Leslie Carvitto
by Leslie Carvitto
Posted August 17, 2021

Ah, Labor Day — it’s the perfect holiday to kick back, relax, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of work. If you have that Monday off, this Labor Day 2021 is the perfect opportunity for an extended weekend getaway. It may not be long enough for a cross-country road trip, but it’s the ideal amount of time to explore a new area in your region. And best of all, exploring the outdoors in an RV is the best way to have fun while staying safe and socially distanced.

No plans yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered with these ten last-minute Labor Day 2021 getaways. We’ve broken down the list into regions, so find the area where you live, choose a destination, pack your bags, and hit the road!

West Coast Labor Day getaways

Bend, Oregon  

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What to do in Bend

Bend is known as the “mountain town that has it all,” and the range of activities could keep you busy for weeks. A perfect day might look like kayaking in the pristine waters of the Deschutes River, followed by a quick out and back hike up Pilot Butte and end with a stroll along the Bend Ale Trail to visit the town’s abundance of breweries. By the end of your trip, you’ll be daydreaming about a permanent move.

Where to stay in Bend

Crown Villa RV Resort

A luxury camping resort, Crown Villa offers big-rig-friendly spaces with full and partial hookups, modern facilities, and countless amenities, including an off-leash dog park and fitness center! Here, you’ll have easy access to all the happenings of the city, from the downtown breweries to the Deschutes River.

What to drive in Bend

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Missoula, Montana

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What to do in Missoula

Outdoor recreation is Missoula’s specialty. The city sits in the Northern Rockies and is a stone’s throw from Lolo National Forest. If you’re looking for trails, you won’t have to look far. The short scramble up Mount Sentinel is a local favorite and a great outing for all ages, while Blue Mountain Recreation Area is a popular, pet-friendly destination. When your body needs a break from movement, relax in a natural hot spring or walk downtown to one of the numerous art galleries that feature regional and Native American artists.

Where to stay in Missoula

Jim & Mary’s RV Park

Jim and Mary’s is a family-owned campground that’s sure to make you feel right at home. With 70 full-hookup sites, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, you’ll have everything you need. Looking for things to do? The park is only a 10-minute drive from downtown, and during the summer months, there is live musical entertainment and various social events right on site!

What to drive in Missoula

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Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

What to do in Santa Cruz

Spend the last few days of summer surrounded by giant redwoods and the stretches of sun and sand along the Pacific coast. You’ll want to take advantage of the surf scene by renting a board and heading to one of Santa Cruz’s pristine beaches. Surfing isn’t the only way to enjoy this coastal town though — drive to one of the state parks to explore miles of hiking and cycling trails, or walk along the infamous Beach Boardwalk and take a ride on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.

Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

Burrowed among the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort is a sanctuary site for every RVer. Located along the San Lorenzo River and backed by Henry Cowell State Park, outdoor recreation of nearly every kind is at your disposal. On-site, you’ll have wifi, cable tv, restroom facilities, and so much more!

What to drive

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East Coast Labor Day getaways

Knoxville, Tennessee

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What to do in Knoxville

What should you expect when exploring Knoxville? Highlights include fine food, festivals, award-winning theatre productions, and music. Get your bearings by starting in Market Square—one of the most vibrant spots in the city. You’ll find specialty shops and great foodie stops. Knoxville is also a great place to soak in nature. The city is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, which welcomes approximately 11 million visitors annually—making it the most-visited national park in the U.S.

Where to stay in Knoxville

Up the Creek RV Camp in the Smokies

Just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Up the Creek RV Camp is an awesome place to park your trailer and head off to hike, tube, and experience the beauty of the Smokies. Though the camp may not be as fancy as those with a pool or clubhouse, it does feature spacious spots with hookups, each with its own unique qualities, along with wifi and cable TV.

What to drive in Knoxville

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Savannah, Georgia

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What to do in Savannah

Savannah has a reputation for hospitality and grace, meaning it’s more than likely you’ll leave your vacation with at least one or two new friends. Start your visit in Forsyth Park, 30 acres of gorgeousness nestled in the Historic Landmark District. The park’s large fountain is one of Savannah’s most recognizable landmarks and a great spot to retreat from the sun—thanks to the abundance of Spanish moss-draped oak trees. If you’re in search of a body of water to cool off in, head to Tybee Island. This laid-back beach community is known for surf, sand, and delicious seafood.

Where to stay in Savannah

Red Gate Campground

The closest campground to historic Savannah, Red Gate is the best place to park your RV and experience Georgia’s southern charm. The pet-friendly grounds have full-hookup, big-rig friendly sites, along with wifi, restroom facilities, a clubhouse, and plenty of on-site activities.

