Vacationing and traveling in an RV offers a sense of freedom and independence not experienced with other modes of travel. After all, you bring your home with you when traveling in an RV. It’s a great cost-effective way to see more of the country and almost guarantees a good trip. If you find that you don’t like the area you’re in, you can move on without sacrificing any comfort. As travelers look for cost-effective ways to get away for a while, more and more people are renting RVs for a unique vacation. The world’s largest RV rental platform, RVshare, recently announced the 7 most popular destinations for RV travelers this summer.
1) Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Grand Canyon tops the list, to no one’s surprise. The park welcomes about 5.9 million visitors per year and is one of the most popular natural wonders in the country. The South Rim receives more visitors and has more trails, museums, and tourist attractions. However, The North Rim may have fewer amenities, but that also means fewer people. If you prefer peace and quiet, The North Rim may be the better of the two, just know the weather gets cooler than it does at its southern counterpart.
2) Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite is the second most popular part choice this summer for RVers. Incredible views, countless hikes, and endless waterfalls are just some of the things that draw an average of 4 million visitors per year to Yosemite. Due to the park’s popularity, travelers heading to Yosemite have to reserve a spot to enter the park during peak season, which runs from May 20th to September 30th. However, if you have a reservation for an RV spot at a Yosemite National Park Campground, you will not need a reservation to enter the park. You will still have to pay a $35-per-car (or RV) entrance fee upon arrival.
3) Orlando, FL (Ft Wilderness)
Disney World is the most visited vacation resort on earth, with over 58 million people passing through its gates yearly. It’s no surprise then that its campground, Fort Wilderness, is one of the most visited RV destinations in the country. Full Hook-up sites range from around $110 to $240 per night, depending on what dates you plan to visit. This is certainly more than a standard RV spot at a typical campground. However, staying on Disney’s property has the added benefit of being able to enter the parks 30 minutes early, just as you would if you were staying in one of their resorts.
4) Garner State Park, TX
Located about 2 hours from San Antonio, Garner State Park is a wildly popular Texan getaway. The park imposes a maximum capacity and closes to day visitors once reached. However, those with camping reservations will still be able to get into the park. A favorite activity amongst park visitors is a float along the Frio River, which runs for about 3 miles through the park.
5) Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the U.S. and sees about 8 million visitors per year. There is more to do and see than just the falls, and visitors are sure to enjoy their time in this beautiful park. Zip-lining over the gorges of Niagara, taking a boat tour right up to the falls, enjoying a spa day, or checking out a show are all on the table for visitors to Niagara Falls.
6) Glacier National Park, MT
Glacier National Park is nicknamed “The Crown of the Continent” and is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country. Over 700 miles of hiking trails, glaciers, and extraordinary lakes await travelers headed to this popular national park. Nearly 3 million travelers visit the park every year, which is very busy during the summer.
7) Ginnie Springs, FL
Home to seven springs of crystal-clear waters that are 72°F all year, Ginnie Springs originally started as a scuba diving park. As the park has grown in popularity, it now allows swimming, tubing, paddle boarding, and canoeing in the springs and along the river. The park has 123 campsites for RVs, and a waiver must be signed before visitors can use any facilities.
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