The Ultimate RV Holiday

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Traveling to every State with Your Family

It might be your goal to see all 50 states and is probably a dream of many who travel by RV. Drive around any campground and you're sure to spot a few rigs with magnetic U.S. maps on the side with each magnet representing a state they have visited. Adding new states to the map is a right of passage for many RVers and each new state brings you closer to the ultimate  RVers goal. RV in all 50 states.
But what do you do when you get there?

You will find something special in each of the 50 states that reflect the character, beauty or history of the region. So get out your road map. We're going on a road trip!

Travel the states. This is so much to see.


Unbeknownst to many, Alabama is the home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (also known as Space Camp). Experience life as an Astronaut in Huntsville, Alabama at this one of a kind adventure. There are programs for all ages, so let your inner astronaut shine!


Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow; there's nothing else like it. Mush!


Take a mule ride down into the Grand Canyon. This age-old tradition has a lot to offer. Have cash to spare? Sign up for the overnight ride down to Phantom Ranch and stay at the base of the canyon in a rustic cabin. You won't believe the views!


Visit the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Experience life as it once was in this remote area of the U.S. Known for its stellar collection of historic Arkansas images, this museum opens the door to understanding the detailed world of Ozark history. Shiloh now offers a collection of historic structures open for exploration. See the 1850's log cabin and the 1870's general store as you stroll along the breathtaking property.


Take a road trip to Big Sur. The long, winding coastal road is one of the most scenic drives you'll ever experience. Turn up the radio, roll down the windows, and just enjoy the ride!


Visit Pike's Peak. At over 14,000 feet Pike's Peak gives you much more than a mile high view. Enjoy the winding drive up the side of the mountain, then feast on Mile High donuts made fresh at the gift shop. This is the only place in the world that can make donuts at this elevation. YUM.


It turns out that most of Connecticut's claims to fame are food-related. Get a burger at the place that invented burgers, Louis' Lunch. It's the oldest hamburger joint in the world. Alternatively, get yourself a white clam pizza at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. Did you know New Haven pizza is its own category, like New York style, or Chicago? Mmmm so good.


Visit the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and experience life as it used to be. This vintage style boardwalk is exactly one mile long.   It's the perfect stop for families as there are plenty of fun things for kids to see, do, and eat.


Wathc for those gators!!!

What's a visit to Florida without an airboat ride? Travel through the Everglades with alligators all around! If you haven't hung with an alligator, you haven't seen the swamp. Twist through the mangrove tunnels or skim across the grassland. Whatever tour you choose you aren't likely to forget it. Put this on your bucket list now!


Take a ghost tour in Savannah, a city lucky enough to be both beautiful and creepy at the same time. It might be the most haunted city in America, and it's teeming with ghost tours. Explore Bonaventure Cemetery after hours, tour the city in an actual hearse, and hear all the tales about the darkest murders in town.


Walk the crowded Waikiki beach. Sure, it's a tourist trap, but everyone needs a selfie from this shore! This narrow strip of white sand lies in front of some of the world's most famous hotels. While you're there be sure to enjoy the view of Diamond Head, the volcanic cone that rises from the sea.


Craters of the Moon National Monument is a vast ocean of lava available for exploration. This is a hike you won't soon forget. The lava flow is scattered with wildflowers and weird scenic landscape.


Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field! The Chicago Cubs have called this historic stadium home since 1914, and everything about it, from the ivy-covered outfield to the vintage scoreboard, is classic Americana. Bonus points if you eat a Chicago-style hot dog while you watch the game!


The Indiana War Memorial feature two museums in a 24 acres park. This moving tribute to the soldiers who fought to keep our nation free should be on every road trip because the monuments are amazing!
The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is in Indiana. See the best of what the RVing world has to offer, and maybe come away with some inspiration for your own adventures. It might seem like a small niche museum, but their collection of vehicles, from retro campers to the latest models, is definitely impressive!


Got Milk?

The Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair draws people from every corner of this great state. Each and every year 600 pounds of butter is carved into one remarkable cow.  You have to see it to believe it!


Chase a tornado. There's never a guarantee, of course, but Storm Chasing Adventure Tours do promise, at the very least, some great lightning shows and epic scenery. Wilson State Park is conveniently located right in the middle of the grassland plains state's rolling beauty, making it easy to get to any epic storm.


See a horse race. Take a tour of Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. Watch a race, place a bet, and admire all the pretty horses.


Visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy a bit of jazz, a lot of history (look for the antebellum mansions) and masses of incredible food! A jazz crawl is probably not a great idea for small children, but older kids might appreciate the incredible music scene happening in New Orleans' French Quarter.


See the first sunrise on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. During the fall and winter, Cadillac Mountain has the first view of the sun rising over the horizon. Luckily, you don't have to hike in the dark to get there; you can drive which is super easy when you camp in the park. Make sure to get there early, since parking is limited.


Visit Assateague National Seashore See the wild horses on Assateague Island. Enjoy a day on a beautiful beach while wild ponies frolic nearby. The park has gorgeous white sand beaches and ocean water that's perfect for swimming, but the island is best known for its herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that roam the beaches. There's a story that the wild ponies are the descendants of a herd of ponies who survived a shipwreck, but it's more likely that local citizens were corralling their ponies on the island to avoid paying taxes on fences on the mainland, and these ponies are the descendants from those. Bonus: there are tons of campsites here!


Walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail in Boston and make stops at numerous historic locations along the way. See the Boston Common and the Paul Revere Home. Experience the American Revolution at its roots.


Car lovers rejoice!  The Gilmore Car Museum in western Michigan is a 90-acre wonderland. It's home to 400 of the best-preserved cars you will ever see. Check out the 1930's gas station and the 1950's diner. It's truly America's signature collection.


Minnesota is the home of 11, 842 lakes (but who's counting)? Explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and connect with over a thousand lakes in one day. Love to paddle? Rent a boat and get out on the water. Want to fish? Ask where the fish are biting and go catch some with your friends and family.


See where the first Coca-Cola was bottled. The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum tells the history of America's most popular soft drink. Even though Coke was invented in Atlanta, the soft drink wouldn't have reached the popularity it enjoys today without Biedenharn's bottling method! Put it in the park at the historic Askew's Landing Campground nearby.


See St. Louis Gateway Arch and travel to the top of this 630-foot wonder. If the weather's clear you can see for 30 miles. This amazing landmark features a Museum of Westward Expansion that should be at the top of your road trip list.


Drive or ride through Glacier National Park. This 50-mile round trip experience will leave you breathless. A picture is worth a thousand words so bring your camera, you'll have a lot to see and say!


Spend July 4th in Seward, Nebraska deemed, "America's Fourth of July City."  This community has hosted this Independence Day Celebration since 1868 and they know how to do it right.  Experience small town at it's finest.  This is one fourth of July you won't forget!


Definitely a part of the Wild West.

Step back in time with a visit to Virginia City. Established in 1859, this wild west mining town lets you experience life as it once was. Tour the silver mines of the 1860's, take a ride in a stagecoach, or visit an authentic old west saloon. This is an actual historic preservation and not a re-creation. It's well worth the drive!

New Hampshire

The Lucknow Estate, known as Castle in the Clouds is located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Built in 1914 by a shoe manufacturer, this country estate has a movie worthy history. In 1950 the castle type mansion was saved and opened to the public and has been welcoming guests ever since.

New Jersey

Enjoy the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It's the oldest of its kind, and full of fun for the whole family. Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not, watch the light show after dark, and ride the rides. It's a vibrant part of NJ after all these years. Belleplain State Forest, a few miles away, was developed in the 1930s, and has a similar old-school vibe, along with tons of nice campsites.

New Mexico

Baloons, Fun and so much more!

Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held every year in early October. Be sure to catch the Dawn Patrol and the After Glow held each day at sunrise and sunset. This is one celebration you don't want to miss!

New York

Visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Climb all 354 steps of the statue and explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If your family came through Ellis Island this may be an important touchstone to your past.

North Carolina

Visit a true American Palace. The Biltmore Estate is one of the most amazing properties in the world and it's right here in North Carolina. Enjoy walking or biking through the manicured grounds. This home has 135,000 square feet and is the largest private residence in America. Over 1 million people a year come to see the Biltmore in all its glory.

North Dakota

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village on 12 acres located in West Fargo. It's the home of 400,000 artifacts in forty-seven buildings. This historic village is a world-class living history museum. Events are held throughout the year which allow families to step back in time and truly experience pioneer life as it was in North Dakota. Enjoy live threshing demonstrations as well as woodcarving, embroidery and square dancing. It's truly a blast from the past.


