Assateague Island State Park Camping Sites Offer an Unforgettable Trip This Summer

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Last summer, we found ourselves grounded — and staying close to home — instead of jetting off on vacations. Despite the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, staying closer to home might still be the best course of action this year too. Some countries, especially those with lower vaccination rates, have policies in place to prevent international travel, while others have instituted required quarantine periods.

One way to test the travel waters post-vaccine? Explore your own backyard. Across the United States, there are plenty of must-see spots — national parks like Yosemite and Acadia come to mind — as well as some truly hidden gems. Falling somewhere in between those two poles is Assateague Island. Perfect for adventurers, Assateague Island National Seashore is located off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia.

The big draw? The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has done its part to preserve the island’s incredible wildlife — including wild, beach-roaming horses. From fishing to hiking, there’s plenty to do, so let’s delve into what makes Assateague Island such a special vacation spot.