We can’t all be full-time RVers. Some of us spend more time dreaming of RV vacation ideas than we actually spend in our rigs. We dream of those long weekends and school breaks… And how precious these weekend trips are to us, right?

We want to go to the most exciting places. And we need to squeeze every last bit of fun out of them, too.

Don’t worry. I’ve done my homework. And I’ve got 6 wicked awesome RV vacation ideas you’re going to love.

Below you’ll find a list of the perfect vacation destinations to take your RV based on:

  • RV parks and campsites in or near the destination
  • Close proximity to outdoor activities (hiking, national parks, etc)
  • Entertainment (amusement parks, festivals, cultural attractions)

And because you’re not a full-time RVer, I know you’ve got a lot of responsibilities. Here’s a little reminder of the 2019 federal holidays:

Last, if you’re an RV family, don’t forget to check out your school district’s calendar for long breaks like Spring Break.

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Spring Break

You’re burnt out. Cold. Wet.

Spring Break comes into our lives when we need it the most. Don’t skip out on this break if you can help it!

Silver Springs State Park
Ocala, FL

swamp area at Silver Springs State Park

Duh! Florida is a hella popular spot for Spring Break. Only God and the tourism industry know how many people flock to the Sunshine State during this time of year.

And why not?

Sun. Sand. Cocktails. Half naked… you get the idea.

But what if I told you Florida had more to offer Spring Breakers than bikinis, bars, and beaches?

Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, FL is a great RV vacation idea!

Florida’s first tourism attraction, this state park is truly a must-see.

Silver Springs itself is a group of artesian springs that feed into the Silver River. It is the largest artesian spring in the world. I visited for the first time in 2018 and was absolutely blown away by the geology and history! Not to mention the sheer beauty of the area.

picture here!!!!

The most popular thing to do at this RV vacation destination is take a glass- bottom boat tour.

It is a 30-minute ride and worth the extra $11 fee. And I’ll note that it’s free for children 5 years old and under. (BONUS BABY!)

During the tour, you’ll see and learn a ton.

We saw Native American artifacts under the water as well as movie props left from old Hollywood movies. Above the water I saw my very first alligator in the wild. Then my second!

If you’re lucky, you might even see a monkey or two!

In addition to the glass-bottom boat tours, the park also offers kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals so you can explore the springs solo. There is a restaurant on site, and an ice cream parlor.

And the ice cream is Blue Bell, my friend. #yummo

There’s also lots of easy walking trails for everyone in the family to enjoy as well as a playground for those RVing with kids. Pets are also welcome on a leash.

Where to stay

picture of Chelsea Wilcox at Silver Springs State Park while visiting in her RV

The state park offers camping on site. This is a great option if you’re looking to experience Florida in all its glory. You will enjoy staying under the shade of Live Oaks and being close to the glass-bottom boat tours.

Click here to check out availability.

If you’re 55 and up, I also recommend staying right across the street at Silver Springs RV Park. 

This campground is right across the street from the State Park with large sites to accommodate lots of different RVs. They also have a game room and many scheduled activities.

Other things to do near Ocala, FL

While Silver Springs State Park is one of the awesome RV vacation ideas on this list, the park isn’t going to entertain you for your entire Spring Break.

While you’re in the area, check out these other destinations. I know you’ll love them. (So I can’t guarantee that, but I think they’re pretty cool.)

First, visit the Gypsy Gold Farm. Because apparently gypsies in England developed a new breed of horse and some people brought them to Florida.

Next, enjoy some down time at Tuscawilla Park. This is the town’s newest park and has lots for the whole family. There is a playground, a discovery museum, and two lakes to stroll around. There are also events throughout the year!

And if you’re into quirky, don’t miss the Official Florida Flamingo museum. I don’t think I need to say anything else about it, honestly.

White Sands National Monument
Chihuahuan Desert, New Mexico

photo by Tiny Shiny home of the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
Photo credit: Tiny Shiny Home

So New Mexico might not be the first place you think of to go on Spring Break. But hear me out. It’s more than just a hot desert. I promise.

White Sands National Monument is a fantastic RV vacation idea.

If you look at some pictures, it looks like it’s totally snowing. But being in Arizona, it’s obviously not snow you’re looking at. They’re sand dunes.

One of the most popular things to do at this RV vacation destination is to sled down the dunes. Sleds are even available in the gift shop!

Where to Stay

The Alamogordo/ White Sand KOA is definitely my top pick.

There’s a pool and playground for kids, a rec room, and a store on site. To top it off, it’s also pet-friendly and has free wifi.

If you’d like to stay here on your RV vacation, I suggest booking in advance as there are not a lot of sites.

Other things to do in the area

When you’ve finally cleaned the sand out of your… don’t miss these awesome attractions the area has to offer.

First, check out the birthplace of Smokey the Bear. You’ll enjoy some history and beautiful mountain ranges at Lincoln National Forest.

Next, have a little fun at the Toy Train Depot and Museum. Here you’ll see a really nice collection of toy trains and ranging from a wide variety of collectors.

After spending your Spring Break in New Mexico, you deserve some down time. Check out Heart of the Desert, a wine and pistachio shop.

Yeah I couldn’t believe it either, but there ya have it. Don’t miss out.

Winter Break

It’s been a long year. Christmas is more stress than it’s worth. Let’s go somewhere cool. (Well, maybe more warm than cool.)

Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

aerial view of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain State Park

This park is absolutely incredible! You are going to love this RV vacation idea destination.

As Georgia’s most-visited attraction, there is lots to do. You can hike, bike, paddle board, and even play championship golf.

There are also lots of attractions and events. Check out the laser show at night, the Summit Sky Ride, and if you’re really adventurous? You won’t want to miss one of America’s largest Adventure courses.

