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Outer Banks Restful Retreats

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

Ready for a break from your life? Want to get away for a while?  Kitty Hawk and Manteo offer just the right combination of blissfully natural settings, historic venues, rolling dunes, and endless beaches. On the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk is a charming town that offers a quaint, relaxing environment that boasts a traditional village, cottage-filled beach community, and the Kitty Hawk Woods, a massive maritime forest.  To this day, the origin of the name of the town is a matter of local debate and happens to be where the Wright brothers opted to perform their aviation experiments.  It is not really all that surprising, once you consider the ideal conditions that exist here for glider launching: steady winds, gently rolling hills, and remote sandy location.  Today you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park and Museum, where for four years they experimented and finally perfected the art of soaring and controlling an aircraft, back... [Read more...]

Congrats to Anvil Campground for 60 Years Serving RVers

Congrats to Anvil Campground for 60 Years Serving RVers

Anvil Campground celebrated 60 years of making great memories for RV travelers during a fun-filled pig roast on March 1 at the Williamsburg, Virginia, RV Park. Guests and staff gathered at the 60 for 60 party to enjoy succulent roasted pork and delicious cake, and to reflect on six decades of fun and family togetherness at the Good Sam Park, which boasts an impressive 9.5/9.5*/8.5 rating in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. On hand were members of the Jump family, who founded the campground in 1954 and own it to this day. Highlights of the event included pork roasting on an open barbecue, comments and recognition from members of the Jump family, and delicious cakes recognizing the milestone. There was even a cake baked in the shape of an anvil! Join us in wishing for 60 more years of great guest experiences at Anvil Campground, located close to Colonial Williamsburg and other area attractions. The Jump family boasts historic ties to the development of Colonial Williamsburg,... [Read more...]

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

While in Las Vegas– Don’t Forget Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and More!

Not big on gambling, but want to go to an exciting and lively place with lots to do?  Brought the kids or grand kids along with you?  Not to worry, there is much to do that doesn’t include stepping a foot inside a casino in Vegas. Taking the kids with you and still want to make the most of your time in Vegas?  No problem–Head over to the 5-acre, indoor Adventuredome Theme Park at Circus Circus.  Offering 25 exhilarating rides and attractions, this is just one of the many places along the strip that is kid-friendly.  There is also the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, housing North America’s largest and only predator-based aquarium. Enjoy  some world class golf in one of the many championship golf courses nearby.   Just over a half hour away from the strip, Lake Mead National Recreational Area also offers recreational opportunities year-round to boaters, fishermen, swimmers, water skiers, and more. On land, try out some hiking and biking trails or take the family... [Read more...]

Eye Candy in Dawson City

Eye Candy in Dawson City

Driving and sightseeing near Dawson City is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Pack up and get ready for a bit more history and lots more eye candy! For a truly picturesque drive, take Dempster Highway to the “Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere,” where a wide range of flora and fauna are known to grow like no other place in North America. This new phenomenal park, formerly called Tombstone Territorial Park, protects 2,000 square kilometers of subarctic wilderness in the southern part of the Ogilvie Mountains. Many come from all around the world, including sight-seers, bird-watchers, hikers, photographers, wildlife viewers and anyone else who enjoys being surrounded by a stunningly natural setting filled with wondrous landforms, stellar views, and mountainous peaks. A great thing to know about this unique park is that it can be viewed and appreciated right from the luxury of your car/RV; all you have to do to witness its beauty is to literally drive... [Read more...]

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For a delicious hot meal for hungry campers, try a new twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Each family member can personalize the ingredients as they desire and they can be made either on a stove top in a sauté pan, or in a counter top griddle, such as the George Foreman Grill, which can be a wonderful appliance to bring camping for quick and easy meals. I have used both the brand name grill and a generic model with equal success. Either the grill or the sauté pan on stove top will do the trick.   Butter the bread, then add mayo, spinach, onion as desired Ingredients: Two slices of bread per sandwich (we like to use whole wheat) Butter, mayonnaise, mustard as desired (I like to add a mayo with a bit of horseradish thrown in for a bit of a bite but Terry is not crazy about that) Spinach or lettuce for a bit of greenery Thin sliced meat: turkey, beef, salami, etc. (we like to combine beef and turkey) Sliced cheese (our favorite is provolone) Sliced tomatoes and pickles... [Read more...]

More on Dawson City

More on Dawson City

Dawson City–a historic time capsule from days gone by when countless folks caught a bad case of gold fever and impetuously set out to strike it rich quick.  Learn all about them and their lifestyle during a quick trip north of the border, in nostalgic Dawson City. While Jack London didn’t strike gold here, the adventures from his time in the legendary Klondike gained him unbelievable fame and incredible wealth.  His adventures were uniquely portrayed in his exciting short stories and books, which quickly made him famous.  A replica of his cabin was built out of the logs from his original cabin, where he transcribed many of his books.  The replicated cabin (shown above) is now conveniently located at an interpretive site right in Dawson City.  Take a walk through time, in the nearby Jack London Museum, where you’ll glean some amazing facts about the author’s fascinating life and the stories surrounding the eventual discovery of his cabin. While you are in town, you won’t... [Read more...]

