Are we there yet? These ubiquitous words are bound to find their way into your RV during a cross-country road trip. The long drives and never-ending roads can make even the most exciting of travel plans feel like a drag. But your RV road trip doesn’t have to be all about the destination. America is chock full of exciting locations and activities that make for a perfect pit-stop during your cross-country quest. From gorgeous national parks to vibrant cities, the following list is sure to add some epic memories to your trip. Fill up the gas, get your camera ready, and fire up the engine for these fun-filled activities.
10. Explore the White Mountains
The White Mountains in New Hampshire might not seem like a top choice for RVs. It’s known more for its rugged mountains and snowy ski hill than its RV camping. But this northern Appalachian Mountain region is a can’t miss for any fan of the great outdoors. The RV campgrounds and full-service sites offer unforgettable views of the surrounding rivers and mountains. From the dazzling blue lakes to challenging waterfall hikes, this northeastern oasis offers unforgettable sights and activities.
9. Take a Boat Tour of Niagara Falls
There’s no denying the allure of the bright lights in New York City. But a drive through Manhattan is enough to inspire nightmares in even the savviest of RVers. Avoid the Big Apple and make a trip to Niagara Falls instead. On the border of U.S. and Canada, this collection of waterfalls forms the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the U.S. The tourist friendly spot also has boat tours where you can float mere feet away from the free-flowing water. Just don’t forget your poncho.
8. Drive From Miami to Key West
What can you expect on one of the world’s most scenic drives? The drive from Miami to Key West is filled with coastal bridges, tropical blue water and delicious Key lime pie. The Overseas Highway stretches 113 miles from Miami all the way to the southernmost point in the U.S. It’s impossible to be bored along the way thanks to the remarkable views and sandy beaches. You won’t regret this detour to one of America’s best beachside drives.
7. Party on Bourbon Street
Did someone say Mardi Gras? The French Quarter of New Orleans has long been one of the most renowned locations in all of the U.S. The unique mix of Cajun and Creole cultures blend together on Bourbon Street, the party capital of Louisiana. There’s plenty of reasons to visit whether or not you’re in the party mood, thanks to the vibrant music and food scenes. Word to the wise: the French Quarter RV resort is located mere blocks away from the historic French Quarter.
6. Explore Carlsbad Caverns
The words “RV” and “New Mexico” are more synonymous with Breaking Bad than they are great camping. But there’s plenty to love about an RV road trip to New Mexico. The vast Chihuahuan Desert is home to amazing desert landscape and sunsets. In the heart of the desert lies Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which has over 100 caves and is home to one of the largest caverns in the world. You can come face-to-face with flying bats and massive stalactites during a tour.
5. Hike Antelope Canyon
Arizona may be the Grand Canyon State, but Antelope Canyon may just rival that famous park’s beauty. Antelope Canyon is a gorgeous slot canyon located near the northern Arizona city of Page. A guided jeep tour will take you through the upper canyon and it’s amazingly unique crevasses. Still looking for your Grand Canyon fix? Take a slight detour about five miles from the city of Page. That’s where you’ll find Horseshoe Bend, one of the most photographed areas of the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River cuts through this epic horseshoe-shaped rock formation.
4. Drive Through Zion National Park
There are no shortage of National Parks in Utah. You can’t go wrong with any of Utah’s “Mighty 5”, but Zion National Park is on another level. The red sandstone cliffs are equally impressive thanks to their massive size and their distinct color. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will navigate you through the park’s most famous section before leading you to forested hiking trails along the Virgin River. A night beneath the stars is worth the price of admission alone.
3. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
California may not be the friendliest state for RVers, but there’s no denying the appeal of the Pacific Coast Highway. This legendary trail takes you on a scenic coastal trip from Southern California to San Francisco. Along the way you’ll find many sun-kissed beaches, oceanfront camping, and unforgettable views.
2. Hike Half Dome in Yosemite
There are plenty of reasons to visit Yosemite National Park: the towering sequoia trees, the sprawling vistas, the powerful waterfalls. But no trip to Yosemite is complete without a trip to the legendary Half Dome. This granite dome is the most famous rock formation in all of Yosemite. A day-hike up Half Dome is no walk in the park: you’ll experience a 5,000-foot elevation change during the 15 mile trek. But it’s well worth it for the picture perfect views. Make sure to book a hiking permit well in advance of visiting this popular spot.
1. Visit Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park has long drawn accolades from roadtrippers. This vast wilderness area includes over 1,500-square miles of natural beauty. Home to over 700 hiking trails, a camping stop here is sure to include encounters with both waterfalls and wildlife. Up for a challenge? Take a hike to Grinnell Glacier. During this day hike, you’ll traverse through a number of lakes, cliffs and meadows before ending with panoramic glacial views.