With 50 individual, unique states that each boast their own culture and personality, there's a ton to see and do across America. That's why road-tripping is so great: It's the best way to see and do it all. Plus, it'll make for some great memories for your kids! Here are our favorite RV adventures to have in each state before your kids grow up:
Georgia: Take a ghost tour in Savannah, a city lucky enough to be both beautiful and creepy at the same time. It might be the most haunted city in America, and it’s teeming with ghost tours. Explore Bonaventure Cemetery after hours, tour the city in an actual hearse, and hear all the tales about the darkest murders in town.
Iowa: Cross the High Trestle Bridge! High Trestle Bridge, though originally built as a railroad bridge in the 1970s, has undergone a significant facelift in the past five years. It spans the Des Moines River, and is crossed by about 3,000 people who are hiking the High Trestle Trail every week. It's a 13-story high, half-mile-long bridge that is meant to resemble a mine shaft, in honor of the Italian immigrants who worked in the nearby mines. Every night it's illuminated until midnight.
Maine: Catch the sunrise! On Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, you can see the first sunrise in the whole country. During the fall and winter, Cadillac Mountain has the first view of the sun peeking over the horizon. Luckily, you don’t have to hike in the dark to get there; you can drive — which is super easy when you camp in the park (we love Seawall Campground). Make sure to get there early, since parking is limited.
Maryland: See the wild horses on Assateague Island. Enjoy a day on a beautiful beach while wild ponies frolic nearby. The park has gorgeous white sand beaches and ocean water that's perfect for swimming, but the island is best known for its herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that roam the beaches. There's a story that the wild ponies are the descendants of a herd of ponies who survived a shipwreck, but it's more likely that local citizens were corralling their ponies on the island to avoid paying taxes on fences on the mainland. Bonus: there are tons of campsites here!
Minnesota: See the humble beginnings of the Mighty Mississippi! Itasca State Park is home to the headwaters of the country's biggest river, and at this point on the Mississippi, it's short and shallow enough to walk across. Plus, since Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", you can canoe or kayak on one of the 100 bodies of water that are within this state park alone.
Mississippi: See where the first Coca-Cola was bottled. The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum tells the history of America’s most popular soft drink. Even though Coke was invented in Atlanta, the soft drink wouldn’t have reached the popularity it enjoys today without Biedenharn’s bottling method! Put it in park at the historic Askew’s Landing Campground nearby.
Missouri: Climb the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Gateway Arch (officially, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) was built in the 1960s as a symbol of progress. It still stands as one of the most popular man-made attractions in the country, and offers gorgeous views.
Montana: Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road. Travel down one of the most dramatic roads you’ll ever see. It’s carved into the cliffs within Glacier National Park, and winds around mountains, giving you the feeling of driving into the heavens. Oh, and movie buffs will appreciate that it was featured in the opening credits of "The Shining".
Nebraska: Visit the world’s largest indoor rainforest. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha is one of the world's best zoos. Henry Doorly's indoor rainforest is the crown jewel of the attraction, and is home to 90 different species. It also features an indoor desert that’s also the largest of its kind in the world.
New Jersey: Enjoy the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It’s the oldest of its kind, and full of fun for the whole family. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, watch the light show after dark, and ride the rides. It’s a vibrant part of NJ after all these years. Belleplain State Forest, a few miles away, was developed in the 1930s, and has a similar old-school vibe, along with tons of nice campsites.
Pennsylvania: Tour Amish Country. Amish culture is a unique phenomenon in this country, and visiting the Amish in Pennsylvania is a great way to learn about a lifestyle completely foreign to the rest of us. The Amish Farm & House has Amish-made goodies, some displays to teach you about the history and culture of the Amish, and offers tours of the region. Old Mill Stream Campground makes the perfect base for exploring Lancaster and other parts of PA’s Amish Country.
Texas: Saddle up at a dude ranch. You can get a taste for the cowboy life at Dixie Dude Ranch, with horseback rides, fishing trips, and campfire sing-alongs, but they also offer amenities you'd find at a luxury resort: a spa where you can get massages, a pool with a hot tub, great onsite dining, and more.
Vermont: See ice cream being made. A lot of wonderful things come out of Vermont, but the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory tops the list. Take a short tour of the operation, sample experimental flavors, and enjoy flavors not sold in stores in the Scoop Shop. Head back to Little River State Park to camp out…and maybe do a little hiking to burn off the ice cream calories.
Washington: Shop at Pike Place Market. Pike is so much more than a farmer’s market; it’s an experience. It has tons of food, flowers and entertainment. Take a picture in front of the gum wall to gross out your kids! Pick up some snacks for the trip out to nearby Fay Bainbridge State Park, where you can enjoy views of the Pacific while you camp out.
West Virginia: Finally answer the question: If all my friends jumped off a bridge, would I jump too? The Bridge Day Festival in WV on the New River Gorge Bridge is one of the biggest extreme sport events in the world. Approximately 80,000 people will watch hundreds of BASE jumpers leap 876 feet to the river below. It’s a huge event, and the only time pedestrians are permitted on the bridge. If you're visiting when the festival isn't going on, you can take a tour that lets you cross the bridge on the catwalk below the main road!
Wisconsin: Get wet and wild at one of the Wisconsin Dells’ many water parks. The first thing you think of when you hear “Wisconsin” is probably not water parks, but the Dells are actually the water park capital of the world. There are enough water parks (indoors and outdoors) to keep your kids busy for days. Noah's Ark is one of many awesome options!
As you make your way across each of the 50 states to cross activities off your bucket list, you're guaranteed to have a great time and make memories that will last forever!