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I’ve been seriously thinking about RVing one of these summers for a good old-fashioned road trip. Especially because there are some amazing places to road trip to for families. Find out how you can win an RV Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains at the end of this post.
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A few weeks ago, one of my good friends announced that they were buying an RV. They had done a lot of research and knew exactly which one they wanted to get.
Their plan is to use the RV all summer for camping trips and to visit with extended family located all over the Pacific Northwest.
But, she also said she was thinking about renting it out to make a bit of cash. I thought that was so smart and I started looking into how someone might rent an RV.
RVshare is an online marketplace where regular people can list their RV for families to rent for their next road trip.
Their database is HUGE and they help RV renters connect with RV owners from all over the United States.
And families can read the user reviews for any RV they are thinking about renting.
They have all types of RVs, too. There are pet-friendly RVs, ones people can tow, ones people can drive, pop up campers, etc.
So, if you have romantic ideas about exploring the country (or even your state) in an RV, it’s a lot cheaper to rent one than to buy one!
No one has ever called me “outdoorsy,” but I do love to be in nature. However, I haven’t really enjoyed camping so far in my life.
That’s one of the reasons I think renting an RV might be the only way I’ll ever be a “happy camper!”
I’ve been dreaming up some places to road trip to with my family over the next few years and here are the places at the top of my list:
My husband and I came here for a wedding when we first started dating and we’ve been itching to get back to really explore with our boys. Making this my first place to road trip to as a family.
There’s so much to do in Yosemite with kids!
I know my boys will love running around some of the largest trees in the world and playing in the base of waterfalls.
There’s even a Pioneer Village where families can see what it was like at Yosemite back in the olden days.
Plus, they have an awesome Yosemite Junior Ranger program, perfect for kids of all ages!
2. GRAND CANYON
I’ve NEVER been to the Grand Canyon. It just seems like one of those places everyone visits at some point in life. So I, of course, had to add it to my own ‘places to road trip to’ list.
I’d probably also stop at Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ. There’s a cool Navajo tour that sounds like an awesome cultural experience for families.
We’re not really hikers, so the Grand Canyon Skywalk seems like a great option for getting some epic views without trekking into the canyon.
And my train-loving boys would beg us to go on the Grand Canyon Railway!
My in-laws actually honeymooned in Yellowstone back in the 60s, and my mother-in-law talks about it with such enthusiasm that it’s made me want to check it out for myself.
Actually, my brother-in-law also made this one of his top places to road trip to with is kids. And was able to take his family last summer in a rented RV for the full eclipse and they said it was one of their best family vacations to date!
Of course, we’d need to see Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic.
It also seems like a good opportunity to see bisons in the wild! They are protected by law and we’ve only ever seen them at Northwest Trek.
And we’d want to check out Boiling River, a natural hot spring, specifically for our kids to geek out about being in a “boiling river!”
Plus, there are tons of kid friendly hikes at Yellowstone!
4. MT. RUSHMORE
I visited Mt. Rushmore briefly on a road trip in high school. I was recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out and I barely remember seeing this iconic American landmark.
We’d want to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and talk with the kids a bit about Crazy Horse and the Sioux tribe.
And my kids would love to take a ride on the Rushmore Tramway up the mountain and then come down on the President’s Alpine Slide!
5. GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
I’ve never seen a firefly and, believe it or not, it’s WAY up high on my bucket list! They are featured in so many books and movies and I just want to see what all the fuss is about!
Apparently, they are all over the Elkmont area in the Smoky Mountains.
Clingman’s Dome seems like a fun place to check out the view (without having to hike!)
For kids, there’s the Great Smoky’s Junior Ranger Program with seasonal programs featuring specific activities like making an old-fashioned mountain toy.
And families will get a kick out of doing a horseback ride or horse-drawn carriage ride from one of the many stables nearby.
Plus, you can turn this Smoky Mountain road trip into an excuse to check out Dollywood!
Win an RV Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains
If you also are thinking about doing an RV vacation, enter RVshare’s Great Smoky Mountains RV Trip Giveaway!
The trip will be a four-day, three-night trip to the Great Smoky Mountains for four that includes a free three-night RV rental, a three-night campground stay, and a $1,000 cash prize.
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What are some of your favorite places to road trip to with your family? Share in a comment below!