Top RV Parks
RVs keep getting snazzier — automatic leveling, patio attachments, ever more enveloping home entertainment systems. The bells, whistles and kazoos on modern RVs can make the open road a lot more comfortable, but when it comes time to park and unwind you want an RV park that will make you feel at home. As any experienced camper can attest, not all RV parks are created equal, so here's our list of some of the top RV parks in the US today.
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
Consistently rated among the top RV reports in Texas, Mill Creek sits some 60 miles east of Dallas on 200 acres of rolling hills dotted with trees and crossed by streams. Premium sites are lakeside or surrounded by trees and have stand up grills, patio table and chairs, and lighted pedestals. The park is also just across the road from the world-famous First Monday Trade Days, a market with hundreds of vendors. Regularly scheduled shuttles take guests to nearby attractions.
Springs at Borrego
Two hours from San Diego, the Springs at Borrego RV resort is in the largest state park in California - 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. That means you’ll have room to move around on the resort’s 9-hole championship golf course, driving range and putting greens; in the 35-foot-wide sites; and in the astronomy park: Borrego Springs is an official Dark Sky community and hosts frequent ‘star parties,’ featuring dinner, drinks and speakers. Other amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, hot mineral baths, tennis court, state-of-the-art fitness room, a dog park and a wellness center offering massage, acupuncture and acupressure.
Oak Grove Campground/Resort
Oak grove is within walking distance to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, where stunning sunsets over the water earned the park a “Top 10 Most Romantic” rating from Motor Home Magazine. The resort has many trimmings of a high-end RV park - free WiFi, heated pool, whirlpool, playground and basketball court – plus onsite bike rentals and a slate of summer weekend activities (hula hoop contest, anyone?) reminiscent of a cruise ship. Attractions outside the park include dune rides, dinner cruises on the lake and the galleries, shops and cafes of Holland.
Zion River Resort
Just 13 miles from the south entrance to Zion National Park, the Zion River Resort is popular with tourists and extended-stay snowbirds, along with music fans: The 2,000-seat Tanner Amphitheater in nearby Springdale hosts premier symphony, vocal, brass and other concerts. This RV resort has full hook-ups, concrete parking pads, grills and free Wi-Fi. After exploring the red sandstone cliffs at Utah's first national park, you can also use this campground as a base for day-trips to explore Bryce Canyon National Park and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
Durango RV Resort
The Durango RV Resort is a high-end escape with 174 sites on the Sacramento River. All sites are equipped with Powerhouse Pedestals that provide electricity, high-speed Wi-Fi and cable television. Meet fellow travelers by the Olympic-sized pool or spa, in the clubhouses or at the outdoor fireplaces. Pamper your pooch with a run at the 45-acre dog park followed by a scrub down at the self-serve automatic dog-washing station. Durango touts its green credentials too, including drought-resistant plants and instant hot water in the bathrooms.
Every site at Camp Gulf is within walking distance of the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, undoubtedly one reason the resort consistently wins high honors from RV rating groups. That doesn’t mean all sites are beachfront – many are tucked into grassy, tree-shaded areas – but every site is convenient to Destin, a fishing village-turned-bustling vacation town that traces its history to 7th-century settlement by American Indians. This is Florida, of course, so you’re never far from golf, tennis, beachfront bars and gentle, coastal living.
Remember, no matter how nice your RV is do get out and meet the neighbors. Life, even on the road, is all about the people.
Travel writer John Briley breaks into a sweat every time he puts an RV in reverse.