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The Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers (2023)

Want to thaw out in your RV? Now’s the time to book! Here’s our list of the Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers during winter.

Are you looking for a great location to park your RV for the winter months? We’ve put together a list for you that will help with your planning.

What is a Snowbird?

photo illustrating someone enjoying one of the best snowbird destinations
A snowbird at rest!

You’ve heard the term Snowbird, but what exactly does that mean?

A snowbird refers to a person or group of people. Usually, they are retirees that travel seasonally to places that offer warmer climates during the winter months.

Usually, snowbirds travel from northern locations, such as the Northeastern United States, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

When Is Snowbird Season?

The typical snowbirding season is from October to April. When deciding where to land, you want to consider accommodations (both cost and amenities), scenic preferences, hobbies, travel interests, and family or friends’ locations.

While “snowbird” is a common reference, the politically correct term is “winter visitor.”

The term “snowbird” can sometimes have a negative connotation, so you might find places that refer to you as a “winter visitor” instead. 

The Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers

Jennifer and I have had the pleasure of traveling in our beautiful country for many years. We have embraced cold winter camping as well as snowbirding to thaw out.

If you are more interested in the sunshine and warm temperatures, here are some of the most popular RV Snowbird locations in America:

Florida is perhaps #1 on the list of Best Snowbird Destinations

photo of one of the best snowbird destinations in Florida

Known for its warm summer weather and beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder Florida is the most popular destination for Snowbirds. Florida provides an affordable lifestyle, drawing over 810,000 RV winter visitors most years.

Many cities also boast great golf courses and other recreational activities.

Florida is usually mid-range for its cost but has a wide range of affordability depending on which locale you choose to stay in. 

Check out our Florida Gulf Coast Travel Guide

We also have a guide on the Atlantic side

And we have a guide on the keys

Southern California makes one of the best snowbird destinations 

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Southern California is one of the Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers anywhere

Southern California offers mild winters and a beautiful coastline.

Snowbirds often flock to this area to be near large family attractions, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios. Or, for the exciting urban lifestyle in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs.

Southern California can be quite costly, so be sure to factor this into your budget.

Texas is a very popular snowbird destination

photo of texas and one of the best snowbird destinations for rvers

Once again, warm winter weather is the major draw for snowbirds coming to Texas.

Most snowbirds head toward the beach towns in the Gulf of Mexico.

While sandy beaches are a major draw, many people like the variety of activities, including local festivals, birdwatching, flea markets, golfing, and water sports.

You can also usually expect a nice, warm welcome from the locals.

Texas is one of the most cost-effective snowbird locations.

Nevada is very attractive to snowbirds

With minimal rainfall and a desirable arid desert climate, Nevada attracts many people during the winter months.

There are lots of outdoor and recreational activities to participate in. Plus, larger cities like Laughlin and Las Vegas offer gambling, shows, and other entertainment, unlike any other location.

Nevada is also a budget-friendly state for winter visitors.

Arizona and the desert make for one of the best snowbird destinations for RVers

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The desert around the tiny town of Quartzsite AZ is one of the best snowbird destinations for tens of thousands of RVers

Arizona is one of the most popular snowbird destinations because of its year-round sun and affordable prices.

Larger cities offer top golf courses, spas, botanical gardens, and other popular recreational activities. Baseball fans can even catch spring training if they so choose! It’s the perfect place for those seeking an active lifestyle on a budget.

Arizona is mid-range when it comes to the cost of living. It offers a wide variety of prices depending on which location you choose.

CLICK HERE to see why Jennifer and I so enjoyed our snowbird time in Quartzsite

We have a great 7-Day RV Guide to Arizona, too!

Less-Known RV Snowbird Destinations for RVers

While the locations I’ve already mentioned are the most popular destinations, there are also some noteworthy and unexpected locations to check out.

They offer sights you might not see elsewhere and some overseas spots you may have never considered visiting.

