US Region Rundown
America has several large regions to visit during your motorhome holiday. Rather than being governmentally divided, they're more like cultural units, formed by history and geography and shaped by heritageand demographics. Within some regions, language is used differently and there are distinct dialects. There are also differences in attitude, food, agriculture and landscape.
Cities that never sleep and sleepy historic towns, immense wilderness and tiny parks, cultural hubs and secluded hideaways are all part of the diverse Mid-Atlantic.
From the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor to restaurants in countless ethnic neighborhoods, from the dazzling casinos in Atlantic City to reliving America’s history in Philadelphia, this diverse region is a one-stop-shop in your RV road trip itinerary for culture, history, outdoor and urban adventures.
Known as the historical cornerstone of the United States, the Capital Region is the nation’s seat of government and features a wealth of museums, verdant mountains and roaring rivers, and pursuits like fishing and rafting.
In the midsection of the East Coast sits the U.S. capital, Washington D.C. It’s especially beautiful to visit by motorhome in the spring, during cherry blossom season (the city’s cherry trees were a gift from the Japanese in 1912). Surrounding this power-driven city is an abundance of natural wonders: the mountains, forests and rivers of Virginia and West Virginia, and the beaches of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. There are quaint fishing villages on the coast, historical mountain towns born when the railroads where first built and large cities with rich heritages. If you want to visit some historical sites during your RV road trip, this region is a veritable hotspot.
Great Lakes Region
The Great Lakes Region includes the Canadian province of Ontario and the eight U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. They’re more like inland seas with forested islands, rock caves and sand-dune beaches. The Great Lakes were first charted by French explorers in the late 1600s. Towns on their coasts quickly prospered and attracted a steady stream of immigrants to this resource-rich section of the U.S. Today, the lake-bordering states offer RVers a first-hand look at the wilderness that inspired industrial innovation and powered great cities while providing picturesque panoramas of rural life.
Midwest and Great Plains Region
The Great Plains, which makes up more than 15% of the USA's land area through 10 states but holds barely 3% of the nation's population is characterized by small-town festivals and big-city theater, rodeo, ragtime, riverboats and the country’s breadbasket (it’s the primary source of wheat for the U.S.A, as well as flax seed, sorghum, sunflower, barley, corn, cattle and cotton).
In the west, the Great Plains become broad expanses of prairie where homesteaders and ranchers have tamed a remote and spectacular landscape. Two centuries of commerce and cultural cross currents now deliver a bountiful motorhome traveling experience in this region, whether you’re taking the RV on back-country roads or through sophisticated urban centers.
Basking in the beauty of the glorious Rocky Mountains, from ranch lands to ski slopes, dense forests to rushing rivers, the Mountain Region is an awesome home to wildlife and a rewarding destination for RV travelers.
Although it's known for its soaring snow-capped peaks, the Mountain Region encompasses much more. The culture and scenery is diverse and typical of the Old West with its American Indian heritage, residents in cowboy attire and vast open landscapes. National parks and wilderness areas preserve ancient landscapes that harbor bison, bears and other species rarely seen elsewhere.
Skiing is the favorite pastime, but when the snow melts the spectacular scenery, with mountains and lakes and many national parks, provides a backdrop for spectacular drives in your RV, matched by an array of activities such as fishing, white water rafting, horseriding and more. Discover ghost towns, watch a rodeo, hike gentle paths or backcountry trails, all against the magnificent Rocky Mountain backdrop.
New England Region
In what is still a relatively new nation, this is a region rich in the country’s earliest history. New England produced the first pieces of American literature and philosophy and in the 19th century, it played a prominent role in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. It was the first region to be transformed by the Industrial Revolution. You can tour the halls where America’s founders conferred then drive your motorhome out to the forested countryside and visit the rustic villages, each with its own charm.
The coast of the region, extending from southwestern Connecticut to northeastern Maine, is dotted with lakes, hills, swamps, and sandy beaches. On the coast, look at lighthouses perched on rocky coastlines, try your hand at catching fish or crabs, or take a tour boat in search of seals and whales. Further inland are the Appalachian Mountains, extending through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. You’ll find RVing in New England an enchanting experience.
The vast Pacific Region begins in Alaska’s snowy north, includes Canada’s British Columbia, runs down the Pacific coast along Washington, Oregon and California, and also includes the islands of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.
But within the great diversity is one constant: endless recreation. California blends frenetic cities with tranquil national parks. Oregon boasts photogenic coastlines, Washington charms with lush rain-fed forests to the west and valleys and vineyards to the east, Alaska features perpetually changing wilderness and astounding wildlife, and Hawaii allures with its volcanic topography highlighted by serene beaches. Rock climbing, mountain biking, boating, scuba diving, surfing, backpacking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, wildlife-watching are just some of the experiences on offer in this region.
Explore the Pacific states by motorhome and discover for yourself the nation’s tallest mountains and deepest gorge, sub-zero ice fields, steamy tropical rainforests, remote islands and must-see cities. Rent an RV in the Pacific region and you can see it all.
Variety is the essence of the Southern RV travel experience. Because of the region's unique cultural and historic heritage, the South developed its own customs, literature, musical styles, and varied cuisines that have profoundly shaped traditional American culture.
Travel the South by RV from the Carolinas to Louisiana, and you will discover a land of great contrasts: sun-drenched beaches and rugged mountain trails; meandering rivers and cascading waterfalls; Old South plantations and New South urban centers; spectacular theme parks and amazing natural vistas; extraordinary cultural attractions and exciting sporting venues; down-home cooking and sophisticated dining. Another fascinating environment is the bayous and swampland of the Gulf Coast, especially in Louisiana and Texas. The South is a vast region with numerous climatic zones (though it is generally regarded as being hot and humid with long summers and short mild winters, being significantly warmer than the regions to its north).
As you travel in your RV you’ll discover that each state has a distinct flair for “Southern Hospitality” – a tradition carried on by the South’s congenial people who coax you to slow down and enjoy the journey.
From food to festivals to architecture, the fusion of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures encompasses many different vistas and lifestyles in the Southwest.
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Grand Canyon, in arid deserts and on sprawling prairies, the Southwest is enormous (although it is defined in different ways by different sources. Broad definitions include nearly a quarter of the United States, including California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Narrowly defined, the Southwest might include only portions of Arizona and New Mexico).
Drive your RV across this region on a classic American road trip - you can even follow old Route 66 for some of the way. Discover down-home hospitality in small farming and ranching communities, or great restaurants and nightlife in thriving cities. Try your luck in the casinos of Nevada or experience the borderlands of the Southwest with its vibrant mix of Mexican, cowboy and Native American culture – ancient pueblos, spicy cuisine, rodeos, powwows, historic adobe buildings – all set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and stunning sunsets.