RV vacations are all the rage these days and we are loving it. You can spend more time as a family, your sleeping quarters and kitchen travel with you and it’s a super fun way to check out awesome spots like our national parks. If you’re thinking of visiting an RV park in 2021, now is the time to get your spot booked. Scroll through to find some of our favorite RV campgrounds with rad perks like waterslides, ATV trails and ziplines.

Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park | Gatlinburg, TN

Located in the northeast section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this RV campground is 13 miles outside of Gatlinburg and 18 miles outside of Pigeon Forge. You’ll love the shady RV sites and hiking trails nearby. This campground is on the smaller side so you won’t have all the hustle and bustle of bigger campgrounds (i.e. more time for relazation).

Online: smokybearcampground.com

Flying Flags Resort and Campground | Buellton, CA

Centrally located right off the 101 in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, Flying Flags is the perfect spot for your next family road trip. In addition to RV spots and various glamping options, the resort has two pools, hot tubs, a splash park and a playground. Enjoy some time by the community campfire or play a game of pool or foosball to get out of the sun. There’s loads of fun things to do in this part of California like wine tasting, visiting Solvang and getting to know some ostriches up close. Read all about it here.

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Sand Hollow State Park | Hurricane, UT

If your camping dreams involve spending your days cliff jumping into clear blue waters and riding your ATV over massive sand hills, then this campground is for you. Sand Hollow offers two campgrounds for RV and tent campers. Rent an ATV on site and grab a spot at the Sandpit Campground where you can ride your ATV through the tunnel to access Sand Mountain.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort | Santa Claus, IN

This campground definitely wins for the best theme as campers at Lake Rudolph have access to Santa’s SplashDown Water Park, Dasher Splasher splash pad and the Blitzen Bay Pool. It’s also super close to the Holiday World Theme Park if you are looking for an off-site activity. Reserve an RV site or glamp it up in one of the cabins, cottages or RV rentals that come with A/C.

Sequoia Campground & Lodge | Three Rivers, CA

This RV campground’s location is ideal for quick access to the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. You’ll love RV camping here as you can go fishing on the riverfront, rafting on a hot day and BBQ what you catch. Sequoia Campground and Lodge is just five minutes from Lake Kaweah for boaters, water lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Day rentals are available at the marina.

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Canaan Valley Resort | Davis, WV

Canaan Valley Resort is an awesome spot for RV camping because it comes with all the activities offered by the state park. You’ll find a variety of amenities for families: scenic chairlift at the ski area, Tube Park, Resort Board tours, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, climbing wall, Eurobungy, clay trap shooting (for kids 12 and older), naturalist programs, hiking, biking, geocaching and mini golf. The RV Park has 34 sites with rates ranging from $27-45 per night.

Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort | Mt. Shasta City, CA

You’ll feel like you are back in your summer camp days when you visit Lake Siskiyou Resort. The resort has RV hookups along with cabins and campsites for those wanting to stay a few days. Spread out your beach towels on the sand and watch the kids play in the Splash Zone Waterpark. This inflatable wonderland has slides, trampoline and loads of other bouncy options that are sure to tire out the whole crew (parents included!). Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent as well as party boats. Read more about what you can enjoy in Siskiyou County here.

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Lazy River Campground | Granville, OH

This Ohio gem welcomes campers with an in-ground swimming pool, basketball court, game room, outdoor laser tag, playground, horseshoes and sand volleyball pit but the biggest draw is the property’s zip line and challenge course. The campground features tent and RV sites, a creek and trails for hiking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and they even have a new dog park.

Online: lazyriveratgranville.com

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Camp Gulf RV Park | Miramar Beach, FL

If camping on the sandy beach is what you are looking for, Camp Gulf is the spot. You can rent golf carts and pedal carts on site as well as paddle boards for when you want to get out on the water. If the swimming pool is more your speed, you’ll love the two they have especially the one with the big water slide. The RV park offers loads of on-site activities to keep the kids busy busy busy!

Lakedale Resort | Friday Harbor, WA

If you’re looking for a getaway with a little of this and a little of that, you’ll love everything about San Juan Island: the ferries, the slower pace and the downright other-worldliness of this eclectic island. And if you’re looking for a place to stay with a variety of accommodation options and outdoor activities galore, look no further than Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes. Set on 82 acres, Lakedale blends outdoor camping with resort-like ambiance and is the perfect getaway for families. Read all about it here.

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Casini Ranch Family Campground | Duncan Mills, CA

Located in Northern California’s Russian River Valley, this spot is all about the lazy days by the river. They offer hayrides, movie nights and seasonal beach bonfires among other activities. They are located adjacent to Willow Creek State Park where you can go hiking before your afternoon in the river. The general store makes life easy and the kids will never be bored here, we guarantee it! They are able to accommodate RVs of every length.

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Red Apple Campground | Arundel, ME

Want to go camping in Maine? This spot is perfect for families and has possibly one of the best perks in town, fresh lobsters delivered to your campsite! How awesome is that? Kids will love the recreation area with a new play set, a basketball hoop, horseshoe pits, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts and a new adult-sized swing set (kids welcome too)!

Online: redapplecampground.com

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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort | Orlando, FL

Camp amid the magic of the great outdoors. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground evokes the timeless beauty of the American frontier, with deer, rabbits, ducks and armadillos roaming the Resort’s 750 acres of pine and cypress forest. Discover charming woodland trails, spectacular pool areas and rip-roarin’ entertainment at this picturesque backcountry retreat. RVs of any size are allowed and you can rent golf carts on site.

Online: disneyworld.disney.go.com

Glacier View Campground | Stanley, ID

Sawtooth National Forest is a great place to explore with your family and there are many small campgrounds within the forest. One of the best for families is Glacier View, which offers a playground. This campground is located directly across from Redfish Lake where families can rent boats. Just down the road is the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery where you can learn all about the area’s Chinook and sockeye salmon population. Read more about the ghost towns and other spots to visit in the area here.

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Ventura Ranch KOA | Santa Paula, CA

There’s something to be said for the awesomeness that is the KOA experience and Ventura Ranch is no exception. Kids will love soaring over you on the adventure course and pushing their strength on the climbing wall. Daily activities like tie dyeing and movie nights will keep everyone busy and you can rent the favorite banana bikes for the kids who really need to get out their energy. RV sites with hookups are plentiful and you can even bring your doggie with you!

Online: koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch

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Jumbo Rocks Campground | Twentynine Palms, CA

We want to stay at this campground for the name alone! Located in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park, it is at a higher elevation than other campgrounds here (and therefore cooler temps). Boulder abound and the kids will love climbing on them. The campground allows RVs up to 32 feet. You’ll definitely want to bring your telescope; this park is great for stargazing!

Online: nps.gov

—Kate Loweth

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