Ever wonder where to go or what to do now that you've loaded the family into the RV? Whether you're looking to make a cross-country jaunt or quick weekend trip, we found nine fantastic RV destinations suitable for all ages and lifestyles. Some are classics that tend to appear on everyone’s short list of great destinations to visit, while others you may never have even heard of. RVing is still a great way to explore this great country of ours and these are some of the many beautiful spots worth going out of your way for.
This vast 1-million acre park features some of the most beautiful scenery not just in the Northwest, but in the entire nation. The park includes 60 miles of pristine coastline, with the Ozette Loop being the most popular coastal section. There’s a huge network of hiking trails, and in the winter there’s a skiing and snowboarding club at Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club.
RVs up to 35 feet can park at Elwha Campground, Kalaloch, Mora, Heart O’ The Hills, South Beach, Staircase and Altair Campgrounds. Fairholme, Hoh, Ozette, and Graves Creek Campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 21-feet long.
When it comes to memorable family vacations that create terrific, magical memories for children, there’s no substitute for Disney. If you’re East of the Mississippi, your destination is probably going to be Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In that case, the RV spot to look for is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, which is nestled among 750 acres of pine and cypress trees. There’s a lovely lakeside beach, a pool with a waterslide, and lots of outdoor things to do even without going to the nearby theme parks like Epcot, Wet & Wild, Disney World and Universal Studios. For example, there’s horseback riding, water skiing, and canoeing/kayaking right on site. And, the site can accommodate RVs up to 45-feet long.
One of the gems of our nation’s interior, Aspen, Colorado, is a world-renowned ski resort area in the winter, but absolutely gorgeous no matter what time of year you visit. It’s become a playground for jetsetters, but RVers can also enjoy all the best of Aspen, including it’s sheer natural beauty and its small, thriving music and arts scene.
RVers take note, though: Aspen doesn’t let you stay overnight in your RV in town, so you’ll need to use a campground or go outside of town. The closest RV campsite is Aspen Basalt Campground, but you can also try Difficult Campground, Glenwood Canyon Resort, Lincoln Gulch, Lincoln Creek or Lost Man. Reservations may be required and we always recommend calling ahead for seasonality.
Lastly, vehicles longer than 35-feet are forbidden from Independence Pass, which is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, so if you have a bigger RV, you’ll need to approach the town using another thoroughfare. Highway 82 coming from Glenwood Springs always seems to be a good option.
This venerable city is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in North America. It was first settled by Spanish explorers in 1565 – nearly half a century before Jamestown. St. Augustine is a fantastic destination for history fans, as well as those who enjoy the beach, fishing, birdwatching, water sports, and walking tours. There’s also plenty of kayaking and boating available in the nearby intercoastal, as well as deep-sea fishing, and so much more. RVers may want to park in nearby Anastasia State Park (max RV length of 40-feet long), though there are also a number of other RV campsites closer to town.
Please note: We don't recommend taking your RV into historic Old St. Augustine as it’s designed for horse and buggies, not for 40-foot+ residential vehicles!
Another benefit of visiting St. Augustine, Florida is its close proximity to other popular tourist destinations. For example, Disney World is just two hours away, NASCAR's Daytona Beach is right down the road, and Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world’s first oceanarium, is also just a short drive.
Another one of America’s great National Parks, Crater Lake, Oregon is among the most scenic and pristine sites in the American West. It doesn’t attract the same flood of tourists as the Grand Canyon, and is more compact in scale, but not in beauty. And if you like hiking and biking, you’ll want to mark your calendar for September 19 and/or 26th when park officials will limit vehicle traffic, opening up the pristine park environment to bikers and hikers.
The entrance fee is $15 per vehicle. Nearby RV parks include Prospect Park, Big Pines, and Crater Lake National Park Campgrounds.
While you’re out west, don’t forget to visit one of California’s most beautiful natural preserves. Redwood National Park is the amazing home to the tallest trees on earth, but also to some 40 miles of rugged, unspoiled coastline.
Onsite campgrounds include Jedediah Smith Campground, Mill Creek (also known to Reserve America customers as Del Norte Coast Redwoods Campground), Elk Prairie Campground and Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. There are RV size limitations , though: Gold Bluffs limits RV size to 24-feet or smaller; Elk Prairie to 27-feet; and Jedediah Smith to 36-feet or a 31-foot trailer.
Want to avoid the big Yellowstone crowds? Camden Hills State Park is a New England paradise overlooking the lovely Penobscot Bay and is relatively unknown outside of New England. This state park is just outside picturesque Camden, Maine and features 30 miles of hiking , as well as plenty of options for kayaking, sailing and swimming. Other nearby recreational activities include horseback riding, golf, biking or fishing from the mile-long Rockland Breakwater. Catch a ferry to one of the coastal islands in Penobscot bay, and see the many historic lighthouses in the area. At night you can easily slip into town for some great seafood, bowling for the family, or visit the Camden Opera House for live music and other cultural activities.
And while Camden Hills State Park does offer on-site RV parking, there's no sewer access. You'll also want to bring some mosquito repellent!
This is a must for American history buffs and is a fantastic educational destination for families. The town is alive with historic Revolutionary War re-enactors. Historic Jamestowne, the first permanent colony in North America is also nearby.
There are several conveniently-located RV parks for Williamsburg visitors like American Heritage, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Outdoor World (membership site with Thousand Trails), Williamsburg/Busch Gardens KOA and Anvil Campground.
This is a top destination on just about anyone’s RV list and it’s easy to see why. Anyone who has visited The Grand Canyon will tell you about its breathtaking scale of natural beauty that spans 277 miles. And the approach highway, historic Route 66, is just as fun! The entry permit for the Grand Canyon National Park is $30, which includes one non-commercial vehicle and all passengers for seven days, so load up the whole family! An annual pass is just $60.
You'll need to plan out which rim you plan to visit, though. The South Rim is the more accessible by far, and the most popular; it’s also the one that’s open all year round (the North Rim campground is only open from May 15 through October 21). The primary South Rim camping site is Mather Village, but there are no RV hookups there. If you need a full RV hookup nearby, there’s only one convenient location on the South Rim, which is the privately owned Trailer Village.
The South Rim is also the most readily accessible from Route 66. To get to the North Rim you’ll have to make a 220-mile drive around the whole canyon.
The park also has free admission days each year.
Be sure to make reservations for your camping site, as far in advance as possible.