Driving your RV down the open road and heading to a new destination is one of the greatest joys of owning a motorhome. With all the comforts of home but the freedom to explore, an RV lets you see more of the countryside than a flight and hotel.
If the road is calling your name again, it might be time to fuel up and head out to one of our top three destinations for RVing in 2021.
#1: Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park, Colorado
Colorado is a state well known for its beautiful mountain peaks, and there is perhaps no place in the state grander than Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place to take the family, especially during the heat of the summer when temperatures in the high country remain cool and mild. Fall also makes a great season for a visit, when guests will be amazed by the golden hue of the changing aspens.
During a visit to this national park, enjoy the many trails available, with hikes ranging from short and easy, such as a family trek to Alberta Falls, to strenuous and challenging, such as summiting the park’s notable 14er, Longs Peak. Make sure to check into getting a timed entry permit to enter the pass between May 28 and October 11, 2021.
No trip to the park would be complete without a drive to the top of Trail Ridge Road, which is the highest continuous paved road in the US.
Although you will need a reservation long in advance, there are ample camping options within the park itself. RVers can also enjoy a stay in the nearby town of Estes Park.
Estes Park acts as the gateway to the national park and is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or to sip on a local pint from one of the many breweries in town. For those who have a sweet tooth, the town’s numerous fudge, saltwater taffy, and ice cream shops can be the cure.
The whole family will enjoy a walk around the town’s lake or competing in a round of miniature golf. End the day by browsing the numerous downtown shops to pick out a souvenir for yourself or friends and family.
#2: Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, Maine
Nestled far up in the Northeast is the stunning Acadia National Park. Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, this park has earned the nickname of the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.
Here visitors can choose from two campgrounds within the park, including Blackwoods which is located near the town of Bar Harbor.
The park itself is home to the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the US, an abundance of habitats, and over 100 miles of hiking trails. As a bonus, Acadia National Park is one of the few national parks in the country to offer pet-friendly hikes. While visiting with your furry pal, stop by your campground ranger station, the Sieur de Monts Nature Center or the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to pick up a copy of an activity checklist and learn more about Acadia’s Bark Ranger program. By completing a short program, your pup can become a certified Bark Ranger.
While enjoying a visit to the national park, make sure to carve out some time for a day in town at Bar Harbor. The charming town of Bar Harbor is the perfect place to dine on local cuisine, take a historical walking tour, or hop on a boat to go seal watching.
#3: Big Bend National Park - Terlingua, Texas
While the first two national parks on our list are well known for their lush woodlands and incredible peaks, Big Bend is a park unlike any other. Deep in the southwestern corner of Texas bordering Mexico rests the Chisos Mountains.
At first glance, the rugged landscape of Big Bend might appear lifeless and dry. But upon closer look, visitors will realize that the desert is full of life. In fact, Big Bend National Park boasts more types of birds, bats, butterflies, ants, scorpions, and cacti than any other national park in the US.
Parking your RV in one of the park’s campgrounds for a few nights will also afford you the chance to see the night skies like you never have before. With little to no light and the arid dry climate, the stars will stand out against the inky black of night showcasing the Milky Way in true form.
In addition to taking in the natural wonder of the park, travelers should plan to spend a few days exploring the neighboring towns.
Right on the edge of the national park sits Terlingua. Walk amongst the abandoned buildings of Terlingua’s ghost town, and explore the remnants of the ruins of the Chisos Mining Company. Or, plan to visit on the first weekend of November to take part in the town’s famed chili cook-offs. Two chili cook-offs take place the same weekend, with each claiming to be the original and also competing to throw the best party.
If you also want to go shopping, make the hour-long drive to Marfa, Texas. Marfa is the home of stunning art galleries and upscale eateries. Visit the famous Prada art display in the desert and spend a night at the Marfa lights viewing area looking for the mysterious dancing lights the area is famed for.
A trip to this unique corner of Texas will allow you to take part in a world unlike any other in the US.
Visit Transwest to Kick Off Your 2021 Adventures
If the open road is calling your name, come visit our team at Transwest. We can help you find the perfect RV for your next trip. From full-size Class A RVs to small adventure vans, we can assist you in your search for the ideal home away from home. All that’s left after you visit us at Transwest is to plan your next adventure.
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