Where RVshare Travelers Are Going This Winter

Where RVshare Travelers Are Going This Winter

(RVshare) — RV travelers don’t necessarily slow down in the winter! With an entire country to explore, there are plenty of places to visit during winter, and we’ve tracked down those that are the most popular with RVshare travelers.

Unsurprisingly, the places that top the list are known for their warm weather all year round. Whether you’re headed to one of these spots to escape a cold and snowy hometown, or you simply want to see new sites and visit new landmarks, you’re sure to find plenty to do in these cities.

Orlando, Florida

When you combine warm winter weather with several world-class amusement parks, you’ve got the makings of a winter vacation you’ll remember for a long time. Whether you want to spend a day kayaking at the headwaters of the Everglades or mingling with Disney princesses, Orlando has you covered!

Things to do

  • Wekiwa Springs State Park: Wekiwa Springs State Park is just a few minutes from downtown Orlando and is a great place to learn more about the flora and fauna surrounding the city. Snorkel or swim in the turquoise waters of the springs, hike the trails, and keep an eye out for deer, tortoises, turkeys, and more. If you have several days of amusement park hopping planned, this park is also a great place to take a day in between to relax and regroup.
  • Go Paddleboarding: Try stand-up paddleboarding with Paddleboard Orlando, where they offer many tours and suggestions for places to head out on your own. You can also rent a kayak or canoe from the same place.
  • Head to Disney World: This is the place most people associate with Orlando, and while there are many other exciting places to visit in the city, you can’t go wrong with a trip here! There are four theme parks that make up Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Epcot. You could spend an entire Orlando vacation visiting the Disney parks and still not have experienced everything on your list.
  • Check out other theme parks: In addition to Disney World, there are other exciting theme parks in Orlando as well. Universal has three amusement parks that include Harry Potter World and many fun adventures for lovers of Hogwarts. Legoland is another park in the city, and SeaWorld is in Orlando as well.

Other adventures

Along with theme parks, Orlando has art museums, shopping, dining, and is just a short drive from beaches and state parks where you can experience more of the area’s natural beauty. If you want to learn more about Orlando, check out our local guide to the area here.

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Camping in Orlando

With balmy warm weather and plenty of natural places to explore, it’s no wonder that Orlando also has some wonderful campgrounds where you can stay. Bill Frederick Park is on 183 acres next to Turkey Lake and has plenty of shady campsites. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is part of the Disney parks, and is an exciting place to stay if you want the full Disney experience. You can find many more camping suggestions in our list of Orlando campgrounds here.

Houston, Texas

Houston is a thriving city, with mild weather and plenty to do. Space exploration buffs can explore the Space Center Houston, sports fans can head to a Houston Rockets basketball game, or watch the Texans play football, and there excellent shopping and dining opportunities abound.

Things to do

  • Brazos Bend State ParkThis state park is less than an hour from Houston and is a beautiful place to fish, bike, camp, and possibly spot an alligator. Brazos Bend also has an observatory run by the Houston Museum of Natural Science where you can gaze at the stars without all the lights from the big city.
  • Galveston Island State Park: This park is also about an hour from Houston and you can spend the day building sandcastles, sunbathing, or canoeing one of the paddling trails on the bay side of the park.
  • Space Center Houston: The Space Center is a must-see for kids and for space lovers of all ages. There are interactive exhibits, displays of equipment that has been used on trips to space, and the largest collection of spacesuits and Moon rocks on public display in the world. The hands-on displays help visitors become part of NASA’s mission to learn more about our place in this solar system.
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center: Winding nature trails lead you through gardens featuring local plants, and you can learn about the animals, wildflowers, and other wildlife that thrive around Houston. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon among the flowers!

Other adventures

Along with these exciting places, Houston has a symphony, family-friendly farms, shopping, and dining, and is just a short drive from even more state parks where you can explore the area even further. If you want to learn more about Houston, check out our local guide to the area here.

Camping in Houston

As a bustling city that welcomes tourists year-round, Houston also has plenty of campgrounds where you can make your home away from home. Southlake RV Resort is close to Houston’s city center and all the attractions there. It’s a gated RV campground with security personnel on the premises, and with a pool and hot tub for relaxing at the end of a busy day. Advanced RV Resort is close to both NRG Park and Minute Maid Park, and it’s near several shopping malls and plenty of restaurants. You can find many more camping suggestions in our list of Houston campgrounds here.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is a colorful desert city that is home to cactus and amusing javelinas (as long as they’re not threatening you or digging up your garden). The city’s beautiful desert landscape and warm weather are big draws for visitors, and you’ll find plenty to do during the winter months!

Things to do

  • Grand Canyon National Park: Although the Grand Canyon is a three-hour drive from Phoenix, it’s such an icon that you can’t visit the state of Arizona and not make a trip to see it. Walk around the top of the South Rim, or venture down a trail to see the canyon from within. There are also several visitor centers along the South Rim, which is open year-round, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to attend ranger talks or participate in other park activities.
  • Saguaro National Park: Saguaro National Park is a little closer to the city at just an hour and a half away. Visit to see the awe-inspiring saguaro cactus which gave the park its name. They can only be found in the Sonoran Desert, although their image has become a symbol of the American Southwest. There is hiking within the park, and a Junior Ranger program for younger children. If you can, be sure to stay for the desert sunset and take plenty of pictures of the sight!
  • Desert Botanical Garden: In case you thought the desert was desolate and bare, the team at the Desert Botanical Garden is here to reassure you that it’s teeming with life. Learn what grows in this dry place – from gorgeous flowers to the animals that have adapted to desert living.
  • Sedona: Sedona is about a two-hour drive from Phoenix, and is known for its breath-taking hiking while visitors are surrounded by dramatic red cliffs and rock walls. It’s also home to world-class spas and other wellness treatments and products. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous structure built into the red rocks, and is a great place to stop in for spiritual contemplation.

