The motorhome has always been one of America’s favorite vacation options, but love for motorhomes has exploded in recent years. According to the RV Industry Association, manufacturers shipped over 600,000 RVs in 2021, which is a 39% increase from 2020 and a 19% increase from 2017, which was the previous peak in shipments.
The advantages of RV are numerous: you are closer to nature and you can travel with your whole family without incurring significant additional costs. Plus, with so many people now working remotely, VR offers the means to work comfortably from your office “on the road”.
Whether you’re planning a family RV vacation this summer or you’re ready to hit the road for months, work and enjoy new sights every day, finding the perfect itinerary can be difficult. After all, there are so many amazing natural wonders (and amazing cities) in the United States – which one do you choose?
StorageCoffee ranked on best RV destinations in the country based on a combination of factors such as the number of campsites, their amenities and costs, air quality, WiFi, grocery store availability and prices.
So, while you’re preparing for your next RV getaway, put at least some of these 10 amazing RV destinations on your to-do list:
Mountain retreats take the lead, with Branson, Missouri, at the forefront
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Branson, Mo., makes for an excellent vacation spot, combining green hills, natural springs and caves with the right kind of tourist infrastructure. Besides the 25 campsites where you can reserve a place, you will also find concert halls, museums, theaters and restaurants.
Second in line, and not too far from Branson, is Hot Springs, Arkansas. It’s another mountain town, this time in the heavily forested Ouachita Mountains. As the name clearly suggests, there are thermal waters in the area, which you can enjoy in one of the many spas in town. Tourists can also choose from various theme parks, a zoo, as well as music and film festivals.
The magnificent Smokie Mountains and nearby Dollywood Theme Park are just a few of the third-tier destination draws – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There are 16 campsites in the area, many of which also have swimming pools and excellent Wi-Fi.
Another mountain destination that ranks among the top 10 RV destinations in the country is South Fork, Colorado, finishing eighth. South Fork attracts visitors with numerous hiking trails, beautiful natural sites, excellent air quality, and 13 easily accessible campsites.
Although Grant Pass, Oregon, ranked fifth, is not a mountain destination, but offers many attractions for adventurers. Located along the Rogue River, Grants Pass is one of the best whitewater rafting spots in the country. You can also visit Hellgate Canyon to enjoy the scenery and view wildlife or take a short drive to visit the ancient cave system at Oregon’s Caves National Monument.
Does your ideal vacation include beach access? Head to these RV destinations in Florida and Texas!
If you are more into waves than forests and mountains, Zephyrhills, Florida, ranked fourth from the top, is just an hour from the beautiful beaches around Dunedin and Honeymoon Island. You’ll also have plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options available to you, as Zephyrhills is a suburb of Tampa. The destination offers 19 campsites and most of the campsites have swimming pools.
However, if you prefer to be directly on the coast, you can choose Fort Myers, Floridaranking 10e from the top. It’s a destination that offers the best of both worlds: urban fun and beach fun. Fort Myers has beautiful beaches, such as Crescent Beach or Lani Kai, but you can also indulge in food and cultural experiences. The 15 campsites in the area offer high-speed Internet connection and swimming pools, among other amenities.
Rockport, Texas, lands in sixth place. Located on the Gulf Coast, not far from Corpus Christie, Rockport is an excellent destination for boating and water sports enthusiasts. The city is home to the Texas Maritime Museum and its exhibits on shipbuilding (and pirates). The region is also a true ornithological paradise. There are 30 campsites in the area, so visitors have a choice of campsites. Houston, Texas, ranking ninth, is the only major city that also qualifies as a great RV getaway. With 15 campsites in the area, Houston offers affordable deals and great amenities for travelers, including high-speed internet.
Another coastal destination that features in the top 10 best RV getaways is Gulf Coast, Alabama, ranking seventh. From dolphin watching and sea fishing to snorkeling, kayaking or bird watching, there is plenty to do here. Most of the 12 campsites in the area offer Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Interest in RV storage is highest among residents of Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Phoenix
Your campervan can take you to all these amazing places, but what do you do with it when you’re not hitting the road? Owners should park their recreational vehicles in safe spaces when not in use. Since most cities don’t allow long-term on-street parking for RVs or blocking driveways for months, a storage facility is usually the best option.
An analysis of Google searches reveals that Las Vegas residents are the most interested in RV storage, scouring the Internet for related information. Residents of Colorado Springs and Phoenix follow fairly closely.
Luckily for local RV owners, there are plenty of RV storage options in all of these cities and many more across the country. A significant portion of self-storage facilities offer large 10′ x 30′ units suitable for RV storage. These units can be fully enclosed or they can be covered parking spaces. Prices vary by location – for example, a 10’x30′ storage unit in Las Vegas rents for around $300, almost the same rate as a unit in Phoenix. A similar sized storage unit in Colorado Springs, on the other hand, is less expensive and costs around $240 per month.
The recent surge in RV sales means we may soon be seeing even more nationwide interest in RV-related services, from campsites to storage – and more people will be heading to popular vacation spots suitable to RVs. Have you already decided on an itinerary? Let us know in the comments!