With one rental company reporting a surge of 4,500% in RV bookings within the last couple of years, some of the most beautiful parks in the country are meeting an increase in demand by offering their guests breathtaking surroundings and luxurious amenities. From a wonderful waterside recreation area in Washington to parks offering access to historical cities and stunning scenery in Georgia, there are plenty of RV parks in beautiful locations for travelers who want to see more of the country’s remarkable tourist sights.
However, not all parks can be situated in natural areas of outstanding beauty, and instead many are urban-based or simply serve as practical places for travelers to stop overnight while en route to a final destination. The surrounding environment may not be as striking in these parks but, while the background scenery can’t be changed, the landscape of the park itself can be enhanced to provide a more enjoyable stay for guests and attract more visitors.
Adding Gardens and Greenery
Wherever a park is based, landscaping the site by adding grass, native plants and other natural enhancements will not only increase its value in the long-term but also make it immediately more attractive for visitors. As well as adding color and interest, well-kept landscaped gardens and grass between pitches can help to delineate individual plots while also creating privacy and a sense of personal space. Plants and trees provide welcome shade on campsites near Augusta, Georgia where temperatures can reach over 90℉ in the summer, while including native plants can keep irrigation needs to a minimum especially in very arid states such as Arizona or Utah. Once gardens and landscaping are established, keeping them well-maintained is important for the long-term enhancement of a site. This means regularly mowing lawns, trimming greenery and pruning or removing hazardous trees.
Regular Site Maintenance
As well as managing the upkeep of lawns and landscaped areas to keep them looking their best, other areas of the park also require routine maintenance. A clean and well-maintained park looks more attractive, and shows that the owner takes pride in its appearance, making campers feel secure and comfortable. In addition to regularly clearing debris, fixing potholes and refreshing paintwork on communal buildings, emergencies such as issues with the outdoor lighting or water supply should be dealt with promptly. This not only reassures guests at the time but will prevent problems becoming difficult or costly to fix later down the line.
Hiding Unsightly Features
While any RV park needs reliable and practical facilities to keep it clean and safe for its residents, large garbage and recycling bins, exposed pipes and concrete shower blocks can be unsightly, and deter potential guests from setting up camp. All these unattractive features can be easily disguised without reducing their accessibility or hindering their use. Enclosing bins in custom-built sheds or behind a screen not only keeps them out of sight but prevents them from blowing over in high winds and protects them from pests. Surrounding ugly outbuildings with tall plants or Italian cypress trees in pots will disguise them from view and add welcome greenery to an otherwise ugly area.
Adding Extra Outdoor Attractions
As well as making a site more physically attractive, adding extra outdoor amenities such as play areas for children, swimming pools or communal pavilions can enhance the appeal of a park and help to attract more guests. This is especially true for parks in areas where there are no major attractions or landmarks nearby as it means guests and particularly families with young children can enjoy their immediate surroundings without having to leave the site in order to find entertainment.
Decorating Your Own Space
As an RV owner, you can also carry your own outdoor accessories to improve the appearance and comfort of your site, and make your stay more enjoyable no matter where you are based. Without taking up too much space in your vehicle when you’re on the move, a folding privacy screen, outdoor rug and strings of lights can transform your site into a cozy and secluded oasis, while also blocking out views over an unattractive parking lot or uninspiring views.
Whether an RV park is located in the midst of spectacular scenery or situated near a busy highway, enhancing the grounds with landscaping and keeping the site clean and safe will help to attract more visitors. Plants and trees can add color, shade and interest to the surroundings in any park, while a well-kept lawn indicates that the owner takes pride in their campground. By keeping on top of other routine repairs and maintenance and adding further outdoor attractions, site owners can help their visitors to enjoy their stay and encourage them to return in the future.
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