The LGBTQ community has long relished heading to woodsy campgrounds to explore the great outdoors and de-stress among kindred souls. In the early 1980s, camping was in its infancy. Now around 150 properties thrive in the US, some requiring memberships, often a nominal fee. Gay Camping USA offers a "Friends with Privileges" discount membership program for affiliated camps. In northern climes, campgrounds are seasonal, but it's year-round fun and adventure travel in the south and west. Most offer a spread of accommodations from basic tenting to RV hookups to rustic cabins and even lodges, but each is a unique experience. Why not sample a few or pick your favorite for a same-time-next-year holiday?

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