They say that if you’ve got an RV, the world is your oyster. But unlike the saltwater delicacy, the world’s got a ton of places to park your rig, so how do you know where to set your sights? We recommend heading over to these must-visit RV destinations.

South Padre Island KOA

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Right at the coastal tip of Texas, South Padre Island is a dream destination for young and old. With bright, sandy beaches and warm, shallow water, it’s known as one of the best surfing spots in the Lonestar State, so be sure to throw that board in the RV before you head to South Padre Island KOA, where palm-tree lined sites are equipped for rigs up to 98 feet long.

Kite flying and ice cream sundae parties are serious cures for the grumps, so bring even your most sullen friends to this campground nestled right between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay. Fishing trips leave right from the KOA dock, and an onsite pier is home to a restaurant and bar where dolphin sightings are common. When you’ve had your fill of hot fudge and pier sunsets, a free shuttle will show you the rest of this Texan coastal strip.


Smugglers Notch State Park

While nobody loves a campground luau as much as we do, sometimes you just want to throw it in gear and get away from it all to spend time with Mother Nature in all her glory.  If that’s the case, then head over to one of six RV campsites at Smugglers Notch State Park in Stowe, Vermont. There are no hook-ups but there are hot showers—as well as awesome hiking and nesting peregrine falcons.

This state park, named after an ultra-narrow road surrounded by 1,000 foot-cliffs and passable only in summer, offers wooded and secluded sites and plenty of trails. You can strap on your boots and hike to the summit of Mount Mansfield or to Sterling Pond, a gorgeous mountain lake. If all that time appreciating the great outdoors leaves you craving human connection, nearby Stowe Village offers mountain town vibes with music venues, art galleries, and more.


West Glacier KOA

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If you really dig KOA’s home-away-from-home energy, you’ll find plenty of it at West Glacier KOA, situated just about two miles away from Glacier National Park. The incredible panoramic mountain views you’ll wake up to each morning are just the start of the good days in store: hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and rafting are a few options for ways to spend your days at West Glacier.

Spacious patio sites mean you’ll be livin’ large in your big rig. If the open road is calling your name, be sure you follow it towards Going to The Sun Road, a 50-mile stretch that takes you right through the park and offers a chance to check out wild flowers, lakes, streams, forests, and even wildlife. Due to its winding shape the road can’t be traversed by your RV, but have no fear: Red Jammers, a fleet of brightly colored busses, offer frequent tours of the famous pass.


Throw it in gear and head out to these spots this summer. Your RV will thank you. 

Header via Flickr/James Brooks