How to Choose an Extraordinary RV Travel Destination

The beauty of traveling in a Class B RV is that your motor home can go just about anywhere. So, go somewhere extraordinary on your next summer trip!

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What does extraordinary mean? That depends on your passions. If you love food, for example, you’ll probably want to choose a location with outstanding local cuisine. Ask your friends around the country for recommendations, or find a great local food blog for a region you’re interested in. (About.com’s local food guide is one place to start.)

You might love traveling to places where there are beautiful scenes to photograph. America’s National Parks are a great place for creating photos (and memories) you’ll cherish for a lifetime. (By the way, did you know U.S. citizens age 62 or older can get a Senior Lifetime Pass for only $20?! Check it out.) Here are a few parks you might want to look at when planning your trip:

  • Half Dome, Yosemite National Park – Towering over the grand monoliths of Yosemite Valley, the Half Dome is best viewed from the bottom of the valley, or from Glacier Point. Watch it glow as the sun sets. Feeling ambitious? Hike the trail to the top of the Half Dome.
  • Grand Teton and the Central Peaks, Wyoming: The central crag of the Teton Range is nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor. Once you lay your eyes on the snow, rock and ice you’ll agree it’s worth the trip!
  • DENALI, Alaska: Nothing compares to seeing it in person. The summit gleams over 20,237 feet above sea level, giving the mountain a vertical rise more than a mile greater than Mount Everest.
  • Acadia National Park, Maine: The rugged coast of Maine at its best, with activities ranging from hiking, swimming, biking and guided tours to camping, snowshoeing and skiing.

06 RVRIf you’re a cyclist, there are lots of great trails in the U.S. that offer adventure and beauty. A few to consider:

  • Mt. Evans, Colorado – An ambitious 18.4 mile ascent with breathtakingly spectacular views in every direction. (On a clear day, you can actually see the curvature of the earth!).
  • Old Mission, Michigan – This route along the Traverse Bay finger lake peninsula guides you through cherry orchards, vineyards, and beautiful homes.
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota – If Badlands National Park isn’t enough to draw you to Medora, North Dakota, this 35-mile bike path will: a beautiful mix of dentonite day buttes, red scoria rock cliffs and prairie grass.
  • The LAMB ride, Vermont – Truly a ride for the ambitious: the steepest stretch of road is at 24 percent, so rest up before taking this breathtaking trek crisscrossing the Green Mountains.

Regardless of what an extraordinary destination means to you, your Class B RV can take you there!

[reprinted, with permission, from the Advanced-RV website/newsletter Sept. 24, 2013]