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RV road trips are becoming increasingly popular. They give you total freedom to travel and explore the country. Whether you are going to a national park or local RV park, RV traveling allows you to feel at home while on the road. In addition, you have the flexibility to stop whenever you like and extend or shorten your RV road trip.
Choosing the perfect RV road trip can present a challenge. Fortunately, being in the RV transport industry gave us the opportunity to ask RVers what U.S. national parks they’ve visited or recommend for an RV road trip. Based on their recommendations, we’ve compiled this list of recommended U.S. national parks, in no particular order, to visit on your next road trip.
1. Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina & Virginia , USA
Take an RV road trip to Blue Ridge Parkway also known as America’s favorite drive. Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long and runs via 29 counties in North Carolina and Virginia. Haywood County is best known for it’s 46 picturesque miles of some of one of the most gorgeous areas of Blue Ridge Parkway. Locals and road trip visitors enjoy driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers spectacular views of distant mountains and neighboring valleys.
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2. Acadia – Maine , United States
What is the best road trip in Maine? Acadia National Park is one of those must-do RV road trip for any RVer. Home to the most sensational landscapes and diverse wildlife on the Eastern Seaboard, Acadia National Park is the first national forest east of the Mississippi River. The park is open to explore year-round and an ideal location on the east shore to see the Milky Way. Majority of the park’s 47000 acres sprawls on Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Peninsula, and the Isle Au Haut area.
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3. Mount Rainier – Washington , United States
Mount Rainier is the highest mountain in the northwestern Cascade Range and the crown jewel of Washington State. Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano that last emerged around 150 years ago. Every year, nearly two million campers make Mount Rainer an RV road trip destination. This park is ideal for hiking, hill climbing, backpacking, and more. If you enjoy hiking, the 5. 9 mile Skyline Trail loop is a must do for hikers looking for a challenge. glorious views, sparkling lakes and streams, waterfalls and acres of wildflowers. A road trip to this park is a rewarding experience, with glorious views, sparkling lakes and streams, waterfalls and acres of wildflowers.
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4. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado , United States
Rocky Mountain National Park is among the most visited national parks in the nation. Just a short drive from Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain holds 415 square miles of stunning mountain views suitable for an RV road trip. The activities to partake on are endless, from hiking, biking and fishing to horseback riding, camping and alpinism. In the evening, the Milky Way glows over the Rockies in a way you wouldn’t imagine. Make sure to add Rocky Mountain to your next road trip.
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Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first national forest which is why this park should be on your RV road trip list. The park is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone national park is known for its wildlife and its geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular. The Upper Geyser Basin at Yellowstone is home to about 60 percent of the globe’s geysers. Additionally, there’s the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon from Artist Point is one of the most photographed views in Yellowstone. Pin this stop on your RV road map.
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6. Glacier – Montana, United States
You’re already taking an RV road trip to Yellowstone, why not visit Glacier National Park? Glacier is a wilderness area located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier national park is a hiker’s paradise. Glacier welcomes about 2 million visitors every year. Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular marvel and a must see on your trip to Glacier national park. Other road trip activities include backpacking, cycling and camping.
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7. Grand Teton – Wyoming , United States
Grand Teton National Park provides magnificent views and adventure for any RV road trip. Nomadic Indians, American Indian tribes, very early American travelers and permanent inhabitants once called this national forest home. Grand Teton national park offers activities such as hiking, boating, rock climbing, wildlife excursions and more. Jenny Lake is perfect for day walking to Paintbrush Canyon and Leigh Lake. Walk along Lupine Meadows Trail and Taggart Lake Trail for incredible views on your RV trip. Explore the back side of Teton Range for 2 of the park’s most toughest walks: Granite Canyon and Death Canyon.
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8. Joshua Tree – California, United States
With almost 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is unquestionably one of the world’s most extraordinary natural desert treasures. The ways to enjoy Joshua Tree National Park are as huge as the park itself, with plenty of hiking trails appropriate for any level hiker. Joshua Tree is a popular spot on RV road trip routes for campers near Southern California. It has been assigned International Dark Sky Park for constantly granting evening visitors spectacular stargazing views.
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9. Zion – Utah, United States
Situated in the southwestern corner of Utah near the Nevada and Arizona borders, Zion National Park is a convenient RV camping stop for those going to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas or Grand Canyon National Park. The Narrows is a magnificent hallmark of Zion that consist of all-natural rock walls that sitting 1,000 feet above the canyon flooring. You can enjoy the swimming in the pools at the Pine Creek which is located about a mile near the park’s south entrance. While the park’s waterfalls normally attract RV travelers on warm summer days, the park still gets about 100,000 visitors during the winter.
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10. Everglades – Florida , United States
Everglades National Park is among largest parks in the United States, third biggest to be exact. You’re going to need a boat if you plan on checking out the entire park. Nearly 1 million travelers add Everglades to their RV road trip routes every year. The tropical climate of the Everglades means that there are 2 primary seasons: dry and wet. Everglades also occur to be the only location in the United States where alligators and crocodiles exist together. Mahogany Hammock is a collection of mahogany trees, some which are among the oldest and largest in the United States.
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11. Grand Canyon – Arizona, United States
The Grand Canyon is an iconic and breathtaking destination for RV road trips. Located in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant, Grand Canyon is a 1-mile deep chasm carved by the Colorado River. There are two popular visiting spots in Grand Canyon National Park, the North and South Rims. RV camping in the park itself is on a first come, first served basis, so make sure to make reservations when planning your road trip.
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There you have it! Our list of recommended national parks for your next RV road trip. Picking which national park to visit should not be as difficult now. Hope you enjoyed this list and you find it helpful in preparing for your next RV adventure.