As promised, we’re continuing our series on RV camping while visiting the country’s best flea markets. Today’s post is for motorhome campers traveling to Colorado.

Colorado is prime bargain shopping territory, with more than three dozen flea markets across the state. Whether you’re picking up an RV rental in Denver or traveling to this Rocky Mountain state in your motorhome, you’re sure to find a flea market that piques your interest. We’ve made it easy to find the best of these bargain-filled expos by highlighting some local favorites.

Southern Colorado Flea Markets

The town of Pueblo, 30 minutes south of Colorado Springs, is home to the Sunset Flea Market every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More than one hundred vendors keep things interesting for bargain shoppers and the camping at Lake Pueblo State Park, just outside of town, is a big bonus.

Before you leave the region, be sure to swing up to the Colorado Springs Flea Market on East Platte Avenue. With as many as four hundred vendors each Saturday and Sunday (plus a farmers’ market on Fridays all summer) you’ll love the variety of goods to browse. Scenic campgrounds are abundant in the hometown of Pikes Peak—here’s a list of Colorado campgrounds to help start your search.

Denver Area Flea Markets

The Denver metro area is packed with flea market potential, and one of the most popular is the Paris Street Market in Littleton. Held at the Aspen Grove Shopping District the first Saturday of every month, May to October, this bargain shopper’s paradise features antiques, artisan creations and upscale collectibles.

Love to ferret out the unusual? Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood is the place to be for funky retro and vintage finds, courtesy of the Sweet William Market held final Saturdays from May to September.

One more must-visit event for RV travelers who love a good flea market is the Horseshoe Market in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood. Held one Saturday each in May, July and October, this much-loved outdoor market is your chance to taste, see and buy exceptional products.

While making the rounds of the Mile High City’s flea markets, consider camping at a Denver area state parks. Cherry Creek State Park and Reservoir in Aurora or Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden are top-rated by RV travelers.

Flea Markets beyond Denver

As you head north from the Denver area, make a stop in Boulder to experience something a little different than the normal flea market. The Firefly Handmade Market in July and September has a home in the historic 29th Street District, with a goal of introducing local artisans to shoppers.

And what RV camping bargain hunter can pass up the chance to visit the “Largest Indoor Flea Market in Northern Colorado”? The Foothills Flea Market in Fort Collins is located along College Avenue, the city’s Antiques Row, where plenty of antiques and collectibles are waiting to be found.

By the way, camping in the Fort Collins area is an adventure in itself, thanks to the wide variety of camping venues in and near Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest. Book your campsite before you come to ensure a premier camping experience.

Imagine camping your way across Colorado, searching for the bargain of a lifetime. Plot your path and reserve your campsites, and be sure to let us know if we can help. It’s flea market season in Colorado!

A weekend food fest is the perfect excuse to head down the road in an RV. Today’s post is a delicious concoction of food fest and camping info from five of the best summer fests. Read on for what you need to know to plan your next RV camping trip to US food festivals.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival – Centreville, VA – May 30-31

Who knows what kind of fun RV campers could get into when two dozen Virginia wineries, a cavalcade of top-notch food trucks and a whole lot of food and wine lovers converge on Bull Run Regional Park? Great food, sassy music and the best of Virginia wines are featured at this fabulous outdoor festival just down the road from Manassas Battlefield. Get your tickets here and make it a weekend to remember!

Here’s a link to Virginia RV campgrounds. El Monte RV Rentals in Manassas is happy to help with the right RV for your trip.

Great Chowder Cook-Off – Newport, RI – June 6

If you love a good cuppa chowda, Rhode Island’s world-famous chowder fest is the place for your next RV camping trip. Heated competition for the chowder crown blends with spicy local bands and fun family activities at Fort Adams State Park.

Camp near Newport and make it a long weekend as you discover the mansions, beaches and local charm that make Newport an A-1 tourist destination. 

French Market Creole Tomato Fest – New Orleans, LA – June 13-14

Did you know a tomato imported from the West Indies is at the heart of many Creole culinary treats? The Creole tomato is so important to cuisine in New Orleans that a festival is held in its honor every June! Bring the family on this weekend RV trip and let the kids play in Dutch Alley, watch cooking demonstrations and, of course, sample savory dishes featuring the star of the festival.

Louisiana RV camping venues can be found here.

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival – Arcata, CA – June 20

Here’s the chance to visit California’s magnificent Redwood Coast and enjoy boatloads of fresh oysters as a bonus! The Arcata Bay Oyster Festival celebrates the bivalves that fuel this area’s aquaculture, and it’s a whole lot of fun for oyster lovers, too. Come sample oyster creations from talented chefs, watch cooking demonstrations and get in on family-friendly festival fun.

Eight national forests nearby supply unforgettable scenery as you camp, so plan to stay awhile after the festival. Here’s a list of California campgrounds, including those in the Arcata area. Bon appetit!

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas – Chicago, IL – June 18-21

Scenic Humboldt Park is the setting for this enormous celebration of Puerto Rico and its culture, music and cuisine. Come and sample, play and people watch with thousands of festival goers and don’t miss the parade on Saturday!

Camping in the Windy City is simple—just use our guide to point you in the right direction.

