Ep. 289: Best RV Camping 2022 | U.S. travel hiking kayaking sightseeing

Ep. 289: Best RV Camping 2022 | U.S. travel hiking kayaking sightseeing

The year 2022 was an amazing Grand Adventure! From one corner of the United States to the other, from Mt. Rainier to the Florida peninsula. Deserts, mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean beaches and more! 38 campsites, 27 states, and over 7,500 miles towing our fifth wheel across the country, all the while finding great hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and more along the way. Boondocking on gorgeous public lands in the West, and campgrounds back east. Of course we have our favorites, and we’re going to look back on the best of the 2022 Grand Adventure season throughout this episode, so stay tuned!

Filmed: Throughout 2022


0:00 Intro
1:45 Best Boondocking
5:22 Best Public Campground
9:14 Best RV Park
13:05 Best Mountain Town
17:42 Best Beach Town
22:56 Best Desert Town
29:04 Best Hiking
33:56 Best Kayaking
40:17 Best Sightseeing
47:52 Wrap-up and what’s next


Best Boondocking:
Blankenship Bridge, Montana – Ep.268 https://youtu.be/I-XQV-R-DXI
Rutherford Beach, Louisana – Ep. 286 https://youtu.be/X4pxmS8QLK4

Best Public Campground:
Pinicon Ridge County Park, Iowa – Ep. 272 https://youtu.be/zoGxtOBluVE
St. Andrews State Park, Florida – Ep. 284 https://youtu.be/UxxXnRedopQ

Best RV Park:
Sun Outdoors Panama City Beach, Florida – Ep. 284 https://youtu.be/UxxXnRedopQ
Campbell Cove RV Resort & Campground, Ohio – Ep. 275 https://youtu.be/FMZmGyW5o6s

Best Mountain Town:
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada – Ep. 260 https://youtu.be/cE5xj9P_xdA
Bend, Oregon – Ep. 265 https://youtu.be/jh5nPcKzI4E

Best Beach Town:
Down East, North Carolina – Ep. 278 https://youtu.be/y-gqKFBAb_E
Cedar Key, Florida – Ep. 283 https://youtu.be/iu0W1v3AEII

Best Desert Town:
Pioche, Nevada – Ep. 255 https://youtu.be/GP2fAwk2aY0
Goldfield, Nevada – Ep. 256 https://youtu.be/5Fki8uqg3wU

Best Hiking:
Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio – Ep. 275 https://youtu.be/FMZmGyW5o6s
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada – Ep. 260 https://youtu.be/cE5xj9P_xdA

Best Kayaking:
Glacier National Park, Montana – Ep. 268 https://youtu.be/I-XQV-R-DXI
Rainbow River, Florida – Ep. 283 https://youtu.be/iu0W1v3AEII

Best Sightseeing:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California – Ep. 261 https://youtu.be/kB7wYqrsOXo
Outer Banks, North Carolina – Ep. 277 https://youtu.be/QYXbRT3snQw


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  1. anne mueller on March 18, 2023 at 9:58 am

    We are currently at Rutherford Beach thanks to your tip! Love it here.

  2. Mirek Kloucek on March 18, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Me and my wife enjoy your videos verymuch as we slowly preparing for Full time. We are looking at Durango and GD campers. I like that Durango will do al the solar install. I noticed your solar panels are tilted is it like that from the factory ?

  3. MICHELLE KOONCE on March 18, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Hello. Your best at these reviews Happy New Year!, 😊. Can’t wait for your new video in 2023. Many Blessings 😊😊 Michelle Greenville Fl

  4. akgobears on March 18, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Living in the Bay Area and loving skiing as you do, have to say Lake Tahoe is my favorite place on earth to the point that I have been there more times than the Pope got prayers …..Have a whole slue of things i love to do there and the surrounding areas….I may have missed , but have you ever been to Virginia City ??? Its a hoot from days gone by….Looking forward to next season and you letting us know what is ??? Be well

