Plan One of These RV Trips for Fall
Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop adventuring! These RV destinations make for an unforgettable weekend road trip or week-long getaway. Here are 4 of our favorite RV trips for fall on the west coast.
The Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula tends to be rainy at any time of year, but it is beautiful nonetheless. The Hoh Rainforest is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the country and is home to giant spruce and hemlock trees covered with hanging moss and ferns.
To the west are pebbled beaches featuring remarkable rock formations sticking out of the ocean. Take a dip in geothermal hot springs at the developed Sol Duc Hot Springs or hike 2.5 miles to the natural pools of Olympic Hot Springs. There are many NPS and private campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula that accommodate RVs.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Mount St. Helens is an active volcano which most recently erupted in 1980. This event collapsed the north face of the mountain. Since then, there has been periodic seismic activity, which continues to rebuild the lava dome at the center of the crater. The Johnston Ridge Observatory is a great place to start exploring Mount St. Helens. From this point, you can view the gaping crater and learn more about the volcano through interactive displays and ranger talks.
If you are feeling adventurous, there are countless hikes in the area that range in difficulty and length. A ranger at the observatory will provide suggestions. Johnston Ridge Observatory is open through October.
Sea to Sky Highway
The Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia makes for a stunning RV road trip that starts in Vancouver and leads into the Garibaldi Ranges. The Sea to Sky Highway, or Highway 99, only takes about 2 hours to drive. However, it offers so many scenic stops along the way that you could easily turn it into a weekend RV trip. If you love skiing, make a stop in Whistler in late November.
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Craters of the Moon is a geological wonder located in Southern Idaho. Fall is an ideal time to visit this park because the temperatures cool down during the day and the summer crowds are gone. Craters of the Moon is a field of lava flow caused by volcanic eruptions that started 15,000 years ago.
At this park, you can explore lava tubes and caves, climb to the tops of cinder cones, and see unique features like tree molds and volcanic bombs. The Lava Flow Campground in the park has sites that accommodate RV’s, but no hookups. Otherwise, there are several RV parks in nearby Arco.