5 of the Best RV Destinations for Summer

An RVer’s guide to the best summer RV destinations

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We all know summer is the peak season for RVers to get out and experience the wonders of the United States, but where should you go? I want to give you my top five RV destinations for summer. I will show you what the destination offers, where you should stay if you’re an RVer and why summer is the best time to visit. 

5 RV Destinations Perfect for Summer Getaways

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a lovely coastal park located on the coast of Maine and a birdwatcher’s paradise.

There are plenty of activities for this park, whether it be good old fashioned hiking and biking, to taking a canoe out into the waters, to getting some extreme climbing done. Acadia is a New England wonderland worth exploring. 

Acadia suffers from a lack of hookups like many other National Parks. You can stay in certain areas if you’re willing to dry camp but even those are far and few between. My best suggestion is to pick a great RV park with facilities and amenities around the Bar Harbor area, you are close to Acadia and get all the fun that Bar Harbor offers as well. 

So why summer for Acadia? Acadia’s location on the Maine coast makes for some pretty extreme climate patterns. You can try Acadia during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall but you could find yourself stuck inside not wanting to confront the cold. Summer brings much warmer temperatures so you can experience Acadia like you want to.

 

Crater Lake National Park 

Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon was formed from the remnants of the destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama. The fifth oldest National Park, Crater Lake’s striking blue waters draw thousands of visitors every year to look over this intriguing landscape. Visitors can explore the old growth forests, take a scenic drive around the lake or explore the area through the extensive trail system.

Unlike many of the other national parks, Crater Lake does have some RV grounds with hookups, found in Mazama Campground, reservations go quickly for these spots so make sure you book well in advance. If you’d like to be closer to civilization you can choose one of the full-service RV parks in the surrounding area. 

Crater Lake is an ideal destination for summer due to its weather patterns and elevation. Feet of snow fall on the area almost the entire year. There is usually a small window in July and August where the snow subsides a little, giving sightseers full access to all that Crater Lake offers. No matter what time you decide to go, expect to see snow year-round. 

Mount Rainier National Park 

Mount Rainier in Washington state is one of a few peaks outside of the Rocky Mountain chain that peaks at over 14,000 feet, making it an excellent destination for those looking for high adventure. Not to mention it’s pretty cool to hike up an active volcano! If you don’t think you can take on the peak, there is still plenty to do from the rolling meadows of wildflowers to subalpine forest exploration. 

There are no RV camping sites with hookups within Mount Rainier National Park though there are campgrounds like will allow RV dry camping like Cougar Rock and White River.

My suggestion is to pick a reliable RV park right outside the grounds as the local area actually has more to offer than just Mount Rainier and you’ll get your creature comforts. 

I picked Mount Rainier as a summer destination for a few different reasons. Like many high elevation National Parks, the weather can be quite hazardous and summer is generally the time with the mildest weather. Mount Rainier also erupts in wildflowers in the early summer months, something you definitely need to check out. 

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over one million acres of untouched lakes and forests jutting into the Superior National Forest in Northeastern Minnesota. There are miles of wilderness to explore by foot, bike and of course canoe. You can take guided canoe trips or fishing expeditions; the Boundary Waters was made for the real outdoorsman.

 

There are many RV parks and campgrounds located around the Boundary Waters. Many of them are full service, offering up not only a place to stay but marinas and even guided tours. Just pick the park that has what you want to do. Summer is the ideal time to experience the Boundary Waters as the rest of the seasons are downright cold. You are in the far reaches of Minnesota after all, known for frigid temperatures and regular ice storms. Try summer for mild temperatures and much more pleasant weather. 

Glacier Bay National Park 

There are currently no RV parks on Glacier’s grounds with full hookups though there are grounds that allow for RVs such as Fish Creek Campground that do have dump stations and potable water taps. I suggest honing your dry camping skills and getting on the land though there are several full-service RV parks located around park boundaries. 

So why summer for Glacier? Well, it’s in the name and the state of Alaska. Glacier Bay National Park receives several feet of snow all year-round and it’s cold, even in the spring and summer. The park will be loaded with tourists and sightseers during peak summer season but I suggest going later in the summer, after Labor Day if you can. The crowds won’t be as thick and you will still remain in the windows of more pleasant weather.

Summer vacations are more fun when you're RVing, so check out the above five best summer destinations for RVers and make memories that'll last a lifetime.