A long weekend means heading outdoors and (hopefully) enjoying the sunshine. Though Memorial Day is often though of as the kick off to summer, the holiday weekend is a celebration of the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. So whether you are spending the holiday at the beach, or in the mountains, remember what you are celebrating!
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Most campers like to hit the road and get into the wild as quick as possible, but sometimes you need a few resources to help plan a camping trip.
Check out About Camping's trip resources
page, which includes camping clubs, maps and trip planners, road services and weather reports, and then hit the open road--the campground is waiting for you.
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Frustrated with campground directories, Tom Hillegass, a retired engineer living in Alexandria, Virginia, decided to build his own online campground directory. According to Tom, most directories poorly cover public campgrounds, or only cover only certain types (eg; National Forest, but not National Park).
With 12,000 listings, USCampgrounds.info is the most comprehensive guide that we've seen to public campgrounds in Canada and the United States. With the data he's complied for the online campground directory, he also developed the Camp Where iPhone app, and he recently created these two graphs, which visually display the number and location of different types of campgrounds.
"The main surprises I had from the data were how many city/county/regional (CP) campgrounds there are, and how few National Park campgrounds there are" Tom said. "Also, it appears that State Parks dominate in the east, National Forests in the west and CPs in between."
More: The Best Camping iPhone Apps | What are your Favorite Android Camping Apps?
Images: © USCampgrounds.info | Tom Hillegass
This week we featured the best outdoors and camping apps for the iPhone, but we want to hear from the readers about their favorite camping apps for Android operating systems! Share your favorites in the Android Camping Apps forum.
Photo: the Camp Finder App is one of the highest rated camping Android apps. | © Campfinder CampingRoadTrip.com