15 Bargain Destinations for a Spring RV Vacation
Spring can be an excellent time to hit the road in a recreational vehicle, enjoying time with family and taking advantage of shoulder-season bargains at parks and RV resorts. Finding the right destination can be challenging, though. Spring weather can be unpredictable, and many RV campgrounds don't open until April or May. Here we highlight some top campgrounds for the spring, along with age restrictions and seasonal price changes that might catch travelers by surprise.
Vehicle renters will also find deals -- for instance, pick up from Cruise America in Chicago in March, arrive in Las Vegas by April 3, and pay a nightly $39 with a 200-mile allowance, $250 gas credit, waived drop-off fee, and $500 damage deposit cut by $200. (Standard, an 11-night trip would cost $100 a night with $38.50 in charges for each 100 miles driven.)
Explore North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway region and Pisgah National Forest from the year-round Asheville West KOA in Candler -- one of 487 resorts in the Kampgrounds of America system -- where a pull-through RV spot in early April is $36 a day, rising to $42 in May. There's a seasonal pool, and Saturday baked treats and ice cream.
Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park is the spot to see the wonders of Yellowstone National Park while camping with a hard-sided RV -- but only a hard-sided RV: This is bear habitat. There are 340 sites for $48 a night starting May 5.
Zion National Park's amazing rock formations and views are only a short drive from Zion River Resort in Virgin. It offers a March 1 to May 15 "midseason" rate of $50 a night for a standard back-in RV spot, which is $5 less than the May 16 to Aug. 15 summer season rate.
The winding Pacific Coast Highway is famed for its scenery, and Big Sur's Fernwood Resort charges accordingly: $60 for a camping spot without power, $80 for one with an electrical hookup. While there, visit an 1889 lighthouse or go whale watching and California condor spotting with state park rangers.
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