Even after the huge increase in interest in RV travel and camping last year, Yelp data shows that consumer interest is still rising this summer, and the trend is here to stay. According to Yelp data, review mentions for RVs and vanlife in the first six months of 2021 were 34% higher than 2019 and 26% higher than in 2020. RV-ing has become more mainstream since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, and Yelp saw a 150% increase in consumer interest for RV rentals this April compared to last April.
To help kickstart your next outdoor adventure, we’ve created a list of the top RV destinations and campgrounds on Yelp. Whether it’s a campsite overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, an RV park with glamping tents just a short drive from the California coastline, or a serene getaway just north of New York City, Yelp’s got you covered when you start daydreaming of your next adventure on the open road.
Below, we’ve highlighted four of the top RV campgrounds and camping destinations throughout the country.
The campgrounds at Mendocino Grove are what Yelp users call “stunning and modern”. This top destination for folks hitting the open road offers hiking trails on the property, and they provide guests with a list of local restaurants and activities to check out nearby. Each campsite has a fire pit, picnic table, and shared grills, and guests can even utilize the campfire valet service to help start a fire if needed. Located right by the water, it’s perfectly positioned for those who want to enjoy the beach or canoeing, and is a short drive to hiking trails at Russian Gulch State Park.
A “glamping” tent at Mendocino Grove campground. Photo via Nicole S. on Yelp
This camping destination is less than a two hour drive north of New York City, and the town of Beacon is known as a hub for contemporary art galleries like Dia: Beacon. Visitors have a choice of three hikes to get to the campground, and firewood is available for purchase once you arrive. Tents are available for rent, and the campground will even set it up for you when you arrive and take it down when you leave.
View from Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campground in Beacon, NY. Photo via Christine M. on Yelp
Located just minutes from the Grand Canyon on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park, this campground is an ideal destination for RV travelers. Kristine S. on Yelp says, “Holy cow. One of the best campgrounds we’ve stayed at. Beautiful, big sites with bathrooms very close by. Lots of wildlife, including elk, deer and rabbits that just hang around. We ate our dinner with a group of elk nearby. It was truly incredible!”
The stunning view from Grand Canyon Mather Campground. Photo via Brittney F. on Yelp
Mama Gertie’s is located right at the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near a variety of recreational options like local farmer’s markets, art galleries, craft breweries and antique and specialty stores. Tour the famous Biltmore Estate, cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway, or visit the towns of Black Mountain and Montreat.
An RV campsite at Mama Gertie’s Hideaway campground in North Carolina. Photo via Ashley M. on Yelp
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