Unexpected RV Snowbird locations include:

  • St. George, Utah
  • Jekyll Island, Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Louisiana
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Costa Rica

Cost is a factor in choosing the best snowbird destination for you

While some people seek locations that have the most to offer, others are more concerned about the price of their destination.  But snowbirding does not have to cost an arm and leg.  The key is to find budget-friendly places to stay and carefully manage your spending.

Some of the most budget-friendly locations are:

  • Clearwater, FL
  • Haines City, FL
  • Pahoa, HI
  • Charleston, SC
  • Bella Vista, AR
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Anaheim, CA (at least compared to other Southern California locations)

Your RV space will likely be your largest expense, so shop around for the best place for your budget. 

While each city and state can offer a range of affordability,

Texas is relatively cheap and usually the most budget-friendly for snowbirds. Both Arizona and Florida offer a wide range of prices depending on their location. While California is generally the most expensive.

The next significant expense for snowbirds is activities or recreational costs.

To keep costs down, you might consider taking up inexpensive hobbies, like hiking or paddleboarding. Or, if golf is the only activity that you want to partake in, you will want to include its associated costs in your budget.

Sense of Community for RV Snowbirds

Once you find a great place to return to year after year, you can start to build a sense of community. If you stay at the same campground, you can reunite with friends from across the country you met the previous year.

Many times these “seasonal friends” are like-minded and have similar interests to your own.

Even if you decide to travel to different locales every year, there are often snowbird clubs for winter visitors from different states. There, you can meet others that enjoy the same activities you do and perhaps make a lifelong, long-distance friend.

Adventure is Out There

I hope, like Jennifer and me, you find enjoyment and adventure in traveling. There are many beautiful places to see, stories to hear, and people to meet out there. I hope you found this guide for the best RV snowbird destinations helpful!

Please comment below to share your favorite RV snowbird destinations.

CLICK HERE to dig deeper with 11 of the Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers

While You’re Up North

Before you head south for the winter, there’s still plenty to do up north. Some of our favorite destinations are where most Snowbirds come from, and we have a great bundle of guides covering it!

Mike and Jennifer’s Ultimate Michigan and Great Lakes Bundle – THREE ebooks

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This bundle contains our ever-popular Michigan Upper Peninsula 7-Stop Adventure Guide PLUS the NEW LOWER Michigan Adventure Guide PLUS the US Side Tour of the Great Lakes! This ULTIMATE Bundle will help you keep enjoying Michigan and the Great Lakes for years!



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We RVers may wander far and wide but it’s true for most of us that we end up with some favorite “Go-To” places – places that draw us back again and again.

Florida is one of those places for us. And we know it is for many RVers looking to get away and explore during the winter. 

That’s why we’ve created three guides, covering Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the Keys. 

Each of these guides is a seven-day guided exploration of one of the coasts. And each stop is a curated view of the best things that we’ve enjoyed on this trip and want you to experience.

Altogether these guides are over 300 pages of content! 


5 Responses to “The Best Snowbird Destinations for RVers (2023)”

September 02, 2022at11:36 am, Daryl Gerke said:

Haha re “winter visitors.” Yes, that is the politically correct term in AZ, where we live (no snow.) We spend summers in MN (grandkids), so we are often chided as being “reverse snowbirds.” But I correct people and explain that we are “summer visitors.” Been doing so for 20 years as we travel back and forth in our little Born Free, always enjoying the trip. Safe travels…

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September 03, 2022at9:38 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

That sounds like an awesome way to do it — thanks for sharing, Daryl! Team RV Lifestyle

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January 10, 2021at5:27 pm, Susan said:

I am so surprised that New Mexico is not on the list!

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January 09, 2021at1:16 pm, Maryclare Lewis said:

Mike and Jennifer, you were the first people I “met” on Youtube and I have so appreciated all the great info you share. I hope our paths will cross when we finally get on the road ourselves. We are newbies as you refer to us ? Thanks so much! Stay safe out there!

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January 09, 2021at12:35 pm, Mary Beth Andrews said:

You mention “George”, Utah. That is not the name of this southern Utah city. It is “St. George”

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