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12 Places You Don’t Want to Miss on Your U.S. Road Trip

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You have always wanted to take your RV on a U.S. road trip, but there are just so many sights to see in the 50 states that planning that road trip can be overwhelming. It was hard, but we narrowed down our list to 12 can’t-miss road trip destinations across the country.We also included somewhere you can park your RV nearby. From bustling cities to national parks, every place you visit will be sure to take your breath away. So, pack your bags because you’re going on the best road trip ever!

1. Pike Place Market

Seattle, Washington

Seattle road tripThis public market in Seattle, Washington has it all. From fresh fish and unique bakeries to vinyl records and local crafts, there is more than enough to do at Pike Place Market. Visit the first Starbucks location for a cup of joe, pack a picnic for a meal along the downtown waterfront of Puget Sound or take food-themed tour and hit all of the best eateries in town.

Park your RV at Vasa Park Resort, about 12 miles away.

2. Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California

SF road tripEveryone recognizes the iconic Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, California. As you drive along the West Coast, you have to stop and take in the bridge and all its glory. Popular photo-ops? Yes, at the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point or the Golden Gate Promenade. Soak in the view, then head into the city and check out San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown or Lombard Street.

Park your RV at Golden Gate Trailer Park, about 9 miles away.

3. Griffith Park

Los Angeles, California

griffith park road tripWhile there are many things to do in Los Angeles, like strolling along Santa Monica pier or walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there is nothing quite like the Griffith Park. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or modern cinematic views, you will be sure to enjoy your stop here. Griffith Park offers the perfect view of the city from the Griffith Observatory, as well as diverse trails for hiking and horseback riding. There’s also a trail that will lead you right to the Hollywood sign!

Park your RV at Hollywood RV Park, about 16 miles away.

4. Lower Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Not too far from the Grand Canyon, you’ll find the uniquely stunning Antelope Canyon. With its beautiful red-and-orange slopes, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There are two sections here: the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, which need to be booked separately. On the Lower Antelope Canyon tour, you’ll be able to explore epic rock formations, climb to different levels and maneuver through boulders. Only a few miles away is Horseshoe Bend, a striking formation in the Colorado River that is also worth seeing.

Park your RV at Page Lake Powell Campground, about 7 miles away.

5. The Narrows

Zion National Park, Utah

If you love outdoor adventures, then Zion National Park is definitely a stop you want to make on your road trip. The Narrows is a gorge at the narrowest section of Zion Canyon and consists of walls that are 1,000 feet tall on each side. You can access The Narrows by hiking along Riverside Walk. Then, trek your way through the Virgin River if you want to see even more stunning views of the canyon.

Park your RV at the Zion National Park campgrounds.

6. Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This natural wonder in the Midway Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park showcases a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors that will take your breath away. Formed from pigmented bacteria living in the mineral-rich spring water, the Grand Prismatic Spring is a gorgeous sight to behold. Continue your drive through the park and discover Old Faithful, the famous geyser that erupts frequently and over 100 feet into the air.

Park your RV at the Yellowstone National Park campgrounds.

7. Rio Grande Hot Springs

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Bathe in the natural Rio Grande Hot Springs at Big Bend National Park. The hot spring’s water is considered ancient and irreplaceable. It carries dissolved mineral salts that are claimed to have therapeutic and healing powers. The hot springs are heated by natural geothermal processes at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, so feel free to cool down in the Rio Grande River after your soak.

Park your RV at the Big Bend National Park campgrounds.

8. The French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of America’s most culturally and historically enriched cities, New Orleans’ French Quarter is a must-see for any avid traveler. Admire the subtle French details like courtyard gardens and iron balconies alongside world-renowned landmarks including the Cabildo and William Faulkner House. Then, join in on the fun down Bourbon Street or visit the Carousel Bar & Lounge where Hemingway, Faulkner and other famous literary minds were once hosted. Don’t forget to check out Preservation Hall and the Spotted Cat Music Club for jazz performances you’ll never forget.

Park your RV at French Quarter RV Resort, about 1 mile away.

9. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo, Florida

If you’re a beach and nature lover, then this epic 113-mile drive along U.S. Route 1 is the place for you! Located at mile marker 102.5, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park reveals a stunning display of coral and tropical reef. As the only living coral reef in the continental U.S., you’ll want to explore this underwater playground by scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking or even going on a glass-bottom boat tour.

Park your RV at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

10. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nashville, Tennessee

Music lovers won’t want to skip the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The museum offers unique exhibits, a variety of events and a vast collection of musical artifacts from around the world. Here, you can admire gold and platinum country records lining the walls and several displays paying homage to country stars like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Also, make sure to stop by Studio B, where legendary hits like “Jolene” and “It’s Now or Never” were recorded.

Park your RV at Two Rivers Campground, about 11 miles away.

11. The Tidal Basin

Washington, D.C.

Serving as a backdrop to some of the Capitol’s most historic sites, the 2-mile long Tidal Basin is the best place to stop and take in America’s history all around you in this bustling city. Here, you’ll find the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial along the pond’s shores. It’s also easy to travel by public transportation to other nearby places like the Smithsonian and the National Mall.

Park your RV at Pohick Bay Regional Park, about 23 miles away.

12. Central Park

New York City, New York

When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of crowds at Times Square, the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, head over to Central Park. With over 843 acres of greenery to explore in the middle of one of the world’s most famous cities, there are endless possibilities. Be sure to check out the Strawberry Fields, the Shakespeare Garden and also Wollman Rink. The best way to see everything? Rent a bike and get lost in all the wonders that Central Park has to offer.

Park your RV at Liberty Harbor RV Park, about 7 miles away.

RV Insurance

Before you start your road trip, make sure you have the best specialty insurance for your RV. It’s wise to have the right coverage for any accidents or mishaps that could happen on the road while you’re in another state. Speak with an RV Insurance Specialist today at (866) 501-7335 to make sure your RV is ready for an epic American road trip.

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