New York City is an exciting place to visit on a road trip! There is so much to see and do there that you could spend weeks, or go for many visits, and still not see all there is to see of the city and its surrounding areas.
If you’re planning to get a New York RV rental and wondering how much it costs, you have many different options depending on the size of your group and the activities you plan. A Class A motorhome will afford you plenty of room for a larger group and luxurious amenities but will likely be the most expensive option. You can rent a Class A New York RV for between $129-1000+ a night, but you’ll most likely spend about $350 a night. If you rent for a week, you get a discount and will pay around $321 a night, and renting for a month can bring the cost down to $292 a night.
A Class B camper van can range from $57-475 a night but will likely cost you around $250. You can bring that down to $229 a night if you rent for a week, and $200 per night when you rent for a month.
A Class C camper is the best of both categories - smaller like a Class B van but with more room and camping amenities like a Class A. A Class C New York RV rental can range from $150 a night to over $500, but you should be able to find one for about $225 a night on average. That will come down to about $180 a night for a week and $170 a night for a month.
Although driving an RV rental through New York City can be tricky, and finding parking can be a challenge, between taxis and public transportation, there are plenty of ways to get around the city. The best idea is to leave your RV at your campsite and make your way to the city without your own vehicle, so you can enjoy your day without hassling over parking.
Your RV will come in handy, however, if you’d like to head out to Long Island and beach towns in the Hamptons, or if you’d like to drive through the charming, bucolic villages of central and upstate New York. There’s a lot to see outside the city!
You’ll find everything you need here - from tips on visiting local parks to where to camp to other things to do in New York.
There are many national monuments in New York City, including The Statue of Liberty, the Castle Clinton, and the African Burial Ground. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail winds through parts of New York, and Fire Island is home to a National Seashore.
New York also has many verdant state parks, with hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautifully green scenery. Watkins Glen in central New York may be most famous for its racetrack, but Watkins Glen State Park is home to nineteen waterfalls that carve fantastic formations out of the rocks they have incessantly pummelled for years. Letchworth State Park has hiking, biking, watersports, and amazing views of waterfalls and is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Buttermilk Falls State Park has even more - you guessed it - beautiful falls, as Buttermilk Creek makes its way to Cayuga Lake.
Liberty Harbor RV Park in Jersey City, NJ has a ferry that will drop you at the foot of Wall Street for a day in the city (and has amazing views of the Statue of Liberty). There are nonelectric sites at Camp Gateway in Brooklyn, and the New York City North/Newburgh KOA in the Hudson Valley offers tours straight from the KOA to New York City. Looking for more? View our list of the top 10 RV Parks & Campgrounds in New York
There are so many tourist attractions it’s impossible to name them all! Take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to learn about all the people who passed through on their way to fulfilling their dream of becoming a citizen of the United States. Try some world-class shopping along 5th Avenue in New York City. Take afternoon tea at The Plaza Hotel, or spend a day exploring Central Park, from the Central Park Dairy Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop to the carousel to the Chess & Checkers House to the carriage rides.
New York Fashion Week every fall gives you a glimpse at the trends the rest of the country - even the rest of the world - will soon be following, and people across the world tune in every Thanksgiving Day for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop in Times Square.
New York City has eleven pro sports teams including the Mets and Yankees for baseball, the Jets and Giants for football, and the Rangers and Islanders for hockey. Take in a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, or a concert at the same venue.
There are also, of course, a multitude of Broadway shows you can attend, or try an off-Broadway show to support budding artists and see if you can spot the Next Big Thing. New York has plenty of galleries, poetry readings, bookstores, and other places to find art using any medium you can imagine and covering every genre.
The New York City North KOA Campground has a dump station, as well as the Nickerson Beach Campground on Long Island. You can find plenty more dump stations here - concentrate on ones on Long Island or near Poughkeepsie if you’d like to be near New York City.
In a bustling city like New York, it’s no surprise there are a total of 52 highways and parkways in and around the city.
Interstate 86/New York State Route 17 feeds into the city and is known for being quite beautiful before heading onto the New York State Thruway. FDR Drive is often full of traffic, but a big thoroughfare, I-78 will take you west to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel, and the LIE (Long Island Expressway) gets you - in theory - to much of Long Island as long as you can stand the traffic.
New York City is served by three major airports - John F. Kennedy International (known more commonly as JFK), Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia Airport. All three airports fly internationally, and have flights throughout the country as well. JFK is generally New Yorkers’ “go-to” airport because it connects to the subway, allowing you easy access to the city, and it has the most options for flights and times to fly.