Sitting on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Beach is a city with plenty of beaches that are great destinations for family vacations, couples’ trips, and friendly hangouts. There’s a reason why this haven on the East Coast is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy the outdoors - fun in the sun, walk across boardwalks, visits to attractions such as Funland and Jungle Jim’s, are just a few. What’s more, campers love spending time in the beautiful parks here such as Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park. The city’s festivals and events are other compelling reasons for a visit.
While Rehoboth Beach offers so much fun, even more adventure awaits tourists that embark on an RV road trip from this city to Dallas in Texas. The 1,456-mile trip, which will take you across four states (Maryland, Virginian, Tennessee, and Arkansas), offers opportunities to visit State and National Parks, museums, and lakes, as well as the chance to explore arts and culture.
The destination, Dallas, is the icing on the cake as it’s just the perfect place to wrap up a magical experience through daytime and nightlife activities. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound for young and old, there are plenty of sights to see, and of course, modern campgrounds are available.
As you drive west out of Delaware, you should take a piece of the State with you, or rather have one last taste of what makes this region special by stopping by at the Vanderwende Farm Creamery in Bridgeville.
This beautiful creamery makes handcrafted ice cream that is very difficult to forget by the taste buds. With over 40 different flavors of ice cream available here, you can be sure that you will find the one that’s for you (or maybe more than one). When you get yours, you can have it packed in cups, cones, or homemade waffle cones and continue your road trip, with Maryland in sight.
Tuckahoe State Park in Queen Anne, Maryland is a good place to spend the first night. If you arrive early enough you can still have fun by hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, or hunting before nightfall. More than half of the 54 campsites here are equipped with electric hookups, while other amenities such as showers and toilet facilities are available.
Manassas National Battlefield Park is a historically significant park in that two American Civil Wars took place on the land that’s now designated as the park. So, if you are a fan of history, you can bet you will find this site appealing, especially as there are several historic sites scattered across, all of which tell stories about the Civil War.
This park is not all about the wars though, as there are many other things to do to stay active. Begin your visit at the Henry Hill Visitor Center and slowly get in the groove as you enjoy activities such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking. Ranger-led tours and children’s programs are also on offer here. No matter how long you choose to be here, you will have something exciting to do.
Bull Run Regional Park, just southwest of the Battlefield Park offers tent, cabin, and RV camping options with partial and full hookups, so feel free to retire there for the night.
As you cover more ground on this road trip, make a stop at Shenandoah National Park, where you will get the very best of nature – scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, and wooded areas – all of which make this park just perfect for relaxing and refreshing yourself.
You can be sure you won’t run out of places to go or things to do here. Visitor Centers, wilderness areas, picnic grounds, and restaurants are some of the attractions within the park. Furthermore, popular activities enjoyed by visitors include ranger programs, geocaching, scenic driving, and nature photography. The outdoor settings in the park are ideal for hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and bicycling. Wildlife species abound here too.
Both backcountry and well-equipped modern campgrounds are available in the park, so it’s up to you to choose which campsite appeals to you. Five campgrounds, including a group campground, are available, and most of the campsites are RV-friendly.
At this point, it just makes sense to spend some time by the waterfront, taking in the view and enjoying the breath of cold fresh air. That’s where South Holston Lake comes in. You can choose to access this 12-square-mile lake that’s shared by Virginia and Tennessee from either of the two states, but you can be sure that the excitement is no less on either side. With a significant part of the lake bordered by the Cherokee National Forest, more sightseeing opportunities are offered to tourists.
This lake is a hotspot for birds and other wildlife. However, it is more popular as a site for paddling, swimming, recreational boating, fishing, and scuba diving. So, if you fancy water-based recreation, rest assured you’ll be able to knock yourself out here.
Several campgrounds line the shore of the lake, so there are good options for an overnight stay after you spend the day exploring the lake.
Lone Mountain State Forest offers you another kind of adventure on this exciting road trip. The State Forest, which covers an area of 5.5 square miles, features upland hardwoods, shortleaf and pine vegetation, providing plenty of shaded spaces for you to rest. Some other parts of the Forest consist of cove hardwoods and eastern hemlock, making the park’s corridors well decorated by resplendent vegetation.
There are different ways to spend time at Lone Mountain State Forest – you could hunt wildlife, enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding, and, of course, just relax and view the natural elements. Moreover, about 15 miles of trails are available in the Forest for hiking, park of which is an interpretive trail.
Overnight camping options are available at Frozen Head State Park, north of the Forest. Primitive, backcountry, and tent/vehicle campgrounds are provided, some of which can be reserved.
Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum is a popular attraction that invites guests from all across the region to see the original home of Casey Jones, the world-famous railroad engineer. This facility also features a museum dedicated to him and all railroad personnel all over the world.
When you arrive here, you can take a tour of the building where he was born, view exhibits, and watch a short film about him and rail cars. After the tour, feel free to visit the Dixie Café for lunch or the Buffet for delicious homemade meals. Rest assured, you won’t go hungry here. A gift shop and ice cream parlor are also available.
DeGray Lake, a reservoir managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, lies within the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, southeast of the Ouachita National Forest. This 21.5-square-mile recreation hub offers lots of recreational opportunities to guests and ranks among the cleanest lakes in the US.
Whichever way you choose to have fun here, you’re guaranteed a swell time on the lake. The water is every boater’s paradise as there are 17 boat ramps that offer ease of access. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular sports here. If your interest is fishing, you’ll catch hybrid stripers, crappie, and catfish here. Pavilions are also available for events and social functions.
There are 113 campsites available here, within shoreline and wooded areas. You’ll find amenities such as electric hookups, water hookups, hot showers, flush toilets, and dump stations. You can make reservations for any of the campsites ahead of your visit.
By now, you’re already in Texas and are gradually approaching Dallas, the final stop on this RV road trip. Just before that though, you’ll want to take a break from driving and visit the MP Bowling and Activity Center in Mt Pleasant.
This bowling alley is the pure definition of fun and engages both young and old. Whether it’s your children you wish to play arcade games with, or it’s your colleagues you want to challenge to a bowling contest, you can be sure the excitement won’t stop. This center has been a top attraction in the city for more than half a century, so rest assured that time spent here will be memorable.
After the engaging sport exercise at MP Bowling and Activity Center, take a short drive west to Mt Pleasant KOA Journey to stay the night at one the well-equipped developed RV campsites before you head out for Dallas in the morning.
At long last, you’ve arrived, and by now already will feel overwhelmed by how much fun you’ve had over the past seven days. Well, the fun has not ended. Not in the slightest, because Dallas, Texas is a recreation haven in and of itself.
Whether what you seek is an indoor setting for you to learn about history, art and culture, or an outdoor environment where you’ll be able to spend even more time with your travel companions, you can be sure you’ll find plenty of options in this glamorous city. If what interests you is food, drinks, music, or festivals, you will be thoroughly satisfied by the time you’re done exploring the city.
Some of the popular spots here include the Dallas World Aquarium, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park, Nasher Sculpture Center.
Your time here will be unforgettable!