Travelling in an RV -- or caravanning, as some people will refer to it -- is a unique way for travellers to spend their vacations. It makes perfect sense, too. You have the freedom and flexibility to go wherever the wind blows you. No one has to worry about booking hotel rooms or finding vacancy signs on one of those highway motels. You can visit more remote locations, such as the national parks. Plus, RV travel in the US can be much more affordable when you break down the costs associated with an international vacation.
First, you’ll need to make sure to book your reservation well in advance. This is especially true if you’re travelling in the busy season of your destination. In the South and Southwestern US, that might be Spring or Fall, while the rest of the country often peaks in the Summer. It’s a good idea to ensure you have an RV booked before you get your flights sorted out.
Before you pick your rental, learn some of the differences between RV models. Motorhomes are generally a self-contained miniature home with a full engine and cab. Fifth wheels are similar -- without the automobile aspect. Make sure you know if your RV rental is towable, in which case you’d need to rent an additional vehicle with enough horsepower. Expandable RVs and fold-downs are smaller and, as the names imply, can be adjusted based on your needs. They may lack some of the amenities of larger versions, though.
Perhaps one of the most important parts of planning an RV trip in the US is choosing a place to start. With the size of the country, it’s unlikely that you’ll be hitting every region, let alone each landmark.
One of the most common vacations for people renting an RV involves the national parks. Located in California, Yosemite is one of the popular destinations. Travelling just a bit east, you can see the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The red rock and awe-inspiring scale of this geological feature are unparalleled. For the Midwest, Yellowstone spans Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana -- and it boasts the active geyser, Old Faithful. For a Northeastern seaside retreat, Acadia is perfect. If you’d prefer to stick with the American South for their amazing culinary options, the Great Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky Mountains stretch across North Carolina and Tennessee.
Speaking of the food, there are plenty of places where you can eat a once-in-a-lifetime meal. From the caramel pecan roll served at Jimmy’s Down the Street in Sherman, Idaho to the atomic fireballs you’d find at Queens Comfort in Astoria, New York, you can take your RV on a culinary adventure.
Your vacation doesn’t have to be filled with unhealthy and expensive foods, though. If your RV has a kitchenette, you’ll be able to load up at grocery stores just about anywhere. It’s a great way to have an extended trip on a smaller budget, plus your doctor would likely approve.
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