Can you believe we’re talking about planning your RV travels for 2024? As we near the end of 2023, it’s time to start planning ahead for those can’t miss U.S. RV destinations. We rounded up an amazing list of the hottest RV destinations for the upcoming year.
We have a feeling 2024 is going to be a big year for RVing! There are so many beautiful destinations across the U.S. And these select locations are not only RV-friendly, but they also offer numerous activities.
From Alaska to New York and a few places in between, we have the RV bucket list for you!
RV Destinations in Alaska
Chugach State Park, Alaska
We can’t mention RV bucket list destinations without giving a shout out to Alaska. While we haven’t yet RV’d in Alaska, we used to live there. Our son worked for a boat tour company in Seward, Alaska. He was also born in Anchorage. Needless to say, this is one U.S. destination that is extra special to us.
If you’re looking for a beautiful RV destination in close proximity to Anchorage, we recommend you check out Chugach State Park.
Chugach State Park is the nation’s third-largest state park. It encompasses half a million acres of wilderness and is one of Alaska’s most accessible outdoor recreation areas.
There are many outdoor activities. You can choose from kayaking Ekultna Lake, berry picking in Arctic Valley, or hiking by frozen waterfalls, among others. There is no doubt this park has something to please any adventurer.
This area is an RVer’s dream as far as sightseeing goes. Heading south from Anchorage and drive along scenic Turnagain Arm. While you’re on your road trip, look for sheep at the pullouts and scan the ocean for beluga whales. The Seward Highway is the ticket to day trip fishing adventures in communities like Whittier, Seward or Kenai.
As for where to park and camp, there are many comfortable RV parks and campgrounds within city limits.
Find more information on RV camping from Anchorage.net.
RV Destinations in California
Highway 395 – Eastern Sierras
If you’re looking for an unforgettable RV road trip experience in Calfornia, Reet & Julie Singh from Trip Outside have a fantastic recommendation:
“Taking an RV road trip down highway 395 is an unforgettable experience. This part of California is lesser-known and quieter, but no less majestic. It took us almost 4 months to make the 475-mile trip starting in Tahoe and ending in Joshua Tree National Park,” says Singh.
“There are so many incredible places to camp, visit, hike, bike, and explore along the way.
As soon as you leave Tahoe, you enter a world of high desert, mountain peaks, winding roads, hot springs and historic towns. We loved spending time in the quaint Western towns of Lone Pine and Bishop, visiting some of the oldest trees on earth at the Bristlecone Pine Forest, soaking in hot springs near Mammoth Lakes, and scrambling over rocks in the extraterrestrial landscape of Alabama Hills.
Along the way, we camped among royal pines at the Glass Creek campground (free!) and between the rock formations at Alabama Hills BLM (also free!). This side of California is not to be missed,” Singh shares.
Just reading Julie’s description makes me want to pack up the RV and go ASAP.
Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, CA
When you’re traveling through California, definitely include this stop in your travel plans. The Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California is a destination on its own.
The Flying Flags RV resort offers two pools, bocce ball, horseshoe throwing, a sports field, and a playground. They also coordinate live entertainment. Campers can enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner while listening to live music on the patio.
We traveled through Santa Barbara in our RV. And I can absolutely confirm that the weather is just about perfect for camping. The temperature is warm enough during the day for outdoor exploration. Then it cools down enough at night to sit around the fire.
At this time, Flying Flags has wood-burning fire pits throughout the resort. Even if you smell like smoke, a campfire always makes the experience extra special.
While you’re there, be sure to get out and see everything Buellton has to offer. Feed ostriches and emus at Ostrichland USA. Take a tour of the Mendenhall Museum and see a personal collection of interesting automobile memorabilia and other antiques.
Does beer, wine or spirits catch your attention?
Buellton was the original craft beer destination on the Central Coast. Firestone and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co are headquartered here. In addition, there are distilleries and wineries with tasting rooms throughout the city.
Todd and I had a chance to experience wines from the Santa Barbara Wine Country and they did not disappoint.
Related Reading: What to Do in Santa Barbara in One Day
RV Destinations in Colorado
The Views RV Park in Delores, CO
The great state of Colorado is an RVer’s dream destination. The beautiful mountains and near-perfect weather offers an abundance of sunny days and an endless choice of outdoor activities.
Josh and Liz Smith from Peanuts or Pretzels, are RVer’s based in Colorado and spent 3 months RV’ing the state. They stumbled across a RV park in Delores, which is just north of Cortez, in the southwest corner of Colorado. The park is called The Views.
