Road trips, alone or with friends or family, have the potential to be wondrous, creating cherished memories. Sometimes, though, they can be unmitigated disasters that you try to forget. The difference can be a matter of planning, of choices made, and of manner of travel. The difference could be renting an RV.
The Rental RV Difference
Over nine million people own RVs in the US, but over 35 million rent RVs each year. RV rental is easy and RV travel is comfortable, affordable, and you can take the dogs. No motels. No tents. Instead, you have a comfortable bed, a shower, a toilet, and even a kitchen. RV parks abound. You’ll find them close to state and national parks, amusement parks, beaches, and vacation destinations of all sorts.
So let’s say you decide to try the RV life and you rent a recreational vehicle. Where will you go? Florida is a great place for RV travel. If you live there, or if you’re visiting, there are some fantastic places to visit in your RV.
Before you start on your trip, be sure you’re well prepared. Here are some tips for your RV adventure:
- Make sure you have your medications, enough to get you there and back. Prepare a first aid kit with bandages, over-the-counter medications for pain and fever, cough, sunburn, and scrapes, ice packs, Ace bandages, and lots of sunscreen.
- Don’t forget food for your pets and a water dish. Remember to bring their toys.
- You might want to pack some food for a short trip or for the first couple of days. Eating in restaurants is expensive.
The Best RV Trips in Florida
- Florida Caverns State Park – Located in the Florida panhandle, just south of the Alabama border, this is the only place in the state where you can take a tour through a cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Eerie and beautiful, the rock formations are spectacular. Besides the caverns, there is swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and golf.
- Paynes Prairie State Park – Wild horses and bison roam the park. Wild horses? Yes. There are also deer, alligators, foxes, and over 300 species of birds. This is a unique park, ideal for wildlife and bird watching. In addition, there are over 30 miles of trails for hiking and biking as well as equestrienne trails. The park is close to Gainesville.
- The Space Coast – Start with the Kennedy Space Center where you can see Space Shuttle Atlantis, then explore the 72 miles of coastline. There are 37 beaches for swimming, hiking, biking, surfing, and fishing. Take a ride on a riverboat. Art galleries and exhibitions can found in many places. Boat tours, kayaking, there’s adventure all up and down the coast. And Disneyworld is not far away.
The Best RV Trips in Georgia
- Stone Mountain Park – Ride a cable car to the top of the mountain, Take a journey on the scenic railroad. Hike the 15 miles of trails through the woodlands or around the lake. Spend time in the museum. Visit the quarry. This is family fun at its best.
- Savannah – Famous for its history, for art, and for being friendly, this beautiful city has museums, tours, antebellum homes, and food to die for. You will love the ghost tours. The city has a reputation for being haunted. Visit Forsyth Park to see the fountain and the Spanish moss draped trees. Taking a walking tour. And visit Tybee Island. There’s so much to do.
The Best RV Trips in Alabama
- U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Located in Huntsville, the center’s museum is fabulous. Wander around missiles, shuttles, and rockets. There is so much to see and learn. The museum has hookups for your RV rental.
- Gulf State Park – Two miles of white sand, surf. What more could you ask? Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent along with fishing poles and gear. Hiking trails lead through marshlands great for bird and wildlife watching. Swim, surf, relax. Your RV rental can hookup in the park.
Renting an RV for a road trip through the southeastern United States is a marvelous way to go. From the Dry Tortugas to Myrtle Beach, you will be thrilled by the landscapes, natural and manmade. It’s the best way to hit the road. Go RV!