June 2012 is Great Outdoors Month

Did you know that President Obama has declared June 2012 to be Great Outdoors Month? From the official release he includes “I … do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation’s legacy of conserving our lands and waters for future generations.” He is encouraging America to be outdoors enjoying camping, fishing, hiking, visiting a neighborhood park and so much more.

America does have beautiful national treasures in our parks and unique landscapes. Why not take time during the month of June to visit a nearby National Park for a camping trip? Don’t have an RV for your trip? Find your local RV dealers, stop in and look around at all of the new and used fifth wheels that they have available. The sales people are very knowledgeable on all of the different options available today in RVs. Have your list of would likes, must haves and can’t live withouts ready, and they can help you find the right RV for your adventures.

Hit the road on an RV vacation to enjoy Great Outdoors Month!

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Thanksgiving Travel

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel weekends in America, and RVers are out in force, crossing the country in their RVs to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Here are a few exciting destinations that have holiday traditions and celebrations that are well worth a visit during Thanksgiving.  

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York, NY
Why not go see it live and in person?  So this year grab a front row seat for the parade, shop New York on Black Friday and go ice skating at Rockefeller Center.  Click here for more information on Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade – Plymouth, MA
What could be better than spending Thanksgiving where our forefathers celebrated their first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans?  The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. Click here for more information on America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade.

Holiday River Parade – San Antonio, TX
The reason to visit San Antonio for Thanksgiving is for the day after – the real draw is the Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, held every year on the River Walk.  Plus, San Antonia has plenty of history and lots to see and do. Click here for more information on the Holiday River Parade.

Have you been on a Thanksgiving RV trip and have suggestions on other places to see? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy traveling during the holidays? Take a look at these available RVs through RV Buyers Guide.

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RVing in Northern Michigan in the Fall

Northern Michigan in the Fall – is one of the most beautiful places to travel, camp, or take a scenic tour, due to the changing colors of the leaves. Michigan is known for its Great Lakes but also has its beautiful country side and national forests where you will find the most stunning canvas of colors.

Whether you are an RVer, a camper, or just a site seer, you will find your adventure of Northern Michigan starting about 30 minutes North of the Tri-Cities, the Midland-Bay City-Saginaw area if you are coming from Detroit. If you are coming from the Grand Rapids area you will start your adventure about an hour North in the Manistee National Forest.

Heading North from Grand Rapids you can choose to follow the shore line and take US31 into Ludington and continue North to Manistee and Traverse City. If you are looking for more country side and rolling hills you can take US131 North to Cadillac and then continue further North to Kalkaska and Petoskey.

Coming North from Detroit or Flint you can choose to see more country side by taking US10 North of Midland to Clare then follow US127 North past Houghton Lake into Grayling. Then you can continue North on I75 to Mackinaw and the Upper Peninsula where you will find much more country side and national forests. If you are looking to see more shore line then take I75 North to US23 and you will head toward East Tawas, continue to follow US23 North and you will also see Thunder Bay, Alpena, Cheboygan, and Mackinaw City.

RVing and Camping in Northern Michigan in the Fall is the perfect end to the Summer season, but come prepared for cool mornings and evenings, and mild afternoons. Its the perfect time for a campfire, so grab a sweatshirt and enjoy your time around the campfire one last time for the year.
Not sure where to setup camp, take a look at the Michigan State Park & Forest Campground list. You will find many of the Michigan campgrounds in this list.

Activities: Hiking, Camping, Boating, Canoeing, Site Seeing, Golf, Beaches, Fishing, Hunting, and More.

A few places to visit in Northern Michigan:Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinaw Island, Mackinaw City, East Tawas, East Tawas Point, Tahquamenon Falls, Traverse City, and Much More.

Helpful Links

Pure Michigan Website http://www.michigan.org/
Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds http://www.michcampgrounds.com/arvcmichn/index.php
Wiki Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Michigan

If you are planning on an RV Vacation to Northern Michigan but you need a new RV or you don’t currently own an RV you can take a look at some great Used RVs to find a Used RV in Michigan before you start your Fall trip into Northern Michigan.

GPS Coordinates at the center of Northern Michigan (Grayling Michigan): 44.743943, -84.648884

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California RV Vacation – Visit the Sunshine State

yosemite_california_rv_vacation_pictureCalifornia leads the nation in the number of state parks with 278 spread across 1.4 million acres. California parks have more than 280 miles of coastline, 625 miles of lake and river frontage, nearly 15,000 campsites and 3,000 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. These diverse state parks represent the diversity of California, ranging from the last stands of redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast, and from the Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.