Here is what the Smiths said about The Views:
“We were surprised by this RV park because it was so clean and some of the spots were huge. In fact, we were in spot 10 and had the most incredible view out over the valley – looking straight out over Cortez toward Mesa Verde.”
For National Park lovers who are working on checking them off your bucket list one by one, the nearby National Park is another fantastic reason to visit.
“That’s what’s also great about this park, Mesa Verde is an amazing National Park which we had never been to before. It was fascinating being able to go down and tour the ruins and discover the deep history of the area. This park is truly an archeological treasure that is overshadowed by other, more popular National Parks,” says Smith.
RV Destinations in Florida
The Florida Keys
If you haven’t added the Florida Keys to your bucket list, do so right now. We visited the Keys in our travel trailer. The drive is absolutely incredible and the RV parks are amazing.
If you’re looking for first-hand recommendations, we stayed at Fiesta Key RV Resort and really enjoyed our time there. It has everything you could want in a visit to the Keys and David Kosofsky from Go RV Rentals agrees.
He says, “We stayed at Fiesta Key RV resort which is a fine amenity-filled campground that accommodates big rigs 40ft and longer. The scenery is beautiful located right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, the Atlantic Ocean is on the other side of the road because the Keys are a fairly narrow strip of land at the southern tip of Florida.”
Related Reading: 5 Top RV Parks in the Florida Keys
Not only is the scenery absolutely stunning and the RV resort full of amenities, but there is no shortage of things to do. Fiesta Key RV Resort is in the perfect location for activities and sightseeing.
“Fishing starts a few steps from the camper and the sunsets in the morning and evening are to die for. This is a great place for scuba divers especially at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo,” says Kosofsky.
For all of you National Park lovers, this is an incredible location to visit a few unique and memorable parks.
“And here it comes, the ‘cherry on top Fiesta Key Resort is on Long Key which is about in the middle of the keys making it a convenient base camp for visiting three different National Parks located within a couple of hours drive. The Parks are Everglades NP, Dry Tortuga NP, and Biscayne National Park,” shares Kosofsky.
Florida’s Historic Coast
How does a Florida Coast RV trip sound? We spent about 6 weeks RVing in Florida and the coastal areas absolutely blew us away. Florida RV parks, in particular, were the cream of the crop for amenities, cleanliness, and friendliness of the RV community.
Florida’s Historic Coast includes St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine beaches.
There are a number of RV resorts and campgrounds along the coastline offering the perfect escape for RVers.
If you’re looking for some outdoor recreation, you won’t be disappointed. There are miles of water and currents flowing in every direction. St. Augustine is one of the most kayak-friendly places in the U.S.
Plus, the fishing can’t be beaten offering both saltwater and freshwater spots.
The Florida Historic Coast site has a lot of great information about camping and RV resorts in the area.
Ginnie Springs, Florida
Have you ever heard of Ginnie Springs in Florida? According to RV Share, the first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, this is a top spot for RVers.
What makes it so special?
RV Share’s spokesperson Maddi Bourgerie says, “We combed our customer database to find the top reported destinations. While National Parks reign supreme as the most visited places across the country for RVers, Ginnie Springs in Florida snuck to the top of the list. This newcomer has seen extreme growth in interest by RVers and we can see why.”
Ginnie Springs is located on the northwest side of Gainseville. There are seven natural springs with crystal clear water. Plan ahead and stay at the five-star RV campsite to enjoy the area.
Navarre Beach, Florida
You can also plan your RV trip to a quiet Florida panhandle community. It has been called “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.” That sounds pretty good to me.
Visitors will find uncrowded white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and a variety of low impact outdoor activities.
Choose your own laid back adventure. Lounge on the banks of the Blackwater River and drive in an inner tube along Coldwater Creek. You can put your toes in the sands of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
A must is to enjoy some time strolling along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. It’s a fabulous place to watch the sunset.
Here are a few RV parks you’ll find in the area:
THE HIDEAWAY RETREAT
Formerly known as the Magnolia Beach Campground, The Hideaway Retreat is an amazing place. Nestled under mature Oak and Magnolia trees, you can reconnect with nature in a magical way. The Hideaway campground features both RV and tent sites, allowing you to camp however you want.
Location: 9807 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
SANTA ROSA RV RESORT
Kickback, relax and enjoy the first-class amenities at this beautiful property ideally situated beside the Santa Rosa Sound. The resort has recently installed a heated waterfront pool, a 3,000+ sq. ft. outdoor gathering area and fire pit,a fenced-in dog park, plus upgraded Wi-Fi equipment. Guests also enjoy nearly a quarter-mile of private sound side beach, which makes staking out a secluded sunbathing spot even simpler.
