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WICKENBURG ARIZONA, CONSTELLATION RANCH –
America is home to outdoor holidays surrounded by nature. It’s the place for traveling “on the road” easily. Here they have endless spaces, 8 traffic lanes and they are organized to welcome visitors warmly even in remote places. There are 5-star resorts, RV park with basic services and the most essential campgrounds. It is difficult to feel isolated when you have the chance to get fuel, food and any other kind of supply that is not necessary. Find everything everywhere.
Camping is part of the American culture. Millions of people live traveling from one country to another looking for a mild temperature or to stay close to family members. They are owners of campers or caravans, even 40 feet long. It is easy to find Alaska residents wintering in Arizona, or families taking breaks to travel with their children and pets, before starting a new business project.
Therefore, campsites in America are active 365 days a year and become real communities. This mentality ‘so open means that the structures are perfectly organized. The resorts and RV parks are the most numerous facilities and offer various kinds of services. Each pitch thus becomes an independent unit with electrical connection, running water and sewage outlet, then there is a TV cable, wifi, and barbeque. There are private spaces that can be as large as 3000 square meters.
Also, those pet-friendly with private and fenced garden to leave their dogs free in the shade of a plant. We have seen lemons and oranges that you can gather and eat. The shared services offer swimming pools, TV rooms, games rooms and bookshops, laundries, cinemas and rooms for group dinners.
We also found campsites where there is the washing of the typical delivery service. Directly on your pitch, a team of professionals washes you in and out of the trailer to make it shine like new.
But the best campsites, in our opinion, are what we call the “campgrounds” or real oases surrounded by nature. There are no common services, mainly. Arrivals and check-in independently, fill out a form and leave your credit card details in a letterbox. You choose your place in the shade of a cactus or at the foot of a mountain. You can stay for no more than 7 consecutive days, so you avoid the permanent neighbors. Live in close contact with the wildest flora and fauna, you do not have any light, water and sewage services for most of the time. You are with your vehicle, your crew and yourself in the middle of nowhere.
It is here that you finally regenerate yourself, having to dine by 5 pm in the winter to take advantage of natural light, go to sleep at 6 pm and wake up at dawn blinded by the most natural lights. You do not have an internet connection, you can not top up your phone and get a hot shower. You have to live to the essential, and finally, you find yourself reading a book at candlelight when the darkness is deep by, and you get to hear coyotes howls and see giant stars.
Campgrounds are one of the most beautiful things to experience on a road trip. It does not matter if for one or two days, but it’s the intensity that makes the difference. To back to reality, there is always a way and time, especially in America, where everything is still too close at hand.
Note: unfortunately in the country where everything is possible, in the great campgrounds you can sometimes find, the neighbor who can not do without the satellite and its fantastic electrical system, then he gets a mega generator that could break the magical silence. Just stay away and choose a quiet place. Here, there is space for everyone.