RVing in September can be a great experience. Summer crowds have died down and there are still plenty of parks and attractions that are open. Seeing everything with fall colors can be its own unique experience. These are our best September RV destinations!
Waking up in the chilly morning with a hot cup of coffee never feels quite as good as it does when you’re camping. The refreshing days and cool nights make camping much more comfortable than during the summer or winter seasons, when you’d find yourself enduring the heat or braving the cold. Camping in an RV gives you even more options than traditional camping, since you don’t have to worry about frostbite or wild animals.
Whether you’re planning a fall foliage RV trip, exploring the outdoors, or interested in family-friendly autumn attractions, there’s something on this list for you.
We’ve found over 11 different bucket list-worthy destinations that are perfect for your September RV road trip.
This is part of our series on RVing. Did you know you don’t need to own and RV to enjoy these destinations? You can rent one and take a fall road trip or arrive at your destination and rent and RV. We are here to help with many resources for renting an RV.
- 9 Foolproof ways to rent a cheap RV
- 17 Questions to ask before you sign a rental agreement.
- What you need to know to reserve an RV campsite
Breckenridge is the ideal RV destination for fall. In actuality, it is one of the handfuls of mountain towns in Colorado that features a year-round RV park.
This location has plenty of fall activities to offer. There are sufficient trails to explore, mountains to climb, and astonishing views. In the fall, you will be impressed by the transforming aspens and crisp Colorado air. You will also be in proximity to other some mountain towns, like, Frisco, Copper, and Keystone. (And Silverthorne outlets if you like to shop)
Tiger Run Resort’s location is truly unbeatable, and the facilities are everything you will require for your visit to Breckenridge. With an indoor swimming pool, indoor spas, a general campfire location, a gym, a game and a business center, and a comfortable club, you will want to stay forever!
- Tiger run website:
- Location: 85 Revette Dr. Breckenridge, CO 80424, United States.
- RV length: 36ft
Perfectly located amidst the Ozark Mountains and down the coasts of Table Rock Lake, at Oak Grove, Arkansas. This RV resort features plenty of waterfront sites.
Ozarks RV Resort is just a thirty-minute drive to Branson. This implies that you are a few minute-drive in the course of your stay from live musical enjoyment, amusement parks, and museums.
You may not even be interested in going out of the resort because of all the activities it offers. There is a place for everybody from deluxe facilities like pools, hot tubs, and lighted tennis courts to a par-3 golf course and an accessible top-rated marina. Since it is regarded as one of the most scenic RV resorts in the region, you can also decide to sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view.
- Ozark RV resort website
- Location: 1229 Co Rd 663, Oak Grove, AR 72660, United States
- RV minimum length: 26ft
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Fall is migration season – not just for RVers but for many animals moving to the valley floor. We pick the Tetons as one of the best places to camp in the Fall because animals are abundant and crowds nonexistent. You will have a delightful, relaxed time.
We spent a week here in the end of August for the solar eclipse and I can say I would stay the whole month of September if I could.
The Tetons are huge, and you can choose from campgrounds right along the highway like Kozy. However, if you want to venture further from the main road, Granite Creek campground is an amazing choice. Plus, you can take a dip in the hot springs.
- Granite Creek Campgrounds
- Location: Bridger Teton National Forest, Forest Rd 30500, Jackson, WY 83001
- RV length; 50 feet
If the picturesque sceneries of the Oregon coast and beach entry from your front RV door do not seize your attention, we are unsure what will. You can enjoy sights like Cape Perpetua, Devils Churn, the Cape Perpetua Overlook, and the Oregon Coast peak.
You will love scenic ocean views perfect for whale watching, and rainforest or coastal hikes during the fall. We spent time in this little town on our Oregon Coast road trip. Furthermore, you can visit Heceta Head, a working beacon called Heceta head, sea lion caves for a tour.
Pro tip: You can acutally see the sea lions basking in the sun from the overlook on the highway if you don’t want to spend the time and money (and stairs) to go to the caves.
- RV camping at Sea perch website
- Location: 95480 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498, United States
- RV length: 28ft
Santa Ynez Valley, California
Santa Ynez Valley, its encircled by spectacular views, a plenitude of wineries, and a short distance to numerous quaint towns. Only about 25 miles from Santa Barbara this is perfect for a weekend trip or al longer getaway.
