The great American road trip is full of some expected stops–New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas–so why not stay somewhere unexpected? Across the country, creative camping sites are popping up with repurposed trailers, hot spring pools, historic sites and even a safari. Laura Lee Jurgens shares 10 of America’s best and wackiest camping sites.
Shady Dell, Brisbee, Arizona
Two vintage loving folks, Justin and Jen, run the Shady Dell. The pair runs an inspiring campsite consisting of restored aluminum travel trailers, each one with a different theme. You can stay in some such as the Chris Craft Yacht, which is an actual restored boat complete with champagne in the fridge or the Tiki Bus for those seeking something a bit more tropical. The “Polynesian Palace” even has its own hand-carved outrigger bar, so there’s no need to worry about driving home after having a few too many.