Spring is finally in the air, which means summer is right around the corner. And that means soon your kids will be saying, “I’m bored!”
Well, there’s no better way to spend time with your family during summer vacation than touring around the United States in an RV. Seeing the beauty of this country at your own pace and leisure, and with all the comforts of home right at your disposal, will give your family memories that will last a lifetime.
But the U.S. is a pretty big place, and you most likely won’t have the time (or the gas money) to see all of it this summer. But not to worry, we’ve complied 5 of the top summer destinations for a family RV trip.
Crater Lake National Park
What is it about former volcanoes that gets people so excited? If you and your family are into exploring beautiful landscapes, head directly to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Formed from the remnants of a destroyed volcano, Crater Lake is the fifth oldest National Park in the country and boasts dazzling blue waters and old growth forests.
While many national parks do not have RV grounds, Crater Lake has a few to choose from that offer hookups. It should be noted that reservations go quickly for this particular destination, so if you’re interested, make sure you book your trip well in advance. There are also full-service RV parks nearby. This is a good option if you and your family prefer to stay closer to civilization and modern amenities. You can simply take day trips into the park to hike or bike.
The Sunshine State
Sometimes summer vacation requires more than just a gorgeous national park, it requires an entire state that is known for fantastic weather and a plethora of entertainment venues, PLUS an abundance of RV campgrounds. We’re of course talking about the state of Florida.
Where else can you go to enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming, not to mention world-class entertainment like Disney World, Universal Studios and Bush Gardens? But what some people don’t realize is that Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as well as some fantastic global dining destinations. You’d have to try pretty hard not to enjoy yourself in the glorious sunshine state.
Head to Jetty Park: Cape Canaveral where you might get a chance to see NASA launching something or other into space. If you and your family want to pull up and park right on the beach, then check out Camp Gulf in Destin, Florida. Every morning you can open up the door to your RV and step onto some of the prettiest and softest sand around.
Yellowstone National Park
By far the best destinations are the ones that offer the most fun and best scenery just getting there. Top of this category? Yellowstone Nation Park. If you’ve never been, you and your family will be absolutely delighted by the scenery of northeastern Wyoming.
If the weather Gods bless you, while driving across the Beartooth pass into Yellowstone, you’ll get an unforgettable view of the Grand Tetons and other mountain ranges that tower over the Park. This would be a good time to take that selfie that will make friends and neighbors back home jealous.
To say that Yellowstone National park is huge is a genuine understatement, so you will want to consider spending a good amount of time to see all of the iconic landscape. Be sure to catch a glimpse of Old Faithful and the Paint Pots.
The campgrounds at the park are somewhat limited as far as facilities go, but hey, you’re camping, and you’re camping in some of the most glorious outdoor spaces this country offers.
The Black Hills of South Dakota
If you head for Yellowstone, you’ll be just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from another pretty extraordinary destination: The Black Hills of South Dakota. What can be said about the Black Hills? They are other-worldly. You and your family will feel like you’ve either landed on Mars or are perhaps on the set of the next Ridley Scott movie.
Be sure to spend some time in the Badlands National Park – this is where the landscape takes on an almost eerie feel. Other interesting stops are the Sioux Museum, Custer State Park, and the old mining town of Deadwood, the old stomping ground of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
You and your family might want to bunk down in Crooked Creek Campground and Resort, one of the Black Hills’ pristine RV camping destinations. They have a ton of amenities, are pet friendly, and serve pancake breakfasts during the summer.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Okay, you may think of Las Vegas as “Sin City,” but there are actually many outstanding family activities and fun to be had. Beyond visiting the famous Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas offers the Adventure Dome Theme Park, an indoor theme park that both kids and adults will love. There’s also a fantastic aquarium, replete with a shark reef, and very pretty botanical gardens. And of course, if you’re traveling with grandparents, you can ask them to watch the kids at night while you try your hand at the Black Jack table.
Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort is a great option that puts you close to the strip. Amenities include full hook-ups, adult pool and spa, store, restaurant, oh, and an 18-hole golf course, just to name a few things.
You and your family will be able to make wonderful memories at any of these great summer destinations. Happy camping!