It’s been said that for relationships to thrive, they need to move forward. So, what better way to start a new life together (or renew your life together) by physically moving forward? Pack up the RV and hit the road!
Sound crazy? If you are reading this, you probably already like RVing so let’s take it to another level by honeymooning in an RV. Already married, you say? Renew your vows and take off down the road with ‘renewed’ vigor.
You don’t have to ‘give up’ anything as you can still hit your honeymoon hotspot but add to it by seeing a lot of great sites around your chosen hotspot. The following are a few choice ‘static’ honeymoon places with some select spots to see within RV driving distance.
You want to gamble? Fantastic! Take your RV into one of the 30 campgrounds in Las Vegas, such as the highly-rated Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort or the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort. Spend some time there, then move out to see some of the rest of the Great American West. Day trips from Las Vegas to see anything can be very long and arduous. Finish rolling the dice, pack up and motor east to see the majesty of the Grand Canyon—five hours away. On your way, make an effort to go see the gorgeous Lake Havasu Falls located on the Havasupai Reservation.
Head west into California and go to Sequoia National Park, passing—and seeing—Death Valley along the way.
Want to see majestic rock formations? Go northeast into Utah and see the amazing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Continue in that direction and wonder at the beauty of Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley.
Some honeymooners love ‘goofying’ around. We get it, theme parks are a lot of fun and RVing in them is fantastic. You have more than 30 RV campgrounds to choose from, including The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and the Orlando RV Resort. Spend your time there, but head out and see other great Florida sites. Don’t make your day trips endless, just pack it up after your days in Orlando and go to other destinations.
Hit the Atlantic coast and go see the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral then hang out at the Canaveral National Seashore. Go up the coastline after that to Daytona Beach. Or start from Orlando and trek straight north up Florida and have some peaceful fun in Ocala National Forest. Head further southwest from Orlando to the Gulf side and see Sanibel Island and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Or just take the road straight south and enjoy the Everglades. Why stop after getting your gator fix? Keep on driving all the way to Key West.
New Orleans certainly ramps it up around Mardi Gras, but it’s a fun city any time of the year and a nice place for a honeymoon. There are a dozen or so RV campgrounds in the New Orleans area including the highly-rated French Quarter RV Resort and Jude Travel Park of New Orleans. However, there are more things to do in this area of the country besides troll up and down New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and through the French Quarter. After you’ve had your fill of beignets, hit the road and go see other places in the bayou area. Head east to RV campgrounds along the gulf coast in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Keep going east and enjoy Pensacola or move a bit further north and visit Florida’s capital, Tallahassee.
Speaking of capital cities, rather than going east out of New Orleans you could head north to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Louisiana’s state nickname is ‘Sportsmen’s Paradise.’ It’s awfully pretty, from the quiet and wide Mississippi River west, to the shared gulf coast with Texas, and north to the rustic area shared with Arkansas.
Or just head west from New Orleans and enjoy Texas. Take the road all the way over to San Antonio and enjoy the romantic Riverwalk. There’s plenty to do in Texas. Rumor has it the state is kind of large and has a lot to do.
San Francisco/Napa Valley
There is a lot of romance within the city limits of San Francisco, but not so much love for RV campgrounds. However, there are a few choice spots such as the San Francisco RV Resort just off Fisherman’s Wharf and Marin Park which is about ten miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. With limited areas to RV, this is one of those honeymoon locations where parking your RV in one spot and moving about the are via your tow (or towed) vehicle may be optimal.
This isn’t Las Vegas. Everything is relatively close. Pick a campground on San Francisco’s north side and chances are you’re only an hour from Napa. You can select a coastal RV campground and appreciate the grand views of the Pacific. Muir Woods with its redwoods is close as well. Once you’re ready to hit the road from San Francisco, pack up and head down the coast for more brilliant Pacific Ocean views toward Monterey Bay or head north from San Francisco to see wild scenic rivers and rugged coastlines dotted with redwoods.
Aspen for a honeymoon is heavenly any time of the year, even in the winter. It may be more difficult to get there via RV in the winter – not impossible, just longer (plus if your RV is over 35 feet you can’t access Aspen via Independence Pass any time of year). There are a few RV campgrounds in the Aspen area that are well-rated including Gateway RV Park and the Carbondale/Crystal River KOA, both in Carbondale. Aspen, rustically opulent as it is, is a small town where you can exhaust yourself of adventures in a short period.
As such, you take your RV there, park it and go see the beauty of Colorado within the Aspen area first, such as majestic Maroon Bells and warm hot springs of Glenwood Springs to name but two, then pack it up and see more of Colorado. Enjoy everything the Aspen area has to offer, then move on down the road to see other great Colorado places.
You’re driving an RV in the Rockies so let’s stick to the main roads and main attractions. Head north to go see Steamboat Springs. Head south via a winding trail north to I-70 and then west to Grand Junction to go see Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the small town of Ridgway where both True Grit films were made, then head to Telluride. Why stop there? After a couple days on Telluride wrap your way around the magnificent San Juan range to the iconic western town of Durango.
Heading back toward Denver instead? Your eastern route from Aspen will take you past Vail, Frisco and more. Gambler? Hit Central City on your way into Colorado’s capital.
The place is built for honeymooners. Rumor has it the falls didn’t even exist until someone built romantic inns, but that’s just an unfounded rumor based upon… well, nothing. There are quite a few RV campgrounds to choose from, about two dozen or so on both the America and Canada sides, such as Niagara’s Lazy Lakes Camping Resort and Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort. This rush of water cascading over the falls does make for a great place for a honeymoon, but after a few days, you’ll want to travel further than Buffalo to go get some wings. Do that, but keep on trucking.
Head west and you’re in Canada. You should have a passport with you anyway since you’re in Niagara, but make sure it’s in an easy-to-get-to area in your rig. Toronto is right there so find your spot and look around Toronto for a couple days. Go see Rogers Centre (originally named SkyDome) and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Keep heading west into Michigan and head north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and its massive acreage of forests.
Head east from Niagara Falls and wonder in the splendor of upstate New York (especially if you’re traveling in the fall). Go south and relax in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania.
So, these were just a smidge of what you can do honeymooning…or renewing your vows…by traveling in an RV from some of America’s most popular romantic destinations. If you have any suggestions, drop us a comment.