You don't have to fly hours out of the country to experience beautiful scenery. This country houses the full gamut of picturesque locales—especially out west. There's the crystal blue waters along California's coast. There's Utah's rugged mountains that brush the sky. There's the dense redwoods of the Pacific Northwest. And there's Montana's wide expanse, leading you to the magic of Yellowstone.
But with all these destinations at your disposal, how do you choose where to point your RV when you decide to hit the open road? To help you out, here are some of the best destinations to choose for your next RV adventure.
Drive along California's winding coastline, and the white-capped waves dotting the crystalline waters will steal your breath. Continue a bit north and your breath will belong to the snow-capped mountains. What's more, the state has some of the best RV campgrounds in the country. So it's no wonder it's an RVers dream destination.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Campgrounds in Groveland is the choice for many vacationers visiting Yosemite National Park. It's located just 22 miles from the park, and is open year round. The campground offers wonderful amenities to the RVer, including pull-through and back-in RV camping sites, full or partial hook-ups, cable TV (in select spots), petting zoo, clubhouse, picnic pavilions, play area, nature trails, a gold mine and panning site, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool.
Guests often use the park as their base for daily excursions, which includes panning for gold or taking a chartered plane tour over the park to get a bird's-eye view of all the scenery.
If a high-end RV park is more your style, then Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff is your choice. With more than 170 fully paved pads and landscaped sites, this park is one you'll have to see to really appreciate. Some of the premium sites run along the beautiful Sacramento River. This first class resort has all the amenities the RVer can think of and more, including two dog runs and a professional dog washing facility.
Since becoming America's first national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park in Montana has attracted millions of travelers each year. The park boasts incredible wildlife, plants, and amazing geologic sites, including more than 300 geysers and more than 190 waterfalls spread out across two million acres of picturesque land.
RV-wise, many RVers gravitate toward Madison Arm Resort in West Yellowstone. Located just eight miles from the entrance of the park, it's a top choice for the RVer that doesn't want to stay in crowded campgrounds within Yellowstone's grounds. The campground is located on the trout-filled waters of Hebgen Lake, which means you're almost guaranteed daily sightings of elk and bison. And just a short drive along Grand Loop Road takes you to the most famous geyser—Old Faithful.
If you're traveling to Utah, Moab is a must-visit. It's home to Canyonlands National Park, a sublime RV destination dubbed the Island in the Sky. It is a showcase of geology with beautiful stone pillars, rock formations, and Indian rock paintings. The park offers some of the most spectacular and panoramic views in the country.
On a clear day, sightseers can see more than 100 miles in any given direction. While there, the best stop to lay your head is the Squaw Flat Campground in the Needles District located within the park. The campground offers 26 camp sites and is open year round.
If you love American history, then head up to South Dakota to the Black Hills National Forest, where you can see the magnificent Mt. Rushmore. While there, park your RV at the Horsetheif Lake Campground. It's centrally located within the Black Hills, meaning you'll have easy access to the best spots of the area, such as Custer State Park, Needles Highway, and Sylvan Lake.
Activities include rock climbing, exploring ghost towns, mines and caves, biking, fishing and horseback riding, to name just a few. After a day of fishing and horseback riding, enjoy your evening by viewing Mt. Rushmore at the lighting ceremony. You'll also want to head over to the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is larger than all four heads of Mt. Rushmore.
Taking an RV vacation will not only craft wonderful memories for you and your family, but will also bring you up-close-and-personal with some of the most famous and breathtaking sites the great country has to offer.