Answer the call of the open road. The RV road trip is a long-standing American tradition; traveling the nation’s (and our neighbors’) highways and byways and sleeping on the road. Whether it is a grand getaway for a few weeks or a short trip of a few days, settle into one of these Top 10 RV destinations:
1. Madison Arm Resort – West Yellowstone, Montana
Highlight: Located eight miles from Yellowstone National Park.
The campground itself lies on the shores of Hebgen Lake, home to trout-filled waters. Wildlife in the region is plentiful – day sightings of bison and elk are not uncommon. A trip to Big Sky country wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Yellowstone National Park and there are great Montana maps to help navigate the way. Madison Arm Resort offers a getaway from the often–overcrowded site of Yellowstone itself. Drive along Grand Loop Road, watch Old Faithful and gaze over the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The perfect road trip for couples, families and friends.
2. Tunnel Mountain Campground – Banff National Park, Canada
Highlight: Located at the top of Tunnel Mountain with views of the sprawling countryside.
Huddled at the top of a mountain sits Tunnel Mountain Campground in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Winter adventures and activities abound at this RV resort and campground – or throw on some extra layers and head north to the Rockies and Banff National Park. The area’s powdered slopes will challenge skiers and snowmobilers, and hikers and cyclists will adore the glaciers, mineral hot springs and ice fields. The campground offers trolley service to the cozy town of Banff (a true winter wonderland) as well as food, laundry and a water slide close by.
3. Verde Valley – Cottonwood, Arizona
Highlight: Surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Red Rocks to the north, Mingus Mountains to the west and the Hackberry Mountains to the south.
This 300-acre oasis is located in the high desert of Arizona under the towering southwestern rim of the vast Colorado Plateau. The valley’s main city, Sedona, is blessed with four mild seasons marked by abundant sunshine and clean air. Characterized by massive red-rock formations, as well as other amazing natural beauties, the area surrounding Sedona is considered to be as beautiful as many national parks. Verde Valley is situated on the Verde River and surrounded by rich geological and cultural history.
4. Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort – Oceano, California
Highlight: Nestled among the dunes of the beautiful Oceano Preserve, offering breathtaking vistas and trails to the beach.
Pismo Beach Oceano is rich in geographic, archaeological and cultural history. Pacific Dunes Resort offers stunning views in a secluded and quiet – but not remote – location. Guests of the Ranch enjoy nearby off–road recreation, horse rentals and boarding facilities, large BBQ areas and magnificent Pacific Coast sunsets at Pismo Beach area’s most unique RV resort.
5. Boyd’s Key West Campground – Key West, Florida
Highlight: Ocean front campsites, saltwater fishing, on site Tiki Hut and a heated swimming pool.
Travel three hours down Route 1 from Miami to the tropical Florida Keys and find an RV island oasis. Offering oceanfront RV sites, campers will be drawn to the quiet, laid-back style of Boyd’s. Located near Duval Street, travelers can relax with a frothy margarita and enjoy Mallory Square’s sunset celebration, where tightrope walkers, jugglers and fire-eaters provide nightly entertainment.
6. Mt. Hood Village RV Resort – Welches, Oregon
Highlight: Timberline, located in Mt. Hood National Forest, is the only location in the United States to offer year-round skiing and snowboarding.
The Village has come to be known throughout the industry as the premier RV destination in the Northwest. Fun and adventure for all ages can be found within minutes of Mt. Hood Village. A 27-hole golf course, groomed hiking trails, rock climbing, mountain biking, miniature golf, fishing, campgrounds, lakes and streams, and the Alpine Slide are just a few of the activities found in Mt. Hood National Forest in the summertime. Within the Village, guests will find many amenities and activities, including the Huckleberry Festival, Wild Mushroom Festival and Salmon Bake Festival held each year at the resort.
7. Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort – Bar Harbor, Maine
Highlight: Lobster dinners, ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts!
The Narrows Campground offers panoramic ocean views and waterfront campsites. As New England’s only National Park, much of the regions most scenic views are found on Mt. Desert Island by driving Acadia National Park’s 27-mile “Park Loop Road.” Take a hike in Acadia National Park, bike or stroll the carriage roads or go whale watching – the activities at Mt. Desert Narrows are endless. Don’t miss Maine lobster in July and August!
8. O’Connells Yogi Bear RV Resort – Amboy, Illinois
Highlight: The perfect RV trip for All-American families with young children.
Looking to experience a slice of true Americana? Point your wheels toward Northern Illinois, home of some of the finest fishing, hiking, golfing, natural scenic wonders, and wildlife America has to offer. O’Connells Yogi Bear RV Resort is perfectly located just 90 miles west of Chicago and offers heated swimming pools, kiddie pools, spas and beach swimming. With Yogi Bear appearances, Candy Bar Bingo and weekly evening events, it is the ideal escape for family fun.
9. Horse Thief Lake Campground – Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
Highlight: Close proximity to Mt. Rushmore, with excellent views from the resort.
Horse Thief’s central location makes it easy to enjoy the best the Black Hills have to offer: Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument and much more. Great location to partake in many activities such as rock climbing, photography, exploring ghost towns, mines and caves, biking, hiking, water sports, fishing and more.
10. Rivers Edge RV Park – Fairbanks, Alaska
Highlight: Located in Fairbanks, the geographic and population hub of Alaska, surrounded by beautiful scenery and in close proximity to all of Northern Alaska’s wonders.
Rivers Edge RV Park is located on the shores of the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. Acclaimed as one of Alaska’s premier parks, the amenities offered by the park are nearly unparalleled. Rivers Edge offers a free shuttle service to Riverboat Discovery and the Alaska Salmon Bake, among other conveniences. Enjoy travels along the famous Alaska Highway and learn the history of this beautiful state through attractions such as Alaskaland, with fresh Alaskan salmon served up at the Salmon Bakes. Follow the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline on a motor coach excursion or take a paddle wheeler day cruise to capture a glimpse into the state’s past.