Top 3 Weekend RV Getaways
Top 3 Weekend RV Getaways
Traveling in an RV generally conjures up thoughts of grand adventures galivanting across the countryside for weeks on end. While that may be the ideal way to travel with your RV, what do you do if you only have a weekend? Packing up the RV for a weekend, or renting a camper van already to go, offers fun and flexibility. Here are 3 top ideas for an exciting weekend RV getaway.
The Oregon Coast
If you are located in the Western part of the US, a weekend trip along the Oregon coast can make for an outstanding getaway. Of course, the coast is about 350 miles long which means having the pick of many amazing options to visit.
For the history buff or more city-oriented type, Astoria is a great choice. Stay at the Fort Stevens State park, which is a first-rate campground right on the coast that you may never want to leave. The city of Astoria is rich with history dating back to the days of Lewis and Clark and offers an amazing mix of old city charm, seafarer's port and modern nightlife. There's also a vibrant art scene.
For a smaller town or pure coastal getaway, Rockaway Beach, Cannon Beach, and Newport are all outstanding options. Newport is a great little town with an excellent harbor. If you want to do some fishing or crabbing there are several charters that leave there daily. Newport is also home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Rogue Brewery. For a nearby campground, checkout the Waldport KOA about 25 minutes south on US101 in Waldport, OR.
Chattanooga is a great city in southern Tennessee that is easily accessible from a large part of the eastern United States in a one-day drive. Located on the Tennessee River, Chattanooga has a mix of modern and old school southern charm with great night life and attractions to meet just about any taste. It is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, Ruby Falls and several other museums and historical locations.
Stop by the Chattanooga Whiskey Company, which is a stop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. If whisky is not your thing, there are also several great bars and restaurants throughout the area offering great entertainment.
There are several well reviewed campgrounds in the area including Lookout Mountain - Chattanooga West KOA and Raccoon Mountain Campground. Raccoon Mountain Campground also has the Raccoon Mountain Cave Tours which feature a number of amazing underground formations.
Alternatively, Nashville and Gatlinburg are close by as well. Each offers a unique and rich variety of things to do, making either of them a great RV weekend trip destination.
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach, VA is a great weekend getaway spot. It is easily accessible and within a day’s drive from the majority of the eastern seaboard. It also has several top-notch RV parks in the area. Since it is centrally located on the coast, it is far enough south to be less crowded then places like Ocean City, MD and it tends not to get as hot as locations further south. It is also less prone to hurricanes which can quickly ruin any camping weekend.
Virginia Beach itself has a beautiful 3-mile-long boardwalk adjacent to the beach which is great for a nice walk or a way to visit any of the great bars, restaurants and shops along the beach. If you are looking for a more secluded beach, Sandbridge Beach and the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge just south of town are excellent choices.
If the beach is not your thing, the Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center is an exciting facility to visit. There are excellent fishing charters that sail from the Rudee Inlet Marina and the Lynnhaven Pier offers great pier fishing and crabbing.
For RV Parks, the Holiday Trav-L-Park is excellent. It is large, big-rig friendly, affordable, and has great amenities. It is also along the excellent public transportation system, which can have you to or from the boardwalk in just a few minutes. They also have a special parking area downtown about a block from the boardwalk if you prefer to drive. The Virginia Beach KOA is just down the road and makes an excellent choice as well.
Wherever your weekend away takes you, a road trip in an RV makes for incredible adventures with accommodations and comforts of home built in.