Seeing how we’ve already danced with RV travel gems, great wine destinations, and top small towns in America, we thought it was time to go big and rate the states based on everything related to RV travel. More specifically, their contributions to the RV lifestyle, so think unique scenic beauty, man-made attractions, 5-star RV parks and resorts, food/drink, snowbird hotspots, and innovations that enhance the lifestyle.
Because this is the internet, we expect disagreements. We expect that you will find our lack of interest in Oklahoma or New Jersey or Nebraska infuriating, and accuse us of showing regional biases.
Is the hot browns (Kentucky) greater than the po-boy sandwich (Louisiana) or green chili burger (New Mexico)? Where does one locate Delaware on a map?
How do you pick, after all, between desert vs. mountains? Mountains vs. lakes? Lakes vs. forests? Forests vs. seashore? Natural arches vs. natural bridges? Seashore vs. glacier? Glacier vs. orchards? Ponderosa pines vs saguaro cactus? Sequoia vs Joshua trees?
There was no right answer… until Vogel Talks RVing decided there was.
Less a state than two opposing tribes of football fanatics caught up in a Cold War. There are plenty of good reasons to visit the Iron State besides SEC football. Starting with the fact that you can participate in its famous annual mullet toss (fish, not hair). Or, if you’re not into throwing fish, you can explore 35 miles of gorgeous coastline, most notably, Gulf Shores.
Arizona is a warm-weather perch for snowbirds from around North America and one of the most popular getaway destinations in the Southwest. Home to cactus, prickly pears, rattlesnakes, the Grand Canyon, roadrunners, the world’s oldest rodeo, and the bolo tie, the state is rich in attractions that entertain the young and the not-so-young.
Yes, it has issues. Lots of ’em. Let’s drop the talk of droughts, wildfires, bankruptcy, air quality. and traffic, and talk for a minute about how this state has every single kind of scenic beauty you could possibly want.
Florida is often the butt of jokes, but hurricane season is no joke. However, it’s also no good. It’s at least mitigated somewhat by the opportunity to be on a beach the same week you have Thanksgiving dinner, a consistently competitive college football scene, and the hazy memories of that time the Dolphins went undefeated.
The Amish settlements of Nappanee and Shipshewana are less than an hour apart and a three-hour drive north of Indianapolis. The mostly flat landscape is home to horse stables and barns, white wooden houses, and nearly 30,000 Amish. But there’s more than meets the eye, and it doesn’t take much time in the area to take notice—the number of recreational vehicles.
You like bourbon? Then you’re probably already a fan of Kentucky, since 95 percent of the world’s bourbon comes from here. Thoroughbreds, tobacco farming, and University of Kentucky basketball are all as big as you’ve heard. You need to get yourself there immediately.
If I could eat in only three states for the rest of my life, Louisiana would be in this select group.
More to the point, y’all know the high regard to which we hold the food culture of Cajun Country and the rest of Louisiana (thank you for Tabasco, po’ boys, gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya, boudin, and crackling), but aside from that nature abounds.
The Land of Enchantment, the state motto of New Mexico, is certainly an apt description of a state with diverse landscape and population. This is a state in which the air is crisp, the water fresh, and the people warm and friendly. If you’ve never had New Mexican food, then prep your taste buds now! Its key ingredient? Chile. Chile comes in two varieties: red or green.
Quite simply, South Carolina has it all, y’all—and the state has delivered to visiting RVers with a friendly southern drawl. From the Upcountry mountains through the vibrant Midlands and to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry coast, the Palmetto State beckons with a wave that signals everyone’s welcome—come on down.
Miles and miles of Texas. 2,623 miles, in fact, of scenic drives and remote highways and hidden spots just waiting beyond the bend. So get behind the wheel, hit the open road, and prepare to discover a Texas you’ve never seen.
Utah brings some superlative sights like no other landlocked state. It’s one of the few where someone can look at a picture and say, “Oh, yeah, that’s Utah,” whether it’s the famous sandstone arches or the canyons near Moab, or the bizarre formations in Goblin Valley.
Everything in life is somewhere else, and you can get there in an RV.