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Wondering where to go camping for spring break? The kids will be out of school and everyone is anxious to get out and do something exciting. We cover everything from spectacular desert destinations to the mountains to warm sunny beaches. Break out the camping gear and head for the best spring break camping destination.
The map of all the best places to camp for spring break is included at the end of the post. When you read all the way to the end you will be able to see the map. Along with the map is a link to download a copy of the Google interactive map for you vacation planning purposes.
Since the weather for spring road trips can change quickly and you only have a week, we suggest renting a camper on your arrival. You can stay warm on rainy days and not have to drive an RV across the country. That’s why in this article we included everything you need for your trip from the place to camp to where to rent an RV. Our favorite place to rent an RV is from the locals (like AirBNB) on Outdoorsy. They have $1M insurance and you get plenty of insider tips on the area. You can use our coupon to get $50 off your first rental.
Note: Many RVs are already booking out from Spring through Summer because RVing is so extremely popular this year. So make reservations early!
You will also find all the RV resources on our blog useful for planning your trip. Bookmark this page and read more about planning an RV Vacation here:
- Should you Rent an RV for your Vacation?
- 7 ways to rent a cheap RV
- How to pick the perfect campsite every time
Here is our list of spring break camping destinations for families across the US.
Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina
South Carolina is a beautiful place with lush forests and a gorgeous beachfront. More specifically, Huntington Beach State Park has a little bit of everything for you and your family. Going on Spring Break allows you to take advantage of the incredible weather and white sand beach activities.
Along with the beachfront, Huntington Beach State Park is a nature lover’s paradise with tons of wildlife to see and trails to hike on. Over 300 bird species call this park home.
Be prepared to stay comfortable right on the coast with awesome amenities and full hookups. There are about 66 full hookup sites, so be sure to grab a reservation early.
- Highlights: wildlife, birds, and hiking
- Where to camp: Huntington Beach State Park
- Rent a five-star luxury RV on Outdoorsy starting at $80 a night
Arches and Canyonlands National Park, Utah
It’s no secret that we love the Moab area and spring is just the right time to visit the National Parks in Utah. The weather is cool and dry, unlike many areas in March that are still cold and wet.
The photography opportunities will be fantastic with clear sunny days, the red hues in the rocks, and the distant snow-capped La Sal and Henry Mountain ranges.
However, this can be a busy time in at Arches National Park, but Canyonlands will be quieter.
- Highlights: Canyon views, desert hikes, 4X4 Shaffer Road
- Where to Camp: Canyonlands National Park (Willow Flat) or Dead Horse Point State Park (for electric hookups)
- Read our guide to camping in the Moab area here
- Reserve now starting at $90! Rent an RV on Outdoorsy in Moab
Lake Powell, Arizona
Want to spend spring break enjoying water activities in the warm sunshine? Head west on the Colorado River to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Lake Powell offered beaches, boating, kayaking, fishing, and more, in land-locked Utah and Arizona.
With nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, endless sunshine, warm water, perfect weather, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the west, Lake Powell is the ultimate playground. Rent a houseboat, stay at our campground, or enjoy our lodging and hop aboard a guided expedition.LakePowell.com
- Highlights: Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, canyoneering, dinner cruise
- Where to Camp: National Park Service primitive campsites right on the beach NPS website
- Where to camp: Wahweap RV & Campground, Bullfrog RV & Campground and Halls Crossing RV & Campground: Lake Powell website
- Reserve starting at $95! Rent an RV near Lake Powell on Outdoorsy
Grand Isle, Louisiana
Louisiana is an underrated tourist destination that offers visitors a ton to do while having a unique family experience. Grand Isle State Park is one of these hidden gems that you should visit over spring break.
What makes Grand Isle so special is the access to world-class fishing and incredible seafood. The Grand Isle State Park campground sits right on the Gulf of Mexico
This very southern island is about 2 hours from New Orleans, so driving up to the city for a day or two is an excellent option.
- Highlights: Gulf of Mexico beaches, fishing, seafood
- Where to Camp: Grand Isle State Park campground
- Reserve now starting at $98!! Rent an RV near Grand Isle on Outdoorsy here
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Spring is a lovely time to visit the Colorado River Valley. Glenwood Springs sits at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and the Colorado River in a narrow valley surrounded but the White River National Forest. The town of Glenwood is a spectacular location with activities for all ages. In early spring you can ski at the local small ski area, Sunlight, or head up to the more famous Vail or Aspen. After a day on the slopes, relax in one of the hot springs.
Make sure you plan to spend a week and make this your base camp. You can venture down valley to visit Rifle Falls after your days in the high country. As locals to this area, we have plenty of complete guides written (and you can always ask questions)
- Highlights: Skiing, hot springs, hiking, alpine coaster
- Where to Camp: Ami’s Acres or KOA
- Read More: Our Guide to Visiting Glenwood Springs
- Which Hot Springs to Choose
- Reserve now and have it delivered! Rent a Campervan or RV from Outdoorsy here
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Everything in Texas is big, including this state park that covers 1,200 square miles along the Rio Grande River. Known for outdoor adventure activities, Big Bend features hiking trials, river rafting, horseback riding, zip lining and much more.
