Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on Sunday May 10th. Do you have a woman in your life who is someones mom? Does she love to spend time traveling in the RV? Does she desperately need (and deserve) a fun, relaxing, carefree weekend away? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you are in need of some inspiration and ideas, read on, my friend! Most moms will tell you not to make a fuss… that they are happy with a card, or that lovely breakfast in bed that you make for her every year, or those same old dozen roses, but why not go above and beyond? Moms work really hard and definitely deserve to be treated extra specially on Mother’s Day. This year, take her away and have some fun! Rvparks.com has compiled a list of the top ten Mother’s Day RV trips with a little something for everyone. Check it out!
1. Ashland, OR
Located near the California border and in the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade Ranges, Ashland is most well known for the annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has an eight and a half month season, which shows eleven plays plus many other activities. Attendance at the Festival can reach over 400,000. Visitors to Ashland have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of festivals, including film festivals and food and wine festivals. Ashland is also home to Southern Oregon’s first park, Lithia Park, which covers 93 acres right off the downtown plaza. Lithia Park has Japanese Gardens, tennis courts, duck ponds and much more.
2. Austin, TX
For Mothers that love plenty of live music Austin is the ideal Mother’s Day destination. This city is know as the live music capital of the world, and it truly deserves its reputation. There are over 200 live music venues in the city and you can catch a live show any day of the year. Austin City Limits is one of the well known music events in the city, and you can even take a tour of the the studio. Visitors seeking to learn more about Texas music, a visit to the Texas Music Museum is in order. Another great Austin destination is the Austin Bat Bridge, or the Congress Avenue Bats. It is the largest colony of urban bats in North America, and is comprised of over 1 million Free-Tailed bats. Visitors tat stay on the bridge for sunset will get to see the bats come out from under the bridge throughout the spring.
3. Charleston, SC
Charleston is a wonderful southern city to spend time this Mother’s Day. Visitors can enjoy the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. These beautiful gardens and the plantation have a long history. The gardens are open year-round and are in bloom year-round. Boone Hall Plantation is another worthy attraction in Charleston. Visitors to Boone Hall can take tours of the house, the gardens, and much more. Charleston is also an excellent city to enjoy live theater and music performances. The city also has a wide range of art exhibits. The Old Slave Mart Museum in another must see Charleston destination. The Old Slave Mart Museum is housed in a building that was once used as a slave auction gallery. Today the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the slave trade in South Carolina. The Old Slave Mart museum especially focuses on the history of the building, which was once part of a complex known as Ryan’s Mart.
4. Door County, WI
Sometimes referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” Door County offers visitors beauty combined with amazing attractions. Within the county there are state parks, lighthouses, shoreline and more. In fact, the area is a long peninsula, that stretches for 75 miles. Visitors to Door County can plan the perfect relaxing vacation. Throughout the area there are small shops, filled with treasures. During the spring there are all sorts of wildflowers, and the Door County Festival of Blossoms celebrates the beauty in the region.
5. Florida Keys, FL
The Florida Keys are the perfect mainland USA southern escape for Mother’s Day. The Keys are comprised of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Key West, Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys. Among the many delights of the Florida Keys is the spectacular snorkeling and diving. As the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, it is the place to go for vacationers seeking a great diving experience. The underwater world of the Keys is filled with colorful fish, vibrant coral, and stunning shipwrecks. Islamorada is know as the sport-fishing capital of the world, and it truly earns its reputation. Key West is an amazing place to take Mom to enjoy the sunset, the warm weather and a lovely tropical getaway.
6. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
If your Mom has never been to the Grand Canyon, it is surely on her personal bucket list, as one of the most amazing natural wonders in the entire world, the Grand Canyon is a true must-see destination. The enormous canyon at its widest is 18 miles wide and at its deepest is a mile deep. During the summer months both the South and North Rim are open. The South Rim is busier, but the lodges and other sights along this side are worth the time to explore. The North Rim is much more rural, and offers some great backcountry options. The Desert View Drive is a great car tour option, the 26 miles of road travel between the Grand Canyon Village and the parks east entrance. Visitors can enjoy hiking, Mule trips, scenic drives, and for those that planned well in advance rafting trips on the Colorado River through the inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon.
7. Litchfield, CT
Mother’s Day visitors to the Litchfield region of Connecticut will find plenty of history and activities. Moms that love outdoor recreation should be sure not to miss the Connecticut section of the Appalachian trail. There are over 51 miles of the trail that pass through the state. Hikers can also climb up Bear Mountain, near Salisbury, which is the tallest peak in Connecticut, where there are amazing panoramic views of the area. Litchfield also has some wonderful vineyards and maple sugarhouses. In addition the region has some great historic destination like Bull’s Bridge, which crosses the Housatonic River, dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War and has a delightful bit of lore associated with George Washington. The story goes that George Washington’s own horse fell into the river near Bull’s Bridge. There is even some documentation that confirms that there was an expensive rescue of a horse at Bull’s Bridge Falls.
8. Philadelphia, PA
Mothers that enjoy historic US sites, Independence National Historic Park located in Old City Philadelphia is the best area to enjoy the history of the United States. Within the 45 acres of this park Mother’s Day visitors can find the Liberty Bell as well as Independence Hall. This World Heritage Site gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the creation of both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution right in the same place. Franklin Court, also in the Historic Park is the site were Benjamin Franklin’s home once stood. Visitors to Independence National Historic Park can enjoy all of this history and 18 other historic structures.
9. San Diego, CA
This city in California is a perfect destination to take Mom and the whole family. The weather is warm and there are plenty of fun family activities to enjoy. Moms and children alike will love a visit the San Diego Zoo and see wild animals from across the globe, or see the rhinos on a safari trip at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. SeaWorld opens up the underwater world for parents and children. San Diego also has beautiful beaches where the whole family can enjoy some relaxation. Coronado Beach is an especially good beach, located on the ocean side of Coronado Island, the beach has the widest expanse of sand of any beach in the area.
10. Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg is an amazing living history museum in the historic town of Williamsburg. There are over 30 sites, as well as shops and tours. Visitors for Mother’s Day can enjoy learning all about the colonial era in Williamsburg. After enjoying the living history in the town, families can stop at Busch Gardens, which has fun rides for children and adults. Some of the rides are tame and others provide top rated thrills. The park is also known for its beautiful grounds.
Are you a mother who would love to be surprised with an RV trip ton one of these places? What’s your dream RV destination? We would love to hear from you! You can share your thoughts with us here, or on our Facebook page!