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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Utah RV Vacation to Zion National Park

Angles Landing Zion National Park in Utah

Zion National Park – Utah’s oldest and largest national park with nearly three million visitors a year. The park is located in southern Utah east of St. George and Hurricane. The park in well known for its beautiful canyons, hiking trails, breathe taking views, and State Route 9 (Zion Road) a state scenic byway looking to become a National Scenic Byway. State Route 9 is a 44 mile route from I-15 at Hurricane that passes through Zion National Park including its 1.1 mile tunnel cut through rock. Much of the 44 mile road in Zion National Park is boarded by the beautiful redrock formations that southern Utah is known for.

RV Campgrounds in the Zion Area– Watchman Campground is open year around, South Campground is open March through October, Lava Point Campground is open June through October, and other Campgrounds near Zion National Park

Activities: Auto Touring, Hiking, Climbing, Canyoneering, Camping, Biking, Backcountry, Off-Road, Horseback Riding, and More.

Places to visit in Zion National Park: Zion Canyon, Kolob Canyons, Kolob Terrance, Highway 9 (Zion Road/State Scenic Byway)

Helpful Links

Utah Zion National Park Website http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion.htm

National Parks Website http://www.nps.gov/zion/

Wiki Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park

When visiting Zion National Park, why not stay and enjoy all the sights of Zion National Park in an RV. Start your trip down State Route 9 in Hurricane in an Utah RV Rental or find a great deal on a Used RV in Utah from Nielson RV.

GPS Coordinates: 37.21283151445594, -112.92971134185791

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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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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

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GPS Coordinates: 36.4969, -91.534

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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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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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Big Bend National Park- Texas RV Vacation

big_bend_national_parkBig Bend National Park’s Chihuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains (Texas) – Big Bend National Park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States, which includes more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.  This makes it the perfect RV vacation destination winter, summer, fall, or spring.  Window View Trail, which makes a 1/3-mile loop starting at the Chisos Basin Trailhead and is the most popular and easily hiked trail. For a more challenging hike, the Window Trail provides a 4-mile roundtrip trek that descends 800 feet from the trailhead and leads to the “window,” the pour-off that drains the entire Chisos Basin.

Summer Activities:
Backcountry Hiking, Day Hiking, Multi-Day Hiking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Night Time Viewing, Walking, Back Country Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Llama Packing, Picnicking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Driving Tours, Day Hiking,  Biking, Bird Watching, Ranger Led Activities, Evening Programs, Walking, Educational Programs.


Places to Stay at Big Bend National Park

The National Park Service maintains three campgrounds within the park; generators are allowed at two of them during certain hours. A concessionaire also operates a full hook-up campground at Rio Grande Village (432-477-2293).

Helpful Links

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

Big Bend National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm

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

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GPS Coordinates: 29.25, -103.25

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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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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

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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

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GPS Coordinates: 36.054,-112.138

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