With colorful local characters and rich yields of precious metal, Cripple Creek, Colorado, earned a reputation as the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Today, visitors can still find treasure in the town’s casinos, museums, live theater and fun-filled ambience. Located the base of Pikes Peak, Cipple Creek is surrounded by the rich Pike National Forest, giving nature lovers lots of opportunities to explore Colorado’s outdoors at its finest. There’s also a lot of action indoors. Cripple Creek’s Casinos feature state-of-the-art slot machines, blackjack or poker. Shopping and dining also abound in the town’s classic streets. Fans of the stage will enjoy the Butte Theater, which dates back to the Gold Rush and continues to host plays. Love trains? The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad transports passengers into the Rocky Mountains’ Gold Rush past. With its fully restored steam locomotives and 1894 station house, the railroad is one of the area’s favorite family... [Read more...]
Despite recent news reports of wildfires in southern Colorado, RV travelers shouldn’t be discouraged from enjoying some of the Centennial state’s most spectacular attractions in areas untouched by blazes. Take Cañon City, for example. Although parts of nearby Royal Gorge were hit by fire, Cañon City continues to beckon visitors with its small-town charm. Near the geographic center of Colorado, about two hours south of Denver and 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs, Canon City is located in a mountain bowl along the Arkansas River valley as it flows east from the Rocky Mountains and the mouth of the Royal Gorge. A combination of unique geography and an elevation of 5,300 feet above sea level protects the city from harsh weather conditions, making Cañon City “the Climate Capital of Colorado,” with temperatures generally 10 degrees warmer than other nearby Colorado communities. Locals say Cañon City is one of only a few cities along the Front Range that has predominantly... [Read more...]
Do you ever drive for hours, arrive at your campsite and then realize that you don’t have any cold beverages at hand? Well, here’s a nifty low-tech trick for chilling beer, wine, soda, bottled water and juice quickly. Get a large galvanized bucket, cooler or even a stockpot. Fill it with ice, add water and about a cup or two of table salt. Submerge the beverage containers and within fifteen minutes or so, you’ll have a nice cold drink in hand. Try it! I love this method because I can buy room temperature beverages and cool them quickly and effortlessly on a hot day. I also like this method because it’s an easy way to serve cold drinks, preferably just water, to kids on a hot day–it keeps them from opening and closing the fridge or the cooler endlessly!
Did you know that Olympic National Park is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year? On June 29, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law and established Olympic National Park. This massive park, located in Washington State, consists of 922,651 protected acres, 70 miles of rugged windswept coastline, and three distinct ecosystems. The park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world and was nearly named “Elk National Park.” For more information on these magnificent animals, click here. For historical information and tips for planning your trip, click here. On June 29th, all entrance fees to the park will be waived. Have you been to Olympic National Park recently or not so recently?
Last week, it was our 15th wedding anniversary. Unbeknown to me, my husband had decided to take a day off. What should we do during the day? There was one thing I hoped to be able to go see before the exhibition leave town – The Star Wars Identities exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, ON. We decided to go visit it with the kids that day. I wasn’t sure what to expect and let me tell you that we had a blast during our visit. We had agreed that we would take our time and enjoy the exhibit as much as possible since we have to pay extra to see it. The whole exhibition will allow you to interactively discover and learn more about Star Wars on a whole new level. You will also have the possibility to build up your own character of Star Wars during the process. It took us about three hours to go through the exhibit at a relatively slow pace. We took the time to read as much as possible, listen to all the interactive spots, and answer... [Read more...]
