7 Historical Places in America to Check Out on Your Next RV Road Trip
Attention all history buffs! Want to camp in one of the most historical places in America?
Maybe you’d like to travel a historic road trip route in your RV. Or maybe you’d like to pitch your tent within view of a cool landmark.
Now, you can.
Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors, or your idols and heroes, and experience the rich and cultural past of this country when you camp at these historic places in America.
Here are some of the campsites to book along the way for your all-American road trip.
1. Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Taking your RV on a Route 66 road trip is the ultimate goal for many of us. This historic highway was one the first major highways in the country, and it’s been the subject of countless songs, movies, and television shows.
Here are some Route 66 campgrounds and RV parks that are located directly on or beside the historic highway.
Mingo RV Park, Tulsa
Mingo is located in Tulsa, one of the stops along Route 66. Be sure to check out the Circle Cinema, the oldest standing theater of Route 66’s golden days. Vickery Phillips 66 Station and the 11th Street Arkansas River Bridge are two other Route 66 landmarks in the city.
Council Road RV Park, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is another stop on Route 66. While you’re staying at Council Road, you can visit the Lake Overholser Bridge and the Milk Bottle Grocery.
Blake Ranch RV Park, Kingman
Blake Ranch is the perfect pit stop as you travel the desert portion of Route 66. It’s also right near the Kingman Commercial Historic District, which was a major section of the highway. Stop at Cool Springs or Casa Linda Cafe on your way out.
American RV Park, Albuquerque
Hidden Valley RV Resort, Tijeras
Hidden Valley and American RV Park are both located on Route 66, in and outside of Albuquerque. As one of the major stops on the highway, Albuquerque is home to many historic attractions. Check out Maisel’s Indian Trading Post, the El Vado Auto Court Motel, the KiMo Theater, Jones Motor Company, and the Barelas South 4th Street Historic District.
2. Camping Near the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is a 277 mile long piece of history. According to history, the Colorado River carved out this path millions of years ago as it traveled through the Arizona desert.
When you visit the Grand Canyon, you will stand in awe, no matter where you’re looking from.
Check out some of these Grand Canyon RV resorts, each just a short drive away from this historic landmark.
Happy Jack Lodge and RV Park: Happy Jack, AZ
Blake Ranch RV Park: Kingman, AZ
Heber RV Resort: Overgaard, AZ
There are tons of things to do at the Grand Canyon, from hiking and boating to mule trips around the South Rim. Take a river trip, get the kids involved in one of the ranger programs, or take a guided tour for the whole family.
3. Experience California’s Gold Rush Past
In 1848, gold was discovered in California’s Sacramento Valley. This sparked the Gold Rush, one of the most significant times in the history of the state.
Prospective gold miners came from all over the world to try to get their hands on some of the gold. These miners were known as the ‘49ers.
By 1850, the population of California was 5 times higher than just a few years before, and everyone was living on the dream of becoming extremely rich and prosperous.
These campgrounds and RV parks are located on or near the gold miners’ paths. Camping here will put you right in the middle of the history.
Gold Country, California
Gold Country Campground Resort: Pine Grove
This historic area in California, Gold Country, is where you can visit caves and historic gold mining villages. This family-friendly resort is also located a short drive from Sacramento.
Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort: Plymouth
This park is located near a working gold mine you can go and visit. It’s also close to Sacramento, the historic villages, and caves you can tour and explore.
Yosemite RV Resort: Coarsegold
This RV resort is right near Coarsegold Historic Village, where there are tons of historic buildings, landmarks, and things to do. You can also shop the village’s unique stores or attend one of the town’s many gold rush events.
Yosemite National Park is also located near here, so if you get tired of searching for gold, you can retreat into the natural landscape.
4. Historic Texas
From the revolutionary war to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Texas has a rich history. No matter where you go, you can experience the southern hospitality this state is known for.
The Alamo and the Texas Revolution
The Battle of the Alamo was a major event during the Texas Revolution, and for many Texans today it stands as a symbol of independence. You can visit this historic fort and battlefield and tour the spots where the revolutionary soldiers once stood.
These resorts are just a short drive away from the Alamo fort, which is located in the heart of San Antonio. There are tons of other things to do in the San Antonio area as well, such as amusement parks and restaurants.
Hill Country RV Resort: New Braunfels
River Ranch RV Resort: New Braunfels
These parks are conveniently located a short drive away from Dallas. There, you can visit the JFK assassination site and museum. Other historical spots in Dallas include the West End neighborhood and the assortment of museums and art galleries.
Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park: Terrell
Cowtown RV Park: Aledo
5. The Antebellum East Coast
On the south eastern coast of the country, you can experience a different kind of history. These port towns were hubs and trading posts during the slave trade. They were also major points of interest during colonization, as well as during the American Civil War.
These parks will get you up close and personal with the Civil War era history, as well as the tragic history of African Americans in the United States.
Savannah Oaks RV Resort: Savannah, GA
Stepping into Savannah is like stepping into a time capsule. See the historic buildings, discover the history, and walk the cobblestone streets amongst the Spanish moss-covered trees.
River’s End: Tybee Island, GA
Tybee Island is just a 15 mile drive away from Savannah and its historic downtown district, and it’s also close to the beach.
Oak Plantation Campground: Charleston, SC
Charleston is another historic city that dates back to colonization. You can visit many historic buildings, plantations, and sites when you stay here.
6. Nashville’s Honky Tonk Adventure
If you love music as much as you love history, this is the perfect road trip destination for you. Nashville is known for its country roots. However, it’s also known as Music City because of its significance to the industry.
Take in a concert at the world famous Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium. Visit the Honky Tonk Highway and check out the legendary bars, clubs, and lounges where some of the most legendary musicians got their start.
You can also tour RCA Studio B, where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, and many others have recorded hit songs. There is also the Country Music Hall of Fame and plenty of art galleries to explore.
These campsites and RV parks are conveniently located close by Nashville.
Nashville Country RV Park: Goodlettsville
Nashville KOA: Nashville
Nashville’s Jellystone Park: Nashville
Nashville Shores: Hermtitage
7. The Colonial America Experience
For those who are interested in the patriotic history of this country, a trip down the north east is your ultimate road trip destination.
From the birthplace of America to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, your road trip can include these historic colonial experiences.
Of course, no American history buff can resist a visit to the historic capital of the country. From touring the white house to the Lincoln Memorial, there are things to do and learn for the whole family.
Visit the Congressional Cemetery, where notable people are buried, such as J. Edgar Hoover, Jacob Jennings Brown, and Mary Fuller. Tour the museums, shops, and historic buildings with one of the city’s trolley tours.
These campsites will put you just a short drive away from everything there is to explore in Washington, DC.
Cherry Hill Park: College Park, MD
Washington DC/Capitol KOA: Millersville, MD
Adventure Bound Washington DC: Lothian, MD
This historic city is the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, done at Independence Hall. There, you can also see the Liberty Bell.
Philadelphia was a major city involved in the American Revolution, and you can visit a number of sites involved in this event. While you’re there, you can also take a run up the Rocky steps for a piece of film history.
Stay at these campgrounds and you’ll be up close to the revolutionary action.
Little Red Barn Campgrounds, LLC: Quakertown, PA
Boulder Woods Campground: Greenlane, PA
The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the major turning points during the Civil War, and it’s one of the most historic battlefields in the country.
It’s also the site of Abraham Lincoln’s legendary Gettysburg Address in 1863. You might know it from this phrase: “four score and seven years ago…”
Stay at these campgrounds and you’ll be within driving distance of this slice of American history.
Western Village RV Park: Carlisle, PA
Merry Meadows Recreation Farm, LLC: Freeland, MD
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Williamsport: Williamsport, MD
Hagerstown Anietam Battlefield KOA: Williamsport, MD
Williamsburg, Virginia and the Founding Colonies
Virginia was the first colony established in the Americas. Many of the towns in this area are steeped in this heritage, with fairs and events, as well as museums and heritage buildings to discover.
Here are some RV parks and campgrounds in colonial Virginia to explore.
Holiday Trav-L-Park: Virginia Beach
The Colonies RV and Travel Park: Fort Monroe
American Heritage RV Park: Williamsburg
Anvil Campground: Williamsburg
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
This beautiful vacation destination is known for its quaint fishing lifestyle. However, Cape Cod is also a very historic location to visit. The arm of Cape Cod’s shores is one of the first destinations European explorers saw in the 17th century.
The Wampanoag people originally inhabited Cape Cod. When the pilgrims arrived, it was their first stop before moving inward to spread out among the fishing villages.
Experience the rich history of New England at these campgrounds, in addition to the sea air and coastal serenity.
Adventure Bound Camping Resort- Cape Cod: North Truro
Peter’s Pond: Sandwich
Cape Cod Camp Resort: East Falmouth
Sippewissett Cabins and Campground: Falmouth
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