Would trip to Ohio would be complete without a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? This amazing pyramid shaped, glass structure brings you back step by step through the history of the music that changed the world. Rotating exhibits include The Beatles, Paul Simon, Herb Ritts and more. This museum proves that Cleveland Rocks!


Visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Oklahoma is still a land of cowboys, so it makes sense for the state to have a cowboy museum. The museum is full of authentic cowboy memorabilia as well as props from famous Western movies.


Just 60 miles outside of Portland lies historic Timberline Lodge. This mountain lodge built in 1937 sits on the slopes of scenic Mt. Hood. The scenic drive up the mountain offers vista points in all directions. Enjoy lunch at 6,000 feet, or rent one of their huts or luxury condos. Come in the winter for some of the best skiing in the whole Northwest.


Stand in the room where a group of men changed the world. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tour the building and walk where our founding fathers made some of their biggest decisions on how to create a nation. Both the Declaration and the U.S. Constitution were signed within these walls. Don't miss it. Tour Amish Country. Amish culture is a unique phenomenon in this country, and visiting the Amish in Pennsylvania is a great way to learn about a lifestyle completely foreign to the rest of us. Old Mill Stream Campground makes the perfect base for exploring Lancaster and other parts of PA's Amish Country.

Rhode Island

See how the one percent lived. The Newport mansions are where the rich and super rich of the Gilded Age spent their summers. You'll see houses built entirely of marble, mansions modeled after Versailles, and magnificent topiary gardens.

South Carolina

Selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens," Magnolia Plantation is not to be missed. Visit the historic house which looks out upon its manicured garden along the Ashley River. This garden dates back to before the American Revolution. Bring the family and enjoy the petting zoo for kids right on the garden grounds.

South Dakota

There's nothing more spectacular than Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The sheer size of this one of a kind piece of art will take your breath away. Discover the story behind the carving, tour the grounds, hike, bike and enjoy the scenic wonder of the South Dakota hills.


Visit the King. The music scene in Tennessee is a huge part of the local culture, and Elvis' Graceland is an ultimate road trip destination. Visit his grave, tour his house, and relive the glory days of rock 'n' roll.


Galveston, Texas is tourism at its finest. Built on an island, Galveston offers a seashore retreat for land locked Texans. Food, fun, and entertainment are all available in Galveston. You can take a trolley tour of Victorian buildings, or enjoy the amusement rides at Pleasure Pier. The choice is up to you!


Visit Arches National Park. This famous sandstone covered park is one of the most photographed spots in the world. Take a hike to Delicate Arch and enjoy the ever changing colors of the desert sand. This park is located north of Moab along the Colorado River. Be warned! This park is HOT in the summer. Pack lots of sunscreen and plenty of water before venturing into the great unknown.


See ice cream being made. A lot of wonderful things come out of Vermont, but the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory tops the list. Take a short tour of the operation, sample experimental flavors, and enjoy flavors not sold in stores in the Scoop Shop. Head back to Little River State Park to camp out and maybe do a little hiking to burn off the ice cream calories.


Visit Thomas Jefferson's amazing home, Monticello, where you can take a room by room tour and walk through the impressive gardens and gift shop. Want more? You can also visit Mount Vernon and Montpelier, the homes of George Washington and James Madison. Virginia offers the ultimate presidential tour.


Visit Snoqualmie Falls and see why 1.5 million visitors come to see it every year. This stunning waterfall is surrounded by the deep green Snoqualmie forest offering a refreshing day trip. The 270-foot waterfall offers an observation deck at the lower part of the fall. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.  Free parking and pets allowed on a leash.

West Virginia

The West Virginia State Penitentiary founded in 1876 was open until 1995. This gothic style prison is now open for tours. The castle-like structure that was originally built to house 400 inmates, today hosts a variety of tours, Halloween Zombie Walks, and  various special events. The prison offers trained guides who will help you experience life as it was behind bars.


Get wet and wild at one of the Wisconsin Dells' many water parks. The first thing you think of when you hear "Wisconsin" is probably not water parks, but the Dells are actually the water park capital of the world. There are enough water parks (indoors and outdoors) to keep your kids busy for days.


Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day rodeo like none other. The rodeo includes an enormous carnival midway, bull riding, Indian dance and the Thunderbirds flying overhead. Need more? Check out the Old West Museum, the Chuckwagon Cook-off, and the biggest pancake breakfast you have EVER SEEN. If you haven't experienced the Cheyenne Frontier Days, you haven't been to a real rodeo!

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