RVing has evolved in the United States to be more than tourism based, but a lifestyle. From coast to coast RVs are finding all that America has to offer. If you are new to RVing or if you wish to know some of the best locations to visit, here are a few of the many places you can see when RVing in the United States.
One of the most iconic places to visit in the United States is the Grand Canyon. Yet, before you get your RV rolling you should ask yourself which part of the Canyon you wish to visit. Typically, RVing takes place at the South Rim, and is therefore generally more crowded. However, the South Rim is ideal for RVing if you wish to have hiking trails, museums, and a warmer climate. On the other hand, if you want to be secluded, the North Rim is for you. Keep in mind that there is often snow in the area and cold climates which may not be the best if you are relying solely upon battery power. The North Rim is 215 miles from the South Rim, making it a long drive if you choose one then decide to go to the other.
The Grand Canyon National Park Service has two campgrounds. Both require reservations and have specifications on the length of RV which can be parked at those locations. Ideally, you will want to make reservations up to six months in advance.
Perhaps one of the best-known camping and RV parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park has 10 campgrounds for RVers. Depending upon where you decide to camp, you may have access to Glacier Point. Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, or the Half Dome. Want something truly breathtaking? Plan your event in February to see the Firefall waterfall.
Those RVing in Yosemite should know that there is no utility or electrical hookup at many of the locations. Battery power would need to be used and you would need to find a location to address any septic removal needs. Close campgrounds near Wawona, Tuolumne, and Upper Pines offer dump stations.
If you are seeking something magical then you may wish to visit the Bernheim Forest. Bernheim Forest is located in Louisville Kentucky and are the result of Thomas Dambo’s vision. What makes this truly amazing is that the giants are made from recycled materials ranging from scraps from the Louisville Slugger Museum to fallen trees and even a bourbon barrel, Dambo created the creatures. Bernheim Forest is 16,000 acres and is the largest privately held forest dedicated to education and conservation in the United States. Currently there are three massive giants created.
There is no RVing at the Bernheim Forest. However, those wishing to see the giants can use the campground in nearby Shepherdsville. Shepherdsvills is 7 miles from the forest and offers electric, laundry, pets, septic, and RV storage. 20-, 30-, and 50-amp connections are available for RVers.
Looking to see something spectacular? The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is certainly that. Held annually, the fiesta showcases over 500 balloons a year. Started in 1972 by Dick McKee, the festival aims to have the largest gathering of hot air balloons in one place. That is why every year the number grows. Attendees will find several events available including the Mass Ascension and Glow, Competitions, and of course hot air balloon rides.
RVing to the International Balloon Fiesta requires planning and reservations. Prices range around a hundred dollars per night, varying upon the year and the events being offered. RVs must arrive early as there is no parking after dark. To find out more about scheduling and pricing visit their webiste.
Niagara Falls State Park is open all year round to visitors. Spanning over 400 acres on the American side, the park has more to offer than just the falls. Some attractions and sites include the Architect of Frederick Olmstead, the Scenic Trolley, and Adventure Theatre. For RVers wishing to see below the surface, the Aquarium is just a few blocks away.
There are a few things you should know about Niagara Falls before planning your RV trip. While admission to the park is free, parking is not. Additionally, all the attractions cost money. Passes are available ranging from an average of $40+, depending on what you wish to see and do. Also, choose the time to visit. The daytime and nighttime experience have a different ambience, as the falls are illuminated at night.
RVing is not limited to nature and hiking. If excitement, shows, lights, and action are your forte then you may want to plan a RVing trip to Las Vegas. Known as being a center for casinos and gambling as well as being a center for popular artist to perform, many would not see the city as a RVing destination. However, there are several RV parks located all-around Las Vegas. Just keep in mind that the weather stays extremely hot and humid. Seek out a RV park with a pool and amenities for the best experience.
RVers who are visiting multiple locations around the United States may find it more desirable to store their RV while in the Vegas area. Several RV storage locations are available around Las Vegas offering a range of services. When storing your RV in Las Vegas, check to see what climate control options are available as these options could play a huge role in ensuring the longevity of your battery and other electrical devices within your RV.
While some of the attractions on this famous roadway have vanished, Route 66 remains a traveling adventure for many people’s bucket list. As such RVing along the route has remained strong since 1926. Estimated that 85% of the route is still drivable, and with several attractions and RV camping options on the way, it is something to try if you wish to see a variety in what America Has to offer.
By: Lee Preston
Lee is the Director of Marketing and Promotion for EZstorit.com. When she is not working with our storage facilities partners, she is writing about topics that affect our daily lives.