You might have seen it on a shelf and thought, “I should pick that up.”
It’s the national bestseller, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”
Sometimes the best adventures are those in your own backyard.
Here, in alphabetical order, are 50 things to do or see in your RV before you die:
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California
A land of giants, this landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity—huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful, historic national treasure which includes the scenic 105-mile long Skyline Drive—a designated National Scenic Byway. The Park covers the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for over seventy-five miles.
The Native Indians named the valley Shenandoah, meaning Daughter of the Stars, for the expansive firmament that roofed their world. Daylight vistas of gently sloping mountains, forests, and tumbling rivers, and mountain streams are equally sparkling.
As each season arrives, and the changing leaves hit their peak of rich color, the expansive views become a tapestry of lush green in spring and summer to red, yellow, and orange in autumn.
Shiner’s Spoetzl Brewery, Texas
Nestled below the triangle of Houston, Austin, and San Antonio is the old Czech-German town of Shiner, home to a beer by the same name crafted at the 103-year-old Spoetzl Brewery. Carrying a family recipe for a Bavarian beer made from pure malt and hops, Spoetzl produced beer in wooden kegs and bottles.
Tours offer a chance to see where and how Shiner beer is made and taste a sample or two of the stuff.
Wall Drug Store, South Dakota
At the other end of South Dakota’s I-90 corridor from the Corn Palace, Wall Drug is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon—a wayside stop that just kept growing and growing. It all began in the Depression, when nearby Mount Rushmore was still under scaffolding, years away from attracting travelers to this middle-of-nowhere burg. Desperate for business, Wall Drug’s owners, Ted and Dorothy Hustead, put up signs on the highway advertising free ice water to thirsty travelers. Motorists poured in—and they’re still arriving.
Yosemite National Park, California
Located 195 miles east of San Francisco, Yosemite National Park has close to 1,200 miles to explore. The World Heritage site is famous for its waterfalls, especially Yosemite Falls, the largest in North America. The falls’ water flow is powered by snowmelt, so visit before the end of summer when the temperature heats up and the flow is at its max.
Zion National Park, Utah
In the heart of desert slot canyon territory in southwestern Utah is the most awe-inspiring place on the planet: Zion National Park. With the competition Zion faces from its neighboring national parks in the American Southwest just standing out in this esteemed crowd would seem to require some noteworthy scenery. Zion delivers it in spades.
Please Note: This is the final part of an 8-part series on 50 Places to RV Before You Die
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