You can stay home when your home is on the open road.
Summer is here and beautiful nature destinations are opening. An RV is the perfect solution to traveling safely right now, and there are so many amazing destinations that are accessible in an RV. We’re giving the rundown of our top places to travel in an RV.
You’ve chosen your RV to have an at-home traveling experience, and right now that gives you even more freedom to see parts of the united states while staying safe and sound in your own overnight hotel.
Not every nature destination is created equal and we don’t want you to drive all the way across the country to be disappointed. A good RV trip is about more than just the destination. So when you read our list, be sure to take into consideration where you are in the country, the season, and the weather so you have the best trip possible.
RV travel is popular for a reason because you can hit the open road and plan a route that will take you to a national park, beautiful coast, and even an amusement park in one fail swoop.
Whatever you’re looking for, your next RV vacation could be to one (or more!) of these top places to travel in an RV.
And without further ado, let’s see if you agree with our list.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
Let’s start in the southeast at the amazing Appalachian mountain range. Through Virginia and North Carolina, you can travel this stretch of wonder and visit some of the oldest mountain ranges around. Blue Ridge Parkway stretches through two national parks, Smoky Mountain and Shenandoah. The national parks have RV-friendly campgrounds on each side, and there are dozens along the way. Blue Ridge Parkway has scenic routes and the views to make the top places to travel in an RV.
Before it was divided into a few national scenic byways, the original Route 66 went from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. This famous road is still a destination today, and definitely makes the top places to travel in an RV. From the plains of Texas to the desert of Arizona to the wonders of Southern CA, there are lots of amazing, RV-friendly stops along old Route 66. This is a choice way to experience the beautiful scenery of the United States.
Yellowstone National Park
Would this list even be a list without Yellowstone? We think not! Yellowstone National Park isn’t just a destination, part of the wonder is getting there. You can see the Grand Tetons mountains, and drive through Beartooth Pass. Full of wildlife, hiking trails, and fishing destinations, you’ll want to spend a good chunk of time here. Don’t forget to visit Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Just be sure to arrive early and claim your spot on the campgrounds.
The Oregon Coast
This stretch is over 360 miles and well worth every single one. The Oregon Coast flows from the Columbia River to the California border and is full of beautiful scenery, open road, and wildlife. Visit hot spots like Cannon Beach, Astoria (Remember Goonies?!), Fort Stevens, and take sunset photos of Route 101. There are many RV-friendly State Parks along the coastline so you can experience each part of this beautiful evergreen coast.
The Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast doesn’t get the credit it deserves as a top place to travel in an RV, or in anything for that matter! The Gulf Coast is beach vacationing at its best. There are State Parks to visit all while being a short distance away from white sand beaches and warm water. You can choose the state coast you’d like to see from Texas to Mississippi to Louisiana to Florida, or cruise the whole coast. Some highlights are Galveston Island State Park in TX and Pensacola Beach in FL.
Zion National Park
Top places to travel in an RV is always going to be overflowing with national parks. Zion National Park is in the great state of Utah, and the natural beauty of breathtaking views. You can visit the Zion Human History Museum, walk the Zion and Kolob canyons, or even pop down to the Grand Canyon, or Bryce Canyon National Park.
Las Vegas, NV
If you want to break up your nature destinations, Las Vegas is an RV-friendly destination that often gets overlooked. Not only is it an entertainment go-to, but it also has its own natural attractions, including Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, and Lake Mead. There are many campgrounds around Vegas, so you can feel at home and see the wonders of the architecture and casinos.
Yosemite National Park
When we’re talking about top places to travel in an RV, Yosemite National Park must not be missed. The sites are amazing at Yosemite National Park, like Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point. Yosemite has 800 miles of trails from beginner to advanced, and there are beautiful beaches, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. But make sure to make a reservation between the months of April and September because this is a popular spot.
Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over 800 square miles and can be accessed through Gatlinburg, TN. Before you hit the park, you can visit the attractions near Gatlinburg like Ripley’s Aquarium, Dolly Parton’s Amusement park (Dollywood), and the Ober Gatlinburg ski area. The park itself is full of RV options around hiking trails and beautiful views.
The California Central Coast
The coast of central California has so much to offer of scenic views no matter which route you take, Santa Barbara to Monterey or San Francisco to Los Angeles. Cruise through surf towns, Big Sur, wine tasting in Paso Robles, fishing villages, and even Hearst Castle. The sites are amazing and the seafood is a must. To find an RV resort, you’ll have to get off the 101 or the 1 and if you stop in Paso Robles, there are over 200 wineries around the area.
These have been our top places to travel in an RV, ten amazing spots that have so much to offer, and RV-friendly amenities so you can take your home away from home with you. Traveling in an RV takes so much hassle out of finding spots to stay and staying safe while you travel.
Not only are these spots destination stations, but the drives are just as breathtaking and full of sites as when you get there. The open road is waiting for you to visit these top places to travel in an RV.
Where will you visit first?