Off the Beaten Path: Coastal Edition
One of the greatest things about owning a motorhome is the freedom it affords you to explore—to change plans on a whim, to go places you may not have even considered before. And to do it all in comfort and with ease. Throughout the year, we’ll be highlighting destinations and activities that align with this beautiful lifestyle in the “Off the Beaten Path” series.
In this edition, we take a look at some coastal destinations you may not have thought of including on your itinerary, or even heard of. They’re just the kind of places motorhomers love being able to visit and explore.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
We start way off the beaten path here, on the north side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Awe-inspiring vistas, well-preserved and accessible shipwrecks and classic lighthouses mix for a unique experience and appeal. Considering its latitude, a summer trip is suggested. In addition to the National Park Service-operated campground there are several privately-operated places to spend a night or two.
Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and The Hamptons may get more buzz, but tucked among these posh retreats you find Falmouth. The quaint downtown oozes old-time Americana. The beaches are delightful and not as crowded as others in the region. And it’s home to the nation’s oldest aquarium. There are a handful of campgrounds nearby.
When you think New England charm, images of a place like Camden are likely what pop into your mind. Penobscot Bay and Camden Harbor make for a beautifully relaxing setting. The dining rivals much larger towns. There’s great hiking with beautiful views and a huge state park with lots of sites.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast
Once decimated by Hurricane Katrina, this region has bounced back with a vengeance, powered by a spirit the natives are known for. There’s gaming in Biloxi, art galore in Bay St. Louis and one of the longest man-made, white sand beaches in the world—not to mention the music and the food. What more could you ask for?
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Tucked along the shores of a 25-mile long lake in northern Idaho, this is a bustling oasis if ever there was one. In addition to lakeside campgrounds and all the activities that come with them, there’s shopping, top-notch dining options and great golf courses nearby.
La Push, Washington
Situated at the mouth of the Quillayute River, on the Quileute Indian Reservation this is truly an outdoor lover’s paradise. Sea arches, rainforests, beaches, cliffs and unique wildlife are few of the features that contribute to the area’s unspoiled natural splendor. The sprawling Olympic National Park is just up the road, too.
Croatan National Forest
Billed as the only true coastal forest in the East, this peaceful, 160,000-acre plot is just outside Jacksonville (North Carolina that is) and features dozens of campsites. An endless array of outdoor activities await, and you might even catch a glimpse of a carnivorous plant or two like the infamous Venus fly-trap or pitcherplant.
Go ahead. Get out there and explore. If you visit any of these special spots we’d love to hear about it or see some pics. Share them with us and other owners on our Facebook page