RV Travel Vacation: Revolutionary War Itinerary
by Guest Author: Joe Laing
Sometimes, we need to dig deep into our country’s history to remember just how amazing our heritage really is. If you, too, are fascinated by America’s early history, sites commemorating the Revolutionary War are the perfect places to visit on your next RV travel vacation. Here are some sample Revolutionary War RV vacation itineraries to help you get started.
Minute Man National Historic Park Located in Concord, Massachusetts, Minute Man National Historic Park hosts re-enactments, tours and a wonderfully informative visitor’s center. Start your RV trip here and learn the story behind “The Shot Heard Round the World” and the first battle of the American Revolution.
Boston National Historic Park Keep driving into Boston and find an almost overwhelming collection of Revolutionary War historic sites. Boston National Historic Park encompasses more than a dozen places you’ll want to visit to learn more about America’s early struggle for independence.
Walk along the famous Freedom Trail to find the Old North Church, the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. Show your kids where Paul Revere lived and awesome Faneuil Hall, where bold patriots came to protest taxation and tyranny in the public marketplace. You can literally spend a week exploring the streets of historic Boston and not see everything there is to see related to Revolutionary War history!
By the way, if you’d like to stay overnight in the Boston area, the luxurious Normandy Farms Campground is located between Boston and Cape Cod in Foxboro and offers every possible RV camping amenity.
New York Itinerary
There are almost too many historic sites to name in New York State, but here are some of the top picks for RV travelers:
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site: Newburgh, located in southern New York State, is home to the estate where George Washington made some of the most important decisions of the Revolutionary War.
Fort Ticonderoga: On the southwest shore of Lake Champlain, within six-million-acre Adirondack Park, you’ll find historic Fort Ticonderoga Learn how Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys caught the sleeping British Troops off-guard and captured the Fort in 1775.
While in upstate New York, plan to camp at Brookwood RV Resort on Lake George.
Old Fort Niagara in western New York © 2004 Matthew Trump
Old Fort Niagara: Combine a visit to Niagara Falls with a stop at Old Fort Niagara, historic protector of access to the Great Lakes. For more than three hundred years, this strategically important site saw battles by the French, British, American Revolutionaries and the Iroquois Confederacy. A truly impressive experience you won’t want to miss on your New York Revolutionary War RV Itinerary.
Saratoga National Historic Park: Don’t leave the Hudson Valley without visiting Saratoga NHP. Northwest of Albany, this Park commemorates Saratoga Battlefield, where American troops defeated the British in 1775 and turned the tide of the American Revolution.
The state of Pennsylvania is also another wise choice for Revolutionary War buffs to visit by RV. Be sure to see Brandywine Battlefield west of Philadelphia, scene of the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War. And what says “American Revolution” better than Valley Forge National Historic Park? One more must-see for RV campers looking for American Revolution history—Historic Philadelphia. Within one square mile of the Old City, travelers will find Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and dozens more places of historic significance to visit.
This is just a small sample of the rich Revolutionary War history to be seen on your next RV camping vacation. Choose your favorites, or check this collection of sites from the National Parks Service to plan your next trip. No matter which state you visit, there are lessons to be learned from the patriots whose dreams brought our nation to life.