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For the ultimate road trip, consider renting an RV, filling it up with good friends and traveling without the hassle of finding a place to spend the night. Your biggest challenge might be parallel parking in front of your apartment, but think of all the money you’ll save on hotel rooms. Or you can just stick around the city and cause a stir in neighborhoods like the Upper West Side.

Just know if you're ever in a bind, Walmart parking lots double as RV camps. You can travel the states using a map of Walmart store locations as a guide. If that’s not your scene, here’s a list of some RV parks and where you can rent one.


Cruise America offers rentals that can be picked up at JFK Airport. Choices are compact for three passengers, standard for five, and large accommodates up to seven people.

Road Bear RV has a minimum three-day rental, and a large selection of RVs. Pick up the RV at their New Jersey location.


Montauk: Here’s your opportunity to have a beachfront rental in Montauk without going broke. Stay at Hither Hills State Park and enjoy the beach, fishing, stargazing and hiking at your door.

Washington D.C.: Park right outside the nation’s capital at Lake Fairfax Park, and canoe on the lake or take a ride on their restored antique carousel. With a Metro stop a short drive away, it’s an ideal place to explore the city and get in a bit of outdoor life.

Outer Banks: Set up at scenic Camp Hatteras in North Carolina, voted one of the top ten beachside RV parks on Yahoo. Play a game of shuffleboard and watch the sunset at the beach, after taking a dip in one of the three pools.

Alison Lowenstein, Gothamist Getaways editor, is the author of NYC guidebooks, and travel articles for National Geographic Traveler, Newsday, NY Daily News,, etc. When she isn’t planning trips, she enjoys jogging around the streets of NYC. Despite her athletic pursuits, her favorite food is the donut. You can find her at twitter @cityweekendsnyc.