As you prepare for your next trip across the United States, there are many things to consider. Will you rent a car or take your own? Will you take a car at all? What about a train? Well, an alternative that has been steadily gaining momentum is RVing.
With RV rentals available across the country, it’s easy to pack up everything you’ll need and set out on a successful road trip. With a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom at your disposable, you’ll find an RV is essentially a hotel on wheels. As long as you can find somewhere to park it, you’re ready for your vacation.
Before you hit the road, read up on these five destinations—some of the best in the U.S. for RVing.
1. South Dakota
Often thought of simply as the home of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota will surprise you–both with its beautiful scenery and the endless activities. The Black Hills on the western part of the state are home to the famous presidential landmark, but they are also home to plenty of parks.
Stop by Custer State Park for the annual buffalo roundup or to spot the chattering prairie dogs. You can also visit the Wind Cave National Park for your chance to head underground for a different perspective. Quaint towns like Hill City, Hot Springs, Keystone or Custer itself also offer chances to zip line, ride a steam engine or visit gift shops.
Traveling west is one of the best options for RV travelers, with the expansive state of California offering plenty of unique experiences. One obvious appeal is the picturesque coastline—and the towering coastal redwood trees. Those looking for cooler weather can head north (from Pismo to San Francisco to Arcata) while those trying to find some sunshine can visit Los Angeles and Orange County beaches.
But another great spot for RVing is the Southern California desert. Head out to areas like Palm Springs or Hemet and you’ll find some fantastic RV parks. You will also be close to Joshua Tree National Park, the San Jacinto Mountains and plenty of museums filled with history and small-town charm.
Few places have as stunning scenery as Wyoming. Home to the famed Yellowstone National Park, it’s not hard to figure out why. The expansive park is known for its incredible views and unique features like hot springs and geysers. There are a variety of different campgrounds throughout the park—quite a few of which accept RVs.
Just south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park is another stunning place to visit while you’re on the road. Also with space to park your RV, the park has a variety of glacial peaks and alpine lakes to satiate adventure travelers. There are also plenty of hiking and biking paths—and, often, fewer crowds than Yellowstone.
4. Las Vegas
For an incredible time in a flashy city, steer your RV to Vegas. While the massive hotels may give the impression that RV travelers don’t belong, that couldn’t be further from the truth. This desert spot has plenty of nearby RV parks to enjoy and so many activities to take part in.
With endless shows and restaurants to visit and gambling to enjoy, Las Vegas is a great spot to forget your troubles. It also has a great central location, not far from the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead. Blend city life with natural wonders and you’ll have everything you need for a great trip.
While it may be a little more unexpected than the others, Pennsylvania still has plenty to offer RVers. Campgrounds all over the state are situated near beautiful nature areas, with lakes and forests abounding. In the West, visit places like Allegheny National Forest and Ohiopyle State Park for your nature fix. Further east, the wooded French Creek State Park, Keen Lake, and Little Buffalo State Park serve as great destinations.
Pennsylvania is also ideal for families—many of the RV parks offer endless activities to keep children busy, including mystery weekends, chocolate slip-and-slides and matchbox car races.