12 New Attractions to Visit on Your Next Road Trip

There are 4.12 million miles of road in the United States, nearly another million in Canada, and more tourist attractions than anyone can count. Yet, it can still be all too easy to get into a travel rut. Looking to do something different on your next journey? Add one of these exciting new attractions to your travel itinerary!

Sloth Captive Husbandry Center
Rainier, Oregon

Dying to get up close and personal with a cute sloth? Head to the Sloth Captive Husbandry Center–home to the world’s largest captive population of adult sloths. The center offers guided educational tours that allow visitors to feed, hold and learn all about these charming tropical mammals. The center is situated a short drive away from a diverse range of National and State Forests, making it an easy stopover.

Sea to Sky Gondola
Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Located in one of British Columbia’s most picturesque regions, the Sea to Sky Gondola takes visitors on a ten-minute ride, providing breathtaking views of Howe Sound Fjord and the Coastal Mountains. Upon arrival at Summit Lodge, visitors have plenty of exciting activities to choose from, including snowshoeing, hiking, tubing and skiing.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hollywood, California

Universal Studios’ newly-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must-visit for any Harry Potter fan. Visitors can explore Hogwarts castle and enjoy a range of Harry Potter-themed rides and performances. Universal Studios Hollywood provides RV parking, making it a relatively hassle-free visit.

Columbia Icefield Discovery
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on this breathtaking 9.5-hour bus tour! The highlight of the tour is Glacier Skywalk–one of Alberta’s newest attractions. The glass-floored observation walk stands 918 feet above awe-inspiring valleys and magnificent waterfalls, providing visitors an eagle-eyed view of the Canadian Rockies. The Columbia Icefield Discovery bus offers pick-up in several lower-laying towns, giving RV travelers the chance to explore the region without trekking across potentially-dangerous terrain.

Morgan’s Wonderland
San Antonio, Texas

Opened in 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland is notable for being the world’s first theme park designed to be inclusive and fully accessible to people with disabilities. All areas of the park are wheelchair accessible, making it a great stop for young and old alike. Best of all, the surrounding area has a wide range of RV resorts to choose from.

The National Blues Museum
St. Louis, Missouri

For any music lover, the brand new National Blues Museum can’t be missed, focusing on the Blues and its influence on American music over the last 100 years. Opened in 2016, the museum includes more than 15,000 square feet of artifacts, interactive exhibits and educational resources. You’ll be pleased to know that St. Louis has a few campsites and RV parks located in close proximity to the downtown area.

Mermet Springs
Belknap, Illinois

Mermet Springs is arguably one of America’s most unique dive sites. Reaching depths of up to 120 feet, this 8.5-acre spring-fed quarry gives visitors the opportunity to scuba dive in and around a wide array of submerged items ranging from an underwater petting zoo to a Boeing 727. While the site has been in operation for two decades, the owners are continually adding (er, submerging?) new underwater attractions. Nearby Shawnee National Forest is absolutely worth a visit, offering both campground and dispersed camping.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Cleveland, Mississippi

From rock to rap, the Mississippi Delta region heavily influenced some of today’s most popular music genres–and you can learn more at the country’s newest GRAMMY Museum. Located on the famous Mississippi Blues Trail, this family-friendly museum does a fantastic job of educating visitors on the history of American music and the many ways the region influenced modern music. Those wishing to expand their music knowledge can continue their trip along the Mississippi Blues Trail.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Birmingham, Alabama

In 2016, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum completed a massive $15 million expansion, adding 84,650 square feet to the existing 144,000 square-foot facility. The museum showcases more than 1,400 beautifully restored bikes and cars, making it a fun attraction for families and racecar lovers alike.

Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort
Hermitage, Tennessee

Over the last few years, Nashville Shores has evolved into a must-visit for families looking for a fun and relaxing vacation spot. Thanks to its recent expansion, the 385-acre resort now features countless entertainment options, including a waterpark, Treetop Adventure Park, lakeside marina with jet ski and pontoon rentals, and scenic RV sites and lakeside cabins.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Winter Haven, Florida

As the second-largest LEGOLAND in the world, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a must-see for families with kids under the age of 13. Opened in 2011 on the former site of Cypress Gardens, the theme park features over 45 rides and attractions, including a botanical garden and a water park.

The Paper House
Rockport, Massachusetts

While the Paper House certainly isn’t new, it’s just started to gain notoriety as one of the most unique homes in America, joining the likes of House on the Rock and Winchester Mystery House. Built in 1922, both the home and its furnishings—including an intricately made piano—are constructed entirely out of newspaper. While you’re in the area, take a drive through nearby Cape Ann—arguably the most beautiful stretch of the Massachusetts coastline.

One of the best things about RV travel is the freedom to venture out and see new attractions on the way to your favorite destinations. The next time you hit the road, don’t forget to venture out and try something new!

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