Some of my fondest childhood memories occurred when that magic time of year rolled around. We stared at the clock on the last day of school, waited for the bell to ring its sweet sound — that sound of summer break! We ran outside as fast as we could to welcome summer with open arms. Summer for my family usually meant camping. There was nothing that beat a week or two of roughing it in a tent and cooking over an open fire.
Sadly, as we grew older, sleeping on the ground literally became harder over time. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to give up camping just yet. So while I might not be comfortable with sleeping on the ground any longer, there are other options out there that get you closer to nature.
RV camping has been around since the early 1800s, and thankfully, the vehicles have improved drastically from their covered-wagon days. The nice thing about RVs is that no matter how homey, or fancy they are, you can still find enjoyment wherever the road may lead. So load up your RV with your camping gear, get a full tank of gas, and let’s begin our tour of five spectacularly fun RV sites around the country:
Top 5 Must-See RV Parks
Fairbanks, Alaska – The Rivers Edge RV Park
This unique, offering not only a place to camp, but a place where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of the Chena River. This park also offers a few restaurants for those nights where you just don’t feel like cooking yourself. If this sounds like a place for you, then make sure you stay through to Wednesday, where they feature a classic car parade right in the park.
Red Bluff, California – The Durango RV Resort
This resort one of the many places that offers multiple amenities ranging from a grocery store, pet facilities, to fireplaces and fire pits for those late-night s’mores cravings. After you’ve had your fill of good food, feel free to take a quick dip in Durango’s pool followed by some serious spa relaxation.
Virgin, Utah – Zion River Resort
After being warmed up from the California weather, you can head down to Zion River Resort which boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. With sprawling canyons, wild rivers and the rich American Indian culture throughout the area, you can’t go wrong. Once you get settled in, head out for a quick hike or even a horseback ride through Zion. There’s plenty to do for all fitness levels.
Hill City, South Dakota – Horse Thief Lake Campground
The campground offers a little bit of everything. You are within range of some of historical sites, such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain. There are also plenty activities, including fly fishing and rock climbing. With spacious sites and reasonable rates, you can’t miss out on this great destination. Due to its northern climate, it’s only open between May and October.
Bar Harbor, Maine – Mount Desert Narrows
The final destination on this journey leads us to Bar Harbor, Maine. This site provides plenty of comforts, including a laundry facility to wash up before your long trip home. Enjoy some relaxation with a quick dip in the pool, shoot some hoops or rack up a few games of pool. Be quick with your reservations though, as they are popular and also only open between May and October.