Summer is the perfect time to take an RV out on the road and explore this great country. There’s something special about traveling in an RV. You can travel feeling assured you have a comfortable place to sleep every night.
If you’re ready for your next RV adventure, here are the top 10 all-American RV road trips to take this summer. The best part is the drive itself will be just as wonderful as the destination on these trips!
1. Grand Canyon
It doesn’t get more American than taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon. You’ll get to see the one-mile deep and 18-miles vast Grand Canyon itself, plus all the extra benefits the national park has to offer. This includes multiple hiking trails, a campground, over 2,000 species of birds, and a ton of other wildlife you probably didn’t know called the Grand Canyon home.
You can park your RV directly onsite at the Mather Campground. Staying in the park means you’ll be able to take in a stunning sunset and sunrise over the canyon every day. It’s one of the most picturesque camping destinations in the USA. We also recommend exploring a bit of the Kaibab National Forest before you leave the area.
Once you’re back on the road, consider making a pit stop in Vegas for a few nights. It’s only a few hours drive from the Grand Canyon, and there are plenty of places to ground your RV as you spend a night on the town!
2. Big Sur Coastal Highway
The Big Sur Coastal Highway is easily one of the most beautiful road trips you can take in this country. The highway flows through Central California, giving you gorgeous ocean views the entire way. Going one-way, the route is around 656 miles long (the longest state route in California) and will take you through both the Northern and Southern parts of the state. In addition, you can stop at little surf towns, fishing villages, and wineries in the countryside.
We recommend making sure you take a detour from the path and stop in Paso Robles for wine tastings, eat fresh seafood in Pismo Beach, and explore Anaheim. The route is fairly popular with campervans and RVs, so you’ll be able to find an RV park along the way easily.
3. Blue Ridge Parkway
The tagline for Blue Ridge Parkway is “America’s favorite ride.” The parkway is America’s longest linear park, running for 469 miles. It’s known for its beautiful views as travelers go through Virginia and North Carolina.
As you drive, you’ll see miles of forests, pass two national parks, various wildlife, and lots of small, friendly towns.
Finding an RV park along this route won’t be a problem. We highly recommend Mama Gertie’s in Asheville, North Carolina. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mama Gertie’s is a full hookup RV site with water, electricity, and Internet. The thing that makes Mama Gertie’s so famous is the view. You get to wake up in the comfort of your RV with a gorgeous mountain view all around you.
4. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is an amazing RV destination that offers both a fantastic drive and destination. The park is massive, residing in parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S., is located on a dormant volcano, and is the world’s top spot for the most geysers and hot springs in a single location. You can spend several days exploring the park, hiking, taking in wildlife, and visiting the exploding geysers. There are so many amazing experiences you’ll never forget in Yellowstone.
Conveniently, there’s an RV site inside the national park itself. So book a reservation at Fishing Bridge RV Park and you can spend nights inside Yellowstone!
5. Route 66
The popular Route 66 is known as “Mother Road” or “the Main Street of America.” This classic American road trip will take you from Illinois to Southern California. Route 66 has a special place in American culture and has been featured in movies, television shows, books, and songs. It’s considered one of the best ways to see the country as you travel across so many different types of terrains, climates, and attractions.
Some of the most popular stops along the route include Chicago, Amarillo, Texas, Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner in Arizona, and the Santa Monica Pier.
As this is such a popular RV road trip, you won’t have any problems finding RV sites along the drive.
6. Cape Cod
Cape Cod is a beautiful spring or summer destination. The New England charm of this town wins everyone over with its white sandy beaches, fresh seafood restaurants, and friendly people. If you plan an RV road trip to Cape Cod, you’ll want to spend several nights enjoying the area before you turn back.
We recommend booking a spot at Old Chatham Road RV Campground. This RV site offers you everything you need, from the Internet to a pool and showers.
7. The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, is a bucket-list destination. It’s “America’s most visited park” for a reason. The mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountain chain and include some of the highest peaks in eastern North America.
As the name implies, the mountain views will stun you every day you see them. But, the park has a lot more to offer too. You can hike through the park and take in all the wildlife, see waterfalls, and even go horseback riding.
You can’t camp your RV inside the park, but there are many nearby RV sites just outside the park’s perimeter.
8. Denali National Park in Alaska
If you can’t RV all the way up to Alaska, consider a different approach. Alaska is a beautiful, large state, and there’s so much of it to explore. So while getting your RV up there might be challenging, an alternative is flying into Alaska and renting an RV to drive around the state.
As you drive through the state, you can visit Denali National Park, tour the Matanuska Glacier (the longest U.S. glacier accessible by vehicle), and watch the Northern Lights every night. RVing through Alaska will be one of the most memorable trips of your life!
9. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Among seasoned Rvers, Albuquerque is a popular RV destination. The drive through New Mexico is beautiful and there’s so much to do in Albuquerque. The Petroglyph National Monument and Cibola National Forest are two popular destinations for travelers.
If possible, try to plan your road trip around the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. Hundreds of hot air balloons fill the Albuquerque sky with their bright colors. Not only is it an amazing scene to take in, but the festival itself is also a great time! There’s delicious food, entertainment, and exhibitions for nine days.
The festival typically offers RV parking right onsite, so you can stay in the middle of all the fun action!
10. Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast will take you about 362 miles from the Columbian River to the edge of California. It’s an absolutely breathtaking drive as you pass the ocean, dense forests, and small towns.
Some of the “must-see” spots along the way include little beach town Cannon Beach and Crater Lake National Park.
Oregon is very RV-friendly, so you’ll find plenty of RV sites along the way. In fact, it’s such a popular road trip that you can expect to see a fellow RV driver every few dozen miles or so!
Time to pack up that RV and hit the road!