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Outdoor Adventure Destinations For Families This Summer

(Broadry) — The call of the open road is being heard by many this summer. After a full year of limited travel, staying inside, and forgoing and postponing events, people are ready to plan their summer vacations and get outside! Last year, RVshare’s business doubled (2019 vs. 2020) and tripled during the summer months (May – August) year over year. They are seeing a similar trend going into spring and summer this year as bookings in January and February more than doubled year-over-year.

With many people already starting to book their summer travel, RVshare has a clear view of which locations will be trending this summer. Get inspired with these hot spots!

Broadry features the latest travel tips and trends from our members.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park has the distinction of being the very first National Park ever formed in the country. It covers almost 3,500 miles, including areas of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Yellowstone sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than anywhere else on earth.

Grand Canyon National Park

The park covers over 1.2 million acres and encompasses a large part of its massive namesake canyon, a gorge carved over millennia by the Colorado River. Whether to simply peer curiously over the edge of the rim or to take on a multi-day backpacking adventure down into the canyon, travelers of all stripes flock to this quintessentially American destination each summer.

Zion National Park

Preserving southwestern Utah’s 15-mile long, half-mile deep Zion Canyon, the area now known as Zion National Park has been inhabited by humans for about 8,000 years. Ranging from the relative lows of the Coal Pits Wash (elevation 3,666 feet) to the park’s highest peak at the summit of Horse Ranch Mountain (elevation 8,726 feet), Zion invites explorers to discover its canyons, crags, and cliffs.

Glacier National Park

Nicknamed the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park encompasses over one million acres of land straddling the border between Montana and Canada. With over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, 734 miles of park trails and elevations ranging from 3,000 to over 10,000 feet sea level, Glacier exhibits a huge variety of ecosystems and microclimates.

Mount Rushmore

Established in 1925, this great memorial depicts the faces of four of America’s presidents carved into the side of a magnificent granite mountain. The memorial features historic markers and informative tours as well as fun and festive events. Mount Rushmore sits within the Black Hills National Forest, which offers beautiful scenic drives and great hiking through ponderosa pine forests. The Crazy Horse Memorial is not far from here and nearby Custer State Park is also a great place to take the whole family, offering access to both the Black Hills and the Badlands, as well as a beautiful lake, great hiking trails, and other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Moab, Utah

Moab is a popular destination for mountain bikers, who come from across the country to ride the rocky terrain. The high desert also has plenty of spots for hiking, rock climbing, 4-wheel driving, and horseback riding and the nearby Colorado River provides opportunities for white water rafting and other water sports. The town of Moab has several outdoor outfitters and adventure centers that can help you plan your trip.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is smack-dab in the middle of some of the most stunning red-rock-strewn desert landscapes in the country. Nearby parks include Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Valley of Fire state park. There’s plenty to do in Vegas besides hit the slots. From checking out the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel to enjoying the exquisite dining and entertainment for young and old alike, you can easily fill up a week with fun in Vegas.

South Higgins Lake State Park, Michigan

South Higgins Lake State Park stretches along almost one mile of shoreline next to spring-fed Higgins Lake, known for its ample fishing and clear waters. On the south side of County Road 100 is Marl Lake which boasts 700 acres of maple, oak and pine forest. South Higgins is the second largest campground in a state park, with 400 modern campsites comfortably located in a hardwood-shaded area. Enjoy the on-site bathroom facilities and showers, boat launch and picnic areas available to campers.

Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground, Ohio

Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground is an idyllic country setting located in central Ohio and perfect for family camping. Their facilities include over 400 campsites, 9 standard cabins, and 20 deluxe cabins. A state-of-the-art shower house promises comfort for their guests. They provide a stocked lake that will thrill any fishing enthusiast. Guests will love the heated pool and 3 shelter houses available for group activities and private bookings. Cedar Point in Sandusky is just two hours away for any roller coaster thrillseeker to enjoy. 

Whether you wanted to cross some National Parks off your bucket list or have always dreamed of taking a trip to Sin City, these are going to be some of the most popular destinations this summer. Start planning your trip now to get ahead of the crowds!

Broadry features the latest travel tips and trends from our members.