Monday, December 4, 2023


Why fall is the best time to vacation in your RV

By Gail Marsh
Summertime! The word itself evokes visions of vacations. After all, the summer months are the time when most folks venture out for travel and exploration. Just because the summer is traditionally vacation time doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best for everyone. If you can travel in the fall, you may find more enjoyment than you ever imagined. Here are a few reasons why fall just may be the best time to vacation in your RV.

Fall RV travel means fewer crowds

Tired of waiting in line to see that exhibit or get seated in a restaurant? Chances are that fall wait times will be less than in the summertime. Fewer travelers also mean less traffic on the roadways.

You may discover that it’s a bit easier to make reservations at a campground if you aren’t competing with families traveling with kids. We’ve found that because most children are back in school, we meet folks that are similar in age to us. Not only that, but often their interests coincide with ours, as well.

Cooler temperatures and less humidity

Yes, summertime means sunny days, but those days are often hot and humid. Travel in the autumn and you just might enjoy perfect temperatures. In most places, the humidity will also be less than in the summer.

The cooler temps will make for more comfortable hiking, fishing, biking, golfing, or other favorite outdoor sports you enjoy.

Special fall events

You can participate in events particular to the autumn season if you plan to take your RV out traveling in the fall. Just think! Apple picking and pumpkin patches. Oktoberfests and winery tours. You won’t find those activities in the summertime. No, siree!

If you enjoy viewing wildlife, you might want to plan an RV trip to see migrating birds, elk bugling, and more. Bow hunting is also available in many areas during the autumn months. (Check local hunting regulations and be sure to get a hunting license.)

Fall colors

Another bonus! All the uniquely “fall activities” can be enjoyed with colorful fall trees serving as a backdrop to your fall RV travel adventures. Brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves will make your trip photos pop.


If you love baseball or football, fall is the perfect time to travel and watch your favorite team. Or watch them on your RV’s outdoor television with a side of s’mores.

Reduced fuel prices for fall RV travel?

Typically, fuel prices fall as summer winds down. This year? Well, maybe not so much. But even a few cents off is enough encouragement for me to say “yes” to an autumn trip.

How about you? Do you like to travel during the fall? Tell us why in the comments below.



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Neal Davis (@guest_261480)
18 days ago

Late-fall and early-winter are my favorite times of year to travel. As you suggest, we find campgrounds far less crowded. I enjoy walking the dog with DW through a largely empty campground with a chill in the air, and then climbing back into a toasty-warm RV. Even a touch of snow (so long as it is not so much that we must retract the slides) is not unwelcome.

Jim Johnson (@guest_261410)
19 days ago

We live in one of the fall color regions. Amongst all the bright reds, oranges and yellows, one other color seems to dominate – silver. This past September we had lunch in a local restaurant and realized that none of the diners were younger than late 50’s with most being 60+.

Bob (@guest_261367)
19 days ago

We always schedule a spring and fall trip. Kids are in school and campgrounds are quieter.

Michelle Traynor (@guest_261358)
19 days ago

And….no bugs, especially mosquitoes!!

Bob M (@guest_204813)
1 year ago

This year it seems cold early and wet from the rain. Hopefully; we get Indian summer this Oct. I enjoy camping, but have a hard time this year with the cold. I’m archery hunting now, but dressed like a bear to keep warm.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

Hi, Bob. It’s 80 degrees right now at my home just north of Seattle! And Seattle had a total of 1/2″ of rain all summer. This is Seattle? Have a good evening/night. 😀 –Diane

Neal Davis (@guest_204597)
1 year ago

We do enjoy fall travel. We tailgate as many as 8 weekends at college football games. We also travel 10 hours away to revisit our old haunts, former neighbors, friends, and former colleagues for a fortnight, usually in October. Fall weather is so varied that we pack heavy and enjoy whatever the weather brings.

Gary Swope (@guest_204571)
1 year ago

I love the autumn season. Especially on the Blue Ridge Parkway in mid to late October. Oh, what a sight to behold.

Traveler (@guest_204568)
1 year ago

The federal and state land managers need to figure this out and quit closing so early in the fall.

MattD (@guest_204539)
1 year ago

I love the fall season, the way the light changes and the air cools down at night…The only problem for me is the lakes and rivers are usually at their lowest so it harder to access the water.

Jim Prideaux (@guest_204474)
1 year ago

Cooler temperatures also means more enjoyable camp fires. I generally skip the camp fire in the summer when warm outside.

Uncle Swags (@guest_204473)
1 year ago

Fewer people means fewer problems and more enjoyment. Springtime also works for me. I was hoping with all the school time lost due to Covid that the kids would go back full time for a couple years to catch back up.

Mark K (@guest_204468)
1 year ago

Yes, many advantages. One disadvantage is school busses, but we try to travel between 9 and 3.

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