8 GREAT LAKEFRONT CAMPGROUNDS WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS

For an RV owner, there are few things better than scoring a great site on or near a beautiful lake.  Whether you love to fish, kayak, swim, or just take in the soothing views from your camp chair, lakefront camping is highly desirable. But that also means that lakefront sites can be challenging to reserve and can require advance planning and research. There are hundreds of great lakefront campgrounds in the United States, so where should an RV owner even begin to look?

 

Well, how about right here!

 

Below is a list of eight great lakefront campgrounds with gorgeous views. All of them are directly on, or steps away from lovely lakes. The time to start planning your next RV adventure is always right now. So let’s dive in!

 

Shelter Cove RV Resort (Odell Lake, Oregon)

The RV sites at Shelter Cove are top-notch. They are quiet, shady, and spacious–and many of them are just steps away from world-class fishing and boating on Odell Lake. During our stay, we rented a pontoon boat from the campground’s on-site marina and headed out onto the lake for swimming and a picnic lunch.  Shelter Cove felt like a dream from a storybook to me. If you have an RV and love to fish or kayak, I can think of no better place in America.

 

Jedediah Smith Campground (Crescent City, California)

The location of the Jedediah Smith Campground is stunning.  Camping among the old-growth redwood trees along the Smith River is peaceful and restorative to the soul. Kids can spend the entire day swimming and splashing in the river while you relax on the shoreline and dive in for a dip if you get hot. The Hiouchi Trail runs along the Smith River and takes you to Stout Grove–an incredible spot for viewing the redwoods up close and personal. It is one of our favorite family hikes of all time. RV sites are not directly on the water here, but they are very close.

 

Holiday Park Campground (Traverse City, Michigan)

Traverse City is an absolute gem, with great coffee shops, independent bookstores, breweries, restaurants, and a hip, cool, and outdoorsy downtown vibe. Holiday Park Campground is 15 minutes from town and has a hipster charm all its own. The setting is quiet and bucolic, and the waters of Silver Lake are crystal clear and warm for swimming. This used to be a seasonal campground for Airstream owners only–with a few rental sites for transient campers. The restriction was lifted many years ago–but there are still dozens of sites occupied by classic Airstreams–which makes for some serious RV eye candy.

 

Old Highway 86 Campground (Table Rock Lake, Missouri)

Old Highway 86 Campground is a gem in the often-overlooked Army Corps of Engineers network of campgrounds. It is situated on a peninsula that juts out into Table Rock Lake so every site has views of the water–and many of the sites (about 75 percent of them) back right up to the water. If you travel with kayaks or SUP’s there may be no better place to camp in the entire midwest. If you don’t have a site with direct water access there is a sandy swimming beach with picnic tables and there is a public dock for launching. Camping just doesn’t get much better than this. Anywhere.

 

Jellystone Lakes Region (Milton, New Hampshire)

This brand new Jellystone Park is located on the shores of Northeast Pond and has two of its own private, sandy beaches for swimming and kayaking. Basketball, volleyball, tennis, and soccer are available for the sports nuts in your family. So is giant chess, if you are feeling silly and cerebral. RV sites near the water are nice–but I also love the wooded and shady sites a little further back.  The world-famous White Mountains are just a bit further north if you want to do some serious hiking or drive up to Mount Washington.

 

Keuka Lake State Park (Finger Lakes, New York)

The campground at Keuka Lake State Park is located in the heart of New York’s wine country and would be perfect for a romantic RV trip without the kids. But if you bring the kids they will have a blast too. The sandy beach and crystal clear waters of Keuka Lake are perfect for swimming, kayaking, and romping around in the sand. The campground is not directly on the water but is just a short walk away.

 

Otter Lake Camp Resort (Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania)

Otter Lake Camp Resort is a family favorite that many RV owners return to summer after summer. The 60-acre lake is perfect for fishing and kayaking and many of the RV sites are directly on the water. Families that love sports will have endless options here including basketball, tennis, and racquetball. The indoor and outdoor pools are also popular, and so are the themed weekends and organized activities.

