First of all, The BOSS doesn't do trip planning.
She has a few expectations such as: "reasonably" near places of shopping, eating, and sights to see, and if momma ain't happy, I won't hear the end of it.
Right now, at this point in time in our lives, we are only able to take a week long trip 2-3 times a year. So I
have to plan trips that are within 10-12 hours from home.
The first thing I do is get a map, atlas, or google map and try to find places we have never been with tourist sights and the like. Next I start looking for cities than will be centrally located and within 100 miles or so of the tourist spots. Then I start gathering information on rv camping places using the Trailer Life Directory(which is on my Magellan GPS), RV Park Reviews and if I'm lucky, CampsitePhoto.com will have pictures of the park(s) I'm studying. Most parks will have a website describing their facility with pictures. But beware of old pictures(look at the vehicles) that might give you a false reality of how the place actually is. If the park does not have a website, (in MY opinion) they have not got an updated facility and will not be gaining my attention or my $$. I place word of mouth recommendations at a small consideration because what I like may not be what you like and vice versa. But I will take what is said and do a thorough investigation. Hence, I take someone's negative review lightly unless every review is negative. Sometimes it doesn't take but one thing to turn someone off to a park. And somebody may just love everything! I know this has been around the block before, but when I drive 800 miles, I'm not sitting, I'm driving around and seeing what is going on around there. I can sit at home plus I only have 1 week to get it done. So my considerations of the park would be: do I need full hookups if I'm not going to spend much time in the park, will it be convenient to the sights I want to see, will I feel safe in leaving my TT parked there, if no full hookups, does it have clean showers.
I contrast, if I am "camping" will it have: full hookups, nice clean sites, be quiet away from hiways and industries. Usually, I only will do this type of rving within a few hours of home.
One of the things we do while we are out riding around on these trips, I make a list of parks we want to look at and I jot down a few notes good/bad and whether we might want to stay there one day.
I usually make reservations in advance if it will be a busy time of the year. A helpless feeling is not having reservations and getting to your destination and there are no open spots and no place nearby and you are dog tired from driving all day.
Planning is half the fun in taking trips.
I learned a long time ago about planning your work and working your plan. It's true.
But there will be a day too where we'll have no plan other than to have fun and see what is around the next bend in the road!