30 million Americans will hit the road this summer in their RV (or recreational vehicle). Some will visit their favorite privately run campground, while others will take a chance on any of the 16,000 RV parks and resorts across the United States. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, retired couple looking to shake things up or a family on the yearly summer vacation, consider any of these top five RV parks in America. Some offer amazing amenities, while others feature breathtaking scenery and picture-worthy views.
5. Valle Del Oro RV Resort
If you’re a retired couple or a lively group of senior citizens looking for a unique adventure, the Valle Del Oro RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona is waiting to show you a good time. Although the park is nestled within the beautiful Arizona desert and a few miles away from the restaurants and nightlife of Mesa, don’t be surprised when you don’t leave the grounds. The resort offers a beauty salon, dance lessons, a swimming pool, quilting, scrapbooking, softball, a fitness center and wood carving, just to name a few. The park is also pet-friendly and features a summer concert series.
4. River’s Edge RV Park
The River’s Edge RV Park is a luxurious way to explore America’s last frontier, Alaska. Found in the bustling city of Fairbanks, the park offers 190 sites, but don’t assume you’ll be rubbing elbows with your neighbors. Enjoy the wide open spaces before exploring the miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the area. When you’re ready for a little culture, leave your RV in place and hop a shuttle bus to explore a multitude of nearby distractions, including the Trans Alaska Pipeline, downtown Fairbanks and Pioneer Park, a historic themepark featuring a replica Gold Rush-era village.
3. Horse Thief Lake Campground
Taking a family vacation to South Dakota is about one thing: witnessing the dozens of natural wonders the state has to offer. Found in the small town of Hill City, the Horse Thief Lake Campground allows you to “rough-it” in style. While many other RV parks and resorts offer a variety of modern conveniences, staying at the Horse Thief Lake Campground allows you to commune with nature and enjoy the simplicity of the landscape. The campground is situated a short 10 minute drive from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain and variety of other organic wonders.
2. Boyd’s Key West Campground
For many, the exciting beach town of Key West, Florida is about staying in an austere and stuffy, albeit luxurious resort. If the preceding scenario is for you, steer clear of Boyd’s Key West Campground because you’re not the type to enjoy the oceanfront campsites or sense of community fostered at this well kept RV resort. Boyd’s Key West Campground features a whopping 250 sites, wireless internet access, clean bathrooms, a gorgeous pool and most importantly, private beach access. Try your luck by fishing for trophy saltwater specimens off the dock before sharing stories with your fellow travelers at the Tiki Hut. Once you’ve finished worshipping the sun, travel a short distance to experience the fun of Duvall Street and the nightclubs and restaurants scattered throughout downtown Key West.
1. Yosemite Pines RV Park
When planning the yearly family road trip, the Yosemite National Park is high on many people’s must-see lists. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is visited by an estimated 3.4 to 4.1 million people each year. Although there are several campsites available within the park, few if any amenities are offered, including hook-ups. Enjoy the natural beauty of the park during the day and a few modern conveniences at night by setting up at the Yosemite Pines RV Park. Located a short drive from the national park, Yosemite Pines RV Park allows you to enjoy the majesty and beauty of your surrounding while also indulging in amenities offered by the resort. Take your kids to visit the alpacas at the RV park’s free petting zoo or take a scenic chartered plane trip over Yosemite and the surrounding mountains and wilderness.
Enjoy this summer’s RV road trip by visiting any of these, or the thousands of other commercial and family run parks and resorts, across the United States. As you travel, don’t forget to support the local economies by shopping at family run businesses or enjoying lunch and a mom-and-pop restaurant.