Sure, you can camp in a tent, but why would you? Driving an RV is like traveling WITH your hotel room. Every amenity you need (plus that big screen TV) is available any where you decide to camp.
Of course, there are campgrounds…and then there are campgrounds. Here are the top 10 campgrounds most searched for on Yahoo.
#1. South Padre Island is the RV Island!
Nestled in the Gulf of Mexica is a long barrier island known as South Padre Island. One side is bordered by Port Isabel, while the other side bumps up against the Padre Island National Seashore. The rest is miles and miles of beaches and awesome places to park your RV. Consider the South Padre Island KOA or Andy Bowie Park. You might also consider the 600 RV spots ready for occupancy at the Isla Blanca Park. The key here is early reservations. This RV wonderland is a busy place, but once you are there you can sit back and enjoy the seashore!
#2. Boyd’s in Key West is the End of the Road
If you drive all the way south in Florida and through the Florida Keys, you will eventually reach the the Island of Key West. This is the end of the road. Key West is literally as far south as you can drive your RV. Once there you’ll want to visit Boyd’s Key West Campground. Boyd’s is close to everything including snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing in the surf. Have an itch to shop Downtown Key West is right down the street!
#3. Mount Rushmore’s Horse Thief Lake is One Of a Kind
When in South Dakota, head two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore. There you will find Horse Thief Lake Campground surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery of the Black Hills. Popular with campers of all styles, this national forest campground offers a small amount of basic sites for RVs. If you’re the type of camper who prefers more amenities such as a pool, bath house, playground and store you might consider The Horse Thief Campground and RV resort. This all inclusive RV resort is a great base for visiting Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave and all the other fun things to do in the area. Be sure to reserve early as this is a popular vacation spot!
#4. The Big Blue Waters of Crater Lake National Park
Deep in the forests of southern Oregon is a massive crater filled with the bluest water you have ever seen! The lake at Crater Lake National Park is over 1,900 feet deep, and fills annually with rain and snow water. As the deepest lake in the US, you can’t help but be amazed at its stunning blue waters. The park offers lots of hiking and biking trails, along with boating and swimming. There is one campground inside the park with RV sites. The Mazama Campground has 2oo sites, some offering hook-ups for RVs. You can also stay at one of the privately owned RV parks near the lake, including Prospect RV Park, Diamond Lake RV Park, or Big Pines RV Park.
#5 Mickey Goes Wild at Fort Wilderness
There’s only one way to visit the Magic Kingdom, and that’s by camping in your RV. Walt Disneys Fort Wilderness is a highly rated RV park near the Magic Kingdom and the Epcot Center, deep in the heart of Florida. This is an RV Resort with every amenity you can imagine. Return from a busy day at the crowded theme parks to relax in own little piece of heaven. Enjoy boating, water skiing, pony rides, Segway adventures, several pools, and world class playgrounds for the kids. Disney does all things well, so you can be sure this RV park is one spot you will remember for years to come.
#6. Step Back in Time at Colonial Williamsburg
Ah, the pageantry and history of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. This 300 acre historic region draws over 1 million visitors every year. Few, however realize you can visit this area in an RV. Colonial Williamsburg has a variety of nearby parks, including the Willimsburg KOA and the American Heritage RV Park. Park your rig and step back in time. Visit a historic blacksmith or the Jamestown Settlement. Watch the Yorktown battleground reenactment and let the kids play revolutionary! In Colonial Williamsburg you can live the RV dream with comfortable accommodations and easy access to everything!
#7. Meet The Columbia River
Sure, you’ve heard of it, but have you ever experienced the mighty Columbia River in your RV? This river runs over 1,243 miles through Canada, Washington, and Oregon. It weaves its way through a scenic valley dotted with towns and tons of natural beauty. The Columbia River National Scenic park has plenty of places to park your RV. You can camp, hike, wind surf, or just gaze at the rolling river. In addition, there are tons of state and private RV parks along the Columbia River offering easy access to Portland and the Mount Hood region.
#8. The Golden Isles of Georgia
Along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts lay 100 tidal and barrier islands. These are called Sea Islands or the Golden Isles of Georgia. The most popular are Jekyll Island, Sea Island and St Simons Island. There are several RV parks both on off the islands from which you can explore the beach and historic ports. Two of the most popular are the Jeykll Island Campground and Blythe Island Regional Park.
#9. Park on The Beach at Camp Gulf
You can’t top this Travel Channel pick. Camp Gulf is located on a strip of land just outside Pensacola, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawatchee Bay in Destin, Florida. This campground is an RVers paradise. Camp Gulf its right on the water, and you literally cannot get closer to the beach. Sit on your picnic table and stare at the ocean, eat ice cream, and build sand castles. Listen to the sound of the waves as they crash into your front yard. Yes, this place is spectacular!
#10. Visit Vicksburg for Some Southern Hospitality
Deep in the heart of Mississippi lies a historic waterfront calling your name. This popular summer drive is a great place for RVs to park and explore the Vicksburg National Military Park by taking a walk through history. There are numerous RV parks in the region,but this area is busy, so be sure to reserve early! If you love to fish consider the Chotard Landing Resort, or if you left the kids behind, consider the Ameristar RV Park next to the Ameristar Casino. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy southern hospitality wherever you go!
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