Mobile, Alabama – 3 Incredible Destinations in one block…

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile is an incredible children’s science museum – but it isn’t just for kids!  We went on a week day in January; there were a few small school groups when we arrived, but they soon left, and after that we shared it with just a few families, and multiple adult couples of varying ages (who were enjoying it just as much as our tribe was!).  I would totally go here on a date with my hubby! LOL! The museum has it’s own IMax Dome museum (one of only 50 in the world); you sit in steep theater seating, and the screen wraps around you, from down to the floor in front, up and around both sides, and curves over the ceiling above you. We watched Flight of the Butterflies, but of course films rotate out; you can see what’s playing via their website (link at end)! While we were there, one of the staff, Bree, did some experiments for us; she was great!  For her first demo, she had 3 empty plastic cups (not see through), and she poured... [Read more...]

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Rest and Relaxation await you at the gorgeous Outer Banks in exquisite North Carolina…pack up the RV, its time for a vacay like no other! Just off the Coast of North Carolina, lies a 200-mile stretch of picturesque barrier islands.  With its rich history and extraordinary lay out, the Outer Banks offer unique experiences for the adventurous and the relaxed, alike.   Set up camp at one of the award-winning RV resorts or stay over at a cozy bed and breakfast.  You will no doubt go from frolicking in the warm surf at pristine beaches to experiencing interesting museums and historic lighthouses.  The Outer Banks will take your breath away with its pristine beauty.  Like a small child in a candy store, you just won’t be able to get enough of each place you stop and see along the majestically scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. From the First Flight and the Lost Colony, to the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, there is much to discover, experience, and appreciate, including the “Graveyard... [Read more...]

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Looking for a fun destination for a road trip this summer?  Want to experience a pristine environment plum full of fascinating history and natural beauty? The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.  With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City.  Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones.  Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from. Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you.  Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold.  Claim # 33 is located... [Read more...]

Springtime in Vegas!

Springtime in Vegas!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the spa, a fun family vacation or some exciting nightlife, Vegas is the place for you!  Stay in one of the campgrounds located near the Strip, especially convenient if you plan to try your hand at gambling. Or if you prefer a non-smoking, non-gaming resort, there are quite a few of those to choose from as well. Either way, you will love this “Sin City,” with its many shimmering lights, entertaining shows and extravagant attractions. There is so much to do in this city. You really do have to choose between some amazingly exciting attractions.  Take a bus, walk, or drive down the 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, known as The Las Vegas Strip, where you’ll find the majority of the top-rated luxurious casinos, resorts and shows. With all of their unique offerings, from fountain shows to marine aquariums, you will run out of time before you run out of things to do here.  Some free attractions along the Strip include the Mirage... [Read more...]

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum pays tribute to the area’s oil industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products. Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On... [Read more...]

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

I learned to play Tic-Tac-Toe when I was attending camp as a child. I played numerous times—at school, with friends, while camping with my parents. I always tried to get better at it so I could beat my adversary—usually my own parents. Back in those days, the game was simply played with paper and pencil. And it’s quite easy to learn, since it’s simply a 3×3 grid that you fill with Xs or Os. The goal of the game is to place three same marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row to win a game. But as we grow up, Tic-Tac-Toe loses its appeal for us adults—unless you have kids. I find the best way to learn the game of Tic-Tac-Toe is at camp. Nowadays, the game has developed into a lucrative product that many companies are trying to sell to everyone. There are some games that are magnetized—we have one with planes and boats at the trailer—some are made out of wood while others are simply played on a beach towels with plastic pieces. It is even possible to quickly make... [Read more...]

A Return to Chama

A Return to Chama

You may recall a post I published last winter about a wonderful winter weekend in Chama, NM. For the past 40 years, the small town of Chama has been hosting a delightful weekend-long series of events catering to the outdoors lover. The events include both diagonal and freestyle cross country ski races of several lengths for participants of all abilities. There are also snowshoe races and a variety of family events. In addition, clinics are provided to improve skiing technique, educate participants about proper wax selection and applications. And workshops are offered, such as Yoga for Skiers, throughout the weekend. Terry, before the race An entire community event, restaurants and hotels run specials to attract visitors. There is a chili competition at a local community center and the High Country Saloon offers free Green Chile Stew and chips and salsa to all visitors. Further, live entertainment is provided Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday, after all races are... [Read more...]

