4 States Getting The Least Love From RVers

America is large and clocking all 50 states is a bucket list accomplishment.

But which states are getting passed over the most?

Hyannis Harbor, Cape Cod, Massachusetts © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Hyannis Harbor, Cape Cod, Massachusetts © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We pulled data from tourism boards across the country to determine which states are getting the least love from RVers and other visitors.

Massachusetts

Annual visitors: 23.5 million

Why you should RV there: There’s sports to be watched, history to be learned, and great food to be had in Boston.

In the fall, the colors in the Berkshires, apple picking, and top-notch hiking trails make it one of New England’s most scenic destinations. The town of Salem is worth a visit around Halloween; history nerds should also visit Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village, two living museums from the colonial era.

Boston Freedom Trail, Massachusetts © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Boston Freedom Trail, Massachusetts © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And then, of course, there are the Patriots in Foxborough, where if you can handle spending an afternoon surrounded by the most obnoxious fans in football you’ll enjoy one of the greatest experiences in the NFL.

Kentucky

Annual visitors: 20.5 million

Why you should RV there: Kentucky might be the only place in the world where a two-minute horse race accounts for a significant percentage of its annual tourism. And, yes, a trip to Churchill Downs on Derby Day is something everyone should experience at least once. Just make sure to get outside the track and explore Louisville while you’re at it.

Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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.

Of course, we’d be fools to mention the Bourbon Trail, where you can tour distilleries with big names like Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark, and Woodford Reserve. Or opt for the craft tour, a journey through 11 smaller distilleries, each with a unique story.

South Dakota

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Annual visitors: 13.9 million

Why you should RV there: We didn’t name this place the most underrated state in the nation because we have a bizarre affinity for fried beef on a stick. We did it because South Dakota is straight-up beautiful and for too long has been wrongfully used as a synonym for “the middle of nowhere.”

Mount Rushmore sits in the middle of South Dakota’s Black Hills, a region full of spectacular mountains and scenic drives. Take the Needles Highway near Custer through fascinating rock formations, or drive literally any stretch of the Badlands to see scenery like nowhere else in the world. Custer State Park is one of the few places in America where a buffalo on the road can cause a traffic jam; the annual Buffalo Roundup takes place here, when thousands thunder through the park as rangers round them up for medical checks and counts.

Mitchell Corn Palace, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mitchell Corn Palace, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

SoDak’s roadside attractions are also among the quirkiest in America. Take I-90 east from the Black Hills and you’ll pass ghost towns, a dinosaur sculpture park, the famous Wall Drug Store and the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Vermont

Annual visitors: 13 million

Why you should RV there: It’s the only state in America where you can go to an opera in Canada. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby sits right on the U.S.-Canada border and the building lies in both countries.

Mitchell Corn Palace, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Morse Farms Maple Sugarworks, Vermont © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Vermonters are maple obsessed, so grab a maple creamy along the Lake Champlain bike path in the summer. It’s also got more breweries (and distilleries) than a state this size rightfully should.

Then there are those ice cream guys, Len and Gary or something. They’ve apparently got a factory there where you can try flavors that either haven’t hit the market yet, or never will.

Worth Pondering…

In the words of Willie Nelson, “goin’ places I have never been, seein’ things that I may never see again”, exploring our magnificent country, its natural beauty, historic sites, and treasured landmarks.

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