May of this year marks our fourth year as full-time RV nomads and in so many ways we are just getting started.
One thing I learned early on is how important it is to plan our year's travel schedule in advance. I wrote a whole post about how I organize our travel plans but never having to scramble to know where we're going next saves us so much stress and allows us to enjoy where we are at the moment without worrying about the next.
If you're curious about where we've been so far, you can view our 2021, 2022, and 2023 travel schedules here.
And here's where we're headed in 2024.
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January and February
We've been parked in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle since early October and will stay here until the first of March. This is the longest amount of time we've stayed in one place since moving into our RV in 2020 and we've been surprised by how much we've enjoyed staying put for a while.
I should mention that, while our RV was parked in the same location that whole time, we flew to Colorado in November to be with family for Thanksgiving. Then we drove back (just us and the truck) to Colorado the second week of December where we stayed for the rest of the month.
We'll also spend part of February in Costa Rica. So, even though our RV hasn't moved in several months, we have.
We've loved the RV park here in Bothell. If you're ever RVing in the area, check it out - Lake Pleasant RV Park. The park is in the middle of the city but tucked into a nature preserve so it feels calm and peaceful. I snapped the photo above on a foggy day and was taken by the reflection on the water in the midst of the fog.
We've stayed in many state parks of the years and visited Nehalem Bay in 2021. We loved it so much it made the list of our favorite places so far and we're excited to return.
The park is situated on a peninsula of land with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Nehalem Bay on the other. The park includes ocean beaches, sand dunes, a forested area with a 1.8-mile bike and walking path, and the calm waters of Nehalem Bay.
The park in Winchester bay will be new for us and we haven't spent much time that far south on the Oregon coast so are looking forward to exploring places we've never been.
Even though we lived in Colorado our entire lives, we didn't discover Utah until we started RVing. What an incredible place Utah is. We've spent time in Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands, as well as the Southeastern corner of the state (you'll find several of our favorite Utah places in this road trip bucket list) but we've not spent much time around Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.
There are a ton of boondocking options in that area, and April is a great month to boondock, so that's what we're planning to do.
We'll spend all of May in Colorado, spending as much time as possible with friends and family, especially our two daughters. We almost always stay at LaVern M. Johnson park when we're in Colorado.
The park itself is quite large, but the RV section is quite small and very basic. Still, it's a really beautiful park, especially in May, and we love the town of Lyons.
Lyons is only about 20 minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, both of which are extremely popular destinations, and for good reason. If you're ever in the area, we've published this guide - Things To Do in Estes Park and the Surrounding Areas. I hope it's helpful to you!
While in Colorado, we're also planning to spend a couple of weeks at a campground we've never stayed at before - Bear Creek Lake State Campground. The location is perfect for some of the people we want to see while we're there and the park is next to a lake, which always appeals to me.
After boondocking in the southeast corner of Montana for a couple of weeks, we'll head to Old West RV park in Reed Point, Montana. The park itself is in a old west ghost town but the real draw for us is that it's close to several great options for long motorcycle rides.
In July we'll head to Downstream Campground in North Dakota. This is an Army Corps of Engineers campground on the east bank of the Missouri river with excellent hiking and kayaking potential. It's also in an area of the country where we've spent very little time, so it will be fun to explore some new places!
After a couple of weeks in North Dakota, we'll head to Red Pine Campground near Duluth, Minnesota. This is another are of the country that we've visited briefly, but not spend any real time exploring, and there's a lot of great things to do and see in the Duluth area.
In August we'll head to another one of our favorite place, Door County, Wisconsin. Door County is a peninsula in Wisconsin with Lake Michigan on one side and Green Bay on the other.
We spent a month here in 2022 and had such a good time we wrote a whole post about it - Best Things To Do In Door County. We can't wait to return!
From Wisconsin, we'll head to a couple of campgrounds near Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We've never been to this part of Missouri and have heard so many great things about the area!
In October we'll head back to another one of our favorite places - Bryson City, North Carolina. We were there in 2022 and you can read about our experience here: Things To Do in Bryson City and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Bryson City sits right at the door to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and being in that area in the fall while the leaves are changing is just spectacular. We'll celebrate 30 years of marriage in October and when we thought about where we wanted to be, this was an obvious choice.
November and December
From North Carolina, we'll make our way back to Colorado, probably stopping briefly in a few places along the way. Our plan is to stay through the holidays and then (hopefully!) head somewhere warm come January.
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