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Explore Virginia

August 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Explore Virginia

The Governor’s Palace at Williamsburg American history in Virginia goes back over 400 years, and when exploring the Old Dominion, the rich layers of that experience naturally seep into one another. So, when soaking in the majesty of the Shenandoah Mountains, you will bump into the Civil War legacies of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson for the Confederacy and Philip Sheridan for the Union Army. When exploring the Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge, you will learn that George Washington was there long before you, surveying on one his first jobs. The Natural Bridge that was one of early America’s “Seven Natural Wonders” is on land once owned by Thomas Jefferson. Another of Virginia’s natural marvels, the Great Falls of the Potomac and Mather Gorge, is accessed by the historic towpath of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that was one of the country’s first great public works projects. When you want to meander through Virginia’s quaint small towns,... [Read more...]

Explore Colorado

August 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Explore Colorado

Red Rock Formations at the Garden of the Gods Most folks traveling from the east in the 1800s ended up at the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado – unless they were hunting gold or trying to make it to the West Coast.  Because of this, the range’s prominent craggy heights, Pikes Peak, became the most famous and most visited mountain in America. English professor Katharine Lee Bates was so moved upon visiting Pikes Peak in the 1890s that she wrote “America the Beautiful.” The Rocky Mountains are indeed a formidable travel obstacle; Pikes Peak is one of 53 mountains that stand taller than 14,000 feet. The lowest point in Colorado is higher than the highest point in 18 states. When Route 66 -the Mother Road- was being planned from Chicago to Los Angeles, it rolled due south away from Lake Michigan so motorists could avoid the Colorado highlands altogether. Today, RVers can explore Colorado and poke into all the corners of the Centennial State – founded... [Read more...]

RV Resorts in the Great Lakes Region

August 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Great Lakes region is as distinct as it is magical; a unique area that you have to experience to truly understand. Rich in nautical history and natural beauty, there is always something new to discover and enjoy along the vast coastlines of the Great Lakes – the perfect playground for any age. Spend a day at one of the countless beaches where the family can play in the golden sands or swim in the cool blue depths of these freshwater lakes. Cast your line out for some of the best freshwater fishing ever and hook native species like lake trout, salmon, walleye, perch, smallmouth bass and steelhead. Visit quaint coastal towns where you can enjoy gorgeous lake views, boutique shopping and fabulous fresh cuisine. Sun RV Resort Westard Ho, Glenbeulah, WI Stay at one of these RV resorts in the Great Lakes region. On the western shoreline of Wisconsin, right on Lake Michigan, is the city of Sheboygan, known as “the spirit of the lake.” Sheboygan offers fantastic beaches, fishing, shopping,... [Read more...]

Camping In August

August 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping In August

RV travel is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to vacation and August is prime camping season. The timing could not be better. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Valley of Fire State Park is located near Lake Mead RV Village on Echo Bay. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road. Each journey represents a passage, whether it’s an adventure to a new state, a new attraction, or an outing with friends. Natural beauty abounds when least expected, and surprises wait at every turn of the road. The distance doesn’t matter. It’s what you see out your window in the morning that counts. But finding the right spot to park your RV can be a headache for any owner—especially if you want a spectacular view. Check... [Read more...]

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 · 2 Comments 

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...]

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