September is wine month in the Santa Ynez Valley. Plus, the weather in will be just right – averaging around 75 digress F. The vinyards are not just for adults, many cater to fun for all ages. Many wineries have places to picnic, pet horses, press cider and more.
Flying Flags RV park has spacious and picturesque RV sites with attractive cottages and rentable airstreams.
- Flying flag website
- Location: 180 Ave Of The Flags, Buellton, CA 93427, United States
- RV length: 22 to 28ft
Alabama Gulf Coast
Alabama gulf coast road trip may be in order. In Foley, Alabama is the perfect destination for fall beach trips.
This area brags of superb weather during the fall and white sandy beaches to enjoy the sunshine.
Camping at Bella Terra positions you in minutes away from the oxford blue waters of Orange Beach. With oversized lots, an infinity pool, a cinema, jacuzzi, and a club, it is, in fact, so luxurious.
- Bella terra website:
- Location: 101 Viabella Terra, Foley, AL 36535, United States
- RV length: 32ft
Acadia National Park, Maine
Fall on the east-coast is famous for the huge trees turning vivid reds, oranges and yellows. Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast of Maine.
Enjoy the woodland in their autumn dress, rocky beaches and towering granite peaks. Imagine a place of bear, moose, whales and shore birds. Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak on the United States’ East Coast.
If you want to wander into town, Bar Harbor is nearby with restaurants and shops to visit. In fact, you can camp inside the park at Blackwoods campground and only be 5 miles south of Bar Harbor. The campsites are are wooded, and the ocean is a 10-minute walk away from your campsite.
Pro Tip: Reservations are highly recommended through October.
- Acadia National Park campground reservations website
- Location: Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Located in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is known as a skiing town, but there’s much more than just skiing. During the fall season, Telluride comes to life. The forest turns golden yellow just in time for October, and you can get a bird’s eye view from their free gondola rides. They have tons of trails that vary from beginner to expert, and will take you in and around the aspen forest. They offer many hiking and biking trails, and there are plenty of places to fish year round. Whether you’re there to stay active and tackle the outdoors, or relax and enjoy the scenery, Telluride is perfect for camping this October.
RVs and trailers can park overnight in Telluride Town Park Campground, and you must be parked here to sleep in your RV. From there, you can travel to any of the trails, lakes, or other campgrounds. The maximum length of RVs allowed is 30ft, which includes the vehicle that is pulling it. RV dump stations are available on-site.
- Location: 500 E Colorado Ave Telluride, CO 81435
Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania
Fall in Pennsylvania is a sight to behold. Pine Creek Gorge is known as the Grand Canyon of the East. From the top of the canyon, over 800ft up, you have a bird’s eye view of the glacial creek that carved it’s way through the Allegheny Plateau hundreds of years ago.
The biking trails are extremely smooth since they’re made of crushed, compacted limestone. Hiking trails during the fall are simply gorgeous, and are made for every level of outdoorsman with benches along the way. You can hike along the gorge on the Turkey Path to see the beautiful waterfall, then further down the canyon on the 62-mile Pine Creek Trail if you’re extra ambitious.
The canyon is accessible from three different state parks, but Leonard Harrison State Park has the best views during the fall season with its massive overlook. Wildlife is very active here, including bears, deer, turkeys, and our nation’s bird, the bald eagle. There are 24 sites available for tents, trailers, RVs and truck campers.
- Official Website:
- Location: 4797 Route 660 Wellsboro, PA 16901
- RV Length: Unlimited
Final Thoughts about RV Camping Destinations in September
The limits for RV camping are endless in the US. There are so many options and different sites to see, you’ll never run out of places to go. October is the prime time for camping later in the year. The weather is just right, not too hot or cold, the foliage has just changed colors making for picturesque scenery, and the smells and feels of fall are hard to beat.
CEO of ARVC, Paul Bambel, said, “Autumn used to be a quiet, slow period in the country’s parks, but things have changed. Although fewer campers are traveling, park operators have discovered they can sometimes fill their campsites and cabins to capacity if they provide enough activities.”
More and more RV campers are realizing that you don’t have to travel far from the campsite to find something exciting and fun for the whole family. Campsites in Septemer are offering many more activities than ever before, like apple picking, harvest festivals, fishing derbies and much more.
Need more ideas for a fall camping trip? read more on our series on RV destinations
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