Want to break out of your winter funk? According to a study by Campspot.com, 48% of campers will trek across the United States, and RV campers are even more adventurous—39% reported they’ll go any distance given enough time.
There are many great destinations for an extended winter camping trip. These popular RV spots offer a variety of amenities and attractions within close proximity.
Carolina Pines RV Resort, Conway, SC
Carolina Pines is 17 miles from Myrtle Beach and offers excellent amenities, including heated indoor and outdoor pools, mini golf, pickleball courts, and a playground for kids.
Must-do nearby activities include kayaking and paddle boarding at House Creek. If you have your own gear, Cherry Grove Boat Landing is a great spot to launch and has plenty of parking for watercraft. Otherwise, Trailblaze Adventure will cover your paddling needs. Or, if fishing is your jam, anglers will enjoy casting a line from the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier.
Sun Outdoors Orange Beach, Orange Beach, AL
Just minutes from the beach, RVers will enjoy spacious sites, swimming pools, a dog park, and volleyball courts. The 30-acre resort also includes nature trails for hiking and biking.
Sun Outdoor Orange Beach is minutes from popular outdoor activities like fishing, mountain biking, and zip lines at Gulf State Park. Or get ready for the adrenaline rush and panoramic views of parasailing with Chute Em Up Parasail. Finally, thirsty travelers will enjoy live music and specialty craft brews at Big Beach Brewery.
Sun Outdoors St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
Sun Outdoors St. Augustine is located in America’s Oldest City and offers full hookups, patio sites, a fitness center, community campfires, live music, and a dog park. Outside the RV park, the charming coastal community has plenty of fun activities.
Golfers will enjoy spending time at the World Golf Hall of Fame, packed with memorabilia from golfs all-time greats like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. If the coast is calling your name, take advantage of water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding at Salt Run in Anastasia State Park. And for those who prefer solid ground, the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail is a great spot to get your steps in.
Sun Retreats Rock Crusher Canyon RV Resort, Crystal River, FL
This dog-friendly RV resort is an excellent spot to enjoy the great outdoors, with horseshoe pits, a large outdoor swimming pool, shuffleboard courts, and a playground. The RV park is fantastic but be sure to take advantage of some of Florida’s most beautiful natural attractions in its backyard.
Less than 15 minutes away, visitors can explore Three Sisters Springs or Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Both offer incredible scenery and the opportunity to paddle a kayak or SUP with majestic manatees.
Finally, enjoy a night out at Vintage On 5th in Crystal River. With its cozy and relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for a meal with family or friends. The pan-fried grouper is a local favorite. “The food was excellent, and service, equally so,” raves a visitor from North Carolina.
Jekyll Island Campground, Jekyll Island, GA
For those seeking a little more adventure, consider Jekyll Island Campground in GA. The campground sits beneath a canopy of oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Amenities on-site include bike rentals, a general store, and a laundry facility.
Beyond Jekyll Island Campground, anglers will enjoy the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier. The pier is open year-round for fishing and crabbing. The views are worth the trip even if the fish aren’t biting.
If you are looking for a photo op with your family or friends, get ready to step into another world at Driftwood Beach. This unique beach environment is filled with beautiful driftwood shaped by years of erosion. It makes an excellent spot for a selfie.
Spend More Time Outdoors
Camping is a great way to explore new places and spend time outdoors. It’s also a great way to spend more time with family. The data doesn’t lie. 37% of Campspot respondents listed their top camping goal is to spend more time in nature, while 30% want to spend more time outdoors with family.
Camp Near a National Park
If you are parking an RV for an extended stay, you need something to pass the time. National parks are a popular option, teeming with activities for the whole family. According to the report, 20% of Campspot campers visited a national park for the first time last year. And 79% of campers plan to visit a national or state park within the next year.
Podcasts and Playlists
All that road-tripping requires a great playlist. According to Campspot, RVers are pretty evenly split on what they like to listen to while on the road. 35% of respondents said they prefer to listen to curated playlists, while 30% said they stick to local radio stations. In addition, 17% said they like to listen to podcasts, and 14% said they prefer audiobooks.
Explore New Destinations
Long camping trips provide an excellent opportunity for people to explore new places. The Campspot survey found that 69% of campers want to travel to new places to go camping, and 53% say they want to go camping more often. The top three states campers want to explore in 2023 are Colorado, Montana, and Tennessee.
A Family Affair
RVs are no longer just for retirees. Many young adults are hitting the road in RVs, and they love it. For example, 25% of travelers aged 18 to 34 took an RV trip in the last 12 months, an increase of seven percentage points over the previous year. In addition, 35% of respondents travel with family, while 28% said friends are the most common companions when traveling in an RV.
RV Camping can be a great way to see the country and spend time with family. With 48% of campers willing to travel across the country, there is no shortage of places to explore. From beautiful beaches to secluded forests, camping is an excellent way for RVers to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Steve Morrow owns Paddle About, an outdoor recreation and travel blog. Steve loves to travel, kayak, paddle board, camp, hike, and spend time outdoors with his wife and two kids. When he's not exploring the great outdoors, Steve enjoys writing about his adventures and sharing tips for getting the most out of your outdoor experiences. He has a lot of interesting stories to share, and he's always happy to help others get more out of life.