I have fond memories here — Stone Mountain is where I had my very first RVer meetup and decided that full-time RVing was right for me!

Where to stay

Stone Mountain is the best place to park your rig. With over 3200 acres of scenery to explore, it only makes sense to make use of Stone Mountain’s amazing campground as well. Equipped for just about any RV, you’ll find swimming pools, playgrounds and walking trails just outside your RV door!


Other things to do in the area

Picture of shark at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia

Atlanta is located less than 30 minutes from Stone Mountain. That means if you’re looking to mix a little bit of city life to your nature-filled RV vacation, you can do just that! #bestofbothworlds

And Atlanta really does has something for everybody.

Personally, I love to explore downtown

Don’t miss the Georgia Aquarium. It’s the world’s largest aquarium and home to some of the cutest and most unique water animals. They even have puffins!

Nothing screams American Vacation more than a trip to see a soda giant! So be sure to visitThe World of Coca-Cola.

In all seriousness, this is a pretty cool Atlanta spot to check out. It’s essentially an interactive soda museum and you’ll get a taste of Coke’s history and future all in the same place.

Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, FL

Picture of castle and sky at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL

I know, I know. Disney World is always on these RV vacation ideas lists.

But for good reason!

Whether you are coming with your kids and want to visit Mickey. Or you’re taking a vacation with the boys and want to “drink around the world” at Epcot. Disney truly have something for everyone.

Where to stay

Of course, I’m going to recommend the incredible Fort Wilderness Resort. This is Disney’s RV park and I’ve never met an RVer who said it was a waste of money… despite being quite a bit of money.

The park covers 750 acres and accommodates RVs and campers of any size. Amenities include a waterslide pool, canoeing and even archery and horseback riding. Yes, all at the RV park.

People really tend to love the free shuttle to the amusement parks and other areas of Walt Disney World.

If you’re looking to save a little money, there are also plenty of other parks.

My family often stays at Sherwood Forest RV Resort. This is about 10 minutes from the park. With three pools on site, a tiki bar, and activity center, you’ll love this place as well.

Other things to do in the area

Of course, Mickey Mouse and the gang are not the only things to see in Orlando.

First, head downtown to Lake Eola. You can take a paddleboat around the heart of the city! There are stunning views of Orlando’s skyline and you’ll get to enjoy the landscaped grounds and wild birds.

Next, don’t miss the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. It’s a 440-acre preserve with great trails that showcase Florida’s natural beauty.

Last, if Disney World isn’t enough entertainment… there’s always Universal Studios, Sea World, and epic golf courses to explore!

Summer Break

If you’re lucky enough to get a nice long vacation during the summer. Woohoo! Don’t miss these incredible RV vacation ideas for the best time of year.

Bar Harbor, Maine

traditional lobster dinner in Bar Harbor Maine

If you follow any full-time RVers on social media, you have probably felt the sting of not summering in this area.

Bar Harbor is THE ideal summer RV vacation destination, whether you want to travel for food, entertainment or culture and history.

Where to stay

If you’re looking to camp in style, check out the Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA. Not only can you camp right on the water and enjoy the sunset, you can get your lobster on site!

*mind blown*

And if you’re looking for something simpler and more in tune with nature, be sure to look at camping sites in Acadia National Park right here.

What to do in the area

This coastal town has some amazing museums and galleries. You can learn about the Gilded Age of Bar Harbor or its Native American roots, while also enjoying artistic works by historic and contemporary local artists.

My friends tell me the museums are really eclectic and worthwhile. It’s fun to wander in and out of them and the town even offers walking tours. Look for signs titled Museum in the Streets for even more information on Bar Harbor and its rich history.

The town also hosts music festivals and there are plenty of laid-back clubs and restaurants with live music. My RVer friends said that eating fresh lobster and smelling the salt air with a bit of music in the background was one of the best experiences of their lives!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all the outdoor activities you can enjoy in the Bar Harbor area. The nearby Acadia National Park is home to over 45 miles of carriage trails for cyclists. It’s also extremely famous for the highest headlands of the Atlantic coastline. This makes it ideal for nature lovers of all ages.

But the number one thing on my Bar Harbor to-do list is to go whale-watching. Seriously. Who wouldn’t want to see these giants?!

Mackinac Island, Michigan

picture of sunset over Lake Huron at Mackinac Island while visiting on an RV vacation in the summer

Okay. If you haven’t ever thought of going here, you need to. I’ve saved the best RV vacation idea for last.

This is seriously one of my most favorite places ever. Bookmark everything I tell you in this section, my friend!

Where to Stay

You can’t stay on the island with your rig because there are no cars allowed on this island.

I know. Crazy. (Crazy awesome once you experience it.)

I highly recommend Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. It was voted Michigan’s favorite campground by the locals and it’s my favorite too. I’ve stayed there 3 times!

It’s super close to the Ferry to get you over to the island. And it’s right on the water so you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset right from your RV!

There’s also miles of trails for hiking and biking. And a game room, three playgrounds, and a heated pool so you can swim with your kids.

Because we all know momma ain’t gettin’ in without it being heated. Nope. No way.

What to do in the area

Take the ferry to Mackinac Island and seriously step into a different world!

I love renting bikes and climbing to the top of the island where there is the coolest golf course ever up there! You’ll also see the runway for airplanes that high as well.

Not to mention the most amazing view of the Great Lakes and the Mackinac Bridge.

Don’t miss the Butterfly House, local library, and please! Take a horse-drawn carriage around as well.

And last suggestion: Dip your toes in the lake and feel the pebbles on your feet. It’s miraculous.

Have any RV vacation ideas of your own?

Let me know in the comments.

And if you’re looking for more destination ideas, check out this post for an awesome place in Connecticut or this one in southern Michigan.

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