Click and Explore North America

Click and Explore North America

Use Good Sam Camping’s Explore tool for travel itineraries, tourism info and great destinations in every state and province in North America. Select your destination on our handy interactive map and start planning your adventure today! From the Explore Tab home page, find your desired state or province on the interactive map and click (you can also choose a state from the list on the right-hand side). Each state/province page gives you three ways to learn about your destination: • The Welcome section provides an overview of the state you’re visiting. Learn about each state’s regions and get a sense of your destination’s climate and character. The Arizona Welcome section, for example, covers the state’s northern region, popular snowbird roosts and Native American heritage. • The RV Trip of a Lifetime section suggests itineraries to some of the most compelling attractions in each state and province. Check out great steaks along the Oklahoma leg of the Chisholm... [Read more...]

Bass Lake Recreational Resort

Bass Lake Recreational Resort

Bass Lake Recreational Resort is located adjacent to Bass Lake at the South gate entrance to Yosemite National Park. It’s the perfect base camp for exploring this amazing national gem and the wonders of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Open year around, this highly rated resort attracts sports enthusiast from anglers, water and snow skiers to boaters, hunters, golfers and hikers. At 3,500 feet in elevation, Bass Lake sits above the heat of California’s Central Valley, but it is low enough to enjoy four seasons in the Sierra Nevadas. Each of the 175 sites have 50 amp service. There are pull-through sites, sewer and water, Wi-Fi Internet service, LP gas, ice, a large clubhouse, playground, dog runs and a swimming pool. Both adult and child clubhouse activities are offered, along with restrooms and showers, a snack, laundry facilities and a nearby church. Attend ice cream socials, and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the resort has security. Next door to the pines village, you’ll... [Read more...]

Family Fun at South Carolina’s Lakewood Camping Resort

Family Fun at South Carolina’s Lakewood Camping Resort

Splashing, sliding and laughter fill the air at Lakewood Camping Resort as families enjoy all the exciting activities in the new water park. Guests can ride 530 feet of slip-sliding fun on three open/enclosed waterslides, including two tube slides and a speed slide, for adrenaline rushes galore. A 525-foot lazy river surrounds the slides and beckons guests to leisurely float the day away. Kids will love the fun-filled interactive water play area with a tower of activities and a tidal wave of fun. The water park area also is home to Tranquility Beach, which offers unbelievable views of the blue Atlantic as you relax in comfortable Adirondack chairs. Ready for a snack? The new Funtastic Beach picnic area is the perfect spot. The management of Lakewood just continues to add fun. The resort is already filled with countless family activities, including indoor and outdoor tropical pools; an 18-hole miniature golf course; pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and bicycles; basketball, volleyball and bocce... [Read more...]

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

My idea for a less invasive way to attach the suction cup mount of my GPS was similar to Carroll Manning’s of Sonora, California (Quick Tips, July), except I purchased an 85-cent, 3-inch round of clear acrylic from TAP Plastics (www.tapplastics.com). The company sells several sizes for various uses. To attach the acrylic disk, I used a couple of UHU Tac adhesive removable putty squares, flattened them out as thin as possible to the bottom of the disk, then cleaned the vinyl spot on the dashboard with alcohol and pressed the disk to the vinyl. UHU is used for temporary posters, decorations, etc., and can be purchased at most art supply stores. Bill Wright, Santa Rosa, California

Carefree’s Awe-Inspiring Indian Wells Resort

Carefree’s Awe-Inspiring Indian Wells Resort

Just 120 miles east of Los Angeles in the heart of the Coachella Valley lie the desert towns of Indio and Palms Springs. Picture a place where the average winter temperature is 77 degrees and the warm days cool off to starry nights. The Coachella Valley is like no other, and it’s not just the glitz and glamour of Palm Springs that’s put the region on the map. For a more outdoorsy adventure, take our advice and go where the locals go. From the Indian Wells RV Resort, you are just minutes from more natural beauty than one person could describe. Spend a day at the Coachella Valley Desert Preserve; this oasis in the desert is free to the public. Take a walk throughout the 20,000-acre preserve or join a guided hike where you’re bound to see desert wildlife. Make sure you save time to visit the Coachella Valley History Museum. The museum is much more than great artifacts. It is also home to a historic 1909 local Schoolhouse and the world’s only Date Museum. Tour the museum and learn... [Read more...]

Top Destination RV Parks

Top Destination RV Parks

Hang out with Mickey in Disney World or contemplate the sheer power of Niagara Falls. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s  Top Destination Parks for great camping experiences near some of North America’s most popular travel spots. Check out popular destinations during the day and relax in comfort in the evening at RV parks that make it their business to take care of fun-seeking travelers. Many parks on this list specialize in serving visitors to nearby destinations. Memphis Graceland RV Park and Campground, for example, is situated just two minutes from Elvis Presley’s legendary home and is linked to the “official site of the King of rock ‘n’ roll.” Staff members are eager to help guests plan their visits to this legendary residence. Feel like racing? make a visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway, which offers camping in the infield of the South Carolina raceway. Some parks enhance the customer experience by facilitating visits to... [Read more...]

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