Top RV Road Trips for Your Bucket List (2023)

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Whether it’s due to a freelance job where you just need access to a
computer and a
reliable internet connection
and power to do your work or maybe the fact that you can live a
nomadic lifestyle while still being able to venture back to a stable
home every so often, the RV life has become a popular lifestyle to
live. For many RV owners, the chance to travel may only come once or
twice a year, and if that is you, then there are several places you
add to your RV bucket list to check out this coming year.

Let’s take a trip down the east coast and see what this great part of
America offers the RV traveler. The east coast has many areas that
are perfect for RV travel and there are so many sites to see that
it’s difficult to narrow down to just a few. Since we’ll
be traveling from one side of the U.S. to the other however, we’ll
start in Washington, DC and go from there.


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Capitol in Washington, DC

Whether you own an RV or not, Washington, DC is a place that you should take
time to visit during your North American travels. While there are not
officially any RV parks to stop overnight in DC, there are several
nearby including
Cherry Hill Parkin College Park, MD and Lake Fairfax Park
and Campground in Reston, VA. These, and several others nearby, have
great access to the DC area and plenty of RV campsites available for travelers.

There are so many things to see and do when you arrive in DC that you
should plan to stay at least one week or longer. Aside from sites
like the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Museum and the White House, there
are many museums, art galleries, parks, restaurants and great places
to shop and pick up a few DC souvenirs during your stay.

You can also visit Arlington National Cemetery and other famous sites in
DC. Be sure to snap plenty of pictures during your stay so you can
share them with friends and family who don’t get to tag along!

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Top RV Road Trips for Your Bucket List (2)


Heading out of DC and into the great state of Virginia, you will find that
Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA is a beautiful area to
visit. With hundreds of historic homes as well as many locations for
people to shop and dine, you’ll find plenty to do in the area.

Colonial Williamsburg sits on a span of more than 300 acres and dates to the
thcentury. When you visit, you can explore homes, taverns and other
buildings and catch a glimpse of what life was like for those
settlers who lived in Williamsburg many years ago. With character
actors and a great collection of artifacts from the time, you will
feel swept away in history during your visit.

You will find several RV parks right inside Williamsburg where you can
stay for days, or weeks, at a time and enjoy the local community.

Blue Ridge Parkway

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North Carolina Mountains

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This 469-mile stretch of road running from Virginia to Asheville, North
Carolina will give you some of the most majestic views of the
mountains in the Appalachian area. You can spend days, or weeks even,
exploring the beautiful wilderness in all its glory along the Blue
Ridge Parkway.

Along the way, you’ll find a few cozy RV parks where you can camp out
for the night, or take time to spend several days at a time nestled
in the mountainous areas of Virginia and North Carolina. You’ll
have more than 300 miles of prime forest land to hike through, catch
a few glimpses of forest animals up close including squirrels,
rabbits and possibly even a bear or two along the way.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs all the way from Shenandoah National Park in
Virginia all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains area near Cherokee,
North Carolina. There are some breathtaking views to catch along the
way as well as numerous areas for camping, trail hiking and quick
stops for picnics and snapping pictures to remember your trip.

Forge, Tennessee

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Tennessee/Great Smoky Mountains

Once you leave from the Cherokee, North Carolina area, you will want to
take a drive down the highway to travel through the Great Smoky
Mountains and head into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It
doesn’t matter what time of year you travel this section of the
country, you will always find things to do.

There’s plenty of shopping in Gatlinburg as well as great places to dine and
grab a few funny Tennessee hillbilly mementos for your scrapbook or
keepsake box. Take a trip up the mountainous road in Gatlinburg to
visit to Ober Gatlinburg and take in some ice skating year-round or
take the scenic chair lift to the top of the mountain to enjoy some
snow skiing in the winter. There’s even an amusement park at Ober Gatlinburg
that’s just right for the young ones as well as the young at heart.

From Gatlinburg, you can head into Pigeon Forge where you’ll find
plenty of go carts and arcades as well as shopping centers and
souvenir shops. You’ll also see Dolly Parton’s very own
Dollywood Amusement Park and Splash Mountain where you can spend a
day or three riding the rides, catching some great musical shows and
eating some home cooked food.

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Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have numerous areas that cater to RV
owners and you’ll find many places that you may just want to
stop and stay for a while as you take in the scenery and meet some of
the friendly locals.


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Petersburg, Florida

We’ll dip back to the east just a little to head to Florida. From top to
bottom, you’ll find a wide array of things to do in this
panhandle state. The weather is mild year-round and whether you like
the beach or the city, there is always something to do.

Florida has hundreds of RV parks and campgrounds throughout the state and you
can visit great places like Disney, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios
or the Florida Keys. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of
the Miami nightlife or spending time sitting on the pier shark
fishing in Bradenton or Venice, Florida. If you enjoy sailing, or
have considered giving it a try, you’ll find ample opportunity
to do so in places like St. Petersburg or Sarasota.

