Our RV New Year’s resolution this year is to visit even more places around the US. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best RV destinations for 2023, with a top destination for every month! We’ve purposely left off many well-known National Parks to focus on the best RV destinations for 2023 off the beaten path. Read on for our list of top spots to see and month to month inspiration for your 2023 RV travel!
Monthly Guide: Best RV Destinations for 2023
January: Coos Bay, OR
We’re starting off the year and our list of the best RV destinations for 2023 with one of the most scenic spots ever! Situated in the sea cliffs on the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, Sunset Bay State Park is the perfect RV destination to start the new year. The Coos County campground offers unparalleled scenic views and is open for camping year-round. Here, you are nearby to hiking trails that will allow you to experience both the coastal forest and ocean views. And you can even see views of Cape Arago Lighthouse. Additionally, there is a public golf course next to the park and ample fishing opportunities.
February: Calistoga, CA
We all know that February is the month of romance, and what’s more romantic than hot springs and local wine? Located in the beautiful Napa Valley, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is the perfect romantic RV getaway for nature lovers and wine lovers alike. Although Bothe-Napa Valley State Park offers year-round camping, we think this would be the perfect spot for Valentine’s Day! Because you are close to all the best wineries in Napa, it’s the perfect picnic spot. Not only can you picnic and hike among redwoods, maples, oaks, and madrones but you can also enjoy hot springs. In fact, there is a surprising number of hot springs near Napa, most of which reside in Calistoga, CA. Hence why this made our list of best RV destinations for 2023.
March: Washington, DC
Our next must-see RV destination for 2023 is none other than a trip to the county’s capital, Washington, DC. While there is no shortage of things to see and do in DC, we absolutely recommend planning around the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom trees are a springtime highlight in Washington, DC with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place from March 20 – April 16, 2023. Additionally, while you can enjoy all the monuments, museums and historical finds in the capital, you’re also near Shenandoah National Park. This is a great time to visit as most facilities in Shenandoah begin opening in March. This stop is more mainstream, but with so much to do, it’s absolutely on our list of best RV destinations for 2023!
April: Buena Vista, CO
There are many reasons why Buena Vista, CO makes our list of best RV destinations for 2023 to visit this year. And whitewater rafting may just be the main draw for us. April marks the start of whitewater season in Colorado as the spring runoff makes higher water levels and faster waters. Located on the Arkansas River, this is a natural playground for the outdoorsy. You can also visit the newest National Monument, Brown’s Canyon. And with the many local restaurants, art galleries, breweries and distilleries, there is undoubtedly something for everyone!
May: Mackinac Island, MI
May is national bike month, celebrate by making the 8.2-mile trek around Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island, MI is home to the historic Fort Mackinac and is known for the world-famous fudge and car-free streets. Yes, you read that right, cars are not allowed. Hence, most visitors park their vehicles on the mainland and arrive by ferry boat. Luckily, there are plenty of nearby campgrounds for you to make home during your visit. Because there are no cars, transportation on the island takes the form of horse-drawn carriages and bicycles. Indeed, this spot is a unique world with incredible natural landmarks and experiences. And if you’re in Michigan, we recommend a stop to see the sandstone cliffs at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! Keep in mind, it will still be chilly, so visiting in late May is recommended.
June: Charleston, SC
Next up on our list of the best RV destinations for 2023 is none other than Charleston, SC. While Charleston is delightful to visit any time of year, Charleston in June hits differently. Celebrated for its history of religious tolerance and abundance of worship centers, it is called the Holy City. And holy moly is there a lot to do in this city! From historic tours, Charleston City Market shopping, restaurants, beaches, and gardens – you won’t run out of things to do. And there are tons of festivals and celebrations that make the whole city come to life. One major celebration in June is the Juneteenth Freedom celebration, which highlights its Black heritage and culture. Indeed, this is an ideal trip for every type of traveler including young families, retired couples, and solo travelers.
July: Boston, MA
July is mid-summer, which brings to mind images of hot days, hot dogs, summer fun, and outdoor activities. And for summer RV travel most campgrounds are open and bustling, so you have your pick of where to go. Despite there being a lot of options, we opted for our July RV destination to be Boston, Massachusetts. First and foremost, July is marked by the patriotism of Independence Day. The fourth of July is truly a family holiday, with barbecues, picnics, outdoor games, fireworks, and gatherings. Immersed in Revolutionary War history, Boston is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth. Boston’s celebration, called Harborfest, is a weeklong event full of parades, ceremonies, boat tours, live music, reenactments, and a famous “chowderfest.” And with several nearby RV parks and camping sites, you can enjoy the nature of the New England countryside and visit the city.
