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Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

April 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

We recently toured Petrified Forest National Park, one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures, and archeological sites. We entered a mysterious world of ancient trees turned to stone along the 0.75-mile Crystal Forest trail. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The experience exceeded our expectations. The park is actually composed of two sections: the north section is a colorful badlands called the Painted Desert, and the southern section contains most of the petrified wood. The park consists of a 28-mile road that offers numerous overlooks and winds through the mesas and wilderness. Visitors can also choose to hike a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The land below is awash in burnt sienna, deep maroon, dusty purple and sprinkled here and there with vibrant green plants. While touring Petrified Forest National Park, we used OK RV Park at nearby Holbrook as our home base. Located 26 miles west of the park along... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Rallies & Group Events – a Wonderful Way to Stay Connected

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Rallies & Group Events – a Wonderful Way to Stay Connected

   Vacationing can be an occasion to bring people together, and many campgrounds and RV resorts have special areas dedicated specifically for this purpose. From organized rallies to family reunions, group vacations are a wonderful way to stay connected and have something to look forward to year after year. Some resorts, such as Orange City RV Resort in Orange City, Florida, and Club Naples RV Resort in Naples, Florida are designed in a way that is particularly rally-friendly, which makes it easy to partition off sections of the resort or have dedicated areas for these groups. Other resorts, like Indian Creek RV & Camping Resort in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio, have an indoor, climate controlled pavilion that rally groups can utilize and which easily holds up to 250 comfortably. Groups come for varying lengths of time from a weekend to a week or more, and have full access to all the fantastic resort amenities during their entire stay.Rallies provide a sense of comradery and community... [Read more...]

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

Crave more out of your summer vacation than the norm: beaches, beaches, and more beaches?  Want to see the biggest skies you’ve ever laid eyes on??  If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then head to a little town with BIG views: Anaconda, Montana! Nestled in the beautiful mountainous southwestern region of Montana, Anaconda is eight miles north of the Continental Divide.  Once a thriving industrial community, Anaconda is now visited mostly for its natural beauty, characterized by its crystal-clear lakes, towering snow-capped mountains, densely timbered forests, and immense outdoor recreational opportunities. Set up camp at the lovely Hunters RV Park (see picture above) and bask in the most gorgeous views you have ever seen!  Then head downtown and visit the historic Washoe Theater for a taste of the old Anaconda.  Arrange the dates for your stay for July so that you can take a stroll through Art in Washoe Park.  This fabulous arts and crafts show features delicious... [Read more...]

Congrats to Anvil Campground for 60 Years Serving RVers

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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...]

Click and Explore North America

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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

March 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

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

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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...]

Carefree’s Awe-Inspiring Indian Wells Resort

March 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

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

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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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