RV Camping on Florida Panhandle Scenic Byways

Beaches, wildlife and one magnificent sunset after another—that’s what you can expect to find while RV camping along the scenic byways of Florida’s Panhandle. We’ve picked three itineraries to help you discover the area’s diverse beauty.

RV Camping on Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Follow Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway to discover mysterious legends, small town charm and the highest bluffs on the Florida coast. Follow US-90 in Pensacola north along Pensacola Bay and get ready to fall under the spell of these fascinating places:

  • Magnolia Bluff – incomparable views of Escambia Bay
  • Emanuel Point – where shipwrecks wait to be discovered offshore
  • Bayou Texar – take the drive across the bridge for a one-of-a-kind experience
  • Gaberonne Swamp – discover the plants and animals of native swampland, with a touch of Spanish history tossed in for good measure
  • East Pensacola Heights – quaint shopping and residential district with old Florida charm

Search our directory of Florida campgrounds in the Pensacola area, and take your time to enjoy its dramatic beauty.

Scenic Highway 30A by RV

It’s less than thirty miles long, but this stretch of highway through Florida’s South Walton area encompasses the very best of the state. With more than a dozen distinct beach communities offering almost unlimited attractions, the question will be, “What should we enjoy first?”

Plan time to take in the sights, sounds and flavors along South Walton’s white sand beaches. From the architectural wonders of Seaside to the towering dunes of Blue Mountain Beach, there’s something for everyone to love along this byway. You’ll also want to add a trip to the area’s two state parks, Grayton Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve, to round out your enjoyment of South Walton. Bonus: both state parks boast full-service RV campgrounds!

Big Bend Scenic Byway

As this combination of highways winds between Tallahassee and Apalachicola, the Florida Panhandle RV traveler is treated to an amazing array of natural and cultural wonders. Use this detailed guide to the Big Bend Scenic Byway to map your route along the Coastal Trail spurs, the Forest Trail or the all-encompassing Two-Day Loop Trail. Everywhere you turn, you’re going to find something memorable on this Byway.

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida

Here are just a few of the sights you can see along the way:

  • George Island State Park—unspoiled beauty, sea turtles and plenty of specimens for your shell collection
  • Wakulla Springs State Park—home to one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs
  • Marks—a vintage coastal town where two rivers meet, with easy access to a wide range of hiking and biking trails
  • Ochlockonee River State Park—come watch for manatee and other coastal wildlife in this lush preserve
  • St Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse—seventy thousand acres of wetlands and marshes plus a well-preserved lighthouse make this a stop you’ll want to make.

As you travel through Florida’s sun-drenched Panhandle, you’ll find fascinating wildlife, beautiful beaches and history reaching back to the first Spanish explorers. Get in touch with us for a Florida RV rental and start planning your own epic journey along a Florida Panhandle Scenic Byway.

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Explore Northern California on a Loop Tour in an RV

Northern California holds many sights and sounds the like of which you can find no place else. Taking an RV tour of this incredibly scenic area is just the way to experience a vacation. Start in Chico, California heading north on Interstate 5. Breathtaking sights await you!

Lake Shasta

Lake Shasta

Arriving at Shasta Lake, you’ll discover some amazing adventures. The shoreline is magnificent, so a picnic will be in order. This extraordinary lake offers many opportunities for fun water sports. Rent a boat and get out on the water. Be sure to visit Lake Shasta Caverns for a view of this stunning underground world. Recommended is the Fawndale Oaks RV Park which can accommodate good-sized RV motorhomes.

When ready, continue north to Castella. Some great hiking is available here for those in good shape physically and who are ready to get out in nature. The Castle Dome Trail is an out and back hike for almost six miles. You can bring your dog along too! At Castle Crags State Park you can swim or fish the Sacramento River and do some more hiking on 28 miles of trails. At the park, you won’t be able to bring your dog on the trails, however.

After continuing on I-5 for a ways, you will then turn and travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway to Lava Beds National Monument. This geological wonder has battlefields, Native American art sites and a rugged landscape of volcanic features. Don’t miss the lava tube caves, as these are one of the most popular spots in the state to visit.

Further on you’ll come to Burney, a town known for its friendly folk and scenic views. Outdoor recreation is abundant in the area surrounding, and you can get out and do some fishing or hiking. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state, the Burney Falls. The water cascades 129 feet, plunging into a misty basin.

