Spring RV Trips That Are Family Friendly
Wondering how to spend your spring break vacation? Try RVing. There are many affordable and family-friendly spots with pleasant weather, great prices, and fun activities.
Don’t wait until the heat of summer to roll out with the family. Summer is just when everyone is out and about. That’s why spring is the perfect time to beat the crowds and high prices with a family RVing vacation during the spring months.
These are our 7 favorite (and most affordable) RV trips to take in spring.
This zone is on the map largely because of Yosemite National Park. But it also features a wealth of fun small towns, less-crowded national forests, and outdoor activities out the wazoo. And with an average spring high temp of 68 degrees, this is prime campfire country.
Choose your own adventure at this RV resort. Fish or kayak right on site, or head to a nearby trail for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. Or stay put and lounge by the pool and lodge.
The village of Bass Lake is just a half mile up the road from the resort. There you’ll find cute restaurants and shops for the whole family to enjoy.
The Yosemite region is also a bit of a wine country. Take a day trip along the Yosemite Sierra Wine Road to explore all the vintages.
If hiking is your jam, hit the Sierra National Forest for a plethora of options that’ll be less crowded than the trails of the national park.
Southern Colorado is rich in indigenous tradition, mountainous majesty, and national treasures like Mesa Verde National Park. The region’s cool, crisp weather (spring average temps hover in the 60s and 70s) is also perfect for a spring RV trip.
Start your journey by making camp at Outdoorsy Bayfield so you can be uber-close to Durango and Pagosa Springs.
This riverside spot is also just half a mile away from Bayfield — a homey small-town oasis where you can find a microbrewery, great restaurants, and plenty of nature.
Once you’ve settled in, take to the road to explore the rich indigenous tradition that fills the air around there. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of one of this area’s most predominant tribes at the Southern Ute Museum.
Chimney Rock is an archeological site near Pagosa Springs dating back to 1084 A.D. This sacred place represents one of the largest Pueblo II communities in Southwest Colorado. Drop a line to the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association to inquire about a guided interpretive tour. You can also do a self-guided tour of the grounds to silently reflect on the significance of this spot.
From there, head out to Mesa Verde National Park where you can explore cliff dwellings built by the Pueblo people. Pueblo communities thrived in this area for over 700 years, meaning there’s plenty of rich history to soak up at Mesa Verde.
When it comes to hiking and mountain biking, Southern Colorado is world-class. Outdoorsy Bayfield puts you at the doorstep of the San Juan Mountains — a peaked playground that features some of the best biking, hiking, and ATVing trails on planet earth.
And for a fun family activity, hitch a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a breathtakingly beautiful trek through mountainous terrain.
Utah is known for its Mighty Five national parks. But the thing is, any spot with that many national parks also usually features scads of starkly beautiful national forests that are shockingly uncrowded.
Such is the case with Southwestern Utah. Places like Dixie and Fishlake National Forests are perfect outdoor playgrounds to have at your fingertips. And with average April temps in the 70s plus plenty of sunlight, this is a spring break spot.
You can skip most of the concrete pad RV parks ‘round these parts and opt for boondocking in the millions of acres of public lands that surround you. Check out an app like AllStays to nestle yourself into a free spot with stunning scenery and close proximity to the national parks.
Kanab is another cool Utah small town that’s fun to walk around and discover. Don’t go to Kanab without paying a visit to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary — the largest sanctuary of its kind in the country. It sprawls over 36,000 acres of Utah canyonland where animals of all types and stripes are loved.
And if you need a quick breather from the RV, the animal sanctuary even has a one-of-a-kind hotel in Kanab — The Best Friends Roadhouse — where you and Fido (or Freya) can stay in style and support the sanctuary’s important work.
Hiking, hiking, and more hiking. Then some mountain biking. And then some sightseeing. That’s the jist of what we love to do in SW Utah.
Check out places like the Red Cliffs Rec Area where you’ll find miles upon miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Then, find a secluded camp spot in the Dixie National Forest to enjoy some quiet time with the family.
From Sedona’s stunning red rocks to the outdoorsy city of Flagstaff to the quirky mountain town of Jerome, this zone is one of a kind. Sunny skies and spring temps hovering in the 70s and 80s make this the place to be for an RVing spring break.
We dig places in the Verde Valley between Sedona and Cottonwood because they’re centrally located to the many things to see and do in Northern Arizona. Thousand Trails Verde Valley RV Resort is where we hang our hats when we roll out there. That’s because this spacious park is tucked into rock formations, features multiple pools and hot tubs, and is smack in the middle of all the things we want to do.
The mountain town of Jerome, Arizona is literally etched into the side of a mountain. Take a walk along its zig-zagging streets to learn about its history and grab a bite at the famous Haunted Hamburger. Try to get a seat at the outdoor patio to reward yourself with sweeping views of the whole valley.
The West Sedona Dispersed Camping and Day Use Areas sits between Cottonwood and Sedona. Pack a picnic and head deep into this area to have the gargantuan red rocks all to yourself.
