This is a list of the places we’ve stayed and our thoughts on each one, key places we visited / things we did while at each one, etc.
- Sugar Sands RV Resort (Gulf Shores): very clean (looks new), very quiet, just a few miles from the beach, palm trees around the RV sites, wide sites, playground. Be sure to go on a Cetacean Dolphin Cruise – so awesome and very cheap. Do the nature cruise / dolphin cruise combo. So so so neat!
- Beaver Lake Hide A Way (Rogers): older place, grass sites, old playground but our kids loved it…was the first place we took our travel trailer and realized we loved RVing!
- Blowing Springs (Bella Vista): nice location near beautiful trails, basically a parking lot with hookups, $5 to dump tanks
- Creeks Golf Course and RV Resort (Cave Prings): paved roads and concrete sites, lots of pull thru and back in sites, level sites, good wifi, very clean, very friendly staff, catch and release pond, sits on a golf course, $600/mo
- Lake Fort Smith State Park (Miuntainburg): beautiful state park, good kayaking, lots of privacy between sites, no Verizon signal but did get ATT, lots of trees between sites
- Overland RV Park (Van Buren): right off the freeway, gravel driveway and gravel / grass / dirt pull thru and back-in sites (tall grass and weeds, not well kept), convenient to food, retail, and gas stations, $35/night (high for what you get). Good for a couple of nights if you need a break from driving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jOZHcYVXAU
- Petit Jean State Park (Morrilton): beautiful park with lots of Pine trees, great kayaking, some sites right on the lake, site 21 has sewer problems, lots of awesome trails to hike, neat restaurant with view of the valley
- Withrow Springs State Park (Huntsville): hard to believe this is a state park. More like a campground with a rural highway running through the middle. Quiet, though, some sites have lots of room between them, trails to hike, no cellular at camp area, no wifi
- Canyon Motel and RV Park (Williams): pretty campground -lots of evergreens, train cars you can stay in overnight, 3 minutes from the neat downtown Williams – very touristy. 50-60 min from Grand Canyon. Great place to stay!
- Flying Flags RV Resort (Buellton): nice place! Eat at Pea Soup Andersons, nice lounge area outside with fireplace, nice playground, quiet town…nice break from busy LA area.
- JGW RV Resort (Redding): Very clean, nicely landscaped, wide roads, paved sites, good spacing between sites, friendly staff, but pricey. This is definitely a goto campground if you are staying in this area and you don’t want to worry about how nice the campground is going to be. At least some of the pull through sites are end to end with another site (I don’t like this kind of set up and because you might have to disconnect your car even if you don’t plan to drive anywhere, due to the fact that your jacks have to be on the concrete portion of the pad, which doesn’t leave enough room for a tow car if you were on the front pull through… kind of hard to explain). And if you are on the rear pull thru you can’t leave until the person in front of you leaves unless you decide to back up. It’s more like a back in site that butts up to a pull in site. We didn’t have anyone in back of us, so we had plenty of room for our tow car. If the park had been a lot busier it might have been a little bit of a pain. It’s still an extremely nice park.
- Olive Avenue RV Resort (Vista): good location near tons of typical suburbia retailers and restaurants, 10-15 min from the beach in Carlsbad, 15 min to Legoland, pool, sites not level but they provide you with pre-made blocks. Concrete pads, clean place but adjacent to questionable trailer park. We saw nothing too concerning. The overall location is good. 45 min to San Diego
- Redding RV Park (Redding): on a steep hill (no riding bikes!), really odd / awkward laundry facility. We left early. We did go to the Redding skatepark for the kids. Shasta Lake is 15 min away.
- Riviera RV Park (Blythe): 112 degrees in July, lots of boats trailers parked there for river access. Good for overnight stay at best. The town of Blythe is like a ghost town.
- Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort (Santa Cruz): Encore “resort”, old, lumpy roads, tight sites, tight entrance to the park, but great location! Visit the pier down on the ocean waterfront, visit “the boardroom” for skateboard stuff…huge!
- Santee Lakes (San Diego): nice place with multiple lakes and nice walking path, paddle boats, nice privacy between some sights, but very dusty sand you park on. Feet will be dirty! Ants can be a problem if you have a trash can outside for very long. Close to San Diego attractions.
- Yanks’s RV Resort (Greenfield): super clean, nice, new resort. Awesome pool, workout room, laundry, store, etc. in the middle of nowhere, but 59 miles to Monterey and Big Sur, good place to take a break from being busy. VERY windy after 2pm…watch your awnings! The heat is not bad with the wind factor. Good spacing between concrete, landscaped sites.