“There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert.”National Park Service
This park is diverse with 4,000 species of animals and insects, as well as fossilized dinosaur bones. There are so many things to see and do that we suggest you plan your trip with this ultimate guide to Big Bend National Park.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Another fantastic beach location is Fort Myers Beach. Located on along southwest Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast, so warmer waters and white sand beaches are the focal point. In these seven miles of coast there are plenty of great attractions and cuisine options littered throughout.
Although the town will be buzzing and the beach will be busy during spring break, this is still one of the best times to visit. You can still find your own spot with Palm trees and a warm ocean breeze to enjoy. Fort Myers also made our list for RV camping destinations in February.
Although there are a lot of RV parks in the area, there are a few that are among the top-rated. Oyster Bay, Red Coconut, and Ebb Tide RV Parks are fantastic options that keep you close to the action.
- Highlights: Tropical beaches, fishing, shopping
- Where to Stay: Oyster Bay, Red Coconut, and Ebb Tide RV Parks
- Rent an RV on Outdoorsy – check out this five star cool Riverside Retro
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
If you are on the lookout for an underrated spring break experience that is not a beach, Mammoth Cave National Park is an awesome option. Located in central Kentucky, this hidden attraction is made of dark, winding underground caves that are begging to be explored. Step out of your comfort zone and take some guided tours of the biggest known cave system in the entire world.
Mammoth Cave Campground is where to park your RV and be only a short drive from these hidden wonders. This is a breathtaking location that will take you away from the cliché spring break attractions and make life-long memories with your loved ones.
- Highlights: Cave tours, kayaking, hiking
- Where to Camp: Mammoth Cave Campground
- Rent an RV on Outdoorsy – check out this campervan with unlimited mileage!!
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Not every family wants a warm, beach experience on spring break. Sometimes a little bit of snow can be fun for the whole family. Steamboat Springs is an incredible town that offers its visitors access to skiing slopes and other winter activities. This is a fairly small town, so staying away from the business of Vail and Aspen is a definite plus.
After a long day of hitting the mountain, there is no better way than indulging in one of the many natural hot springs this town has. They are said to contain healthy minerals that are very beneficial and quite relaxing.
- Activities: skiing and hot springs
- Where to Camp: Steamboat Springs Holiday KOA
- Reserve now starting at $90 a night!! Rent an RV on Outdoorsy for the best deal in Steamboat!
Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida
This unique spot that strays away from the busy beaches and gives you a different way of enjoying nature.
“The history of Rainbow Springs dates back centuries to a time when native peoples regularly visited this lush spring.” Florida State Parks
As the name implies, this is home to freshwater springs that are extremely clear and provide fun for the whole family. You can swim, canoe, take out a clear bottom kayak, or just float around and enjoy the incredible weather. These springs are engulfed in nature, so you can be on the lookout for wildlife. Thankfully, you and your RV can park right on the property with full hookups.
- Highlights: sapphire-blue waters of Rainbow Springs
- Where to Camp: Rainbow Springs State Park
- Rent an RV in Rainbow Springs on Outdoorsy for $70 a night
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas
Just a short drive from Fort Worth you will find a place for kids and adults that love dinosaurs and fossils as much we do.
Dinosaurs roamed here millions of years ago and you can find tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. Don’t forget to download the maps on your smartphone from the Mapping Dinosaur Tracks page. You can also venture to Glen Rose, the “Dinosaur Capital of Texas” for more prehistoric adventures.
- Things to do: Find dinosaur tracks, camp, hike, mountain bike, fish and paddle in the river, wildlife
- Where to Camp: Dinosaur Valley Campsites
- Rent an RV in Dinosaur Valley on Outdoorsy here
Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota
The Great Lakes area is a great destination for spring break. Gooseberry Falls is considered the gateway to the North Shore of Lake Superior. You can enjoy the spectacular waterfalls and river gorges. Explore the waterfalls right near the shoreline or hike into the forest for the Fifth falls.
Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Watch for waves, ships, or the moon rise on Lake Superior from an ancient lava flow known as the Picnic Flow.Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources
- Highlights: Lake Superior shoreline, waterfalls, river gorges, boating, hiking, birdwatching
- Where to Camp: Gooseberry State Park Campground
- Rent an RV at Gooseberry Falls on Outdoorsy here
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Gulf State Park, Alabama
Another warm camping experience is the Gulf State Park. The on-premises campground provides 11 bathhouses, laundry services, a convenience store, and much more! This is far different from the Arizona desert as going to the beach and engaging in water activities are the most popular choices among visitors.
There are over 3.5 miles of beachfront on Gulf State Park’s property. This is a great perk, so you don’t have to go off the property if you don’t want to. You just have to wake up, pack a lunch, and get to the fun! However, if you feel like a change, you can explore all of the attractions nestled on the Gulf Shores.
- Highlights: Gulf Coast fishing
- Where to Camp: Gulf State Park Campground
- Rent an RV at Gulf State Park here
Final Thoughts about Spring Break Camping Destinations
We have covered many different types of camping trips from warm beaches to skiing vacations to caves. Taking the family camping for spring break is an excellent idea. If you found a destination that is a little far from home, you can fly or drive and rent an RV when you arrive. We love renting RVs and even make a little money renting out our travel trailer to people visiting the Colorado River Valley.
We have included a map of the suggestions that we have for the best places to camp for spring break. Click the map below or here for the interactive Google map. Save a copy for yourself to your Google Drive and get started planning your trip.
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