Great RV Destinations Coast-to-Coast for 2021 | Lippert

Great RV Destinations Coast-to-Coast for 2021

Looking for a change of scenery this year? Unthaw your 5th wheel, travel trailer, or motorhome and venture out to some of the country’s top camping destinations. With help from a few of our Lippert Scout RVing experts, we created a regional travel guide for your 2021 road trips! Pack your gear, gas-up the rig, and get ready for an adventure-filled year of RVing!

RVing Out West

While the western region of the country is riddled with beautiful views, parks, mountains, and a plethora of bucket list-worthy stops along the way, we wanted to introduce you to a few camping destinations that aren’t as well-known as the Yosemite National Park and Yellow National Parks of the world…although they should undoubtedly be on your radar if you haven’t had a chance to visit yet!

Carmel, CA

Located a short distance off of one of the most picturesque driving routes in the country, Highway 1, Carmel is a terrific, sea-side destination on the Monterey Peninsula. A quick shot from Big Sur and only a 4-hour drive to Yosemite National Park, Carmel is the perfect stop for ocean and mountain views, hiking, wineries, and golfing. Plus, it’s full of awesome campsites like Saddle Ranch, a favorite amongst RVers and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Sandia Crest, NM

Moving inward and south, if you’re really looking to escape the cold, New Mexico has numerous camping stops — but, as recommended by our trustworthy Scouts, Sandia Crest made our list due to the 10,000 ft. above sea-level views this location has to offer! Just a hop and skip outside of Albuquerque, you can get out-of-this-world views like none other when you’re at the top. It’s also a hiker’s paradise with boundless trails to explore. Check out Cibola National Forest for a place to set up camp during your stay.

Central/Midwest Destinations

Making our way east, a true cross-country guide wouldn’t be complete without some of the best camping getaways in the midwestern/central region of America. Beautiful any season of the year, these Scout-approved destinations are guaranteed to please.

Rapid City, SD

Rich with U.S. history, nature, and some of the country’s top National Parks, Rapid City sits near the South Dakota/Wyoming state line, and has a ton of outdoor activity options all-year long. Just a short ride to one of America’s most interesting parks, the Badlands, you’re bound to get hundreds of Instagram-worthy pics with a stay here. Lippert Scout, Chris Dow, suggests setting up camp at the Black Hills National Forest at one of the many sites this park has to offer.

Traverse City, MI

No matter the season, Traverse City is a must for RV travelers. Located on the Grand Traverse Bay, this Midwest destination is loaded with plenty of things to do, inside or out! From hiking the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes and cross-country skiing on the popular Leelanau Trail to wine tasting at one of the many vineyards throughout the area, you can be as active or relaxed as you like, all the while enjoying the beautiful landscape of this region in Michigan. Open every month of the year, the Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort is a great campground option that keeps you close to everything.

Great Campgrounds in the South

If you’re more of a warmer temps, sunshine, water, and tan lines kind of person, then might we suggest these RV destinations down south! From beaches to rivers, the Scout crew came through with some of their go-to RV parks when they’re trekking south.

West Memphis, AR

Nestled on the shorelines of the Mississippi River, West Memphis is a great stop for a weekend getaway, or a travel break during any road trip. Enjoy the laid back, peaceful vibes this destination has to offer as you’re watching river traffic and casting a line. As suggested by Scouts, Tom Sawyer’s is the place to be for RV owners who are looking to slow things down and embrace the flow of the great Mississippi.

Cedar Key, FL

Lather on the sunblock and grab a beach towel, this tiny island city off the northwest coast of Florida is the perfect place to set up shop and relax in the sun. Just north of major cities like Tampa and Sarasota, Cedar Key lets you break away from the hustle and bustle of the city, all the while making the most of a Florida vacation. Our Scout, Lucy Seijas, says Cedar Key RV Resort is a great campground just outside of the city of Cedar Key, keeping you close to everything, yet away from it all.

East Coast Vacation Destinations

And last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about camping out east! Whether you’re looking to stay coast side or escape to the mountains, the eastern region of the country has everything from surfing destinations to rustic forest excursions. Don’t sleep on all the adventures this coast has to offer.

Outerbanks, NC

A barrier coast off of North Carolina’s shores, the Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination seriously filled with all types of things to do outside — surfing, shipwreck diving, hiking, swimming, camping, you name it! Although well-know, it’s also one of those spots where you really feel like you can kick-back, relax, and just enjoy your natural surroundings. Camp Hatteras is one of the premier RV sites to stay at when camping in the Outerbanks.

“Winter time in Cape Hatteras is an RVer's dream. This summer rental town affords open coastal campsites and miles of beach awaiting imprints from the vehicle of your choice. Bundle up, select your ocean view, light your fire, watch the sunset, and enjoy the feeling of being at the edge of the universe.” -
Erin Edwards

Acadia National Park, ME

If you find yourself touring north along the East Coast, you won’t want to miss this beautiful stop! Defined by rock shorelines and glacier-scoured, granite peaks, this park is primarily located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, near the bayside town of Bar Harbor. You can explore this camping haven by hiking or biking on the many well-maintained trails throughout. With several campgrounds to choose from, you can reserve your spot up to 3 months prior to your stay!