This RV holiday to America in 2021 combines exciting big cities, quiet, quaint towns, sweeping mountain ranges and the dramatic Atlantic coastline as it takes in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. An easy route both to drive and to follow, this trip will have you camping out in some of the best State Parks on the East Coast, engrossed in Civil War history, driving the stunning Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, hiking in glorious mountain ranges and spending sunny days on the beach.
Begin your holiday to America with two nights in Washington DC, a city with plenty to explore! See some of the nations most famous sights, including the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial and lots more. Famously, all the museums in Washington DC have free admission so there are plenty of free things to do in Washington DC.
Then its time to pick up your RV and head north towards Maryland where the stunning beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the civil war sites of Frederick County (including Gettysburg), the bustling harbour city of Baltimore and the iconic Chesapeake Bay all await you. Follow the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia where days on the beach on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, more Civil War history in Colonial Williamsburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains are all waiting to be explored!
Arrival in Washington DC
Rocky Gap State Park
Gambrill State Park
Elk Neck State Park
Assateague State Park
First Landing State Park
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Douthat State Park
Day 1/2 Arrival in Washington DC
Before your driving tour of the region begins, we've included a couple of days to spend exploring the iconic sites and attractions of Washington, DC. From the inspiring monuments and memorials lining the National Mall, America’s most visited national park, to the renowned Smithsonian Institution’s 17 museums, galleries, and National Zoo, to the dozens of unique neighbourhoods that make up the city, there is plenty waiting to be explored in the nation’s capital.
Day 3/4 Rocky Gap State Park
Pick up your motorhome from the Cruise America depot in Manassas, Virginia. From there, you’ll continue heading west toward the Shenandoah Valley and then north into Maryland. Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and home to Lake Habeeb, Rocky Gap State Park’s 3,000 acres of public lands are an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Day 5/6 Gambrill State Park
The Historic National Road scenic byway travels through this part of Maryland and leads you to your next stop, Gambrill State Park located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views from three overlooks and miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails
Day 7 Elk Neck State Park
Now that you’ve had a few days of fresh mountain air, it’s time for a change of scenery. Today you’ll travel east through the city of Baltimore (Maryland’s largest city) to the Eastern Shore. Elk Neck State Park situated on a peninsula in the region’s famed Chesapeake Bay, will be your home for tonight.
Day 8/9 Assateague State Park
Continue your exploration of Maryland’s Eastern Shore as you travel portions of the Chesapeake Country scenic byway. Along the way you’ll discover charming coastal towns, maritime villages, and miles of unspoiled landscape. Assateague State Park is located at the north end of Assateague Island, a barrier island and national seashore home to herds of wild horses.
Day 10/11 First Landing State Park
Today you’ll finish traveling the length of the Eastern Shore region into Virginia. Your route will include the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, a 17.6-mile bridge-tunnel crossing at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. First Landing State Park is where English colonists first landed in 1607, earning the park National Natural Landmark and National Register of Historic Places designations
Day 12 Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Your route today will take you through Virginia’s tidewater region. Chickahominy Riverfront Park offers opportunities to enjoy the park’s namesake river, including a 290-foot lighted fishing pier, boat ramp, and equipment rentals. The park is located along the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile long cycling and pedestrian trail between Richmond, Virginia’s current capital city and Williamsburg, the state’s former capital.
Day 13 Douthat State Park
Travel west today along rural roads to Douthat State Park. Opened in 1936, Douthat was one of Virginia’s original six state parks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide.
Day 14/15 Loft Mountain
Your motorhome tour of the region wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Shenandoah National Park. The 105-mile Skyline Drive is a scenic byway that travels along the mountain ridgeline through the park. Overlooks along the way allow you to pull off and take in the magnificent views of the Shenandoah Valley. Within the park, the Mathews Arm, Big Meadows and Loft Mountain campgrounds all have pull-through and deep back-in sites.
Day 16 Manassas
The park’s boundaries ends in Front Royal, from here it is a 40-mile drive to return your motorhome to Cruise America depot in Manassas.
What is touring in a Motorhome really like?
Freedom…Stay in one place as little or as long as you want. No set times for breakfast or dinner. No unpacking and repacking every day.
Flexibility…Chose either to follow one of our suggested itineraries or design your own. Not so keen on a place when you get there? No problem…all aboard and on to the next location.
Access…When visiting places such as the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, you are able to overnight within the grounds of the parks and usually at a minimal cost. Aside from the National or State Parks, practically all of the tourist sites and sights that have drawn you here have welcoming Motorhome Parks right there.
Nature…Wake up to the sound of birds and a view of a vast mountain range. Step outside and take a deep breath of mountain or sea air. Relax with the family and eat breakfast in the sunshine. Then head out to your chosen destination for a full day of family fun. There is never any rush…and it doesn’t get better than that.
Cruise America offer four different types of motorhome:
T17 Truck Camper: Sleeps 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C19 Compact Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 3 people, length 6.15 metres
C25 Standard Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 5, length 7.3-7.6 metres
C30 Large Motorhome: Sleeps family up to 7 people, lenght 8.8-9.1 metres
All Cruise America’s motorhomes have a refrigerator and freezer. They all have a hob and a microwave and cupboards for food storage in the kitchen area. All have a shower, basin and flush toilet. Waste water from the bathroom and kitchen goes into two on-board holding tanks when you are not hooked up to mains drainage at a campground.
Cruise America also provides a Personal Kit with personal bedding and towels and a Kitchen Kit of pots and pans and crockery.
All Cruise America vehicles come with power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. If you drive a manual vehicle at home, it will take you seconds to get the hang of forgetting your left foot and just using the on/off pedals – the power and the brake.
From our own experience, the vehicle length has never been a problem – it just seems to follow
you! Just be sure to make your turns wide. The vehicle width takes a little while to get used to,
but by day two you will be driving your motorhome like a professional! You don’t need a special license – all you need is to be 25 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
Campground rates vary based on time of year and what facilities they offer. Generally you can expect to pay between $10 and $50 per night.
A partial list of commonly found facilities would include: electric, water, sewer hook-ups, washer, dryer, swimming pool, playground, BBQ pits, on-site convenience store.
If wanting to stay near big attractions – Disney, Universal Studios, Niagara Falls – or close to popular cities or in the National Parks, we would always recommend advance booking for campgrounds. Otherwise, if travelling in July and August booking ahead is a very good idea also.