Check out the Tuzigoot National Monument in Cottonwood to discover the history of Indigenous peoples in the area.
The Thousand Trails RV resort in Verde Valley is right next door to Alcantara Vineyards and Winery. Walk on over to enjoy their beautiful tasting room, take a hayrack ride through the vineyards, and enjoy fine food in their on-site restaurant.
Horseback Wine Country is a family activity where you can share Alcantara Vineyards and the surrounding scenery with equine friends.
We could write a book on all the outdoorsy activities around here. Some highlights include hiking and biking in the Oak Creek Canyon, any of these 12 epic Sedona hikes, and rock climbing around Flagstaff.
Our neighbors to the north offer plenty of fun and nature for spring trips. You might think that spring weather there is too cold, but if you head to southern British Columbia, you’ll be greeted with a moderate climate that sees spring temps in the 60s.
Roll out to Camp Lazo RV Park on Vancouver Island for an amenity-packed campground that has its own beach.
Seal Bay RV Park And Campground offers a woodsy retreat with easy access to the sights and sounds of Vancouver Island.
The city of Vancouver is an outdoorsy dream. It regularly makes lists of one of the best cities in the world in part because of its abundance of natural activities. In a day, you can bike along secluded urban bike trails that lead into forests and then up to mountains.
You could also hike around the city before taking a short drive out for a wilderness trek.
Victoria is a historic city that’s not far from Vancouver and is the capital of British Columbia. Take a walk along the city’s Inner Harbor to see many historic buildings and nice views of the water.
Once you’ve had your fill of urban life, we say spend the rest of your time on Vancouver Island. This space has something for everyone — quaint seaside towns, wilderness, mountains, hiking/biking trails, and much more.
Head out to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve — a kayakers paradise where you can also see killer whales. Then there’s hiking and mountain climbing at Strathcona Park, a state park dotted with alpine lakes and plenty of wilderness.
Cumberland, BC is one small town on the island that features a fun fact — mountain bikes are the primary mode of transit around town. That’s because there’s so much mountain biking to be had in the area that folks usually just roll into town on two wheels after a day out on the hills.
A spring RV trip to this region packs a serious punch. And if you’re a Texan — or live anywhere near there — this itinerary is still fantastic as a nearcation.
That’s because there are so many ways to choose your own adventure in these parts. For example, you could follow the route from San Antonio to Corpus Christi for a spring RV trip that captures a healthy dose of history and beach time.
We happen to love the Hidden Valley RV park in San Antonio because it’s a family-run spot that gets stellar reviews. It’s run the way RV parks used to be where a family greets you on arrival and directs you to one of their many wooded sites.
The Pioneer RV Beach Resort on Padre Island offers beachfront camping for a family-friendly spring break.
The Mission Trail in San Antonio is a hiking/biking tour that meanders along the San Antonio river with stop-offs at each mission. The San Antonio Missions are historic buildings-turned-museums that’ll keep the family captivated by their history.
And one of the five mission stops is The Alamo with a whole history in and of itself.
From there, you could continue your spring RV trip to Corpus Christi and the Padre Island National Seashore for some quiet and nature-focused family beach time.
If you want to go further afield, Big Bend National Park is a remote national treasure featuring hiking opportunities unlike anywhere else in the country. When you head that way, be sure to check out Marfa — a zany Texas desert town that’s as remote (and fun) as it gets.
Other things to do include wine hopping in Texas Hill Country, kayaking or paddle boarding along the seashore, and sampling some of the fine Texas cuisine along the above routes.
This region is where Georgia meets the Appalachian Mountains, so it has plenty to offer in terms of hiking, scenic views, and hip mountain towns.
Average spring temps hover in the 70s around here, so you can enjoy outings by day and fires by night.
If you have an Airstream, don’t miss the chance to stay at Top Of Georgia Airstream Park — one of the few remaining Airstream-only RV parks in the country. It’s tucked into a mountain valley with streams rushing through for your listening enjoyment.
Otherwise, Mountain View Campground is our spot of choice in this area.
Helen, Georgia is a mountain town that looks like it was plucked from Bavaria. Take a stroll down the town streets to enjoy the architecture and swing into Helen’s very own Hofbrauhaus for beer and German food along the river.
Dahlonega, Georgia is a town that’s packed with history and is also the heart of Georgia’s wine country. Take a day trip here to see the historical architecture and soak in the story of the town.
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests will get you all you need in terms of hiking, biking, and nature-viewing opportunities.
This national forest is also an entry point to the Appalachian Trail if you’d like to take a walk along that iconic route.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is under two hours away in case you’ve never ventured into that special place. There’s something there for the whole family as you drive around to take in the sites including mountains, black bears, and gorgeous streams.
What’s that now? Your noisy neighbors are heading to Florida this spring? Even more of a reason to head elsewhere.
Springtime RV excursions can lead you to unexpected corners of the map. Delving into regions akin to the ones mentioned earlier unveils hidden gems where you can revel in less congested locales, all while reveling in splendid springtime conditions, engaging pastimes, and a plethora of sights and experiences waiting to be discovered.