What to drive in Savannah

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Labor Day destinations in the South

Charleston, South Carolina

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What to do in Charleston

Voted the No. 1 city in the U.S. by Southern Living magazine, Charleston is a coastal town rife with plenty of rich history to uncover. Discover the town through its iconic cuisine like shrimp and grits, okra soup, fried chicken, cornbread, and crab soup. Balance the eating-to-activity ratio by exploring beautiful saltwater estuaries by kayak, cruising through the tidal creeks via paddleboard, or going on a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of the city.

Where to stay in Charleston

Campground at James Island County Park

Experience South Carolina’s history and charm at the James Island County Park Campground, conveniently located near Charleston and the Lowcountry. On your site, you’ll have all the desired amenities, and throughout the park, you’ll have plenty to do, from tidal creek fishing to paddleboarding to hiking. You can also take a round-trip shuttle into Charleston for some dinner and antiquing.

What to drive in Charleston

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Austin, Texas

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What to do in Austin

Austin has had a surge of new residents in the last decade, and it’s easy to understand why it continues to rise in popularity. Aside from the city’s thriving music and arts scene—South by Southwest, anyone?—the city is full of friendly locals, trendy restaurants and bars, and an accessible outdoor scene. Zilker Park is one of the city’s best green spaces to visit. In the area, you’ll find a natural spring-fed pool, volleyball court, botanical garden, theatre, and nature and science center. Not far from the city is a handful of swimming holes like Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole. Both are gorgeous and well worth the short drive.

Where to stay in Austin

Austin East KOA

Swim, barbecue, and hang out at the clubhouse at Austin East KOA. Parking your RV here, you’ll have fast wifi and full hookups and only be a short drive from UT Austin, the Capitol, Walter E. Long Lake, Rodeo Austin, and Travis County Exposition Center. Experience all Austin has to offer at your site and beyond!

What to drive in Austin

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Pensacola, Florida

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What to do in Pensacola

Imagine miles and miles of sugar-white sand beaches, postcard-worthy sunsets, and miles of picturesque parks and trails. Need we say more? Sailboats and catamarans dot the horizon, and we suggest you jump aboard. If the beaches don’t completely steal the show, the Pensacola Bay area has more than 450 years of history to discover. Visit one of the local museums and historic sites or walk the Colonial Archaeological Trail, a series of outdoor exhibits that feature Pensacola’s colonial past.

Where to stay in Pensacola

Pensacola Beach RV Resort

Pensacola Beach RV Resort overlooks Santa Rosa Sound and is within walking distance to Casino Beach, the gulf pier, boardwalk, and plenty of eating, shopping, and entertainment. Enjoy a comfortable and convenient stay with full-hookup sites near the water, various facilities within the clubhouse, and off-leash dog areas.

What to drive in Pensacola

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Labor Day destinations in the North

Portland, Maine

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What to do in Portland

Classy and sophisticated without being pretentious, Portland, Maine offers the quintessential coastal experience. Named one of the Top 10 Destinations by TripAdvisor, visitors can eat lobster to their stomach’s content, explore the wealth of natural landscapes through hiking or biking, or brush up on the city’s maritime history. With a wealth of kid-friendly activities, this city is an ideal destination for the whole family.

Where to stay in Portland

Baley’s Camping Resort

A place for “family camping with a resort atmosphere,” Baley’s offers great amenities and even greater adventures. You don’t have to travel far for a good time, with tons of on-site entertainment, from Ashley’s Game Room and Arcade to Seaside Square Pavilion. Not to mention, the resort is only a mile from the beach and a few miles from numerous restaurants!

What to drive in Portland

Here are some RV rental options still available for Labor Day weekend 2021:

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Saugatuck, Michigan

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What to do Saugatuck

Nestled into the sunset coast of West Michigan, Saugatuck sits on 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. It’s essential to spend a few hours at Oval Beach, which has won an impressive array of awards. After that, you can hike through Mount Baldhead Park. End your day by quenching your thirst with a beer from the Saugatuck Brewing Company. But of course, you’ll want to make sure you get back to the beach to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

Where to stay in Saugatuck

South Haven Sunny Brook RV Resort

Sunny Brook combines the beauty of nature with the relaxation of resort life. Just minutes from Lake Michigan, you can soak up the sunshine on the Sunset Coast and unwind on the 65-acres of the resort. With almost every amenity and activity imaginable, you won’t run out of things to do.

What to drive in Saugatuck

Here are some RV rental options still available for Labor Day weekend 2021:

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Looking for more?

If none of these destination ideas get your RV wheels rolling on Labor Day 2021, don’t give up hope. Do a little research, and be sure to check out Outdoorsy’s awesome list of road trip guides.

When it comes to RV travel and road trips, the world is truly your oyster. Find the perfect RV rental to spend your weekend and get ready for the Labor Day of a lifetime. Happy travels!

Leslie Carvitto

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