Ready to pack your bags and go RVing? Whether you’re planning a solo camping adventure, a retirement road trip, a family vacation, or are adopting a full-time RV lifestyle, there are several RV-friendly cities throughout the U.S. with plenty of outdoor amenities and fun things to do. Here are the eight best cities for RV travel in the United States!
- Asheville, NC
- Denver, CO
- Key West, FL
- Las Vegas, NV
- Moab, UT
- San Antonio, TX
- Washington, DC
- Williamsburg, VA
- Average Annual High Temperature: 67°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 46°F
Between its sunny summers, beautiful landscapes, and proximity to numerous amazing campsites, Asheville, NC is among the best RV vacation destinations in the country. With nearly endless outdoor activities to enjoy, the city is very RV-friendly. For instance, take your RV on a day trip to Pisgah National Forest, where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views and hike up some of the highest and oldest peaks in the Eastern U.S. While you’re there, take a mini road trip down Blue Ridge Parkway—one of America’s most scenic roads—and marvel at the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ride the rapids of the French Broad River, Asheville style, by going “bellyaking” in a special, face-down kayak you maneuver with “paddle gloves.” When you need a break from the great outdoors, make sure to stop into one of the city’s many great breweries, like Ben’s Tune-Up, to find out why the city is affectionately known as the “Portland of the South.” Although cooking on the road is one of the many perks of RV camping, you won’t want to miss delicious Asheville restaurants like the downtown soul food eatery Benne On Eagle. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the River Arts District, as well, to see paintings, sculptures, and other works from Asheville’s incredible local artists!
- Average Annual High Temperature: 65°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 36°F
Trendy yet rugged, Denver is full of hidden gems for RV travelers to discover. One such spot is Inspiration Point Park—a 25-acre natural haven with picnic areas, a flower meadow, and aerial views of Clear Creek Valley. Both parks are dog-friendly, as is much of the rest of the city. So if you’re going RVing in Denver, one of the best U.S. cities for dogs, go ahead and bring your fur babies along, too. People of all ages can hit the slopes at Keystone Resort, or if you’re looking for a challenge, you can try going for a snowshoe hike through Butler Gulch. See another side of Denver with a Delicious Denver Food Tour, during which you can sample cocktails and beers, as well as foodie-approved small bites. Outside of its many city parks, other outdoor recreation around the Mile High City includes much larger green spaces like Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can hike, see local wildlife like Bighorn Sheep in their natural habitat, and camp under the stars. You’ll also find great RV camping spots in Denver’s two state parks: Cherry Creek and Chatfield. Denver is far more than just a good summer vacation spot—it has plenty of cold-weather activities for those planning an RV road trip in the winter, too!
Key West, FL
- Average Annual High Temperature: 82°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 73°F
Part of the Florida Keys archipelago, Key West is popular among seniors as a retirement road trip destination and is also a great place to go RVing with kids. Even the drive down the Overseas Highway that leads to the city is a unique experience as the roadway is surrounded by the ocean. Because of the ocean, Key West has many unique seaside activities to offer, from lounging on the beach in Fort Zachary Taylor Park to going on chartered dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling around North America’s only living coral reef. Try your hand at inshore, reef, and wreck fishing with help from the professionals at Live Action Sportfishing or any of the city’s other charter fishing tour services. But fun in the surf and sand is only part of what makes Key West one of the best RV vacation spots in the country. Check out The Hemingway Home & Museum, which is famous for being the former home of Ernest Hemingway. Chow down on some fresh seafood and authentic Cuban cuisine at one of Key West’s many delicious local restaurants. And when it’s time to park for the night, you can find lodging at one of the city’s coolest RV parks—Boyd’s Key West RV Campground!
Las Vegas, NV
- Average Annual High Temperature: 80°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 59°F
Though Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife, Sin City is also an RV-friendly destination. Some of the coolest RV parks and best locations to visit by RV are in Vegas, including “casino camping” spots, like the RV Park at Circus Circus, created for travelers seeking the best of both worlds. Whether you’re RVing with kids or going on a romantic road trip, you should go to Lake Mead National Recreation Area—America’s first and largest national recreation area and a great place for boating, hiking, and sightseeing. And don’t forget to spend time swimming at Boulder Beach while you’re there! Head to Clark County Wetlands Park to walk marshy trails and learn about local plants and animals at the Nature Center. Find preserved dinosaur tracks alongside geographic marvels like Aztec Sandstone cliffs at the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, or hike even more red sandstone trails at Valley of Fire State Park. Enjoy classic American comfort food at Lou’s Diner, or check out any of the many other hidden gems Las Vegas’ food scene has to offer. And although The Strip may not be your main destination when you go RVing in Vegas, sights like Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden are worth the stop!
