In today’s post we’ll look at the top six must-visit RV places that you have likely never heard of.
As we have traveled the United States and Canada, we’ve discovered numerous favorite places along the way. Not your standard bucket-list destinations like Zion, or Great Smoky Mountains or the Grand Canyon.
Instead, they were much more obscure, places not in the major RV guidebooks, places unique and very appealing.
Utah: Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest
As part of the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah, Red Canyon features spectacular ponderosa pines and rock formations, much like the larger Bryce Canyon 11 miles away. See pink, orange, and red limestone rocks, walk through valleys, climb through tunnels, and hike, bike or ride an ATV along trails. At the park entrance, stop at the visitor center to learn about excursions along the stunning Scenic Byway 12. Nearby, find comfortable campsites.
North Carolina: Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest
A 6,500-acre heritage site in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Cradle of Forestry in America is the birthplace of science-based forest management. George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate are accredited for this living legacy.
As you enter the main gate (4 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412) you are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship. These are brought to visitors through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, and craft demonstrations.
South Carolina: Botany Bay Road on Edisto Island
This short stretch of road serves as an entrance to an old plantation, but A) it’s really, really creepy in a Sleepy Hollow kind of way, and B) it’s located on Edisto Island, which is one of the most beautiful places in all of South Carolina.
The 6.5-mile route begins along a magnificent avenue of oaks interspersed with loblolly pine and cabbage palmetto, the state tree. Look for colonies of resurrection fern growing on the spreading oak limbs. After a rain, the leaves of the resurrection ferns turn a beautiful bright green.
Kentucky: Historic Midway
Some of our most pleasant moments always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else. So it was when we unexpectedly came upon the historic town of Midway. Located midway between Frankfort and Lexington, Historic Midway was the first town in Kentucky founded by a railroad.
During the railroad’s heyday, the 1930s and 40s, up to 30 trains a day rumbled through the middle of town. The passenger trains dwindled until the old depot was closed in 1963. Revitalization and rebirth began in the mid 1970s. Now, Historic Midway once again thrives as a favorite spots for antiques, crafts, gifts, and restaurants. Because of its special charm and small town appeal visitors always leave Midway in high spirits and vow to return. So it was with us.
Lying at the edge of the Sacramento River Delta, Lodi enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings, ideal for growing wine grapes. For decades, Lodi has been producing an astounding amount of wine grapes for countless wineries throughout California.
Wander historic downtown Lodi with century-old brick buildings, brick-cobbled streets lined with elm trees and turn-of-the-century light poles. You’ll love this area and the way the city has maintained its history and heritage. Many unique shops, restaurants, and more than a dozen wine tasting boutiques and exciting restaurants.
Speaking of beloved American beverages… Shiner, Texas is home to 2,069 people, Friday’s Fried Chicken, and—most famously—the Spoetzal Brewery where every drop of Shiner beer is brewed. Tours are offered throughout the week, where visitors can see how every last drop of their popular brews get made. Tours and samples are free. Founded in 1909, the little brewery today sends more than 6 million cases of delicious Shiner beer to states across the country. Founder, Kosmos Spoetzal, would be pretty proud! To which we say “Prosit!”
America is laced with nooks and crannies, good places that go undiscovered by many mainstream travelers.