Other adventures

Along with these places, Phoenix has art galleries, museums, nature centers, and wonderful shopping and dining. There are also many other state parks where you can explore the desert environs. If you want to learn more about Phoenix, check out our local guide to the area here.

Camping in Phoenix

As a gorgeous desert city that’s home to plenty of snowbirds, Phoenix has a variety of campgrounds where you can stay. The Covered Wagon RV Park is just outside of Phoenix and has a lot of family-friendly features including a pool. It’s also near the Phoenix Art Museum as well as several shopping centers. Desert Sands RV Park offers resort-like amenities, with a pool and opportunities to picnic and relax on the grounds. It’s close to the Desert Botanical Garden and is one of the best parks in the area. Discover more campgrounds on our list of Phoenix campgrounds here.

San Bernardino, California

While many people head to sunny Southern California during winter, most don’t think of San Bernardino as a place to set up camp. This can work to your advantage, as you may find roomier campgrounds and cheaper prices than the more crowded areas in Palm Springs or Los Angeles. San Bernardino is also just a short drive from local ski areas, so if you do want a winter weather fix, you’re not far!

Things to do

  • Joshua Tree National Park: Joshua Tree is about an hour and a half drive from the city of San Bernardino, making it possible for you to visit for a day, although there’s enough to keep yourself busy for several days! The park covers more than 1,200 miles and is dotted with the twisty, quirky-looking plants that give the park its name. Joshua Tree offers plenty of hiking and mountain biking and is a popular spot for rock climbers. It’s also known for its stargazing opportunities since it’s well away from the lights of L.A.
  • Rim of the World Scenic Byway: This drive takes you out of the valley, through the mountain town of Big Bear. The byway takes you through some of the most naturally scenic areas in Southern California. You’ll drive by Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and through the Cajon Pass, and offers views of the entire Inland Empire. The byway is open year-round, but you may need chains in winter as the area does get snow.
  • The Original McDonald’s on Route 66: Route 66 goes straight through San Bernardino (it’s in the song and everything), and a fun stop on the historic route is the original McDonald’s location. The restaurant is now a State Historic Site that celebrates America’s love affair with cars and the open road. The roadside museum holds thousands of pieces of McDonald’s memorabilia and souvenirs, with a large part dedicated to vintage and collectible Happy Meal toys from around the world. You can even bring any of your own to add to the collection if you wish. Admission is free.
  • San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum: The San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum showcases the history of locomotion in the Inland Empire. The museum is situated inside a restored 1918 Santa Fe depot that is still in use as an Amtrak and Metrolink depot. A recreated 1910 railroad station is on display, along with antique clocks and horse-drawn buggies.

Other adventures

Along with these places, San Bernardino offers shopping and dining, as well as short drives to both the bustling Los Angeles area and the tony Palm Springs region. There are many other state parks and you can also be at the beach in under an hour. San Bernardino makes a great home base to explore many different Southern California attractions!

Camping in San Bernardino

San Bernardino offers a variety of campgrounds where you can set up for your vacation. Rancho Jurupa Park in nearby Riverside County has many amenities including a camp store, playgrounds, and fishing lakes. Desert Willow RV Resort is a great place to stop if you’re traveling the route between Vegas and Los Angeles. It’s also along your drive to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Arizona. The staff can also help you if you’re interested in arranging a tour of Historic Route 66, or want other ideas of where to visit nearby. You’ll find even more campgrounds on our list of San Bernardino campgrounds here.

Ft. Worth, Texas

A lot of people can say they’ve been to the Dallas-Fort Worth area…but they simply landed at the airport and had a layover. The area is definitely worth more exploring than simply spending time at the airport! Watch a cattle drive, enjoy a delicious steak, or learn about the dinosaurs that used to roam Texas long ago – there’s something for everyone to do in Fort Worth.

Things to do

  • Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway: The Mineral Wells Trailway winds along twenty miles of an old railway opened in the late 1800s. It’s now a popular place for cyclists, runners, and others who want to walk its historic path. Lake Mineral Wells State Park is along the bike path and has camping, hiking trails, and plenty of rock climbing.
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park: This park is home to some fascinating real-life dinosaur tracks that were left in the limestone, sandstone, and mudstone in the area. Along with exploring dino remnants, the park offers places for hiking, mountain biking, and camping.
  • Trinity River Trail: The Trinity River Trail runs almost 18 miles through Fort Worth and links many of the city’s parks and waterfronts together. You can run or ride the entire trail, or walk small portions of it to get out and see the city.
  • See a Cattle Drive: The Fort Worth Stockyards are home to a tradition that has been going on pretty much since the town was founded. Each day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., cowhands drive the Fort Worth Herd up East Exchange Avenue. Onlookers can get a taste of what life was like when the city was founded. You can also wander through the Fort Worth Stockyards at other times of the day and see the longhorns resting peacefully.

Other adventures

Along with these places, Fort Worth has many more nearby state parks, as well as great shopping and a fun restaurant scene. For more things to do in Fort Worth, check out our local guide here!

Camping in Fort Worth

There are plenty of campgrounds near Fort Worth, so you have many options for where to set up camp! Bear Creek Campground is situated on a lake southwest of Fort Worth. It’s known for fossil hunting as well as its scenic views. The Dallas/Arlington KOA is near Fort Worth, and has all the amenities you would expect at a KOA campground. You’ll be within minutes of many top attractions, including Six Flags and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. You can find more campgrounds in the Fort Worth area here.

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