Talladega might be a place you've never heard of unless you live there or nearby. It might also be a place you have heard of if you are a fan of NASCAR. And it’s also a city in Alabama where you can start a lengthy seven-day road trip in an RV. From the Deep South, you’ll head west to the panhandle border city of El Paso. While on this road trip, you’ll come across quite a few sights where you can take a ton of pictures, meet new people, and create a lot of memories that will last a lifetime.
By the time you reach El Paso, you’ll wish the trip would start up again. But there are plenty of road trips you can take in your lifetime. Now, let’s buckle up and go west on our trip to El Paso.
Let’s start off with a trip slightly south of Talladega. This park is located at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain range. This covers 392,000 acres of land where you can be able to hike, bike, walk and do all kinds of outdoor activities that your heart desires. You can also hike Alabama’s highest point, Cheaha Mountain. What better way to start off with a dose of the outdoors before you head out on the open road?
There are RV parks aplenty in Talladega and outside of the city. Two of them are located inside the national forest itself, but if you want something that’s outside of the forest, there are plenty lined up along Interstate 20 including the Talladega Taz RV Park.
Not far from Talladega, there’s Birmingham. If you don’t know what to check out there, you can take a look at the statue of Vulcan, the Roman God of fire. It is the world’s largest statue that is made from cast metal and is the largest ever made in the United States. Today, it sits atop of a hill on the Vulcan Park and Museum.
If you are looking for an RV park, there is one that you might want to consider going to when you want plenty of space and a lot of amenities. That is Birmingham South RV Park. It’s a bit out of the way, but it’s close to Interstates 65 and 459 (the latter is what you will need to travel as you are moving along).
Located near the grounds of the Alabama Museum of Natural History is a robot statue that is affectionately known as “Goldie”. It’s a rusted metal sculpture that represents the industrial history of Birmingham. The statue was made from old remnants of the Sloss Blast Furnaces of Birmingham that shut down in 1971 (hence the name Goldie 1971). Today, it represents a piece of Alabama’s history and heritage of the 20th century.
There’s plenty of RV parks outside of the Tuscaloosa city limits. The Sunset RV Park is located right off of Interstate 20 east of downtown Tuscaloosa. Whether your rig is small or large, you’ll always have space to fit it at this park so you can settle in and rest up for the next day of travel.
The Soule Steam Feed Works is located within the Mississipi Industrial Heritage Museum in Merdian, Mississippi. This is where you’ll see artifacts that represented America’s Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century. In fact, it’s here where you’ll be able to see the last factory in the United States with a steam engine that is still intact.
After spending time at the museum, you can settle in at the Bonita Lake RV Park. You’ll be within a walking distance of lakes and hiking trails. The perfect place to go for a nature walk before you head farther west.
As you head west on Interstate 20 through Mississippi, you’ll come across Bienville National Forest. This forest sits right in the heart of the Magnolia State and covers well over 170,000 acres of land. With close to hundreds of miles of trails, you can hike or walk all day long. You can also do some biking or horseback riding. Don’t forget, there are plenty of lakes where you can go swimming, boating, or even water skiing.
Nearby the forest is the Marathon Lake Campground, which has plenty of amenities that are available to you. Plus, you are located right inside the National Forest itself.
Before leaving Mississippi, you’ll be passing through the city of Vicksburg. That’s where you’ll find the USS Cairo, a Civil War-era warship that is known for being sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. Built from iron and wood, this was a boat that was sailing the waters of the Mississippi River during the Civil War. A Confederate mine or an electrically detonated torpedo caused the USS Cairo to sustain major damage to the point where it sank. Considering that electricity was a fairly new thing during this time period, stopping through here to see a boat that looked ahead of its time is worth it.
There are some RV parks that are located along the Mississippi River overlooking the Louisiana border. Another one worth checking out is the Magnolia RV Park Resort. That’s where you find plenty of space, hookups, amenities, and be within walking distance of plenty of restaurants.
The trip continues with a trip across the northern half of Louisiana. As you are close to the Texas State Line, you’ll be going through Shreveport. Near the city is the Red River National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can explore the many species of wildlife that reside here by canoe. You can also do some fishing and waterfowl hunting here (if you have the right permits).
While there’s a lot of RV parks in the area, the Shreveport/Bossier City KOA is a great place to settle in for the night before hitting the road. Almost every KOA campground in America comes with plenty of hookups and space for any RV no matter what the size.
This “eye sculpture” is larger than life and comes with the color, veins, and everything in between. Where do you find this three-story-high work of art? It’s located right in the heart of Dallas’s Historic Downtown District. If you are looking for one of those strange roadside attractions on the way to El Paso, this one might just take the cake.
With plenty of RV parks outside of Dallas, the Dallas Hi Ho RV Park is one of the best of the bunch. Especially when you are looking for an RV park that has plenty of hookups, on-site laundry, a playground, and so much more.
You have made it to El Paso, Texas! This city straddles the US-Mexico border as well as the Texas-New Mexico border. You’re literally in the corner of the Texas panhandle. Now that you are here, maybe you should check out some of the sites. If baseball season is in full swing, check out the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Ballpark. Or you can visit the old stomping grounds of many dinosaurs at Sunland Park. Believe it or not, that’s where you’ll find the visible footprints of those dinosaurs that roamed the earth more than millions of years ago.
As for where to stay, well...there are a ton of RV parks situated throughout the city. But the Mission RV Park just southeast of El Paso has nearly 200 spaces where you can fit your RV. Complete with a clubhouse and a pool, you cannot go wrong with what they offer for those staying a day or two.