Spring and Summer Activities:

Swimming, Wine Tours, Surfing, Boating, Fishing, Historic Tours, Wildlife Viewing, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Photography, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Backpacking, Golfing, Zoos, Jogging, Beaches, Amusement Parks

Fall/Winter Activities:
Boating, Historic Tours, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Museum Tours, Zoos, Museum, Science Centers, Aquariums, Amusement Parks, Winter Camping

RV Campgrounds in California
You’ll find campsites throughout the State of California. Additional campground options are listed here.

Helpful Links

Article about a California RV Vacation: http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?id=1199287

California RV Parks Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/

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

Have you been on a RV Vacation to California and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy the California view? Take a look at these available RVs through RV Buyers Guide.

GPS Coordinates: 38.304722, -122.298889

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Kansas RV Vacation- Right in the middle of it all

kansas_castle_rockIf you have just driven your RV through Kansas in the past and haven’t stopped, you are missing out. Kansas actually has a variety of things to do on a RV Vacation. The most commonly traveled route through Kansas is on Interstate 70 from Missouri to Colorado. Make sure to stop along the way to see the sites in Kansas City, go to the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, and stop to stay at the High Plains Camging RV Park on the way to the giant Van Gogh painting in Goodland, KS. If you aren’t traveling down I-70, have no fear because some of the best destinations that Kansas has to offer come when you get “off the beaten path”. Try two of the Wonders of Kansas in Hutchinson, KS in the Underground Salt Museum and the Kansas Cospomosphere & Space Center. No matter what you choose to do, Kansas has many State Parks and RV-friendly destinations to suite your liking.

Spring and Summer Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Historic Tours, Wildlife Viewing, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Photography, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Backpacking, Golfing

Fall Activities:
Fall Foliage Tours, Historic Tours, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Museum Tours

Winter Activities:
Educational Programs, Sightseeing, Historic Tours, Hiking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Museums

RV Campgrounds in Kansas
You’ll find campsites along the shores of Kansas lakes and at campgrouds throughout the State. Additional campground options are listed here.

Helpful Links

Article about a Kansas RV Vacation: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?ID=2201113

Kansas RV Parks Website: “http://www.ksrvparks.com/

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

Have you been on a RV Vacation to Kansas and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy the Kansas view? Take a look at these available New RVs.

GPS Coordinates: 37.6417, -98.7751

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RV Vacation – See the Beauty of Arkansas

mather_lodge_lgGo RVing in Arkansas! Often called, “one of the great wonders of mid-America”, Arkansas houses Mammoth Spring which gushes at a rate of nine million gallons of water an hour. Mammoth Spring isn’t the only natural beauty that an Arkansas RV Vacation has to offer though. Places like Mather Lodge and numerous caves also make an Arkansas RV trip breathtaking.

Spring and Summer Activities:
Lake tours, Fishing, Historic Tours, Wildlife Viewing, Camping, Historic Tours, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Backpacking, Caving, Horseback Riding, Snorkeling, Rock Climbing, River Running, Hand Gliding, Lake Kayaking, Elderhostel Programs, Golfing, Jet Boating, Diamond Hunting

Fall Activities:
Fall Foliage Tours, Historic Tours, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Geocaching, Museum Tours, Elderhostel Programs

Winter Activities:
Educational Programs, Elderhostel Programs, Sightseeing, Historic Tours, Hiking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Skiing, Walking, Museums

RV Campgrounds in Arkansas
You’ll find campsites along the shores of Arkansas lakes, rivers and mid-America’s premier trout stream. Campsites are located high atop the state’s tallest mountains, and one is located deep within a picturesque Ozark mountain valley. One Arkansas RV campground is located at the only diamond-producing site in the world where the public can search, and you get to keep any gems you find prospecting here. Additional campground options are listed here.

Helpful Links

Article about a Arkansas RV Vacation: http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?ID=1223227

Arkansas State Parks Website: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/

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

Have you been on a RV Vacation to Arkansas and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy the Arkansas view? Take a look at these available Used RVs.

