On Memorial Day, we thank the men and women in our military for serving and protecting the land that we love so much. Whether you or a family member proudly serve our nation, we want to celebrate you by sharing some of the very best camping perks that you can enjoy on your next RV road trip.
From our honorary veterans to active duty military, follow along as we bring you the best complimentary campgrounds and discounted adventures out there.
TENTS FOR TROOPS
This pay-it-forward program is funded by RV parks, campgrounds, RV manufacturers, RV dealers, industry associations, industry suppliers, and media outlets to give thanks to our service members. The best part is that it’s 100% free! With over 300 participating RV campsites throughout the country to choose from, active military can enjoy a minimum of two completely complimentary nights. Simply search the directory for a campground in your area of interest and give a direct call to set up your free reservation. Keep in mind, this program is for active military only. Reservations and military I.D. are always required.
FREE ANNUAL NATIONAL PARK PASS FOR U.S. MILITARY
The National Park Service gives back to troops by offering free annual passes with access to all 59 of our National Parks. This pass grants free admission at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees for one full year from the month obtained (through the last day of that month). Current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard all qualify for this National Park annual pass. Proper military ID is required.
There are plenty of perks to having full access to all of our National Parks with an annual pass, here’s a guide to each one.
FREE LIFETIME NATIONAL PARK PASS FOR VETERANS
Speaking of National Parks, Veterans get a whole lot of love too. Any Veteran with a disability rating from the Veteran’s Administration (VA), even 10%, is eligible for a free lifetime access pass from the NPS. The pass must be picked up in person at a federal recreation site with photo ID. Holders of the access pass are eligible for a 50% discount on camping at most National Parks. Make sure to call ahead for federal recreation site location and hours.
Have a National Park you’ve been meaning to cross off of your travel-list? Here’s everything you should know before you go with our RVer’s Guide to all 59 National Parks!
JELLYSTONE PARK CAMP-RESORTS DISCOUNTS
Check out this list of Jellystone Parks all throughout the United States offering 10 to 20% off cabins and campsites, depending on the park. Many of the parks also host “Hero Weekends” with special activities and exclusive offers to military and first-responders. Don’t forget before you go, you must always present military ID at check-in.
ENCORE + THOUSAND TRAILS RV RESORTS AND CAMPGROUNDS
Encore RV Resorts has presently partnered with Thousand Trails to bring our service members some serious savings. All active and retired military personnel get 20% off nightly rates for up to six nights when using the promo code MILITARY20 for their next vacation. Click here to subscribe to more program deals and to pick your next stay from a database of over 200 participating RV resorts and campgrounds. You can search by state, region, camping type, and resort type. Keep in mind, proof of military service will be required.
SAN DIEGO PARKS AND RECREATION DISTINGUISHED VETERANS PASS
San Diego County Parks and Recreation offers a Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP), permitting veterans to enjoy up to seven nights of free camping per calendar-year at any county campground of the service member’s choice. Not looking to camp? If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors just for the day, the pass also covers any entrance fees at any county park or reserve. You can book same-day camping reservations with proof of your DVP and a valid photo ID.
SUN RV RESORT COMPLIMENTARY NIGHTS
From sunny Florida to stunning Utah, active military and honorary veterans can buy two nights and get one night free at any Sun RV Resort. Choose your next adventure from boating, golfing, fishing or hiking. Each resort across the country will offer a unique experience and scenic backdrop to your RV getaway. Make sure to use the RV Site Code: 19SALUTE-RV when booking, or if you’re leaving the RV at home, use the Vacation Rental Code: 19SALUTE-VR for your discount.
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