RV Campsites You Should Reserve NOW for Summer
If You're Planning an RV Road Trip This Summer, You'll Want to Book These Campgrounds Well in Advance
While spring may have only just started to arrive, it is never too early to start looking ahead to summer. This is especially true if you plan to travel in your RV this year. With more people camping than ever before, many campgrounds are now booked solid weeks and even months in advance. In fact, if you haven’t already made reservations, you may already be out of luck.
If your summer plans include an RV camping trip, these are the campsites you’ll want to reserve now, so you have a place to stay on your journey.
Any National Park Campground
America’s national parks remain some of the most popular destinations for summer travelers, including RVers. Many parks have onsite campgrounds with sites that can accommodate tents, motorhomes, and travel trailers.
Most of those locations lack amenities like full hookups, internet connections, and laundry facilities, but they are still immensely popular. The national park campgrounds are often highly coveted because they allow travelers to stay within the park’s boundaries, where the scenery is often breathtaking.
Some of the parks offer campgrounds on a first come, first served basis, meaning the individual sites fill up very quickly and early in the day. Most national parks allow visitors to book their campsites early through the recreation.gov website, which is where you should go to make sure you have a place to park your rig this summer.
Horse Thief Campground and RV Resort (Hill City, SD)
This outstanding campground is perfect for anyone visiting the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. Located just 20 minutes from Mount Rushmore, this RV resort has a heated swimming pool, a laundry facility, an onsite store, and wireless internet. It also happens to be an extremely popular destination all summer long, especially during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina has been a top summer-time destination for decades. The warm sun and beautiful beaches attract travelers from across the country, many of which park their RVs at Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina. With 200 sites to choose from, this campground can accommodate motorhomes and travel trailers of various sizes. It also offers visitors the chance to take a dip in two swimming pools or relax on the sun deck. Other features include an on-premises store, a 24-hour laundry facility, an exercise center, and a five-star restaurant.
Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort (Belfast, ME)
In addition to having full hookups and wireless internet throughout the premises, this luxury campground offers many campsites with beautiful ocean views. Moorings Oceanfront offers visitors excellent showers and bathrooms, a coin-operated laundry facility, outdoor recreation activities, and an onsite restaurant. It is also located about an hour from Acadia National Park, one of the truly great wilderness destinations in the entire Eastern United States.
Dark Sky RV Park and Campground (Kanab, UT)
Want to spend your warm summer nights relaxing under the stars, soaking in the nightly celestial light show taking place overhead? There are few places better to do that than Dark Sky RV Park and Campground in Utah. The resort’s remote location provides epic views of the surrounding landscape, not to mention unfettered views of the stars overhead. Guests enjoy wireless internet access, an onsite dog park, a communal gathering space, and a modern bathhouse. You’ll also find more than 40 acres of backcountry to explore while riding rental 4x4s and e-bikes. Just be sure to get your reservation in early. With only 18 campsites, this incredible resort fills up quickly.
Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)
For fans of amusement parks and thrill rides, it’s tough to top a visit to Cedar Point amusement park. After all, the Ohio theme park has 18 roller coasters alone, with plenty of other rides, shows, and attractions to keep guests occupied.
RVers looking to visit the iconic destination love to stay at Lighthouse Point at Cedar Park, the onsite campground. This beautiful facility has 145 RV campsites and an assortment of cottages and cabins. It also features a large swimming pool, organized activities, a convenience store, and lush green landscaping. It also happens to be a short walk from the amusement park, which is part of the reason why it always fills up very quickly.
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Another amusement park-adjacent RV resort, the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, is often rated as one of the top campgrounds in the country. This place has everything you could ask for, including onsite restaurants, a general store, full hookups, and plenty of Disney-related activities and attractions. It is also located in “the happiest place on Earth,” which doesn’t hurt its appeal either. But with Disney World getting especially busy during the summer months, you’ll definitely want to get your reservation in early.
Lake George Riverview Campground (Lake George, NY)
The gorgeous Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York have been a popular summer escape for more than a hundred years, which means the local campgrounds are often booked solid months in advance. One of the best options is Lake George Riverview Campground, which boasts a 10/10*/10 rating from Good Sam. The resort has more than 170 spacious campsites, most with full hookups. It also features a large swimming pool, access to supplies and groceries, Wi-Fi, a game room, and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
Tip Tam Camping Resort (Jackson, NJ)
If you’re looking for summer fun, the Tip Tam Camping Resort in New Jersey has you covered. The campground is just minutes from the Jersey Shore and Six Flags Great Adventure, which are guaranteed to make lasting memories. The resort has 168 unique and secluded sites, along with two playgrounds, a mini golf course, a swimming pool, go-karts, pony rides, and so much more. Essentially, it is the perfect summer escape for families and fun-loving travelers.
Mt Hood Village Resort (Welches, OR)
Summer is one of the best times to visit the Pacific Northwest, and Mt Hood Village Resort is the perfect destination for RVers. This beautiful campground sits in the shadow of the titular mountain and features plenty of fantastic amenities. Those include 180 campsites with full hookups, an onsite clubhouse and lounge, a fitness center, a store, laundry facilities, and wireless internet throughout. Visitors also get access to fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails, lakes and rivers to paddle, and conveniently located restaurants.
Klondike RV Park & Cottages (Soldotna, AK)
If you’re looking for a true summer RV adventure, point your rig towards Alaska and the fabled Kenai Peninsula. You’ll find unrivaled scenery there at a place where snowcapped mountains meet the sea. And one of the best places to stay while on the Kenai is at Klondike RV Park & Cottages. This resort offers campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet in length with plenty of space for tranquility and privacy. You’ll also find full hookups, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, access to guided fishing, and free Wi-Fi. But with only 35 campsites to choose from, reservations fill up quickly.
Alpine Valley RV Resort (Alpine, WY)
Conveniently located near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks—not to mention Jackson Hole, Wyoming—this RV resort is the perfect summer getaway destination. Its 110 campsites offer full hookups, private patios, grills, outside dining, and more. Onsite amenities include laundry faculties, a dog park, wireless internet, and some of the best views imaginable. Guests also have access to an array of outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing.
These are our picks for the top campgrounds to have on your summer travel list. But a word of advice, no matter where you’re traveling in your RV this summer, get your reservations in early. There has never been a more challenging time to book a campsite, and you can avoid some frustration by planning ahead.