Just Like Snowflakes…No 2 RV Park Are the Same

The lure of the open road and the comforts of home come together when you’re traveling in a recreational vehicle.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

But before you hit the road, you should be aware that not all RV parks are created equal. Campers can find RV parks in state parks and national parks as well as privately owned campgrounds. And the quality varies from budget to high end.

A year-long promotion, 12 months of RVing, was recently announced by Good Sam RV Travel and Savings Guide.

The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide assembled this list to spotlight RV parks in monthly categories and celebrate the fact that RV travel comes in all shapes and sizes. Monthly categories include Top Snowbird Parks (January), Top Pet-Friendly Parks (February), Top Destinations RV Parks (March), and Top Scenic Parks (October).

During 2015 Vogel Talks RVing will post monthly listing of Top RV Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts in nine selected categories. All parks included have been personally visited with a minimum of one night of paid camping and no parks have paid for their inclusion in the listings.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park: West Valley Icon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

White Tank Mountain Regional Park Campground, Maricopa County, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Schedule for posting the Top RV Parks and Campgrounds follows:

  • April: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts For Outdoor Recreation (Birding & Hiking)
  • May: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts in Areas of Natural Beauty
  • June: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts Near Popular Travel Regions & Cities
  • July: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts With Fun Activities For the Entire Family
  • August: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts Near Popular Water Recreation Areas
  • September: Top Culinary (Wine & Bourbon) Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts
  • October: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts For Snowbirds & Winter Texans
  • November: Top Big Rig Friendly Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts
  • December: Top Campgrounds, RV Parks & Resorts With Amenities For Your Pets

Choices for RV parks and campgrounds include luxurious RV resorts, activity-filled family destinations, 55+ parks, secluded natural settings, and basic parks conveniently located for an overnight stay. Prices also run the gamut.

There is a variety of campgrounds, each offering different amenities and activities. These include private RV parks; casino camping; national, state, and county park campgrounds; Army Corps of Engineers parks; and service club facilities.

Leaf Verde RV Park, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Leaf Verde RV Park, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Consider your needs when choosing an RV park.

What are the best tips for choosing a campground and campsite that you and your family will love?

Nothing can make or break your RV vacation like choosing a campground not suited to your family’s needs and interests. When selecting a park, think about your camping style and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you camping with a young family?
  • Are you an active couple looking for outdoor adventures?
  • Are you snowbirds who enjoy on-site activities and the opportunity to meet new friends?
  • How large is your RV?
  • What amenities do you require? Full hook-ups? 30- or 50-amp electric service?
  • Are you looking for a rural or urban setting?
  • What is your nightly/weekly/monthly camping budget?
  • Do you travel with pets?
Camping at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park south of Mission.

Bentsen Palm Village RV Park, Mission, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, a week, or longer, there are campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are the same. Each campground will provide something a little different.

Worth Pondering…

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
—George Bernard Shaw

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