As summer gets closer every day, families across the country are planning out their long-awaited vacations. With so many destinations across the country, it can be overwhelming to narrow your search down to just one. That’s why we’ve put together the 5 must-see US RV travel destinations of 2019. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to decide on a fun adventure for your fun summer travel plans.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Colorado as a whole is an amazing state well worth visiting. There is an overall outdoor culture with active enthusiasts in Denver and its surrounding cities. It’s a great place to explore the off-grid community and get acquainted with any outdoor sports or hobbies you may be interested in. Although Colorado is known for its winter season ski towns, there are plenty of fun adventures that any active family can enjoy during the spring and summer months.
The Rocky Mountain National Park, located in the mountains of Colorado, stretches across 415 square miles of stunning landscapes. This area of Colorado is one of the country’s top wildlife viewing destinations. Over 60 species of mammals and more than 280 different species of birds call this home.
Fishing, hiking, camping, bicycling, rock climbing, horse riding, and wildlife viewing are just a few of the long list of available activities when you visit. The Rocky Mountain National Park is perfect for families traveling by RV. You can drive to your ideal campsite, set up shop and decide where to go from there.
This part of Colorado has around 385 miles of hiking trails and over 50 lakes for fishing. There are 5 full campgrounds that you and your family can enjoy. There is no shortage of areas to explore and fun for your family to have in The Rocky Mountain National Park.
San Diego, California
Next up, we head over to the west coast to one of California’s many beach cities. San Diego is a great place for families to visit because there are so many free and affordable activities available. A few of these include:
- La Jolla Cove. Your family will get a close-up view of hundreds of sea lions in their natural habitat. Be sure to keep your distance and don’t interact directly with these protected animals.
- Mission Bay Park’s Bike Trails and Boardwalk. You can enjoy over 20 miles of scenic running and biking paths near the shoreline of Mission Beach.
- San Diego consistently has the highest ranked beaches in the country. There are over 70 miles of beautiful beaches in San Diego alone, making it an ideal place for a family beach bonfire.
- Explore the 16½-block historic Gaslamp Quarter located in downtown San Diego. There are art galleries, a spectrum of specialty shops and delicious restaurants galore.
Whether you’re looking to venture around the city to discover new and exciting hotspots or simply enjoy a relaxing vacation on the beach, San Diego will suit your families vacation needs perfectly.
Redwood National and State Parks, California
After you soak up the sun in southern California, head north to the Redwood National and State Parks. There are 4 different developed campgrounds with over 330 separate sites available for tents or RVs. Just be sure to make a reservation at least 48-hours in advance and no sooner than 6 months before your camping date. A standard camping site is $35 per night. Not bad considering you’ll have an absolutely gorgeous view to wake up to.
Your family will love the wildlife watching opportunities at the Redwood National and State Parks. Tidepool marine life and whale watching is very popular here. Tidepools, in particular, offer an overwhelming abundance and diversity of invertebrate animals for your family to view. They’re also very easy to access for families with young kids.
Ranger-led kayak tours are also a favorite activity for visitors of this California national park. These tours are offered for a limited time during the summer months for free; although the ranger program does accept donations to train staff and maintain equipment. If this sounds appealing, find out all of the details for setting up a ranger-led kayak tour for your family now.
Nashville is a must see RV destination for anyone who appreciates good music. Known as Music City U.S.A., Nashville is home to the country’s top-level musicians. Step into any honkytonk on lower Broadway, and you will see world-class bands playing your favorite country classics. While you’re there be sure to enjoy some of the best BBQ you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.
You can’t miss out on the Grand Ole Opry, the country’s longest-running radio show that still puts on a live show 3 nights a week. During the show, you’ll get to hear a dozen performers, from the country music greats to the newcomers on the scene. It’s definitely a family-friendly show that any fan of live music will enjoy.
If you visit Nashville during the 4th of July, be sure you experience the ‘Let Freedom Sing’ 4th of July event. The fireworks alone are worth it! They are some of the best in the entire country. Every year the city puts on this giant event complete with live music, outdoor eats, and a firework display that will leave you speechless.
Visiting our country’s capital is one of the most rewarding travel experiences you and your family can have. Park your RV at Cherry Hills Park and catch a bus into the heart of the city. Washington D.C. is home to tons of educational landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, The White House, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and many others.
There are countless guided sightseeing tours available for viewing all of these historic sights around the city. If you do plan on visiting The White House be sure to submit requests no less than 21 days in advance through your congressional representative.
Every year Washington D.C. celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place from March 20 through April 14, 2019. These vibrant trees make the city an absolute sight to see for anyone visiting during the springtime.
If you’re a foodie, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to try out some world-class bistros and restaurants in the area. Washington D.C. has such a culturally diverse food scene that there is literally something for everyone, no matter your tastes.
From coast to coast, America has so many must-see RV friendly travel destinations. These are just a few of the best places to visit in 2019. Tell us about your favorite family RV vacation spots. We’d love to discover a new corner of the country to explore.
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Kyle Doran is a writer and content creator for Off-Grid Expo. He currently lives in Colorado and spends his time hiking in the mountains, biking and exploring all of the amazing restaurants in the Denver area. He also enjoys traveling in his free time and loves discovering new hot spot destinations.