Hit the road and visit some of the fastest-growing destinations in the country this Fourth of July! Despite inflation and gas prices, road trips are still a very affordable vacation to take in comparison to other types like cruises or theme park vacations.
So with canceled flights, rental car shortages, and expensive hotel rooms, why not plan out a 4th of July road trip? According to our 4th of July travel trends report, the average nightly rate for 4th of July RV rentals is $245 (fees and insurance included). Compare this to an average hotel nightly cost of $393.90.
As you can see, it’s much more cost-effective to travel in an RV. This is especially true if you’re traveling with family. In fact, 30% of people looking to travel with Outdoorsy during the 4th of July holiday are traveling with children. People are also wanting to travel with their furry companions. Camping with your pets is another reason to travel in an RV for the 4th of July.
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Fastest growing destinations for 4th of July trips
1. Flagstaff, Arizona
Located just south of Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are many hiking trails and a lot of diverse wildlife to observe. Coconino National Forest is another popular attraction in the area. It has a number of different ecosystems, ranging from red rock canyons to dense ponderosa pine forests. The city of Flagstaff also has many cultural activities throughout the summer, including festivals, art shows, and events.
2. Vallejo, California
In the heart of California, on the shores of San Pablo Bay, is the beautiful city of Vallejo. Head to the Heritage District to see embellished Victorian houses and interesting museums. Or drive over to Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s one of the most popular outdoor recreation destinations in the Bay Area and has over 130 miles of trails!
3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Ready to hit the beach? Myrtle Beach is famous for its beaches, water sports, and fishing. However, there is more to the city and surrounding area. There are celebrity-designed golf courses, theme parks, and plenty of restaurants and shops. Myrtle Beach State Park features 312 acres of nature trails, tours, and programs. Adventurous families should visit Radical Ropes Adventure Park; it’s a five-acre forest with a treetop obstacle course and zipline.
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4. Salem, Oregon
The capital of Oregon, Salem is known for its beautiful parks and gorgeous vegetation. Visit the Enchanted Forest, a must-see fun park that combines nature with the fun of a theme park. If traveling with kiddos, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum is a great place to take them. Adults will enjoy Willamette Valley Vineyards, where you can taste the region’s delicious wines. We also recommend visiting the Riverfront Park which covers 23 acres along the Willamette River.
5. Traverse City, Michigan
Did you know Traverse City is known as the “Caribbean of the North”? Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, angling, paddling, golfing, or miles of beach, you’ll find something to fall in love with in Traverse City. To experience the great outdoors, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It offers lush forest, magnificently clear inland lakes, towering bluffs, and unique wildlife.
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6. Omaha, Nebraska
One of the most affordable regions for 4th of July trips is the midwest and Omaha is a great destination to visit. No, it doesn’t just have cornfields. The city has the Old Market district, an area popular for its cobblestone sidewalks, boutique shops, independent coffee shops, and delicious restaurants. There are also museums and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Just outside of town is Chalco Hills Recreation Area, with seven miles of trails for walking, running, and biking, as well as several covered picnic areas.
7. Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville and the eastern region of Tennessee are lovely. During a 4th of July trip to the area, you can visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can hike or bike on some of the park’s many trails. You can also see wildlife such as elk, black bears, and white-tailed deer. In town, there’s no shortage of barbeque restaurants, and you should definitely take a tour at Knox Whiskey Works.
8. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
The city of Oshkosh is named for Chief Oshkosh of the Menominee Tribe. It’s located between two large lakes, Lake Butte des Morts and Lake Winnebago, which makes it known for its picturesque waterfront areas. The downtown area has historic buildings, along with fine dining establishments, boutiques, art galleries, farmer’s markets, and breweries. Just outside of town is High Cliff State Park, where you can go hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, and swimming.
9. Kalispell, Montana
The charming small town of Kalispell is only 45 minutes from Glacier National Park. This means that in less than an hour you could be fishing in crystal clear water, exploring miles of trails, or getting out on horseback or your ATV. You could also be watching tons of wildlife like grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and even bald eagles. In town, you’ll find fine dining, a variety of retail stores, museums, and small breweries.
10. San Antonio/New Braunfels, Texas
There’s a reason why San Antonio is one of the best-known cities in Texas. The city offers lots of entertainment opportunities, including the famous River Walk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and SeaWorld. There are also historic sites to visit like The Alamo. Outdoor enthusiasts should head over to Guadalupe River State Park, less than an hour from downtown. The park features one of the best swimming holes in Hill Country.
11. Boise, Idaho
As the state capital, Boise has a lot to offer. It’s probably best known for its 25-mile aptly named Boise River Greenbelt. This tree-lined pathway follows the Boise River and it’s perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. Visitors should visit the many museums in town as well as Zoo Boise and the MK Nature Center. Outside of town, visitors can see remnants of the historic Oregon Trail and hundreds of fossils at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
Head out this 4th of July
Celebrate Independence Day with your own independence, because one of the best things about RVing is the freedom it brings. Start by renting an RV with Outdoorsy; you can search by location, size, and amenities. Then hit the road and visit any of the growing destinations we mentioned. We know you’re going to have a great time.