Having your home on wheels is the best way to experience the United States and all of its treasures. Whether you’re in a van or RV it’ll make your life much easier when you don’t have to worry about leaving these cool destinations when it’s time for bed. Many times, you can sleep, eat and relax right where you play.
The United States has so much to offer, it’s hard to pick just 5 places you must-see because there are so many! Out of the 25 states we’ve seen so far, here is our list:
1. Rocky Mountain National Park You can drive into the park very early in the morning to get a good spot and then make your breakfast and get ready. The Alpine Visitors Center is located at an elevation of 11,000 feet and there is a hiking path up another 1,000 feet and it offers the most breathtaking 360-degree views of the park. Plus, If you’re there during the Elk mating season (end of September), you can see them everywhere and hear them bugling which is the coolest!
2. Lake Lanier in Northern Georgia One of America’s favorite lakes with over 700 miles of shoreline, clean blue water and provides for lots of swimming, camping, fishing, hiking kayaking and boating. There are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds around the lake, and many have RV hookups with picnic tables and BBQ pits. Visitors can also take a day trip to the north Georgia mountains for a hike on the Appalachian trail, or to enjoy a waterfall, or one of the north Georgia mountain wineries.
3. Hocking Hills State Park in Southwestern Ohio A true hidden gem! Loaded with beautiful hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, caves to explore and overall scenery. The Hocking Hills is the canopy tour capital of the Midwest. There are more than 60 ziplines that provide a bird's eye view of breathtaking landscape as you fly from treetop to treetop. The Hocking Hills Campground has been voted #1 campground in the US by trailblazer.com and offers full hookups for your RV or primitive camping spots.
4. The Superstition Mountains in Arizona The largest mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix and visible for miles. There is tons of BLM land at the base and around the mountain range which is free camping for your van or RV. The mountain range high point is 5,024 feet, and are characterized by sheer-sided, jagged, volcanic peaks and ridges separated by boulder-filled canyons, all covered by saguaro at low elevations, with other cacti and bushes higher up. The sunsets are stunning and at night you can use a black light to search for scorpions. It is mainly boon-docking out there, so be sure your water tanks are filled, and you have everything you need to camp primitively.
5. Fort Desoto Park in Saint Petersburg, Florida This park covers 5 islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. You can rent a canoe, kayak or bike to explore the park’s trails; fish from a pier; visit the historic fort; or simply lounge on the beach and enjoy the crystal-clear turquoise waters. There is a campground on the water with restrooms, laundry facility, showers, a playground, store, dump station and hookups. It’s a real beach oasis for camping.
Traveling in a van or RV gives you the freedom to go wherever whenever and the conveniences of having your tiny home with you! With every place you go, you are able to enjoy it in a different way than just visiting for the day. You can almost “live” there which gives you the ability to really soak it all in and enjoy the beauty around you. Let us know if you've visited any of our top 5 spots and how your experience was.