6 Reasons to Make Your Next Trip an RV Road Trip

Getting there is all of the fun

U.S. Route 163 cuts through Monument Valley; it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road cruising past the enormous sandstone formations. Head north and continue to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, or go south and explore the Grand Canyon.

Comedian Steven Wright once said, “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”

Monument Valley © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Substitute the word “driving” for “walking” and you’ll see why RV road trips are a great way to see, experience, and enjoy the US and Canada this summer. Road trips offer travelers the advantages of being self-contained and allowing them to explore on their own schedules. Simply put, road trips offer freedom—freedom to come and go as you please, for as long as you like.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Where road trips really shine are flexibility and spontaneity. You are on your own schedule. If the sunset is transforming into a show-stopping event, you can wait for it. If you discover a scenic trail meandering through a red rock canyon or an old-growth forest, you can spend the rest of the day captivated by it.

Arches National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Life on the open road in an RV is about discovery, and re-discovery—of your surroundings, a new route, and of yourself. Choosing to take an RV on an adventure opens up a wide variety of experiences, including convenience and comfort.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

No need to make plane reservations. When you have the time, just fill up the tank, load up the RV, and hit the open road!

Here are my six reasons to consider an RV for your next outdoor adventure:

Joshua Tree National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

1. Plan – Or Don’t

The fantastic part about an RV trip is that planning is mostly optional. Of course, you have to move, but when and how quickly is your decision. You have everything you need with you along the way, so dining and lodging needs are taken care of. Road tripping is universally appealing to both the trip planner and the wanderer.

Jasper National Park, Alberta © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Having said this, some planning is suggested especially to secure a camping site for the night or duration of your stay. With an increasing number of people living in and working out of their RVs, securing a camping site usually required some advanced planning.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. Maximize Vacation Time

Rather than a point-to-point visit to a destination, the travel to and from becomes a series of micro-experiences. You have shared meals, sleepovers, and quality time with family and friends during your RV journey. Your travel days are no longer consuming valuable time you could be adventuring—they are the adventure.

Crystal River, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. Eat, Sleep, Drive

The RV vacation gives you control over your pace, timing, and expenses. A well-stocked kitchen offers treats for everyone. Comfortable beds ensure that road warriors are rested for the next day. This flexibility provides more time to be spontaneous.

Brasstown Bald, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Stop Spontaneously and Stay

Every good road trip passes signs such as “World’s Largest Ball of Paint” or “Hogeye the Dancing Hog.” Why hurry? Park, have a snack in the RV, hang out for a while, and explore the unknown. When your road trip includes an RV, getting to know the kitschy side of the county or simply stopping at every country store or fruit stand becomes a possibility.

Bluegrass Country, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

5. Make Unexpected Connections

Nothing says “welcome” like seeing another RV at a campground or RV park. Pulling up in an RV automatically invites you to be part of an adventure-loving community. Road travel encourages some social time (if you want it!).

Creole Nature Trail, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

6. Flexible Schedule

When your schedule is flexible, taking the time to converse with local shop owners and other like-minded travelers offers new perspectives on destinations and can open you to experiences you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Enchanted Rock State Recreation Area, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Worth Pondering…

It’s not just a drive.

It’s an experience.