Next stop will be Lassen Volcanic National Park with its fascinating fumaroles, lovely mountain meadows and lakes and of course, its volcanoes. Boiling water exists right below the surface and creates steaming pools and bubbling mud pots. Don’t miss Little Hot Springs Valley, Sulphur Works and Devils Kitchen.

The Lake Almanor basin and surrounding region offers a wide variety of outdoor fun. Ski, wakeboard, or kayak the waters or simply do some quiet bird watching. Move at your own speed but take time to absorb all the sights and sounds. This is a natural wonderland and you don’t want to miss a thing.

Now you can head back to Chico and perhaps grab a meal before heading home again. You have finished the loop tour. A vacation to Northern California is never boring and always a thrill in so many ways. Seeing how this area developed from millions of years of volcanic upheavals is always educational. But best of all, the gorgeous and captivating scenery is something that should not be missed.

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An RV Trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville

The Birdsong Hollow Bridge

The Birdsong Hollow Bridge

Hopping in your RV for a winter trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway is something you need to plan in the coming months. This 444-mile drive offers unbelievable scenery and plenty of American history. The “Old Trace” is a path that involved Indians, settlers and presidents. Outdoor recreation is abundant too!

Start out in Nashville, TN and stay awhile to enjoy the sights to see in “Music City.” Before you begin your travels along the parkway, you will want to get caught up in all Nashville has to offer the visitor. There is always a huge calendar of events which showcases the best musical experiences you can imagine.

There is no doubt that your first stop should be the Grand Ole Opry House on Opryland Drive. Pick up a concert schedule and get tickets to see some of the best country music artists around. This spot has launched many careers. Then visit the Hermitage to see exhibits, a film about the history of President Andrew Jackson. This Antebellum plantation is now restored and is a fabulous museum.

More history is waiting for you at the Belle Meade Plantation where you get a true flavor of the historic American south. Then head over to 5th Avenue South to take in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville’s entertainment district. You will find many treasures that will bring back memories of country music as it used to be. Then at the Tennessee State Museum experience a long list of historic displays that highlight periods in Tennessee from prehistoric times to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

In the evening, you will want to spend some time on the General Jackson Showboat. This 300-foot-long paddlewheel riverboat is styled just like those that moved up and down the waterways in the south in the 1800s. Have a delicious dinner, dance on the deck under the stars and relax. You can also enjoy a cruise in the daylight hours.

Now you are ready to take off on the Natchez Trace Parkway and travel south out of Nashville. This is a year round drive that is sure to please any RVer. However, you must make it a point to fill up before leaving Nashville as there is only one gas station on the Parkway. It is located at mile 193. Stop along the way to hike, fish or take part in special events. Rangers can give you schedules so you can plan your itinerary.

When you come to Birdsong Hollow, stop near the arched bridge and take in the view. You can see its innovative design from north of the bridge at the parking area, or taking the exit ramp just south of the bridge which takes you to Highway 96. From here you will be looking up at the entire length. Be sure to have your camera handy.

When you come to Tennessee Valley Divide you will be at milepost 423.9 and can stop for some fresh air, stretch your legs and take in the views. Then you will want to visit the Phosphate Mine for a real treat. You can hike for five minutes to a railroad bed and collapsed mineshaft for a unique experience. As you drive on and move south of the Tennessee State line, there are opportunities for short walks, stops at prehistoric mound sites and other historical points of interest. At Colbert Ferry in Alabama you can park in the parking area and walk a short distance up a small path to see Colbert’s stand where travelers stopped for shelter. Add on another twenty minutes of walking and you will come to a bluff overlook.

You will come to the Bear Creek Mound and Village Site before leaving Alabama and entering Mississippi. This was a ceremonial site in 1100 to 1300 A.D. This is at milepost 308.8 and is free of charge to view. Another great stop is the Twentymile Bottom Overlook. You may see other places to pull over and enjoy the Mississippi weather.

Tupelo, Mississippi is a wonderful place to stop off to do some shopping and to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley. You will also like to visit the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. You will find the Natchez Trace RV Park is just south of Tupelo and offers wonderful RV camping.

You will finally reach Natchez, Mississippi which is the end of your trip. This is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi. Be sure to allot some time to stay here a while so you can wind down from your drive and enjoy some browsing in the shops and grab some incredibly good food.

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RV Vacation Fun on the Talimena National Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

If you’re looking for an amazing RV vacation, look no further than the Talimena National Scenic Byway – a 54-mile stretch of highway that runs along the ridge of the Ouachita Mountains, located at the border between the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Don’t just limit yourself to driving along the highway for an hour or two, however. There are enough things to do along this road that you could easily spend multiple days here, coming back to visit in every season. There are different sights to see and different activities to enjoy whether you come during the winter, spring, summer, or fall.

