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When most people think of RV travel the word exotic does not come to mind. This is unfortunate because RV travel is by far the best way to travel in a van to remote and often at times exotic travel destinations whether in spring or summer. In fact, there are many such locations where RV travel is the best way to go to the most exotic vacation destinations and still have access to the comforts of civilized life. Here in this blog are some of the best RV trips that families can plan today with RV tips for first long trip.

1. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Glacier National Park is home to the Rocky Mountains, some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery in the US. This remote location was described in the movie Forrest Gump as he recounted the experience of the beauty of the clear mountain lakes as he ran down the Going to the Sun Road.

The open road itself was built between 1921 and 1932 and traverses the park from Apgar village on the west end to St Mary's lake, where the Forrest Gump footage was shot, on the east side. Much of it is carved right out of the granite face of the mountains and it provides amazing views of the remote mountainous regions of the park. It is often referred to as the Alps of the United States.

Glacier National Park and the surrounding national forests make up a vast wilderness area that would take a lifetime to explore. In addition to traveling the Going to the Sun Road there are opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and whitewater rafting.

The neighboring town of Whitefish, MT is a great place to visit with a clean, welcoming native american town center and plenty of dining and entertainment options to choose from.

RVing here is easy. There are RV sites available on the east and west end of the parks, with the west side having the greatest selection and access to more local resources. There are also numerous campsites available in the park with Apgar Village being the largest area.

The incredible thing is this is a great jump off location for other amazing locations nearby while traveling America. You can choose to head over to the Pacific Northwest for vast stunning coastline and rainforest along the Columbia river, or you can head south to Yellowstone National Park for a look at the immense power of Old Faithful.

2. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, USA

Travel with van down the iconic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon. Most RVers would consider this route to be a must visit place and exotic in its own right with its prestigious position as the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. However, most people also go there, stand on the edge of a roadside on a viewing platform, let out a few oohs and ahs and then leave.

There is so much more to the Grand Canyon that most visitors never experience. One of the best cases in point is Havasu falls. Havasu falls is a waterfall that pours over a deep red cliffside into a deep blue pool and it is absolutely stunning to see. It is lightly visited for a couple of reasons. First it is located on Havasupai tribal land which controls access through a permitting system.

Next, getting there requires a 10 mile hike each way from the nearest access point, or the help of a helicopter which can fly you in and land you nearby. Most trips to see the falls involve hiking back and camping at a nearby primitive campground, then hiking back out the next day. If you want to visit a truly exotic location while in the Grand Canyon region, this is the place to go.

Afterwards, take a side trip to explore city life. Just a hop, skip and a jump away is Las Vegas, world renowned destination for nightlife and entertainment. Take out your party outfit or head a little further west to Ventura, a coastal city, northwest of Los Angeles. Among the things to do, southern California offers a lot. Go for a tour of Hollywood, Disneyland or Sunset Cliffs in San Diego and enjoy some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.

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3. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is home to Plitvice Falls which is listed as one of the seven natural wonders of Croatia. This area contains 16 sapphire blue, crystal clear lakes which are terraced relative to each other. Water cascades down the terraces between the lakes, creating one of the most breathtaking waterfall landscapes in the world.

There are several campgrounds around the park where caravaners can stay. These areas range from small inexpensive campgrounds to larger higher end state parks. This exotic area should be high on any RVers bucket list of places to see. The best time to visit Croatia is during May to June and September to October during the yacht week.

4. The Australian Outback

The Australian outback is a truly exotic location which is one of those places that almost requires a RV to visit. The shortest trip across is a 39-hour drive along the north/south route between Darwin and Adelaide, with Alice Springs falling at about the halfway mark. This trip allows for the true outback experience and passes near Uluru, or Ayers Rock, which is accessible as a short side trip.

The outback is largely very remote and can be an unforgiving place so make sure you prepare properly. If the RV road trip across the Outback wasn't enough, Melbourne is only a day's drive from Adelaide and Sydney is another day from Melbourne. Both are world class cities and offer attractions for everyone and has some of the best places to visit in Australia on a road trip.