Siesta Key and Anna Marie Island have some of the best waves, and if you’d
like to try a little surfing, there is nothing better than hitting
the waves on the east coast in the morning in St. Augustine and
jetting back to the gulf side to hit them again before dark.

Winter, summer, spring or fall, Florida is the state that offers
entertainment and happy days every day and every season of the year.
Grab your swimsuit and don’t forget your sunscreen when you
park at one of the coastal RV parks during your time in Florida.

If you live on the west coast or in the Midwest or even Alaska or Hawaii
or Canada and have considered taking a road trip down the east coast
of the U.S. but don’t want to drive for three days to reach
your road trip destination, you can always have your RV transported
by a professional so you can fly in and pick it up when you arrive
and can calculate the cost of the shipment by visiting
way, it arrives safely and you don’t need to worry about the
excess wear and tear from traveling so many miles, but you’ll
have it available to tackle the long and winding road where you’ll
experience the flexibility to travel where you want and see the
country one mile at a time.

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How do I plan a motorhome road trip? ›

6 steps to planning a successful RV road trip
  1. Choose the right RV for the road trip you want to plan. ...
  2. Make a plan that matches your budget. ...
  3. Book campsites far in advance of your departure date if possible. ...
  4. Plan an RV-friendly route. ...
  5. Research RV parking in advance. ...
  6. Adjust your estimated time of arrival.
18 Jun 2020

Can you drive an RV through Europe? ›

What this means for longer-term RV travel is that you just have to watch your dates. So, for example you can RV through Spain, France & Germany (all Schengen) for 90 days, then go to a non-Schengen country (e.g. UK, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, or Ukraine) for the next 90 days, then drive back into Schengen, and so on.

Where are RVS in USA? ›

The Top RV Camping Destinations in the U.S.
  • Horse Thief Lake Campground – Hill City, South Dakota. ...
  • Boyd's Key West Campground – Key West, Florida. ...
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness – Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ...
  • Bella Terra Gulf Shores RV Resort – Foley, Alabama. ...
  • Emerald Desert RV Resort – Palm Desert, California.

What road trip would you love to take? ›

Best Road Trips in the World
  • Route 66 – Arizona.
  • Pacific Coast Highway – California.
  • San Francisco to LA – National Parks Route.
  • Hana Highway – Maui Hawaii.
  • 17 Mile Drive – California.
  • Miami to Key West.
  • Lake Superior Circle Tour – USA and Canada. Canadian Road Trips.
  • Icefields Parkway – Alberta.
17 Jan 2022

Are RVs an American thing? ›

Believe it or not, RVing is not just an American thing. People and cultures around the world enjoy camping and exploring the great outdoors. What is this? While the landscapes and campgrounds may differ from country to country, the overall concept is the same.

What do they call RVs in England? ›

No-one in the UK seems to call their motorhome, caravan or home on wheels "a rig" or an RV for that matter. If you say RV around here people assume you are one of the rare people who have imported a forty foot beast from the US. Instead they are simply referred to as motorhomes, caravans, campervans or van conversions.

How much does it cost to ship an RV overseas? ›

Expect to pay between $100 and $300 per foot of RV. So, a 30 foot RV can cost between $3,000 and $9,000 to ship overseas.

What state is best for full time Rvers? ›

The Three Best States for Full-time RVer Domiciles

The best states for full-time RVer domiciles generally come down to Texas, Florida or South Dakota. All three states are income tax-free, the government entities will accept mail-forwarding addresses and they are headquarters for mail-forwarding services.

Where should my first RV trip be? ›

Camp Close to Home for Your First Few Trips

This will allow you to gain confidence as you learn how to operate your new rig. Also, it takes a few trips to figure out what to stock in your RV. If you camp close to home, you can easily run home to grab the must-needed items, and you'll be in familiar territory.

Is there a Google Maps for motorhomes? ›

Google Maps

This is our go-to motorhome navigation app for planning and understanding routes and directions. We do use Google Maps for actual motorhome navigation but have to be ultra-aware of road signage and restrictions.

How do I prepare for my first RV trip? ›

RVing for the first time? 8 tips for newbies I wish I'd known during my first trip
  1. Don't get poop on yourself. ...
  2. Remember your toolkit. ...
  3. Pack sufficient cookware. ...
  4. Use leveling blocks. ...
  5. Get into your campground before dark. ...
  6. Download camping apps. ...
  7. Use RV toilet essentials. ...
  8. Wake up early, watch the sunrise, take a nap.
20 Jul 2020

How much does RV Trip Wizard cost? ›

RV Trip Wizard is extremely affordable at only $49/year for the membership. You can also try it before buying with their 1-week free trial and free demo. Included in this cost is access to the complete RV Life Pro Suite tools. This includes the RV Safe GPS app and Maintain My RV.

