The Best Places to RV in January

The first month of the year is one of the quietest traveling months—except for the snowbirds en route to the U.S. Sunbelt.

There are scores of people who never RV in January. Many families have just come off a major holiday trip to visit family and friends during the festive season. And let’s face it, you really can’t go that far over Martin Luther King weekend. But for those who can take the time or plan ahead, January is a fantastic month for a big trip. Numerous places in the South are enjoying warm, sunny weather—a big draw for those in parts of the country where January is a cold and dreary month.

Palm Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Palm Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The weather is near perfect in spots like Palm Springs, Phoenix, Rio Grande Valley, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, all of which are great options for snowbirds looking for a place to roost for a month or more. The mild temperatures are ideal for days spent idly exploring or relaxing by the pool.

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs is one of those places that looks awfully good to an awful lot of people at this time of year. And the weather is not its only calling card.

Palm Springs acquired the title “Playground of the Stars” many years ago because what was then just a village in the desert was a popular weekend Hollywood getaway. Today, the village has grown and consists of much more than just hanging out poolside. Whether it’s golf, tennis, or a trip up the aerial tram, Palm Springs is a winter desert paradise.

Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gulf Shores, Alabama

With miles of sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand, RVers will find what they’re looking for—and more—along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Seafood markets offer shrimp, oysters, crab, and snapper. There are numerous seafood restaurants with an endless assortment of dishes. Gulf Shores is a coastal, resort community known for its white-sand beaches.

Quartzsite, Arizona

Quartzsite, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Quartzsite, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Although mostly a truck stop in the summer, snowbirds descend upon Quartzsite with more than 100,000 RVs spread over 70 square miles. The main attraction is the annual rock and gem shows, the flea markets, and the RV show under the Big Tent. Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite.

A dusty destination in the middle of nowhere—but, come January, the little town of Quartzsite transforms into the vendor capital of the world and becomes the largest gathering of RVs and RVers on the planet. This sleepy Arizona town has become famous for luring snowbirds who like to browse amid RVs and RV products, gems and minerals, crafts and hobby items.

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro National Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Saguaro National Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cactus, ponderosa pines, aspens, and fir trees are all to be found at Saguaro National Park. The 92,000-acre park ranges between 2,300 feet in the West (Red Hills Tucson Mountain District) to 8,482 feet in the East (Rincon Mountain District). Thanks to such an extreme elevation, Saguaro National Park is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, making it one of the most biologically diverse parks in the country.

Each district has its own visitor center, where guests can learn about the park’s plants and animals, geology and archaeology, ranger-led events and interpretive activities.

Rockport-Fulton, Texas

Rockport-Fulton, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rockport-Fulton, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The quaint fishing village of Rockport has been a favorite coastal hideaway and snowbird roost for years. Envision the life of an affluent Victorian family while exploring Fulton Mansion, built in 1877 with comforts not easily found: gas lights, central heat, and running water. At Goose Island State Park you’ll find the wintering grounds for whooping cranes and other migratory birds. It’s also home to the 2,000-year-old Big Tree, one of Texas’ largest live oak.

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota County, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sarasota County, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sarasota and her string of eight islands are tucked into the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida.

Sarasota County encompasses nearly 40 miles of shoreline and include the City of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Manasota Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, City of Englewood, Nokomis, City of North Port, Osprey, and the City of Venice.

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