11 Destinations to Add to Your RV Bucket List
We have a feeling 2023 is going to be a big year for RVing and destinations across the U.S. have caught on to this fantastic way of travel, making sure their locations are not only RV-friendly but that they offer endless amounts of activities for every kind of RVer out there.
If you're someone who likes to start planning early to get excited for the next trip, then look no further. From Alaska to New York and a few places in between, we have quite the RV bucket list for you!
Chugach State Park, Alaska
If you’re looking for a beautiful RV destination in close proximity to Anchorage, Chugach State Park has come highly recommended. Chugach State Park is the nation’s third-largest state park encompassing half a million acres of wilderness and is one of Alaska’s most accessible outdoor recreation areas.
From kayaking Ekultna Lake, berry picking in Arctic Valley or hiking by frozen waterfalls, the park has something for any type of adventurer. This area is an RVer’s dream as far as sightseeing goes. Heading south from Anchorage, travelers drive along scenic Turnagain Arm and can look for sheep at the pullouts, or scan the ocean for beluga whales. The Seward Highway is the ticket to day trip fishing adventures in communities like Whittier, Seward or Kenai.
After a day of exploring, visitors can park their RV at one of the multiple convenient and comfortable RV parks and campgrounds within city limits.
Highway 395, – Eastern Sierras, CA
As soon as you leave Tahoe, you enter a world of high desert, mountain peaks, winding roads, hot springs and historic towns. Spend time in the quaint Western towns of Lone Pine and Bishop, visit some of the oldest trees on earth at the Bristlecone Pine Forest, soak in hot springs near Mammoth Lakes, and scramble over rocks in the extraterrestrial landscape of Alabama Hills.
Along the way, you can camp among royal pines at the Glass Creek campground (free!) and between the rock formations at Alabama Hills BLM (also free!). This side of California is not to be missed.
Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, CA
Here’s another California RVing destination to add to your travel plans. If you’re looking for a resort to stay at that is a destination unto itself, Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, CA is it.
This RV resort offers two pools, bocce ball court, horseshoes area, sports field, and playground. Every Friday night guests can dine on a delicious Santa Maria-style BBQ dinner and live music plays on the patio on weekends, and daily in summer.
You can feed ostriches and emus at Ostrichland USA or take a tour of the Mendenhall Museum, a personal collection of interesting gas station/automobile memorabilia and other antiques.
Historic Coast, FL
How does a Florida Coast RV trip sound? Florida RV parks, in particular, are the cream of the crop as far as amenities, cleanliness, and friendliness of the RV community.
Florida’s Historic Coast includes St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine beaches. Along the coastline, there are a number of RV resorts and campgrounds that offer the perfect escape and get away for RVers.
From the 130 wooded sites at the beautiful Anastasia State Park to the 30-heavily wooded acres on a barrier island at North Beach Camp Resort, there are many options for an oceanside RV retreat.
If you’re looking for some outdoor recreation on your trip, there are miles of water and currents flowing in every direction, making the St. Augustine outdoors one of the most kayak-friendly places in the U.S.
Tybee Island, GA
One thing you may not know about Tybee Island is that it’s a fantastic camping destination. Tybee Island is home to River’s End Campground & RV Park, so visitors can get the best of both worlds by camping and also having access to a beach. This RV park offers a unique lodging experience for those looking to stay a little closer to nature.
Tybee Island’s North Beach community is home to one of the island’s quietest stretches of beach and historic attractions – including the Tybee Island Museum and the Tybee Island Lighthouse, Georgia’s oldest and tallest light station. Early morning risers can go shell searching during low tide then enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the Shoppes at 1207 before catching a show at the Tybee Post Theatre. With so much surrounding the campground, you’ll have easy access to plenty of iconic Tybee spots.
