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RV Trips; 10 You Need to Plan Right Now

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RV Trips; 10 You Need to Plan Right Now

Whether you plan a cross-country RV trip or a trip with one or two stops, planning your next RV trip does not have to be a struggle.

As a matter of fact, US Parks that allow camping are some of the most popular RV destinations. There is no shortage of camping locations on the National Park Service website. For instance, there are over 130 park units to choose from! Each location will link you directly to that park’s website. Click on the following link to visit the Park Service website.

The very best resource for camping in the great US parks is RVShare. Follow this link, RVShare US National Parks, and you will be amazed at the comprehensive list of parks and the availability of campgrounds. RVShare makes renting from a private owner worry-free. That is, with their Guarantee, you can feel assured that you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Covid19: Click the link for information on the status of National Parks when planning your next RV Trip.

Read below for a few of the best RV camping spots in the US.

Marquette, Michigan; Plan an RV Trip

Great Lake Superior RV Trip
The northern shore of Great Lake Superior

Nestled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette is one of Michigan’s gems. An old mining town on the shores of Lake Superior, visitors are treated to sweeping views of the water and the tree-filled hills surrounding the city. Marquette has beaches, museums, shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation options, so there’s something for everyone.

Most importantly, the City-owned and operated Tourist Park is located on the north edge of the City [View Map].

Fronting the Dead River, the nicely wooded 40-acre park provides visitors with a clean, pleasant, and convenient place to camp in the immediate Marquette area. There are approximately 20 acres of campground space with 110 camping sites.

  • 100  sites provide electrical hookups to accommodate RVs and trailers; If you do not have a surge protector, please go here for a list of 30A and 50A protectors.
  • 38 sites with water and sewer service
  • 10 for primitive style tenting
  • Each camping site has a picnic table, and barbecue pits are available throughout the campground.
  • Campground facilities also include:
  • hot showers
  • restrooms/toilets
  • sanitary dump stations and,
  • paved roads

The campground has a small playground, grills, grassy open space, hiking trails, drinking fountains, and three large picnic areas. Additionally, it is one mile from Lake Superior beaches, next to the city bike path, and near the Noquemanon Trail Network with miles of unpaved access to hikers, mountain bikers, and runners.

Tourist Park is the site of the annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. Because of the Covid19 crisis, the festival organizers have made the wise decision to cancel the event for 2020. With this in mind, the organizers plan on bringing the festival back in 2021. Would you please click on this link, Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, for further details?

Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic Coast Beach RV Trip
Pacific Coast Olympic National Park

Would you prefer to camp on the beach or in the mountains? You can have both at Olympic National Park in Washington State.

Olympic National Park is home to 14 public campgrounds and two nearby private campgrounds that are open year-long. So, you have great options, depending on your interests in the park.

This RV-friendly national park is located on the Olympic Peninsula, encapsulating the Olympic Mountains and Hoh Rainforest. Visitors can hunt for rocks on the Pacific Ocean and trek through ancient Spruce trees in the rain forest, all on the same day.

The park has sixteen campgrounds that can accommodate RV’s, although many are first-come, first-serve, so you’ll need to arrive early.

 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg Tn
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, town skyline in the Smoky Mountains.

With several RV resorts located just outside of town, Gatlinburg is a great choice for your next getaway. Located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and with tourist attractions galore inside the city limits. As a result, you’ll have your pick of activities in this Tennessee town.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a tourist magnet. Upon arriving, you will be delighted to find how easy it is to park and get around town. Thus, since most of the attractions, restaurants, and much of the shopping downtown are within walking distance, you will be able to explore at your own pace.

To aid you in getting around in Gatlinburg, the city has a website to help you do that.

Door County, Wisconsin

Door County RV Trip
Ephraim in Door County, Wisconsin.

If relaxing on the shores of Lake Michigan sounds appealing to you, Door County is a must-do. Additionally, this Wisconsin peninsula has several RV parks, along with wineries, hiking trails, and pristine beaches ready for your enjoyment.

Enjoy watching a sunrise or sunset over the water? Well, there are hundreds of miles of shoreline from which you can watch either or both. Additionally, within the 5 state parks, there are 11 historic lighthouses to be discovered.

Whatever your vacation goals are, you are sure to find several interesting activities here, from swimming in the lake, sipping fine wines or testing different brews, visiting art galleries, and more.

Be sure to visit the Door County website for more details on what to do when you visit.

Durango, Colorado

Durango,CO
Town of Durango

Located near the San Juan National Forest in Colorado, Durango is a beautiful mountain town. The downtown area features many shops and dining options, and there are several RV parks near the city limits.

Just outside the Durango is Mesa Verde National Park, where visitors are treated to views of ruins from cave-dwelling civilizations.

