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RVing to Mount Rushmore

August 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVing to Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore entrance Several years ago, we traveled to Mount Rushmore on one of our extended summer RV trips. It was a memorable experience for all, including our two teen-aged children, who were 13 and 14 at the time. Our ultimate destination was Yellowstone National Park, but we made a point to stop and spend a night in South Dakota on the way so that we could visit Mount Rushmore. As we neared our destination, we headed into Custer State Park and enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at a picnic site along the Park road. While RVing to Mount Rushmore, we drove through the meandering roads in the park and encountered burros, bison and three elk! Now the kids were paying attention. We settled in for the night, eagerly anticipating our visit to the Mount Rushmore monument the next day. The next morning, bright and early, found us heading into the monument as soon as it opened. Immediately we were impressed by the grand entrance as we walked under the stone archway and down the aisle of flags... [Read more...]

Explore Texas

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Texas

Scarcely four percent of the land in Texas is publicly owned, but because the state is so big, that leaves plenty of places to go for unforgettable Texas RV trips. There are plenty of big chunks of public land to explore. Along the Rio Grande River in the Chihuahuan Desert, for instance, Big Bend National Park is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island and Padre Island on the Gulf Coast. With 100 miles of undeveloped sand that you can pull your RV right onto, it is the nation’s largest barrier island. Texas RVers can explore Texas and settle into any natural environment they desire. If it isn’t the beach sand or the desert, there are the Piney Woods of East Texas where the Big Thicket became the first national preserve in the United States National Park Service. Across the state, more than 100 artificial reservoirs have been created for recreation, so you are never too far (nothing is really “close” in Texas) from a waterside camp site. The Lone Star State... [Read more...]

Scenic Drives Through Canada

July 1, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Scenic Drives Through Canada

With its vast natural landscape, Canada offers a wide-range of scenic drives. Beginning in the west of Canada and working east, following are three of Canada’s best scenic drives. Sea-to-Sky Highway (British Columbia) Considered one of the world’s most beautiful drives, the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) offers awe-inspiring scenery. A legendary route from Vancouver through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge to Whistler and beyond, it’s a drive with scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls, bustling communities, parks, and outdoor activities. It’s also filled with fun stops, including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest, and historic sites. Discover. Beginning at sea level and tracing a route along the shore of Howe Sound, the route weaves deep into the Coast Mountains and then climbs through old-growth rainforests before reaching Whistler 2,200 feet (670 metres) above sea level. Icefields Parkway (Alberta) Glacier Skywalk... [Read more...]

Exploring North Carolina

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring North Carolina

In North Carolina, there is a foot path called the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that meanders 1,000 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the ideal way to discover the Tarheel State but you don’t need to strap on a backpack to roam in the footsteps of famous North Carolina travelers such as Blackbeard and Daniel Boone. There are plenty of roads that trace the trail and generous camping opportunities from the Crystal Coast to the Carolina Blue Ridge. The notorious pirate Blackbeard, better known in local telephone directories of the day as Edward Teach, did his Crystal Coast camping in the early 1700s. He was hanged by the British Royal Navy offshore on Ocracoke Island in 1718, so he didn’t get a chance to build his retirement home or enjoy the region’s famous seafood or crystalline surf that washes up on the south-facing beaches. So many ships wrecked on the North Carolina shoals off the seemingly placid waters of the Crystal Coast... [Read more...]

Top July Fourth RV Parks

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top July Fourth RV Parks

Fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks when you stay at one of The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Fourth of July RV Parks for 2014. Rest assured that the RV parks on this list, compiled by the travel guide’s editors and consultants, go out of their way to celebrate the nation’s birthday with pyrotechnics, colorful parades or excursions to nearby celebrations. Whether featuring patriotic musical performances or serving up barbecued hot dogs, the parks on this list help guests appreciate the the biggest day of the summer travel season in the United States. Celebrate Uncle Sam’s Big Day Come prepared for a party when you book your July stay with these parks. Here are just a few of the highlights: + Local Fourth of July parades are a big part of the guest experience at places like Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, where guests can attend the city’s big patriotic celebration on Main Street less than a mile away. + At some... [Read more...]

