8 GREAT LOCATIONS FOR A ROMANTIC RV VACATION
Do you have a deep desire to escape the stress of everyday life and #roamoutside with the person that you love the most? Maybe it’s time to plan a romantic RV vacation and reconnect in one of our country’s most beautiful locations. If you do some advanced planning and pick the right spot there’s no reason why you both can’t end up breathing fresh air at the top of a mountain or with your bare feet in a clear mountain stream. The best part might be that each night will end in the comfort and privacy of your own RV, with your own bedding, bathroom and kitchen.
If you are ready to plan that long-deserved romantic RV vacation then here are eight great locations that are worth visiting. Because it’s never too soon to start mapping out your next great getaway!
Lake Placid / Whiteface Mountain KOA
This pretty and peaceful campground is located at the base of Whiteface Mountain, just 15 minutes away from downtown Lake Placid and the dreamy waters of Mirror Lake. Epic fly fishing and hiking opportunities abound just minutes from the campground–and more adventurous souls can walk right from their sites down to the Ausable River for epic cliff diving or lazy summer swimming and picnicking. The campground also has a gorgeous main lodge where you can enjoy coffee and a quiet breakfast on the back deck. During the fall, peak foliage is just as magical and colorful as it is anywhere in neighboring New England. Ask for a campsite near the river for more privacy and seclusion.
Sandy Pines Campground, Maine
This magical retreat in Southern Maine feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Kennebunkport. It is perched on the edge of a salt marsh and filled with shady roads lined with beautiful birch trees. The RV sites are spacious, shaded, and perfectly manicured, and many offer privacy and plenty of room for campfires. Get a site away from the pool area to avoid the crowds on hot summer days. Guests can rent paddleboards and kayaks from a local vendor and have them delivered right to the water’s edge. Bring your bikes and you can ride to the beach and spend the day relaxing in the warm sand. But just make sure you grab coffee and breakfast sandwiches at the charming camp store first! Sandy Pines is on point and on-trend for those that like to camp in style.
Atlantic Oaks, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Atlantic Oaks is a simple campground–and it is simply delightful. The location in Eastham, near the Cape Cod National Seashore, is nearly perfect. The campground is also sandwiched between two classic seafood shacks that both offer up excellent lobster rolls and crab cakes. You can’t go wrong at either place. There is also a drive-in movie theater close to the campground if you feel like catching a date night movie. The Cape Cod Rail Trail runs directly behind the campground–and connects to the stunningly beautiful Nauset Bike Trail which will eventually drop you both off on the windswept beaches of the National Seashore. There may be no better place for a romantic stroll on the entire east coast.
The Campground at James Island County Park, South Carolina
The RV sites at James Island are large, private, attractive, and offer full hookups at county park prices. This is an absolutely lovely place to take a bike ride or an evening stroll before settling in around the campfire. The campground is nestled into a quiet section of this vast and entertaining county park where getting bored is never an option. Traveling with a pup? Head to the gigantic doggy park and let them run off-leash and meet some new friends. Downtown Charleston is nearby and it is one of America’s most gorgeous and romantic cities. Take an evening stroll through the historic waterfront district and build up an appetite for the city’s legendary food and drink.
Anchor Down RV Resort, Tennessee
Located about 45 minutes north of Gatlinburg, this RV resort opened just a few years ago and the word spread quickly. The campground is on the shores of Douglas Lake, and the campsites are becoming legendary. Many have large, custom stone fireplaces with stunning water and mountain views. Prepare a romantic meal right at your site and plan on an evening of quiet conversation as the sun melts into the water. If you are looking to get wet Anchor Down has all of the resort amenities you could want–including a pool and lake beach with swimming and watercraft rentals. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also nearby for endless outdoor adventures.
Rafter J Bar Ranch, South Dakota
Rafter J Bar Ranch is one of the most romantic campgrounds in the country. The sites are incredibly spacious for a private campground, and the views of the Black Hills that rim the campground are close to spectacular. The large heated pool and hot tub are absolutely perfect after a long day of hiking or exploring Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore–and you will love the on-demand outdoor fireplace for warming up right after a swim. The beauty and stoic grandeur of South Dakota’s Black Hills is often overshadowed by points further west–and you rarely hear it mentioned as a great location for a romantic getaway. But that just means there will be more room for both of you to #roamoutside and enjoy the best that mother nature has to offer.
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, California
Flying Flags offers a luxurious California camping experience that may be unrivaled in the entire Golden State. Their “ultra-premium” RV sites with covered patios and outdoor kitchens are super swanky for those who like to roll in style and their resort-style amenities make it perfect for a romantic getaway. Make sure to sample local wines or a craft cocktail at the Sideways Lounge located right next door at the Sideways Inn–a sister property. You can take your drinks to go and walk right back to your site for a campfire if the evening air is cool. If the weather is warm hit the pool and hot tub area. Flying Flags looks like something ripped from the pages of a travel magazine.
Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington State
This stunning and romantic campground is situated on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the vast majority of the sites have views of the sparkling water. The tide pools located just steps below the campsites will keep you occupied for hours if you feel like taking a lazy stroll. But there are also plenty of outdoor activities for thrill-seekers and nature lovers. Whether you love hiking, biking, kayaking, bird-watching, or surfing there is something for you on-property or nearby. Downtown Port Angeles is also close and filled with hip food, coffee, and shopping. Summertime on the Olympic Peninsula is near wild heaven and a perfect place for a great escape with someone you love.
We hope you find the romantic RV site of your dreams and get to hit the open road sometime soon! Planning and daydreaming about your next epic trip is always a huge part of the fun!
Jeremy Puglisi is the co-author of See You At The Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors and the co-host of The RV Atlas podcast.