Embarking on an epic road trip is a great way to experience the USA's most breathtaking landscapes and historical sights. Whether winding through rugged mountain passes or cruising along picturesque coastlines, these journeys offer an unparalleled sense of adventure and exploration. Hit the open road in a campervan (or your vehicle of choice) on one of these eight scenic road trip routes.
Read more to see some fabulous campervan road trip routes.
Pacific Coast Highway
The iconic Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1, offers an incredible coastal journey along 655 miles of California coastline. Starting in San Francisco and stretching to San Diego, this road trip showcases breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Bixby Bridge, and charming coastal towns such as Monterey and Santa Barbara.
A popular place to camp along the Pacific Coast Highway is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, located in Big Sur, California. This stunning state park offers beautiful coastal views, towering redwoods, and a variety of camping options. The park features a campground called the "Julia Pfeiffer Burns Campground" that provides 30 walk-in campsites. Nestled among the lush forest, these campsites offer a serene and secluded camping experience. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and access to restrooms and drinking water. It's important to note that there are no RV hookups available at this campground, and the maximum RV length allowed is 24 feet. Be sure to visit the main attraction of the park, McWay Falls!
Route 66 is probably the most legendary road trip route you can take in the United States. Also known as the "Mother Road," Route 66 spans over 2400 miles from Chicago, Illinois, through seven states to the California coast in Santa Monica. The route takes you through a variety of landscapes, small towns, and cultural landmarks, providing a nostalgic journey through American history.
While driving through Missouri, plan to stay at Route 66 RV Resort in Sunset, just a short drive from St. Louis. This campground is designed with a retro theme, capturing the nostalgic spirit of Route 66. It offers spacious pull-through RV sites with full hook-ups, tent sites, and comfortable cabins. The resort features modern amenities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a clubhouse with a game room. Don't miss the Gateway Arch in St Louis and the Route 66 Museum in Lebanon!
As you approach Albuquerque, New Mexico, stop at the KOA Albuquerque Central Journey. This popular campground along Route 66 is well-equipped and offers a range of amenities, including full hook-up RV sites, tent sites, and cabins. It features a swimming pool, hot tub, playground, and a dog park. The campground is conveniently situated near attractions like the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park, Old Town Albuquerque, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic road trip route that winds through the picturesque Appalachian Mountains. Stretching from Virginia to North Carolina, this drive offers stunning vistas, vibrant fall foliage, hiking trails, and access to attractions like Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
As you pass through the national parks, camp at one of the several campgrounds in each of the national parks (open seasonally, so check the dates).
As you travel through the Asheville area in North Carolina, stay at the Asheville East KOA, located in Swannanoa. This campground provides various camping options, including RV sites with full hook-ups and amenities such as Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, a dog park, a camp store, and laundry facilities. Additionally, they organize activities for guests, such as movie nights and ice cream socials. Be sure to check out nearby popular attractions like the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock State Park, and the vibrant downtown area of Asheville, known for its art, culture, and culinary scene.
Great River Road
The Great River Road is a national scenic byway along the mighty Mississippi River. It stretches over 2,000 miles through ten states from the headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Venice, Louisiana. This road trip showcases the river's beauty, charming river towns, historical sites, and opportunities for outdoor activities like boating and fishing.
Stay at the various state parks you'll pass through, like Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Illinois; Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers converge; or Leroy Percy State Park, Mississippi's oldest state park in Hollandale, Mississippi. Use this brochure to find local attractions along the Great River Road.
Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks
Utah is home to five stunning national parks known as the Mighty 5: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Embarking on a campervan road trip through these parks allows you to experience otherworldly rock formations, breathtaking canyons, and incredible hiking opportunities.
Start in Zion National Park, working your way northeast to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. Then continue east and south to Arches National Park and end in Canyonlands National Park. Stay at the various campgrounds within the national parks, where you'll have plenty of opportunities for to spot wildlife like mule deer, bighorn sheep, porcupines, and plenty of birds.
The 106-mile Overseas Highway connects the islands of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. This tropical journey offers stunning ocean views, opportunities for snorkeling and diving, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back island atmosphere.
The Jolly Roger RV Resort in Marathon is approximately midway and features 160+ RV hookups, WiFi, swimming, snorkeling, and much more!
Once you reach Key West, stay at Boyd's Key West Campground, a family-run business that offers swimming, kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided excursions.
The Alaska Highway is an epic adventure that stretches from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, in Canada to Delta Junction, Alaska, in the United States. This remote road trip offers vast wilderness, stunning mountain ranges, wildlife sightings, and opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and camping.
Along the way, stay at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. This park is known for its natural hot springs and offers a unique camping experience in a pristine wilderness setting. Amenities include picnic tables, fire pits, washrooms, and nearby access to the hot springs.
After crossing into Alaska, stay at Deadman Lake Campground in Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The campground offers 15 campsites, toilets, picnic tables, and firepits, while the wildlife refuge offers ample opportunities to explore nature and view wildlife.
When camping along the Alaska Highway, it's important to be prepared and self-sufficient, as services can be limited in remote areas. Ensure you have enough supplies, including food, water, and camping equipment, and familiarize yourself with local regulations and safety guidelines.
Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace Parkway runs 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee and offers a captivating journey through dense forests and historic towns.
Stop at Jeff Busby Campground, located in Choctaw County, Mississippi. This rustic campground offers a serene and scenic camping experience. The campground is situated at the highest point on the parkway, providing panoramic views of the surrounding forests. Nearby, you can explore nature trails and visit the Jeff Busby Park Observation Tower for an even more breathtaking vista. The campground is also a great spot for stargazing due to its lack of light pollution.
In Tennessee, stay at Meriwether Lewis Campground in Lewis County. This peaceful campground is named after the historic explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The campground is nestled in a beautiful wooded area near the Tennessee River, providing opportunities for hiking and nature walks. Be sure to visit the nearby Meriwether Lewis Monument and gravesite.
These campervan road trips in the United States (and part of Canada) provide a wide range of landscapes, cultural experiences, and natural wonders to explore. Be sure to plan ahead, check local regulations, and make camping reservations when necessary.
For a couple of short, but beautiful scenic drives, check out the 14-mile Needles Highway and 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, both in South Dakota.
Enjoy your adventure!
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