Modern campers are eager to reconnect with nature, spend more time with family and friends and explore new territory. If you are inclined to camp, here are some ideas to consider.

1 GET INTO THE BACK COUNTRY For the purest connection to nature, make your way off the beaten path. Hike, paddle or float into a pristine location where your family can learn or hone wilderness skills. Choose a destination suitable for the ages and abilities of your crew. Encourage each person to take responsibility for the adventure, whether that involves doing some early research, carrying a small pack, collecting kindling or serving as master storyteller around the campfire.


2 CONNECT AT THE CAMPGROUND KOA, the world's largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds, has evolved since its inception in 1962. Choose your camping style and destination from among 485 locations in North America and access tent sites, RV hookups, cabins, playgrounds and a range of recreational facilities. Then, let the fun begin.


3 GO GLAMPING If staking a tent is not your idea of fun, glamping, or glamorous camping, might be for you. The walls may be canvas, but the experience is anything but ordinary. High-thread-count bedding, luxury furnishings, fine dining and uncommon outings often led by top-notch guides define the experience in locales around the world.


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4 SLEEP IN A YURT Snooze to the sound of the tumbling Trinity River as it winds its way past the resort near Big Flat, California. The 30-foot Pacific Yurt is set amid the Trinity Wilderness Area where bird-watching, fishing, hiking and canoeing await you. Enjoy road and mountain biking or check out local music festivals. Learn about the organic coffee that is grown on-site and then enjoy a fresh cup as the morning sun warms the day.