RV Vacation – Taking Advantage of One-Way Travel plus Three Suggested Itineraries!

Let’s say you live somewhere near Chicago and you would like to rent an RV to see the Wild West – maybe venturing to Nevada, Arizona or Southern California. Or you are in DC area and want to take in some colonial American history. How could you do this and maximize your experience RV’ing? The idea of One-Way Travel isn’t new but have you considered the advantages?

You can rent in Illinois, for example and drive to Vegas, return your RV there and fly back. Or, rent an RV in Reno or San Francisco and drive to San Diego and return it there. On the east coast, rent one of El Monte RV’s in Baltimore and drive it to New York. Any of these trips would make an interesting itinerary and minimize your driving time by only driving one way.

Suggested One – Way itineraries:

  • Midwest to Vegas Journey
  • West Coast Tour – San Francisco to Southern Cal
  • East Coast Visit – Baltimore to New York/New Jersey

Places to visit on your way:

  • Chicago area to Las Vegas Journey: You can stop at a variety of National Parks and other scenic locations along your way when you rent an RV from El Monte. Visit some of the National Parks out west on your way to Las Vegas and then check into a Vegas hotel after you return your RV and maximize your trip there before flying back to Chicago.


  • West Coast Tour: Starting in San Francisco, drive down the Pacific Coast Highway all the way to San Diego, stopping as long as you wish to see mountains, oceans and seashore along the way. Try a trip to Long Beach and see the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary, or go dolphin spotting on your way to Catalina Island. Other Southern California attractions such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, Hollywood are nearby. Ending your trip in San Diego opens up all kinds of possibilities from the San Diego Zoo to Sea World, or you might like to visit the huge sea lions and seals on the rocks at La Jolla Cove.


  • East Coast Visit: Starting in Baltimore, be sure to visit such sights like the historic Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the site of the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner”; then tour the Baltimore Harbor on a Water Taxi, stopping to dine at any number of restaurants along the way. When you are done dining and walking around the harbor front, just jump back on board the Water Taxi to go back to where you started. You can travel up the east coast in comfort and enjoy the scenery whatever time of year you travel. Other sights to see include Catoctin Mountain in Thurmont, which is a tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This park and mountain has 25 miles of hiking trails as well as campgrounds and plenty of programs and events for adults and kids alike.


There are also other National Parks like Gettysburg National Memorial Park only about an hour and a half from where you will pick up your El Monte Motorhome. Try taking in some scenery you haven’t seen before, like the mountains in western Maryland at Deep Creek Lake Natural Resource Management Area, which lies just west of the Allegheny Front on a large plateau known as the Tablelands or Allegany Highlands.

Continue your visit north through historic Delaware to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can spend a couple of days or a week or even two weeks if you have the time. There is a lot to see of Colonial America on our Eastern Seaboard.

Need to Rent An RV?

El Monte RV rents RV’s in a variety of locations all around the country. See our Where You Can Rent RVs page for all locations. And, depending on the type and length of your trip you may want a pick-up location that is close to where you live or one that is close to your destination of choice. Please check with the location you choose to make sure they allow one-way rentals.

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