 

Mount Pleasant/Charleston KOA  (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)

This delightful KOA is located on the privately-owned 377 acre Oakland Plantation–whose history predates the Civil War.  We loved kayaking on the lake and spotting alligators resting in the sun along the shore–but we definitely skipped swimming here! Our boys also spent hours swimming in the pool and playing basketball while we were able to relax and read at our deluxe patio site. Proximity to downtown Charleston is very good and there is excellent regional food nearby.

 

 

We hope you find the lakefront 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! Just don’t forget your sunscreen, okay?

 

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.

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.

 

Photo compliments of Bill Sferrazza

 

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.

EXPLORING A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MEMPHIS

If I say the words “Memphis, Tennessee”, what are the first things that come to mind? For many, we are sure Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley would top the list. For others, Memphis is definitely known as a great place to get incredible barbecue. Both of those are true and as we headed to Memphis, we wanted to see some of the best-known sites, while experiencing some of the lesser known must-see sites. All of this is from a local’s point of view. The only problem was figuring out where we would stay. This can be one of the most important decisions you can make when selecting a campground close to a major city.

 

Picking the Right Campground – Home Base

 

We knew we were going to be spending 4-5 days in the Memphis area and picking a solid campground would be key. Our “homebase campground” is a huge factor in the overall enjoyment when visiting cities. This time we chose the Memphis Jelly Stone Campground, which just happened to be located in the state of Mississippi, go figure.

 

 

That’s because the Mississippi state line is just outside the city limits of Memphis. We knew with our frequent daily excursions, having a kid friendly campground would be the key to keeping the entire family happy. We learned a long time ago that just piling the kids up in the car and touring sites without factoring in plenty of fun time is a recipe for disaster. That’s especially true if we planned to hit any sensitive museums. Once we chose the Memphis Jelly Stone, we showed the kids all the things to do at the campground and they were 100% on board. Being that it was July, we knew it was going to be hot.

 

Tetherball Time!!

 

Water Slides!!!

 

This Jelly Stone had a nice pool, water slides, gaga ball, tether ball and even a basketball court.

 

 

Not to leave out Ebony, it had multiple “off leash” dog parks, one even lakeside! So with everyone happy with our homebase, it was time to venture out and explore Memphis.

 

The National Civil Rights Museum

 

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, it was very important for us to take time to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

 

 

For those who don’t know, this museum is actually formally known as the Lorraine Motel, and it became a national site to remember and preserve the last days in the life of Martin Luther King. We always make it a point to try to visit national historic sites, museums, and landmarks wherever we travel. But this site in particular with the 50th anniversary year was going to be a special visit, and it did not disappoint. My advice to you would be to plan at least a two-day visit at this museum. There’s so much to see and to absorb.

 

 

We have made it a point as we homeschool our boys to expose them to as much American history as possible, and that includes African-American history. Sometimes easy to separate, but it really should not be. This museum did a phenomenal job of covering not only the impact that Martin Luther King Jr. made on this country, but the key moments and facts of the civil rights struggle from generations ago to today.

 

 

I would say the most striking moment from our entire visit at the museum was as we passed from exhibit to exhibit and our boys said more than once, “Mom! Dad! We’ve been there.” Whether it was the replica of the Edmund Pettis Bridge from Selma, or the market lunch counter from the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter sit-ins.

 

 

We have taken our boys to these locations, and it’s not always easy sometimes, they’re scared. Sometimes they’re confused struggling with the question of why people would treat us like that. But our resolute determination is to expose them to things that are in their best interest and to hear them say to us that they remember visiting many of those places are priceless moments and experiences while RVing.

