Why One-Way Campervan Rentals are the Best - Native Campervans

Why One-Way Campervan Rentals are the Best

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You want to take that sought-after road trip, and you’d give anything to not sit in front of your screen for another minute. The problem? You’ve only got so much PTO, and more than a week on the road just doesn’t fit your schedule. Why not cut out half the trip and still see all the sites? Here is why one-way campervan rentals are the best thing for you.

The Perks of a One-Way Van Rental

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Great For Kids

Sure, you don’t have to turn around and do the exact same route on the way home; there’s lots of the country to explore! However, if you’re traveling with younger children, they may not be as appreciative of the open countryside as you after eight days of driving. One-way campervan trips keep everything new and exciting and are over before the novelty runs out. Your kids get to experience the beauty of public lands, and you get to experience the beauty of engaged and quiet children (at least relatively).  


You only have to plan half an itinerary for a one-way campervan trip! Why try to see Zion in a day when you have time for a second a third? There’s no need to try to see everything at once when you have some breathing room in your schedule.


Why pay for the whole round trip when you can drop off somewhere else for a flat fee? If you’re going the right route, you might even find a great deal that way!

What happens when it’s significantly more expensive to fly in and out of your destination? You can find some great deals going the route of two one-way tickets. Maybe you want to enjoy a picturesque train ride back home after your road trip? Take the scenic route with the money you saved by cutting half of your gas, groceries, and other road trip costs!

Limited Amount of Time? Not a Problem!

You might not have ten days you can block out for your campervan reset, but do you have four or five? The drive back can be fun, or it can be a somber realization that you’re heading back to work. Why take the trip in reverse when you don’t have to?

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Where You Should Go

If you’re sold on the merits of a one-way rv trip but not sure where to go, fear not! With locations in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Las Vegas, there’s definitely an itinerary you’ll love! If you’re overwhelmed with options, here are three of the best itineraries around.

Denver to Las Vegas: Utah’s Mighty 5

This route is our personal favorite. If you have an affinity for the desert and the wide-open night skies, you’ll love Utah’s Mighty 5! Consisting of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park, you’ll have a front-row seat to some of the most beautiful areas of the US Southwest. This itinerary shows you the best parks in Utah, and the best places to camp while visiting them!

It’s a fairly straight shot from Denver to Las Vegas with all the best of Utah in between. You’ll probably want to do this itinerary backward if you’re heading from Denver to Vegas. If you’re driving from Las Vegas to Denver, it’ll be pretty easy to follow the route as is, though you can always modify it to fit your needs! Take a look at our Campervan Rental Denver page for more information.

Salt Lake City to Denver: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park

This route’s shape sort of emulates all the peaks that you’ll see in Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Starting in Salt Lake City, it’s a drive up to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. If you follow this itinerary, you’ll start with a day and a half in Grand Teton National Park before heading towards Yellowstone to spend another couple of days there, with your last day being the drive to Denver.

You can, of course, opt to drive past Grand Teton and hit Yellowstone first but starting with Grand Teton is likely going to be more convenient. Yes, you could absolutely do this as a round trip starting and ending in Salt Lake City or Denver, but the variety of driving scenery makes the one-way option ideal.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City: Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park 

Sin City to Salt Lake City brings you some of the best spots on the west coast. One of two places Ron Swanson says it’s okay to be overcome by emotion, the Grand Canyon must be on every adventurer’s bucket list. If you haven’t been, you’ll understand why one of TV’s most rugged outdoorsmen allows himself to cry at Grand Canyon National Park. Not to be outdone, your second major stop is Yosemite National Park. In a state that has nine national parks, including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Pinnacles, Yosemite still draws top billing. Our page for Campervan Rentals Las Vegas has more information if you’re interested in this option.

Optionally, start your trip by heading to Yosemite and then to the Grand Canyon. If you’ve already seen Utah’s national parks, the drive from Vegas to Salt Lake goes past the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests as well as Yuba State Park and multiple conservation areas. Many of Utah’s smaller parks and forests would be main attractions in most other states; Utah just has that level of abundant natural beauty! Like the idea of one-way campervan rentals but want something slightly different? Try reversing the course and going from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas!

What are you waiting for?

If you’ve spent more time indoors than you care to admit, you owe yourself some time on the road free from the constraint of the office (or the home)! Campervan rentals are available and ready for adventure, pick a size you like, and an itinerary that fits your time frame, and get going on your one-way trip!

Safe travels and enjoy the road.

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