Music festivals are really trendy now, but for good reason: they offer a getaway from your usual routine with a long weekend outdoors, a lineup of loved or new-to-you artists and bands, and the ability to avoid showering if you feel so inclined. Our Isle Box staffers have been to several festivals, and agree wholeheartedly that one of the best parts of the experience is the camping itself. Festival camping is unique because you’re packed into a lot with other festival-goers, which leads to a lot of shared space and conversation. Since everyone is there for the same reason (music, we think), it ends up being a pretty cool environment, which can only be topped by awesome scenic views at the festival location.
Given our love for the outdoors, we want to highlight some US music festivals with beautiful scenery or landscapes that are worth the trip for the impressive views alone.
Sasquatch Music Festival
Location: George, WA
Dates: May 27-30
Mountain Jam Festival
Location: Hunter Mountain, NY
Dates: June 2-5
Hangout Music Festival
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Dates: May 20-22
Electric Forest Festival
Location: Rothbury, MI
Dates: June 23-26
Location: Black Rock Desert, NV
Dates: Aug 28 – Sept 5
– Ever since we watched Spark: A Burning Man Story on Netflix a few years ago, we’ve wanted to go to Burning Man. After talking with some Burning Man vets, we learned that although the doc doesn’t completely represent everyone’s experience there, each person agrees that it’s a life-changing experience. As you’ll see in the doc, the concept of Burning Man started in 1986 on a beach with a few friends: two of the festival’s founders fashioned together a wooden figure and burned it on a beach in front of a small crowd… and the rest is history. Burning Man requires heavy planning (and might thin out your wallet in order to live in the desert for the week), but is home to a community of art and self-expression like none other. Burning Man’s list of “10 Principles” sets it apart from other festivals. These guidelines were developed years ago to encourage sharing, inclusion, participation, and self-discovery, among others, and they’re taken very seriously. The exploratory spirit of the festival thrives in this unique setting, and it may be the only time you ever sleep in a desert for a week, so how could it not be life-changing?
So, what did we miss? Is your go-to festival not included in our short list above? We’d love to hear your recommendations – tell us in the comments below!
About the Author
Vanessa Tamez is the Chief Editor of Isle Royale Equipment, LLC. Vanessa recently earned her MA in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. When she’s not cooking her favorite vegan dishes, you can catch her hiking in northern Michigan or riding her bike around town in Ann Arbor.
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