Finding the right RV park has everything to do with what the perfect RV getaway looks like to you! While it may include family fun and water sports for some, it might mean secluded serenity for others. Knowing what you’re looking for will help you narrow down your search for the perfect RV park. Just like RVs, RV parks come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s one out there for everyone! Let’s take a look at some of the factors that help determine what type of RV park is best for you!
If your idea of the ultimate camping getaway includes packing up the kids and heading out for a larger-than-life adventure, then you should look for parks that feature family-friendly amenities and lots of entertainment nearby. The Sunriver RV Campground in Bend, OR, caters to families by offering plenty of activities for kids of all ages, including arts & crafts, mini golf, volleyball, a swimming pool, planned activities, and more. An onsite Activities Coordinator plans it all and makes sure everything runs smoothly. Mt. Bachelor is just minutes from the campground and is a great place to enjoy hiking, skiing, and mountain biking year round. Another fun family campground is the Jellystone Park-Resort in Larkspur, CO. To please the entire family, they offer a swimming pool, a Jumping Pillow, a pond with beach and slip ‘n slide, outdoor movies, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, a disc golf course, playground, goats and other farm animals, free coffee every morning, and much more. As the winner of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Family Campgrounds in 2015, you can’t go wrong when you spend your getaway with Yogi and BooBoo! A great choice on the east coast is the Lake George RV Park in Lake George, NY. With nearly 400 full hook-up sites, there’s room for everyone here, including your four-legged friends thanks to a 2-acre off-leash dog park! Kids will stay busy with the video arcade and 10 pool tables, two indoor movie theaters, planned kids’ activities (games and arts & crafts), indoor and outdoor heated pools, basketball courts, and so much more! Adults will feel just as welcome with an exercise room, paddleboats, biking and hiking trails, shuffleboard, tennis courts, and more. Family fun abounds outside of the park too with an amusement park, shopping, and dining, all accessible by riding the Lake George Village Trolley right from the campground. Because family vacations don’t always go as planned, these RV parks, and many others that put the focus on family, take the worry and stress out of traveling and put unlimited fun at your fingertips.
Who Do You Want to be Your Neighbor?
While some people like the peace and quiet of a small campground while calling the great outdoors home, others like to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of people coming and going in a larger campground. Determine which suits your fancy and search for campgrounds based on your desires. Small campgrounds offer seclusion that almost feels like being alone in nature. If you want to enjoy the sounds of nature, like birds chirping and water flowing, as you explore the area, then a small campground with few sites would be a great destination for you. But if you want to be surrounded by families riding bikes and people tailgating by campfires, then choose a much larger campground. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what you’re looking for. If you'd prefer to call large redwoods or lovely evergreens your neighbors instead of the Johnson family from Florida, then you have your answer.
National Park Tours
Taking to the open road with an RV in tow is a great way to see our country’s stunning national parks and forests. If checking off national parks from coast to coast is on your bucket list, then reserve campgrounds that give you easy access to the parks you want to visit. While all national parks offer campgrounds, they may be few and far between, and the sites go fast! So if those aren’t an option, look for campgrounds that are nearby so you just have a short drive to the park entrance. Once there, you’ll probably spend all day hiking, biking, exploring, and taking lots of frame-worthy photos, so you’ll be glad at the end of the day when the drive back to your campground is a short one. If you’re unsure of which national park to visit this year, use the National Park Service’s Find a Park link to help narrow down your search. With 58 parks across the U.S., there’s no time like the present to start your journey!
Want to Go Glamping?
If you’re on the fence about fully diving into the RVing lifestyle because you think you’ll have to rough it, then give “glamping” a try. Glamping is for people who want to camp, but don’t quite want to give up the plush amenities and services they’re used to at home. Some posh RV resorts offer amenities that cater to the discerning RVer, such as the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort in northern Michigan. Offering only 78 spacious RV sites (open to all types of RVs), all guests are treated to water views right from their RVs. This intimate RV resort has a state-of-the-art fitness center with saunas, a temperature-controlled outdoor pool and spa, a tennis court, dog-friendly walking paths, a 9-hole putting course, billiard room, home theater, two large card rooms, a full kitchen and bar for cocktail parties, and more. Surrounded by the resort towns of Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey, there is plenty of boutique shopping and fine dining just a few minutes away. Or head to the east coast and enjoy beautiful amenities at the Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort. Nestled in a lovely wooded area between Cape Cod and Boston, this resort offers all the comforts of home (and then some!) that you and your family want when far away from home. Here you’ll find a creative arts center where you can watch a feature movie on a big screen, play cribbage, do arts & crafts, and more. There are four (yes 4!) pools on the grounds of this RV park, so there’s no excuse not to take a dip while here! The indoor pool has a double Jacuzzi and a sauna. Two Olympic-sized pools and a heated pool can be found outside for fun in the sun. The beautiful 20,000-square foot recreation lodge features a fitness center, wellness center, an arcade, and more. The plush amenities don’t stop with 2-legged guests; your four-legged friend will love it here too! Not only is there a 1.5-acre dog park complete with agility equipment, dog wash, and drinking fountain, but there are canine coops (dog kennels) for rent and you can hire a dog walker to help your pooch stretch his legs when you’re out exploring all day. If you don’t want to leave the finer things in life at home when you go camping, search for campgrounds that offer these higher-end amenities so you can enjoy every minute of your “glamping” getaway.
Start With the Basics
While the type of RV vacation you want to take is a huge factor in determining the best RV park for you, you also have to look at things closer to home, like the size of your RV, how far you are willing to travel, for how long you want to be gone, your travel budget, and the type of hook-ups your RV requires. Make sure that RV parks you’re interested in can accommodate the size and requirements of your RV. Some parks have a maximum RV length that they can handle, and other parks may only have a few sites for larger RVs or motorhomes. Some no-frills campgrounds don’t offer hook-ups, or if they do, they’re limited to just water or electric. Others offer every amenity your RV needs to run like clockwork. Knowing your basic RV and travel wishes will help you find an RV park that is a good fit for you. And when you find yourself stumped or having to choose from a plethora of campgrounds that look simply amazing, ask around! There’s nothing better than a referral from a friend or fellow camper who’s been there and done that!