It’s almost spring and you know what that means…spring break! So whether the kids are out of school or you just have the itch to get out of town for a week or two, these are the top spring break destinations for RV road-tripping in 2020.
1. Orlando, Florida
For those looking for sun and family-friendly fun, look no further than Orlando, Florida. The kids will love visiting attractions like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND, and Universal Studios Orlando, but the theme park capital of the world has more to offer than amusement parks.
There’s plenty to enjoy outside from many beaches, including Cocoa Beach, to adventures like wildlife and birding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, nature trails and parks, airboat tours, and the Canaveral National Seashore. For a more educational endeavor, visit the Kennedy Space Center.
There are several RV parks within Orlando to stay in but some provide more fun for the family than others. Try Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, a themed campground with the magic of the outdoors. Woodland trails, a pool with a waterslide, archery, and horseback riding are just a few of the amenities your family will enjoy while staying here.
2. Hilton Head, South Carolina
South Carolina is a plentiful area for spring breakers: college students can head to Myrtle Beach and towns like Savannah and Charleston are a quick escape. But for the family-friendly spring break experience, head to the island of Hilton Head, an area home to 14 miles of sandy beaches, 20 world-class golf courses and more than 100 miles of bike paths.
While there is an airport for flying to Hilton Head, driving is possible and the area has some great resorts, so no need to abandon the RV.
This small island has two areas with RV accommodations: Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort and Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina. The Motorcoach Resort is located on 50 acres of woodlands and is within walking distance to the beach. It has 400 sites with full hook-ups as well as tennis and pickleball courts and a pool, spa, and fitness center.
The RV Resort & Marina has 200 sites including waterfront options and access to showers, swimming pools, a hot tub, sun deck, gazebo, saunas, convenience store, laundry, exercise room, tennis court, a 5-star restaurant on-site, and water sports including jet skis, kayaks, and more.
3. Lake Powell, Arizona
This vacation spot is no secret but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a trip! Created by a manmade reservoir on the Colorado River, Lake Powell straddles the states of Utah and Arizona.
Rent a boat for the day and hit the water for some fishing, tubing, or water skiing. Picnic on the shoreline or enjoy dining in one of several restaurants on the lake.
Three areas accommodate RVs at Lake Powell: Wahweap RV & Campground in south Lake Powell and Bullfrog RV & Campground and Halls Crossing RV & Campground both in north Lake Powell.
Wahweap is centrally located at the Wahweap Marina which offers plenty of lake transport for rent. There are 139 full hook-up sites with access to laundry, showers, as well as Wahweap Grille, Wind Café, and a gift shop.
Bullfrog offers 24 RV spaces with restrooms and showers and access to the Bullfrog Marina. Check out the restaurant and gift shop at nearby Defiance House Lodge. Halls Crossing offers 24 RV sites with restrooms and showers and is located next to the amenities of the Village Store.
4. Gulf Shores, Alabama
For a different beach vacation than typical Florida or California, head to Gulf Shores, Alabama, a city located on the state’s Gulf Coast. Here you’ll find 32 beautiful miles of beaches including the main public beach, Gulf Place.
There are plenty of water-based activities from beach lounging to fishing, diving, boating, snorkeling, parasailing, and kayaking. Temperatures in the spring range from pleasant mid-50s to warm mid-70s.
Other nonwater activities include biking, hiking, and ziplining. Visit the Wharf in Orange Beach for fun on their ferris wheel, mini-golf, zipline, and movie theater.
The best spot for RV camping is by far Gulf State Park, a reasonably priced campground with private, lakefront campsites and resort-style amenities. With almost 500 sites, the park also has 11 bathhouses, a camp store, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, tennis and pickleball courts, horseshoes, volleyball, a nature center, and a fishing pier.
5. Amarillo, Texas
While not your typical spring break destination, Amarillo, Texas is a fun spring getaway for its adventure, warm weather, and genuine Texas culture. This unique and history-laden area is a true Texas spot with real-life cowboys, longhorns grazing, and delicious Texas BBQ.
Start by visiting the quirky Cadillac Ranch and its surrounding Route 66 historic district for fun galleries, antique shops and more. Take your picture at Cadillac Ranch with the surrounding ten Cadillacs covered in spray paint, nose-down in the ground. The art installation was created in 1974 and has become a popular roadside attraction. You can even take a piece home from the Lile Art Gallery which makes jewelry from “Cadilite”, the layers of paint that chips off the cars.
Next, head to the Big Texan Steak Ranch for the 72oz steak challenge, a challenge that includes polishing off a full 72 oz of steak as well as a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, and roll, all in an hour to join the 72 oz. Hall of Fame.
For outdoor enthusiasts, visit Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. This beautiful canyon is home to more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. At the canyon floor is The Trading Post where visitors can buy souvenirs and get a bite to eat.
And for the RV enthusiasts, visit the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum to learn more about the history of RVing. The museum is free to the public and is open Monday-Saturday.
For RV camping, look no further than Palo Duro Canyon, which has 114 sites with electricity, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables.
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