New Hampshire is prime camping country, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.

The Granite State is known for spectacular vistas, serene woodland settings, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, and nothing gets you closer to these scenic wonders than camping. Under the stars, nestled in a tent or parked at the junction of civilization and nature, camping is the jumping off point to a vacationer’s smorgasbord of rest, relaxation and adventure.

Camping is especially popular in the Lakes Region. The largest of the region’s 273 lakes and ponds is Lake Winnipesaukee, encompassing 72 square miles, 274 islands and a 200-mile shoreline. Other popular waterways are Squam Lake, Winnisquam Lake, the Merrimack River, and Newfound Lake. Water enthusiasts enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and waterskiing.

For some, camping is the main event; for others, camping is a starting point. New Hampshire offers campers a huge variety in terms of campgrounds and vacation activities.

The free New Hampshire Camping Guide, published by the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association (NeHaCa), provides campers with information to make well-informed decisions; the challenge will be to choose among great options. Visit www.ucampnh.com to order a hard copy or download an electronic version of the guide.

For the camper who prefers to make camp and settle in, the goal is selecting the campground with the ideal setting and amenities: remote or easy-access, natural or well-appointed, a neighborhood feel or isolated sites are all options in New Hampshire.

Campers who look at the campground as a jumping-off point are encouraged to check out surrounding venues and attractions, from tax-free shopping to hiking above the treeline, family attractions to cultural and historic sites.

New Hampshire offers campgrounds within minutes of major cities, adjacent to the most popular tourist attractions in the Northeast, and at the edge of the wilderness.

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