Santa Rosa RV Resort is located at 8315 Navarre Pkwy in Navarre, Florida.
ESCRIBANO POINT CAMPING
Let’s get primitive! Pitch a tent at Escribano Point’s tranquil Bayside and Bayoucampgrounds, which provide excellent scenery and easy coastal access as well as portable toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. Bayside is open to tents, campers or small RVs and provides a sandy shoreline and views of the shallow bay. Bayou is only open to tents and overlooks the wild salt marshes of FundyBayou, a tidal creek that connects with Blackwater Bay. All campers at both sites must obtain a (free) permit.
Location: Grassy Point Rd, Navarre, FL 32566
RV Destinations in Georgia
Tybee Island, Georgia
When we were planning our trip east in our RV, Tybee Island, Georgia was high on my list of must-visit places. I had heard so many good things about this little beach town and our trip there did not disappoint.
We only had one day there and that definitely was not a long enough. We made the most of it, but I look forward to going back soon!
Related Reading: What to Do in Tybee Island When You Have One Day
RIVER’S END CAMPGROUND
One thing to know about Tybee Island is that it is a fantastic destination for camping. Visit River’s End Campground & RV Park and enjoy both camping and access to a beach. This RV park is a unique experience for any of you who want to enjoy nature at its finest.
Shady RV Stations: Yes, that’s right. You can enjoy a sunny beach and a campground with shade from beautiful Oak trees. Moreover, River’s End Campground offers a variety of full hookup sites.
Cozy Cabins: Even if you’re not traveling by RV you can enjoy River’s End. Plan ahead and reserve a cabin on the grounds.
Campground Amenities. When you’re done exploring Tybee Island, you’ll have a lot of amenities back at camp. There is a community pavilion for cookouts or card games. Shop for sundries at the campground store. Or, simply relax in a hammock and use the complimentary WiFi.
But wait, there’s more! There are several private bathhouses on site. And, there’s a fully-equipped fitness center and a laundry room that’s open 24/7.
Swimming. The North Beach is located a few minutes from the campground. And don’t forget you can enjoy a swim in the island’s largest swimming pool. It’s well-maintained and a refreshing spot for campers splash around.
Island Attractions. Tybee Island’s North Beach community is home to a beautiful beach and various historic attractions. Visit Tybee Island Museum and the Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is Georgia’s oldest and tallest light station.
If you’re an early riser, try searching for shells during low tide. Enjoy the Shoppes at 1207 in the afternoon and catch a show at Tybee Post Theatre in the evening.
RV Destinations in Delaware
Delaware Shore and Southern New Jersey – By Way of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
If you’re looking for a unique RVing and outdoor experience, here’s one you may not have heard of or considered. The Delaware Shore and Southern New Jersey – by way of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
Andrew Baird from Cape May-Lewes Ferry shares what makes this trip unique:
“The unique opportunity about this location is you can bring your van, RV, truck, bikes, etc on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which crosses the Delaware Bay and allows you to experience campgrounds throughout South Jersey and along the Jersey Shore as well. The Beachcomber Camping Resort is great for tents, parking your RV, or renting a cottage and accessing boat rentals, an arcade and three pool complexes among many other amenities. Not to mention it’s nearby Cape May, NJ – one of the most family-friendly shore towns along the East Coast. “
If you love the outdoors, Delaware’s top state park is a must-visit location.
“Cape Henlopen State Park is rated Delaware’s top state park offering more than 7,000 acres of coastal environment and history. Visitors can bike through sand dunes, swim in the ocean, fish from the bayside pier, birdwatch along the salt marshes, horseback ride and tour Fort Miles, a WWII military base. Set up camp for the night at the newly renovated campground that offers a variety of accommodations, and make sure to bring a bike as the trail system in the Park connects with and provides easy access to nearby Rehoboth Beach, DE,” shares Baird.
RV Destinations in New York
The following four campgrounds can be used by RV travelers. You can enjoy monumental attractions to enhance your journey in between each campground!
LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
This is the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Visit Letchworth State Park and set up camp near the famous Genesee River. It’s a short distance from the cliffs and 100-foot Middle Falls.
Letchworth Park is located close to the former home of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton. You can also tour the former home of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, which was turned into a museum. It’s in Rochester, NY, which is about an hour drive away.
