It is Spring and time to think about this years destinations. The USA is a big place and there is a lot to choose from. We are planning to do a really large loop this year and basically go Southern California to Seattle to Cleveland back Route 66 to Southern California. It is a long trip and the time to leave will come up quick.
Over the years I have been to every State except North Dakota. I am going to add ND to the visited list this year and then I will have seen them all. But where are the best places to go? That depends on you and what you like to see and where you start and plan to finish. People basically break down into two groups. You have the "people", people, and you have the "thing" people. I am a "thing" person. So when I think of travel it is in terms of seeing and exploring new places and points of interest. There are many people who are "people" people. When they think of travel it is who they are going to visit. In my opinion the best motor home trips are the ones that combine both. As we plant to do this summer.
But of the places what are the best ones to see in an RV? Here is my top ten list. It is in order of the best first.
- Yellowstone - Grand Teton. Absolutely without a doubt in my mind the best place in the USA to visit for any type of family vacation or RV vacation. This is a National Park with ACTION. Large wild animals, spouting geysers, beautiful lakes and mountains, magnificent waterfalls, fishing, hiking, you name it. If you have not been here plan to go as soon as possible. It should be number one on your bucket list.
- Glacier National Park. My recommendation is that even if you go here in an RV you book at few nights in some of the old hotels in the park. The finest view from a hotel I have ever experienced is from the Many Glacier Lodge. Glacier Park has lots of animals, scenic mountains, beautiful glacial lakes. Be sure to include Waterton Park just across the border in Canada to your visit.
- Yosemite. The "range of light" should be seen by everyone. If you can possibly make it in May try to do so. The waterfalls are much greater when they have the spring runoff in them.
- Grand Canyon. It takes your breath away. See both sides. Williams is a good place to stay in an RV on the south side. There are also RV parks close to the south rim. There is a beautiful RV park on the north rim. Might not fit the largest RVs.
- The area north east of the Grand Canyon to Mesa Verde. When you leave the Grand Canyon go up towards the Cameron Trading Post and then into the Monument Valley area. Stay in Monument Valley. Take the tour. Take the road up towards Bluff. See the ancient native American ruins. Stop at four corners. Go through Mesa Verde.
- Oregon. Oregon is RV heaven. There are big rivers, mountains, ocean, volcanoes, a couple beautiful cities and towns (Ashland, Jamestown, Florence, Bend, and Portland, plus quite a few more), lots and lots of RV repair places, great State campgrounds, many great commercial campgrounds, and is generally a really beautiful place during the RV season. Oh, and very nice people.
- Montana - Wyoming Similar to Oregon put bigger mountains and no ocean. Things to see and do include Frontier Days, Cody western museum, Yellowstone-Grand Teton, Jackson, Bozeman, Flathead Lake, Glacier NP.
- Utah Red Rock Country - Start at St George, go east till you can turn left to Arches Park, ride a bike in Moab. Every color of rock you can imagine in every shape. Bryce Park takes your breath away.
- Arizona in general. From the Grand Canyon to Bizbee this is a great State to RV in. Lots of sights of various types. Generally clear weather, but very hot in the lowlands in summer. Set up well for RVing.
- California - There are so many things to do in CA that I don't have enough space for them all. If you have a smaller RV you can do many more things in CA. Big class A's just don't fit well down route 1 through Big Sur. They also do not fit in most State Parks. There are also lots and lots of people here and some really big traffic problems. See if you can avoid the traffic. If you have a smaller RV you have many choices to camp by the ocean. If you have a big RV there are far fewer. A good place to go with a big RV is Pismo Beach. I really like camping in the 49er area in the old gold mining towns. Again these are small roads and many places cannot accommodate a big RV. Borrego and Palm Springs are great RV places in the winter.
Any list like this will have your own preferences in them. I like the USA west of Denver. That is reflected in my picks. There are many things to see and explore east of Denver. I just like the western places better.