Category: Family Weekend Trips
With a welcoming environment and stellar scenery, Canada beckons families from across the world. The following RV parks provide a family-friendly mix of wholesome amenities and proximity to fabulous attractions. At Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre (pictured), Acheson, Alberta, families can enjoy the largest park in Edmonton, a stellar city that’s home to the West Edmonton Mall and world-class golf courses. Head east to Ontario to escape at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, Fonthill, for jaw-dropping one-acre swimming pool, giant water slide, kiddie’s splash pool and daily activities. Also in Ontario is Campark Resorts Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls. Also in the area is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, with large wooded sites, big rig pull-thru sites, furnished cabins and rental trailers.
Does your family like sky-high mountains? How about plains that stretch on forever? The RV parks located in America’s frontier west give clans a chance to walk the footsteps of westward pioneers who tamed a continent. Find out what John Denver meant by Rocky Mountain High when you stay at Colorado Springs KOA in Fountain, just a few minutes’ drive from the red-rock spires of Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and shops and restaurants of Manitou Springs. Equally stunning mountain vistas await at Chris’ Camp in Spearfish, South Dakota. This full-service campground has three pools, shaded or open view sites, a petting farm and free tour-planning assistance. Also in the Mount Rushmore State is Rapid City’s Hart Ranch Resort, which boasts a heated pool, hot tubs, mini-golf, frisbee golf, tennis, shuffleboard, clubhouse and restaurant at the foot of the Black Hills. Rafter J Ranch Camping Resort (pictured) in nearby Hill City has a swimming complex, hot tub, alpine meadows... [Read more...]
Boating, fishing and hiking are just a few of the diversions found along the coastlines of the Great Lakes. You’ll also find lots of great times inland in the heartland. Stay at these parks to discover what America’s great north-central states have to offer to traveling families. With more freshwater coastline than any other state, Michigan ranks high among RVing families looking for a variety of water sports. At Covenant Hills Camp, in Otisville, families can relax on the banks of the Grand River or rent bikes to explore the surrounding area. Also in Michigan is Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe, where go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages and large event weekends will keep your family smiling. Myers Lake Campground (pictured) in Byron boasts bountiful Christian hospitality, an alcohol-free setting and a pristine shore on Michigan’s “other great lake.” Silver Creek RV Resort in Mears is nestled near Silver Lake State Park and just minutes from magnificent Lake Michigan,... [Read more...]
Are you one of the many RV families across North America who is hitting the road in a recreational vehicle? We’ve got a list of RV parks and campgrounds that are geared for family-friendly camping. These locations were chosen by the editors and consultants of the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, so you know that each one meets high standards of quality. Every park on this list shares some key common denominators: family-friendly amenities like pools and play structures; close proximity to fun travel locations that the whole family will enjoy; and wholesome activities and pleasant environment. In short, these are places where your clan is guaranteed to have a great time. We’ve divided the campgrounds in this list by region, so you can make sure that wherever you travel in North America, it won’t be hard to find a park that helps your family relax and play in the great outdoors. Far West Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Acheson, Alberta Bissell’s... [Read more...]
Come to New England for the amazing fall colors and bucolic charm. Stay for the colonial history and cosmopolitan cities. Let these RV parks serve as jumping-off points for trips into Americana. Located in the charming town of East Killingly, Stateline Campresort and Cabins features fun-filled activities, rental units, and spring, summer and fall specials. At Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, guests can relax on the beach or around one of the pools. A short drive will bring families to ferries to the islands, or take a day trip to Provincetown or Hyannis. Also in Massachusetts, families will feel at home in Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (pictured) in Foxboro, with a heated pool, lots of activities and lots of nature trails. Friendly Beaver Campground, in New Boston, New Hampshire, features indoor and outdoor Pools, gazebos, new cabins, and theme weekends and activities for children young and old.
RVers love national parks. Visitors can explore Congaree National Park by canoe, kayak, or on foot by using the over 25 miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of the Boardwalk Loop Trail. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved From snow-capped glacial peaks to meandering coastal shorelines and from white sand deserts to steep gorges and canyons, some of America’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions are found within its extensive national park system. Most people know about the popular and most-visited parks including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, and Zion. Coping with crowds at national parks can get tiresome, especially during peak travel seasons. America is jam packed with national parks but the problem is that the most popular are just that—popular. They’re often crowded with loud tourists, littered with garbage people simply can’t seem to take home with them, or slowed down by traffic jams as tourists stop to take pictures of wildlife or search for... [Read more...]
“…In early July 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell” Well, at least my momma knows what species I am. As the story goes, sixty-six years ago, a rancher named W.W. Mack Brazel checked his sheep after a thunderstorm and found debris made of a strange metal scattered in many directions. He noticed a shallow trench several hundred feet long had been gorged into the desert landscape. Brazel said he was struck by the unusual properties of the debris and dragged large pieces of it to a shed. A day or two later, Brazel drove his rusty pickup down to the county seat of Roswell (New Mexico) and reported the incident to Chaves County Sheriff George Wilcox, who reported it to Maj. Jesse Marcel, intelligence officer for the 509th Bomb Group, stationed at Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF). In their book, A History of UFO Crashes, UFO researchers Don Schmitt and Kevin Randle say their research shows military radar had been tracking an unidentified flying object... [Read more...]
Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument located approximately 11 miles north of the park. It’s not actually a well and has nothing to do with Montezuma but being wrongly named doesn’t detract at all from its serene beauty. It’s NOT a well and Montezuma was never here! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This unique geological feature is a limestone sink formed long ago by the collapse of an immense underground cavern. This continuous flow of warm, fresh water has created a lush, verdant oasis in the middle of desert grassland. Such a reliable source of life-giving water has lured humans for thousands of years, although Montezuma was never one of them. Early settlers to the area believed that the exquisitely-preserved five-story cliff dwelling belonged to Aztec emperor Montezuma. In truth, the “castle” was built by the Sinagua and was deserted a century before Montezuma was born. Yet the name stuck to both the ruins and the beautiful pond which... [Read more...]
If you are traveling in Canada on the long week-end of July, you might want to check out the various celebrations that will be happening throughout the country on July 1st. Why? Well, if you are not from Canada, you might not know that July 1st is the national day of Canada (aka Canada Day) – a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act on July 1, 1867. In 1867, Canada consisted of only Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Since then our beautiful country is made up with ten provinces and three territories. So what can you expect from the various celebrations that will be happening in Canada on that week-end. Many outdoors events will be happening like parades, carnivals festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks and free musical concerts. I won’t expand on all the events going through Canada as I would take a whole book to do so. Consequently, I will write about what is going on... [Read more...]
“Paso por aqui, el adelantado Don Juan de Oñate, del descubrimiento de la mar del sur a 16 de Abril de 1605.” El Morro is Spanish for headland or bluff. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Translated, the inscription proclaims: “Passed by here, the expedition leader Don Juan de Oñate, from the discovery of the Sea of the South the 16th of April of 1605.” While Oñate’s inscription is the oldest Spanish carving found on El Morro, he was not the first Spaniard to see the mesa. In March 1583, Diego Pérez de Luxan, chronicler of an exploring expedition led by Antonio de Espejo, recorded in his journal that the party had camped at a location he called El Estanque de Peñol (The Place at the Great Rock). However, no record of the expedition’s passing has been found on the mesa. People had been carving messages on Inscription Rock in the high desert of northwestern New Mexico for centuries before de Oñate, the first Spanish Conquistador to organize a colony in New Mexico, came... [Read more...]