Renting an RV is a convenient and affordable way to explore Bloomington, Indiana, and the surrounding area. If you're comfortable driving a large vehicle, you'll find Class A RVs that range from $95 to $799 per night. A Bloomington Class C RV will give you plenty of living space for $275 on the high end and $110 for less expensive models. Renting a towable RV like a fifth wheel or travel trailer will generally cost between $59 and $524 in Indiana.
No trip to the Midwest would be complete without visiting Chicago. The drive takes about four hours if you travel the Indianapolis to Chicago route. You'll pass through some of the best scenery in Indiana's central and western regions where stretches of flat, green land turns into rolling hills and even sand dunes. It's best to budget at least a few days for this trip. In addition to exploring Indiana as you drive, you'll need time to experience Chicago.
Head east from nearby Indianapolis to Waterbury, Connecticut to explore Indiana, the Midwest, and parts of the Middle Atlantic. This 800-mile epic journey should take just under 13 hours of driving, but the memories will last a lifetime. On your way, stop in Columbus, Ohio, for its many parks and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. You'll pass through Pennsylvania before reaching your final destination. This quaint New England town has a wealth of historic architecture to appreciate. Dedicate at least a week for this trip.
At just under 60 miles away from Bloomington, Terre Haute makes a great day trip. You can visit the Wabash River or shop in one of the many shopping centers. Visit the Swope Art Museum to see work from some of Indiana's best artists. The National Road Heritage Trail also passes through the city.
Bloomington sits about 50 miles south of Indiana's capital, Indianapolis. With a population of about 80,000, this midsize city combines small-town beauty with all the amenities you need to enjoy life. Settlers moved into the Bloomington area all the way back in 1818, though the city didn't incorporate until 1827. President Monroe chose it as the site for Indiana Seminary, which helped the town grow. A stagecoach line started, connecting the region to Louisville. This caused an increasing number of businesses and industries to establish themselves in the area. Mining for salt and limestone in the natural limestone quarries proved lucrative. The seminary eventually became Indiana College and then, in 1838, Indiana University. Today, IU is a renowned institution with several high-ranking programs for students.
When the railroad reached Bloomington in the mid-1800s, it brought with it another population boom. Anchored by the university, the city stayed solid through the Civil War and the Depression. Today, the university remains a pillar of Bloomington's economy. Multiple parks and trails dot the city, which is surrounded by acres of rolling hills and forest. The B-Line Trail makes it easy to explore. This paved path stretches through more than three miles of Bloomington's most important areas, including downtown. Walk, cycle, or skate to museums, shops, and farmers markets.
Indianapolis, Indiana - Indiana's capital city is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the famous Indianapolis 500. It also boasts a 250-acre park right in its downtown so you can enjoy nature in the midst of city life.
150+ Gas Stations
4 Rest Areas
14+ Campgrounds and RV Parks
1 Nearby National Forest
2 Nearby State Parks
12 Dump Stations within 20 miles
Cincinnati, Ohio - Cincinnati lies about 128 miles east of Bloomington. With professional football, baseball, and soccer teams, the "Queen City" has sports lovers covered. The city also has museums, a professional ballet company, and much more. Be sure to get some of Cincinnati's famous chili while you're there.
120+ Gas Stations
4 Rest Areas
50+ Campgrounds and RV Parks
4 Nearby State Parks
8 Dump Stations within 20 miles
Columbus, Indiana - About 37 miles east of Bloomington, you'll find Columbus, Indiana. This town of just under 50,000 people is known for its architecture. It's won multiple awards, including from the American Institute of Architects. Take a tour of more than 90 unique buildings in town.
27 Gas Stations
2 Rest Areas
14+ Campgrounds and RV Parks
1 Nearby National Forest
1 Nearby State Park
11 Dump Stations within 20 miles
Drive your rental RV to Indiana Dunes National Park. It typically takes just over three hours to make the 197-mile trip. This park features more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, wetlands, and forest near Lake Michigan's southern shore. Dunewood Campground has 53 RV-friendly sites. Four are accessible for wheelchairs. In addition, it offers guests showers and restrooms. There are no electric hookups.
Have the urge to go west? Load up the RV and visit Gateway Arch National Park. Feel like an old-time settler as you travel 226 miles to the Gateway Arch. This iconic symbol towers 630 feet over St. Louis, commemorating the Louisiana Purchase and westward expansion. Ride a tram to the top for the incredible view. While you can't stay overnight here, there are many campgrounds nearby.
