School may be starting, but there’s still plenty of time for a weekend of R&R on the Central Oregon Coast. Load up the family and go RV camping to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. This coastal wonderland offers dozens of ways to relax and enjoy the weekend. We’ve narrowed it down to four top tips for making the most of your Honeyman State Park RV camping vacation.

Reserve an Awesome Campsite

With the second largest camping area in Oregon, Honeyman State Park has plenty of options when it comes to scenic campsites. Close to the park’s famous dunes, Lakes Cleawox and Woahink and plenty of hiking trails, the campground becomes the center your Oregon RV camping weekend.  Book one of more than three hundred campsites before you come, to make sure you have the services you prefer.

Jump, Boat or Fish in a Lake

Not only will your campsite be a quick drive to the beach, you’ll also be just down the road from two breathtaking, tree-lined lakes. Cleawox Lake is a highly-praised swimming spot, with tall, Pacific Ocean dunes on one side and a forest of pines on the other. It’s a great place to paddle the shoreline in a kayak and watch for wildlife, as well.

Woahink Lake is also within Honeyman State Park’s boundaries, and offers a different experience for Oregon RV travelers. Much larger than Cleawox, Woahink is the perfect spot to enjoy a day on jet skis or behind a ski boat. Fishing here for largemouth bass and yellow perch is also popular among anglers, so don’t forget your gear!

Hike the Dunes!

Did we mention the presence of two-mile-wide sand dunes that lead to the Pacific while providing a backdrop for Lake Cleawox?

Many park visitors spend a day or two learning the joys of dune hiking, or for more adventurous souls, sandboarding, up and down these windswept formations. Either way, the views are awesome, so you’ll be glad you reached the summit. Don’t own sandboards? Look for local outfitters in nearby Florence, OR who’ll be happy to supply what you need.   shutterstock_57728056_Oregon_coast

Take an OHV Adventure

One of the main reasons people come to the Central Oregon Coast is to embark on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) adventure at Honeyman’s dunes and adjacent Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. With miles of dunes designated for OHV use, you’re sure to find an area suited to your level of riding skill.

Just off Highway 101 and filled with possibilities, Honeyman State Park is ready to help your family relax and rejuvenate before school is back in full swing! Take time right now to book your campsite, pack your RV or set up an RV rental and get ready to unwind at Oregon’s Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park.

If you’re a diehard college football fan, you’re already counting the days until NCAA football tailgating begins. In 2015, that date is August 29, when the North Dakota State Bison battle it out with the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula. There’s still time to buy tickets for your favorite college games and stock up for all your RV tailgating favorites! Here’s your step-by-step guide.

Step One: Pick Your Games

College FootballIf you’ve got season tickets for your favorite college teams, awesome! If you’re not that fortunate, it’s high time to order tickets. Whether you’re hitting the road to enjoy FBS or FCS football, use this link to find NCAA football schedules and then secure your seats at the games.

 

Step Two: Know Your Tailgating Guidelines

Football fans love tailgate parties and most stadiums love to accommodate the fun. The best recipe for football RV tailgating is knowing where and when fans can set up their mobile kitchens. Check the website for the stadiums you’ll be visiting—that’s where you’ll find tailgating tips and guidelines.

Step Three: Pick Your Transportation

Will you be traveling long distance to ‘away’ games or watching a game just down the road? Next question: what kind of college football tailgating do you most enjoy—gourmet grilling and serving up exotic sides or setting up a quick picnic in the parking lot?

Knowing if you’ll need overnight accommodations and how you plan to party pregame will help you pick your best transportation for game day. RV comfort and affordability make football weekends even more enjoyable. And you can’t beat the convenience and versatility of preparing tailgating favorites in an RV kitchen. Prep your RV now for game day, and if you need help with an RV rental, we’re here!

Step Four: Pick Your Tailgating Menus

Send one through the goal posts this college football season by creating your best RV tailgating menus ever. It’s easy when you consider three things: how will you be cooking, how much time will you have and who will you be serving?

Will you be bringing the grill along? Everything from salmon to bacon-wrapped brats can be grilled at the stadium. Does the family love foil packet specialties or do they cheer when you break out the tailgate pizza? It’s all possible with your great plan for groceries and gear. Lucky for you there’s plenty of storage in an RV kitchen!

Here’s a handy guide to tailgating recipes you’ll want to try out on your fan base.

Step Five: Show your College Football Pride

Dress up your RV tailgating space with plenty of team bling to ramp up the pregame frenzy. Check your local fan merchandise stores or your team’s licensed apparel website for banners, flags, cookware and apparel. The crowd will go wild!