 

A Pyramid in Memphis?  – Bass Pro Shop

 

On a lighter note, we heard we just had to go check out the Bass Pro Shop Pyramid. No, we didn’t do a lot of research, so we had no idea what to expect.  As we drove nearer, in the distance we could see this pyramid reach up into the skies.

 

 

I’m going to say that this place was pretty cool. You can take this unique elevator to the top observation deck. It changes colors every few minutes. There is a $10 fee per person to ride up.

 

Elevator to the Observation Deck

 

And the view from the observation deck on a clear day/evening was worth the fee (for at least one person). Inside there was an aquarium fish tank that even had live alligators! Also, if you needed anything, and I mean anything for your camping trip, they had it.

 

Justin Marvels at the Fish Tank

 

We didn’t have a chance to eat at the on-site restaurant (due to a long wait), but we heard good things about it.

 

Musical History in Memphis – Stax Records

 

We had planned to visit Graceland, but then decided to check out maybe a slightly lesser known, but important musical history site, Stax Records.

 

 

Second only to Motown, Stax Records place is cemented in American Soul music history. Artists such as the Staple Sisters, Dramatics, Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding launched their careers in the studios of Stax. Stax Records and Southern Soul music were one in the same.

 

 

 

Time to Eat – Memphis BBQ Anyone?

 

Memphis is known as a place to get top BBQ, but how in the world do you choose where to go?

 

So Many Wonderful BBQ Choices in Memphis

 

One of the things we have learned most in RV travel is to ask locals the best place to eat. Tia has a girlfriend that grew up in Memphis, and she said the well-known places are good, but if we didn’t mind going to a different part of town, we would find even better BBQ. So we did and went to Central BBQ.

 

 

I was worried since Tia has become a vegan that she wouldn’t be able to eat, but she loved the BBQ portabella mushroom sandwich. The kids loved the homemade mac and cheese. I wanted to taste a few items.

 

 

So I started with the jerk and dry rubbed wings and ended with the slab of baby back ribs. This place didn’t disappoint!

 

We Will Return…

 

Memphis is a fun history filled place to visit. You may be drawn there to visit because of Graceland, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but Memphis has so much more to offer. I know we only scratched the surface of things to do and see in Memphis.

 

 

So if or should I say, when you go, plan wisely, eat local recommendations and take in a few of the sites we visited. The history will draw you in and the food and music will keep you going back.

 

 

Keith Sims

Soulful RV Family

A TRIP TO THE EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

What is the first thought that comes to mind when someone mentions Disney World? Most people would say Mickey Mouse, Magic Kingdom and loads of kids with their parents in tow. Oh, and let’s not forget about strollers! Yes, I will admit that I love taking the whole family to Disney World.

And, I fall into all of those categories with my kids and their meltdowns from the overstimulation of a huge theme park. It is certainly one of my favorite places to go for a fabulous family vacation. Now what if I told you that there are a couple of months out of the year when Disney World can be a fabulous destination for adults, with or without kids?

Now I have your attention.

I decided to take the family down to Orlando for yet another Disney vacation, but this time it was all about the adults.  Sure, the kids came along for the ride, but this was not for them. Some might find that to be a bit selfish. However, sometimes mama and papa bear have to have some fun, too.

Personally, I think that it is good for our kids to know that even though we love to bless them with fun experiences, we are people too. Parents deserve to have a little fun.

So instead of the usual trip to Magic Kingdom and the like, we decided to hit Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival 2017. I have become such a foodie over the past 5 years that I was excited to see what goodies I would find at the Food and Wine Festival. Not only does Epcot do a fantastic job of offering a glorious variety of culinary delights from around the globe, but they offer wine pairings for their dishes, too.

There was one small wrinkle in my plan. My husband is a traditional meat and potatoes kind of guy but my recent decision to partake in a plant-based diet would limit the variety of dishes that I would be able to consume.  I even had to ask myself if I would be able to eat anything other than a salad.

Once again, Disney World did not disappoint!