Mammoth Cave National Park lies about 190 miles south in Kentucky. Here, you can explore more than 400 miles of underground caves -- one of the longest cave systems in the world. The park also includes outdoor fun above ground. There are multiple rivers for fishing, acres of hill country to hike, and picnic areas to enjoy a meal. Two of the park's campgrounds welcome RVs. They have potable water and dump stations. Maple Springs Group Campground has sites with electric hookups.
Just 36 miles away from Bloomington, you'll find Spring Mill State Park. The two biggest attractions here are the caves and Pioneer Village. Registered visitors can explore the park's caves on foot or on a guided boat tour. The Pioneer Village has 20 restored historic buildings that date back to the early 1800s. The Grissom Memorial and nature center are also popular attractions. The park's campground has full hookups and a dump station.
Take IN-37 66 miles south to Patoka Lake State Park. You might spot bald eagles at the park's 8,800-acre lake. You can swim or boat in the reservoirs. There are archery ranges, a disc golf course, and multiple trails for hiking. During the winter, you can cross-country ski or go ice fishing. The campground has 455 sites with electric hookups. There's also a dump station.
Bloomington hovers right on the edges of Brown County State Park. As Indiana's largest state park, it features miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park's 16,000 acres consist of deep ravines and gullies, steep hills, and miles of forest. There are four campgrounds to choose from. Buffalo Ridge, Horseman Electric, and Racoon Ridge all have electric hookups, water, and a dump station.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous landmarks in Indiana. It hosts multiple races throughout the year. The size, scope, and history of the Speedway make it worth a visit even if you're not into cars.
The Soliders' and Sailors' Monument in nearby Indianapolis rises 284 feet above Monument Circle. Perched atop the obelisk is Victory, a 30-foot tall figure holding a sword, a torch, and an eagle. When it was dedicated in 1902, it paid tribute to the brave Indiana citizens who served in the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. Today, it's a symbol of Indianapolis itself as well as a nod to the people who have served in more recent conflicts.
The annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival brightens the September skies at Bloomington's Monroe County Fairgrounds. With hot air balloons, fireworks, live music, and food, it's a can't-miss experience.
The Indiana State Fair takes place in Indianapolis each year for nearly a month. Typically from the end of July through the end of August, you'll find carnival food and games, 4H competitions, an antique tractor show, daily parades, special children's activities, and so much more.
Nearby Mitchell's annual Persimmon Festival started in 1947. During the month of September, you can enjoy pageants, a candlelit tour of Spring Mill State Park's Pioneer Village, a parade, live music, and great food.
Wapehani Mountain Bike Park takes up nearly 46 acres of land on Bloomington's southwest side. There are five miles of trails for mountain bikers to enjoy.
The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is part of Hoosier National Forest. There are eight trails with 37.3 miles between them. Hikers and horseback riders are welcome. Terrill Ridge Trail is popular for birders and those looking for an easy out-and-back trail.
Cascades Park Trail is in Lower Cascades Park. This paved, accessible trail is great for beginners or anyone who wants to get a glimpse of one of the park's waterfalls.
Lake Monroe Village puts you right in the city itself. As a Bloomington RV park, it has all the amenities. There are full hookups, showers, a pool, and access to multiple trails. Jellystone Park is another option. This park has two pools, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and full hookups. If you want to stay a little outside Bloomington, Hardin Ridge Recreation Area is just 23 miles away in Heltonville. There are around 200 RV sites, playgrounds, and showers.
You'll find quite a few dump stations near Bloomington, Indiana. Several Flying J Travel Plazas are scattered throughout the region, including one in nearby Indianapolis. In addition to using the dump station, you can refuel. It's open 24 hours and the fee is small. If you find yourself southwest of Bloomington near Vincennes, there's a dump station at Ouabache/Wabash Trails Park.
If you need to store an RV in Bloomington, you have a few options. Storage Express has three locations in the city. Rates are monthly and vary by facility. It offers security cameras, code-controlled access, and bright security lighting to keep your RV safe. To store an RV in Indianapolis, check Bentley's Boat & RV Storage. In addition to spaces for parking your RV, there's a dump station, video surveillance, and onsite security.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Bloomington, IN, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Bloomington?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Bloomington from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Bloomington?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.