Best RV Destinations Coast-to-Coast
Posted: October 14, 2022
Categories: Travel & Lifestyle
Best RV Destinations Coast-to-Coast
Looking for the best RV destinations in the USA? We have a great list for you created from first-hand experience.
No doubt, there are more amazing spots in this great country to park your RV and explore than we can count, but we had an advantage when narrowing them all down for our list: The Lippert Scouts. They’re an extensive community of RVers dedicated to sharing their years of experience on the road. They've been everywhere in continental USA and beyond, making this list of their top picks a must read.
We asked them to share the places they’ve taken their campers that impressed them the most, along with why it stood out as one of the best RV destinations they’ve ever experienced. So, pack your gear, gas-up the rig and get ready for some incredible adventures!
Best National Parks
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. This country has absolutely incredible national parks! But, if you talk to seasoned RVers who have visited many of them, they can tell you which one stands out above the rest.
Lippert Scout R. Bouchard told us, “We always suggest Southern Utah. There are so many great national and state parks in the area. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Lake Powell national parks all blew us away. It's easy to find campgrounds away from populated areas out there, so at night you get unbelievable views of the Milky Way. We would go get a hike in during sunrise and just sit out at night staring at the stars. We look forward to going back and spending a lot more time there.”
Zion National Park
Zion National Park came up time and time again in our survey as the national park that Lippert Scouts would recommend above all others. R. Crawford commented, “The sheer size and beauty of it is hard to fathom. This picture taken with an iPhone when getting to a trail overlook gives some idea.”
Saguaro National Park
Everyone knows Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, but here’s one that was new to us. Split into two sections, it encompasses 91,327 acres in total. Known for its picturesque Southwestern landscape and namesake Saguaro cactuses, R. Hopkins recommended a visit, “A highlight of our most recent trip has to be Saguaro National park.” He backed that up with this fantastic photo.
Coconino National Forest
Is a national forest the same as a national park? Well, there are similarities and differences, but that’s not what is important here. What is important is that Lippert Scout J. Braga said his absolute favorite spot is located in and around this 1.856-million-acre national treasure. “Our hearts are fullest when we are in the Sedona red rocks. We LOVE the colors and landscape of Sedona. This [photo] is from the Cathedral Rock hike there. Cathedral Rock is a moderate 1.7-mile hike to this gorgeous viewing window. We added this to another small hike that day for a full day of adventuring.”
Best Summer RV Destinations
Where do you go RVing in the summer? The places that are too cold to go in the winter, of course. At least that’s what we do, and the Scouts seem to as well.
South Dakota came up so much in our survey that we kind of feel bad for North Dakota. We’ve never been, but now we feel like we have to go. Soon! Lucky for us (and you), these Lippert Scouts have gone, and they have nothing but great things to say.
Chamberlain, South Dakota
M. Renberg gave us this very cool sounding destination: “Incredible tribute to Native American women just outside Chamberlain, South Dakota. Was amazed at how she changes with the changes in sunlight. They call her Dignity.”
Custer, South Dakota
G. Wahl said this has been one of his favorites ever since he was a kid. “Like many here, picking just one photo out of all the places we've been is really hard, but this is what I'm going with. This is a tack room in the Custer area of South Dakota. The rest of the family went on the trail ride, and I got to hang back and take some photos. This area has been one of my favorite destinations since childhood.”
Granted, this and the Grand Canyon are probably on all RVers bucket list. When asked what destination he’d most recommend, Lippert Scout J. Gross simply said, “South Dakota, Black Hills.” Then sent this amazing photo of the iconic Mount Rushmore. He might be a man of few words, but we think he’s on to something.
Salmon Glacier, Alaska
Are you really up for an adventure in your RV? South Dakota too easy? How about taking your rig to Alaska? Scout L. Seijas told us, “The best for us was Salmon Glacier in AK and we are looking forward to going back to AK next year! It was a long slow trek with our truck camper up a narrow windy gravel mountain road. We saw a badger crossing the trail. Getting to the top took over an hour and was simply breathtaking!” She backed that up with a video (screenshot below) where she says, “I think we found the stairway to heaven!”
