RV campgrounds are a mixed bag! They range from sketchy to ritzy. With hundreds of RV sites simply using the word “resort” in their name, it can be hard to differentiate between nice & nasty.
Over our 4 years of full time RV traveling, we’ve camped at both extremes (and everything in between). Today, however, we’re only sharing the best!
The 11 RV campgrounds we’re featuring have been tested by us and thousands of other RVers. We’ve all come to the same conclusion – these campgrounds are amazing!
In addition to the price & amenity info, each site will have a unique “RV Campgrounds Vibe” score – this score represents the overall campground experience.
Let’s dive in!
Flying Flags RV Resort
Location: Buellton, California
Price: $55 and up. The also offer cabins & glamping experiences.
Why You’ll Love It: Attention to detail! Flying Flags RV Resort is all about the camping experience. The sites are concrete pads, many with large grassy areas. The check-in experience feels more like a resort-hotel than a campground (in all the best ways).
The resort’s “community space” includes a huge propane fire pit with lots of ambiance. It’s host to weekly outdoor movie nights! The multiple swimming pools have private cabanas, hot tubs and play areas for the kids.
Flying Flags also offers vintage Airstream rentals (you know we love that)!
Nearby Activities: Just a few miles from the campground you’ll find tons of vineyards. Wine tasting and snacking your way through the town of Buellton is a blast. You might also want to check out the town of Solvang – it’s known for Danish architecture and delicious pastries.
Venture out further to Santa Barbara (45 minutes) for a little California history & museum adventure.
RV Campgrounds Vibe Score: 9.5/10 This could possible be our favorite RV resort of all time!
Stella Mare RV Resort
Location: Galveston, Texas
Price: $44 and up (rates are seasonal, $74 is starting rate during prime season)
Why You’ll Love It: Talk about new and beautiful – Stella Mare is an absolute winner! Every single site is a huge concrete pad surrounded by lush, green grass. Any rig should be able to fit at this campground.
The resort is walking distance to the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, it’s just across the street. The luxurious swimming pool has views of it from the deck.
In addition to the RV sites, Stella Mare offers vacation rentals for your non-RVing family members.
Nearby Activities: Galveston is a family friendly tourist destination with activities for everyone. We really enjoyed strolling the water front and visiting Pleasure Pier (rides, games & food).
The city offers lots of history, too. You can tour The Strand, a historic neighborhood dating back to the 1800s, or visit the many museums throughout the city.
RV Campgrounds Vibe Score: 8.7/10 Beautiful, new & centrally located. Perfect for a family vacation!
Mountain Valley RV Resort
Location: Heber City, Utah
Price: $40 and up
Why You’ll Love It: Tucked inside the Wasatch Back, Mountain Valley RV Resort is just a few miles from Park City & Sundance. Salt Lake City is quick 40 mile downhill drive. As you can imagine, the views from the campground are amazing.
We also love that the park is split into two sections – family friendly and adult only. Each side has its own resort-style swimming pool!
Tennis courts, basketball courts and an exercise room will keep you active without even having to leave!
Park City, 15 minutes away, has a variety of outdoor activities available during every season.
RV Campgrounds Vibe Score: 7.9/10 Amazing mountain views from every campsite and awesome location for outdoor adventure.
Catherine’s Landing RV Campground
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Price: $55 and up
Why You’ll Love It: This huge RV campground offers everything! The amenities include an onsite zip line, heated pool, hiking trails, disc golf course, fitness center and free wifi.
This waterfront campground is also the perfect location for us to launch our folding origami kayak. If you don’t have a kayak or boat, fear not, they offer rentals of all shapes & sizes.
Needless to say, Catherine’s Landing is an ideal family destination!
Nearby Activities: Hot Springs National Park is located a few miles from the resort. At the NP you can tour (or use) the historic bath houses. Filled with gangster lore, the town has an eclectic and rich history.
Hiking and water sports are popular outside activities.
RV Campgrounds Vibe Score: 9.1/10 This is the best place to stay when visiting Hot Springs National Park.
Indigo Bluffs Resort
Location: Empire, Michigan
Price: $75 and up
Why You’ll Love It: If you’re visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, there’s no better place to camp. Indigo Bluffs offers high end amenities like a heated pool, garden patio, boat storage and beautiful, oversized concrete pads.
