Best National Parks for Senior RVers

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2023
by AMAC, D.J. Wilson

What experiences do National Parks offer senior RVers?

Recreational vehicle travelers, particularly senior citizens, appreciate the history and significance of visiting National Park locations. Mature RVers enjoy the freedom to explore largely undisturbed natural or historic locations and absorb history. In addition to adventure and education, RVing to National Parks provides a sense of community, as new friendships are often forged amongst those who share in the lifestyle. Senior RVers may choose to vacation alone or meet up with family, friends, or other travelers to explore various National Parks.

Really? Not every state has National Parks?  

Most people are surprised to learn that there are 20 U.S. states without National Parks. However, this does not mean that those states are lacking in enriching things to do. Many are bountiful in nature, historic sites, monuments, state and local parks, and more. Thus, even though experiencing National Parks is exciting, senior RVers should not be discouraged from visiting states without National Parks.

Benefits for seniors who RV

Booking hotel rooms near or within America’s National Parks can be expensive during peak season. RVing can be much more affordable than hotel stays. Having a fully equipped RV allows seniors to live in comfort. Unlike staying at a hotel, RVers can prepare their own meals rather than having to eat out. They may also transport their own sports equipment such as golf clubs, fishing rods, bikes, and more – which can save on rental expenses.

Why do senior RVers gravitate toward visiting National Parks?

Seniors are particularly drawn to history and fulfilling lifelong bucket lists. Combining RV living with visiting National Parks can help them fulfill their goals and live their dreams.  

What are some of the best national parks for senior RVers to explore?

We’ve curated a mini list of three must-see National Park destinations for senior RVers – which combine RVing amenities with beautiful surroundings:

  1. Yellowstone National Park; Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%), Idaho (1%): This National Park covers 3,472 square miles and is a wonderland rich in natural treasures that people beg to see during their lifetime. This includes amazing mountains, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, wildlife, and more. This park is highly desired by senior RVers. There are renovated and paved sites with upgraded electrical service, picnic tables, and more.
  2. Shenandoah National Park; Virginia: The park stretches along the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia and features the famed Skyline Drive. If you love being surrounded by rich forests, spectacular views, fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, wooded hollows, and more, head to this 306.2 square-mile park. Amenities at most RV Shenandoah National Park campgrounds include gorgeous views, flush toilets, dump stations, fire pits, and more. Others near the park have swimming pools, laundry, and wireless internet for those who prefer more modern amenities.  
  3. Grand Canyon, Arizona: This 277-mile-long spectacular natural geologic site is well worth seeing. It is among the most studied landscapes in the world and features extensive fossils and archeological history. Grand Canyon National Park has limited parking and camping options for oversized vehicles. However, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park features an RV camp not run by the NPS which is open year-round and offers full hookups, paved-pull-through sites, and bus service to the most picturesque scenic overlooks.

In summary

The mini list above is a sampling of three fantastic National Parks featuring offering superior RV camping accommodations. Each is well-suited for senior RVers who enjoy adventures. RVing provides a great way for people to explore exciting geological and historical locations that are steeped in natural beauty or antiquity. RVs also give seniors the means to travel in comfort and style when visiting beautiful places throughout the United States, including America’s beloved must-see National Parks.

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