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Best RV Trip Destinations by Region

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Best RV Trip Destinations by Region

Recreational vehicle (RV) trips are an exciting way to explore the country. Across the 50 states, there are thousands of campsites, each offering a unique experience and different amenities. Don’t let the long list of possible destinations overwhelm you. Use these tips to help you get started planning your RV vacation.

When planning your RV trip, start by selecting a region of the country that appeals to you. From hiking the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon to soaking up some rays on the sandy beaches of Florida, RV trips can be customized to appeal to any traveler. To help you get started, here are a few must-see RV destinations in each region of the United States:

West – Yosemite Pines RV Park, California


Yosemite (Photo credit: msauder)

Yosemite Pines RV Park mixes the serenity of nature with some fun, family-friendly amenities. Take a short drive to explore the tranquility of the wilderness at Yosemite National Park. But be prepared to liven things up back at the park. Choose from a variety of activities including a pool area, gold mine tour, sand volleyball court, barbecue areas, and fire rings. Full RV hookups (electric, water, and sewer), as well as just water and electric, are available.

Southwest – North Rim Campground, Arizona

North RIm

North Rim (Photo credit: Omar Omar)

As the name indicates, this campground is located along the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon. Just a short walk to the scenic canyon walls, this destination is ideal to explore the Grand Canyon. This rustic, back-to-the-basics campground doesn’t provide RV hookups, but it does have the essentials: restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

Midwest – Gull Lake Recreation Area, Minnesota

Gull Lake

Gull Lake (Photo credit: ejbSF)

This campground has something to offer for everyone. Nested on the Gull River, at the Gull Lake outlet, this is the ultimate destination if you enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming. But visitors who prefer to stay dry have plenty to keep them busy, too. Hike part of the 100-mile Paul Bunyan Trail or check out the nearby Native American Indian mounds. Electric RV hookups are available.

Southeast – Emerald Beach RV Park, Florida

Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach (Photo credit: Navarrian)

If you’re hoping to focus on relaxation during your RV vacation, Emerald Beach RV Park could be just what you’re looking for. Located directly on the Intercoastal Waterway, this tropical destination offers plenty of rest and relaxation any way you’d like it. Grab a lounge chair by the pool, back your RV right up to the private beach, watch the sunset on the tiki deck, or set sail to relax. No matter how you choose to unwind, you won’t have a care in the world with access to full RV hookups.

NortheastCherry Hill Park, Maryland

Best RV Trip Destinations by Region

For the history buff, Cherry Hill Park has a lot to offer. It’s the closest RV park to Washington, D.C. and a perfect location to post up while exploring our nation’s political epicenter. It’s also a great starting point to head north and explore the New England states. On-site amenities are plentiful and include a pool, cable TV access, and miniature golf. Full RV hookups are available. If you are going further northeast into New England, do not miss some of the epic RV parks in Maine (especially in the fall!). If you are heading that way, here are 4 RV trips to take.

What about you? Have an RV Park recommendation or tip?

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Saturday 17th of August 2013

I couldn't do an RV trip because I really dislike all the driving. But if you had some driving partners to switch with that would be smart and probably a lot more fun.


Thursday 27th of June 2013

I have never been camping in an RV before. Growing up in scouts we always did the old fashioned tent. However, my husband won't camp any other way so it looks like we will be on the lookout for an rv soon.


Tuesday 25th of June 2013

I've recently been into the whole outdoors scenery. I wasn't too big on it when I was smaller but being outdoors just feels wonderful for me and I definitely want to be able to take a road trip soon.

Jennifer B.

Tuesday 25th of June 2013

O.K... I have a gift certificate to spend on an RV rental. Thanks for the destination advice. For some reason, it never occurred to me that there were RV parks on the beach. The best of both worlds... Beach and Camping!

Andi Fisher

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

@Jennifer, it is a fantastic combo, can you imagine having the window open and to fall asleep by the sounds of the ocean.

kim c

Monday 24th of June 2013

The idea of just hopping in an RV and finding a different amazing spot every couple of days really appeals to me. I'd love to see some of the highlights you mentioned above.