There’s nothing that compares to the freedom of the open road, especially when traversing it takes you to some of the most exciting and magnificent scenery in nature. If you want to embark on the ultimate RV road trip, you don’t have to leave the country. The United States is a hotspot full of amazing RV destinations to choose from, and picking the one place to go to can be hard.
Here’s a list of the amazing places to visit in the country to ensure your best RV experience:
Yellowstone National Park
The oldest national park and one of the most popular RV destinations in the world is the Yellowstone National Park. It’s the place everyone must see and visit at least once in their lifetime. This wilderness recreation area sits atop volcanic hotspots. This park is unique, thanks to its collection of hydrothermal wonders, featuring gushing geysers and hot springs. The mountainous landscape also boasts some dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, and lush forests that are all absolutely gorgeous.
While the park mostly sits in Wyoming, it also spreads to parts of Idaho and Montana. Half the fun of going to the Yellowstone National Park is about getting there. While you’re on your way, you can visit the scenic Big Horn National Recreation Area and the Devil’s Tower Monument. This huge park offers only limited facilities on the campgrounds, so plan to arrive early.
Glacier National Park
Though it may entail some extra driving, visiting the Glacier National Park is a worthwhile experience. It’s so far north that it’s still chilly during the summer. The mountains in this park are topped with snow all year-round, making it a picture-perfect destination. The pristine waters and the photogenic Hidden Lake is breathtaking. When you’re at Glacier, there’s a town called Browning that’s worth visiting. You’ll really feel like you’re in a Native American territory.
The road in the Glacier National park is narrow and windy, and there are 14,000-foot drop-offs with no guard rails, so this is no destination for the beginner driver. There are 734 miles of hiking trails, and everyone is encouraged to do a bit hiking when they visit.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is another popular spot for tourists. Located in southwest Utah, the park preserves the Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. The pretty pink, cream, and red colors through the park are lovely. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through the main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River, which has waterfalls and a hanging garden.
It’s recommended to explore the slot canyons and take a kayak in the river to make the best use of your time in the park. About 13 miles from the south entrance of the park lies the Zion River Resort, an RV resort full of hookups, parking pads, grills, and free WiFi. After exploring the cliffs at the Zion National Park, this campground can serve as your base.
Black Hills of South Dakota
As an RV road trip destination, the Black Hills of South Dakota offers beautiful scenery, wildlife, and various activities. You can see the tallest peak east of the Rockies where grasslands give way to forests of pine trees for more than a million acres. Then just to the east, the forests quickly transforms into a Martian landscape in the Dakota’s Badlands. Nature will intrigue you in this place.
When you set up a base camp somewhere in the hills, try to visit Wall Drug and the Badlands National Park. The nearby Custer State Park is also a must-visit, as this destination is loaded with campgrounds, lakes, lodges, hiking trails, museums, learning experiences, and more.
Blue Ridge Parkway National Park
Drive through the countryside and enjoy an all-American road on your way to the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park. This park offers 469 miles of unparalleled views of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. It borders both the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains, offering the Appalachia’s gorgeous views. It’s noted for its relaxing pace and scenic beauty, wherein you can trace the history of Appalachian culture through visitor center exhibits, overlook signs, and restored historic structures.
On the drive to this park, you can enjoy the views of a huge array of colorful plants and wildflowers. Bears and other local animals can also be spotted. Throughout the year, music festivals and other events are held here. The park also offers plenty of campgrounds, making it one of the best places to go in an RV.
After visiting Yellowstone, drive 40 miles farther and visit Jackson Hole. This valley is located between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming. It offers absolutely breathtaking scenery, making you feel like you’re in the middle of a postcard. In the north, you can see the peaks of Grand Tetons National Park. This destination is perfect for nature and landscape photographers because of the many snow-capped mountains resting above lush green prairies.
Jackson Hole campgrounds are pretty expensive, but spending at least one night in a small town gives you a feel of the Old West that’s worth the added cost. You may also camp and book your ski vacation at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King, or Grand Targhee Resort ski areas.
You can’t pick just one location in Florida, because the peninsula state is a fantastic road trip destination loaded with campgrounds and entertainment venues. It’s a popular destination for RV travelers due to its mild weather, beautiful beaches, countless tourist spots, fishing spots, restaurants for all tastes, and various entertainment parks like Disney World and Universal Studios.
If you’re looking for a leisurely RV trip, Florida is your best spot. The best time to visit is between mid-October to mid-April as these months are less humid and hot. It can snow in northern Florida during the winter, so tourists are advised to stay in campgrounds farther south than Tampa.
Edge of the Wilderness, California
If you need to get away from the noise of the city, the Edge of the Wilderness is a great place to go. The desert and the rock formations can give you a feeling of post-apocalyptic isolation, which can be a perfect reset for you if you’re feeling stressed. Basically, the site is just a concrete foundation of a home in the middle of the desert, but it’s a unique location that gives you an undeniably beautiful view. The unobstructed view of the mountains and clear skies make it a perfect spot for stargazing at night.
The site is a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park. It’s only about 30 minutes away from stores, restaurants, and gas stations, and the whole park is just a short day’s drive from the modern world.