Category: Campgrounds & RV Parks
Alabama’s Gulf beaches and Gulf State Park are the largest tourism attractions in the state, overwhelmingly so, according to the new attendance figures released last week by the Alabama Tourism Department. Sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand await the RVer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The state’s largest stand-alone festival events, located about 20 miles apart, are also located in the Gulf Coast region. The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival (March 14-16, in 2014) and National Shrimp Festival (October 9-12, in 2014) in Gulf Shores come in at the top two spots among event promotions staged over a single weekend. The relatively new Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (June 13-14, in 2014), which takes place in between the other two in Foley, is also rising up the state’s annual top 10 festival list. According to the 2013 annual report, Mobile’s three-week long Mardi Gras celebration draws the largest attendance... [Read more...]
While we were checking out Louisiana, we wanted to stop in Baton Rouge to see what they had to offer for fun and interesting stops. While we didn’t have much time to explore, we did find a couple of fun stops that fit into our schedule and interests. Our first stop was at the Bluebonnet Swamp, which is a county park located in the eastern part of the city of Baton Rouge. This 103-acre park is an ideal location to get out and explore the swamp, and it’s an exceptional stop if you are a “bird nerd.” Located just a short walk from the parking lot is a 9,500-square-foot exhibit building that houses a small gift shop and numerous animal habitats including many snakes and other reptiles. Outside are several walking trails that lead along the swamp edge and through woods; the walks vary in length from 1/3 of a mile to 1 and 1/2 miles long. Bluebonnet is a great place to spend an hour or so learning about and exploring, Louisiana swamp habitats. It’s also... [Read more...]
The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year. With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the end of December. I note that Terry and I decided we want to focus on several areas: getting our camper out for at least one trip, traveling together as a family, hiking a few more 14ers, getting out hiking near our home and traveling to Des Moines for Ryan’s college graduation in May. I am hoping to be able to accomplish three of the five with this trip. My first step is to sit with my Road Atlas and page through it, conceptualizing our potential travel areas. When mapping out our destination and the time it will take to get there, I turn to online tools such as MapQuest, but when just beginning... [Read more...]
Take your pets with you for snowbird adventures when you travel to these RV parks in the southwest United States. At Good Life RV Resort, a Cal Am Resort in Mesa, Arizona, pets can run loose in a new, fenced-in dog park equipped with ramps, hoops and other dexterity equipment designed for exercise and fun. Two other Cal Am Resorts—Sun Life RV Resort in Mesa Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise—also welcome pets. To the east, American RV Park in Albuquerque features a dog park located conveniently near the center of the park, making it easy for guests to give their pooches some much-needed exercise.
Southern hospitality extends to dogs, too, at these pet-friendly parks located below the Mason Dixon line. In Sunseeker’s RV Park, Fort Myers, a 1,600-square-foot dog run features benches for dogs’ owners as well as obstacles to keep Fido in shape. Head to west to Texas, where leashed, well-behaved canines are welcome throughout the Northlake Village RV Park in Roanoke. San Antonio’s Travelers World RV Resort, a Carefree Resort, hosts a Planned Pethood Adoption and Charity Drive to raise money for local animal shelters. The event is a hit among the pet-owning guests, who are welcome to the amenity-rich RV park.
Experience the five-star resort lifestyle at Indian Creek RV Resort in Fort Myers Beach—the finest RV resort in southwestern Florida! Indian Creek is an age restricted resort catering to an active 55 plus crowd and offers guests an extraordinary vacation destination with exemplary customer service. The amenity package at Indian Creek RV Resort is as extensive as it is impressive. Cool off in one of the three beautiful heated swimming pools or take a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Staying active is never a problem with five tennis courts, catch and release fishing, sixteen shuffleboard courts, beach volleyball, three regulation pickleball courts, seven horseshoe pits, bocce ball and a golf net to practice your swing. This resort also has a great selection of books, puzzles and other reading material at its on-site library—a great place for some quiet down time. Relax and catch up with some friends with an afternoon or evening game of pool on one of the eight handsome billiards tables... [Read more...]
Camp with the best. Stay at the RV parks that landed on our 2014 list of Top Rated Parks, an elite group of RV parks that has each earned a rating of 29 or higher from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. This exclusive list of is taken from the guide’s database of more than 8,000 privately owned RV parks, all of which are included in the 2014 edition of the annual print directory and can be found online at GoodSamCamping.com. Some of these parks are situated in destination areas and can accommodate travelers seeking long-term stays. Others can be found along popular travel corridors for long-term, cross-country trips. Regardless of their locations, these parks have one thing in common: They’ve achieved excellent marks in the areas of amenities, cleanliness and environment. You can count on the quality at these parks. Each park has been reviewed in person by one of the Good Sam RV Park Review Teams, who use the Good Sam Rating System to grade campgrounds on a 1 to... [Read more...]
When you think of fishing year round, Florida always seems to come to mind, and rightly so. Warmer temperatures throughout the year along with the perfect location featuring salt and freshwater make this state a hot spot for many fishermen. The central Florida region, in particular, is well known for its fantastic freshwater fishing and has some of the most coveted freshwater fishing lakes in the country. Both professional and recreational fishermen flock to the sunshine state each year for tournaments and other events, others visit simply to enjoy some leisure time on the water. March is prime fishing season for many species available in Florida. Rainbow RV Resort, FL Accommodations for trips or vacations in central Florida can fill up quickly during this time of year, but Sun RV Resorts has many locations that offer a luxury resort experience in prime fishing country! Situated next to Crooked Lake and just a short drive from Lake Kissimmee is Rainbow RV Resort, located in beautiful Frostproof,... [Read more...]
Bring your pets with you on your next trip to the West at these great Pacific state parks. In Southern California, Chula Vista RV Resort And Marina near San Diego area features Pet Stop areas conveniently located throughout the park, allowing furry passengers to stretch their legs after a long journey. Also near San Diego is the Escondido RV Resort, a Sunland property that boast a new, one-third acre dog park. The park opened with a special Dog Day grand opening, with proceeds going to a local animal shelter. Farther up the coast, Horn Rapids RV Resort in Richland, Washington, helps RVers attend to their canines with a fenced dog run that includes a grooming/washing area.
Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind when you hit the road. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks for a hassle-free RV camping trip for you and your pets. These RV parks stand out for amenities and special services tailored to RVing owners of animals. This select group of parks caters to pet owners who want to their animals to have as much fun on the road as their owners. A number RV parks on the list have fenced-in dog runs on their property, while others have a pet trails for walking. Some of the parks even offer free treats and toys to pets traveling in RVs. You’ll even find fenced in dog-wash stations in some parks. Facts about RV Pet Owners If you travel with your dog, you’re not alone. According the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, more than 50 percent of RV travelers bring pets on their travels. Among pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78 percent bring dogs, 15 percent travel with cats and the... [Read more...]