During the summer, it could be tradition for your family to go for a fun RV trip across the country or even cross a border or two. RV trips can be extremely enjoyable and even educational. Some people aim to stop at some of "The World's Largest..." sites, others stop only to camp out, having campfires and telling stories if the location will allow it. However, sometimes, you miss out on the best spots to visit, if you don't do the research. To make sure that doesn't happen to you, we've compiled some of North America's best places to go RVing.
Whether you are starting in the East, West, or in the great white north, it would be a great idea to stop by and see this gorgeous stretch of water along the way. The Columbia River flows through both the US and Canada, crossing two borders on its way to Washington. It is about 1,240 miles long (2,000 km), and is surrounded by breath-taking mountains on both sides. Depending on what side of the border you are on, you can also drive to nearby towns and try the local food, or you could stick by the river and relax.
Some of Canada's most beautiful sites are in the Great Canadian Rockies, which span over 900 miles (1,450 km). The Rockies is a mountain range that stretches from the northern part of British Columbia, Canada all the way down to New Mexica, USA. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada hold some of Canada's (and the world's, in our opinion) most beautiful sights. With plenty to do like a gondola ride up the mountain, as well as a trek out to the Columbia Ice-field, this destination should be one of the first on your list.
Even though we have only looked at national parks so far, this next one is more of a resort; and "RV resort", as stated by the official website. The idea is that you reserve your spot for the weekend, or however long you plan on staying on site, and you get to park your RV and enjoy the accommodations such as a pool and hot tub, a cozy lounge room, and on-site activities like basketball and tennis. There's also a river that is lined with fire-pits as well as picnic tables and benches for your convenience. And if that's not for you, there's a spa!
During the spring and summer, Alaska's most beautiful seasons, the River's Edge Resort RV Park is open to anyone who's willing to make the trek to get there. At a relatively cheap, or well priced, fee of $65 per night, the promise of good food at the local restaurants are very hard to pass up. It makes it even more worth it after driving all the way from home. If you're making your way north, it's a great place to relax and think about where you've gone and what you've seen, but it's also great to start, too, setting the bar high.
Alberta is not the only place in Canada with pretty mountains and glacier fields. Although the glaciers in this part of the country are no longer there, the 'damage' they left behind is. Of course, the damage is actually sharp hills and gorgeous views. When the glacier passed through this small region of Newfoundland, Canada, large river beds were dug out, creating beautiful scenes like the one you see above.
This national park is huge, giving you lots of space to explore and do everything you possibly can before barrelling to the next place. Yosemite National Park in California is a mind-boggling 761,000 acres and has some of the best hiking trails and views in the country.
Nearby, there is an RV park, where you can park your RV while you explore the park's family-friendly activities. The park has on-site accommodations like a swimming pool, tetherball, as well as great places to get some local food.
Known as the home to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is also home to one of the best RV Parks in the country. The campground offers plots for tents, cabins, and stalls for RVs, which is nice for us, huh? Right in the heart of Black Hills National Forest the resort has the perfect placement for outdoor lovers. Horse Thief Campground & RV Resort prides themselves on being the perfect combination of modern accommodations (swimming pool, basketball court, and grocery stores) and the old, wild west.
Whether you're traveling with a tent, or you're cruising with the comforts of an RV, this campsite has got everything you need. With affordable prices for both tent sites and RV sites (water and electric hookups), it would be hard not to stop by; especially when the site is so close to Acadia National Park in Maine. The park has many activities, some including boat tours, as well as bus tours and plenty of hiking trails. It's the perfect camping site for those who love to adventure and explore.
Being the third location on this list that would not be there if it weren't for glaciers, Glacier National Park in Montana celebrates the beauty that comes with the glaciers that many are trying to save from melting in this warm day of age. While you are at the breath-taking site, you can choose from many different campsites to park your RV or even pitch a tent; might as well since there are 13 campsites to chose from. There are also many different restaurants and stores that you can visit if you are feeling like a night out or if you're out of supplies.
Since 1919, the Grand Canyon has been considered a sight to behold; it was that year that it became one of Americas most intimidating, but beautiful, National Parks. It is massive at about 277 miles (446 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) wide and one mile (1.6 km) deep. You may recognize the deep canyons and orange rocks from the 2010 film 127 Hours, featuring James Franco. Of course, the Grand Canyon can be incredibly dangerous without guides, but it's worth the trip if you're safe.