Don’t let the end of summer be the end of your camping this year. There is still plenty of time to visit new places or even revisit some of your favorites. In other words, don’t delay because the sun is still hot and in contrast, the water is cool. Cooler evenings invite you to stay out under the stars longer and enjoy the night sky. Many of the usually busy tourist spots aren’t packed due to the school year starting soon. Take advantage of it and visit any one of our favorite Labor Day Weekend RV destinations.
Pick A Favorite Labor Day Weekend RV Camping Spot
Massachusetts – Martha’s Vineyard
Don’t miss the annual Labor Day Weekend Festival in Martha’s Vineyard. The village hosts this lavish “block party” every year and signals the end of another successful summer in the “Vineyard”. The celebration includes lots of entertainment and rows of booths and stalls that showcase the creativity of the local artisans. Don’t be surprised to find the highest quality art, jewelry, crafts and furniture on display.
Just seven miles from the coast of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is the favorite weekend getaway destination for many east coast residents. In addition, it is also the preferred summer home to many big celebrities.
Vineyard Haven and Edgartown
Shopping, eating and beach-going are the top pastimes of Martha’s Vineyard. Once you get off the ferry in the main port of Vineyard Haven, you’ll have a wide variety of shops to visit. If you’re looking for even more boutiques and high-end stores, Edgartown is a popular choice. The maritime history and whaling background offer fascinating looks into the past. With all of the fresh seafood shacks lining the harbor, you’ll never want for great food and entertainment. You can spend many hours watching the lobstermen and draggers unloading the daily catch.
Oregon – Cannon Beach
Early September is an ideal time to visit the northern Oregon coast and the lovely seaside town of Cannon Beach. It is known for its geological landmark of Haystack Rock. This giant monolith is estimated to be from 10 to 17 million years old and was formed from ancient lava flows.
Beachcombers will delight in spending time on this magnificent stretch of sandy coastline. For instance, you can walk right on the beautiful sand and collect unique sand dollars during low tide. Likewise, you can build sandcastles or take advantage of the breeze and launch your kite high into the air. A large variety of interesting sea creatures can be viewed in the tide pools that appear during low tide.
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is nearby and offers winding hiking trails through a green coastal forest. Check out the nearby lighthouse, Tillamook Rock Light, that sits alone on an outcropping into the Pacific.
Plenty of shopping, museums and art galleries will keep you busy on your holiday weekend. Local artisans showcase their many wares. Meanwhile, a number of options for dining from ultra-casual to gourmet meals await.
South Dakota – Black Hills
South Dakota’s southwest corner is full of things to do and see. The area is filled with dense forest, sparkling lakes and waterfalls, and unlimited wildlife. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see it all over the course of three days. For a long weekend such as Labor Day, narrow it down and don’t miss Custer State Park.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park is one of the largest parks in both the state of South Dakota and the entire country. The infamous Scenic Needles Highway wanders through the park offering unequaled sights. Amazing rock formations, smooth lakes and miles of scenic hiking trails are ready and waiting.
The time of year is perfect for getting in that last bit of fishing, paddling and swimming. Certainly, outdoor adventurers will enjoy water sports, hiking and wildlife watching. After that, plan for an evening of stargazing. Photographers should pack extra batteries and memory cards as the photo opportunities are limitless.
Along with the views of iconic Mount Rushmore, history buffs will delight in the town of Deadwood just an hour to the north. Old West history is alive and kicking in Deadwood. The HBO drama of the same name was filmed here and you will find museums, casinos and plenty of food.
Washington – San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands are the perfect place to spend Labor Day Weekend. Although the crowds are finally thinning, the weather remains gentle. There is something for every member of your party to get involved in. San Juan is waiting for you whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, a family-friendly trip or an exciting outdoor adventure.
A simple ferry ride delivers you to the Islands from Washington State. Once you’ve landed, you’ll find a paradise of lush green forest and growth. Miles of hiking and walking trails invite you to explore the area and see the paradise for yourself. If you dare a trip up to the top of Mount Constitution, you will be rewarded with panoramic views that take your breath away.
San Juan Island
San Juan Island is the most populated of the Islands and has a multitude of things to keep you busy. Biking, kayaking and whale watching are at the top of the list for the energetic. Exploring museums and visiting local farms is a lovely way to spend a relaxing day. Take the time to check out Friday Harbor where you will have too many choices of places to eat and fabulous art galleries to visit.
Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park
Some of the most spectacular and scenic mountain areas in America reside in the Grand Teton National Park. Along with the natural beauty of the forests and surrounding areas, the opportunities to view the largest of the country’s wildlife are many. Bison (buffalo), elk and moose all call the Grand Tetons home.
Miles upon miles of trails will lead you to hidden waterfalls and great trout fishing spots. Aside from hiking, you can also choose biking or riding a horse. No matter which mode of transportation you pick, above all, you will be able to enjoy the feel of the cool, clean air in your face.
Jenny Lake is a must-see as it is the jewel of the park. The fishing is amazing and the views are captivating. As with many of our Labor Day Weekend RV camping choices, you will be hard-pressed to see as much as you like over just a weekend.
In conclusion, if you’re planning a Labor Day Weekend camping trip, book now! Don’t wait as the parks all fill up fast – even in the offseason.