The Teton Range

May 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Teton Range

The Teton Mountains are frequently referred to as America’s Alps due to their immense profile, glacial snow fields, and towering jagged peaks. Mt. Moran Reflection at Oxbow Bend (Source: wyomingtourism.org) The crown jewel of the Teton Range is Grand Teton, a 13,770-foot peak that challenges mountain climbers, engages hikers, and thrills photographers. Twelve other peaks reach above 12,000 feet elevation and adds to the impressive sky-high horizon. Framed by the massive Teton Range, Jackson Hole is a valley seven miles wide that stretches for almost 50 miles. There may be higher mountains than these in North America, but none more dramatic for sheer ruggedness. This is as a result of the Teton Fault at the base of the range on its eastern side. When the earth’s crust cracked along this fault eons ago, the Tetons rose into the sky. The exposed rocks give these mountains their dramatic appearance. The east slope of the Teton range rises sharply, from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above the... [Read more...]

The Five Best National Parks

May 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Five Best National Parks

For many years, our country’s beautiful national parks have been a favorite destination for camping trips. Below is a list of a few well-known national parks for RVing, based on scenery and activities, which we hope will aid in the decision of your next RVing trip. 1)     Glacier Hiking Logan Pass, Glacier National Park Located in northeastern Montana, Glacier National Park is one destination worth a couple visits. The North American RV Park & Yurt Village is a great place to stay and it’s not far from Sun Road, the most scenic road in America. There are activities abound as well, such as hiking Logan Pass, and Grinnell Glacier. 2)     Yellowstone Old Faithful alone would be enough to make this a top national park, but there are many other geysers, mudpots and natural features. All will be amazed at the natural elements in this park. Conveniently located just outside the park, Sierra Meadows RV Park is a great home base for exploring this region. 3)     Rocky... [Read more...]

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

May 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping and RVing in Yellowstone

Traffic often stopped by wandering wildlife in Yellowstone If camping or RVing in Yellowstone National Park is not on your Bucket List, you need a new bucket master. Yellowstone, the nations’ first national park, which Congress established into law on March 1, 1872, is one of the country’s most visited natural attractions, even with its isolated location in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. Yellowstone (as the cliché goes) has it all, except urban congestion and smog. The Rocky Mountain scenery is some of the most spectacular in the entire world, from lofty mountain peaks to thundering rivers roaring through deep mountain canyons. Vast forests of Engelmann Spruce, Lodgepole, Whitebark pine and Douglas Fir cover 80% of the park, with geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots are scattered about. Yellowstone excels in geothermal activity In fact, half of the earth’s geothermal features lie within Yellowstone, whose volcanic and seismic processes are not only a huge fan... [Read more...]

Family Camping Destination – the Adventure District in OKC!

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We have spent the last 2 weeks in Oklahoma City.  Even though we spent 3 weeks here last spring, we were volunteering with tornado cleanup efforts, and didn’t have a chance to explore the city much.  This year we have scoped out the best in family friendly stops here, and have found that OKC is a great place for a family camping destination! OKC has an area in town called the Adventure District, which is full of fun stops, all within a few blocks of each other. We had a great time visiting the OKC Zoo, where we spent 4 hours discovering the extensive grounds that house nearly 1900 animals.  In addition to large animal exhibits, the zoo offers several aviaries, butterfly and botanical gardens, and has great play areas as well as offering train rides and a carousel. The kids really enjoyed participating in a simple scavenger hunt which netted them some fun treats! Right next to the OKC Zoo, is Science Museum Oklahoma.  This incredible science museum is fun for all ages, and has... [Read more...]

History comes to life at Old Salem!

April 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Welcome center gift shop that included great kids’ historical gifts!w visiting the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina! Our tribe recently camped near Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, and loved the family friendly atmosphere of the area!  One of our favorite destinations in the area was the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.  Old Salem is a living history village, where original 1700s buildings, staffed with reenactors, are opened up to ticket holders. Tavern Kitchen tour and talk from a living history re-enactor. The visitor’s center offers 2 gift shops, a treat shop, and some exhibits.  The staff gave us maps, and were careful to point out stops that it might be easy to miss on the walking tour.  After we checked out the v.c., we walked through the covered wooden bridge that spanned the main roadway separating the visitor’s center and the authentic 17 and 1800s buildings that are featured in the tour.  Once across the bridge we came to the Frank L Horton... [Read more...]

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