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Pitch a Tent in Paris: 7 Unexpected Camping Trips

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Posted on October 20, 2008 in Trip Ideas

As IgoUgo’s outdoor adventurers close out the camping season, some are pitching tents in surprising locales. Whether you consider nature an integral part of any trip or just want to save some cash, these spots are reminders that you can find a convenient campsite most anywhere—even Paris, where le chocolat makes a mean s’more.

The site: Bois de Boulogne
The member: allain
The review: “One of the most unexpected means of accommodation in Paris: camping! The Bois de Boulogne campsite is located in western Paris, along the Seine River, on a 17-acre site in the woods, 15 minutes away from the Champs-Élysées.”

Hadrian’s Wall
The site: Riverside
The member: michaelhudson
The review: “Just a few hundred meters from Chesters Fort, slap bang on the line of the Hadrian's Wall National Trail, Riverside Campsite makes an excellent base for anyone wanting to explore the most popular sections of the UNESCO-listed Wall. With a camping space the size of half a football pitch and a policy of only accepting those hiking around the Wall, you'll hardly be pushed for space here.”

San Francisco
The site: Angel Island
The member: spuguru
The review: “This is a spot for photography, with panoramic views of the Bay Area, including San Francisco proper, the Golden Gate, Mount Tamalpais, and Oakland/Berkeley Hills. The island has been an immigration point ('Ellis Island of the Pacific') and an army base. View wildlife including deer, seals and sea lions, hawks, herons, and pelicans. Hike 13 miles of trails, mostly of moderate difficulty. Bike, swim, and then camp overnight—nine small camps are available.”

North China Desert
The site: Inner Mongolia’s Tengger Desert
The member: Fredi_T
The review: “The Tengger Desert is an offshoot of the Gobi and the section we were in featured classic, sandy dunes interspersed with gorsey foliage—not an image I for one would have associated with China. The day concluded with us setting up camp on the outskirts of a dry salt pan. It rained overnight—in the desert. Camels may be ships of the desert but they seemed to be the unicycles of muddy salt pans as they slipped and stumbled, but brought us home safely.”

Croatia’s Islands
The site: Korcula’s Camp Kalac
The member: Praskipark
The review: “Camp Kalac is situated on the beautiful island of Korcula, which is just off the Peljesac Peninsula, approximately 140km from Dubrovnik. The location is beautiful and the campsite is suitable for a range of people, from families with small children to single travelers or backpackers with small tents and sleeping bags. It is within walking distance of the old town and bus station if you want to go out for the day.”

Chiang Mai
The site: Doi Inthanon National Park
The member: allthai
The review: “There is a place very close to Chiang Mai where you can escape the heat and enjoy some of the finest natural scenery in the Kingdom: Doi Inthanon National Park. We decided to spend our first night in a tent and second night in a bungalow. Since we were going to ride around the park, the park ranger kept our bags for us and we proceeded to the campgrounds to pitch our tent. Tents can be rented for 60 baht and blankets at 15 baht each. The only sound was that of the crickets, and with the smell of pine and clean, fresh air, drifting off to sleep was a total pleasure I haven't experienced in many months while living in the crowded city.”

Walt Disney World
The site: Fort Wilderness
The member: Alpine Miss
The review: “This campground is extremely safe and, with all the fun things to do in Disney, there is no need to drive at all. Just hop aboard a bus or a boat and go exploring. There are all types of facilities, including RVs, tents, trailers, and cabins, and it’s by far the most fun campground I've ever enjoyed. Each area has its own grill and picnic table, as well as its own ‘privacy screen’ of vegetation.”

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