CAYUGA LAKE STATE PARK
The next campground idea we have for you is on the lakefront hilltops of Cayuga Lake State Park. It’s located near Letchworth, about eight minutes drive away.
If you choose to stay at Cayuga then take a trip over to Seneca Falls and tour the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK
Next, RVers can traverse to Watkins Glen State Park. This park has been voted as one of the country’s most beautiful state parks.
While you’re there, check out the local sites and activities, including a culinary tour of Ithaca and the Corning Museum of Glass.
FILLMORE GLENN PARK
Another fantastic option on your RV road trip is Fillmore Glenn State Park. It’s located amongst the dense woods along Owasco Lake.
You can reach a few interesting historical monuments within a half-hour’s drive from Fillmore. Check out the Equal Right Heritage Center in Auburn or Harriet Tubman’s last home. The Howland Stone Store Museum is located in Aurora. If you tour Howland Stone you will find a cabinet of special artifacts, including a piece of Susan B. Anthony’s 78th birthday cake from 1898!
RV Destinations in Nevada
Nevada RV Road Trip – The Great Basin Highway
There are a number of reasons Nevada is well-loved by RVers. It could be the weather, the abundance of things to do or the fact that it’s called the “Road Trip Capital of the USA.”
Travel Nevada offers some fantastic information on 10 branded road trips for every kind of adventurer.
One of these road trips that are perfect for RVers, is The Great Basin Highway. Here’s why:
Leg 1: Drive from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State park, where you’ll learn about geologic and natural history, explore trails through area canyons and ancient rock formations, and even view ancient petroglyphs! RVs can stay at Atlatl Rock Campground, which offers solitude and stunning scenery.
Leg 2/Leg 3: See migratory birds at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, look for the fossilized remains of trilobites at Oak Springs Summit Trilobite Area, and check out rosebud-lined streets in Caliente. Spend the night in Kershaw-Ryan State Park, which offers a trail with “gorge-ous” views, a spring-fed pool, and lush gardens. Don’t miss Cathedral Gorge State Park nearby, which features cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires resulting from geologic processes tens of millions of years ago.
Leg 4: Check out enormous (30 feet high by 27 feet wide!) 19th-century charcoal ovens at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, fish for brown trout at Cave Lake State Park, and stroll downtown Ely. Don’t miss Garnet Hill just 4 miles west of Ely, where you can search for 2-carat-sized gems. Places to overnight include KOA of Ely.
Leg 5: You’re almost at the grand finale: Great Basin National Park. You’ll see aspen groves; stalactites, stalagmites and over 300 shield formations in Lehman Caves. It’s also an amateur astronomer’s dream, with the darkest skies in the continental U.S. Lower Lehman Creek Campground offers pull-through sites for RVs and trailers.
RV Destinations in Ohio
The perfect place for RVers and nature enthusiasts is Hocking Hills, tucked away in Southeast Ohio.
Nature lovers can check out the acres upon acres of scenic hiking trails to wander, dozens of idyllic waterfalls to transfix them, along with massive caves to explore.
For campers and RVers, this Ohio location features over a dozen beautiful camping grounds to enjoy. The drive to this undiscovered gem is picture-perfect. The scenery along the drive provides a canvas of tall trees that stretch for miles, open plains and never-ending skies giving a sense of stress-free freedom.
Are you looking for an adventure?
The Hocking Hills Canopy Tour is always a visitor favorite. The zips take guests over the Hocking River, wildlife, through the trees, over recessed caves and more. The full Canopy Tour lasts about 3 hours but there is also the option of the Super Zip and Night Flight.
Hocking Hills also has something for RV and Airstream enthusiasts.
For an unconventional type of camping, Hocking Hills annual holds the Urban Air: Wake Up Downtown, where 75 iconic Airstream travel trailers from all across the nation line six block of the historic downtown. Logan’s typically peaceful town square will be transformed into a buzzy pedestrian mall, inviting festival-goers to wander among the Airstreams, meeting their interesting and well-traveled owners, as they learn about these offbeat trailers and the fascinating folks behind the wheel. Below is a press release with further information.
Image and info provided by Explore Hocking Hills
RV Destinations in Oregon
Oregon is definitely on the top of our list of best places to RV. It has something for everyone from beautiful coastlines and gorgeous mountains to an active wine, beer, and food scene.
One place that offers natural beauty, numerous celebrated wineries, a bustling culinary scene, and countless outdoor activities is Tualatin Valley.