How long is the perfect road trip? ›

The perfect amount of time to spend on a road trip completely depends on where it is you're travelling to, but anywhere from one week to ten days is usually ideal for most destinations.

How much does it cost to do a road trip across America? ›

Our road trip across America cost us $2,382, or an average of $149/day between both of us for a 16-day road trip across the US. It's more than the $125/day that we planned on for our USA road trip budget, but we're not kicking ourselves for it.

What is the best road trip planner? ›

  1. Roadtrippers. Roadtrippers is one of the best (and most popular) road trip planner apps out there. ...
  2. Google Maps. Everyone needs a trusty navigation app on their phone, and Google Maps is a favorite for good reason. ...
  3. Waze. ...
  4. GasBuddy. ...
  5. Roadside America. ...
  6. iExit Interstate Exit Guide. ...
  7. HotelTonight. ...
  8. Airbnb.
20 May 2022

How do you make a road trip fun for adults? ›

Road Trip Activities for Adults: Fun Ideas for a Long Car Ride
  1. Listen to Music.
  2. Play Carpool Karaoke.
  3. Listen to a Podcast.
  4. Get Artistic.
  5. Listen to an Audiobook.
  6. Play a Trivia Game.
  7. Play the Question Game to Spark Conversations.
  8. Play a Classic Road Trip Game.
3 Aug 2021

What is the average age of an RV owner? ›

34% are between the ages of 18 – 54 and 66% are 55+. 59% of travel trailer owners are female while 40% are male.

Who owns the most RVs? ›


Americans have the largest ownership market, around 40 million people and 9 million families in the US own one. Of those, 38% are Millennials.

Why do people live in RV full time? ›

Some people choose to live in an RV simply to save money. Other people, like us, move to an RV full time to have the freedom to travel. I will walk you through the costs of living in an RV and how they can vary depending on your lifestyle.

What do the Americans call RVs? ›

To many people, the terms motorhome, campervan and RV are interchangeable, though RV is generally thought of as an American word for a motorhome.

How often does a motorhome need a habitation check? ›

Most new vehicles will need a habitation check once a year to keep the warranty valid. Many manufacturers will insist on an annual habitation check as part of the terms of their warranty, so a habitation check is an excellent way to protect your long-term investment.

What's the difference between a RV and a motorhome? ›

A motorhome is a type of RV. Generally, people referring to motorhomes mean Class A RVs, the larger, more luxurious form of mobile transportation. They offer more living space than other types of RVs and are larger, making them feel more spacious and livable.

Can I sleep in RV while driving? ›

The answer is no, you cannot sleep in an RV bed while driving. The reasons are: The number of passengers inside an RV must not exceed the number of seat belts. Since beds do not have seat belts, no one should be in them while the RV is in operation.

How much does it cost to ship an RV 1000 miles? ›

How Much Does it Cost to Transport an RV? The cost of transporting an RV depends on the distance and the size of the vehicle and the distance traveled. On average, it costs $3.32 per mile for RV transport less than 100 miles but costs $1.05 per mile for RV shipping less than 1000 miles.

Are RVs allowed in Hawaii? ›

Are RV's allowed in Hawaii? While there's no law against RV's in Hawaii they're still pretty rare to see. When you consider the cost of actually getting an RV to the islands and the lack of RV specific parks it should be no surprise. If you do want to RV around the Hawaiian islands, your best bet to rent.

What state has most RV parks? ›

Texas claimed the most RV parks, with a total of 376.

What is the most expensive campground in the US? ›

Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, California, is the No. 1 luxury RV resort in the US. USA Today's 2019 Readers' Choice rated Motorcoach Country Club the best RV resort in the country. For those looking to buy a spot, it costs between $56,000 and $799,000, while renting typically ranges from $114 to $211 a night.

Which states have the best campgrounds? ›

Overall, Rhode Island is home to the best camping in the United States. The size of the smallest state was a contributing factor, accounting for a diverse experience in a singular camping road trip.

What is the cheapest state to live in an RV? ›

And that state is Montana.

With no sales tax, no wheel tax, no personal property tax, and low registration fees, Montana is by far the cheapest state in which to register an RV.

What is the most RV friendly state? ›

In general, the top three states for RV living are Texas, Florida, and South Dakota. Besides being somewhat loose with their regulations, these three states are extremely RV friendly. Most importantly, Texas, Florida, and South Dakota are all income tax-free.

Where is the cheapest place to live in an RV? ›

What Is the Cheapest Place to Live in an RV? One of the most budget-friendly places to live in an RV is Quartzsite, Arizona. You can find full hook-up sites for under $300 per month during the off-season. During the busy season (January/February), sites are typically under $500 per month.

