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Top Family RV Parks

July 15, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages. These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together. All in the Family Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list: + Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. + Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys. + Several... [Read more...]

RV Parks with Golf

July 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Parks with Golf

Water feature at 18th hole at sunset at the Pheasant Run Golf Club If you enjoy visiting RV parks with golf,  The Lakes RV Park & Golf Resort is a great destination for you.  Located in Chowchilla, CA, The Lakes is a “perfect RV resort” rated 10/10*/10 by Good Sam. The resort offers complimentary golf for two during each day of your stay on an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course. A short walk from your campsite will bring you to Pheasant Run Golf Course, which has a reputation for being one of the best-maintained golf courses in the San Joaquin Valley.  The course is situated around the many lakes inspiring the name of this RV park with golf and offers rewarding challenges for every golfer. The quick greens and manicured fairways remain lush the entire year because of a unique blend of grass created just for this San Joaquin Valley golf resort.  The fairways are shaped and contoured for a rich golf experience before reaching the course’s smooth,... [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...]

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...]

RV Parks With Pools

June 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Parks With Pools

When searching for a place to park our camper for a week or a night, one important consideration for our family was always whether or not the RV park had a pool. All of our children are avid swimmers and nothing alleviates the stress of a day or several on the road like a dip in the pool. In previous posts, I have discussed how to use the Good Sam Camping Website and the Good Sam Smartphone App to find RV parks with pools in your destination area. These tools not only tell you whether a park has a pool (and other amenities) they will also provide you with Good Sam ratings for these parks when they are available, enabling you to choose just the park that will meet your needs for the time of your stay. In this post, I would like to profile two parks at which we have spent time and thoroughly enjoyed a terrific swimming experience. The first of these was on a two week trip to the east coast. We spend four nights in the Boston Minuteman Campground located just outside of Boston in Littleton,... [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...]

The Good Sam Camping App

June 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The Good Sam Camping App

In a recent post, I highlighted the Good Sam Camping smartphone app and discussed using it to plan our next camping adventure (see “Planning our 2014 Travels with the Good Sam App”). Loaded with a multitude of handy features, this app has become the only way I plan our camping trips, but it has another use. There have been times (refer to my June 4th post on “The Joys of Tent Camping” for example) when it would have been smart to stop for the night earlier than planned. One of the reasons that didn’t happen is that the thought of driving around a strange town in search of a campsite didn’t appeal to us. With the Good Sam Camping App, however, we can all easily find a Good Sam Campground and a site for the night, even while on the road. Say you’re headed to your reserved site, but are still six hours away and the sun is beginning to set. You know you should stop for the night and want to find an campground, but don’t know the area. Once, we... [Read more...]

Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes

June 18, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes

Moving from a traditional brick-and-mortar home to a park model home has enhanced the quality of life for thousands of people. Benefits of park home living include security, peace of mind, a pleasant living environment of friendly like-minded people with organized activities, clubs, and other social opportunities. It’s all about lifestyle. Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Park model homes differ from conventional houses in several ways. A major difference is in the method of construction. Park models are constructed in a manufacturing plant before being transported to the mobile home park. Here they are sited on a base and connected to electric, water, and sewer services. Since park model homes are designed for easy maintenance, owners are unlikely to be faced with sudden major repair bills. Another key difference between a traditional house and a park model home is size. While park models come in different sizes, in most cases,... [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...]

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