One thing you might want to do is see the mountains the way the original settlers did. You can take a number of hikes of different lengths, or rent horses for a day ride through the mountains.

Devoted birders will want to visit “Bird Island” in Lake Ouachita. The mountains are home to a wide variety of species of birds, including many that are extremely unusual and hard to find outside of this protected area. There is also a great deal of wildlife, much of it visible from the windows of your motorhome as you drive along the scenic highway.

The Ouachita Mountains are named from an Indian word meaning “hunting trip”, and there are still plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities to be had among the mountains. On the Arkansas side of the mountains, you can hunt bear, beaver, birds, bobcats, coyotes, deer, elk, fox, opossum, otters, raccoons, quail, turkey, and waterfowl. On the Oklahoma side of the mountains, you can hunt antelope, bear, birds, deer, pheasant, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl. Of course, you must obtain the correct hunting permits from the appropriate state authorities. Also important to note is that in some parks you are required to display a permit in your vehicle. Please check the local authorities.

Other exciting additions to your RV vacation are the many watersports in the lakes and rivers of the Ouachita Mountains. You can take day trips or overnight adventures through whitewater rapids, go kayaking, or go boating on the many lakes.

A short distance away in the San Bois Mountains, you’ll find the notorious Robbers Cave. This location is known to have been a hideout used by Jesse James and Belle Starr. Nowadays, it is popular with those who love exploring caves, as well as climbers and rappellers who traverse up and down the outside of the cave.

There are plenty of RV Parks in the countryside around the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Some are rustic campgrounds, some include horseback riding and trail rides, and one even includes a health spa.

While you’re here, be sure to sample the local barbecue. It’s considered a specialty. There are also a number of local artisans that sell their wares at specialty shops tucked away in remote locations. You can find antiques, novelties, and curios. Don’t worry about buying too much, because you can always store your finds in your RV!

Picture credits: The picture of the Talimena Scenic Byway is from the National Scenic Byways website. It is public domain by Dennis Adams.

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A Fulfilling RV Excursion to Mount Rushmore and Points Beyond

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills of South Dakota is an amazing destination for an RV trip. Filled with history and spectacular landscapes of stone, volcanic deposits and granite outcroppings, the Black Hills are perfect for a family on a journey of discovery. Places you have read about in history books come to life. Sculptures that have appeared in publications throughout the world stand before you in all their glory.

Of all attractions in the Black Hills area, Mount Rushmore is the most inspirational. Here you have enormous granite sculptures of the Presidents of our land who strived to keep us free. Carved in 60-foot relief are the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The leadership and visions of these men are memorialized right here.

While here, you can take a tour with a ranger so you can learn historic facts regarding the memorial itself and history of the area. Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to start your tour. You will also find interactive exhibits for the whole family. Then head out on the Presidential Trail which will take you up close and personal to the faces of these famous men. There are other trails in the area so if you enjoy hiking, you are set for some adventures.

One item you must include on your Black Hills itinerary is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Crazy Horse was a Sioux warrior and defeated George Armstrong Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn. This statue is not yet complete, but is expected to be the largest sculpture in the world when finally finished.

The Black Hills offer plenty of spots to park your RV and make a temporary home away from home while you explore the region. The Mount Rushmore KOA may be a good bet, with pools, spas and a waterslide to cool off on hot days. You can make this the hub of your vacation and branch out to enter the mountains and forests for fishing, hiking and much more.

Head over to the western edge of the Black Hills to tour Badlands National Park. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you. The rugged beauty must be captured to take home. Wildlife here is abundant and you are sure to see bighorn sheep, bison and cute little prairie dogs.

Custer State Park is another must-see. There are 71,000 acres inviting you to explore and have the time of your life. Again, wildlife is all around. A herd of bison roams freely, and you may even be stopped along the road as they block the way. Four mountain lakes offer superior fishing opportunities. There are trails where you can hike or ride a mountain bike or even a horse.

Up north in the Black Hills, take Spearfish Canyon National Forest Scenic Byway for fabulous views of cliffs, waterfalls and streams. If visiting in August, you must stop at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where thousands of cyclists arrive to explore the Black Hills. It’s a real celebration of our land. Yes, it’s all waiting for you at the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore!

