Camp Michigan

Did you know that July 2012 is Michigan Camping and RV Month?

Michigan has more than 950 private RV parks and campgrounds in addition to the 98 state parks, 133 state forest campgrounds and 7 areas in Michigan under the US Forest Service. That is over 140,000 campsites!

Whether you are headed out in a tent to a rustic site or you have just purchased from a great selection of used motorhomes that need full hook-up, you are sure to find a perfect spot in Michigan. Plan ahead with friends to take your toys in your used toy haulers by picking a spot near ATV trails so you can ride all day and sit by the campfire all evening!

Bottom line is get out there and Enjoy Michigan any time of year!

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Winter RV Camping

austinMild winter temperatures and easy access to outdoor adventures make Austin the place to be for winter RV camping. Mix in some Hill Country barbecue and exciting nightlife venues, and there’s just no reason to stay away from Austin, Texas.

So, what do you like to do on winter RV camping trips? Austin’s just down the road from popular Lake Travis, where lighted fishing docks make winter fishing a nighttime treat, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Austin also has nearly two hundred miles of trails throughout the metro area for bikers, hikers and runners. When you’ve explored Texas’ capital city to your heart’s content, you can travel through the beautiful Hill Country.

Austin is also know for its real Texas barbeque. There are so many barbeque restaurants in the city, you won’t know which to visit first!

One more reason RV campers go to Austin in winter is this Texas city’s thriving music scene.  You won’t want to leave Austin without venturing downtown, where clubs with live shows line the streets in every direction.

There are plenty of places to stay in Austin. Some of the top rated places are: La Hacienda RV Resort, adjacent to Lake Travis;  Austin Lone Star RV Resort; and Camper Resort on Hudson Bend at Lake Travis.

Have you been on a Winter RV Vacation 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? Take a look at these available RVs through RV Buyers Guide.

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Fall RV Vacations

newenglandThink it’s time to put your RV up for winter? Not yet. There are many RV parks that remain open during the fall months for great RV vacations. October is the perfect month to see the beauty of the dramatic fall colors in wooded areas while enjoying some of the cooler temperatures. Many places have their annual autumn festivals this time of the year as well. Below are 3 of the best places to visit this fall!

Great Smoky Mountains

  • The Great Smoky Mountains has vivid autumn colors during the fall months. The park itself offers several RV campgrounds. Travelers can go bike riding, hiking and just enjoy the fresh outdoors.

White Mountains, NH

New England

  • New England is a great place to visit during the fall. Does anything taste better than a crisp, snappy apple when you’ve been out hiking in the cool autumn air? Autumn is synonymous with apple harvest time in New England.  Stay at the state park or look into the many options at the various orchards.

If you are planning on a Fall RV Vacation and don’t currently own an RV, you can take a look at some great Used RVs before you start planning your Fall trip.

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Staycations – Camping Locally In Your Own State


You have heard the term staycation used a lot more over the last few years due to the rise of gas prices and the higher cost of traveling. Now more than ever people are deciding to stay closer to home to save money so they can continue camping, RVing, and doing the outdoor activities they love at a cheaper price.

There is nothing wrong with camping locally, you don’t have to leave your state or even your own city to relax and enjoy time away from your normal day to day life. I bet there are many of you that are avid campers that have yet to camp at all the campgrounds in your state. Driving down a main state highway you always see signs for campgrounds, have you stayed at every campground you have ever past, most likely not. Sometimes you will find some of the best campgrounds less than a few hours from your home.

Even though you stay close to home, you won’t feel like you are. You will be able to relax and feel like you are miles from home when you are sitting around enjoying the campfire. Another plus to staying closer to home means that you can stay longer. If you spend a day traveling some where that is one less day you have to relax around the campsite.

Visit your state government website, to view a full list of campgrounds in your state. Take a look you will be surprised at what you find.

Activities: Camping, RVing, Hiking, Canoeing, Site Seeing, Beaches, Fishing, Bike Trails, and More.

Helpful Links

KOA Loding, Cabins, Campsites www.koa.com
Go Camping America www.gocampingamerica.com/

If you have been tent camping for many years and ready to start RVing then take a look at some great Used RVs For Sale to find a great deal on your first RV. You will find many options of RVs, whether you are looking to start out small with a folding pop up camper or want to start right out with a full size travel trailer or fifth wheel.

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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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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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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

Photo credit kith.org.

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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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