- Average Annual High Temperature: 72°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 42°F
With clear desert skies overhead and red rock structures all around, Moab offers one of the best (and most beautiful) RV camping destinations in the country! Arches National Park is both an incredible road trip destination and a great place for overnight RV parking, with numerous hiking trails, as well as archeological and geographic wonders (like Delicate Arch). Drive out to Canyonlands National Park to see landmarks like Island in the Sky, spectacular views of the surrounding park, and the ancient petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock. For more awe-inspiring views, take your RV on a trip to Dead Horse Point State Park to see Thelma and Louise Point. View the desert landscape another way with a bike ride down Slickrock Trail. This small town is extremely RV-friendly and has several dump and fill stations at local businesses, on top of the area’s many RV campsites, like the Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground, as well as some boondocking for those seeking a more urban RV park. While you’re in the city, grab a bite to eat at one of Moab’s best restaurants or food trucks. Or wind down at Moab Brewery, which has great beers and burgers to enjoy after a long day of exploring the desert.
San Antonio, TX
- Average Annual High Temperature: 80°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 57°F
From its warm weather and modern attractions like Six Flags Fiesta Texas to The Alamo and other cultural sites, San Antonio is one of the best places to RV in the country. Make one of the city’s top RV parks and campsites, like San Antonio/Alamo KOA Holiday, your home base. Once you’re settled in, you can go explore mainstays like the famous River Walk—a picturesque waterway in the heart of the city lined with shops, restaurants, and other things to do. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich history while being surrounded by native Texas wildflowers and cacti at the fascinating San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. No trip to San Antonio would be complete without seeing giraffes, hippos, and other exotic animals at the San Antonio Zoo. As for plant life, The San Antonio Botanical Garden has spectacular displays of art, diverse flora, and other rotating exhibits for visitors to enjoy. And travelers RVing in San Antonio should make a point to experience the city’s delicious barbecue and Southern-style food joints, like Tony G’s Soul Food!
- Average Annual High Temperature: 65°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 47°F
Most people are well aware that Washington, DC is a great vacation destination, but did you know that it’s one of the most RV-friendly cities in the country? In addition to its warm climate and wealth of things to do, the city also has plenty of RV parks and campsites, including the scenic Cherry Hill Park. Find dozens of natural attractions around the nation’s capital city, including the iconic Potomac River, which visitors can explore first-hand by paddleboat or kayak. Get more great views of the Potomac, including several of the waterfalls that lead into it, at Great Falls Park. See thousands of aquatic plants, including lilies, lotuses, and more, at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Marvel at more than 100 unique historical monuments and memorials nestled among lush greenery in “America’s Front Yard,” The National Mall and Memorial Parks. Walk among breathtaking gardens and living exhibitions of plant life from around the world at the U.S. National Arboretum. Get a break from the outdoors with a trip to any of the Smithsonian museums throughout the city, like the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery. And make sure to treat yourself to great DC restaurants like Little Food Studio or Rooster & Owl.
- Average Annual High Temperature: 68°F
- Average Annual Low Temperature: 49°F
Known for its quaint charm and Colonial history, Williamsburg is one of the best cities for RV trips in the U.S. Williamsburg has many great places to park and refuel your RV, including Chickahominy Riverfront Campground and Anvil Campground. During your stay, head to the Governor’s Palace to see pre-Colonial architecture and art. Be sure to visit Colonial Williamsburg, which provides visitors with the chance to step back into the 18th century through historic reenactments, archaeological exploration, and other attractions. Other outdoor recreation includes Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where families on an RV road trip can park and spend the day riding rollercoasters or splashing in the waterpark. Sweethaven Lavender Farm is another great place to enjoy Williamsburg’s mild New England weather and pick your own fresh lavender or shop artisanal products. To experience the local landscape in a more rugged way, you can hike or kayak at York River State Park. And don’t forget to try great local eateries like the award-winning Berret’s Seafood Restaurant!
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