You have an RV because you want to travel around the country and because you appreciate the natural beauty that our country has to offer. However, if you’re driving down a major interstate highway, you’re unlikely to see much of that.
While Google Maps or your GPS will almost certainly direct you to the major interstate, you should consider taking the back roads. RV travel is a more relaxing and scenic way to travel than driving a car.
State routes offer a more leisurely pace, more scenery, and unexpected small towns to explore. It is necessary to have a road atlas and some paper maps on hand, however, in order to truly discover the roads less traveled. It is possible that you will learn things that Google will never tell you about.
RVing and paper maps are two of my favorite things.
Pouring over a paper map while planning your next RV destination can be interesting and absorbing; you will see things that you wouldn’t necessarily see if you were looking at a computer screen. Maps show the locations of national forests, remote lakes, off-the-beaten-path campgrounds, and other notable locations.
As you travel, keep an eye out for free paper maps, which can be extremely useful when you are lost. Free maps are available at campgrounds, visitor centers, and a variety of other locations.
Try drawing a map and seeing what lies ahead as you make your way to your next destination. Explore alternative routes to the major interstate highways and make a list of interesting places to visit along the way.
The Mountain Directory is an essential companion to your road atlas; one thing that a map, or even a GPS, will not show you are steep grades and hairpin turns is the mountainous terrain. In that case, you can consult the Mountain Directory to see if your desired alternate route is RV-friendly before embarking on it.
Finally, if you come across a potential camping location, you can look it up on the internet to learn more about it. You might be able to learn more about it by watching a YouTube video or reading a blog post. In order to avoid taking roads less traveled that are not RV friendly, you should avoid doing so.
The Benefits of Being in an Unpopular Location
Even though everyone wants to visit the Grand Canyon, Zion, and Yosemite on their RV bucket list, there is a problem: everyone is going to these places, leaving less space for you and your RV to travel through. Look for places that few people have heard of and make an attempt to visit them.
Lesser-known national, state, and even county parks may not be as glamorous as their more well-known counterparts, but they have their own unique appeal. Slower pace, fewer people, lower costs, and wide-open spaces are all advantages of going slow.
Stop for a while in the small towns that most people just drive through on their way to the tourist hot spots on your way there. Perhaps you will be surprised by the amenities that these locations have to offer. It could be as simple as a friendly, quiet, and safe place to rest and do some laundry, but the little things can make a big difference when you’re on the road.
Prepare yourself to take the road less traveled.
While traveling on side roads through very rural areas is a relaxing and scenic experience, it does necessitate some planning.
Before you begin your journey, fill up your tank and look for gas stations along the way; on some roads, gas stations can be few and far between. You can look for this information using an app or a web search.
Following that, you might want to look at the coverage map provided by your cell carrier. There are some areas where there is no coverage at all. While this may not deter you, it is something to keep in mind in case something goes wrong.
Of course, you’ll want to stock up on food and other necessities before you leave. You may want to check for grocery stores and other shopping opportunities along the way, however, depending on how long you plan to be away from home.
Finally, make notes; write down your findings on paper, including any addresses, phone numbers, or GPS coordinates that you may have discovered. Everyone who travels in an RV should keep a travel notebook, so that they can refer to it when planning their next trip or to share it with their friends when they get back.
While it may necessitate a little more planning, traveling on less-traveled roads in an RV is definitely the way to go.