We are nearly there, Winter is nearly at a close… or at least that’s what the calendar says. It sure is hard to see the sunlight at the end of the tunnel when the news is full of reports about the polar vortex and extreme winter snow/cold advisories. Maybe the next wave of clear weather is your getaway cue! If so, here are some tips for finding a great destination to enjoy a warmer climate while the next winter storm takes its course.
Try looking for the usual candidates for an RV destination: Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas. Look for smaller towns if the crowds are of concern. If those seem to be a bit overdone and crowded, then perhaps you will find your destination elsewhere, like Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico. This little town on the Sea of Cortez is only about an hour south of Ajo, Arizona and is an excellent destination for RV travelers.
Still too difficult to get your RV that far through inclement weather? Maybe a two-leg trip is called for. Many RV dealerships have rental programs and some even rent new models for you to try out before buying. Others may even have a delivery service where you can have your RV rental delivered to a campsite at a specific campground or RV park. Find a dealership near one of your destinations and see what they can arrange for you.
Finally, agencies like Cruise America, Jucy, and Escape Campervansall have commercial RV rental programs for RVs and converted vans. Consider flying into a large destination city like Los Angeles or Las Vegas and renting a vehicle to drive to your destination in the warm southern sun.
When it comes to road trips in the United States, we are gifted with some of the most beautiful driving vistas in the world. Whether it be the Pacific Coast Highway or Old Route 66, there is so much in store for the RV enthusiast. Besides the better-known routes, here are a few byways you may not have considered, and perhaps should!
Arkansas: Talimena Scenic Drive
At only 54 miles, this winding drive includes some of the most beautiful autumn colors you will see. Equally breathtaking in Spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Indiana: Ohio River Scenic Byway
Spotted with vineyards, art galleries, and historic small towns, this 303 mile stretch of beautiful forest and meadow is simply magical. Clifty Falls State Park is along this route with its gorgeous limestone cliffs for a change of scene.
Massachusetts: Mohawk Trail
One of the most scenic drives in New England. As the name suggests, the original trail was a part of life to Native Americans. When you see how beautiful this stretch of highway is, you will understand why.
Missouri: Highway 19
The Ozark National Scenic Waterways are some of the most beautiful terrain in the world and Highway 19 runs right through much of it. Nearly 200 miles of lakes and mountains.
North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway
This 470 mile stretch through Appalachia is simply one of the most charming drives in America. You will need to plan for more than a single day in order to take it all in, but it will be worth it for sure.
Utah: US Highway 89
This is 124 miles of every terrain that the diverse State of Utah has to offer. From sweeping canyonlands to gorgeous mountain passes, it will take your breath away.