Embarking on a Boise to Newport road trip is a fantastic way to see the Northern United States. There’s lots of fun to be had in national parks along the way, like seeing the geysers at Yellowstone National Park, climbing at Grand Tetons National Park, fishing at Rocky Mountain National Park, playing on the beach at Indiana Dunes National Park and hiking at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are also fantastic state parks to visit along the way, like Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, where you can complete fun arts and crafts activities; Rock Creek State Park, where you can go fishing and boating; and swimming at Geneva State Park. There are also fantastic points of interest to visit as you travel through Salt Lake City, Omaha, Chicago and New York City.
Yellowstone National Park
Watch Old Faithful erupt when you visit Yellowstone National Park. Then head to see the unusual rainbow colors caused by thermophilic bacteria at Grand Prismatic Springs. Do not miss the opportunity to play on Yellowstone Lake as it is the highest freshwater lake in the U.S. The 0.5-mile-wide Grand Canyon of Yellowstone that stretches for 20 miles is a fantastic place to go for a hike. See the bison, elk, bears, and other animals in Hayden Valley by going on a hike or from the comfort of your car.
Grand Teton National Park
Located only about 11 miles from Yellowstone National Park, you will want to add Grand Teton National Park near Moose, Wyoming, to your Boise to Newport road trip itinerary. Choose to take one of the many scenic drives through this park to enjoy its scenery. Then choose one of the climbing trails, ranging from easy to challenging, so everyone is sure to find one meeting their abilities. Black Tail Butte offers easy options near its base, but the farther up you go, the trickier the routes become. Follow the hiking trail to see Inspiration Point Waterfall and play on Jenny Lake. The lake is a great place to go on a canoeing or kayaking adventure. Before you leave, visit some of the historical sites, like the Chapel of Transgression built by early Mormon settlers.
Rocky Mountain National Park
When you get to Cheyenne, head south for about two hours to visit Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado. Start your visit with a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road. Then follow some of the 350 miles of hiking trails to see mule deer, elk, and bighorn sheep. This park is home to over 30 waterfalls with most of them located along the Continental Divide. Over 150 lakes and lots of mountain streams make this an outstanding location to go fishing.
Indiana Dunes National Park
Indiana Dunes National Park near Chesterton, Indiana, is the perfect place to spend a day playing on Lake Michigan’s beachfront. Bring along your cameras as this is a great place to capture images of Chicago’s skyline while on your Boise to Newport RV road trip. Stroll across the dunes to see the unique ecosystem at this national park. Be sure that your stroll includes the Beverly Shore area, where the homes were constructed for the 1933 World’s Fair.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
There are over 125 miles of hiking trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near the village of Peninsula in Ohio. A favorite trail is Virginia Kendall Ledges, which leads you through a forest, past caves, and along colossal limestone boulders. You will also want to follow the shorter trail leading to the 65-foot-tall Brandywine Waterfall. The part of the Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail running through this park is an excellent place for a bike ride. Consider combining your bike ride with a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which allows you to bike one way and ride the train the other.
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Be sure to include a stop at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland, Nebraska, on your road trip from Boise to Newport. Activities at this state park change depending on the season. It is a great place to go ice skating in the winter, and you will not want to miss the swimming pools during summer. Climb the observation tower to see the Platte River Valley from a different perspective, and see if you are brave enough to complete the high-ropes course. There are golf, miniature golf, and Frisbee golf courses. Stock up on supplies at the marina before setting off on a paddleboarding or boating adventure. You will love the special arts and crafts activities and the fantastic indoor playground if the weather is nasty.
Rock Creek State Park
As you are zipping down Interstate 80 on your Boise to Newport road trip, be sure to stop at Rock Creek State Park near Kellogg, Iowa. Rent a boat to play on the lake. This is a fantastic place to go fishing for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, and channel catfish. A fishing pier is available on the south end of the lake.
Geneva State Park
Located near Geneva, OH, you will want to explore Geneva State Park. This park is a great place to spend a lazy day at a Lake Erie beach. The lake is a fabulous place to go walleye fishing. This park features six miles of mixed-use trails, where you can go hiking and biking. Take a break from the water, and hone your skills at the archery range.
Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park is a fantastic place to stop and explore. This park, the second largest in the city and its oldest, has many outdoor recreational facilities, including basketball and tennis courts, making it a great addition to your Boise to Newport road trip itinerary. There is also a large swimming pool and volleyball courts. Stroll along this park’s paths to see the old grist mill and remains of the farm.
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the world, you will want to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium during your road trip from Boise to Newport. This zoo features the largest cat complex in North America, the world's largest nocturnal exhibit and an indoor swamp. It also features one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests and the world’s largest glazed geodesic dome.
The Field Museum of Natural History
Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History contains the most complete dinosaur fossil ever found. Among the museum’s sizable collection numbering over 2.3 million items are sizable exhibits on Ancient Egypt, Pre-Columbian America, Africa and Pacific Ocean cultures. This museum frequently hosts traveling exhibits from around the world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the largest art museum in the United States with over 2 million items in its permanent collection. Among its impressive collections are musical instruments, costumes and accessories, and antique weapons and armor worldwide. This museum often hosts traveling exhibits focused on one artist, so be sure to check the schedule, and add this stop to your Boise to Newport RV road trip.
Salt Lake City, Utah
This is a fabulous city to explore with many excellent Salt Lake City campgrounds. If you want to explore the downtown area, including Temple Square, consider camping at Salt Lake City KOA Holiday. The swimming pool at Pony Express RV Resort is a fabulous place to relax during your Boise to Newport road trip. There are wonderful Salt Lake City RV dump stations at the Flying J Truck Plazas and Deer Creek and Utah Lake State Parks.
You can find many beautiful campgrounds in Omaha. If you love to fish, Harworth Park may be the perfect location as it sits next to the Missouri River. Another excellent option for water lovers is Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area. There are fantastic Omaha RV dump stations at Louisville State Recreation Area, Bob Hardy RV Park, and KOA West Omaha.
New York City, New York
There are a few great campgrounds in New York City. Consider camping at Liberty Harbor RV Park, which offers easy access to the subway, or Ecology Village, where rangers often lead camping classes for new campers. New York City RV dump stations are available at New York City North KOA Campground or Nickerson Beach Campground.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Boise to Newport, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Boise or Newport.