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Top 5 Winter Road Trips for Camping Enthusiasts

A winter camping trip, when properly planned, can be a magical experience. There’s nothing better in the cold weather than curling up next to a toasty campfire and roasting some marshmallows over the fire. Plus, there are fewer mosquitoes to bite and less crowded tourists to share the countryside in the winter months.

And I know what you’re thinking- what about those frigid nights?! I’ll freeze in a tent! Well luckily for you, you don’t have to tent camp if you rent a fully loaded campervan for your trip! If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you could always pack a tent for the milder nights, but that’s entirely up to you.

So, once you get your campervan booked, where should you plan to go? We’ve got you covered! Get ready for one jam-packed, epic winter getaway that takes you from Washington to southern California and back (with a ton of awesome detours along the way).

Our list was so epic we decided to break it down into five sections of the best winter road trips for camping enthusiasts. This way, you can choose which route or routes best suit you. And as a bonus, we also include our favorite trip highlight and campground picks to help you explore your options. Let’s get started!

Seattle to Las Vegas

This route is so gorgeous – especially with a layer of glistening snow on everything. There are so many changing landscapes on this journey from mountain peaks, deep valleys, to lush green forests- the options are endless! The most direct route is about 1,100 miles, but who are we kidding? The detours are where memories are made! If you are able, we recommend taking 2-3 weeks to complete this trip.

Top Highlight: Redwood National Park

Redwood Log tunnel in Sequoia National Park

Redwood National Park is considered an old-growth temperate rainforest located along the coast of northern California. They are a protective habitat for Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), one of the most enormous, towering species of tree on Earth! Aside from admiring these beautiful giants under a blanket of snow, there is also snowshoeing activities and cross-country skiing down North Grove Trail.