The top RV destination in the USA is still Florida, for both Canadians and Americans. But there are hundreds of other popular must see places as well. Depending on what you’re after, sight-seeing, fishing, nature, golf, gambling or camping, we’ve compiled a list of destinations that we hope would please just about anyone.
– Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
If you have an RV, the time and the inclination, consider traveling and playing the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship-caliber golf at eleven sites across Alabama. The Wall Street Journal said the Trail “may be the biggest bargain in the country” and The New York Times called the Trail “some of the best public golf on Earth.” If you love the game, you’ll love the trail.
Pebble Beach is home to the most spectacular and the toughest golf courses in the world. Located alongside, of course, the ocean, Pebble Beach consists of four golf courses actually: Spyglass Hill, the Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte Golf Course and Peter Hay Golf Course. Peter Hay is the only public course, but guests at the Resort may book tee times at any of the courses. The course ranks sixth on Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in America.
Gatlinburg Golf Course
Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee the Gatlinburg golf course is number 13 on the top 100 golf courses list and a destination course for many other reasons. Located among the most campground rich part of the state Gatlinburg and the surrounding area are home to dozens and dozens of scenic sites. Fly-fishing, theme parks, nature trails, hiking, swimming, rafting, kayaking, tubing and bike trails abound in the area making Gatlinburg high on the top RV destinations in America.
– Enjoying an Alabama evening on the lake
What Alabama is to golf, it is to fishing. Alabama, with its abundance of both freshwater and saltwater fishing, is a fisherman’s heaven. Don’t take our word for it. According to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of Alabama, the folks who manage, protect, conserves and enhance the fishing resources of Alabama, there are 47 reservoirs larger than 500 acres that cover 551,220 acres, 23 Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes and 77,000 miles of perennial rivers, streams and the Mobile Delta if saltwater fishing is your thing.
You can’t fish there, but if you love aquatic life you’ll love the tour. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a public aquarium in the inner harbor of Baltimore, Maryland. It was opened in 1981and has an annual attendance of 1.5 million people who come to see its collection of 16,500 specimens representing 660 species of fresh and saltwater fish, including dolphins. There is a rooftop rainforest and central ray pool, and multiple-story shark tank. Numerous magazines and websites have named it the number one aquarium in the United States.
– Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Mall of America
If you want nothing more to immerse yourself in shopping for days without ever having to leave one mall to find another, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is a good destination. With more than 400 stores, a comedy club, fine dining in over a dozen restaurants as well as two food courts, a variety of bars and movie theatres it’s a fast paced alternative to sitting around a campfire if that’s what you like.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
You don’t have to be rich to window shop and people watch at the most glamorous and richest shopping destination in America. If you’re going to spend any money though, bring lots of it. Some of the priciest stores in the world call this place home.
– Try your luck
Las Vegas and Atlantic City are the most well known gambling destinations in America, but the most popular gambling among RVers are the casinos found on Native American Indian lands or reservations.
Most have or are close to great camping and go out of their way to accommodate RVers. Many offer special discounts and deals and even free overnight parking outside the casinos. www.rvgambling.com is a website devoted to RVers who are traveling the country in search of RV friendly casinos. The site lists not only casino locations across the United States by region, but also has information about RV service centers, camping and restaurants.
Owned by a couple who are former full-timers themselves, they created a website to help RVers find the best RV friendly gambling as well as RV friendly entertainment, food, and accommodations around the country.
Many camping destinations in the United States turn out to be nothing more than parking lots with cramped quarters, noisy neighbors and no room to enjoy yourself. If you’re looking for great camping with privacy, nature and the feeling that you’re the only one in the campground, try these campgrounds:
– Bluewater Key Resort in Key West Florida
Hidden Springs Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Hidden Springs has 154 sites in a mixed forest setting, offering privacy. Two hiking trails are available near the campground, one trail leaves from the campground and the other is just across the Avenue of the Giants and leads to a great swimming hole on the South Fork of the Eel River. www.humboldtredwoods.org
Bluewater Key Resort in Key West Florida
With its lush landscaping, wide roadways, Tiki Huts on each site, a waterfront dock, gorgeous settings throughout and immaculate maintenance throughout the entire facility most RVers who stay here never want to leave. There are size and RV restrictions (minimum 24-foot RV with no soft sided campers or popups and no truck campers), so call ahead and make reservations. They fill up fast and far in advance. www.bluewaterkey.com