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.
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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 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
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
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
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.
Northeast – Cherry Hill Park, Maryland
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?