GPS Coordinates: 36.4969, -91.534

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Harley’s, Mountains, and More- Await on a Pennsylvania RV Vacation

York_County_PA_RV_VacationThere are many beautiful places to see on a Pennsylvania RV Vacation, including the Susquehanna River and the Pocono Mountains. But there are also many interesting things to see on a RV trip, like Lancaster Amish Country, Gettysburg Battlefields, and the Hersey Chocolate World. The area is also home to Martin’s Potato Chip Factory, Wolfgang’s Chocolates, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels.

Spring and Summer Activities:
Paddle Tours, Kayak Rentals, Camping, Historic Tours, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking

Fall Activities:
Hot Air Balloon Flights, Fall Foliage Tours, Civil War Trail Hikes, Historic Tours, Winery Picnics, River Rock Excursions, Farmer’s Markets, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Walking, Factory Tours

Winter Activities:
Factory Tours, Winery Tours, Sightseeing, Historic Tours, Hiking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Skiing, Walking

Places to Stay in York County, Pennsylvania
There are multiple campground and park options for RVers, including Ben Franklin RV Park and Gifford Pinchot State Park. Additional campground options are listed here.

Helpful Links

Article about a Pennsylvania RV Vacation: http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/output.cfm?id=2284579

York County Pennsylvania Website: http://www.yorkpa.org/index.asp

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_County,_Pennsylvania

Have you been on a RV Vacation to Pennsylvania and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy the Pennsylvania view? Take a look at these available new RVs for Sale.

GPS Coordinates: 39.92, -76.73

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Even in Winter-Louisiana RV Vacation is a Southern Revival

Lake_Charles_Louisiana_RV_VacationLouisiana’s Lake Charles and the Creole Nature Trail is a looping 180-mile byway that showcases the area’s scenery and wildlife. And there is no better way to see this beauty than by booking a Louisiana RV Vacation. Recovering well from the hurricane, this region of Louisiana is close to the Gulf of Mexico and Sam Houston Jones State Park, and provides opportunities for fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is also in close proximity. There is no shortage of activities and things to see in Louisiana. Plus, with Louisiana’s warmer weather, it just might be the perfect winter RV vacation.

Winter and Summer Activities:
Boating, Boat Excursions, Camping, Sightseeing, Hiking, Swimming, Picnicking, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Water Activities, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Crabbing, Walking

Places to Stay in Louisiana’s Lake Charles Region
The status of visitor services along the Creole Nature Trail changes as clean up and rebuilding continues. Initial contact with the Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visitlakecharles.org/; (800) 456-SWLA) can provide numerous resources for camping, state park information and other area attractions.

Helpful Links

Article about a Louisiana RV Vacation: http://campinglife.com/output.cfm?id=1198405

Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=43640

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Charles,_Louisiana

Have you been on a RV Vacation to Louisiana or Lake Charles specificially and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy the Louisiana view? Take a look at these available Used RVs.

GPS Coordinates: 30.214722, -93.208611

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Glacier National Park – Prairies and Mountains

glacier_national_parkGlacier National Park (Montana) – Located in Montana, Glacier National Park borders Canada and contains two mountain ranges which are sometimes referred to as an extension of the Canadian Rockies. The park encompasses over 1 million acres, with 300 lakes (130 of which are definitively named), more than 1,100 different species of vascular plants, 400 species of moss and hundreds of species of animals. Nowhere on the North American continent are the prairies of the Great Plains so proximal to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. In 1932, Glacier National Park and it’s National park neighbor to the north in Canada were designated as the world’s first International Peace Park.

Summer Activities:
Fishing, Fly Fishing, Hiking, White Water Rafting, Going-to-the-Sun-Road Drive, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Geology Talks, Star Gazing, Picnics, Biking, Bird-Watching, Photography, Backpacking, Bus Tours, Boat Tours.

Winter Activities:
Skiing, Skate Skiing, Snowshoeing, Dog Skijoring, Snowmobiling, Indoor Live Music, Warming Cabins, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides, Sightseeing, Hiking.


Places to Stay at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has a number of RV campgrounds sprinkled throughout the park, with the biggest being Apgar (first-come, first-served), Fish Creek and St. Mary (877-444-6777 for reservations). Probably the best bet is to decide what part of the park you are wanting to go to and then book the campground that’s the most convenient. For more RV camping ideas in Glacier National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

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

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

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

Have you been to Glacier National Park and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a commentbelow.

GPS Coordinates: 48.52887, -113.99390

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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

Have you been to Grand Canyon National Park and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a commentbelow.

GPS Coordinates: 36.054,-112.138

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