← Back to Blog

Splash Zone: Top Water-Filled Destinations for Beating the Summer Heat

Escape the sweltering heat and dive into these refreshing RV destinations with ample water activities and amenities.

By Willow @ Vanly

June 13th, 2024

Vintage campervan parked lakeside, paddleboards and kayaks ready

Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by the relentless summer heat. We've all been there – melting into a puddle of sweat, desperately seeking relief from the sweltering temperatures. But fear not, fellow adventurers! We've scoured the map to bring you the ultimate splash zones – destinations where you can beat the summer heat and make a splash in the most refreshing ways possible.

Whether you're seeking serene lakeside retreats, rushing river adventures, or oceanside escapes, we've got you covered. So, grab your swimsuit, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready to dive into some of the coolest (literally) RV spots in the country.

Lakeside Luxury: Serene Waters and Endless Relaxation

There's something undeniably therapeutic about lounging by a tranquil lake, listening to the gentle lapping of waves and feeling the cool breeze against your skin. Luckily, the United States is home to countless breathtaking lakes that offer the perfect respite from the scorching summer sun.

One such gem is the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, where you can park your RV at one of the many campgrounds nestled along the picturesque lakeshores. Spend your days swimming, kayaking, or simply floating on the crystal-clear waters, and your evenings enjoying stunning sunsets and stargazing by the campfire.

  hosted on Vanly



Further west, the Ozarks in Missouri beckon with their endless supply of sparkling lakes and pristine swimming holes. Immerse yourself in the refreshing waters of Lake of the Ozarks or Table Rock Lake, or venture off the beaten path to discover hidden gems like Hawksbill Crag and its iconic swimming hole.

River Rovers: Chasing Whitewater and Rapid Thrills

If you're the adventurous type who craves an adrenaline rush, fear not – we've got the perfect destinations for you, too. Pack your gear and get ready to conquer some of America's most exhilarating rivers, where whitewater rafting, kayaking, and paddleboarding await.

Head to the iconic Colorado River, which winds its way through the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest. From the towering cliffs of the Grand Canyon to the rapids of Cataract Canyon, this legendary waterway offers something for every level of thrill-seeker.

Or, perhaps you'd prefer the rushing currents of the Rogue River in Oregon, where you can embark on multi-day rafting trips through pristine wilderness and lush forests. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, including black bears, bald eagles, and the elusive Bigfoot (we're kidding... maybe).

Oceanside Oases: Saltwater Splendors and Coastal Charm

For those who prefer the salty embrace of the ocean, we've got you covered with some truly spectacular coastal destinations. Imagine parking your RV steps away from the crashing waves, falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the surf, and waking up to breathtaking seaside vistas.

  hosted on Vanly



Head to the stunning Oregon Coast, where you'll find a string of charming seaside towns and RV parks nestled along the rugged shoreline. From the iconic Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach to the sprawling dunes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, there's no shortage of coastal adventures to be had.

Or, perhaps you'd prefer the warm, turquoise waters of the Florida Keys. Park your RV at one of the many beachfront campgrounds and spend your days swimming, snorkeling, or even trying your hand at deep-sea fishing. Don't forget to indulge in some fresh seafood and catch a legendary Key West sunset before calling it a night.

Insider Tips: Making the Most of Your Watery Escape

Now that we've whet your appetite for some aquatic adventures, here are a few insider tips to help you make the most of your water-filled RV getaway:

  1. Pack the essentials:

    Stock up on water shoes, life jackets, sun protection, and any other necessary gear for your chosen water activities.

  2. Research local outfitters:

    Many destinations offer guided tours, equipment rentals, and lessons – perfect for trying out new water sports or exploring hidden gems.

  3. Stay hydrated:

    It's easy to get caught up in the fun and forget to hydrate, so be sure to drink plenty of water and stay cool.

  4. Respect the environment:

    Leave no trace, follow local regulations, and help preserve these natural wonders for future generations of splish-splashers.

  5. Book early:

    These hot spots (pun intended) tend to fill up quickly during peak summer months, so reserve your spot well in advance.

Making a Splash with Vanly

No matter which watery oasis you choose to explore, one thing is certain: beating the summer heat has never been more refreshing or adventurous. And with Vanly, finding the perfect spot to park your RV and dive into these aquatic playgrounds has never been easier.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit, load up the RV, and get ready to make some waves this summer. Just remember to pack a towel – and maybe a few extra gallons of sunscreen. Happy splashing!

← Back to Blog