re staying in a cabin with a garage or protected parking spot.
Lake Tahoe, California
California is home to countless destinations for campers. But the quintessential California camping experience lies along the state’s border with Nevada at Lake Tahoe.
Here, you can partake in any number of outdoor activities. Take advantage of the lake while it’s warm and swim, water-ski or paddle-board. You can also explore the woods on nature trails and hikes. Even better, if you can’t make it out by summer’s end, you can really go to Lake Tahoe at any time of the year and find something exciting to do and something naturally beautiful to see.
Black Hills, South Dakota
A cabin in Black Hills, South Dakota, will be a gateway into the state’s natural and historical treasures. For one, you can check out Mount Rushmore and the iconic rock carvings depicting four American presidents. Black Hills Natural Forest and Custer State Park have some stunning views and hikes. And, if that’s not enough, the unbelievable Devil’s Tower — an igneous rock butte that literally towers over the Bear Lodge Mountains — will make your jaw drop.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
This one is a bit different than its more nature-inspired counterparts. In Lancaster County, your cabin will likely stand smack-dab in the middle of Amish Country. And, while the rolling farmlands that surround you are beautiful, there’s more to do than explore the area’s natural landscape.
Amish country is replete with Amish markets, shops and farms where you can shop for everything from furniture, to linens, to baked goods, to fresh produce. Renting in Gettysburg puts you nearby a Revolutionary War landmark, while cabins in Intercourse, Elizabethtown and Mifflintown will introduce you to Amish-style architecture, including quaint covered bridges.
The Ozarks, Missouri
The southwest side of Missouri has a gem of a camping destination in The Ozarks, a mountain range dotted with cozy cabins. This is a great spot if it’s your first-time camping or staying in a log cabin: you’ll have easy access to natural highlights like Table Rock Lake, but you’ll also have easy access to Branson, Missouri, and all its entertainment venues. That way, you can spend your days exploring nature and your nights listening to top-tier country music in one of the nation’s best destinations for fans of the genre.
Asheville, North Carolina
Similarly, Asheville, North Carolina, marries natural sights and outdoor activities with a great local scene in the city’s center. For all of Branson’s mainstream entertainment venues, though, Asheville brings you a bit more of a hippie, hipster vibe. Local breweries and coffee roasters bring you all of the tasty beverages you could want; unique cafes and restaurants serve up fresh, creative local fare, too. Oh, and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway is just a drive away.
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Where will your last summer vacation take you? No matter which of the above destinations you choose, you can rest assured you’ll be able to rest assuredly in a cozy log cabin while taking in all that Mother Nature has to offer. That sounds like the perfect end to the year’s warmest season.