At RV Adventure-USA, we want to give you our RV Trip Planner Ultimate Bucket List of trips. There is no denying the allure of an amazing RV road trip. The experience of hitting the open road, soaking up nature’s landscapes and spending the night in your motorhome is why many of us love to camp! If you’ve been feeling a bit of wanderlust but aren’t sure where to go, we have a few suggestions for you.
Read our list below on some of the most incredible RV destinations and let us start planning your dream RV vacation today!
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Usually at the top of everyone’s list is Yellowstone with its many sightseeing options. You have Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Roosevelt Tower and Tower Falls, along with spectacular nature and wildlife viewing. It’s easy to see why this is usually a first choice for RV trips.
Aside from the natural wonders and amazing wildlife that Yellowstone is famous for, there are also an amazing amount of activities in and around Yellowstone that are enjoyable for the whole family. You can zipline, go to a rodeo, take a self-guided ATV ride, scenic cruise around the lake, cowboy cookouts, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and you are not far from Bozeman Hot Springs. Yellowstone has something to offer everyone in your family no matter what age.
Campgrounds begin opening May 1st; campgrounds inside the national park beginning taking reservations 6 months in advance of your trip date.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
No bucket list would be complete without America’s most popular National Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Averaging about 12 million visitors per year and is the only park that does not charge an entrance fee. Mile after mile of green lush trees and creeks make this one of the prettiest parks. With Blue Ridge Parkway and Cade’s Cove offering some of the best views of landscapes and wildlife anywhere in the county, you will not be disappointed. This is a hikers paradise, with trails for all levels of experience.
The surrounding area is just as exciting as the park itself. You can plan a visit to Pigeon Forge and visit Dollywood or Pigeon Forge Parkway with its abundance of family fun attractions to explore.
Gatlinburg is also not far. In Gatlinburg, you can have a unique experience by exploring Ober Mountain. You get to the top of the mountain by taking an exciting tramway ride, and at the top, an Adventure Park waits for you! There are also several wineries in the area, along with the River Walk, Hollywood Star Car Museum, the Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg, and the Gatlinburg Trolley. All of this fun adventure will keep the whole family entertained for days!
Many campgrounds in the area are open all year with others opening in May.
UTAH MIGHTY FIVE
Utah is a National Park explorers paradise, with 5 parks in close proximity. Each offers amazing hikes and natural settings and yet are very different. Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are neighbors in the town of Moab, Utah. Moab offers a vast amount of family activities including ziplining, ATV tours, Jeep tours, wineries, scenic drives and boat tours. The Mighty Five National Parks include Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Capitol Reef and Zion National Park.
- Arches, as you might expect, has the famous arches carved by nature as well as many other spectacular rock formations.
- Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River.
- Bryce Canyon (my personal favorite) is where you see the famous Hoodoo rock formations. These pillar rock formations resemble a totem pole rather than a spire, and are formed by water rather than wind. Also a hikers paradise, Bryce Canyon has lots of hiking trails through the forest and rock formations.
- Capitol Reef is the smallest of the Mighty Five. There are no ocean reefs in Capitol Reef National Park, but there’s plenty of ridges and cliffs, as difficult to get through as deep coral reefs. In the park, sandstone rock formations are weird and wonderful, shaped like castles, elephant’s feet, or ruffled skirts, rising out of the desert.
- Zion is famous for its great hiking trails including The Narrows, a long hike thru shallow river water. This is where you can take the family rock climbing or canyoneering, take a sunset jeep cruise or tube the Virgin River.
Campgrounds open all year are available.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
No RV Trip Planner Bucket List would be complete without mentioning Yosemite National Park. This park is vast, and there is more in this magnificent park than can be seen in just a one or two day visit. The peak seasons for Yosemite are generally spring, and summer, when the waterfalls in the Valley are strongest and when the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point roads are open. These roads give visitors access to the higher meadows and to views of the Yosemite Valley from above.
If you live to hike, this may be the park for you. Hiking to the waterfalls is one of the most enjoyed activities that Yosemite has to offer. Aside from great hiking, you can raft, horseback ride, rock climb, and fish. If you are into exploring the area a day trip to Mariposa, a historic town located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains should be on your list. If you’re into haunted places, the ghost town of Bodie is also nearby. You can also try your luck panning for gold in Coarsegold Historic Village.
Campgrounds are open all year.
As RV Trip Planner specialists, we hope you enjoy our list of what should absolutely be on your RV trip bucket list. Contact us at RV Adventure-USA to start planning a your RV vacation to one or all of these National Parks, and start making memories that will last a lifetime.