RV Bucket List Experiences You Can Have


Lindsay McKenzie

Favorite Trip

Our favorite trip was when we first hit the road full-time and drove all the way up the coast of California and into Oregon. Our first 3 months as full-time RVers we drove the entire Pacific Coast Highway and camped at different beautiful beaches along the way. We then drove through the towering redwoods in Redwood National Forest and continued on through Oregon and Idaho on our way to Glacier National Park in Montana. There was so much stunning scenery and adventure around every corner that entire trip.

Home Base

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Favorite RV

We loved our Winnebago Navion 24D. It was nimble so we could park it pretty much anywhere but it still gave us a comfortable living space with the Murphy bed. We drove it all over the country!

About Contributor

Lindsay McKenzie travels full-time in her Winnebago Navion with her husband Dan and their 2 dogs. Originally from Colorado, they have been seeking adventure together for 10 years now and have done a lot of international traveling, including living in Costa Rica. They took the leap into full time RVing after experiencing life-altering news. They viewed the news as a life “detour” and started a travel and inspirational blog called Follow Your Detour. Lindsay has grown more passionate about pursuing her dreams and a leading a fulfilling life, while inspiring others to do the same. She loves that RVing allows her to be in nature and do more of what she loves. You can usually find her on the river fly fishing, hiking to sunset spots, or at a local brewery. (All photos by Lindsay McKenzie, except where noted.)

RVing can be so much more than taking a fun family road trip or camping off the grid under the stars. It’s more than just adventure and freedom on the open road. An RV can be the vehicle to living your life to the fullest and experiencing things you’ve always wanted to experience.

We all have a bucket list. Places we want to go, things we want to see, and activities we want to try. RVing can get you there fast, keep you comfortable, allow you to bring the whole family, and put you right in the action of completing your dreams. Here are five incredible bucket list experiences that RVing can offer you.

Live Anywhere or Everywhere

An airstream RV parked on a beach in the Florida Keys

Whether you dream of living at the base of a mountain, steps from the ocean, or in New York City, it’s possible with an RV. There are campgrounds and parks all across America. In the middle of nowhere, in the heart of the city, or wherever it is you consider “paradise.”

You can stay as long as you please, or follow the good weather and change up your scenery. Imagine looking out your window and seeing the ocean wildlife, or being able to step outside and right in nature. The possibilities are endless if you have an RV as your home on wheels.

Visit Another Country

A lake in Banff Alberta Canada

RVing around the U.S. is what many people would consider an “American dream,” and that dream has no borders. Well, technically it has two, but don’t be afraid to cross them! Canada opens up a whole new world of adventure. During the summer months, RV’s fill the roads and beautiful national parks. But we all know, even the birds, to head south during the winter.

The Baja California Peninsula in Northwestern Mexico has recently become a very popular RVing destination for Americans looking to expand their horizons. With affordable beachfront campsites on pristine beaches, it’s obvious why.

From Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, you can even walk across the Rio Grande River and spend an afternoon in Boquillas, Mexico. So, grab your passport and get outside your comfort zone to new territory and new experiences.

Attend Concerts, Festivals, and Sporting Events

Every bucket list consists of being right in the action of a big, well-known event. For some, it’s seeing their favorite artist perform at an iconic auditorium. For others, it’s an annual festival that represents American culture and tradition. For sports fanatics, it’s about being in stands cheering on their favorite team or athlete. There’s an event for everyone and an RV to get you there.

In fact, many event centers and festival grounds allow for RV parking so you’ll be staying right on site. Otherwise, you’re sure to find a camp site close enough to put you a short drive from the event. The Super Bowl? Macy’s Day Parade? Albuquerque Balloon Festival? Coachella? MLB Spring Training? It’s your dream. Get an RV and get after it.

Experience Nature, Wildlife, and Science First Hand

RV parked under a starry night sky

RV camping can put you smack dab in the middle of nature. You can be near geysers, towering redwood trees, sandstone canyons, underground caves—the list goes on. With nature, also comes wildlife and science. While RVing, it’s always a possibility to have bears as neighbors or wake up to coyotes or even watch a bald eagle in its nest nearby.

It’s truly an unforgettable moment to encounter wildlife right in its habitat. Not only do you get to experience the benefits of being in nature, but you can also take your RV to the path of solar events and areas with optimal gazing conditions.

So, if catching a solar eclipse, meteor shower, or attending a star party, is a dream of yours, campgrounds away from all the city lights are prime locations. For best results, watch from the comfort of your RV’s roof.

Try Something For the First Time

There’s nothing more exciting than the thrill of trying something new for the first time. Whether it’s a “one and done” activity or a new hobby, RVing can take you right where you need to go to achieve it.

Certain activities are so location specific that you’ll never get to try them unless you travel to them. So if you’ve always wanted to try surfing, snowboarding, skydiving, snorkeling, and everything in between, here’s your chance.

You can park steps from the activity making it as convenient as possible. Hot air balloon ride? Check. Grape stomping at a vineyard? Check. You name it, you can find it and an RV will get you there. I hope you feel inspired to get out there and start checking off items on your bucket list.

Don’t put off what you can do today! What bucket list experiences have you checked off while RVing? Share them in the comments below!

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