8 Unique & Unusual RV Destinations
Question: Are you looking for new opportunities to explore and enjoy the RVing lifestyle?
From vintage trailers in the desert, a cowboy camp park in the West to the highest public lodge in the eastern U.S., there are plenty of crazy cool ways to spend an evening close to nature.
A park is a park is a park, right? Not when a little ingenuity and a lot of creativity meet and mingle! Who said RV destinations had to be… normal?
Whether you are camping in a tent or an RV, you will find a large number of quality campgrounds to choose from. Take your time to soak in the beauty of these incredible landmarks, and make sure to check out these top 8 unusual (or unique) destinations along the way:
1.) Dells Top Secret: Upside-Down White House- The Wisconsin Dells, a mile-long stretch of unique motels and odd tourist traps, attracts millions of visitors every year to spend time in one of America's most over the top destinations. There is truly something for everyone in Central Wisconsin, but the most interesting and mysterious attraction is without a doubt the Top Secret Upside-Down White House.
This odd attraction is a true mystery, even to those that have taken the tour. The guides walk visitors through the inverted rooms, explaining their significance and history. There is an oval office filled with robotic presidents, a storage room filled with watergate documents, and even a rotating "decontamination" room. It's said that the tour guides are encouraged to improvise on the spot, so take their information with a grain of salt.
2.) RV Museum Hall of Fame- RV's are one of the most enjoyable ways to travel. For over a century, Americans have used RV's to get around, camp in, and even live in. The RV Museum Hall of Fame in Elkhart, northern Indiana, is one of the most interesting places to see the history of RV's and their role in American transportation. Visitors are given the opportunity to go inside many of the old RV's, an experience that some describe as hopping into a time machine. This museum is a fascinating place to visit and is well worth checking out during a trip through Indiana.
3.) McDonalds Museum & Store #1- Fast food and McDonalds are synonymous. Since the first store was created in 1940, the company has expanded to 119 countries with over 35,000 outlets serving over 68 million customers daily. In 1955, Ray Croc opened the first McDonalds as an affiliate in Des Plaines, eastern Illinois. Croc had aspirations to turn the struggling restaurant into a global food chain, and in only three years, McDonald's had sold over 100 million hamburgers.
The original restaurant modernized with the times until Crocs death in 1984 when it was torn down and converted to its rebuilt form. The original McDonalds is now a museum, with display exhibits including the original worker's uniforms, fry vats, and grills. It is filled with old memorabilia that sheds light on how the company has expanded into the global icon it is today. Of course, it no longer sells food, but a new McDonalds is available right across the street.
4.) The Henry Ford Museum- One of the largest history museums in the country, the Henry Ford Museum has transformed from a drab collection of unorganized automobiles to a popular attraction worth visiting by anyone in the state of Michigan. The museum is filled with many of Fords original car concepts including the Ford X-11 50th anniversary automobile. There are also a number of historical artifacts on display, most notably the car that President JFK was killed in, and the chair that President Lincoln sat in when he was shot. The museum is a great place to learn more about the history of America's original car pioneer and the incredible progress that has been made in the automobile industry.
5.) Yosemite Yurts
Long lost brother of Sam, Yosemite Yurts is fast becoming the hottest attraction at the Yosemite Lakes RV park. The five electrified yurts have a full-size futon and a bunk bed with a full lower bed outfitted with linens. There's also a microwave, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker. No reason to go too extreme, is there? Located in California's Gold Country, the 400-acre campground welcomes guests with well-groomed sites, friendly staff, and unparalleled scenery. You can embark on Class 5 Rafting on the Tuolumne River; casual rafting on the Merced River thru Yosemite; or cross-country skiing at Badger Pass.
6.) LeConte Lodge
Way up in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sits LeConte Lodge, which is a unique place to sleep for many reasons. The lodge sits at an elevation of approximately 6,400 feet making it the highest public lodge in the eastern U.S. and it is the only permanent structure where one can sleep in the Great Smoky Mountains.
At 6,593 feet elevation, Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and LeConte Lodge® is located near the summit at 6,360 feet elevation. When the movement to establish a national park in the Smokies was in full sway, a tent camp was erected where LeConte Lodge® now stands to entertain visiting dignitaries from Washington. Although LeConte Lodge® is now under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, it predates the establishment of the park in 1934.
Jack Huff, a Gatlinburg mountaineer and founder of the rustic lodge, began building the retreat in 1926. Eight years later, Jack and Pauline Huff were married at a sunrise service at LeConte's now-famous Myrtle Point, the traditional place to watch spectacular performances of daybreak. Jack, Pauline, and their family continued to operate the lodge until 1960.
7.) The Shady Dell
Set your alarm to wake up in kitsch heaven, which is apparently located in the tiny town of Bisbee, AZ. The Shady Dell trailer park is made up of nine fully-restored vintage caravans and one cherry-red 1947 Chris Craft yacht. So, pack your poodle skirt, but not Fifi. Not pets allowed.
Even the sign at the Shady Dell is one of a kind, reminiscent of an old travel postcard. This is the place to come even if you don't own an RV: owners Jen and Justin have lovingly restored 9 antique trailers and they're each one of a kind. Their classic kitsch includes a 21' foot long Airstream that was featured in Bride's Magazine in 1949, complete with a colorful chenille bedspread and a polished aluminum ceiling. Or check out the 33' 1951 Royal Mansion, with a full-size bed, vintage martini glasses, a shaker and, of course, leopard carpeting in the living room. The Shady Dell is the 1950s come back to roaring, Technicolor life!
The beautiful rolling hills of East Texas are home to Longview, Shreveport, the beautiful Tyler rose and… The Cowboy Camp RV Park. The Old West is alive and well in this rustic little park with accommodations for 24 RVs including 7 pull-throughs… and a horse corral for those who hit the road with their steeds in tow. Everything about the park is pinewood planks and wood stoves reminiscent of the days of Billy the Kid—even the clubhouse façade (appropriately named the "The Sasparilla"_ looks like it should have swing through doors. Live, boot-stomping' music on the terrace livens up the evenings, and it's central to everything from the World's Largest Flea Market in Canton to the gators at the Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari. Of course, you could always just opt for putting on your hat, saddling up and going for a long, ramblin' ride through those pretty East Texas hills…
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