Excitement awaits around every corner on your road trip from Portland to New Haven. As you travel from coast to coast, you'll pass through the fantastic cities of Boise, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York with stops at a few fun state parks for a little R&R. Breathtaking national parks along your route take you hiking up an active volcano at Mount Rainier National Park and test your endurance skills on the three-dune challenge at Indiana Sand Dunes National Park. Marvelous locations at Temple Square in Salt Lake City wow with stunning sights and sounds and a slight turn south in Pennsylvania steers you toward a thrilling and delicious candy land at Hersheypark.
Enjoy a few of America's most beautiful national parks on your Portland to New Haven RV road trip.
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park is a majestic destination that's just two hours and 20 minutes north of Portland. Here, you can hike the massive 14,410-foot active volcano, enjoy Sunday brunch at the Paradise Inn Dining Room in a rustic lodge located mid-mountain at Paradise, and take scenic gondola rides up Crystal Mountain for spectacular views of Mount Rainier. Biking, fishing, and camping are more excellent ways to experience the beauty of this unique park.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is a one hour and 50-minute drive south from Cheyenne that's totally worth the quick detour. While you're here, check out the Alpine and Beaver Meadows Visitor Centers for information and history about the park that includes exhibits, a gift shop, and an on-site café. Outside, you'll have plenty to explore at a few favorite park locales including Dream Lake, Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, and, of course, at the crown jewel of the park and its highest summit, Longs Peak. Stick around for a couple of days of camping, hiking, and fishing in some of the most stunningly beautiful mountains on earth.
Indiana Sand Dunes National Park
Indiana Sand Dunes National Park welcomes you with miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, moderate to challenging hikes, and exciting outdoor adventures such as the three-dune challenge. For a glimpse into the historical side of the park, visit Barker Mansion, a 19th-century architectural marvel that features tours, lectures, and a vibrant living history museum. The Michigan City Lighthouse and Old Lighthouse Museum are perfect for exploring the area's maritime history and should definitely make it onto your bucket list of places to see here.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Ohio's only national park that's located not far from Cleveland's south side. Take your time exploring the park's 33,000 acres at a few notable destinations such as Brandywine Falls, Horseshoe Pond, and Tinker's Creek Gorge. A stop at the Brecksville Nature Center allows you to experience the wonder of the Cuyahoga Valley with nature trails that lead to glacial river valleys and fields of grass that are over eight feet tall.
Consider adding some lovely and less populated state parks to your Portland to New Haven road trip itinerary.
Lucky Peak State Park
Lucky Peak State Park is only 10 minutes away from downtown Boise and features a large, refreshing lake with plenty of sand, sun, and fun that's great for a day of fishing, sunbathing, swimming, or boating.
Antelope Island State Park
Rest and relax at Antelope Island State Park near Salt Lake City for a night or two of dark skies and days filled with hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and watching the buffalo roam throughout the park. Take time to check out the visitor center and the mid-19th-century Fielding Garr Ranch for a few interesting history lessons.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Park
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Park immerses you in the raucous history of the Wild West at the park's on-site museum in North Platte, Nebraska. Outdoor activities include fishing on the North Platte River, exploring 5 miles of hiking trails, camping at full hookup RV sites, and practicing your archery skills at the park's free range.
Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run State Park offers 44 miles of premier hiking trails through lush, wooded forests, excellent fishing spots along the Lehigh River, swimming at Sand Spring Lake, and a 400-table picnic area.
In Salt Lake City, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing Temple Square, where you can tour Brigham Young's previous home, The Beehive House, marvel at the architecture of the Mormon Temple, and listen to the wondrous sounds of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Sunday mornings or Thursday evenings.
The Old Market
The Old Market is fantastic for a day of shopping, eating, and experiencing Omaha's nightlife in a historic part of town. Check out Craft Sliders + Beer to find the perfect pairing, and then head to Flying Worm Vintage to peruse some chic threads. The Dubliner Pub is great for a night of live music, and you can find sweets at Dolci Ice Cream & Desserts.
A day at Hersheypark is a must as you make your way through Pennsylvania. Hop on a couple of the park's newest rides like Candymonium and Lightning Racer for some heart-pounding fun. Time in Chocolatetown treats you to more coasters and delicious confections at The Chocolatier, a full-service restaurant, and bar.
Boise is a must-see city on your Portland to New Haven road trip. Some of the coolest places to visit are the Old Idaho Penitentiary for the history, the Basque Block for a full-on cultural experience, and Freak Alley Gallery for the amazing open-air art. Be sure to check out the Black Cliffs, the Boise Art Museum, and the State Capitol Building before you hit the road. Mountain View RV Park is convenient and quaint with 63 RV sites and a dump station.
When in Chicago, do as the Chicagoans do, and stuff your face on a Chicago Pizza Tour or munch on a Chicago-style hot dog at the Superdawg Drive-In. If you're in the mood for excellent suds, then the Beer Temple is the place to be. You can't be in Chicago and not head to the 103rd-floor observation deck of the Willis Tower for amazing views of the city. More to explore while you're in the Windy City is Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is a beautiful hideaway close to Chicago that features hot showers, a dump station and plenty of sprawling evergreen grass.
Cleveland isn't known as The Rock and Roll Capital of the World for nothing. In this city, you can explore five magical floors of music history at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and exercise your inner child at the A Christmas Story House and Museum in "The Land," where nothing has changed since 1983. Good times are a sure thing when you combine beer and donuts at Beernuts. They feature unique combos of innovative donut flavors and delicious craft beers that you just have to try. Don't forget to check out some of Cleveland's actual haunts like the Haserot Angel and the Frozen Cleveland Lighthouse. Willow Lake Park has fantastic amenities that include a concession bar, swimming pool, mini-golf and a convenience store. A dump station is also on the premises.
New York, NY
In New York, you'll want to see all the usual hotspots and then some. Start with visits to some of NYC's classic attractions at Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building; then, stroll the bustling streets of the city to a few memorable locations like the Ghostbusters Firehouse in Tribeca, the Sea Glass Carousel in Battery Park and the oldest luncheonette in the city at the Lexington Candy Shop. A trip off the beaten path takes you to Zaytoon's in Brooklyn to feast on an excellent plate of shawarma and a decadent slice of Blackout Cake at Ebinger's Bakery. Harriman State Park's Beaver Pond Campground features hiking trails, fishing, and biking as well as fire pits, picnic areas, and an on-site dump station.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Portland to New Haven, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Portland or New Haven.