Category: RV Campgrounds
Resurgence of the Polar vortex and snow in 49 of the 50 states was good news for the Sunbelt. Las Vegas RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Campgrounds in southern California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona are seeing a boom in occupancy for December–March with travelers seeking a respite from this winter’s ravaging snow and plummeting temperatures. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that more than 1 million RVers will use their RV this winter to head to warmer climates, spending on average 12 weeks at campgrounds throughout the Sunbelt. “RVing has always been popular in the winter months but this year has been exceptionally successful for campgrounds. Every segment of traveler is discovering that RVing is affordable, easy and most importantly, flexible,” says Richard Coon, RVIA president. “RVers can stay at a campground for as long as they would like or travel throughout the season without worrying about any long-term commitments, an... [Read more...]
Take your pets with you for snowbird adventures when you travel to these RV parks in the southwest United States. At Good Life RV Resort, a Cal Am Resort in Mesa, Arizona, pets can run loose in a new, fenced-in dog park equipped with ramps, hoops and other dexterity equipment designed for exercise and fun. Two other Cal Am Resorts—Sun Life RV Resort in Mesa Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise—also welcome pets. To the east, American RV Park in Albuquerque features a dog park located conveniently near the center of the park, making it easy for guests to give their pooches some much-needed exercise.
Southern hospitality extends to dogs, too, at these pet-friendly parks located below the Mason Dixon line. In Sunseeker’s RV Park, Fort Myers, a 1,600-square-foot dog run features benches for dogs’ owners as well as obstacles to keep Fido in shape. Head to west to Texas, where leashed, well-behaved canines are welcome throughout the Northlake Village RV Park in Roanoke. San Antonio’s Travelers World RV Resort, a Carefree Resort, hosts a Planned Pethood Adoption and Charity Drive to raise money for local animal shelters. The event is a hit among the pet-owning guests, who are welcome to the amenity-rich RV park.
Camp with the best. Stay at the RV parks that landed on our 2014 list of Top Rated Parks, an elite group of RV parks that has each earned a rating of 29 or higher from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. This exclusive list of is taken from the guide’s database of more than 8,000 privately owned RV parks, all of which are included in the 2014 edition of the annual print directory and can be found online at GoodSamCamping.com. Some of these parks are situated in destination areas and can accommodate travelers seeking long-term stays. Others can be found along popular travel corridors for long-term, cross-country trips. Regardless of their locations, these parks have one thing in common: They’ve achieved excellent marks in the areas of amenities, cleanliness and environment. You can count on the quality at these parks. Each park has been reviewed in person by one of the Good Sam RV Park Review Teams, who use the Good Sam Rating System to grade campgrounds on a 1 to... [Read more...]
Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind when you hit the road. Stay at the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks for a hassle-free RV camping trip for you and your pets. These RV parks stand out for amenities and special services tailored to RVing owners of animals. This select group of parks caters to pet owners who want to their animals to have as much fun on the road as their owners. A number RV parks on the list have fenced-in dog runs on their property, while others have a pet trails for walking. Some of the parks even offer free treats and toys to pets traveling in RVs. You’ll even find fenced in dog-wash stations in some parks. Facts about RV Pet Owners If you travel with your dog, you’re not alone. According the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, more than 50 percent of RV travelers bring pets on their travels. Among pet owners who take their animals on the road, 78 percent bring dogs, 15 percent travel with cats and the... [Read more...]
The lights! The glitz! The shine! Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the park’s 42,000 acres. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show. When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head out to Valley of Fire, Nevada’s first state park, so designated in 1935. With its blood-red sandstone cliffs and weird rock formations, there’s an other-worldly feeling here. Valley of Fire State Park is 55 miles—and a few light-years—northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Sculpted, chiseled, and twisted red rock formations more dramatic than most others we have seen dominate the park’s 42,000 acres. We felt as though we had been transported to the alien surface another planet. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great... [Read more...]
While we were exploring southern Louisiana off of I-10, we spent four nights at Poche’s Fish n’ Camp. Located just a few miles east of Lafayette, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this RV park was the perfect place to base camp out of and to also spend a few days relaxing. Poche’s has lots of “Louisiana-flavor” and is very unique! The office is a small wooden cabin that’s decorated with all sorts of fishing paraphernalia, and there is a small store (2 shelving units) inside that features popular products like laundry soap and canned pork and beans. We were tickled with our site at Poche’s—in all, there are 88 sites that are long and level. Most are concrete pads that will easily accommodate a 40′ class A with a toad parked across the front (there are a few pull-thus, but most are back in). Each site has a fire ring, and the sites have full hookups; both 30 and 50 amp are available. All sites have nice grassy yards, and the grounds are obviously... [Read more...]
Winter is a great time for hiking. While winter hiking was not a favorite activity of mine when living in the Midwest, once we moved to the Southwest, winter weather just can’t keep me indoors. In fact, at least once or twice every week my husband and I find ourselves headed out for a hike. But when hiking in the winter, it is important to be prepared and to have the correct equipment. Winter conditions can be unpredictable, so a reliable source of weather information is essential, as is common sense. Even if you have a hike planned for the day, if the temperature is too cold or a serious storm is brewing, put it off until another day. While it can be magical hiking in light snow, it is not worth taking your life in your hands if the snow is heavy, which could make it impossible for you to get back safely, or if it is accompanied by high winds. A “glacier” in our path My ever-trusty hiking poles are something that accompany me on every winter hike, and most hikes the rest... [Read more...]
As its name implies, Southern Charm Carefree RV resort offers the legendary hospitality that’s well known in the region below the Mason Dixon Line. Located in historic Zephyrhills, Florida, Southern Charm is surrounded by trees, and the 497 grassy full-hookup sites include concrete patios and private picnic tables. On the picturesque grounds, guests can leisurely stroll down the dock to enjoy the quaint gazebo, which is surrounded by water. Ready for a dip? Simply slip into the relaxing hot tub or jump into the resort’s heated swimming pool. Other on-site activities available include sand volleyball, horseshoes, billiards and shuffleboard. The community’s social calendar boasts group crafts, dance lessons, bingo, card games, ice cream socials and outdoor country star music shows several times a season. Southern Charm is also Rally Central‑groups will find lots of space for gatherings and facilities to handle events of all sizes. The grounds include a large recreation hall with... [Read more...]
Rainbow Village in Largo, Florida, covers the full spectrum of RV relaxation. RVers who enter won’t want to leave this tranquil resort, situated in one of Sunshine State’s most compelling regions. Located in vibrant Largo—the fourth largest city in the Tampa Bay area—Rainbow Village RV Resort provides a peaceful retreat for the resort’s 55-plus community. The 307 well-manicured, grassy sites are spacious enough to accommodate the big rigs, and many also include private picnic tables and concrete pads. Carefree’s Rainbow Village nurtures a close-knit community by maintaining a busy activities schedule that includes crafts, dancing, bingo, church services, power walking and all sort of card games. Friends old and new come together playing billiards, shuffleboard, Pétanque, bocce ball, horseshoes and swimming in the heated pool. Amenities include Wi-Fi access, barbecues, laundry facilities, 30/50-amp power, a pet area and a library. Musical events will keep guests... [Read more...]