America's Best RV Parks

Intrepid travelers exploring the country in an RV will want to put on the brakes and stay for a while at these RV parks and campgrounds around the United States.

September 10, 2020
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By: Jennifer Plum Auvil and Lynn Coulter
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The lure of the open road and the comforts of home come together when you're traveling in a recreational vehicle, or RV. But before you hit the road, there are a few things you should understand about RV parks.

Not all RV parks are created equal. Campers can find RV parks in state and national parks as well as privately owned campgrounds. The quality varies from budget to swanky. Chain campgrounds like KOA and Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campgrounds operate around the country and offer some continuity from site to site.

More rustic campgrounds may offer little more than a parking spot, while other spots offer amenities including water and electricity hook-ups. On the higher end, more luxurious sites offer RV visitors access to pools, restaurants, free WiFi and business facilities.

Intrepid travelers exploring the country in an RV will want to stay a while at these RV parks and campgrounds around the United States.

Due to COVID-19, some facilities and areas in national, state and RV parks may be restricted or closed. For example, pools, restaurants and RV parking slots may have limited capacity. For details, visit each website or call for details before you go.

Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, California

The Durango RV Resort is a high-end escape with 174 sites on the Sacramento River. All sites are equipped with Powerhouse Pedestals that provide electricity, high-speed WiFi and cable television. Meet fellow travelers by the pool, in the clubhouse or around the fire pits. Pamper your pooch with a run at the 45-acre dog park followed by a scrub down at the self-serve automatic dog-washing station.

Boyd's Key West Campground, Key West, Florida

Featuring oceanfront campsites located just a few minutes from the action of Key West, Boyd's is a great way to experience this favorite Florida hot spot. Boyd's boasts a pool and beach area as well as conveniences including bathrooms, a marina and free wireless internet. The camp has 250 sites and does get crowded, especially when all sites are reserved. But you can't beat the location which is just a few miles from the fun on Duvall Street and downtown Key West and easily accessible by city bus or cab.

Horse Thief Lake Campground, Hill City, South Dakota

Horse Thief Lake is a no-frills, family-owned campground with rustic charm and a convenient location near many of South Dakota's natural wonders. Buffalo roam in nearby Custer State Park and herds of wild mustang run through the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Mt. Rushmore is just 12 miles away while Crazy Horse Mountain and the Mammoth site are a short drive. The campground itself is a quiet respite from the nearby activity and offers fire rings at each site, a shop for basic goods and a small heated pool.

River's Edge RV Park, Fairbanks, Alaska

RV in Canyonlands, Utah

RV in Canyonlands, Utah

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Darren Patterson / Getty Images

Sleep under the midnight sun in well-appointed River's Edge RV Park in Fairbanks. There are 167 sites, but this resort maintains a peaceful vibe with plenty of room for guests to spread out. There's a network of walking and biking trails to stretch your legs and the resort's restaurant, Chena's, serves 3 square meals a day. When you're ready to explore Fairbanks, hop on a shuttle bus to nearby attractions including the Riverboat Discovery cruise, Pioneer Park, the Trans Alaska Pipeline and the historic downtown area. Shuttle bus service may be restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This seasonal resort expects to close on Sept. 15, 2020, but operating dates are fluid. Check the website for updates on the park and shuttle bus and for dates of operation in 2021.

Zion River Resort, Virgin, Utah

Just 13 miles from the south entrance to Zion National Park, the Zion River Resort is popular with tourists and snowbirds who put down more permanent roots in the winter. This RV resort has full hook-ups, concrete parking pads, grills and free WiFi. After exploring the red sandstone cliffs at Utah's first national park, you can also use this campground as a base for day-trips to explore Bryce Canyon National Park and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

Yosemite Pines RV Park, Yosemite, California

While there's RV camping available inside Yosemite National Park, the campgrounds are primitive, with no hook-ups. If you're looking for more amenities, the best option is to set up camp outside of the park. Yosemite Pines RV Park is just 22 miles from the park and offers premium pull-through and back-in sites. This family-friendly resort has a gold mine where kids can pan for gold and a petting farm with alpacas.

The Shady Dell RV Park, Bisbee, Arizona

Shady Dell is an RV Park with a twist — if you can't bring your own RV to this corner of southern Arizona, you can find one here. This resort is home to 13 lovingly restored antique trailers. These charming stationary trailers include a 1949 vintage Airstream, a 1947 Tiki bus alongside an outrigger Tiki bar and a fancy-pants 1951 Royal Mansion complete with a full-sized bed, breakfast nook, small bathroom and vintage television. Dot's Diner is a classic "greasy spoon" that serves homemade breakfast and lunch. A limited number of spots are available to park your RV if you're on the road and in the mood for some classic kitsch.

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