Traveling the country in a recreational vehicle is a wonderful way to explore American history. You can enjoy all the comforts of home while you experience firsthand the cities and towns where important events took place. Here are 8 RV trips that will make great moments in history come alive.
St. Augustine, FL
Beautiful St. Augustine overlooks the Matanzas Bay on the Florida coast. This historic city was founded by Spanish settlers in the 1500s, and it is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States.
Along with beautiful museums, shopping, and dining, you’ll enjoy costumed reenactors and interactive experiences throughout the city. St. Augustine is an RV friendly destination, with waterfront campsites and many options for parking your RV while you tour the city.
Explore the Antebellum South in Charleston, South Carolina. This port city was established in the 1670s and was an important location in the Colonial Era and the Civil War. You can even tour the famous Fort Sumter – where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
Take advantage of one of the several beachfront RV campsites and spend some time exploring the city. You’ll love experiencing this diverse city’s historic architecture, Civil War sites, and beautiful beaches.
Colonial Williamsburg, VA
Dive into historic reenactments while in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. This living history museum features a recreation of the town as it was in the Revolutionary War Era.
Costumed performers lecture, sing, dance, and lead you through the historic events of the American founding fathers who lived and worked in the town.
Options for RV campers abound, from quiet parks to all-out resorts with WIFI and hook-ups.
History reveres Boston as an innovative and powerful city. Home to John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Susan B. Anthony, and many others, Boston’s impact on American culture spans hundreds of years.
Experience Boston’s historical sites by taking a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that winds through downtown and passes 16 significant historical locations. Nestled in the harbor of Massachusetts Bay, Boston allows you to enjoy the historic sites as well as all the amenities of a modern city, such as shopping and fine dining.
Step back in time by visiting Portland, Maine. This portside city has historic neighborhoods full of red brick buildings and classic New England architecture dating back to the 1860s.
Home to Maine’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, this charming coastal town offers historic walking tours for visitors to view the city on foot. You can also tour a former United States military fort from 1858, or step inside a preserved Historic House Museum of the Victorian Era.
Mount Rushmore, SD
No historic road trip across the U.S. is complete without a visit to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Located east of the Rocky Mountains in the Black Hills, this impressive monument bears the likeness of four American presidents carved into the mountain stone.
This national monument is particularly breathtaking when viewed as the sun sets in the summer months when a lighting ceremony takes place in the evening. The monument comes alive as mountain lights illuminate the famous faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln under a starry sky.
Yellowstone National Park, WY, ID, MT
Yellowstone National park is a cornerstone of American conservation history. Created by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, this park predates even the National Park System.
The park features geothermal activity such as Old Faithful, and breathtaking wildlife. Enjoy the great outdoors in one of the 12 RV-friendly campsites throughout the park.
A classic American road trip, Route 66 is an expansive highway that spans all the way from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles California – over 2,400 miles! There is a myriad of historical sites along this famed journey, including the Petrified National Forest, the Grand Canyon, the Santa Monica Pier, and Grant Park.
Do you love learning about American history? Take these trips and create memories and fun in your RV while you tour the country. If you need more tips on enjoying your RV adventure, join our community and become an RV Co-Pilot Member? RV Co-Pilot membership has its perks including discounted RV parts, exclusive coupons, access to premium content, and more. Sign up today!