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Summer RV Vacation Spots for Retirees: Best Parks and Destinations

Looking for the best summer RV vacation spots for retirees? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best parks and destinations for RV enthusiast retirees. From coast to coast, we’ve compiled a great list of ideas! So, sit back, relax, and get ready to plan your next amazing RV vacation!

Maine – The first stop on our list is the beautiful state of Maine. Known for its stunning coastline and gorgeous scenery, Maine is a popular summer destination for RVers of all ages. Many retirement-age travelers appreciate the northern geography for the mild summer temperatures. If you love to fish, hike, or just enjoy being outdoors, then Maine is the perfect spot for you. One of the best places to visit in Maine is the Acadia National Park, a favorite spot for many campers and one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. With its rocky beaches, lush forests, and towering mountains, Acadia is a nature lover’s paradise. Acadia offers a few options for campgrounds, however, all campsite reservations must be made in advance on the park’s campground pages – there are no same-day reservations and no campsites are available for request upon arrival. Additionally, all campsites must be reserved in advance within a 60-day rolling window.

Florida – If you are looking for a more laid-back RV vacation spot, then head south to Florida. The Sunshine State is home to some of the best RV parks in the country. From world-famous beaches to quaint small towns, Florida has something for everyone.

For a relaxing and refreshing experience, retirees should consider a visit to a Florida spring. One of the top-rated is Rainbow Springs State Park centrally located west of Ocala – the state’s fourth-largest freshwater spring is popular for camping, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. The RV loops can fit some longer RVs and the sites all have picnic tables, fire rings, and trees for privacy. Also included is a boat launch area and boat parking.

We also recommend a tropical getaway to the Florida Keys. Want to wake up to a beautiful ocean sunrise every morning and take in some of the best sunsets Florida has to offer? Book your trip to Boyd’s Key West Campground. This waterfront Key West RV Park gives you access to a private beach and fishing pier and they host weekly events perfect for meeting other RVers and retirees like yourselves. The most sought-after RV Park and Campground in Key West with 263 RV sites, Boyd’s includes a pool, laundry and shower amenities, and more. Bring your furry friends along and enjoy camping island style.

California – For retirees who want to explore the west coast, California is the perfect RV destination. From the towering mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the sunny beaches of the Pacific Coast, California has it all. And, of course, no trip to California would be complete without a visit to Yosemite National Park. With its massive sequoia trees and breathtaking waterfalls, Yosemite is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. National parks are extremely popular attractions for avid RV’ers, and Yosemite tops almost everyone’s bucket list. A reservation is required to drive into Yosemite National Park during peak hours (6 am – 4 pm) from May 20 through September 30, 2022. Reservations are required and if you intend to stay overnight, you must make reservations in advance – same-day campground reservations are not available in the park. 

South Dakota – Like Yosemite, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota has been a traditional stop on the RV travel circuit. Cross it off your RV travel bucket list this summer and take in the majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, you’ll appreciate the scenic drive. Reservations are not required to visit the memorial and there’s ample RV parking.

While in South Dakota, take in the beauty of nature at Custer State Park, a 71,000-acre wildlife preserve with campgrounds, plenty of outdoor activities, and more. Drive through the park for an up-close and personal encounter with the animals or venture down nearby Needles Highway, but do your research first to see if your RV will fit through the few tunnels found along this 14-mile stretch of road.

Alaska – From whale watching to glacier tours, Alaska offers several activities that simply can’t be done in most of the lower 48 states. Retirees make the RV trek to Alaska in the summertime for the scenic drives – for many people, driving the Alaska Highway is an RV travel goal!

As you travel the Alaska Highway, check out Fairbanks’ Chena Hot Springs and the Northern Lights. Visit Valdez for some of the most breathtaking views of the state and stop at Solomon Gulch to watch sea lions, otters, bald eagles, and grizzly bears feast on salmon.

Retirees will also enjoy Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, for its downtown area with museums, trolley tours, and more. There are several RV-friendly parking lots near the Downtown area, so you can easily spend the day in town. You’ll find a few RV campgrounds close to town, and others on the outskirts for more of a wilderness vibe. Visit for a list of RV campground options.

So, there you have it! These are just a few of the MANY amazing summer RV vacation spots for retirees. No matter where you go, you are sure to have an incredible adventure. As a retiree, be sure to carve out time for exploration, exercise, and relaxation. Do you have a favorite summer RV spot that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below! Always travel safely with SmartPlug’s shore power system. Contact us at 206-285-2990 for any questions on what solution is best for your rig and visit our locations page for where to purchase. Happy travels!

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