RV Vacation to Up State New York

adirondacks_tncNew York State provides many opportunities for a great RV Vacation. Try a stroll around Cooperstown to the National Baseball Hall of Fame or observe what inspired one of the towns famous former residents, James Fenimore Cooper, to write the Last of the Mohicans. Head north past Lake Otsego to the Adirondacks, Amish country, and the Erie Canal. No matter what you choose to do, Up State New York makes a great RV Vacation destination.

Summer Activities:
Boating, Boat Tours, Camping, Sightseeing, Farmer’s Markets, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Fishing, Geocaching, Photography, Water Activities, Nature Viewing, Fall Color Tours, Walking

Winter Activities:
Snow Shoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Historic tours, Downhill Skiing, Hunting/Trapping, Wildlife Viewing, Photography, ATV riding, Snowmobiling

Places to Stay in the Adirondacks
RV Camping: For a list of RV Campgrounds and a map of all campgrounds, check out: http://visitadirondacks.com/tripplanner/?category=Camping

Helpful Links

Article about Upstate New York RV Vacation: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2354995

New York Forest Preserve Website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4960.html

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Preserve_(New_York)

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GPS Coordinates: 42.70062, -74.92432

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RV Vacation to White Mountain National Forest

white_mountain_national_forestWhite Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire) – The White Mountain National Forest is a great place for a RV vacation.  The forest offers great hiking, camping, and skiing located within New Hampshire and Maine.  The Appalachian Trail can also be found here.  While experienced hikers might want to try climbing Mount Washington, the area’s highest peak at 6,288 feet, an alternative is the 4-mile round-trip hike leaving from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center up to “Lowe’s Bald Spot.” There are some steeper sections on this hike, but all are moderate and the steepest are eased with stone stairs, plus the hike offers superb panoramas.

Summer Activities:
Hiking, Camping, Sightseeing, ATV Trails, Biking, Climbing, Fishing, Geocaching, Horseback Riding,  Mineral Collecting, Photography, Water Activities,  Nature Viewing, Fall Color Tours, Walking, Picnicking.

Winter Activities:
Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Driving Tours,  Heritage Presentations,  Hunting/Trapping, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Snowmobiling, Back-Country Camping

Places to Stay in White Mountain National Forest

RV Camping: Dolly Copp Campground offers campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, toilets and drinking water on-site. The campground does not have any hookups, dump stations or showers, but the nearby Pinkham Notch Visitor Center has coin-operated showers. The award-winning Twin Mountain KOA (603-846-5559, www.koa.com) is smack in the center of the White Mountains, not far from Mount Washington. All the full-hookup sites have picnic tables and fire rings, and in the summer months the campground hosts special events, such as pancake breakfasts and ice-cream socials.

Helpful Links

Article about the White Mountain National Forest: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

White Mountain National Forest Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/

WIKI Website:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Mountain_National_Forest

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GPS Coordinates: 44.1, -71.4

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RV Vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains

blue_ridge_mountainsBlue Ridge Mountains (North Carolina) – For hiking, camping, and beautiful views, it is hard to beat the Blue Ridge Mountains for an RV vacation.  Between the foliage, wildlife, and waterfalls visitors hardly know where to look next.  Stop at the Linville Falls parking lot and set off for the falls.   In North Carolina, there’s a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains that’s lush, lovely and liberally laced with hiking trails. Waterfalls cascade down rocky slopes and panoramas offer seemingly endless views of hazy bluish mountains.

Summer Activities:
Ranger Programs, Nature Viewing, Fall Color Tours,  Photography, Historical and Cultural Demonstrations,  Ranger Guided Walks, Evening Programs, Horseback Riding, Birdwatching, Hiking , Walking, Camping, Picnicking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Driving Tours, Hiking, Cross-Country skiing, Photography, Year-round facilities include:  Peaks of Otter Lodge, Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Folk Art Center, and Parkway Visitors Center.

Places to Stay at Blue Ridge Mountains

Julian Price Park Campground (877-444-6777), near the Moses Cone Estate and the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock.

