Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 and has since become an annual celebration of motherhood, maternal figures, and the importance of mothers in society. Although the holiday claims certain societal significance and has become slightly over-commercialized, its initial purpose was much more personal. In fact, Anna Jarvis, the holiday’s founder, specifically wanted the singular possessive spelling in Mother’s Day as a reminder for families to honor their own mothers, not all mothers in the world.
If you’ve thought to yourself, I want to trade my RV in for an upgrade, you may want to do it soon because what better way to show your mother you care than a fun RV road trip? Here are some great Mother’s Day road trip destinations you should consider.
California Wine Country
Wine Country is found in Northern California and is composed of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. With such great sights and temperate spring weather, you’ll consider trading in an Itasca RV for a convertible with the top down. Filled with beautiful, lush landscapes and vineyards as far as the eye can see, the area makes the perfect place for your mother to relax, take in the scenery, and taste wine. With over 400 premium wineries in the area, your mother will have more than enough options to choose from. Many wineries offer tours and tastings for free or at a nominal fee.
When your mom is through with the wine tasting, go on a hike, take her on a hot air balloon ride, visit one of the many historic sites in the area, and end the day relaxing in a natural hot spring bath.
Gettysburg National Military Park
For the mother that loves history, Gettysburg National Military Park offers an amazing look into the Civil War battle that gave rise to new freedoms in the nation, though at the cost of 51,000 lives. The park, located in Pennsylvania, encompasses the Gettysburg Battlefield, several support areas during the battle hospital locations, reserve, supply and some key non-battle areas that were implicated in the aftermath.
Start your trip at the visitor center, which offers free information and is home to an extensive museum featuring relics from the battle, profiles of those who served in the Civil War, interactive exhibits, and multimedia presentations.
Once you have that introduction to the park, set foot on the grounds and take in the history. The park offers self-guided tour materials, but tours with licensed battlefield guides offer the in-depth information that your history-loving mother craves. Come back in the summer for some amazing Living History programs. Considering it’s the 150th anniversary of the historic battle, you and your mother are in for a treat.
Yosemite National Park
If your mom loves adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better place to start than Yosemite National Park, which played a significant role in the development of the national park idea. Many hotels, like the historic Wawona, in the area serve special Mother’s Day brunches, which your family can enjoy before you tackle a chunk of over 800 miles of hiking trails. Visitors take their used motorhomes to Yosemite throughout the year, but Mother’s Day is the perfect time to visit the park as it’s when the flowers and dogwood trees begin to bloom, and waterfalls are spectacular. If your mom is really looking to get her adrenaline pumping, take a rock climbing class and gain a whole new perspective on the park.
The park has much to explore, from picturesque waterfalls to thick forests of ancient giant sequoias. Make sure you and your mother enjoy the natural attractions and the rich landscape preserved in time.