I love summer. It’s my favorite season, and I can’t get enough of the long days and sunshine. The warm weather is also the perfect time to hit the road. There are many unique places to visit in an RV during summer, but these are my top ten best summer RV destinations.
1. Door County, Wisconsin
Door County has everything you could want and more. You can spend your day on a boat, fishing, boating in the water, or taking in the beautiful scenery of Lake Michigan.
If you’re looking to relax, there are plenty of beaches along the shoreline where you can enjoy some time with friends or family.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always kayaking up north to check out some secluded beaches off the beaten path or have an afternoon hike through one of many nature trails around Door County.
One thing that makes Door County stand out from other best summer RV destinations is its unique events, such as “Pierogi Fest,” which takes place annually in June at StarFest Grounds just west of Sturgeon Bay (about 70 miles north).
Every year attendees come from all over to participate in this festival, celebrating Polish heritage with live music performances by local musicians dressed up in traditional Polish costumes and food vendors offering authentic pierogi dishes like potato & cheese-filled dumplings topped with sour cream sauce served hot off the grill.
They also have contests, including the best-dressed girl/guy dressed up as a pierogi trophy winner taking home a $200 cash prize!! So if you’re looking for something fun to do while traveling south during summer vacation, check out what Door County has available before heading farther south down route 57 towards Chicago.
2. Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City is a great place to visit in the summer. You can enjoy all it offers and still have time left over for a trip to Mackinac Island or the Porcupine Mountains. If you find yourself in town during the winter, you can still experience all that Traverse City has to offer by staying in one of their luxury suites.
These apartments are located right on the beach with views of Lake Michigan and just inside city limits, so they are close enough while still being private. The suites feature fully-equipped kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors.
They also come stocked with premium linens and towels, so there’s no need to pack extra supplies whenever you travel with friends or family members who come along on trips like this.
3. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is a great place to visit in the summer. There are many different activities in Acadia National Park, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and sailing.
There are also many things to see and do in Acadia National Park, like the Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor Lighthouse, and Jordan Pond House.
If you want to go horseback riding, I recommend going on one carriage ride at the Seawall campground or Sargeant Cove campground because they have beautiful views of Frenchman Bay, making it much more enjoyable.
4. Beaver Island, Michigan
Beaver Island is a small island in Lake Michigan, with a population of about 300. The only way to get there is by ferry, which runs seasonally between the mainland and Beaver Island.
There are several campgrounds on the island, hiking trails, and beaches. It’s also a great place to go for a weekend trip if you’re looking for something off the beaten path where you can relax and enjoy some time outdoors with friends or family members.
5. Silverton, Colorado
Silverton is a small Colorado town known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. In the summer, it’s a great place to go for a getaway.
Hiking trails abound in this area, and you can enjoy everything from strenuous climbs to relaxing strolls through the woods. Fishing spots are also plentiful—depending on your visit, you may catch trout or salmon.
Silverton is also popular among skiers who want to challenge themselves by skiing at high altitudes (the town sits over 10,000 feet above sea level).
6. Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and California
The best way to get a taste of nature is to go camping, and there’s no better place than Lake Tahoe. It’s the second-deepest lake in America and holds about 26 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough to cover the entire state of Texas with a foot of water!
It’s also a popular tourist destination: The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful year-round. You can see snowy peaks towering above you or crystal clear waters glimmering below your feet—it almost feels like you’re on another planet.
If you’re into hiking or biking, there are plenty of trails around the lake where you can escape civilization without leaving civilization behind entirely (and it won’t take long before someone in your party starts complaining about being hungry).
7. Hood, Oregon
Mt. Hood is a popular destination for winter sports and hiking, with several campgrounds that cater to both activities. In addition, there are many lakes in the area, making it an ideal destination for boating and swimming.
The area is also safe and affordable, making it an excellent choice for families who want to spend their summer vacation outdoors without breaking the bank.
Suppose you’re looking for more of an urban experience. In that case, Portland offers plenty of options: artsy neighborhoods like Hawthorne district (with its historic bar scene) or Alberta Street (with its hipster vibe), breweries such as Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room or Widmer Brothers Pub & Grill—or even just strolling down one of the city’s many bridges over the Willamette River.
8. Banner Elk, North Carolina
Banner Elk, North Carolina, is one of the best places to go hiking! You can find a variety of trails that will have you exploring the mountains and forests. This town also offers incredible views from its peaks and cliffs.
Banner Elk is home to some of the East Coast region’s most beautiful rivers and lakes, including Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and Grandfather Mountain State Park.
Whether you’re looking for an exhilarating mountain bike ride or an adrenaline-pumping kayak trip down rapids, Banner Elk has plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
9. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore is a granite mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota, United States. The memorial features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It attracts nearly 3 million visitors annually.
Mount Rushmore was started in 1927 and completed in 1941. It was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, who designed it to be one of “the greatest spectacles in history” but only managed to finish the faces before work could be completed on the other areas of his plans for Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
10. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park is a great place to visit if you’re looking to get out of the city and into the great outdoors. With an elevation of 9,000 feet, it offers spectacular views of Utah’s Paunsaugunt Plateau. This can be seen from many viewpoints throughout the park—including from your campsite at one of its several campgrounds.
The best part about visiting Bryce Canyon during the summer? You can enjoy hiking trails without being bothered by snow storms or harsh winter weather. You’ll also find that there are many places to stay within or near the park so you can experience all that it offers without having to worry about driving long distances once you arrive.
You don’t have to worry about getting bored on your vacation either: there are plenty of activities here for everyone! Hiking is one option; another popular activity at Bryce Canyon is horseback riding along scenic trails while learning more about local history and culture along the way. And if camping isn’t your thing (or if it’s not feasible), there are plenty of hotels nearby as well.
These are the best places to RV in the summer.
Summer is the best time to RV. If you’re like most people, you dream of getting away from it all during your vacation—and let’s be honest: There are few better ways to do so than by hopping into your RV and heading out on the open road.
You can take advantage of some great deals during the summer months (some places even offer discounts for off-season stays), and many fantastic destinations offer an escape from the daily grind without breaking the bank. Here are just a few of our favorites:
It’s time to get off the beaten path. Whether you’re planning a summer trip or looking for some inspiration, we’ve got ten amazing destinations where you can enjoy life on the road. So pack your bags and hop in your rig—you’ve got some hittin’ to do!