This Oregon destination is minutes from Portland for those of you who want a taste of the city.
Tualatin Valley is also home to three RV parks:
– L.L. Stub Stewart State Park: Complete with full hook-ups, the park also has a designated full-service horse camp area with 16 campsites at Hares Canyon. Spend their days exploring and adventuring across 1,800 acres of rolling hills, forest glades, gleaming streams and wildflowers, all crisscrossed with over 25 miles of trails.
– Roamers Rest RV Park: Minutes from wine country, shopping and golfing, and located along the Tualatin River, Roamers Rest RV Park is a 93-site RV park with full-service hook-ups, cable TV and wireless Internet access.
– Pheasant Ridge RV Resort: Conveniently located near shopping, entertainment and restaurants, Pheasant Ridge RV Resort offers propane, cable TV, and an indoor pool and spa.
Another thing this location offers that we learned becomes crucial on RV trips are dump stations and Tualatin Valley is home to five of them: Texaco, Olinger RV, Rock Creek Station, Durham Station, and Forest Grove Elks Lodge.
For RVers who love wine, you can choose from their more than 32 wineries, as well as stroll through the farmer’s markets.
Images and info provided by: Katie Schoen, Tualatin Valley
RV Destinations in Tennessee
Bristol, TN-VA The Birthplace of Country Music
I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about country music, I think of Nashville. But did you know there’s only one place designated by Congress as the “birthplace of country music?”
It’s true and that place is Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, a little town located farther east and split down the middle by the state line.
Why should 2024 be the year RVers discover this gem of a place? Three words: music, racing, and mountains.
Past events have included mega-huge “Rhythm & Racing” events that encompass the 20th anniversary of the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival (lineup TBA Dec. 13), three NASCAR races at the world’s fastest half-mile, and a ton of events in between. This is the perfect opportunity for RV campers to experience the music and racing culture of the region as well as its natural beauty.
As far as RV parks go, Bristol is conveniently located near a KOA, and there are several RV campgrounds around Bristol Motor Speedway. There’s also RV camping at nearby Shadrack Campground, Lakeview RV Park, Lake Retreat, Sugar Hollow Park, and sites in the Cherokee National Forest on South Holston Lake at Little Oak Campground and Observation Knob.
Image and assets provided by: Charlene Tipton Baker | Marketing Specialist, Communications | Birthplace of Country Music
RV Destinations in Texas
If you’re looking for an authentic Texas experience, look no further than Bastrop, a great RV destination that provides families with a down-to-Earth experience of Texas hospitality.
Bastrop is located just 30 miles southeast of Austin, making it a convenient Texas destination.
An RV trip just to taste some good ‘ol Texas BBQ is well worth it and Bastrop just so happens to be home to world-famous BBQ. You can even eat it at the gas station from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
It’s also home to 130+ historic buildings, a historic Bastrop Opera House where you can catch a Broadway show for off-Broadway prices and lots of outdoor activity options like canoeing, kayaking, hiking and more.
Bastrop State Park, known for its loblolly trees, is a great site to park your RV and offers free fishing gear.
Images and info provided by: Visit Bastrop
RV Destinations in Washington
South Beach Campground in Washington State
If you’re on the hunt for a campground conveniently located near gorgeous beaches and stunning hiking routes, Sasha Yanshin from LazyTrips.com has just the place for you.
Here’s why South Beach Campground in Washington State stood out to Yanshin:
“The campground sits just off Highway 101 and you can park your RV right on the edge of the ridge that falls down to a gorgeous beach that stretches all the way to the horizon.
The setting, just off the Olympic National Park means there you are just minutes from some of the most beautiful hiking routes in the entire country.
In the morning, you will wake up to the gentle muttering of the ocean waves as they roll onto the beach below and into the driftwood that lines the coastline.
The view from your RV will be a panorama of the deep blue pacific waters and if you’re lucky or come in May, you might see migrating whales making their way up to Alaska. That’s right – you can watch whales (and seals, dolphins and orcas) with your morning cup of coffee right from your RV.
There are only 55 sites costing $15 a night and you can’t book ahead so get there early as they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The site is only open during the summer months starting from mid-May.”
And that’s a wrap! Did any of these hot RV destinations catch your eye? Let us know where you’re planning on traveling in 2024!
Julie specializes in helping you whip up delicious meals in your tiny RV kitchen, as well as RV organization tips and helping fellow RVers make their RV feel like home. Her favorite RVing spot is in Banff National Park in Canada where yes, the water really is that blue and the people really are that nice.