By BRVR Staff
This article reviews the top 10 best books about RVing in state parks.
With campgrounds and RV parks located in every state in the country, it’s easy to find a place to spend a night or two while on the road. If you want to take a longer trip, you’ll find parks that offer daily and weekly rates. Instead of staying in just another RV park though, you can spend some time in a state park. These parks often have campgrounds with full hookups, dump stations, clean bathrooms and picnic tables. You can easily plan a trip that involves some of these stops when you buy any of the top 10 best books about RVing in state parks.
1. Smart RV Travel Guide For The Lower 48 States
Ron Samson collected tips on where to stay in the lower 48 states and compiled them into this book. Each chapter focuses on a different state and gives you a list of RV parks and both the state and national parks in each one. You’ll also find some suggested trips that Samson recommends. Each trip tells you what to do and where to go in that state as well as where to stay.
2. RV Guide to Camping in Arizona State Parks
There are a number of things to do in the southwestern United States, and this book makes RVing in that are easier. Though it only focuses on Arizona, it goes into great detail about the parks in that state and how you can camp in each one. You’ll find out what amenities are available, why certain parks are better than others and even restrictions on RV size in those parks. The author also provides coordinates for local attractions and stores that you can plug into your GPS.
3. RV Camping in Corps of Engineers Parks
The Corps of Engineers is responsible for operating and overseeing hundreds of parks across the nation. This book serves as the ultimate guide to camping in those parks. It gives you information on each park, including when it’s open, how many sites are available, how to get there, the cost of camping and the on-site amenities. All the campgrounds listed in this book can accommodate RVs of all sizes.
4. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
When it comes to traveling, many people trust the minds of National Geographic, which are behind this book. It serves as an ultimate guide to camping in the United States. You will find that the book features sections on different regions in the nation and goes into great detail about the top places to camp in those regions. It also includes loads of information on some of the fun things you can do when RVing in state parks.
5. Moon West Coast RV Camping
Between Washington, Oregon and California, there are more than 2,000 campgrounds. Tom Steinstra researched those campgrounds and included everything you need to know about camping in the Pacific Northwest in this book. You can find campgrounds that can accommodate your RV and campgrounds that offer special activities for kids. The author also highlights things such as the best places to fish and the top places to view wildlife in each state.
6. Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks
Though most states have at least one state park, finding a national park is harder, especially one with a campground. This book takes a detailed look at each of the 59 national parks and tells you exactly what you can do and where you can camp in those parks. It includes a list of the top 10 national parks and itineraries and road trips you can follow.
7. National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States
Another book about RVing in parks from National Geographic is this complete guide. Though it focuses on national rather than state parks, it gives you detailed information such as the number of sites available and when you can camp. The more than 500 pages include photos taken in some of the top parks and what visitors think are the best activities in those parks.
8. National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States
National Geographic also published this book, which is one of the best books about RVing in state parks. It doesn’t limit the information to the lower 48 but includes info on the nearly 1,000 parks located across the country. Not only does it include a description of the park, but the book also tells you what the top activities are and if there are any landmarks you should check out. There are more than 30 maps included inside too.
9. America’s National Parks
Kids love RVing just as much as their parents do, and this little book from Lonely Planet helps them get involved in the process of planning your next trip. It uses illustrations and basic language that kids can understand. They learn fun facts about the geological formations and other attractions in 60 different national parks. The book helps kids choose some of the things they want to see and do while on vacation.
10. National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways
When traveling in an RV, you might want to get off the beaten path and explore some of the roads less traveled. This National Geographic book makes it easy for you to find the best byways and highways that you can visit on your trip. It covers more than 300 roads in all 50 states and offers suggestions on how you can combine multiple highways in the same trip.