When it comes to traveling the country full time in your RV, there is no shortage of beautiful destinations. During the summer months, there are five destinations you don’t want to miss out on.
1. Alaska Denali Park
This so-called Last Frontier is open year-round but the peak season is May through September. The millions of acres within this National Park offer plenty to see and explore. Whether you drive through, hike or a combination of both, you are guaranteed to see bears, moose, and caribou. There are even opportunities to explore the Park by helicopter to get a different view. Park rangers take visitors on guided tours daily or you can explore the Park alone. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the kennels to see Denali’s famous sled dogs.
2. Durango, Colorado
The summer is barely enough time to explore the expansive Durango Colorado. There are mountains to climb, trails to hike, lakes to swim in, rivers to raft, horses to ride, zip-lining, and so much more. The temperate summer weather means you have long and comfortable days to explore whatever you like. Durango is friendly for the whole family and there is no shortage of recreation and beautiful landscapes. Plan your trip ahead of time so you make sure you don’t miss out on the Aztec Ruins, San Juan National Forest, Chaco Canyon, Chimney rock, and the Four Corners.
3. Grand Tetons
Grand Teton National Park offers exploration, wildlife, nature, and gorgeous vistas as fast as the eye can see. There are numerous places to park your RV so you can move through the park to explore while taking your accommodations with you. Hike the various mountain ranges or try watersports in the glacial Jenny Lake or forest-adjacent String Lake. Be sure to stop by the historical Jackson Hole, and go see the local moose in their natural habitat along the base of Oxbow Bend. You cannot leave without driving by and hiking along the Hidden Falls, to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Park.
4. Glacier Park
Glacier National Park in Montana is home to the famous Blackfoot and Jackson Glaciers. With climate change causing these natural beauties to shrink each year, you should plan to visit before it is too late. In addition to exploring and learning about glaciers, you will be surrounded by an abundance of nature and wildlife ranging including mountain goats and grizzly bears. There is also a great historical presence to the Glacier National Park allowing you to learn about ancient civilizations that lived there long before it was a Park. You can also see epic vistas from the Continental Divide as you drive or hike through Logan Pass and don’t miss out on some of the best hiking in the famous Grinnell Glacier. Even in the summer months, the weather can be cool, especially in the evenings, so be sure to pack warmer clothes.
5. Oregon Coast
Last but not least, exploring the Oregon Coast is a must for all summer RVers. The coastline of Oregon has long been characterized as the most beautiful shorelines in the country and traveling by RV makes it easy to see the whole thing. The town of Seaside is a must as it marks the historical ending place for Lewis and Clark’s expeditions. Rockaway Beach and the Manhattan Beach State Recreational Site are perfect for going crabbing and clamming, or to just walk along and take in the coastal sites. Drift Creek will provide wildlife galore and some of the best campsites for RVs and you must also make time for the museums in Bay Front Old Town, the Aquarium in Waldport, and the scenic routes and outdoor fun of the Oregon Dunes.