Picture credits: The picture of Mount Rushmore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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A Scenic Journey to Nevada’s Ruby Mountains on an RV Vacation

The Jewel of the Ruby Mountains is a trip not to be missed. Nevada is an enticing spot for an RV vacation, with its glacier-carved canyons, tall peaks and flowered meadows. This scenic journey will start in Elko, Nevada and take you into Lamoille Canyon to your final destination – Road’s End and a picnic to remember.

If coming from the East, you will take Interstate 80 West, through Salt Lake City and to Elko. Stop in Elko, Nevada for a meal in a nice restaurant before beginning your adventure into the wild outdoors. When you begin your RV trip, take Lamoille Highway (Route 227) south, passing through Spring Creek. Before you reach Lamoille, Nevada, you’ll see signs for Lamoille Canyon Recreation Area, and you’ll turn on Forest Service Road 660, which is Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway.

Now you are entering the canyon area of the beautiful Ruby Mountains. You can follow the interpretative signs for your own self-guided tour. The Ruby Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 90,000 acres and here you’ll find many outdoor activities to keep you and your loved ones busy the whole day through. Don’t fail to stop at the many overlook spots along the route. You’ll marvel at the spectacular views.

Lamoille Canyon contains sights much like Yosemite National Park, with hanging valleys, towering mountain peaks, lakes and meadows. You will no doubt look in awe at Ruby Dome, where climbing and mountaineering are popular. Wildlife consists of mountain lion, elk, bighorn sheep, coyote and mule deer. You can fish the lakes and streams to catch rainbow and brook trout.

Those who love to get out and stretch those driving-weary muscles will enjoy the many trails that take you into the backcountry. You’ll discover your favorite trail among the 100 miles of trails in this region. When far enough along Lamoille Canyon Road, you’ll be in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest with a long list of day hikes to enjoy within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District. Hike part of the Ruby Crest Trail or the whole 40 miles if you feel up to it.

Camping is available, with the Thomas Canyon Campground offering RV camping for vehicles up to 45 feet. Picnic on the natural terraces, fish in Lamoille Creek, and relax in the shade of the cottonwood and aspen. A trail from the campground will take you past a couple of lovely waterfalls and through an alpine meadow.

When you come to Road’s End at the very end of the byway, you can spread a picnic lunch while contemplating all the fun you’ve had so far in the great outdoors. If you head back to State Route 227 and continue south, you’ll come to Lamoille, Nevada, another charming stop to put on your itinerary. As long as you are so close, it is well worth the few extra miles. In the winter this little town is alive with skiers hitting the Ruby Mountain slopes for some fun. In the summer, it’s a great place to visit as a gentle re-entry point to day-to-day life.

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Explore the Oregon Mountains and Valleys on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Mt. Bachelor Behind Hosmer Lake

Mt. Bachelor Behind Hosmer Lake

Discover Oregon on an RV vacation along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. You’ll find a large number of lakes as well as amazing lava flows and beautiful meadows. When you stay on this scenic route, it may take up to five hours to travel from one end to the other, but you should plan for a longer trip because you’ll want to stop and spend time at some of the special places.

Start your trip in Bend, Oregon but before embarking, be sure to stop at Drake Park. Relax and get in the mood for your excursion. Once you take off and move through Deschutes National Forest, you’ll begin to appreciate what this vacation trip is going to be like. Lovely forests hold nature’s wonders, and you’ll want to get out there and absorb the beauty.

Turn off to make your way to Dutchman Flat, an expanse of desert area right in the middle of the lush forests. Hiking trails will beckon, so ensure you are ready to pull on those hiking shoes and take off on a trek you are sure to enjoy. The Tumalo Mountain Trail is short enough for the novices. Further along the byway you’ll come to Swampy Lakes and the Swampy Lakes Trail. These marked trails vary in length for different levels of hikers.

You can ski even through June at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. The snow-covered slopes accommodate beginning or experienced skiers. In the summer you shouldn’t miss the lift taking you to the summit with panoramic views all the way to California and Washington State.

This part of Oregon is a hiker’s paradise. Moving along your scenic route, you will come to Green Lakes Trailhead where you can access the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. The wildlife is abundant. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some photos of the Clark’s Nutcracker making a racket overhead. You’ll also see deer and cute little ground squirrels. Within Three Sisters Wilderness there are about 260 miles of trails. You can even hike a portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Take a bike, hike or go horseback riding through the forests for a real Oregon experience.

