Dreaming of wide open roads, starry skies, pristine waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes? Do you enjoy the freedom and flexibility that come with planning your own vacation?
An RV trip will definitely check all those boxes and more! It’s a once in a lifetime experience that you’re bound to remember and cherish for the rest of your life. The West was practically made for road trips, and you know what they say: “West Coast, Best Coast!”.
RVing this summer out west? You will get to explore a wonderland of the finest coastlines, giant trees, small towns, luscious beaches, and stunning scenery. Here are our planning recommendations!
While it may not be fun to think about, if you plan on spending extended time in an RV, you should definitely have plans in place for a unexpected emergencies. You recreational vehicle s not only you primary mode of transportation, it’s also your home-base, so it’s necessary that you have a plan in place for an emergency should one occur.
While everyone plans differently, we think in terms of scenarios and come up with a emergency plan from there. For example, one scenario might involve an unexpected accident that renders your RV inoperable. For us this scenario would involve having a heavy-duty towing service on call for the region you’re driving though to expedite the vehicle recovery, as well as having all of your personal business in order should someone get hurt or worse.
Another scenario might involve becoming stranded on a lonely stretch of highway (there’s plenty of them in the Western U.S.) with no cell service. This plan might involve a list of emergency items that would allow you and your family to survive for days in extreme temperatures.
Pick the right RV (comfort and style)
The RV you choose can truly transform your traveling experience. Although a lot of people tend to think that bigger is better, this isn’t always the case. Backing a 50-foot luxury RV into a campsite in pitch darkness isn’t the most ideal scenario. You need an RV that can accommodate your needs without it being too over the top.
In addition to that, you also need to take into account how comfortable you are with manipulating the vehicle. Class C motorhomes, for instance, are easier to handle since they drive like a truck or full-size SUV. Class A motorhomes, on the other hand, are much bigger and can fit up to eight people.
Use your unplanned time to explore
Planning everything in advance is a great strategy to avoid any disappointments. With that said, you don’t want to map out your entire itinerary down to the minute.
Leaving some time to explore some of the roadside attractions or interesting places that spike your curiosity is the perfect opportunity to create unique and wonderful memories.
Take unexpected detours
When it comes to road trips, it’s all about the journey rather than the destination. Heed the wisdom of the universe encouraging you to stop and appreciate your surroundings. Who knows, that quaint diner could serve the best pancakes you’ve ever had!
You could even end up discovering the perfect impromptu picnic spot. So don’t stress if you take an unexpected detour. Think of it as an adventure and embrace it as part of the fun.
Best Top Places To Visit Right Now
It’s been a long year, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been itching to hit the road in your RV. Cross your fingers, but the summer is looking good to hit the road, focusing on the cooler Northwest during the summer months, here’s some summer must-do’s for RV Adventuring on the West Coast…
Oregon Road Trip: As one of the most geographically diverse states out West, Oregon is home to enchanting beaches, sandy deserts, whimsical rainforests, gorges, mountains, volcanoes… You name it, and Oregon’s got it! Renowned for its craft beer, scrumptious food, and exceptional residents, it’s definitely one of the best experiences you can have while RVing this summer out west.
Seattle Road Trip: This is one of the most dynamic and culturally rich cities, it’s also one of the fastest-growing. Take a leisurely pace as you explore Seattle, visit its eclectic cafes, convivial bars, quaint shopping areas, and charming restaurants. Make sure you try local seafood and fish, which are impeccably fresh and abundant. There are tons of parks and blossoming gardens -Jose Rizal, Kerry Park, Discovery, and Seward, around the city offering breathtaking views of the city’s unique landscape. The sleek Museum of Pop Culture, the Chihuly Garden, as well as the Seattle Art Museum, are all stunning museums and some of the best places to visit.
Olympic Peninsula Road Trip: Located across Puget Sound from Seattle and home to the Olympic National Park, the Olympic Peninsula is, without a doubt, one of the must-visit West Coast road trip destinations. It hosts some of Washington’s most gorgeous beaches (Rialto Beach, Shi Shi Beach, and Ruby Beach), slender mountains, and dense rain-forests (the Hoh Rainforest). The Olympic Peninsula is a rustic destination with a wide range of natural attractions, from mountain climbing and hiking to rafting and kayaking.