Not ready for summer to end? We aren’t either here at Harvest Hosts! Whether you’re a full time RVer or searching for the perfect end-of-summer vacation in your rig, we’ve got you covered. With school back in session, the busy season has slowed down at most popular vacation destinations, so now is the perfect time to travel. You will also find it easier to beat the mid-summer heat and enjoy more time with the family outdoors. We’ve put together a detailed list of places you can visit at the end of summer to soak up the rays and enjoy the remainder of the season.
1. Tybee Island, Georgia
Our first stop is in the south. If you’re looking for one last warm beach adventure, then Tybee Island, Georgia, is exactly what you’re searching for. We recommend River’s End Campground for your charming southern destination, especially if you’ll be bringing children. They have over 45 full hookup sites, primitive and upgraded camping sites, and also pet friendly cabins. They offer weekly events to keep the spirit of summer vacation going with movie nights, ice cream socials, kayak races, and even a Pirate Fest and a Festival of the Arts in October. Tybee Island allows you to explore Savannah’s beaches being only half a mile away from the shores, and only a fifteen-minute drive from historic downtown Savannah. This area is sure to offer something for everyone and allows for a budget-friendly late summer adventure.
2. Flagstaff, Arizona
If you’re craving some cooler weather, then let’s head over to Flagstaff, Arizona. Mother Road Brewing Co is a necessary stop for anyone seeking a more polished trip to ease into fall. This exclusive Harvest Host location offers one reservable spot for a smaller van or RV under 29 feet, and provides potable water, wifi, and craft beers, of course. This fun brewery is nestled in the Coconino National Forest and only an hour and a half from the Grand Canyon. Don’t feel like driving? Hitch a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway that departs right from Flagstaff. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular views while riding on this historic train.
3. Philo, California
If craft beer isn’t your taste, then let’s head up the West Coast to Handley Cellars Winery in Philo, California. This pet-friendly Harvest Host location features a variety of homemade white, red, and sparkling wines. Enjoy the best of both worlds with beautiful vineyard views while only being 30 minutes from the coast, and less than 20 minutes from Navarro River Redwoods State Park. They offer annual events for every season, but late September boasts the Handley Harvest Celebration.
4. Silt, Colorado
If you want to enjoy the remnants of summer but want a break from the heat, then you’ll enjoy our detour to Sopris Alpaca Farm and Boutique in Silt, Colorado. This unique Harvest Host location is fun for the entire family, including the four-legged family members. They offer 5 reservable sites with potable water, not to mention the herds of alpacas that are just waiting to be fed and pet. Planning your visit at the end of summer allows you to see the alpacas begin to develop their fluffy coats for the winter. This location is also surrounded by two National forests, and is about 3 hours from Denver and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
5. Lutsen, Minnesota
Heading farther north brings you to the Cascade River State Park in Lutsen, Minnesota. This beautiful State Park is right on the coast of Lake Superior, and is one section of the Superior National Forest. September is the perfect time to go hiking on their variety of trails, and The Superior Hiking Trail actually passes through this park. There are 5 waterfalls cascading over black volcanic rock, just waiting for you to discover them. They offer over 40 sites for RVs up to 35 feet in length, and have hot showers, flushable toilets, and dump stations. There’s something for everyone here, from geocaching to horseback riding, canoeing to AV trails, and more.
6. Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
Rounding out our journey, we arrive at the relaxing Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. This beautiful Harvest Host location is available exclusively with the upgraded RV Golf Club membership and features 4 reservable spots for RVs of any size. After you’ve golfed on their 18-hole championship course, stop by The Restaurant at Sea Oaks. Here you’ll find a variety of elegant meals and light fares. There’s never a deficit of entertainment with their live bands, galas, wine tastings, and dances. September offers almost daily events, so be sure to plan ahead and check their calendar, and find more RV camping in New Jersey.
These are just six reasons out of many to squeeze in one last summer road trip to complete the season. Whether you’re craving the waves, want to relax in a vineyard, or golf the afternoon away- there’s no wrong way to vacation!
Do you have any end-of-summer hidden gems that you enjoy? Where is your dream summer vacay?
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