  5. Kevin Gini on March 18, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Good day to you Marc. I love your videos, especially the one on Grater Lake so much so my wife and I will be staying at Diamond Lake for 9 days this year. My question is where did you find your Kayak rack T-bar for the front end of your truck. I can only find and bed extension for the bed of the truck via Yakima. We have a setup much like yours (5th wheel and kayaks) but having difficulty with that T-bar. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  6. We B RVing on March 18, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Wow! I really enjoyed this video! Brought back fond memories of kayaking Rainbow Springs & visiting Lassen Volcanic NP. Gave us some great ideas on planning our future grand adventure! We’re going to have to do some more research on doing the outer banks and see if we can make it in our 44" Class A & where we can camp out there. Will be headed up the East coast from Florida come March traveling to Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and would like to do outer banks after that.
    Marc & Phyllis

  7. Jim Lee on March 18, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Great recap, you are the best.

  8. Mario Galla - HIKESOME on March 18, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Great adventures and wonderful shots!

  9. Joe Montague on March 18, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Nice video

  10. Kim Reid on March 18, 2023 at 10:09 am

    I was wondering what the white cushion looking thing is hanging on your (RV?) door, behind you in the last scene, you can see it at 48:44. Is that some sort of door insulation?

  11. John Copeland on March 18, 2023 at 10:09 am

    that’s alot of bonus miles, lol

  12. Kathy Joslin on March 18, 2023 at 10:10 am

    What a great year! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Captndarty on March 18, 2023 at 10:10 am

    I’ve watched most of your western or mountain camping videos but missed out on all your midwest to south eastern videos as those regions have zero appeal to me. That being said the sites that you’ve show here are beautiful and that is enough for me to affectively say “been there done that“ lol keep on adventuring👍🏻

  14. Rabbi on March 18, 2023 at 10:12 am

    1st place: Lake Tahoe
    2nd place: Lake Tahoe
    3rd place: Lake Tahoe
    4th Place: Lake Tahoe
    5th Place: Lake Tahoe
    6th Place: Lake Tahoe

  15. Crypto Overdrive on March 18, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Fantastic year-end video sir! Question Marc. Are you familiar with the various Bluetti power stations? I’ve been thinking about alternatives to complicated, planned-out solar/lithium installations (that are more/less permanent) and looking at the AC300/B300 combined with a few portable solar panels to get our 12v fridge through the night while boondocking. It looks like I could just plug that system into the 30 amp plug on our TT and avoid tampering with the OEM systems altogether. This seems to be an up-and-coming simpler alternative for achieving boondocking capabilities. Just curious if you had any opinions on it. Thank you sir in advance!

  16. Traveling Merton and Sue on March 18, 2023 at 10:13 am

    It was a pleasure for us to meet you in Quartzite, thank you for taking time to greet us! We know the feeling about a long ride, we just got back from driving all the way from California to Massachusetts. It can be very tiring at times! Thank you for the share it was a wonderful ride. >MERTO😎✌️👍

  17. GEORGE on March 18, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Awesome video 👏👏👏

  18. SKPjoe Coursegold on March 18, 2023 at 10:15 am

    great music to go with the tour. happy and safe travels. My list just gets longer, thanks.
    that Bowman lake is beautiful. A place I just learned about, McCloud, CA; I’ll be visiting sometime June.

  19. SevenBears on March 18, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Must be time for a set of new tires after all that travel

  20. Don Davis on March 18, 2023 at 10:17 am

    What an epic adventure you three had. Looking forward to watching 2023. Maybe our paths will cross again. Not going to quartzite this yr. Daughters last year of traveling Volleyball is taking us all over the US. Thanks Don

  21. Rhonda Dyer on March 18, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Really enjoyed your 2022 Review.

  22. Bob and Dang's Journey on March 18, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Very nice! Great wrap up of 22, we have a few new destinations to check out now…

  23. StephMH on March 18, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Loved this Marc! As I’ve said before, yours is the best filming from any of the RV channels we watch. What an incredible year you and your wife had! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures!
    BTW, are you traveling with two vehicles now? We spotted a white vehicle in your campsite in most of your locations, so just curious.

