RV Life: Best Summer Road Trips for Retirees


Going into retirement is the start of a new, colorful chapter in your life. Some retirees may be nervous because for the first time, they can decide what to do, and when to do it. Others feel that they are truly in control for the first time. It makes a lot of sense: retirement is when you are free from social pressure and you can do whatever you want. You can now indulge in one of the great American adventures: road tripping in an RV. America offers infinite beauties scattered all over the country. Visiting everything, from vast lakes to glorious mountains and emerald green islands, traveling in an RV is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures. We compiled a list of the top five RV road trips for retirees to enjoy.

The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are perhaps the most famous inland waterbody in the world, although that’s not the reason why you should take this road trip. The real reason to drive around The Great Lakes is a combination of booming metropolises and pristine natural beauty. The lakes that form this humongous waterbody are Huron, Ontario, Erie, Michigan and of course, Lake Superior. Plan your road trip according to what you like:

  • Arts & Culture: Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit are the way to go.
  • Gastronomy: Milwaukee’s rich farmland results in some of the most amazing food in America.
  • Natural Beauty: Head to the Huron mountains in Marquette County and Baraga County and you will see the best view of Lake Superior.
  • Beach Days: Aim at small towns along lake Michigan, during summer months preferably.
  • Water Sports: If you’re looking for the thrills of water sports, hop over the border and visit our Canadian friends in Ontario.

The West Coast from Washington to California

The Pacific Coast of the US offers one of the most amazing coastlines in the world. The Pacific Coast Highway runs from Washington’s Olympic National Park all the way down to Los Angeles, California. Often referred to as America’s Dream Drive, this RV road trip will show you the best sights and vibes in the West Coast.

  • Washington: Find lush national parks with imposing, snow covered mountains.
  • Oregon: Beautiful rock formation and the famed Oregon coastline.
  • California: Everything from beaches to great cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Keys & The Oversea Highway, Florida

Florida is already a popular retiree destination, and even if you don’t live there, you can still enjoy the scenic views. Driving from mainland Florida to the Key West offers a spectacular experience as you drive over the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Although you can drive the entire route in a day, stopping at each Key overnight will give you the best taste of Floridian paradise. Especially if you are already rolling in a fully equipped RV.

Alaska’s Seward Highway

Driving to Alaska is already a road trip and a half, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Known for its antique stores and B&Bs, Alaska also offers some of the continent’s most inspiring landscapes. The best thing about it? The beautiful sights are not clouded by ads or billboards. Alaska remains pristine and looks untouched by humans, although you will meet a lot of friendly locals while you’re on the road. Keep an eye out for:

  • Chugach State Park
  • Bird Creek & Bird Point (about 5 miles away from each other)
  • Resurrection Bay
  • Moose Pass
  • Canyon Creek

Maui’s Hana Highway, Hawaii

If you’re talking about great American road trips, Hawaii is always in the mix. Hana Highway is one of the best ways to see the hidden secrets of Hawaii. The route stretches from Kahului to the small town of Hana in Maui. Lush jungles and a massive array of natural wonders will embrace you as you drive through the heart and soul of The Aloha State. Stop and speak to locals as often as you can, as they are always eager to share the local myths and legends with mainland visitors.

Taking a road trip in a fully equipped RV to any of these destinations is bound to be one of the best experiences of your life. From breath-taking natural landmarks to stunning human monuments, your adventures will take you through countless wonders and wanders. Stay tuned for more RV road trip itineraries and insights.

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