First thing is first! This mama bear will always find a way to entertain her little cubs, so we registered the boys for a scavenger hunt. Now that the boys were sufficiently entertained and distracted, it was time for us to begin eating our way around this culinary Epcot world.

One place that is only available to eat at during the Food and Wine Festival is their Africa region. There I was able to thoroughly enjoy the spicy Ethiopian red lentil stew with vegan yogurt and quinoa. This dish had me wishing that I had some take home containers in my bag.

Due to my dietary restrictions I have learned, albeit the hard way, that it is always best to do a little menu research prior to heading out to eat. To my delight, Epcot had a couple of vegan/vegetarian options at each food spot around the park.

If you plan to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival it is best to go in the middle of the work-week and plan to arrive as close to opening as you can. I failed to adhere to my own advice and went on the weekend. It was packed with tourists as well as local Floridians taking advantage of the weekend to get their grub on.

Nonetheless, this event is a must for adults who wish to visit the most magical theme park destination in the world.  The festival offers so many options to parents taking a break from the traditional Disney experience. If you plan ahead, you can book your spot to participate in cooking demonstrations and seminars led by well-known chefs and television personalities. That said; plan your visit well ahead of time.

As for our family, we will be back! The kids had a great time and they were happy to see that mom and dad had a magical time, too.

RVING FOR HISTORY BUFFS: 10 MUST SEE PLACES

When many people think about RVing they think of parking next to the lake for a weekend of fishing or heading to the mountains for hiking, but RVing is also the perfect way to get out and explore North America’s rich history.

We spent four years touring the United States in our RV. Much of that time was dedicated to visiting historical sites from Key West to Alaska and San Francisco to New York City and hundreds of places in between. Narrowing down my list to 10 places was next to impossible. It would have been much easier to write 100 Must See Places but for the sake of length and your time I whittled the list down to ten. I chose RV-friendly places in a variety of locations around the country and most have the added benefit of natural beauty for outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

Boston, MA

For early American history, it doesn’t get much better than Boston. Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile marked path through downtown that passes by 16 historical significant locations. It starts at the Boston Commons and winds its way down to Bunker Hill. While not a part of the Freedom Trail, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum offers an

in- depth look at an event that changed the course of history. Not far from Boston you’ll also find Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum about the early settlement of Plymouth Colony. Campgrounds are limited to the outskirts of Boston. We’d recommend camping at one of the numerous campgrounds between Boston and Cape Cod so you can experience Boston’s history and spend a day or two experiencing the beauty of Cape Cod.

 

 

Charleston, SC

The history of Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most enduring in the country. Founded by the English in 1670, Charleston began as a small seaport settlement. By the 18th century it had grown into a wealthy city. The bloodiest four years in America began in April of 1861 when Confederate soldiers opened fire at Union-occupied Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor. The Civil War devastated Charleston but the lack of funds forced the city to repair instead of replace buildings thus preserving a large array of significant architecture. Start your visit at the Charleston Visitor Center for suggestions from their friendly and helpful staff and be sure to watch, Forever Charleston, to get an overview of the city’s history. Must-sees include Fort Sumpter National Monument, a walking tour of historic downtown self-guided or otherwise, Battery Park, and Charleston City Market. A handful of campgrounds are on the outskirts of the city including Edisto Beach State Park where you can camp on the coast. Or consider staying further south and add a day trip to Savannah, Georgia to your history tour.

 

 

Dearborn, MI

Located just outside Detroit, MI, Dearborn is a haven of history in the Midwest. The must-see attraction is The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation is nothing short of spectacular. Step onto the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, see past presidential cars, learn about manufacturing, and even see early RVs. Head over to Greenfield Village where you can ride in a Model T, explore Thomas Edison’s lab, and see the workshop where the Wright brothers thought to reach for the sky. There are a number of campgrounds located outside the Detroit area. If you want to spend some time enjoying Lake Erie, we suggest Sterling State Park Campground located south of Dearborn on the lake.

