The Best Places to RV in December

Embrace the magic this holiday season in a warm destination.

As a whole, the month of December is a whirlwind. Even as the chaos of Thanksgiving weekend begins to fade, the world is already preparing for the end-of-year holiday season. Balancing the frenzy of shopping and family time can be daunting, but those who manage to squeeze in time to get away—or perhaps, give the gift of getting away—will find warm weather, seasonal festivals, and beautiful landscapes in which to cap off another great year of RV travel.

Quinta Mazaland, Rio Grande Valley, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Quinta Mazaland, Rio Grande Valley, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It’s chilly enough for your favorite scarf and sweater in Charleston, but still mild enough to soak up the quaint antebellum atmosphere. Visitors like strolling here, whether it’s along the Battery or store-lined King Street, which probably helped the city score fans for its shopping and antiques.

December marks your last chance to cash in on this year’s travel resolution before they reset in the new year, so let the magic of the season take you to a place near or far.

And be sure to catch up on all our recommendations for the best places to visit in October, November, and December.

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

The Valley, as it is affectionately called, is an area near the Mexican border that stretches from Brownsville and Harlingen in the east to Mission in the west—a distance of about 65 miles. Starting in the east and heading west, there’s Brownsville, Los Fresco, Rio Honda, San Benito, Harlingen, La Feria, Mercedes, Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Pharr, Edinburg, McAllen, and Mission.

Catalina State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Catalina State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Catalina State Park, Arizona

Catalina State Park, one of the many gems in the Arizona State Park system, offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains with riparian canyons, lush washes, and dense cactus forests. The environment at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains offers great camping, hiking, picnicking, and bird watching—more than 150 species of birds call the park home.

Yuma, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Yuma, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Yuma, Arizona

Yuma is Arizona’s warmest winter city and the sunniest year round place in the U.S. Yuma has a classic low desert climate with extremely low humidity. From soothing waters to lush golf courses, breathtaking natural scenery to dining and shopping, there is a diverse selection of recreational activities and cultural attractions.

Coachella Valley, California

Coachella Valley Preserve, Coachella Valley, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Coachella Valley Preserve, Coachella Valley, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Indio, and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley, you can camp for the winter in luxurious RV resorts that offer all sorts of amenities. Known for Olympic sized pools, tennis courts, and over one hundred world-class golf courses within 40 miles, this is truly upscale RV camping. An escape from winter’s chill, it is also an area filled with plenty of places to visit and things to see and do.

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center has helped set the stage for America’s adventure in space for five decades. The spaceport has served as the departure gate for every American manned mission and hundreds of advanced scientific spacecraft.

From the early days of Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle Program and International Space Station, from the Hubble Space Telescope to the Mars rovers, the center enjoys a rich heritage in its vital role as NASA’s processing and launch center.

Brunswick and the Golden Isles, Georgia

Brunswick and the Golden Isles, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Brunswick and the Golden Isles, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Four of the beautiful isles—St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea—and a nearby coastal town are known collectively as Brunswick and the Golden Isles.

In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased to become an exclusive winter retreat, known as the Jekyll Island Club. Members included such notable figures as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field. Jekyll Island, with its cottage colony and clubhouse, was viewed as a little paradise, where members and guests pursued “a life of elegant leisure.” Today, the former Club grounds comprise a 240-acre site with 34 historic structures.

Worth Pondering…

This is not another place.

It is THE place.

—Charles Bowden

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