The idea of a long road trip crossing the country is an integral part of American culture, and it’s also something every family that can afford to do so should. Owning or renting an RV that makes the trip even more special, since you all share a home away from home and go places without hotels or motels. You can all stay together, sleeping and eating in familiar spaces without endless restaurants along the way, which can save up enough money to make some trips financially possible.
If this appeals to you in any way, then keep reading to learn 5 fun RV destinations you and your loved ones should head out for on your next vacation.
1) Crater Lake National Park: Find this treasure in southern Oregon. The name comes from a crater created by an impact from an orbital rock many eons ago, which is now filled with water, forming a very distinct body of water. No rivers or streams feed this lake, so it only has melted snow and rainwater, yet reaches depths of almost two thousand feet!
There are two campgrounds within the park itself, one with hookups for water and electricity. For more amenities, there are two private RV parks outside the national park itself. Try to get there during summer for maximum activities.
2) Horse Thief Lake: This spot is in South Dakota, just a few miles from Mount Rushmore. There are a number of RV sites around the lake, managed by The Forest Service. Also consider the Horse Thief Campground and RV resort, where you not only have room to park and connect, but also enjoy a store, bathhouse, playground, and pool.
Nearby attractions other than the famous Mount Rushmore include hiking trails of Black Hills National Forest, Jewel Cave, and Harney Peak.
3) Disney’s Fort Wilderness: If you have kids, then you might have to visit a place of 750 acres sitting between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. You can complement time with Mickey Mouse with time in nature. Expect comfortable amenities along with volleyball, basketball, boating, waterskiing, pony rides and archery for kids, and Segway trail tours for teens.
4) The Columbia River: This river runs over twelve hundred miles through Oregon, Washington, and Canada, so get your passports ready. Taking your RV into the Columbia River Gorge is a great way to set up base camp for hiking and kayaking sections of the river.
There are dedicated RV sites in the Columbia River National Scenic Recreation Area, and dozens more sites sit right on the river in the region. You can also enjoy Portland or Mount Hood.
5) Barrier islands: The coasts of South Carolina and Georgia have hundreds of barrier islands sitting between the mainland and the Atlantic Ocean. Some of them have camping and RV sites where you can sleep with the windows open and hear the waves crashing all night.
While these 5 fun RV destinations are certainly highlights of the nation, they are just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities you can explore.