Let Rand McNally’s Good Sam GPS map out a route that fits your vehicle type and travel preferences. The 7-inch, high-definition RVND™ 7725-LM comes loaded with complete information about 14,000 RV Parks—including 2,200+ Good Sam Parks—from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide database. This, combined with award-winning Rand McNally navigation tools and extensive map content, puts all of the traveling resources you need at your fingertips. Built by Rand McNally especially for the Good Sam Club, the Good Sam GPS takes into account the challenges faced by recreational vehicles. Choose from 11 RV and car categories to set driving parameters, view map details on the full-color touchscreen and get free updated Lifetime maps of your trip. The device relays turn-by-turn directions through a large speaker and enables you to search RV parks by location or amenities. The Good Sam GPS can also be used in car mode for side trip in your dinghy vehicle. Planning Your Trip The Good Sam GPS gives you... [Read more...]
Good Sam’s new online Search by Map feature enables RVers to chart a course to any of the 14,000 RV parks in our database, including 2,200 Good Sam Parks. Simply enter a city and state/province or postal code of your destination, and you’ll get a map of the region you’re visiting, with nearby RV Parks marked by pins. Good Sam Parks are indicated by pins bearing the smiling halo-topped mascot. Nearby Camping World SuperCenters and attractions appear with the distinctive blue “CW” icon. The map does a lot more than just show locations of RV parks and resources. Click on the campground icon and a window will pop up showing the campground’s ratings, contact information and whether the campground offers Wi-Fi or is pet-friendly. Also included is a link to the park’s Good Sam Camping details page, giving you a complete guide of amenities, features and RV facilities. You can also use our search filters to show only the types of RV parks you’re looking for, and zoom in for... [Read more...]
Savvy RVers know that planning is an important part of any RV trip. In addition to preparing your vehicle for the highways, it’s critical to get information about the attractions, resources and, most important, RV parks that lie along your route. Good Sam Camping’s Search by Map feature gives travelers the “lay of the land” of any travel destination in North America. The new feature enables RVers to chart a course to any of the 14,000 RV parks in our database, including 2,200+ Good Sam Parks. Simply enter a city and state/province or postal code of your destination, and you’ll get a map of the region you’re visiting, with nearby RV Parks marked by pins. Good Sam Parks are indicated by pins bearing the smiling halo-topped mascot. Nearby Camping World SuperCenters and attractions also appear. Click on the campground icon and a window will pop up showing the campground’s ratings, contact information and icons indicating whether it offers Wi-Fi or is pet-friendly.... [Read more...]
Come to a Camping World/Good Sam Rally for entertainment, fun-filled events and exhibits of exciting new products and vehicles. Leave with great memories, new stuff and an enhanced knowledge of the RV lifestyle. You might even drive off in a new RV. This year, Camping World and Good Sam are holding two Rallies geared for everyone from seasoned RVers to curious day-trippers checking out the lifestyle for the first time. First, we’re putting down stakes in Syracuse, New York, June 13 through 16, at the Empire Expo Center. We’re then taking our act to Atlanta, Georgia, October 17 through 20, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both events feature world-class music acts, hundreds of new RVs on exhibit, fun-filled events and informative seminars designed to help attendees get the most out of their lifestyle. The Rally also features quirky events that have become crowd favorites over the years. The Rally Dog Show gives attendees a chance to dress up their four-legged passengers and enter them... [Read more...]
The next Camping World/Good Sam Rally will open its doors in Syracuse, New York, June 13 through 16, the first time the popular RV event has been staged in the Northeast. Held at the Empire Expo Center, The Rally will feature new RVs, world-class entertainment, and fun-filled events and excursions for the novice and seasoned RVer alike. As always, the Rally will feature blockbuster musical acts. On Friday, June 14, Las Vegas star Wayne Newton will sing hits like “Heart,” “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Danke Schoen” and other songs that have made him a stage icon. Country music superstar Reba will take the stage on Saturday, June 15, to showcase the talents that made her a No. 1 recording artist and a popular television performer. Entertainment can also be found during the day. The Rally Dog Show gives attendees a chance to enter their four-legged mascots in competitions ranging from the Silliest Pet Trick to Best Biscuit Balance. Food Network chef Bob Blumer will also be on... [Read more...]