- Camp Gulf (Destin): you can park right on the beach, but very tight space if anyone next to you. Other sites are decent looking. Best sand in the country! Hookups are at the front of your RV for beach front sites, so bring water hose extensions, power cord extensions, long coax cable. For far right site on the beach can have foot traffic since it is next to a beach access path. Far left site is short and only for trailers. We were in the middle and got lucky with no neighbors during the week.
- Compass RV Park (St. Augustine): this is a great park! Very very friendly staff who come to your window when you check in so you don’t have to go into the office. They give you a key card to access the secured gate entrance. They then escort you to your site and help you with parking. The roads are plenty wide and the sites are spacious. There are nice walking trails in the woods surrounding the park. The Wi-Fi was decent, and you can pay about $3 per day for a higher speed for streaming media. This park is exactly 6 miles from the beach and is only a few minutes from retail and restaurants.
- Fort Wilderness (Disney World in Orlando): This is often referred to as the gold standard for RV Parks. Prices start around $100 per night. The premium sites have decent foliage between the sites for added privacy. Internet speeds are very good (5-7Mbps), I recommend staying near the marina end of the resort (will take you to Magic Kingdom) and just driving your car to every park except Magic Kingdom (it’s faster than waiting on multiple buses, but if you don’t have a season pass then parking at each park will cost you $20 per day). If you’ve stayed at Disney World hotels before, prepare to be a little less excited when staying at Fort Wilderness. You definitely miss out on a lot of the magic and liveliness of the Disney hotels. Fort Wilderness is more like a state park, but with more privacy between each site. You can read more details of our opinion on this park if you read the blog post from our one year journey where we first go to Disney World. If possible, avoid sites 705 and 725 if you are driving a long Class A RV.
- KOA (Kissimmee): VERY clean park, nicely landscaped, very close to Orlando attractions, decent spacing between sites. We were in pull thru site 104, which has lots of room on patio side. Wifi is marginal at best. ATT service is weak. Pedal carts the kids can rent, trash pickup at your site. BE SURE TO ENTER PARK FROM CECILE RD, and NOT Seven Dwarfs Lane as their website and GPS say to do, or you will be coming into the park backwards.
- KOA (Starke): definitely not a destination city, but it was within 40 minutes of where we need it to register our vehicles when we established Florida as our domicile. Site 73 is the best pull through with lots of shade and space. The park is clean and well-maintained. Nice pool. Good spacing between the sites. Wifi is just ok, ATT service is very weak but usable.
- KOA (Cape Canaveral Area in Mims): Nice proximity to Cape Canaveral, but the park has extremely tight roads that make maneuvering a big rig very difficult. In fact, in order to get out of the spot we are in, they are going to have to clear another site next to us so we can make the turn. Check out Seasons in the Sun resort just down the road (very clean and spacious) if you don’t mind being near ponds with alligators in them. That said, the actual site we were in was nice! Well landscaped large, level concrete pad. We won’t be back, though, due to the tight roads that are barely bigger than a golf cart path. We ended up leaving early and headed north to Compass RV Park in Saint Augustine, which is so so so much better!
- Albany RV Resort (Albany): Nicest RV park in the Albany area. Gravel roads in the park, concrete pads on long pull thru sites, LOTS of pretty trees.
- Blue Anchor RV Park: nice little park, clean quiet, 15 min from Montana border. Great overnight spot.
- Ameristar RV Park (Vicksburg): Quiet park with concrete pads (very narrow, so you will probably drive on the grass a bit when pulling into your spot). Would stay here again if passing through this area.
- Campground at Barnes Crossing (Tupelo): Very clean, huge trees, really cozy park with enough room between sites, friendly staff. Roadways are paved (and hilly, but don’t worry!), sites are nice gravel with picnic tables and ample room. $39/night. Definitely would stay here again. Be sure to swing wide when pulling into the park from the main road. There is a huge ditch that you don’t want to mess around with!
- Glen Oaks RV Park (Waynesville): clean park, new and friendly owners, good for an overnight stay if traveling along I-44.
- Table Rock State Park: nice new sites, concrete, level, close to Branson, good hiking trails that start right at the campground.
- Wilderness Campground (Branson): clean campground very close to Silver Dollar City. How are 36 foot motorhome barely fit. Our new 43′ rig will definitely not fit very well.
- Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park (Livingston): very clean, well kept RV park. About 45 minutes from the Yellowstone entrance. Great place to stay if you are going to stay outside of Yellowstone. Propane onsite.