 

 

New Orleans, LA

In 1803 the United States bought approximately 827,000 square miles of land for 15 million dollars from France. Known as the Louisiana Purchase, this territory located west of the Mississippi included New Orleans. New Orleans’ history is as rich and varied as its food. Stroll the famous French Quarter and visit the St. Louis Cathedral. Built in 1724, St Louis is the oldest continuously active Catholic cathedral in the United States. Ride one of the continuously operating streetcars in the world. You’ll also find museums galore including The New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and The National World War II Museum. As for places to camp you’ll find RV parks within walking distance to the French Quarter or pick one of the many nearby campgrounds located and drive in for the day. For more tips on visiting New Orleans with kids check out RVing in New Orleans.

 

 

Philadelphia, PA

A history trip isn’t complete without a visit to our nation’s first capitol city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The main course is Independence National Historic Park. Independence NHP is an urban park that contains historical delights like the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, Carpenter’s Hall, and Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. In addition, there are many other smaller sites that commemorate the people and places of our rich history. Consider visiting nearby Valley Forge located northeast of the Philadelphia to learn more about place where the American Continental Army spent the harsh winter 1777 and 1778. Campgrounds are speckled all around the city, including one in downtown.

 

 

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city in the United States and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi. Explore ancient Native Americans petroglyphs or visit the Palace of the Governors, one of the nation’s oldest government buildings. Currently, the Palace of the Governors serves as New Mexico’s History Museum. Just outside of the city, you’ll find Pecos National Historical Park where the remains of Indian Pueblos teach us about the ancient peoples who once thrived in this high desert. History, art, and culture are rich in Santa Fe and there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had as well. All of this makes it a wonderful stop for RVing history buffs.

 

 

St. Augustine, FL

Along the sandy shores of the Atlantic in northern Florida, lies the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States, St Augustine. St. Augustine was founded in by Spanish conquistador, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in 1565. St. Augustine has been the home to a wide array of cultures from Native Americans, Spanish settlers, British soldiers, and unconventional millionaires, all who have left their mark on this beautiful coastal city. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century Spanish fortress, walk through the historic district, and spend time at the beach. If you can get a spot (reserve early), stay at Anastasia State Park located across Matanzas Bay from downtown St. Augustine.

 

 

Washington DC

Of course, no list of best places for history buffs is complete without our nation’s capital city, Washington D.C. It might surprise you that Washington D.C. is very RV friendly. Well, you won’t be parking on the National Mall, but there are plenty of options nearby making an RV trip to Washington D.C. educational and affordable! The list of attractions in D.C. is long and ever growing so plan accordingly. For an in depth look at our favorite places to visit while RVing Washington D.C. check out this post.

 

 

Williamsburg, VA

Known as the Historic Triangle, Williamsburg, Virginia is where American history comes alive. You’ll be able to walk through and touch hundreds of years of history in the living history museums. From the Native Americans who first called this area home to the first settlers founding Jamestown in 1607 to the Battle of Yorktown, history is thick around Williamsburg. Plan on spending multiple days to tour Historic Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, American Revolutionary Museum at Yorktown, and Yorktown Battlefield. There are a number of campgrounds to choose from in the area. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Yellowstone National Park, WY, ID, MT

National parks and RVing are like ice cream and cake. They just fit together. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park and, depending on who you ask, the second oldest in the world. This history with its unmatched geological wonders makes it a must see for RVers. Be sure to attend a ranger program or two discussing the history of the park. It’s fascinating to hear how conservancy and culture has changed over the years. Today you wouldn’t think of intentionally feeding bears but back in the 1900s it was a common occurrence and there are pictures to prove it! You’ll find numerous campgrounds located in and around the park. If possible plan a visit early or late in the season to avoid crowds.

Are you a history buff? Where are some of your favorite places to Go RVing?