What do first time RV campers need? ›

While each RV will have different essentials, based on the type and it's features, here's a basic list of must-haves.
  • Sewer hose.
  • Fresh water hose.
  • Leveling blocks.
  • Wheel chocks.
  • 15M/30F amp power adapter.
  • RV septic-safe toilet paper.
  • Water pressure regulator.
  • RV cleaning items (wash, wax, ladder, bucket, sponge)
13 Aug 2018

How long does it take to RV across America? ›

Perhaps it's a bucket list item of yours to rent an RV and travel in style. It takes about 45 hours, or six 8-hour days, to drive coast-to-coast. You will need to decide if you want to take one of four coast-to-coast interstates or traverse the country as the old-timers did on U.S. highways.

Is it hard to drive an RV? ›

Operating an RV for the first time can be easier when you prepare properly. RVs don't drive like cars—they accelerate and brake slower, and your blind spots are much larger. That said, with practice and time, you'll become as comfortable behind the wheel of an RV as you are in your SUV or sedan.

What is the longest route you can drive in the world? ›

The Pan-American Highway covers 19,000 miles.

Stretching from the frozen north of Alaska to the glacial tip of Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs the most miles — or kilometers, if that's your thing — of any road on Earth.

How long does the perfect road trip take? ›

The Perfect Road Trip Map

Olson suggests that you take two to three months to complete the epic journey across the continental United States. Starting at the Grand Canyon, the tour zigzags through the middle of the country, before following the East Coast north and cutting back across the country.

How long would a road trip across America take? ›

It takes about 45 hours, or six 8-hour days, to drive coast-to-coast. You will need to decide if you want to take one of four coast-to-coast interstates or traverse the country as the old-timers did on U.S. highways. If you have about three months to travel, you can even see all 48 continental states.

How do you make a road trip fun for adults? ›

Road Trip Activities for Adults: Fun Ideas for a Long Car Ride
  1. Listen to Music.
  2. Play Carpool Karaoke.
  3. Listen to a Podcast.
  4. Get Artistic.
  5. Listen to an Audiobook.
  6. Play a Trivia Game.
  7. Play the Question Game to Spark Conversations.
  8. Play a Classic Road Trip Game.
3 Aug 2021

Are road trips worth it? ›

Taking a road trip allows you to get off the beaten path and see actual communities and natural wonders, not just a train track or a view from 36,000 feet. Meandering through the countryside is a great way to relax and find out what it's really like to live in a particular area.

What is the longest drive in USA? ›

Route 66 might be known as America's Mother Road, but U.S. Route 20 is called "Big Daddy" for good reason. It's the longest road in the U.S., stretching from Boston, Massachusetts, to Newport, Oregon. A mega road trip along this epic route will take you through 12 states and across 3,365 miles.

What is the longest distance you can drive in the United States? ›

At over 3300 miles (5400km) U.S. Route 20 is the longest road trip road in the United States. U.S. Route 20 covers 3,365 miles, from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon.

How many days does it take to drive around the world? ›

How long would it take to drive around the world? It would take you around 415 hours (a bit more than 17 days) to drive the 24,900 miles around the circumference of the earth if you could drive a car around the earth.

What is the best road trip planner? ›

  1. Roadtrippers. Roadtrippers is one of the best (and most popular) road trip planner apps out there. ...
  2. Google Maps. Everyone needs a trusty navigation app on their phone, and Google Maps is a favorite for good reason. ...
  3. Waze. ...
  4. GasBuddy. ...
  5. Roadside America. ...
  6. iExit Interstate Exit Guide. ...
  7. HotelTonight. ...
  8. Airbnb.
20 May 2022

How much cash should I bring on a road trip? ›

As a rough estimation, budget $50-100 per person for each day that you will be away. This should cover your accommodation, food, drink and transportation costs.

How much money do you need for a road trip? ›

“In general, people should budget around $1,000 for a long road trip,” said Kyle Kroeger, the founder and CEO of the travel website ViaTravelers. “This will ensure that you have enough money to cover all your expenses and have some leftover in the budget for souvenirs.”

What is the cheapest way to travel across America? ›

If you are looking for the cheapest way to travel around the US, you might consider traveling by bus. If your trip around the US is primarily focused on city hopping and is around one region, traveling by bus might be the best option. It is a cheaper option and easier too.

What is the best time of year to drive across America? ›

The off-peak seasons of spring and fall tend to be the best times to drive, providing mild temperatures and perfect weather for both sight-seeing and cruising. However, to avoid pitfalls, check the weather daily during your cross-country road trip.

How many days does it take to drive from California to Florida? ›

Drive across the lower states

Another coast-to-coast trip, the journey from Florida to the bottom of California takes in north of 2,600 miles. It's possible to drive it in five days and four nights, but it's worth considering extending your trip to take in the deserts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.


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