Those dreaming of getting a recreational vehicle often think of touring the country and visiting all those National Parks and tourist attractions they have been hearing about since childhood. Many want to recreate camping adventures they had when they were children, but they want the comforts of home with them that an RV offers. A big part of the RV adventure is enjoying the drives to the campgrounds. Here are some of the best, and some are not that far away.
The Alaska Highway
You need passports to enter and exit Canada now, but they are not hard to obtain. Just plan in advance. The Alaska Highway is sometimes called the Alaska-Canada Highway or Alcan. It is almost 1,400 miles long and starts in British Columbia. You can go as far as Delta Junction, Alaska. It used to be tough on vehicles, but it is now fully paved. However, you should not expect the same services along the way that you might expect for drives in the lower forty-eight. Mind your fuel gauge on your way to campgrounds such as Summit Lake Campground or Cottonwood Creek RV Park.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Much closer to home is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 469 miles and travels through Virginia and North Carolina. People drive it for the scenic pleasure. Most RVs would do fine on the Parkway as the lowest clearance is 10’6". The weather can get bad in the winter, and the roads are not maintained then, so only go in the summer. That is when you will like the scenery the best anyway. Plus, you will find RV parks such as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, Virginia. Class B, B+ and C RVs based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis like those sold at Fretz RV would be great for a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You would not need a tow vehicle to visit nearby small towns and shops as Sprinters are easy to maneuver and park.
You can load up the family in your RV for more than just family vacations. Take the RV when visiting your local amusement parks and zoos. They are great places to retreat to. If one family member needs to relax, they can go back to the RV and let the rest of the group’s fun continue. Local fall foliage sightseeing trips are a great time to get in the RV and go. Think about taking the RV on the holiday shopping trip too. The best drives are any drives where family is together. Having an RV is a new twist on the old tradition of Sunday drives in the country.
Part of the RV-ing adventure is visiting new RV parks and campgrounds. You will have your favorites, and you will have ones that are going to make your not-so-favorite list too. The point is having fun together no matter where the road takes you. Having the right size and type of RV for regular use helps too. If the old Class A is too big to just hop in and go whenever you want, consider switching to a more economical and driver-friendly Class B, B+ or C.