Rehoboth Beach is a city located on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean along the Delaware coastline. The small, but popular, resort-style city covers an area of less than two square miles and has a low population count to match. That all changes when the sun starts shining. Fronted by superb stretches of seemingly endless sand like Deauville Beach and Poodle Beach, the city attracts thousands of visitors during the summer months that crowd the seafront promenade, the sands, and just about every other nook and cranny in town.
There's no escape from the influx of visitors even if you head over to hike the dunes in the Cape Henlopen State Park. Rehoboth Beach's great year-round climate means you're as likely to encounter as many people there in winter as you are in summer. Even if you head out onto the ocean in a kayak, you're likely to find many others doing the same. That or skimming the waves while surfing or paddleboarding. Go cycling along the seafront biking trails running through the park and you won't find solitude, but out-of-town visitors enjoying two hours of peddling on a cycle hired out for free from the ranger station.
While it might not happen often, you can get bored of seeing the beach and the ocean waves crashing against them, especially when there's plenty of other folks around. Living and working somewhere small that's constantly being invaded by sun-seeking beach lovers can mean at weekends or vacation time it's hard to find breathing space. For a change of air and scenery, head inland away from the coast on a week-long RV road trip from Rehoboth Beach to Kansas City in Missouri.
On this one-thousand, two-hundred mile journey through seven states, you'll find a diversity of landscapes that will surprise and delight you. From scenic viewpoints to mountain hikes to underground caverns, all without a grain of sand in sight. If you're not totally averse to crowds, make your road trip during fall and stop off in Maryland at one of North America's biggest renaissance festivals. Seeing people dressed in period costumes makes a nice change to seeing them baring all in skimpy swimwear.
Leave Rehoboth Beach and motor west until you've crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and are through Annapolis. Between Annapolis and Crownsville, you'll see signs for the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Turn off there and it'll lead you along Honeysuckle Drive then Crownsville Road until you find the parking facility for the festival village. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is an annual event that takes place from the end of August right the way through to the end of October.
The festival is held in a specially constructed medieval village that has everything from a king's throne to a jousting ring to a blacksmith's forge. Every year the reenactments follow a different story based on British history and the actors are costumed according to the era. It's a colorful event with a traditional atmosphere augmented by live music, artisans selling their wares, food stalls and beer tents.
Each weekend over the festival period there are countless special events and performances from acrobats, jugglers, dance groups and live storytelling. If you want to join in the medieval spirit of the celebration, you can hire a suitable outfit from the costume rental booth at the entrance.
Continue on your RV road trip from Rehoboth Beach to Kansas City and as you bypass Baltimore, you'll come to a super tranquil place to pitch camp for a day or two. The Patapsco Valley State Park is sixteen thousand acres of idyllic woodland terrains alongside the Patapsco River on the edge of the Baltimore suburbs. The Hollofield Campground is open year-round for RVs and the fully equipped campsites can cater for rigs up to forty feet in length.
Set out to hike along some of the park's two hundred miles of trails and you'll soon forget about crowded beaches. Be prepared to rough it in places as only seventy miles of the trails are maintained on a regular basis. Some are multi-use too and perfect for mountain biking or horse riding if you have a cycle or mount with you. The Patapsco River is easily accessible and the shallow water is great for fly fishing but check-up on the daily trout bag limits before casting as they vary throughout the year.
Once you're back on the highway again and are heading toward Kansas City, after motoring through Frederick, you'll be driving between the Gambrill State Park and the Frederick Municipal Forest then the Greenbrier State Park and the South Mountain State Park. Keep going, but after a few more miles stop off to get a break from the road and some exercise at the picturesque Monkey's Head Rock near the rural community of Flintstone.
The Monkey's Head Rock is an isolated hiking area on the side of Evitts Mountain where you can trek through heavily forested land right to the summit. The views from the top are impressive stretching far into the distance over the immense waters of Lake Habeeb and to the neighboring state of Pennsylvania with no city skylines to interrupt the view.
The Monkey's Head Rock trail area falls within the boundaries of the Rocky Gap State Park and it's not the only one there. Camp out for the night in the Rocky Gap Campground so you'll be in the right place to be able to get up bright and early for setting out on the lower altitude Lakeside Loop Trail around the lakeshore.