There’s nothing like an adventure of rafting or kayaking on the Deschutes River or camping along Lava Lake. You’ll find convenient RV camping by the lake where you can catch some fish or go sailing. At Osprey Observation Point you can park in their parking lot and take a trail to the observation area to view the Osprey feeding and breeding. Watch the birds dive from huge heights to catch a meal.

When you finish your RV excursion through Central Oregon, you will feel the nostalgic sorrow that comes at the end of a wonderful time. But you’ll be happy to know that this scenic drive is always here to enjoy another time. Come back every year! Journey into the forests of Oregon once again to feel the thrill of the sights and sounds of our great U.S.A.

Picture credits: The picture of Mt. Bachelor is from the National Scenic Byways Program website. It is copyright © 1999 Roger Keiffer and used here in accordance with the Terms and Conditions outlined on the website.

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Exploring the Banning Idyllwild Panoramic Highway in Your RV

Southern California holds amazing beauty for those who take the time to see it. Traveling scenic routes through the forests and through small towns, taking your time and with no pressure, can be the ideal way to experience what our incredible country has to offer. An RV vacation on the Banning Idyllwild Panoramic Highway is one excursion you shouldn’t pass up.

It is recommended that before you begin your journey in Banning, you take a short side-trip. As long as you are in the area, you will be glad you took the time to see Joshua Tree National Park. You will likely see wildlife like a bighorn sheep or desert tortoise. There will be wildflowers galore if there in the spring and early summer. Walk the self-guided nature trails or pull into the pullouts available and view the roadside exhibits.

Back to Banning, California once again and you can stop by the Fire Memories Museum, an awesome memorial to firefighters and educators. Kids will love the hands-on learning experience. You can then start off on State Route 243 heading south to Idyllwild for your scenic RV trip.

The Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is only 26 miles south of Banning, and has lovely landscapes of forests and meadows. View Mount San Jacinto, towering more than 10,800 feet in elevation. You will find hiking into the backcountry as relaxing as anything, even with the little extra exertion it may take. There are campgrounds within the park that will accommodate RV vehicles.

Idyllwild is a fascinating mountain town nestled in the pines. Browse the shops and enjoy the solitude and beauty of the area. For a little excitement you can try your hand at rock climbing. The place to go is the famous Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks. Park your RV temporarily and go on a hike into the forests, watching at every step for the wide variety of wildlife that makes the area their home.

A true outdoor recreation destination is the San Bernardino National Forest. You will be driving right through this wild landscape as you move along State Route 243. But there are other scenic byways where you can make detours and complete your National Forest adventure. The beautiful Rim of the World Scenic Byway is another route you can take, as well as the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway.

Any RV vacation should include a time for quiet fishing. You’ll discover Lake Hemet is the ideal location, set among giant oaks, mighty pine trees and sage. If you’ve brought a boat, you can take it out on the lake to soak up some of that California sun. There is RV camping along the shores too.

Driving the scenic byways in an RV provides more than just a vacation; it gives you a tranquil time for relaxation and reflection, shedding the many pressures and challenges of day-to-day life. You can enjoy America’s beauty in a special way – with an RV adventure that is sure to please the whole family.

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A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway – Florida

Picture of a Sign for Route A1AAn RV vacation down the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is just the thing to give you a new view of life and add sparkle to existence. You’ll be driving south with the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, surrounded by incredible views and abundant wildlife. This is a drive where you can experience the best beaches, take part in adventures beyond your dreams and find a special harmony as you build a sand castle on the sand.

Shed all stress at your starting point at Ponte Vedra Beach with the many fine activities you’ll find here. Go biking and get in the mood for your trip. Play some tennis or hire a fishing guide to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Visit the Malacompra Road Park/Beachfront Park and take a little time out for fabulous Florida sights.

One stop you won’t be able to resist is St. Augustine, Florida. This historic city is the oldest settlement in the United States that has been continually inhabited. This is where you can finally see Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth in person. You’ll feel you stepped back in time when you arrive at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument as people dressed in the costumes of those times welcome you with live demonstrations.

While in St. Augustine, be sure to take in the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum to get some more interesting historical background, but then you’ll want to get out in the bright Florida sun to soak up some rays. The best way to do that is to try some swimming or surfing at Anastasia State Park. Rent a canoe and go paddling in the tidal salt marsh.

An entire world of salt marshes and wetlands awaits you at the Guana Tolamoto Matanzas National Research Reserve. This unique spot gives the visitor a special view of oyster bars, lagoons and mangroves. This reserve spreads out to either side of St. Augustine and you’ll find places to enjoy fishing, canoeing and you even might like to try shelling along the beautiful beaches.

