10 Summer Destination Photos to Inspire Your RV Travels
We asked our GoLife contributors to share their favorite destinations. From well-known places to out-of-the-way spots, this list is sure to inspire your wanderlust!
1. Sort, Cataluna, Spain (featured photo above)
The moment we realized that we weren't limited to North America for places our Winnebago could take us, we felt a new, stronger drive to explore. Taking our Revel 4x4 to Europe has already been the trip of a lifetime and we are only a month into this six-month tour. Right now, I'm writing from the Pyrenees mountains of Spain and everything around me is new and exciting. We've spent a lot of time in Sort, Spain, so far - since Abby was competing in the 2019 ICF World Freestyle Championships taking place there. The benefit of a smaller B van is the reward of exploring the places most tourists don't get to see or reach in larger RVs. I'm really enjoying exploring backroads and small mountain-top villages, like the one featured in the photo. Spain is a wonderful summer destination - especially if you can find places to get in the water to escape the heat. But now that Abby has finished competing (she came in 4th in the world!), we are excited to use our comfortable home base to explore more of Europe.
2. North Georgia Mountains
Staying at the Cottage Vineyard through Harvest Hosts (pictured here) was a perfect overnight stop when we visited the North Georgia Mountains region. We not only enjoyed the vineyard, but it was only a 15-minute drive to Helen, GA, a unique, charming little German town. From there, you can travel an hour east and explore Tallulah Gorge State Park's dramatic waterfalls, sliding rock, and suspension bridge. Clayton, GA, is a quaint, but charming town outside of the state park that is perfect for strolling down Main Street and grabbing a bite to eat. We also stumbled upon the nearby Tiger Drive-In Theater that allowed overnight RV parking, which made for a fun overnight experience as well.
3. Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is everything good you've ever heard, and more. Wild camp in Sierra National Forest for free (enter at Miami Creek OHV Area - look for Lone Sequoia Entrance on Google Maps) and you're 20 minutes from Mariposa Grove in the park. Yosemite Valley is congested in summer, but you can avoid the crowds with hikes around Glacier Point, including to Sentinel Dome.
4. Cannon Beach, Oregon
We recently visited the coast of Oregon and it was absolutely beautiful! We stayed at Nehalem Bay State Park which offered a large site with a picnic table, fire pit, water, and electric. It was a short walk to Nehalem beach where Belle was allowed off leash and we were easily able to ride our bikes into town for a bite to eat. We took a short scenic drive along the coast to Cannon Beach to see the filming location of The Goonies and had lunch at Sweet Basil's Cafe. It was a wonderful weekend and we look forward to returning soon.
5. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
At Mesa Verde National Park in western Colorado, you'll get a fascinating look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people by touring ancient cliff dwellings and other well-preserved archaeological ruins. Stay at the scenic RV campground, hike to Petroglyph Point, ride your bikes on the paved path atop Wetherill Mesa, and be prepared for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
6. Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nova Scotia is an RVers playground. There are tons of great campsites and boondocking places, amazing views, fantastic hikes, unique cultural experiences, rich history, and lots of delicious food to try. One of our favorite memories from our time in Atlantic Canada was dry camping at the Visitor Center near the iconic Peggy's Cove and walking over to catch sunset. It's such a magical place!
7. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Big Meadows Campground, located at mile 51.2 of the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, is near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park - including the AT! Several waterfalls are within walking distance and the meadow is nearby. There are more than 200,000 acres of protected lands with all kinds of wildlife to admire! Don't miss out on Skyline Drive, which is the 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the park, much of it along the ridgeway of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Campsites are available via reservation up to six months in advance, so book early for spectacular views around every mile whether you're hiking or driving!
Recommendation and photo by Noel Fleming & Chris Miller.
8. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of Fire is an awe-inspiring desert destination where you can catch beautiful light and colors on the rocks. Although, it's very popular in the winter, don't worry if - like most people - your vacation and road trip time land in the summer. Visiting Valley of Fire in the summer just takes a little bit of planning to beat the heat. Plan to arrive at sunrise, when the park opens, and wrap up all hiking by 10 a.m. Remember to bring plenty of water and a full gas tank.
If you can't snag a campsite at the state park, don't worry! Grab a spot at the very popular BLM area near the town of Overton. Overton and the nearby towns will also have some campgrounds with full amenities. As an alternative, you can stay an hour away in Las Vegas or in the Lake Mead National Recreation area. If you don't have hookups that will allow you to run your A.C., plan activities or sightseeing that'll take you out of your RV and indoors into the A.C. during mid-morning to evening.
9. Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas
Garvan Woodland Gardens is a huge, family-friendly botanical garden located in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas. The Bob and Sunny Evans Tree House within the gardens "floats" among a small group of pines and oaks providing a place for kids and adults alike to play. Nearby camping can be found at Catherine's Landing Resort. Located on beautiful Lake Catherine, it is between many natural wonders and outdoor activities.
10. Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, Baja California, Mexico
For less than $14 a night we camped on the beach with a great palapa in this remote spot. We enjoyed paddling the bay on our stand up boards, peaceful nights stargazing and whale watching. (Read more about RVing in Mexico here).
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