  24. Gorrdd on March 18, 2023 at 10:24 am

    A Kaleidoscope of grand adventure…


  25. Bob on March 18, 2023 at 10:26 am

    I would love to do this in our 2018 Riverside Retro 285FK. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

  26. Jay Gustin on March 18, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Loved your doondocking spot near Glacier. Hope the local harrassment team didnt run you off. 😊

  27. Robert Nasser on March 18, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Nice, very nice. Hopefully on the road. Have you had or what issues have you had with your KZ ?

  28. Scenic Washington State on March 18, 2023 at 10:29 am

    You are like the Rick Steves of RVing! Love it.

  29. Tenkara in the Iowa Driftless on March 18, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Marc, thanks for the excellent summary. I must say it’s almost a crime that you came through Iowa and completely missed out on the unique jewel known as the Driftless Area. The landscape where Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa come together is stunning and paradise for the outdoorsman. Maybe next time!

  30. CharlesinGA on March 18, 2023 at 10:31 am

    2023 needs to be an Alaska trip while you have the old truck that you don’t mind getting a little beat up on the poor roads. Would not want to do that to a new truck. Just give it a through mechanical check up and replace belts, tensioners, brakes, etc if questionable.

  31. David Strong on March 18, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Hi Marc! I happened across your vid’s because I’m looking For a fifth wheel that has generous Boondocking ability and attributes. You seem to really like your Durango HTcan you comment on some of the things that you like about it for Boondocking off the Grid please. I looked for a video on this area but the only one I could find was How the Durango’s are made at the factory. Any information you or your followers can provide would be very received.
    David, Conway, AR

  32. Gimpy Camper on March 18, 2023 at 10:34 am

    I’m going to have to check that spot in Louisiana Out… We are planning on going to the Texas coast next New Years.

  33. Leigh McQueeney on March 18, 2023 at 10:35 am

    As the rest of the comments confirm this is another excellent vid. We would struggle to do this with our full time 2022. Best Boondocking – Hiawatha National Forest, or outside Apache Junction, or Sedona or…Best campground Garden of the Gods Illinois or 7 points Nashville or Shenandoah national park or… See what I mean? 🤣 Can’t wait to start again in Feb 2023, and hopefully check out some of the places on your list. Cheers Marc, and please keep up the good work.

  34. alicia parham on March 18, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Excellent video. Thanks!!

  35. Joseph P Anthony on March 18, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Another great video Mark !! Thank You !

  36. Joe Clark on March 18, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Great video….. Have you checked out the Eclipse Rovers for capturing moving video? You can up your game. You should check them out.

  37. Bri Sul on March 18, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Love this!! Spectacular footage! We had some crazy flooding last spring that blew out the bridges to our trails but I am hoping we can get back out there this year and explore. Being outside is my happy place! Happy trails friend!

  38. PeeWee Henson on March 18, 2023 at 10:45 am


  39. Gorrdd on March 18, 2023 at 10:45 am


    This was definitely an epic annual review. My favorite so far! So many incredibly epic and beautiful areas covering all different kinds of views and adventures.

    When you took the free ferry over to the island, did they allow you to launch your drone off the ferry to get that water view of the ferry running to the island?


  40. Traveling Merton and Sue on March 18, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Great video, very informative, and very interesting. Yikes, those to RV parks might have been nice but boy are they expensive, LOL. This was a wonderful video. Thank you! >Merton 😎✌️👍

  41. RV 2 Travel on March 18, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Nice video Marc! Enjoyed your adventures and thanks for sharing. John

  42. Jose Rivera on March 18, 2023 at 10:50 am

    I can always count on Mark to give me camping ideas. Thank you so much!

  43. Moore2Explore on March 18, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Great recap!! Relaxing, beautiful, and so informative! Thank you!!

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