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Top 10 Family RVing Spring and Summer Break Destinations
Spring and summer break is a great time to enjoy some travel. Whether or not you are traveling with children or have a set time for spring break, this time of the year has mild weather and plenty of fun recreation not available during the winter. Here are a few destinations that are great for RVers, with children to travel with or without.
Biscayne National Park | Florida
This National Park has some amazing features that snorkelers will enjoy. Visitors to the park can take a boat trip, enjoy swimming and of course take advantage of the beautiful snorkeling options. Biscayne National Park has shallow living reefs, which are home of many tropical fish, different types of reef vegetation and more.
Crater Lake National Park | Oregon
Crater Lake is one of the most unique areas in the country. Most of the year the park is covered in snow, the summertime window is very brief, lasting only from July to October. During the short summer visitors can enjoy the Rim Drive, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming in the lake and even take a boat tour of the lake. The park offers interpretive programs where visitors can learn about the history of the park and the very interesting volcanic past of the lake. During the long winter, which lasts from October to July, the Rim Drive is mostly closed, but visitors can still enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park | Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
The 24,000 acres of this park preserve the spectacular natural features of the amazing gap in the Appalachian Mountain known as Cumberland Gap. Visitors to this park can explore the many natural features, including overlooks, waterfalls, rock formations and much more above ground. The park also has a fascinating underground environment, which visitors can explore some caves on guided tours. In addition, the park also has some fascinating historical sites, including the Hensley Settlement, which is open for tours from the end of May through October.
Cumberland Island National Seashore | Georgia
Cumberland Island is the southernmost and the largest barrier island in Georgia. Visitors can see the maritime forests, beaches, marshes and more located in the designated wilderness areas. The island also has historic sites, ruins and much more. Cumberland Island has the Dungeness ruins, which was originally built by General Nathanial Greene, and later built again by Thomas Carnegie. Plum Orchard Mansion is another place to visit on Cumberland Island. Plum Orchard Mansion was built by Lucy Carnegie for her son. In addition, visitors will the the First African Baptist Church in the Settlement and a Museum. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including, hiking ,camping, wildlife viewing and bicycling to name only a few.
Kenai Peninsula | Alaska
The Kenai Peninsula is one of Alaska's beautiful vacation destinations. The peninsula is separated from the mainland by the Prince William Sound on the east and by Cook Inlet on the west. Visitors to the Kenai Peninsula can visit the Kenai Mountains in the Kenai Fjords National Park, where visitors can find glaciers, fjords and especially Harding Icefield. The Kenai River has an amazing salmon population. The Kenai Peninsula has a relatively mild climate, and is a great destination for fishing and much more. Another great Kenai Peninsula destination is the Pratt Museum in Homer. This museum has stunning exhibits on native cultures and the early settlers.
New Orleans | Louisiana
The city of New Orleans is filled with history, excitement and beauty. Visitors to New Orleans will find all sorts of attractions, dining and the unique culture of the city. The French Market is a great destination to combine culture and shopping. The market stretches for six blocks on the river side of the Lower French Quarter. The market is home to over twenty retail shops, as well as performance venues, restaurants, a flea market and a farmers market. The Historic Voodoo Museum is a great destination to learn about the culture as well. New Orleans is known for its unique culture. The Voodoo Museum celebrates and educates all of its visitors about voodoo and its history and culture.
Padre Island National Seashore | Texas
Padre Island National Seashore is located along the south Texas Coast, and the National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Visitors can enjoy over 70 miles of sandy beach. These white sand beaches have warm water and nice sandy dunes, great for beach driving, biking, camping, birdwatching, fishing, picnicking, swimming and beachcombing. The beachcombing at Padre Island is particularly good because of the items brought to shore by the currents in the Gulf of Mexico, including seashells and much more. Visitors should be aware that there are strong currents offshore, so care should be taken when swimming.
The Pocono Mountains | Pennsylvania
The Poconos stretch across four counties, and encompass 2,400 square miles of wilderness. Within these mountains there are many opportunities for recreation and preserved natural beauty. Visitors to the Poconos will also find plenty of culture, from art galleries to naturalist museums and music festivals. If you want to combine mountain recreation with aquatic recreation you will find lakes, rivers and waterfalls within the Poconos. They are the an ideal recreational spot within Pennsylvania.
The Rocky Mountains | Utah & Colorado
Visitors to the Rocky Mountains can find plenty of activities in both Utah and Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is a great way to enjoy the nature of the mountains. Visitors can enjoy the trails, which are great for the whole family. There are also plenty of Ranger-led programs, and wildlife watching is another fantastic activity to enjoy in the park. The Rocky Mountains are also a great destination for skiing. Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort in Colorado provides a unique experience for cross-country skiers. It is high in elevation and has beautiful scenery, although the conditions are more difficult.
White Sands National Monument | New Mexico
At White Sands National Monument in New Mexico visitors have the opportunity to experience the wonder of the white gypsum sand. The National Monument preserves a large part of the unique dune fields. This national wonder is a truly amazing sight. Located in the Tularosa Basin these beautiful white sand dunes cover 275 square miles. This is the largest gypsum dune field in the world and is a sight truly worth seeing.