Do you love surf fishing? Here’s your chance at Flagler Beach Pier Ramp close to Flagler Beach. The lovely boardwalk provides you with not only great exercise but also a chance to see dolphins and huge spouting whales. Don’t forget the excitement of Marineland. It’s a popular place where you will marvel at the antics of the sea animals.

Canaveral National Seashore

Canaveral National Seashore

In Painters Hill discover what water activities are all about at the beachfront areas of Varn Park Beach. Further along the route, park your RV and frolic around Gamble Rogers Memorial Park and get into the water for some snorkeling. And don’t neglect the Canaveral National Seashore. Explore these memorable places while you have the opportunity.

When you come to the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway you know you’re getting close to the end of your motorhome vacation. But here you can extend your getaway time by driving this highway for its 166 miles. Once you pass Miami Beach, this lovely highway ends, but you can always continue south all the way to Key West. It’s completely up to you.

Picture credits: The picture of the Canaveral National Seashore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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Explore Maine’s Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

An RV vacation in the endless beauty of Maine’s North Woods leaves visitors breathless, stunned by the scenery, the pristine forests and the wide array of outdoor recreation available. Driving the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway gives you the best of the best of all of these.

If coming from Boston, Massachusetts, take Interstate 95 north through New Hampshire into Maine. After you pass the Waterville exit, you will come to Route 201, and you turn north to start your adventure through the natural setting of Maine’s wilderness landscapes.

When you plan on enjoying some fishing or hunting during your Maine RV trip, be sure to get your state license before you leave. You’ll be fully prepared and won’t have to put off having some fun out there in the wilderness.

As you move along Route 201, you will be following the same path as the Abenaki Indians when they did their trading in the north. Abenaki lands extended across much of northern New England and into southern Quebec. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife wandering through the forests, across mountain ridges and by the rivers.

Once through Lakewood, Maine, you will soon reach Solon. The woods around Solon provide some great hunting, if this is what you are looking for in outdoor excitement. You may get to have the thrill of bagging a bear on this trip. The 13-mile-long Wyman Lake is a spot you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you enjoy boating and fishing. Throw in a line and catch some yellow perch, sunfish or rainbow trout.

Next stop? Moxie Mountain, a 2920-foot peak where hiking is perfect for those ready for some strenuous exercise. Climbing to the summit will put you in touch with some views, time to catch your breath and reflect. Back in your RV to head for Caratunk and the Appalachian Trail. This is likely one of the finest hiking trails in the U.S., with miles of it to experience right in Maine. You don’t have to hike all of its more than 2,000 miles. Just a few miles is enough to impress.

Visit the spot where two rivers meet – The Forks. Here the Kennebec River and Dead River converge and provide opportunities for some exciting whitewater rafting. In the winter, you’ll discover snowmobile trails to explore, and wonderful hiking or ATV riding in the summer months.

Ten miles north of Caratunk, discover Moxie Falls with its gorgeous 30-yard cascade. The falls is only a couple miles east of Route 201 and easy to access, with a short hike from parking. This scenic waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Maine and a must-see. Head a little way downstream for some delightful swimming, but be warned, it is a challenging scramble over rocks to get there.

As you approach Jackman, Maine, you’ll discover majestic mountains just waiting for you to climb, hike or simply enjoy the view. Coburn Mountain at over 3,700 feet presents some challenging adventures. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch to the summit. Stop later in Jackman for dinner and supplies. In March you can take in a sled dog race. The Northeast Championship Sled Dog Race will leave you breathless, even if you aren’t participating.

Find a multitude of hiking trails in the Jackman and Forks region to test your skills. From moderate to difficult, these mountains will inspire you to get out and stretch your legs – and the rest of you! Choose among Sally Mountain, Boundary Bald Mountain or Cold Stream Falls, the most remote. Other activities you can substitute for hiking include picnicking at the Attean View rest area or sitting by the Moose River to watch the sun go down.

A side-trip for a complete RV vacation experience would be to take Highway 6 to Moosehead Lake. Escape from workaday cares and worries by relaxing lakeside and enjoying the clear waters surrounded by serene forested hills. To finish your trip, you go back to Route 201 and drive north until you reach Sandy Bay at the international border with Canada.

You have made it to the end of your journey and are ready to begin the drive back, stopping at all the sights you may have missed the first time. The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV is certainly a trip you must make, summer or winter, for some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation available in the northeast United States.

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