Ahh, summer! You’ve got the RV insured and ready to go, and you’re taking the family on the open road. But where are you heading? We’ve asked our RVing friends, and scanned the web, and offer our picks for the five best RV parks in the United States.
- Boyd’s Key West Campground, Key West, FL: Just a few minutes away from trendy, popular Key West, Boyd’s offers oceanfront campsites with a beach area and a pool, as well as a marina, free wifi, and bathrooms. It has 250 campsites, but it can be crowded, especially during peak season.
- Horse Thief Lake Campground, Hill City, SD: This is a family-owned campground full of rustic charm and located in the Black Hills. Nearby Custer State Park is home to Buffalo (there’s an annual roundup with special events), Mt. Rushmore is 12 miles away, and Crazy Horse mountain is an easy drive. Each campsite has a fire ring, and there’s also a small heated pool and a shop for essentials.
- Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Bar Harbor, ME: This is actually the only national park in New England and the two sister-parks, Mt.Desert Narrows and Narrows Too offer ocean-view RV sites, while Patton Pond offers access to a 740-acre lake. Local activities include whale watching, hiking, canoeing, and biking.
- Rivers Edge RV Park, Fairbanks, AK: 190 sites with lots of walking or biking trails and an onsite restaurant mean that this resort is a great place to spend summer in the midnight sun. There’s also a shuttle bus to the historic downtown, and attractions like the Riverboat Discovery Cruise and the Trans Alaska Pipeline.
- Yosemite Pines RV Park, Yosemite, CA: This park is actually 22 miles outside of Yosemite itself, but that’s because the RV sites within the park are extremely rustic (i.e. no hookups). If you’re not a hard-core camper, or are traveling with kids, stay here and enjoy a gold mine where kids can practice their panning techniques and a petting farm with live alpacas.