Compared to traditional camping or canoe trips, RV traveling is one of the most popular summer vacations for families. If roughing it in the wilderness is not quite your bag, touring the country RV-style provides most of the amenities people are accustomed to on a daily basis. This allows for a great compromise between those in your family who wish to be closer to civilization and the ones who are ready to explore the outdoors full force, as day trips are made possible while parked for longer periods of time. When embarking on a cross-country trip, most people plan with set destinations and calculate approximate travel time. During the planning process, check out our recommendations for eight great RV parks in the U.S. to see if any are located on your route.
1. Yosemite National Park, California: If your group is looking for the most outdoor experience via RV travel, Yosemite National Park offers 10 designated campsites to choose from. The park’s website states that most reservations are filled from April-September, so planning early is essential. However, RV camping without a reservation is possible in the following locations: Bridalveil Creek, White Wolf, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows. There are specific limitations on RV size that vary among sites, so make sure to call ahead. If planning to set up camp without a reservation, it is advised to arrive before noon on weekdays and mid-morning on weekends, as crowds tend to arrive later in the day. The downside of RV camping in Yosemite is there are no water, sewer or electrical hookups. However, there are dump stations with fresh water at several of the campsites. The use of generators is limited to several hours per day, with scheduled times in the morning, afternoon, and evening. While the RV will provide many of the comforts of home, those who want to stay closer to civilization should skip out on Yosemite National Park.