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U.S. News: 10 summer RV vacations for retirees

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“RVers are creatures of habit,” said Jennifer Schwartz, vice president of marketing for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “They go back to the same place every year.”

However, with so many great vacation spots, there’s no reason not to explore new stomping grounds this year. U.S. News talked to three RV travel experts to get their take on where you should travel in your RV this summer.

Alaska. The Land of the Midnight Sun is one of Schwartz’s top picks for a summer RV getaway.

“We get a lot of people from Arizona who travel to Alaska,” she says. “It’s a great RV destination because highways are in better shape, and the state has a different temperature and landscape.”

From whale watching to glacier tours, Alaska offers a number of activities that simply can’t be done in most of the lower 48 states. Vacationers can also stop in Anchorage for museums and art or head out on the open road for scenic drives and unique travel experiences. For Schwartz, the highlight of her Alaskan vacation was staying at an RV park in Valdez that had, hands-down, the most breathtaking view she’s ever seen.

Yosemite National Park. “National parks are always very popular,” said Toby O’Rourke, senior vice president of marketing for Kampgrounds of America. “We see a lot of RV business around them.”

And among national parks, none may be as well-known as Yosemite National Park in California. “It’s one of the most popular destinations for campers and RVers alike,” notes Dan Perlis, spokesman for Thousand Trails and Encore RV resorts.

If you’ve never been to this national treasure, both O’Rourke and Perlis say it should make your short list. You can camp at the park, but since this is a wilderness area, electrical, water and sewer hook-ups are not available. However, there are RV campgrounds and resorts outside Yosemite, which offer these amenities and may even arrange for a shuttle into the park.

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