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Explore Texas by RV: A Guide to Diverse Campgrounds and Must-See Sites

By Kali Dunson

Texas. The name alone conjures images of wide-open spaces, sizzling BBQ, and maybe even ten-gallon hats. But this Lone Star boasts a surprising variety of landscapes, all waiting to be explored from the comfort of your RV. Plan a route, embrace adventure, and make a memory that lasts a lifetime.

The best way to see all Texas has to offer is through an RV adventure. This unique mode of travel grants you the freedom to roam at your own pace, stopping to savor the sights and experiences that pique your interest. From mountain tops to sandy shores, desert plains to rolling hills, Texas unfolds in a way that’s simply unmatched among the national landscape.  

Are you a hardcore hiker or a casual nature enthusiast? Matching your campground to your activity level will make your experience more enjoyable. With careful planning and an open mind, your Texas RV adventure will be a journey through a land of surprising contrasts. So buckle up, crank up the AC (it’s Texas, after all!), and get ready to experience the Lone Star State in all its glory!

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Mountain Majesty: Breathtaking Vistas and Desert Bighorn Sheep

Texas summers can be scorchers, but that shouldn't stop you from experiencing the otherworldly beauty of the Guadalupe Mountains. Consider kicking off your journey here to escape the heat at higher elevations. Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers stunning vistas, challenging hikes like Guadalupe Peak, and a chance to spot desert bighorn sheep – a truly unforgettable sight!

Campground Gems:

  • McKittrick Ridge Campground: Located inside the park, this campground provides basic amenities with jaw-dropping views. Perfect for those who prioritize scenery over creature comforts.
  • Pine Springs Campground: Just outside the park, Pine Springs Campground offers full hookups for those who prefer a bit more comfort. Hikers will love its proximity to the Devil's Hall Trailhead, a great option for exploring the park's diverse terrain

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Beach Bliss: Pristine Shores and World-Class Windsurfing

Time to trade your hiking boots for flip flops! Head towards the Gulf Coast and immerse yourself in the beachy vibes of Padre Island National Seashore. This haven boasts pristine beaches, excellent birding (keep an eye out for the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle!), and world-class windsurfing for the adventurous souls.

Finding Your Beach Bliss:

  • American Beach Campground: Craving beachfront bliss? This campground puts you right on the sand, with the sound of waves lulling you to sleep each night.
  • Long Island Campground: For those seeking a respite from the hot Texas sun, Long Island Campground offers a more shaded experience with plenty of trees for relaxation.

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Desert Dreams: Big Bend National Park and Starry Skies

Big Bend National Park is a must for desert enthusiasts. Hike through dramatic canyons, explore ancient Chihuahuan Desert landscapes, and soak under the vast expanse of the Milky Way at night. The isolation and beauty of this park will leave you breathless.

Big Bend Camping Options:

  • Big Bend Ranch State Park: This state park offers campgrounds with stunning views and starry nights, perfect for stargazers.
  • Chisos Mountain Lodge: Feeling fancy? The Chisos Mountain Lodge inside the park provides a luxurious option with breathtaking views. Think cozy cabins nestled amidst stunning scenery.

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Don’t Forget the Hill Country: Wine Down and Explore

No Texas adventure is complete without a stop in the Texas Hill Country. Traverse scenic drives, explore charming towns like Fredericksburg, and indulge in the region's renowned wineries and distilleries. Unwind amidst the rolling hills and vibrant small towns.

Hill Country Hideaways:

  • Fredericksburg RV Parks: The town offers a variety of RV parks with full hookups, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring the local wineries.
  • State Park Gems: For a more rustic experience, consider state parks like Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Here, you'll find campsites with stunning views of the massive granite dome, making for a truly unique experience.

This is just a taste of the incredible adventures that await you on an RV trip through Texas. With its diverse landscapes, charming towns, and delicious food, the Lone Star State has something for everyone. So, pack your bags, crank up the AC, and get ready to experience a  Texas RV adventure!

About the Author: Kali Dunson, the Marketing Communications Specialist at Tour Texas, is a devoted Texan who believes that everything, from the irresistible chips and salsa to spontaneous adventures, is simply better in the Lone Star State. When she's not celebrating Texas, she cherishes quality time with her family of five and enjoys losing herself in the pages of a good book.

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