Don’t let summer slip by without going on a family vacation. No need to stress — we’ve done all the work for you by hand-selecting family-friendly locales for fun in the sun. We also did you a solid and found nearby campgrounds and even a couple of RVs you could rent. Ready to plan your summer getaway? Here are nine amazing places to go on a last-minute vacation that the whole family will love!
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1. New Braunfels, Texas
Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio, New Braunfels offers fun for the whole family. Rent tubes to float the Guadalupe River at Whitewater Sports or get a break from the Texas heat at Schlitterbahn waterpark. Grown folks will enjoy visiting area wineries and the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country. Canyon Lake, the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, is about half an hour away.
Situated along the Guadalupe River, Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country won third place in the 2022 Campspot Awards for Best for Families and second for Top Campground Design. Highlights include a swim-up bar, outdoor movies, water slides, and more.
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2. Granby, Colorado
At the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grandby offers summertime fun for everyone. Just 5 miles outside of town on the Colorado River, Lake Granby is a beautiful place for boating, fishing, paddle boarding, and swimming. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it is the third-largest body of water in Colorado.
Formerly known as River Run RV Resort, Sun Outdoors Rocky Mountains campground was runner-up in the 2022 Campspot Awards for Top Views. It was also voted as one of the Top Campgrounds for First-Timers thanks to its amenities and access to things that make it easier on first-time campers, such as a store, cabins, and concrete pads.
There’s even a bar and grill onsite so you don’t have to cook! Family-friendly amenities include everything from a pool and hot tubs to a mini bowling alley and live music. Kids will love panning for Colorado gold at the campground’s gem mining sluice.
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3. Coos Bay, Oregon
Cute as can be, the Sun Outdoors Oceanside RV Resort & Campground sits on the Pacific Ocean in the charming small town of Coos Bay. This section of the Oregon coast is dubbed Oregon Adventure Coast (OAC) for its abundance of water and outdoor activities. Explore the tide pools on the pet-friendly beach. Kayak, scuba dive, surf, fish, crab, and clam. Prep your catches at the campsite’s crab cleaning and cooking station.
Oregon is home to some beautiful state parks. Explore nearby Yoakam Point State Park and Sunset Bay State Park. Take the north cove trail at nearby Cape Arago State Park to see the colonies of seals and sea lions on Shell Island, part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a designated National Wilderness Area.
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4. Winter Harbor, Maine
Don’t let the name fool you, Winter Harbor is also great in the summer! Located on the water in this traditional Maine fishing village, MainStay Cottages & RV Park borders the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. While Acadia is among the most popular parks in the nation, the southern tip of the peninsula is the least visited portion of the park. The 6-mile drive along Schoodic Loop Road is sure to wow you with beautiful glimpses of Cadillac Mountain and Mount Desert Island. The area is also very popular for cyclists as there are fewer people and flat roads.
The campground is also on the Henry Cove, which opens to the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy freshly caught Maine lobster for dinner. Cruise along Downeast Maine’s rugged coastline on a sea tour. Swimming, golf, fishing, bike rentals, and kayak rentals are all conveniently located nearby.
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5. Klamath, California
About as northern California as you can get, Klamath is located on the Klamath River off the 101 just above the Redwood National and State Parks. Klamath River RV Park offers views of these ancient trees as well as plenty of hiking. There are several nearby public beaches for fishing, swimming, and water sports.
The area offers tons of adventure and photo opportunities. At the Trees of Mystery, get your picture taken with the 49-foot statue of Paul Bunyan and the 35-foot statue of his companion, Babe the Blue Ox. Get a bird’- eye view from the 100-foot high Sky Walk at the Trees of Mystery’s Redwood Canopy Trail. Take a picture of your car in a tree tunnel at one of the only drive-through redwood tree spots left in California, the Klamath Tour Thru Tree.
Explore the Klamath River by jet boat or paddle in an ohl-we-yoch, a traditional dug-out canoe. Pack a picnic and take in the incredible vistas at Klamath River Overlook, where the river meets the Pacific. The California Coastal Trail (CCT) offers spectacular seaside hiking nearby.
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6. Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Park your camper just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Stonebridge RV Resort on the less-crowded edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Family-friendly amenities include a pool, events, and games. Motorcyle enthusiasts will appreciate Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum.
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7. Medora, North Dakota
Cottonwood Campground is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in quaint Medora. The Badlands make for a wonderful backdrop for everything from hiking to golfing. Tee off at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course and bike the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Get tickets to the Medora Musical and eat at Pitchfork Fondue.
Find out why TravelAwaits writer Robyne Stevenson contends that you simply must visit the Dakotas’ national parks in an RV.
Pro Tip: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally runs for two weeks in August. Campgrounds and the parks will be filled with bikes and bikers.
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8. Garden City, Utah
Sun Outdoors Garden City Utah features a pool and has a beach on Bear Lake, also known as the Caribbean of the Rockies. There is also golfing available at nearby Bear Lake Golf Course. It’s also very convenient to the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Garden City is the self-proclaimed Raspberry Shake Capital of the West. If you go during the first week of August, you may get to experience the annual Bear Lake Raspberry Days festival, which hosts family fun activities such as a craft fair, golf tournament, parade, kids’ games, a pie-eating contest, live music, rodeos, a 5K Fun Run, a Boat Light Parade, and fireworks.
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9. Ketchum, Idaho
Perched at an elevation of 6,300 feet, Easley Campground is situated on Big Wood River, bordering the Sawtooth National Forest. In addition to water access and beautiful views, the campground offers fishing, hiking, and mineral hot springs-filled swimming pools and hot tubs.
The area is also near Bald Mountain within Sun Valley Ski Resort and Boulder Peak, the first of the impressive Boulder Mountains one sees when driving north along Highway 75.
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