5. East Coast USA

Traveling the east coast of the USA is a trip through history. Starting in Cape Cod, one of the favorite RV destinations, the New England experience and the flavor and culture of the Atlantic Ocean is quite tantalizing. Among the things to do, enjoy rich clam chowder as you watch the waves roll in Martha's Vineyard. From there stop in New York City for something completely different, park the RV for the day, take the subway and explore like a local.

The exotic sights and sounds of the city, will be traded for a lesson in history as Washington DC is the next stop. There is so much to see and do, but the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument are an awe-inspiring sight to behold. The entire west coast in USA is full of unique stops and historical places.

The country of the United States was born and shaped along this trail. Reaching Florida, you can choose to stay near the theme parks and cities or check out Downtown Hollywood or the beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast, and Florida Keys.

6. New Zealand

The North and South Islands of New Zealand are both outstanding exotic locations for an RV trip to travel New Zealand. If you have seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies you may already be familiar with the beauty of New Zealand. Most of the amazing landscapes used in the movies were filmed on location on the North and South Islands. RVing is extremely popular with the locals, which makes obtaining a rental RV an easy process.

The North Island is smaller and known for its geothermal features and sandy beaches. The South Island is larger and is known for its mountains and rocky fjord like coastline. Either island offers excellent RV infrastructure and will make a great choice for a unique exotic vacation while visiting New Zealand.

Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf has enough attributes to be considered one of the possible terrestrial Eden with kilometers of almost solitary beaches, mountain landscapes, a privileged climate almost all year round, and a dozen wineries. This is one of the very popular RV vacation destinations in summer.

In the middle of the last century it became the home of many people who were looking for a much calmer life in this corner than they could have in towns like Auckland. So there hippies, hermits, healers, ecologists and even fans of marijuana took refuge.

Whether you are looking for a new experience across the world, or you want to find the exotic a little closer to home, traveling by RV offers flexibility. If you want to find the unexpected, there is no better way than to pack up your RV or rent one and head out on an unforgettable trip. So get out there and explore some exotic RV traveling.
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Tiger Mint said...

These are some wonderful destinations. I have been to the Plitvice lakes, they're absolutely stunning <3
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Emily Fata said...

For me, New Zealand has always been a place I've wanted to traverse. It looks like such an incredibly beautiful environment to explore.

Melissa said...

I am not a traveler, and am much more of a home body, but I love reading about other places.

GiGi Eats said...

My husband would LOVE to rent an RV and go cross country and visit all these places with me and our son. And who knows, in the future, we may just do that!

Chad Kassis said...

I've never traveled in an RV but super love the idea!!! Going from one place to another and really seeing so many amazing places, love it!


Sri mallya said...

I have never traveled in RV. Sounds like a cool idea and so many great places.

Sue-Tanya Mchorgh said...

I have been wanting experience what it would be like to travel around in an RV. I am sure it would be fun. These are all wonderful destinations that I have been wanting to visit.

Christine said...

Great list! I would love to do some RV traveling at some point in life. My husband isn't a big fan of tropical vacations and traveling of that sort, but I think he would enjoy the Glacier National Park!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I have never traveled RV but always wanted to. Your destination list sounds ideal to have a perfect first time

Maurcel Ow said...

RV trips sound like fun! I'd love to visit the Grand Canyon.

Catherine Santiago - Jose said...

Those are definitely a nice destinations to visit and I am hoping to have a vacation with my family with these places someday!

Christa Anne said...

There are so many amazing destinations on this list! I love to travel so much and sometimes it's hard to decide where to go next!

Britney Kaufman said...

New Zealand would definitely be a unique one! My husbands grandparents have an RV and travel all the time!

Bindu Thomas said...

I love to travel so much. Those are definitely a nice destinations to visit. Hope will visit soon.

Chelle Dizon said...

This is so nice. There are a lot of fun and amazing place on that list. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Preet said...

I have never been to Croatia and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole family. I will def add this to my bucket list, thanks for your guidelines.

Sophia Damasceno said...

I would love to do a trip like this. It is something I have never done before.

aisasami said...

Glacier National Park would be a WONDERFUL place to visit with an RV! I can imagine how it would look alreadfy!

Elizabeth O said...

very nice. thanks for writing about these beautiful places.