5 Spring-Time Road Trip Destinations
The snow has melted, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping which means spring is in full swing. This opens the door for fun activities and adventures in our northern states as they shed the winter cold and blossom a bouquet of possibilities. Some use this time to return home and reunite with their family and friends, while others see it as an opportunity to explore what this great country has to offer. If you’re looking to check out some place new, but aren’t exactly sure where, we’ve come up with some destinations to help jump-start your next RV road trip.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee/North Carolina
This national park is home to some of the highest mountains in eastern North America and can be found straddling the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Great Smoky Mountains was officially dedicated a national park in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “for the permanent enjoyment of the people.” With countless picturesque views, nearly 100 miles of trails for hiking, and dozens of fishing spots, there’s no question why Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park. Horseback riding, bicycling, and water tubing are just a few of the many activities found throughout the park.
Estes Park – Colorado
Located just 70 miles from Denver, Estes Park is one of the biggest attractions in the Centennial State. Awe inspiring peaks of the Rocky Mountains surround the park while a plethora of wildlife roam inside. For the past 150 years, Colorado’s original playground has offered opportunities for fly fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, snowshoeing, and wildlife viewing. The village of Estes Park holds numerous events, so be sure to check the park’s calendar. Even when there aren’t any events taking place, the village has shops, galleries, and restaurants for things to do inside if the weather is inclement.
Mount Rainier National Park – Washington
The fifth oldest national park, Mount Rainier National Park, was established in 1899. The park gets its name from Mount Rainier, a 14,411-foot stratovolcano that stands as the focal point of the park. Circled by the Wonderland Trail and some of the biggest glaciers in the continental US, this park is a sight to be seen. Subalpine wildflower meadows flourish in the spring, and can be seen while visitors hike, fish, bike, and boat around the park.
Holland State Park – Michigan
Only four miles west of the city of Holland sits Holland State Park, a public recreation area featuring beautiful sunset views over Lake Michigan. The beloved Big Red Lighthouse was the first structure built on the site and is a piece of Michigan’s long, rich history. Walk along Mt. Pisgah Dune Climb, visit the shops and restaurants on the various boardwalks, boat and fish in the 2nd largest great lake, or just sit back and relax in the wilderness that this very affordable state park has to offer.
The Finger Lakes – New York
New York is famous for its changing seasons, and in the fall and spring there isn’t a better place to witness the change in foliage than the Finger Lakes. With 11 lakes to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Each lake offers their own unique facet, so do a little research to see which ones pique your interest. Watkins Glen State Park and the Adirondack Mountains are great destinations for walking trails, while Canandaigua and Skaneateles have great lakeside attractions. Wine connoisseur? This region of the Empire State is known for its wines and there are several “wine trails” to choose from.