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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...]

Firework Safety Tips

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Firework Safety Tips

The traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season and are synonymous with the celebration of Independence Day. Before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks can be relatively safe when used responsibly, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) reports that in the month around the July 4th holiday, an average of 200 people per day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries . CPSC reports eight nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurring in six incidents during 2013. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 2013 calendar year. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for approximately... [Read more...]

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...]

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