RVing in the City: How and why you should

By Lucy Benton

UNITED STATES — Road-tripping in big cities is an excellent way to travel filled with all kinds of fun experiences. If you have your friends or family around and you are thinking to do such trip, but are hesitant of how you’ll manage to get around with your RV, you have come to the right place. We have gathered all the useful data to help you navigate your recreational vehicle. So don’t let that come in your way of creating unforgettable memories, and start planning now.

Timing is Key

Getting the right season
Road tripping is fun and usually spontaneous, which is why is so great for adventurers. However, having your RV as transportation requires some research. We are sure you wouldn’t want to miss beautiful scenery or amusing events in the city just because you went a few weeks after! Here are the basics to help you pick the right time:

  • NORTH-EASTERN US: If you’ve been meaning to visit some of the beautiful cities in this area, note that the best way to do so is between May and October, with the peaking season in July and August. Within this period you will get the most out of the weather and the events.
  • WESTERN US: The western states with their warm climate are a great RV destination year round. The peak touristic season is between June and September.
  • FLORIDA: The “Sunshine State” is a great destination year round because of its sunny weather. However, peak season in this state is from December to April and you should expect higher prices, while between June and September they are lower and there aren’t so many tourists and bustling crowds.
  • NOTE: Peak season travelers should book campsites and other RV parking spots in advance because these tend to get filled-up fast at this time.

Getting The Right Time To Come Into Town
Now that you know at which period of the year you want to RV through some cities, you should plan carefully to avoid high-traffic periods of the day. Wasting precious time being stuck in rush hour traffic in Los Angeles or New York can bring the mood down really fast. So to avoid this, plan on moving through the city in the middle of the day.

Additionally, avoid the beginning and the ending of the weekends when most of the people are free to travel. This way, you have more time to spend exploring beautiful city spots, and less worrying about those long lines.

Plan Accordingly
Another layer of planning that you should add to your trip is specifically tied to the city you are traveling to. The things to consider if you want to navigate swiftly and without any problems are the low bridges in certain areas, some construction zones near the city and of course, narrow streets should be off your map.

One way to get reliable information about your route is by using online maps that display construction zones, high traffic areas, and other road hazards.

Getting Around
If you are new to the RVing in the city, and it is the first time in that particular place, then we suggest relying mostly on public transportation and walking. “Trying to navigate your RV into the city can be somewhat problematic in the high-density areas, especially when you want to stop for a visit,” says Maria D. Tolbert, travel lover and writer at Prowritingpartner.

She continues: “Find a parking spot that is near a metro, bus or train stating and use the public transportation from there. You will discover a lot more this way, plus it’s an excellent way to meet locals and get to know the culture more closely.”

Where To Park In The Big Cities?
Parking is an issue that causes RV travelers to second-guess their whole RVing in the city plan. Luckily, this way of traveling is not a new thing, so there are solutions to it as well. Namely, here are some of the best options for parking your RV in the most-commonly visited cities around the US:

  • NY: Since you won’t be able to find any RV parking in the city, you have two good options:
    – Liberty Harbour RV Park is the closest one to the city. It offers a nice view of the Liberty Statue and is connected to Manhattan through a shuttle service.
    – Cheesequake State Park is an hour drive from NY but is closer to nature and is connected to downtown Manhattan through both bus and train services.
  • BOSTON: Again, within the city, there are no available RV parking spots so your best option is either finding a shopping mall or staying at Minuteman Campground which is connected to downtown Boston through train.
  • MIAMI: In South Beach, there is one parking lot right across the beach where you are allowed to spend the night. The place is quite at night and it costs $15 for the entire day. Find it at: Collins Avenue between 21st and 22nd St.
  • LA: driving in downtown LA is challenging, so you can leave your RV at:
    – Dockweiler Beach RV Park is right next to the beach, however being close to the airport is quite noisy.
    – Golden Shore RV Resort is your second option situated at Long Beach.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: When RVing through this city these are your parking options:
    – Candlestick RV Park conveniently connected to downtown SF with a shuttle service.
    – San Francisco RV Resort offers breathtaking sceneries but isn’t so conveniently connected to the city as the first one.
  • SAN DIEGO: Here you can park at Mission Bay RV Resort which is close to many popular city spots.
  • GREENBELT: If you’re visiting DC, you have Greenbelt Park which is at 12 miles distance.
  • PORTLAND: At a 15-minute drive from downtown Portland, you can park your RV at Jantzen Beach RV Park.
    If you thought RVing was only reserved for the countryside and something impossible to manage in big cities, we hope this article opened new possibilities for adventures in the city jungles too.

Happy traveling!

Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger, and currently works at www.assignmenthelper.com.au. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on Twitter.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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