Main Avenue is a Nationally Registered Historic District that cuts through downtown Durango. It is home to galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Two notable and historic hotels, General Palmer and The Strater, lie at the south end of the avenue, near the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot. With its combination of historic architecture, entertainment, and shopping, Main Avenue has historically comprised the center of Durango and is a popular year-round tourist destination.

Scenic Moab, Utah

Arches National Part RV Trip
Arches National Park

There are several options for RV resorts in Moab, a small town surrounded by red rock in Eastern Utah. Moab is known for its mountain biking and ATV trails, world-class hiking trails, and proximity to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Since the 1970s, tourism has played an increasingly important role in the local economy. As a result, the area has become a favorite of photographers, rafters, hikers, rock climbers, and most recently, mountain bikers. Moab is also an increasingly popular destination for four-wheelers.

About 16 miles south of Moab is the “Hole N’ The Rock.” That is to say, a 5,000-square-foot 14-room home carved into a rock wall. Because of this,  National Geographic has ranked it as one of the top 10 roadside attractions in the United States. Moab’s population swells temporarily in the spring and summer months with the arrival of numerous people employed seasonally in the outdoor recreation and tourism industries.

Sedona, Arizona Plan for an RV Trip

Sedona AZ
Sedona Sparkling at Night

If a city’s vibe is important to you, put Sedona on your list. This New Age town in Arizona has shopping, dining, and hiking options for everyone.

The city also boasts several “vortexes.” That is to say; large rock formations are said to emit energy. And with several RV parks near the city and in the surrounding Coconino National Forest, this is a place worth checking out.

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country. There are areas to visit ranging from the red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests. Additionally, you can explore the southwestern desert to the alpine tundra. Not to be overlooked are the small lakes in which you can “wet your line” and the many creeks and streams in which to wade in.

Acadia National Park, Maine; RV Parks Abound

Acadia National Park Coastline
Acadia National Park Coastline
Bar Harbor Maine
Aerial View of Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park, located along the shores of the Atlantic in Maine, is a national park you must put on your list to visit.

You’ll find quite a few towns and villages woven into Acadia National Park. Depending on your interests, you’ll find that different towns may call you during your visit. Whether you prefer a small, picturesque village-like Somesville or a larger resort town with more to do, such as Bar Harbor, there is plenty to see and do throughout and around Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park boasts Cadillac Mountain. That is to say, at 1,530 feet, it is the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States. The terrain consists of lakes, ocean shores, forests, and peaks. Acadia National Park is the oldest national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

The National Park Service reports that more than 3.3 million people explore seven peaks above 1,000 feet every year. Hikers will find 158 miles of hiking trails. Not to mention 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges. If you are new to hiking or can use an update to your hiking gear, check out Bass Pro Shops. You are sure to find quality gear at a reasonable price.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina to Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway RV Trip
Blue Ridge Parkway NC Appalachian Mountains in western NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park on NC/TN line

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic drive that stretches from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina all the way to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Most importantly, the route is scenic and mountainous, with options for RV camping all along the way.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over 500,000 acres, making it one of the largest protected areas in the East. It straddles the borders of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. In fact, it has three main entrances; Gatlinburg, TN, Townsend, TN, and Cherokee, NC.

Running a full hundred miles along the northwestern border of the state, Shenandoah National Park is served by various neighboring cities and towns. Including Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Sperryville, and Front Royal. The southern end of Skyline Drive is only a short drive away from the relatively big city of Charlottesville.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is one of the pinnacle camping spots for any RV’er. Therefore, with several options right inside the park, you’ll be able to make the most of your time enjoying scenic views of mountain terrain and geysers.

Yellowstone National Park has the distinction of being the very first National Park ever formed in the country. It covers almost 3,500 miles. Including areas of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Yellowstone sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than anywhere else on earth. Those features, along with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, and glimpses of various wildlife that call the park home, offer plenty of things to explore within the park.

There are several towns outside the park, including the popular vacation destination of Jackson Hole, WY. Whether you want to head out on a horseback ride or fishing trip or indulge in upscale shopping and dining, you’ll find something to suit your tastes in Yellowstone and the nearby towns.

Wrap Up on your RV Trip

  1. Although most RV sites have grilling areas, it is always convenient to travel with your own portable grill. So, please see this link for some of the best grills on the market today. 6 Top Rated Portable Gas Grills

In conclusion, there are so many options for your next RV trip. Choose one, and start planning today!

With this in mind, even if you do not own an RV, you should visit RVShare. There you will find an extensive list of RVs that are available for rent by the city.

Chip and Evi

My wife Evi and I are two of 25 million Americans that traveled in an RV during the Spring and Summer of 2019, according to the RV Industry Association. Whenever we come back from an RV excursion, whether it be to a local state park for a weekend, or a longer stay at one of the thousands of privately owned RV parks, we always long to get “On the Road Again” (thank you Willie). We look forward to making this your go-to resource for everything RV, as we continue to update our website with articles we feel will be of interest and enlightenment to most of the RV community.

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