Warm Winter Camping Destinations
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There’s no denying it: winter is upon us. The temperatures are falling rapidly outside, and the leaves and autumn color are all but gone at this point. For many, this means it’s the end of camping season. Except for the die-hard campers who like the cold, who wants to be miserable outside when the mercury falls?
The good news, though, is that this doesn’t have to be the end of it. Even though it’s cold outside, your RV has the ability to take you anywhere -- so why not go where it’s warm outside? Thankfully, the southern part of the US never gets too cold, even in the dead of winter. So, why not put a few miles on your RV and hit the road to warmer destinations?
Here are 15 hot spots in the US that are great to visit, even when the rest of the country is in a deep freeze:
This charming, historic, coastal city sits at the top of many “Must-Visit” lists, and for good reason: charming people, outstanding architecture and world-class restaurants are just some of the amenities this city has to offer.
True, it can get chilly here in the winter, but it’s nothing like the harsh winters you’ll be escaping. Between the various beaches, historical monuments and outlet malls you can find, you’ll be sure to always have plenty to do in Charleston.
Sitting on the ocean at the border between South Carolina and Georgia, Savannah is often considered to be a larger, rowdier version of Charleston. Sure, you have the same great history, architecture and food to draw you in, but if you also like a happening night-life then Savannah offers that in spades.
Plus, the proximity of beaches and historical monuments means there’s always something to see and do here. And did we mention the ghost tours?
Atlanta is definitely the wild card on this list when it comes to weather. Sure, it’s winters tend to be mild, but it has been known to get hit by a blizzard from time to time.
Still, if you want to risk it, Atlanta is a huge city that has everything you could possibly want in a major metropolitan area. And with historical locations such as Stone Mountain practically next door, there’s plenty to see and do outside the city, as well.
No list of winter getaways would be complete without Orlando. Disney, Universal, Legos … do we really need to tell you why Orlando is a popular tourist destination?
Come for the parks, stay for the amazing weather which stays warm all year long. And with your RV you can look forward to cheaper lodging at premium places such as Disney’s Fort Wilderness, letting you get more bang for your buck!
Tampa Bay, FL
Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay is another great destination any time of the year. This city is like a hidden gem; it’s vibrant and full of excitement, yet it seems to constantly fly under everyone’s radar. Whether you like shopping in outdoor markets, sampling exotic cuisine or getting your heart pounding at Busch Gardens, Tampa has something for everyone!
Key West, FL
If a tropical destination is what you’re after, there’s no need to hop a plane to Nassau or Aruba -- we have a little slice of Carribbean heaven right here in the Continental US, and that’s the Florida Keys. We mentioned Key West here, but really there are plenty of amazing places to visit all along the 125-mile stretch that makes up the Florida Keys.
Whether you want to swim with dolphins, relax by the ocean or hop a boat out to the Dry Tortugas (a national park that sits 75 miles to the west of Key West and offers an experience unlike any other) the Keys have you covered.
New Orleans, LA
If you’re looking for a party, there’s really no place else better than New Orleans. This city is always on, and if you’re up for that kind of scene you really shouldn’t waste your time anywhere else.
Of course, you have to check out your calendar and make sure you get here at the right time -- Mardi Gras is a winter festival, after all, and once it’s over you have to wait another year for that kind of party.
San Antonio, TX
It might not offer a crazy street party like New Orleans, but San Antonio is another great winter destination. This bustling city is a mecca for those who love the Tex-Mex lifestyle, and has plenty of world-class restaurants to show for it. Historical treasures like The Alamo can really feed the history nut in your family, as well.
And if you want to spend the day getting wet, you’re only a few miles away from New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn, one of the greatest water parks on the entire planet.
Corpus Christi, TX
South and east of San Antonio is Corpus Christi, another town located on the Gulf of Mexico. Located next to a long chain of barrier islands, there’s plenty of places to camp out and relax in this slower part of the world.
It might not have quite the hustle-and-bustle of San Antonio or New Orleans, but Corpus Christie does have a lot to offer in its own right -- including the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington, a WWII-era aircraft carrier that’s open to the public every day of the year.
For the music lover, Austin sits below only Nashville (and even then, not very far) in terms of importance. This is one of THE spots to go to if you are interested in catching premier live musicians at the height of their craft. The rest of the city has risen to meet that challenge, too, and offers enough so that even if music isn’t your passion, you’ll never be disappointed in Austin.
Santa Fe, NM
Heading further west we come to Santa Fe. This city is renowned for its Spanish-inluence Pueblo architecture. Many people don’t know it, but Santa Fe is also considered a mecca of sorts for artists, as it boasts a very active and vibrant art scene. It’s also a beautiful city in its own right, as the Sango de Cristo mountains make for some stunning landscape that must be seen to be believed.
Tucson is a desert-lover’s dream. Located near Saguaro National Park, Tucson gives you the chance to see towering cacti, ancient petroglyphs and other amazing sights.
Of course, the Spanish and Mexican influence is strong here, influencing everything from architecture to food. You might think of the desert as flat and boring, but this area of Arizona is alive with life and full of amazing scenery. Check out the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area for spectacular hiking and camping.
Offering a similar story in many ways to Tucson, Scottsdale is another great Arizona destination. You have your deserts, architecture, food, etc. -- everything you’ve come to expect from the destinations on this list. For the golf lover, however, Scottsdale offers something more: the links at TPC Scottsdale, which any PGA enthusiast should already be familiar with and have on his or her bucket list.
San Diego, CA
San Diego boasts a climate that pretty much hovers near 72 degrees all year long -- and as far we’re concerned, that’s pretty much perfect. This is one reason why this is such a popular destination all year-round.
Whether you’re trying to escape the heat of summer or ward off the chill of winter, San Diego is the place to go! Wide beaches make for great outdoor recreation, and the San Diego Zoo is considered one of the best zoos in the entire country.
And, of course, San Diego is right across the border from Tijuana, which means you can foray into Mexico to sample the culture or do some shopping any time you want.
Palm Springs, CA
Out of all the cities on this list, Palm Springs might be the most versatile. World-class spas, amazing shopping and to-die-for food destinations make this a definite win for someone who enjoys pampering themselves once in a while.
On the other hand, its closeness to places such as Joshua Tree National Park and San Bernadino National Forest make this an outdoor-lovers dream spot. Whatever you’re into, Palm Springs has something for you!
As you can see, when the cold sets in you can still heat up your RV lifestyle. Each and every one of these spots offers a vibrant scene year-round, and a quick search can put you in touch with plenty of RV-ready campsites within a handful of miles.
So, this winter, what are you waiting for? Ditch the deep freeze and head south for your next hot adventure!