Venturing on an RV journey is more than just about finding the perfect campground—it's about immersing yourself in the unique experiences the surrounding area offers. The joy of RV travel lies not only in the campgrounds but also in the local attractions, activities, and the natural beauty that envelops them. In this article, we're thrilled to share five exceptional campgrounds for RVs that we've explored and can't forget. 

We'll start with Lake Conroe in Conroe, Texas. Then, we'll transport you to the historic Fontainebleau State Park in New Orleans, where the campground and the local culture blend seamlessly to offer a unique experience. Our journey continues to Drummond Lake Township Park, Michigan. Next, we'll share our experiences at Three Flags Rapid City in South Dakota. Finally, we'll end our tour at Oceana RV and Camping Resort, Washington. 

So come along on this journey as we recount our experiences, sharing why these campgrounds and their surrounding areas made our list. We're confident they'll inspire your next RV adventure and become some of your new favorite spots.

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Lake Conroe RV Campground (Thousand Trails) in Texas

Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort is a vibrant community that combines the best outdoor living and family-friendly activities. It holds a special place in our hearts as one of the finest Thousand Trails campgrounds we've enjoyed visiting.

What sets Lake Conroe apart is its commitment to providing a fun-filled experience for the whole family. The campground is a paradise for water lovers, with a 22,000-acre lake that invites you to launch your boat right from the campground. Don't have a boat? No worries! The resort offers a variety of rentals, including jon boats, paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. The recent marina expansion and new beach have only added to the allure of this waterfront haven.

But the fun doesn't stop at the water's edge. The campground also boasts a range of land-based activities that keep the excitement going. There's never a dull moment at Lake Conroe, from mini-golf to basketball courts and a bustling recreation hall. These amenities make it a hit with the kiddos and a family favorite.

One of the things we love most about Lake Conroe is its proximity to other attractions. It's conveniently located near Huntsville State Park, offering a change of scenery and additional outdoor activities. Plus, it's just a short drive away from attractions like Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, the Houston Zoo (a little over an hour away), Sam Houston Museum, and the Prison Museum, providing diverse experiences for all ages.

In our travels, we've found that the best campgrounds for RVs offer more than just a place to park. They offer a sense of community, various activities, and a connection to the local area. Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort delivers on all these fronts, making it a standout in our book and a place we can't wait to return to.

Fontainebleau State Park in New Orleans, Louisiana

Fontainebleau State Park, located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, is a testament to the natural beauty and rich history of New Orleans. This park, once a sugar plantation, now serves as a tranquil retreat for RV travelers, offering a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Our visit to Fontainebleau State Park was nothing short of magical. We chose this enchanting location for our New Year's adventures, and it did not disappoint. As we drove into the park, the Spanish moss draped from the trees was lit by the moonlight, creating a magical and slightly spooky scene. It was a sight that left us in awe and set the tone for our memorable stay.

The park offers various recreational activities, from hiking, bird watching, fishing, and picnicking. But it's not just the activities that make Fontainebleau unique. It's the sense of peace and tranquility you feel there, surrounded by nature and steeped in the area's history.

Being so close to New Orleans, Fontainebleau State Park also serves as a perfect base for exploring the vibrant culture and festivities of the city. This proximity to New Orleans and the park's natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it an ideal campground for RVers looking to experience the best of both worlds.

From the moonlit Spanish moss to our New Year's adventures in New Orleans, our time at Fontainebleau is a chapter of our RV journey we'll always cherish.

Drummond Lake Township Park on Drummond Island, Michigan

Drummond Lake Township Park, located on the serene Drummond Island in Michigan, is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of tranquility and adventure. With its peaceful surroundings and beautiful landscapes, this park provides a perfect setting for RV travelers seeking a quiet retreat.

Our stay at Drummond Lake Township Park was marked by one memorable adventure – the offroad trail “South Marblehead Loop.” This trail, recognized as a Jeep Badge of Honor trail, offered an exciting experience that added a thrill to our peaceful stay at the park.

The park itself is a haven for nature lovers. The quiet sandy beach, the gentle lapping of the lake waters, and the lush greenery create a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

The park is on Drummond Island and is a perfect base for exploring other attractions. The island's peaceful south shore, the quaint Detour Village, and the historic Fort St. Joseph National Historic Park are just a short drive away and offer many fun things to experience.

Three Flags RV Park in Rapid City, South Dakota

Three Flags RV Park, located just outside Rapid City, is a charming, full-service campground that perfectly blends country tranquility and city convenience. What sets Three Flags apart is its commitment to providing a clean, well-groomed, and friendly environment. 

The park features pull-through RV sites with picnic tables, all big-rig friendly and equipped with 20/30/50 amp sites with electric, water, sewer, and HD cable TV. But what truly makes Three Flags a memorable stop on our RV journey is its proximity to some of the most iconic attractions in the region. It serves as a perfect base for exploring the rich history and natural beauty of South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore is a short drive away, an iconic symbol of American history. The historic town of Deadwood, famous for its wild-west history, and Sturgis, known for its annual motorcycle rally, are also within easy reach. Nature lovers will appreciate the proximity to the Black Hills, a mountain range offering breathtaking views and hiking trails, and Custer State Park, known for its wildlife and scenic drives. Devil's Tower is an hour and a half away and is a geological marvel worth visiting.

Thousand Trails Oceana RV Camping Resort

Thousand Trails Oceana RV Camping Resort is nestled along the Pacific Coast. This beautiful RV campground in Washington State offers a place to park your RV and a gateway to the wonders of the Pacific Coast.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Oceana is its oceanfront frontage and miles of sandy beaches. As the tide recedes, it reveals an expansive beach ripe for exploration. We found immense joy strolling along the coast, beachcombing, and simply soaking in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The sight of the exposed beach at low tide is a spectacle that always amazes us.

But the fun at Oceana doesn't stop at the water's edge. YOu can drive on the beach, adding a dash of thrill to the tranquil beach experience. One of our most cherished memories at Oceana is of a night when we had a fire on the beach. As the flames danced and the stars twinkled overhead, our kids played and acted crazy, filling the night with laughter and joy.

Oceana is in the heart of razor clam country during state-approved clamming seasons, offering yet another unique experience. And with nearby Ocean Shores offering bike, moped rentals, and horseback riding on the beach, Oceana never has a dull moment.

Add one (or all) of these great campsites to your bucket list

Launching an RV journey is about more than just finding a place to park—discovering new places, creating unforgettable memories, and immersing yourself in each location's unique experiences. We've enjoyed exploring countless campgrounds for RVs (over 70), but a few have left an unforgettable mark on our hearts. 

These five exceptional campgrounds—Lake Conroe RV Camping Resort in Texas, Fontainebleau State Park in New Orleans, Drummond Lake Township Park in Michigan, Three Flags RV Park in South Dakota, and Thousand Trails Oceana RV Camping Resort in Washington—have each offered us unique experiences that we're thrilled to share with you.

But what truly makes these campgrounds stand out is not just their amenities or beautiful locations—it's the memories we've created. Whether it was the kids playing and dancing around a beachside fire at Oceana, the thrill of completing the “South Marblehead Loop” at Drummond Lake, or our New Year's adventures in New Orleans, each of these experiences has added a unique chapter to our RV journey.

We'd love to hear about your favorite campgrounds or camping experiences. Feel free to share your stories with us at [email protected] or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram. After all, the RV community is about sharing experiences and learning from each other. So, let's continue the journey together, exploring, learning, and creating unforgettable memories. Safe travels!