Now that you’re definitely going to Alaska, why not make a quick stop in the Canadian Rockies. From the photo M. Ramsay sent us, it looks more than worth it! “A very remote spot. A hiking area known only by a few locals. We have been there many times, never seen another human. Only wildlife.”
Best Warm Winter RV Destinations
With your summer travel covered, it’s time to warm up. Let our Scouts tell you about their favorite places to go in the South.
Of course, Florida is a winter winner for RVers, but there’s so many choices. What’s the best place to take your RV in a state with 8,436 miles of coastline?
Fort Pickens, Florida
D. Horn says, “Fort Pickens is tough to beat. Walk to some of the best beaches in the world. Some history at the fort. Might even see a dolphin or two.”
Key West, Florida
We had a few Lippert Scouts mention the Florida Keys, in general, which is no surprise. K. Berry simply said, “Love being on the water (especially in the winter).” And, M. Spence was emphatic! “Key West! We absolutely love the laid-back vibes with beautiful views and delicious foods. It is vibrant, unique, and truly a special place!”
Best RV Park in Alabama
A. Fahrni has a definitive answer for this, “My favorite would have to be Baybreeze RV Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We have been going to Bay Breeze for over 20 years. We love the park owners and just the all-around family atmosphere shared by everyone there. It is my absolute favorite place to go to regroup and just completely reset. I especially love the sunsets. Whether you are sitting on the deck with a glass of wine or out on the pier fishing. It is an absolute amazing place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the bay.” Sounds pretty amazing to us!
Best Campground in Tennessee
If you don’t want to go all the way south, Tennessee is a beautiful place to rest your rig. K. Morgan says, “We are still surprised by how beautiful this country is and the gems we have found when we weren't looking.” She adds that one of her absolute favorites is the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
Where do you stay? It’s over an hour from the Smokies and on the other side of Knoxville, but J. Lynn has a suggestion, “Favorite campground (so far) Anchor Down in Dandridge, TN.”
RV Trips East Coast
Like we said, the Lippert Scouts have traveled all over America, so what haven’t we hit yet? The coasts. Let’s start in the east with so much natural beauty, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida’s Atlantic coast, but those are so obvious. Our Scouts had some destinations that you might not have considered when journeying east.
There’s nothing like seeing our nation’s capital, especially in an RV. P. Burger told us, “I think DC was the most powerful for me as I had always wanted to see the constitution. I don’t have a picture of it but the memorials are just as powerful. Probably the most emotional was the Vietnam wall. Forgot to take pictures of it as it was overwhelming.” She may have missed those photo ops, but she didn’t forget to snap a pic of the battle of Iwo Jima statue at sunset.
Okay, this destination is not on the coast, exactly, but it is in the eastern U.S., and Scout M. Fishman says it’s totally worth it. “Have visited countless breweries and distilleries around the country however Niagara Falls is really awesome to see.”
Best West Coast RV Trips & The Mountain States
Making sure we don’t forget the western U.S., it goes without saying, there are some awesome sites to see. When it comes to the best west coast destinations for RV camping, it seems like several Lippert Scouts would vote for Oregon. J. Gill mentions the Oregon Dunes as well as the California Coast while stating, “There are way too many great places that we’ve been to to pick out just one.”
Best RV Park in Oregon
K. Williams highly recommends, “Casey’s Riverside RV Park in Westfir, Oregon. This picture was the view from our campsite. Great fly fishing, lots of hiking trails with some gorgeous water falls, and the sound of the rushing Willamette River to fall asleep to every night. This is a favorite, relaxing stop on our way to/from our other favorite area, the Oregon coast.”
We can’t leave this suggestion out, so we’ll fit it in here. B. Clayton tells us, “This is one of the more bizarre things that we have found during our travels. The ‘castle’ is off the beaten track, about a 30-minute drive into the mountains near Pueblo, CO. The owner is building it himself with boulders and rock found locally. He welds his own wrought iron and lets the public explore the site for donations. He may be a little eccentric.”
See as much of our beautiful country as you can! You have the wheels to do it!