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RVing 101: Top 10 RV destinations
Answer the call of the open road. A long-standing North American tradition is the RV road trip; traveling the highways and byways of the United States and Canada in a recreational vehicle.
Excel Distributors, the purveyor of aftermarket RV mattresses, has created the “Top 10 RV Destinations,” a list of the most scenic spots to park your RV for a few days or for a week, or even longer.
Although created with the year 2009 in mind, these RV destinations are time honored and as relevant today and tomorrow as they were then.
Two of the locations—Tunnel Mountain in Banff and Verde Valley—are also among our favorite locations; while several others are on our bucket list of must-see locales while we’re cruising in our “road house”.
Whether it is a grand getaway for a few weeks or a short trip of a few days, settle into one of these top picks for RV destinations:
1. Madison Arm Resort, West Yellowstone, Montana
The campground and marina lies on the shores of Hebgen Lake, home to trout-filled waters. Wildlife in the region is plentiful.
Madison Arm Resort offers a getaway from the often-overcrowded site of Yellowstone itself. Drive along Grand Loop Road, watch Old Faithful and gaze over the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Season: Open May 15-October 1
Location: 8.5 miles from Yellowstone National Park
Current rates: $35-37/day
2. Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff National Park, Alberta
Situated on Tunnel Mountain, within walking distance (or trolley distance) of downtown Banff. There are 320 full service sites in the Trailer Court, 188 power only sites in Village II, plus 619 non-serviced sites in Village I.
There is an awe-inspiring view of the valley, the Hoodoos, and the Banff Springs Hotel.
3. Verde Valley, Arizona
Each spring finds us gravitating to the scenic and historic wonders of Verde Valley.
Verde Valley extends from Jerome, Cottonwood, and Sycamore Canyon southeast toward Camp Verde and Montezuma Castle National Monument, to Sedona, the Oak Creek Canyon, and the foot of the Mogollon Rim (locally pronounced “Muggy-own,” or simply called “the Rim”).
Characterized by massive red-rock formations, as well as other amazing natural beauties, the area surrounding Sedona is as beautiful as many national parks.
4. Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort, Oceano, California
Nestled among the dunes of the beautiful Oceano Preserve, Pacific Dunes Resort offers breathtaking vistas and trails to the beach.
Number of sites: 215
Current rates: $42-56/day
5. Boyd’s Key West Campground, Key West, Florida
Travel three hours down Route 1 from Miami to the tropical Florida Keys to find an RV island oasis.
Offering oceanfront RV sites, Boyd’s is located near Duval Street, where travelers can relax with a frothy margarita and enjoy Mallory Square’s sunset celebration, where tightrope walkers, jugglers, and fire-eaters provide nightly amusement.
To watch video as featured on The Outdoor Channel, click here.
Current rates: $80-120/day
6. Mt. Hood Village RV Resort, Welches, Oregon
The Village opened in 1984 and is considered the premier RV Park in the Northwest. The Village offers a variety of guest accommodations, including over 300 wooded RV sites, vacation cottages, rustic cabins, and yurt rentals.
A 27-hole golf course, groomed hiking trails, rock climbing, mountain biking, miniature golf, fishing, lakes and streams to explore, and the Alpine Slide are just a few of the activities found in Mt. Hood National Forest. Within the Village, guests will find many amenities and activities, including the Huckleberry Festival, Wild Mushroom Festival, and Salmon Bake Festival held each year at the Resort.
Current rates: $38-47
7. Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Bar Harbor, Maine
The camping resort offers panoramic ocean views and waterfront campsites.
Stroll historic Bar Harbor; climb Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States; or hike the trails of Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park is located along the rugged, rocky coast of “Downeast” Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is accessible by vehicle.
Location: Mount Desert Island, 9 miles from Bar Harbor
Current rates: $33-80
Excel Distributors is the online purveyor of quality RV mattresses, RV mattress protection pads, and RV pillows. Dedicated to customers wishing to improve the overall quality of the RV they currently own, Excel specializes in the RV Aftermarket. Excel is located in Portland, Oregon.
To read the final part of “Top 10 RV Destinations”, click here.
Got a dream, a long-held wish of traveling to a special place you hope to see—someday? If so, you’re like many of us, waiting for mañana; for tomorrow or next month or next year—always waiting for the right time. Question is, will there ever be a time that’s right?
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