What could be better than sharing great food at the stadium with your favorite college football fans? Pick your games, buy your tickets, find the right RV and plan for exceptional RV tailgating meals. It’s NCAA football time!

Pennsylvania is home to state park RV camping adventures too numerous to count. In honor of late summer campers, we’ve narrowed it down to three special spots every RV camper should visit before summer is gone. Let us know if you go! We’d love to hear your stories in the comments section below.

Worlds End State Park

Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains provide the perfect setting for end-of-summer fun. Worlds End State Park, an hour west of Kingston, PA, is tucked in a lush, green valley cooled by the waters of Loyalsock Creek.   PA State Park

Let the family swim, fish for trout and hike the rugged trails before coming home to your campsite in the forest. With 30-amp sites available, you can be comfortable while enjoying the beauty of this scenic valley. Here’s a brochure from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation on the recreation opportunities at Worlds End State Park.

Cook Forest State Park

Western Pennsylvania’s Cook Forest State Park is the place to go for late summer hiking and paddling. The Clarion River, a shallow waterway safe for family canoe, kayak and tubing adventures, splashes along through the old-growth forests that make this state park irresistible to nature lovers.

Campsites shaded by hemlock and pine range along the river and near trails that lead to scenic bridges, rocky hillsides and the park’s famous ‘Forest Cathedral’. Reserve your Cook Forest State Park campsite (30 and 50 amp sites available) and make this your late summer getaway.

Bald Eagle State Park

One more gloriously green location for late summer camping is found in Northcentral PA. Bald Eagle State Park is home to Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, popular for boating, swimming and fishing. Plan to hike a woodland trail around Bald Eagle Mountain and keep an eye to the sky for the magnificent birds that give the park its name.

Dozens of electric and water campsites make camping here convenient, so book yours before you come. Be sure to pack the binoculars, hiking shoes and water recreation gear for maximum later summer fun. One more tip: the marina at Bald Eagle State Park offers rentals on kayaks, pontoons, jet skis and even bicycles, but reserve early if you’re coming for the weekend.

The Keystone State’s state parks and forests have something for every kind of late summer camper, whether you’re renting a Class C cabover RV or bringing the family fifth wheel. With thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, picturesque lakes and rivers and plenty of modern campsites, they’re custom-made for your end-of-summer getaway.

Keep us in mind at El Monte RV Rentals in Pennsylvania or nearby Linden, New Jersey if lack of a motorhome is keeping you from camping. Pennsylvania is prime camping territory and there’s still time to find your favorite spot this summer.

How many times have you said, “Next year we’ll camp in Florida?” Two hundred miles northwest of Miami and less than two hours’ drive southwest of Orlando, Sarasota is the perfect place to get your feet wet in Florida family RV camping. And the kids will love you for it! Here are three ways to thrill the kids when you make Sarasota your family’s RV camping destination.

Run Away to the Circus!

John and Mabel Ringling, the couple who helped introduce America to the circus, once lived in a fabulous mansion on Sarasota Bay. Now a part of “The Ringling”, a public attraction that includes a circus museum, the Ringling mansion, a world-class art museum and a dizzying collection of all things circus, this stop is a must for families camping in Sarasota.

Wander the grounds and experience this beloved destination as you learn about John Ringling’s fascinating life and the circus whose winter home was once Sarasota.

Hit the Beach!

Florida’s Gulf Coast is nowhere more spectacular than on Sarasota Bay, where six islands (“keys”) sit in the sparkling water, waiting to enchant your family. The white sand beaches on the keys off Sarasota offer RV camping families endless days of fun. Build sand castles, splash in the surf and search for shells with the little ones, while older kids tour the shoreline on stand up paddle boards. No matter what your family loves to do at the beach, you’ll find a place to do it along Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota Beach Hot Tips: Turtle Beach, run by Sarasota County, has a full-service RV campground and the chance to see the sea turtles that give this beach its name. You’ll also want to visit celebrated Siesta Key Beach to find out why it’s one of the most popular in America.

Go on a Gator Safari!

Reserve a campsite at Myakka River State Park and open the door to outdoor adventures the whole family will enjoy. From searching for alligators from the safety of an enclosed airboat tour to a walk among the treetops on the park’s Canopy Walkway, this state park offers enough excitement for an entire camping vacation.

Families who love to explore from the water will find dozens of special places to canoe or kayak along the shores of two lakes and the river within the park’s boundaries. Set up camp at the park and then plan to hike, paddle and tour your way through the wonders of nature.

Ready to discover Sarasota and Florida’s spectacular Gulf Coast on your next family camping vacation? All it takes is a Florida RV rental and a sense of adventure. With so many ways to thrill the kids in Sarasota, get ready to hear them say, “This was the best vacation ever!”

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