Nearby Activities: The Sleeping Bear Dunes are a sight to see! There are a multitude of hiking trails with waterfront overlooks. The dune climb, while not quite a hike, is one of the most popular activities.
If you’re a history buff, you may enjoy touring the Glen Haven Historic District. The living historic site offers hands-on learning experiences.
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 7.9/10 A beautiful resort in a beautiful part of the USA.
Sand Dunes Recreation
Location: Hooper, Colorado
Price: $30 and up
Why You’ll Love It: The amenities at this Sand Dunes Recreation are awesome! First, the main pool area is huge and is fed by natural hot springs. There is a in site restaurant, gift shop and plenty of lounge chairs to soak up the sun.
Best of all is The Greenhouse – its an adult only pool with a bar and multiple hot spring tubs at different temperatures.
Nearby Activities: The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a few miles from the campground. You can hike or surf on the dunes! There’s also a funky UFO museum right down the road.
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 8.2/10 Hot spring pools with with an adult-only bar/pool option!
Paradise By The Sea RV Resort
Location: Oceanside, California
Price: $90 and up
Why You’ll Love It: Location is the biggest asset of this RV resort. However, Paradise by the Sea offers lots of amenities. We thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor community area; it has lots of seating and large propane fire tables. There’s also a pool, hot tub, and laundry room onsite.
Nearby Activities: Oceanside is a chill, Pacific Ocean community with a large does of surfer-vibes. There are beach front restaurants and fishing piers within walking distance.
If you want to drive 30 minutes south to San Diego, there’s an unlimited amount of activities to do!
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 7.1/10 The sites are a little tight, but the location can’t be beat!
French Quarter RV Park
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Price: $105 and up
Why You’ll Love It: If you love New Orleans, you’ll love this resort. Its located within walking distance to the French Quarter and has all the security features you’d want from an urban campground.
The French Quarter RV Resort has a pool and hot tub located in the center of the park. They have a small fitness room, rec room and 4 private uni-sex bathrooms with showers.
Nearby Activities: New Orleans is one of our favorite cities in America. From the WWII museum to late night ghost tours, the city has so much culture to offer. The vibrant art of the French Quarter will keep you coming back for more.
The best part of the city – all the AMAZING food!
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 6.8/10 City vibes and lots of culture.
Rushmore Shadows Resort
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Price: Membership Required
Why You’ll Love It: Rushmore Shadows Resort is well deserving of the “resort” title. The bathroom facilities are the best we’ve seen in any park. The tile walls and floors were always clean, and the showers were completely private. The resort also offers a pool & hot tub area, a huge dog park, and level sites with full hookups.
Nearby Activities: Black Hills adventures! Whether you want to visit Mt. Rushmore or hike the many Black Hills trails, Rushmore Shadows puts you close to the action!
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 6.2/10
Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort
Location: Borrego Springs, California
Price: $49 and up
Why You’ll Love It: This resort offers MANY amenities. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool & hot tub. There’s also a coffee shop, restaurant & bar onsite. The sites come in a variety of sizes to meet your RV needs.
Nearby Activities: We enjoyed exploring the sculptures in Borrego Springs. There’s also some bars and restaurants in town. Our favorite day-trip was a 30 mile drive up to Julian – a historic mining town sitting at 4000ft elevation. They’re known for their local apple pies & cider!
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 7.9/10 Great desert town & RV resort experience.
Yosemite RV Resort
Location: Coarsegold, California
Price: $58 and up
Why You’ll Love It: Our site was private, level, and equipped with full hookups. This is a newly renovated, full-service resort with an awesome pool facility, brand new fire pits, and some of the finest bathrooms we’ve seen!
Nearby Activities: The main entertainment at Yosemite RV Resort in Yosemite National Park, but we also found some great hiking trails nearby and awesome antique shopping just down the road. One day we took a trip into Fresno and had our first Ethiopian dining experience – it tasted great and was a cool learning experience.
RV Campgrounds Vibes Score: 8.2/10
The Best FREE Camping in the USA
We love camping across this amazing country. And, we really love it when its free. Here’s our list of the 20 Best Free Campsites in the USA.
If you haven’t tried free camping before, also known as boondocking, take a look at our beginners guide to boondocking filled with everything you need to know to get started.