What is the point in having an RV if you don’t use it to travel? And if you travel, why not see the best sites possible? After all, RV stands for “recreational vehicle”. So we need to get in our rigs and get out there for some recreation in an RV campground. That includes visiting some of the top must-see RV destinations in the US.
Of course, there are loads of great places to see in this country. But some sites are just iconic. You have seen them in photos so much that you can almost recognize them instantly.
And there is probably a video running in your head about how beautiful these places are. And how great it would be to actually see them in person. Well, here are my top 5 must-see RV destinations in no particular order.
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Yosemite National Park
OK, I fibbed. I’m going to start with the number one spot in my heart, Yosemite. We are talking huge plunging waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, sheer granite cliffs, crystal clear water and more.
Almost everywhere you look is a postcard, especially in the fall. But here are some of the sights you don’t want to miss:
- El Capitan – the largest piece of granite rock in the world. It towers 3,593 feet from the valley floor. You can get a great view of this icon from El Capitan Meadows. If you bring binoculars you can even watch the climbers as they ascend El Capitan.
- Yosemite Falls – If you combine Upper, Lower and Middle Yosemite Falls, it’s the highest waterfall in North America. They cover a total of 2,425 feet in all.
- Half Dome – one of the most photographed spots in the western part of the US. Talk about a sheer granite face. WOW!
- Wawona Tunnel View – from this spot you can shoot your own postcard of Yosemite including the Yosemite valley floor, El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is our first National Park and no wonder! It’s scenic beauty is like nothing you will find anywhere else.
It spans three different states, has 290 waterfalls, and wildlife galore. And how many National Parks can say that they sit on top of an active volcano?
Of course, the geothermal activity in Yellowstone is what makes so much of its scenery unique. Here are some places you don’t want to miss when you visit Yellowstone on your list of must-see RV destinations:
- Castle Geyser – the largest cone geyser in the park. It erupts every 10 – 12 hours. When it does it can throw steam up to 90- feet in the air for about 20 minutes. Impressive!
- Grand Prismatic Spring – the largest hot spring in the US. And the third largest in the world. The brightly colored rings around the pool are like nothing else you will ever see.
- Yellowstone Lake – the largest body of water in the US over 7,000 feet. It has a surface area of 132 square miles.
- Grand Canyon Of Yellowstone – it’s nearly 20 miles long and at times 4000 feet across. Some of the most popular hiking trails and scenic overlooks are in this area of the park.
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Zion National Park
Featuring towering red rocks, beautiful evergreen trees and plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it all, Zion is special.
It is considered one of the gems of the National Park system and a place that you definitely want on your must-see RV destinations list. Here are some of the top places to go and see:
- Zion Canyon Scenic Drive – this picturesque route takes you on an adventure of beauty for 57 miles. To relieve traffic congestion a free shuttle bus will take you on this journey during the peak season.
- The Narrows – you can see it from the Riverside Walk but to experience it you have to go wading. But along the way you will see some incredible red rock scenery in the canyon narrows.
- Observation Point – on top of Mount Baldy at 6,521 feet you can see almost all of the main features of Zion NP. It’s an 8 mile round trip hike that climbs 2,000 feet so make sure you are in shape before you go.
- Watchman Trail – a 3 mile round trip trail that only climbs 400 feet or so. It is much easier for the average hiker and still provides a spectacular view of 6,545 foot Watchman Spire.
Glacier National Park
For stunningly impressive mountains, crystal clear lakes, blue skies and wildlife, Glacier NP is hard to beat.
There are also plenty of waterfalls and hiking trails in this Montana park as well. It’s a little off the beaten path but it rewards those who visit with a lifetime of vivid memories.
Here are some of the things you want to see here:
- Going To The Sun Road – this is an absolute must in Glacier NP. It doesn’t open until the beginning of July. But the scenic vistas will have you stopping every 100 feet to take pictures.
- The Trail Of The Cedars – this is a hiking trail that almost everyone can enjoy and it has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park.
- Saint Mary Lake – a beautiful 10 mile long lake with towering mountains surrounding it. You can even take a boat tour on the lake between June and September.
- Logan Pass – at 6600 feet the area boasts lots of wildlife including big horn sheep, grizzly bears and mountain goats.
Grand Teton National Park
The Tetons are indeed grand. The sheer beauty of their majestic rise from the grasslands is breathtaking.
Then pair that with abundant wildlife, and great hiking trails. The full recipe is for fun and enjoyment in the outdoors. Here are some things you don’t want to miss:
- Mormon Row – this historical district has some of the best views of the Teton range and the photos taken from here are world-class.
- Jackson Lake – here is where you can water ski, go sailboating and windsurfing in the summer months.
- Jenny Lake – it is 250 feet deep and the views of the mountains are amazing. You can also kayak and canoe here.
- Taggart Lake – it’s a mile and a half to the lake from the trailhead. But the views are incredible. And plenty of wildlife can be seen in this area.
I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 5 must-see RV destinations. Of course, you may have your own personal favorites to add to this list. But I think these national parks should be on everyone’s short list of places to see.
Please add your own suggestions in the comments below. As always, have safe and happy travels my friends!