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camping in Usa in winter

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1. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

Im considering driving from Vancouver to florida and camping along the way. It wouldnt be until next december though. Is it generally toocold at that time of year for camping, even in the southern states?

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Is it generally too cold at that time of year for camping, even in the southern states?


Cold fronts can happen anytime no matter how far south you are.

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y


thanks for letting meknow. I guess its hostels all the way then.

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 7y

With the southern states I think it depends more on how much you like to rough it. Via Wikipedia for December/January Florida would have average lows of 40ish in the North and 50-60 as you get further south. But these are just the average lows, so a good cold front could mean lower temps. I've known people who would camp when it's in the 30s and such, so I guess it just depends on if you're that kind of person Also might depend on the route you take and if you want to have to pay attention to the weather. Good luck!

5. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

Keep in mind that hostels aren't as plentiful here in the States as they are elsewhere. Keep your eyes open for inexpensive chain hotels like Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn. I would also strongly recommend checking out for some possibilities of free lodging.

6. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

Your route choices to points east will be either I-40 and I-10.

I-40 is much more scenic but you will need to watch the weather closely because this route is higher altitude from Flagstaff, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico. You could find yourself in a snow blizzard and icy conditions.

If the weaher turns ugly then head south and pick up I-10 towards El Paso, Texas.

You'll enjoy the drive. Have fun.