- Enchanted Trails Campground (Albuquerque): Route 66 themed park with neat vintage campers to rent out, pool, onsite DirecTV service shop and propane, be sure to drive 15 min to the Sandia Peak Sky Tram (unreal!)
- Cannon Beach RV Resort (Cannon Beach): Nice place! Lots of trees and decent space between sites. Just a couple of minutes from the beach. About one hour from Vancouver, WA. The downtown part of Cannon Beach is awesome! We much preferred the north end of the strip. Don’t be fooled when you think the south part of the town is the only place for shopping and restaurants. Carla loved the coffee and ice cream shop. Really good stuff! Be sure to go to the far north end of the strip and watch the sunset from the Overlook. There is a sculpture of a dolphin or sea lion right there, and a path to walk down to the beach. Lots of people having campfires on the beach in the evening.
- Hee Hee Illahee (Salem): very nice place! Nice pool and playground. Very clean grounds. Would definitely stay here again.
- Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort (Newport): upscale, top-of-the-line RV resort for a class a and class C motorhome is at least 25 feet long. Beautiful park with a nice path down to the beach. Friendly staff, Wi-Fi was very weak so we just used Verizon which had excellent signal strength (ATT was very weak). Only a couple of minutes from pretty much every kind of store you might need and close to Depoe Bay where you can watch for whales. Some of the sites look over the ocean, but are very expensive. Sites range from $45-$125 per night.
- Seven Feathers RV Resort (Canyonville): immaculate grounds with lots of lush landscaping. Decent room between the sites. Top-notch place! A shuttle comes through every few minutes to take people to the casino, which I believe is owned by the same people who own the resort. Beautiful scenery all around the Canyonville area. Lots of mountains and tall evergreens.
- South Jetty RV Resort and Campground (Florence): Thousand trails campground, although we almost turned away when we got there, this turned out to be one of our favorite places ever. It’s best to leave someone with the RV and disconnect your toe car to go scope out an RV site. It’s first come first serve, and not all sites are big enough. I believe we stayed in site number 18, which backed up to an awesome forest of huge evergreens. It didn’t have full hook ups at that particular site, but there is a dump service available. Satellite wouldn’t work due to the trees, and cell service was very spotty. No Wi-Fi available at that site. It sounds like a terrible site, but the scenery and privacy between sites was hard to match anywhere else. The kids absolutely loved playing in the woods right behind the RV. There are some neat paths that cut through the woods three different parts of the park also. It got down into the 40s in late July! You can hear ATVs buzzing around the sand dunes, which are just a short drive down the road. I highly recommend taking a tour of the sand dunes via one of the local companies that do that. Be sure to go to the old town part of Florence, which has lots of neat shops and restaurants right on the water. We were able to see a sea lion chasing his lunch around in the water where the boardwalk is. Such a neat thing to see. We love this town! I hate that our new, longer RV will probably not fit into the sites at this campground.
- Woahink RV Park (Florence): very nice little park! Nice privacy between sites, very friendly staff, a short walkway up to the sand dunes that are visible from your RV. The downsides are that cellular signal for both AT&T and Verizon are almost nonexistent and the Wi-Fi is marginal, along with the fact that on a windy day, sand from the dunes will blow into your RV if your windows are left open. We had to relocate to Newport due to the bad cell signal strength.
- Cabela’s (Rapid City)
- Tower Campground (Sioux Falls): it’s deceiving how this park does not look big until you drive back in a little ways. Very large, clean and great Wi-Fi. Very clean laundry facility also. Will definitely stay here again if passing through this area.
- Amarillo Ranch RV Park: Gravel, level sites, playground, clean place. They have a free limo service that takes you to a steakhouse down the road. Great place to stay overnight if passing through TX on I-40.
- Cabela’s (Allen): Great part of town and the RV parking section is off to the side and out-of-the-way of normal parking lot traffic.
- Flat Creek Farm RV Park (Waco): Basic campground out in the middle of a field. Concrete roads with gravel sites. Well kept. My only complaint was that the dropbox for your payment is located at the back of the property and is not lit at night. Kind of a creepy place to walk two if you are dropping off your payment at night. Wait until the daytime and you can also then see the neat antique cars they have in the garage by the office. About 15 minutes from the Magnolia Market. We would stay there again.
- Greenlake RV Resort (San Antonio): very clean RV park, with wide concrete roads, level concrete pull thru pads, nice pool, and palm trees.