As you carry on motoring west along the I68, take time out from the highway and park your rig in Cumberland to have a change of transport. The station for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is located on Cumberland's Canal Street and a ride on the train is the ideal way of seeing the countryside without having to keep your eyes on the road.
Take a seat in the club car and you'll be traveling vintage style in a 1950s carriage. The trip takes around three and a half hours altogether so there's plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy not just the passing landscapes, but the first-class aperitifs that are served during the journey. There's also a dining car where you can tuck in to a full meal if you want to.
For something totally different, book your seat on the murder mystery tour or if your road trip companions are all over twenty-one, the Moonshine Train. All the train rides include a stopover in Frostburg so you'll get a chance to take a look around there too.
The one thing you'll really enjoy about this seven-day RV road trip from Rehoboth Beach to Kansas City is the mountain and forest scenery. It makes for a pleasurable change from the Atlantic Ocean. To the north-west of Frostburg, on the edge of the Savage River State Forest, is the perfect place to pull up for a picnic while making the most of the fantastic landscapes. Leave the I 68 and motor along Beall School Road and it'll take you to the St Johns Rock Scenic Overlook.
The St Johns Rock Scenic Overlook really delivers when it comes to spectacular vistas. If the fresh air, food, and views leave you feeling energized there's a network of trails on Savage Mountain that are very rewarding to trek. Though pick up or download a trail map before setting out as there is also a thirteen mile ORV trail in the vicinity and you won't want to wander on to that. If you are an ORVer and have your off-road vehicle with you, the St Johns Rock ORV area has some great challenges including a rock crawl to tackle.
If after several days on the road you're starting to long for the sight of water, you'll find an excellent spot to pitch camp just over the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. After passing through the rural community of Addison, you'll come to the shores of the super scenic, serpentine Youghiogheny River Lake. There are a couple of places where you can stay with your RV there. The Mill Run Recreation Area and the Outflow Camp both campgrounds require campsites to be reserved via recreation.gov before arrival.
While you may be tempted just to chill out by your rig at the side of this picturesque lake, there are some interesting things to do close by that you won't want to miss. The sixteen miles of lake water are ideal for boating or watersports as well as fishing and endless trails for hiking. There are two fantastic viewpoints worth taking a look at too. One is at the southern end of the lake and the other by the dam to the north.
If you are interested in architecture, you'll want to take a tour of the Fallingwater house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who incorporated waterfalls into the stunning construction.
Continuing on your week-long road trip from Rehoboth Beach to Kansas City will see you leaving Pennsylvania behind and entering into West Virginia. As you motor westwards you'll be passing the northern borders of the Monongahela and Wayne National Forests, keep trucking until you reach Columbus, Ohio. Make a swift detour around the city to visit an incredible subterranean natural wonder, the Olentangy Indian Caverns.
The Olentangy Indian Caverns are a set of limestone caves once used for shelter by both Native Americans and pioneering explorers. The caves are set out like an underground village with air shafts for natural ventilation. Each of the five interconnecting caves served a different purpose and display various geological formations. There are fossils in the rock walls, stalagmites and stalactites, and crystals. Once you've returned to the surface, you can go gem mining, pet animals in the mini-zoo or visit the on-site museum.
Before you reach the final destination of Kansas City, Missouri, on your road trip from Rehoboth Beach, make one last stop near St Louis to take a look at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. When you reach the St Louis suburbs head through the Washington Park district then take the Collinsville Road to reach the site.
This amazing installation, which is now a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a wonderful reminder of what could be achieved in a time of technology far less advanced than our own.
Climb the grass-covered hillocks and mounds of the site that once supported an extensive pre-historic community, then after exploring the two-thousand plus acre site, find out more about its complex history by visiting the Cahokia Museum and Interpretive Center. Visiting here is about as close as you can get to something like Machu Picchu without going to Peru.
By the time you arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, after your seven day RV road trip from Rehoboth Beach, you'll have totally forgotten what waves lapping against the shore sound like. The chatter of the crowds will have been replaced by the melodic chirping of bird song in the forest which is not a bad thing either. Kansas City will drag you back to reality though, as it's a city much bigger than Rehoboth Beach and in fact, the largest in the state of Missouri. But it is a city renowned for its jazz music, barbecues and craft breweries so what better reasons for visiting it do you need than that?