Do your winter plans include a southward journey to a warmer climate? Check out some of our picks for snowbirding destinations, and learn more about the preparations you should make before you hit the road.
This winter’s snowbirding hotspots
Full of historic charm, enjoy the warm, mild winter weather of Tucson, Arizona. Further south than the popular snowbirding destination of Phoenix, Tucson is a great basecamp for day trips around southern Arizona and to border towns in Mexico.
Lake Mohave, Nevada/Arizona
If lakeside living is what you’re after, set up camp at Lake Mohave. A reservoir on the Colorado River between the Hoover Dam and Davis Dam, it sits on the Nevada-Arizona border. There are several RV resorts on the lake, and year-round recreational opportunities. From boating to scuba diving to exploring the surrounding desert, you’ll enjoy plenty of fun in the sun.
Hearst San Simeon State Park, California
Located between Cambria and San Simeon, Hearst San Simeon State Park boasts stunning coastal views, nature preserves, and even an elephant seal rookery on the beaches. The state park offers 115 campsites, flush toilets, shower facilities and a dump station. You’ll be happy spending your days beachcombing, hiking, surfing, bird-watching, and seal and whale watching, in this beautiful spot.
Offering a mild, subtropical climate, Texas is generally more affordable than some other snowbird destinations in the United States. If you’re a birder, spend the winter in Harlingen, a southern city in the Rio Grande Valley, where you can spend your days searching for over 500 species of birds that have been spotted in the area.
Preparation & Essentials
Taking an extended trip outside of the country takes a lot of preparation, organization and knowledge of the local government’s rules and regulations. Do your research for up-to-date information on how long you can stay, what you’re allowed to bring across the border, and what documents you will need. Travel insurance is also a necessity when traveling in the U.S.. The Canadian Snowbird Association has helpful advice on these important matters.
You also need to prepare your RV for the journey, which should be winterized before the trip down. Even if you’re leaving in the early fall, traveling with your RV winterized will prevent any freezing on the road from unexpected temperature drops before you reach your warm destination.
RV Care’s Alliance with Priority RV Network
While you travel in the U.S., RV Care’s alliance with Priority RV Network has you covered if an unexpected repair pops up. You’ll receive priority emergency service at a dealership you can trust, and be back on the road as soon as possible. The Priority RV Network is the largest dealer service network in the US with over 120 locations, so download our app, and you’ll be able to find the closest one to you.