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August: French Lick, IN
Originally a French trading post that was built near a spring and salt lick, French Lick, Indiana became popular for its entertainment. Known for its mineral springs, it became a spa town and was made famous by Larry Bird. And if you’re wondering why you’d spend your sweet summer in French Lick, well that is for the golf scene. August is National Golf month and while many think of the golf courses in Florida, Indiana boasts French Lick Resort. With three challenging golf courses designed by Donald Ross, Pete Dye and Tom Bendelow, French Lick Resort is the ultimate destination for golfers. The resort is nestled among the hills of Southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest which provides a beautiful setting for 45 holes of legendary golf. And for a side adventure, visit the French Lick West Baden Museum and French Lick Scenic Railway. Additionally, you are close to several state parks and attractions, including Marengo Cave where you can mine gemstones. Despite being a golfer’s dream RV destination, this really is a spot the entire family can enjoy!
September: North Cascades National Park, WA
While you hear lots of travelers talk about Mount Rainer and Olympic National Park, North Cascades is a well-kept secret. Less than three hours from Seattle, North Cascades National Park homes a rich landscape of forested valleys and glacial waters. In this park you can find one of the most picturesque scenes, Picture Lake with Mount Shuksan. And if you’re not up for the hike, the Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway offers plenty of amazing photo opportunities. Along this nearly 30-mile road you can see mountain peaks, evergreen forests, countless waterfalls, and turquoise blue lakes. And because this park is so remote, stargazing here is amazing. All things considered, despite being lesser known, we think this is top RV destination for 2023.
October: Albuquerque, NM
Next on our list of best RV destinations for 2023 is Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not only does October in Albuquerque bring crisp mornings, gentler days, and bluer skies, but it also welcomes a balloon filled skyline. Happening October 7 – 15, 2023, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta creates magic with twilight balloon glows and vibrant balloon-filled skies. And being a highly anticipated event in the RV community, it’s sure to be a fun gathering for RVers! Additionally, while you’re there, you can visit Old Town. This 10-block neighborhood serves as a tribute to the city’s Native American and Spanish heritage. Moreover, you can see a piece of history in the outdoors by visiting Petroglyph National Monument. And if you’re itching for more of New Mexico’s great outdoors, we recommend a visit to Paseo del Bosque Trail. Likewise, you could also make a stop and enjoy the views from the Sandia Peak Tramway. And if you’re up for a pit stop, you aren’t too far away from Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
November: Whitefish, MT
If you’re looking for a relaxed resort town, this is the RV destination for you! While Montana might be harder to get to than its neighboring Utah and Colorado, it’s oh so worth it! Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana, Whitefish is a town that truly celebrates the wild. From the forested mountains full of lakes and rivers to the quaint downtown, this is a place worth exploring. Whitefish is a ski town but it’s also the perfect spot for hiking, biking, or relaxing by a fire. Whitefish winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and fat tire biking. And because Glacier National Park is only 25 miles from downtown, this is a great day trip. Despite being out of season, you can still access some areas of the park when visiting in November. Weather permitting, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open through mid-December, so definitely make the most out of your time in Montana!
December: Savannah, GA
Winter has arrived and the holiday happenings will be in full swing by this time. While many campsites will be closed or just too cold, winter in Savannah, Georgia boasts temperatures in the 60s. To us this is perfect for fun daytime adventures and cozy evenings around a warm campfire. Whether you opt to explore the historic finds in the city or venture out to enjoy the nearby beaches and local wildlife, there is so much to do. We recommend checking out Old Fort Jackson and taking a ghost tour as Savannah’s one of America’s most haunted cities. And as promised, off the beaten path is Wormsloe State Historic Site. Although it’s not technically a “state park,” we deem it worthy of our best RV destinations for 2023 nonetheless. However, it’s not much of a secret as it’s one of the most photographed spots in the state of Georgia.
Where will you travel this year?
RV travel planning is essential as a successful RV trip starts with a great plan. We hope our list of best RV destinations for 2023 can help guide you this year. For more ideas, visit our RV guide & lifestyle tips to read more! Here you can find RV parks, campgrounds, resorts and camping across the United States. And like our Facebook page, join our group, and follow us on Instagram to see photos of our favorite 2023 RV destinations!