Helpful Links

Article about the Blue Ridge Mountains: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

Blue Ridge Mountains Website: http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

WIKI Website:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Mountains

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GPS Coordinates: 35.764722, -82.265278

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RV Vacation in Yellowstone- The Nation’s Original National Park

Yellowstone_National_ParkYellowstone National Park – Than Nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park is known for it’s wildlife and geothermal features. Old Faithful is the most well-known geothermal feature in the park and if you hike the Upper Geyser Basin trails, you go right past this major landmark. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either threatened or endangered. Grizzlies, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles (8,980 km2) and features lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges.

Summer Activities:
Backcountry Hiking, Backcountry Camping, Biking, Boating, Day Hikes, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Llama Packing, Picnicking, Ranger Programs, Photography, Bus Tours, Ranger Programs, Historic Points of Interest Viewing, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Snowmobiling, Snowcoach, Cross Country Skiing, Ranger Programs, Educational Programs.


Places to Stay at Yellowstone National Park

The only campground that offers full hookups is Fishing Bridge RV Park (307-344-7901 same-day reservations; 307-344-7311 future reservations). If the park’s campground is full, you should consider staying at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park (406-646-4466, www.grizzlyrv.com) or the KOA at the west entrance (800-562-7591, www.yellowstonekoa.com).

Helpful Links

Article about the Yellowstone National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

Yellowstone National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/yell/

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 44.6, -110.5

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Bryce Canyon RV Vacation- Hoodoos and Red Walls

winter_Bryce_CanyonBryce Canyon (Utah) – Bryce Canyon is perfect for those on a RV vacation. The Canyon is remotely located and this offers RV Vacationers less visitors to wade through and more time to enjoy the Canyon’s natural beauty. Bryce Canyon is distinctive due to its geological structures, called hoodoos, formed from wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks are spectacular views to visitors.

The area around Bryce Canyon became a U.S. National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a national park in 1928. The park covers 56 square miles and 50 miles of hiking trails in Bryce, ranging in elevation from 6,500 to 9,100 feet. The Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop is a moderately strenuous trail beginning at Sunrise Point and includes Wall Street, where hikers are dwarfed by soaring red walls and some enormous Douglas fir trees.

Summer Activities:
Hiking, Ranger Programs, Horseback Riding, Mule Riding, Geology Talks, Star Gazing, Picnics, Biking, Bird-Watching, Photography, Backpacking.

Winter Activities:
Visitor Center Film, Auto Tours, Sightseeing, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Geology Talks.


Places to Stay at Bryce Canyon National Park

Ruby’s Inn and RV Park and Campground (866-866-6616, www.brycecanyoncampgrounds.com) has just about anything you could want and is less than a mile from the park. For more RV camping ideas in Bryce Canyon National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about the Bryce Canyon National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 37.64, -112.17

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Grand Canyon National Park – Take a closer look

grand_canyon_vacationGrand Canyon (Arizona) – Whether you use your RV to get to the North Rim or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there is sure to be something for everyone and something to do in every season. Don’t just look at the Grand Canyon through designated viewing areas, get to the heart of the area with a hike. Hikers in the canyon have three options: they can hike on maintained trails, non-maintained trails or routes, which provide myriad options for hikers of all abilities. Spring and fall offer the best hiking conditions as the inner canyon is very hot during the summer. Most visitors come to the Grand Canyon by the south rim, but the north rim is equally impressive although wilder and less traveled.

Summer Activities:
Day Hiking, Backpacking, River Rafting, Cycling, Camping, IMAX Theater, Walking, Fishing, Helicopter/Air Tours, Bicycling, Sightseeing Tours, Ranger Programs, Photography.

Winter Activities:
National Park Programs, Mule Trips, Christmas Eve Festivities, New Year’s Eve Festivities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, IMAX Theater, Sightseeing Tours.


Places to Stay at Grand Canyon National Park

RV Camping: Mather Campground (877-444-6777 for reservations) has RV sites (maximum length 30 feet), but no hookups, while the adjacent Trailer Village (888-297-2757) has sites with hook-ups. Desert View Campground (no reservations accepted), 26 miles from Grand Canyon Village, is more remote and primitive, offering only dry sites. For more RV camping ideas in Grand Canyon National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about the Grand Canyon National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 36.054,-112.138

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