Texas RV Camping Destinations
In a state this big, there’s an RV vacation waiting for every single camper. To help you plan your own, we’re going to take you on a whirlwind tour of Texas camping destinations, so hold on to your hat!
Arts and culture, big lake boating, cowboy legends, outlet mall shopping, and major sports competitions. That doesn’t even begin to describe the joys of Texas. Friends, couples or families on vacation in Texas may find themselves hoping for more vacation time!
Why not pick a theme and follow it across the state? We’ll help you make your campground reservations, and you’ll be taking all the comforts of home along. What better way to introduce yourself to the complex state we call Texas?
First on our suggested itineraries is a trip through some of Texas’ many National Parks and Forests. History buffs will want to know the National Parks Service offers a glimpse into early Texas settlement through their sites commemorating the Missions of San Antonio. For a more recent look at history, be sure to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City.
Big Bend National Park on the southern border allows visitors to explore mountains and desert in the same trip! Why not combine science and geography lessons in a way your kids will actually enjoy?
Alibates Flint Quarries in north Texas are a remarkable reminder of the ancient past. Learn how early Native Americans formed spear and arrow tips from the flint mined in the area by touring this protected quarry environment.
The hiking possibilities are endless in our state’s five National Forests! From Angelina National Forest in the heart of east Texas to the enormous Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston, Texas has worked hard to preserve the pristine beauty of its forestland. Check here for more information on Texas’ National Forests, and don’t miss the opportunity to see conservation in action!
We don’t want to close our section on Texas National Parks without highlighting Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Texas Panhandle. Created as a watershed lake, it offers a multitude of boating, camping, fishing, swimming and hiking possibilities.
Come explore our National Parks! With a little planning, you’ll have RV camping memories to last for years. Here’s a link for more information about the National Parks of Texas. Remember, with your America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass, and a motorhome rental from El Monte RV, it’s going to be even more affordable!
Texas State Parks
Did you know that in the Piney Woods section of Texasalone, there are fifteen State Parks and Historical Sites? That gives you an idea the care Texas takes to protect its natural and historic assets. For example, the bald cypress bayous of Caddo Lake State Park display a fascinating blend of ecosystems and wildlife.
Traveling northwest from Caddo Lake, you’ll find Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, rich in Native American history.
On the edge of Big Thicket National Preserve, you can explore Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, home to an amazing variety of birds and waterfowl, and even an alligator or two! VisitMission Tejas State Park near Crockett for sheer scenic beauty, and a look into earlyTexas history.
To see “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, travel south of Amarillo to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Amazing red rock canyons provide hours of hiking and photography opportunities.
As you can tell, the State Parks of Texas are as diverse as its people! Check their official site for more details, and let us help you plan a great State Park vacation.
Major Attractions and Events
If you’re travelling in Texas in late September and early October, you simply must come to Dallas for the Texas State Fair! It’s no accident the Fair’s mascot is a five-story cowboy! Our State Fair is really that big, and it gets bigger every year. Home of the Cotton Bowl, the Fairgrounds in Dallas host a spectacular array of concerts, car shows, animal competitions, horse shows and carnival rides. Find a way to work the Fair into your Texas RV vacation; you’ll be glad you did!
While we’re discussing family fun ideas, be sure to visit the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels. Actually two parks connected by a tramway, this family-friendly park has been voted the Best Waterpark in America several years in a row!
Don’t leave New Braunfels yet! Park that RV at one of several RV camps and take an inner tube float trip down the Guadalupe River. And one last great idea for your vacation—visit the New Braunfels Marketplace, an outlet shopper’s paradise complete with a hands-on museum for the kids!
If the kids need to get out and burn off some energy, take them to either of the Six Flags Theme Parks in Texas. Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio and Six Flags over Texas in Arlington both have enough rides, food and exhibits to cure the worst case of “video-game-itis”!
For something a little more unusual, take the family to Wonder World Park in San Marcos, where you’ll tour a fault line cave and visit a wildlife petting zoo. And for something truly wild, take a trip north of San Antonio to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch for a Texas-style driving safari!
And now a little something for our diehard sports fans—a reminder that Texas is home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys! Still playing in Irving at Texas Stadium, the Cowboys are guaranteed to give RV campers great tailgating and football memories! When it comes to college football, where else would you want to be except Texas? The Baylor Bears in Waco, or the Aggies of Texas A & M in College Station. The North Texas Mean Green and the Texas Longhorns. Pick a team and become a fan, if you aren’t already. There’s real football being played in Texas, and you need to be part of some of the best tailgate parties on earth!
We can’t leave our Texas travelogue without tipping our hat to the center of NASCAR energy—Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth! Buy your tickets, jump in your rental RV and start making tailgating history. The race is only half the fun! Come on down to Texas and pick up your RV rental from El Monte RV. There’s a great vacation waiting! We’ll leave you with our top five tips for even more vacation fun:
Traveling to Texas
Just 33 miles from our McKinney location, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the perfect first stop on your vacation.
For individuals picking up their Texas RV rental, the largest airport is
Dallas/Ft Worth Airport (DFW).
Other mid-sized airports in the area include:
It's time to hit the road for your Texas RV Adventure!