- Gulf Waters RV Resort (Port Aransas): One of our all-time favorite places to stay. Luxury RV owner sites (owners rent them out when they’re not present) with lush landscaping, palm trees, paver patios, nice views of the pond, patio furniture, and a boardwalk that takes you right to the beach. You can rent a beach buggy from “Port A Beach Buggies” (they deliver them and pick them up from the RV resort) and drive up the beach to the town of Port Aransas, where it is legal to drive the beach buggies around town. Lots of shops and restaurants. I highly recommend eating at Avery’s kitchen for breakfast. Also, visit Robert’s Point Park and watch dolphins in the channel when ships go through (Watch the waves at the front of the boat). Also, take the jetty boat/wharf cat (cheap $) over to the private San Jose Island and collect seashells. Take some time to also visit the Marine Science Institute (free, has a gift shop) in Port Aransas, where you can check out the visitors area. Really cool marine life skeletons, fish tanks, educational area, etc.
- Jellystone Rustic Creek Campground (Alvarado): we visited in the winter time and the park was probably at its worst. They tried to cram too many things to do and to one park, so everything seems a little underwhelming and not well thought out. I noticed muddy and flooded areas in front of the cabins, lots of maintenance junk lying around the park, a depressing cafeteria, lots of small tree limbs and debris on the roadways, lots of potholes etc. Maybe it was a neat place back in the day. We only stayed there because it was close to MHSRV and we were looking at new motorhomes. Will not go back.
- Lazy L RV Park (Sherman): clean little RV park. Quiet, nice spacing between the pull through sites. Good place to stay if you are passing through Sherman, TX.
- NASA RV Park (Houston): It’s close to the Johnson space Center, but that is the only thing it has going for it. Very tight sites, and we scratched our last RV due to untrimmed trees located on the insides of the corners of the roadway at the back of the park and vehicles parked on the road due to inadequate space in the sites. I notified the lady at the desk, and she wanted me to tell her exactly which tree it was (ummm, go take a walk and maintain your campground yourself!). Not very friendly at all. Will not be staying there again.
- Golden Spike RV Park (Brigham, north part of Salt Lake City): Nice town with great views of the mountains. Clean and quiet park, friendly staff, fairly tight roads in the park, only about 1 mile off the freeway.
- Issaquah Village RV Park (Issaquah): small park with tight spacing, but very friendly staff, great Wi-Fi, and very clean. Lots of beautiful flowers planted all over the park. Extremely close to I 90 traffic, which is easily heard within your motorhome. Probably the loudest highway traffic I’ve ever heard at an RV park in 22k mikes of RVing, but it didn’t really bother us. When your AC units are going, it pretty much drowns out the highway noise. Would probably be annoying after several days. Good alternative if Lake Pleasant is booked, though.
- KOA Mt. St. Helens (Longview): clean park, located on a terraced hillside, paved roads and gravel sites, we got our 43 foot motorhome backed into a spot, but it was really too short. We were barely able to keep our car off the street. I would say 40′ is the realistic maximum length RV.
- Lake Pleasant RV Resort (Bothell): very well landscaped and clean resort. Nice pond. Good spacing between the sites. Nice laundry facility. Close proximity to the Seattle area attractions (it’s one of the only places to stay and probably your best option). One of the older guys at the front office was not very nice, but everyone else seemed nice. Would definitely go back, and just count on using cellular for Internet service. Internet service you pay for is marginal. Good AT&T service, Verizon is sketchy.
- Raymond RV (Raymond): My uncle and aunt own this place. Great spot to stay with an awesome view of the Willipa river! This is the mouth of the river as it connects to the Pacific ocean, so you get to see the tide go in and out each day. We kayaked part of it. There is a great place to put in downtown at a boat dock, with an actual kayak launch! Take the time to drive to Long Beach also. There is a really good bakery on the main strip (an incredible selection of donuts and pastries), and lots of beautiful scenery between Raymond and Long Beach.
- Leavenworth RV Park (Leavenworth): Thousand Trails campground. Really pretty scenery getting there, but very dusty/dirty when you are there. It’s about 20 minutes or so from Leavenworth. The drive to Leavenworth is gorgeous, with giant mountains coming down to a white water river where you can see trout swimming while driving down the road. While in Leavenworth, be sure to eat at the Bavarian restaurant that is underground (stairs going down from the sidewalk). I can’t remember the name right now. Really really really good food!
- KOA (Rawlins): very clean park, not far from the freeway, nice views of the hills around, our site was not level so I had to use leveling blocks, would definitely stay here again.