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Camping Destinations for Amusement Parks and Summertime Fun!

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click…click…click…the anticipation of that slow ascent upward as you await the drop off that will send you on an exhilarating journey of loops and turns while the wind whips through your hair. Amusement parks are a calling card of summer that beckons you with the thrill of adventure, great games and the warm summer sun. With so many possibilities to choose from, the hardest choice is which one to visit first. Saco/Old Orchard Beach KOA, Old Orchard Beach, ME The Old Orchard Beach area in Maine is a very popular tourist destination during the summer months, so of course there’s an amusement park nearby. Funtown Splashtown U.S.A., located in the neighboring town of Saco, is Northern New England’s largest family amusement and water park and home to Maine’s only wooden roller coaster, Excalibur, and New England’s longest and tallest log flume, Thunder Falls. Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. also offers a great variety of games, shops and family fun activities for hours of wholesome entertainment! Wagon... [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...]

2015 Good Sam Rally In Phoenix

June 25, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

2015 Good Sam Rally In Phoenix

Crowds at The 2012 Rally in Phoenix Following its success in 2012, advance planning is already well underway for The Camping World/Good Sam Rally’s return to Phoenix, Arizona in 2015. To be held at the Phoenix International Raceway March 10-22, The Rally will be bigger – 3,000 RVs are expected and better than ever with an expanded seminar lineup, presentations covering all aspects of the RV experience, more on-site activities and off-site tours, activities for youth and big-name entertainment each evening. “It is our pleasure to facilitate an event that brings together thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country to celebrate the RV lifestyle, enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes and quality time with family and friends,” says Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. “We are excited to announce the return of America’s largest RV Rally to the RV community.” I attended the first Good Sam rally in 2000, then called the Great North... [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...]

Hiking While RVing

June 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hiking While RVing

Hiking while RVing is a wonderful way to make the most of a camping trip. Two of my favorite activities, camping and hiking complement each other beautifully. Most RV parks are set in lovely natural areas surrounded by trees and wild settings that beg to be explored. Get out, stretch your legs and go for that walk. On most camping trips, my family and I plan a hike in the area we are visiting to get the best view of the beautiful scenery. Some of our favorites include the hikes to summit 14ers, the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. There is nothing better than relaxing around a campfire, waiting for dinner, resting after a vigorous day of hiking. It just doesn’t get any better than hiking while RVing. This summer we are planning an RV trip in Colorado to summit four 14ers: Mount Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron and Bross. Located in close proximity to each other, the hike we are planning will hopefully allow us to “bag” four additional 14ers in one day. If you are new to hiking, I encourage... [Read more...]

Exploring Seattle and the Surrounding Area

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring Seattle and the Surrounding Area

In the 19th century no one was betting on Seattle to become the great metropolis of the Northwest. The Washington capital was placed in Olympia and the railroads all built towards Tacoma. Then in the 1890s gold was discovered in the Yukon in the far north and tiny Seattle on the Puget Sound was the nearest port to ship supplies into the wilderness. Because of that, exploring Seattle has now become very popular. The 605-foot high Space Needle, a souvenir of the 1962 World’s Fair, became a symbol of the city and the rejuvenated Pike Place Market a favorite destination. Dropping a few shekels in Rachel, the 550-pound bronze piggy bank that acts as an unofficial mascot, helps keep the century-old stalls humming. Pike Place Market is one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets and all Seattle RV parks will have maps leading to Pike Place and Pike Street.  The original Starbucks. Starbucks opened in the Pike Place Market in 1971, taking its name from the chief mate to the... [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...]

RVing and Fishing

June 11, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVing and Fishing

It is always RVing and fishing season somewhere in the U.S. and Canada. There is no better time than now for an RV camping and fishing trip. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Lakes, rivers, and ocean waters are filled with fish just waiting to test your skills. Recreational or sport fishing has become a popular sport and outdoor recreation activity. Start checking your supplies, packing your tackle box, and preparing the RV. There is no better time than now for an RVing and fishing trip. Preparation is the key to any successful RV camping and fishing trip. To avoid that, “Oh no, I forgot…” scenario, get into the habit of making a checklist when you prepare for any RV camping trip. Your RVing and fishing checklist may include fishing supplies and tackle box, fishing vest, fishing license, sun protection (wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, etc.), coolers with ice, first aid kit, insect repellent, compass, portable GPS, small fixed blade knife, needle-nosed pliers, and a multi... [Read more...]

RV Resort Requirements

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Resort Requirements

When planning a trip to a new destination, there is no better tool than the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory to have at your fingertips. Things like resort amenities and local attractions are but a few key benefits from trip planning with the Campground Directory. If you do not have a campground in mind, but are looking for a new adventure, head over to www.goodsamcamping.com and click on the “Explore” tab. This will take you to a page to select the state you wish to visit. For example, on a recent excursion to the site, I selected Alaska, a place I have always wanted to visit. Immediately I was taken to a page containing several helpful links and information about Alaska. In addition, a number of Good Sam rated campgrounds was included. I selected one of these to view, the Golden Nugget appealed to my sense of Alaska adventure. Once on the Golden Nugget RV Park page, I was able to view a complete list of campground amenities, including site dimensions and features,... [Read more...]

Fun Campground Activities

May 12, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Fun Campground Activities

It can be simple to entertain kids at camp with the many games and toys available today, but when left to their own devices, you may not have much contact with them. There also comes a time in every family camping trip when the kids are bored and toys or games no longer appeal. Below are a few fun ideas for those times. They require minimal equipment, most of which is already found in a campground or RV park and they actually involve learning. Playing these games, your kids will absorb new information without realizing it! Set Up a Scavenger Hunt. This will require preparation ahead of time, but mostly involves making lists of items easily found in and around a campground. Campers should be divided into teams that will compete to see how many of the list items each can find. Some suggested list items include: a flashlight, a maple leaf on the ground (if there are maple trees in the vicinity), a marshmallow, an acorn (if there are oak trees about), 1 sheet of toilet paper, and the like.... [Read more...]

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