Delaware Shore and Southern New Jersey
If you’re looking for a unique RVing and outdoor experience, here’s one you may not have heard of or considered. The Delaware Shore and Southern New Jersey – by way of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
The unique opportunity about this location is you can bring your van, RV, truck, bikes, etc on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which crosses the Delaware Bay and allows you to experience campgrounds throughout South Jersey and along the Jersey Shore as well. The Beachcomber Camping Resort is great for tents, parking your RV, or renting a cottage and accessing boat rentals, an arcade and three pool complexes among many other amenities. Not to mention it’s nearby Cape May, NJ – one of the most family-friendly shore towns along the East Coast.
If you love the outdoors, Delaware’s top state park is a must-visit location.
The Great Basin Highway, NV
There are a number of reasons Nevada is well-loved by RVers. It could be the weather, the abundance of things to do or the fact that it’s called the “Road Trip Capital of the USA.”
But why we recommend The Great Basin Highway is because of the five day leg of travels you can enjoy.
Leg 1 is all about the drive from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State park, where you’ll learn about geologic and natural history and explore ancient rock formations. Leg 2/3 can be spent at Oak Springs Summit Trilobite Area, and check out rosebud-lined streets in Caliente. Leg 4 includes Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, fish for brown trout at Cave Lake State Park, and stroll downtown Ely. For the grand finale, Leg 5 will finally have you arrive at Great Basin National Park which is the crown jewel of the roadtrip.
Hocking Hills, OH
Nature lovers can check out the acres upon acres of scenic hiking trails to wander, dozens of gorgeous waterfalls to transfix them, along with massive caves to explore.
For campers and RVers, this Ohio location features over a dozen beautiful camping grounds to enjoy. The scenery along the drive provides a canvas of tall trees that stretch for miles, open plains and never-ending skies giving a sense of stress-free freedom.
Are you looking for an adventure?
The Hocking Hills Canopy Tour is always a visitor favorite. The zips take guests over the Hocking River, wildlife, through the trees, over recessed caves and more. The full Canopy Tour lasts about 3 hours but there is also the option of the Super Zip and Night Flight.
Tualatin Valley, OR
Oregon is definitely on the top of our list of best places to RV. It has something for everyone from beautiful coastlines and gorgeous mountains to an active wine, beer, and food scene.
One place that offers natural beauty, numerous celebrated wineries, a bustling culinary scene, and countless outdoor activities is Tualatin Valley. This Oregon destination is minutes from Portland for those of you who want a taste of the city.
Did you know there’s only one place designated by Congress as the “birthplace of country music?” It’s true and that place is Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, a little town located farther east and split down the middle by the state line.
Why should 2023 be the year RVers discover this gem of a place? Three words: music, racing, and mountains.
Bristol’s beautifully revitalized and walkable historic downtown will make you feel right at home among our locally owned restaurants, breweries, shops, galleries, hotels, and businesses—even an award-winning craft distillery—all just steps away from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
South Beach Campground, WA
If you’re on the hunt for a campground conveniently located near gorgeous beaches and stunning hiking routes.
The setting, just off the Olympic National Park means there you are just minutes from some of the most beautiful hiking routes in the entire country.
The view from your RV will be a panorama of the deep blue pacific waters and if you’re lucky or come in May, you might see migrating whales making their way up to Alaska. That’s right – you can watch whales (and seals, dolphins and orcas) with your morning cup of coffee right from your RV.
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Oh yes, South Beach has been one of my own top 3 spots in the entire usa. Used to be a ‘free for all’ – you just squeezed in wherever you found a desirable spot where there was enough room. Oh and yes you paid, like $10 I think it was… Now they’ve got designated spots, which seems a good thing. The best spots, we’ll I won’t give that away LOL. but you’ll see which they are (for you), and you can move spots in the morning when someone vacates one of your top choices … … Aside from all that, the beach is grande, and offers endless marvelous loooong walks north and south. And in the rainy season, the rains there, like everywhere else on the Peninsula, are to die for !!!