Helena, MT has a lot going for it! It is in the heart of the Rockies, it’s Montana’s state capital, and it is conveniently located between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But for us RVers, Helena does not have the benefit of offering much in RV site accommodations! There is one lone RV park, located 10 miles north of the city limits, called the Lincoln Road RV Park. And while I hear that it is a nice park to stay at, it is, as they have stated themselves when we have tried to make reservations, ‘more of a retirement community park’ - leaving many traveling families high and dry when it comes to a place to stay if they are considering visiting this lovely city. A few weeks ago, thanks to some fabulous fulltime friends, we discovered a campground, right outside of city limits, that we did not know about even though I/we have lived in the Helena community for nearly 40 years. The local Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds has a 22 site campground... [Read more...]
Sunland RV Resorts has opened the doors of its two desert locations to those who have been displaced by the Southern California wildfire. Residents of the affected cities can receive a free night at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, or Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, through July 25, 2013. The affected cities include: Bonita Vista, Mountain Center, Idyllwild, Pine Spring Ranch, Pinyon Pines, Pine Cove and Fern Valley. “We understand that these situations are scary and stressful for everyone involved,” stated Michael Carle, General Manager of Golden Village Palms RV Resort. “It is our goal to help our surrounding communities by giving families a place to go if they have been evacuated or are seeking a safer environment.” The free night is available only to residents in affected areas, and RVs are required to stay on site. Domestic animals only, as Sunland RV Resorts cannot accommodate other animals including livestock. Reservations are required. To view additional... [Read more...]
Healthy servings of Southern hospitality await RVing families who stay at these parks. The beautiful architecture and welcoming locals found in the surrounding areas are added bonuses. Catherine’s Landing At Hot Spring, Hot Springs, Arkansas, boasts custom cottages, yurts and a community lodge as well as private boat ramps and pontoon boat rentals just minutes from historic downtown Hot Springs. Ready for some fun in the sun? Live Oak Landing (pictured) in Freeport, Florida, is within minutes of the Emerald Coast beaches and features a new screened-in Saline Pool, RV sites, resort cottages, private boat ramp and dock leading strait to Chochtawhatchee Bay, the Gulf, and local rivers. More watery fun beckons at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, with a huge swimming pool, 18 shuffleboard courts, mini golf, pro horseshoe courts, hot tubs, a billiard room, lawn boules, lighted tennis courts and a 10 acre fishing lake. If Georgia’s on your mind, head to Pine Mountain An RVC Outdoor Destination in... [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...]
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...]
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