There’s so much to taste, see and do this summer in cities across America! Get started now making your RV camping plans to visit food festivals. Grab your knives and forks and be sure to let us know which ones you can’t wait to visit again next year.

If your family loves to get underground and explore, two caves in northeast Alabama should be your next RV camping destination. Only fifty miles apart, Russell Cave National Monument and Cathedral Caverns State Park will teach the kids about ancient civilizations and also thrill them with first-class natural wonders. Use our handy guide to camping and caving to plan your trip.

How to Get There

Russell Cave National Monument, in Bridgeport, Alabama, is a 45-minute drive from Chattanooga, TN on I-24W. It’s also only 2 hours south of Nashville on I-24E. Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content at this cave, head one hour south to Grant, Alabama on AL-2 and US-72 to find Cathedral Caverns.

What Will We See?

The attraction at Russell Cave is history! North America’s earliest inhabitants left clues to their cultures in this large shelter in the rocky face of Montague Mountain. The visitor center and museum houses excellent exhibits of the prehistoric artifacts archaeologists have unearthed on-site. The cave tour itself is restricted to the shelter just inside the cavern’s entrance, but it’s an easy hike and well worth the trip.

Russell Cave National Monument

Russell Cave National Monument

Take the time to take the cavern tour, check out the exhibits and videos at the museum and have a picnic on the park grounds. Teach the youngsters even more about nature with a hike along the North Alabama Birding Trail and a stroll through the park’s Wildflower Meadow. If the kids haven’t entered the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program at another national park, this would be a great place to start.

When you head south to Cathedral Caverns State Park, get ready to experience a wonderland of giant rock formations. From the enormous cavern entrance to record breaking collections of stalactites, stalagmites and other structures formed over the eons, there’s plenty to see and enjoy throughout the cave. Cave tours run seven days a week, every two hours beginning at 10 a.m. Young ones may also want to try their luck at finding gems in the ‘mining’ area and hiking the trails throughout the park’s picturesque setting.

Where to Camp?

There’s nothing quite like coming home to RV comfort after an exciting day of exploring underground! If you arrive early in the day at Cathedral Caverns, you may be able to snag one of the first-come, first-served water and electric campsites at the park. There are also several campgrounds within easy driving distance—Lake Guntersville State Park, just thirty minutes away, has a large RV campground and reasonable rates. You’ll find more information here about Alabama RV campgrounds.

Bonus Tip: Other Northeast Alabama Caves

Did you know that the rugged mountains and hollows of Alabama have more caves per mile than just about anywhere in the US? It’s true, and that’s why we wanted to give you more ideas for extending your Alabama camping and caving adventure.

If you’re camping at Lake Guntersville, take the Cave Trail to find a cozy little cavern along the way. For families on an extended trip, head south two hours to DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park for a day of adventure and a night of full-service RV camping on the grounds. Rickwood Caverns State Park near Birmingham also offers a small on-site campground and a cave tour that takes you and the youngsters seventeen stories below ground!

A trip to visit the caves of northeast Alabama means family fun time in exciting natural settings. Camping in an RV means comfort, safety and convenience while you’re there. Start planning this year’s caving and camping trip now and don’t forget to post your memories here in our comments section!

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Do you love paddling a canoe or kayak past jaw-dropping scenery? Then here’s all you need to know—it’s Spring in the Ozarks and the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is RV camping and paddling at its best. 

One-hundred twenty five miles north of Little Rock in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, it’s easy to reach this magnificent stretch of undammed water from almost anywhere in the US. Whether you’re coming from Dallas (seven hours on I-30) or Chicago (nine hours on I-55), it’s an easy long-weekend trek, especially when you’re coming by RV.

But you may be asking just what it is that draws paddlers from every state to this river. Did we mention this is one of the last undammed waterways in America? For nearly one-hundred fifty miles, you can float past four-story limestone bluffs, navigate around gravel bars large enough for a stopover, watch the shoreline and shallows for Rocky Mountain elk and black bears or idle your watercraft in the shade of a willow while preparing to launch down Class II rapids.   Buffalo_National_River

Spring in the Ozark Mountains makes the journey especially spectacular, when hardwood forests burst into life, providing a lush backdrop for the caves, craggy hollows and secret trails all along the waterway.

If you’ve never floated a river or don’t own a canoe, you can still experience the region’s magnificent scenery from the water. Simply book a float trip with one of the authorized outfitters and let them handle the details.

And there’s another reason why thousands float these waters every year—the scenic campsites within the National Park Service boundaries make it easy to stay close to the action while enjoying the comforts of RV camping. You’ll also find excellent Arkansas campgrounds throughout the region, whether you’re putting in on the Upper, Middle or Lower Buffalo River.

Need a bit more incentive to pack the RV and head for Arkansas for spring floating season? When you’re ready to stretch your legs after a morning on the water, more than ninety-five-thousand acres of pristine wilderness are waiting to be explored. Local hikers recommend the trails within the Ponca Wilderness in the Upper River Region, where you’ll find waterfalls, box canyons, wildlife and stunning Ozark Mountain vistas in an unspoiled setting.

Just in case you’re still undecided, paddling enthusiasts who also love to fish will be thrilled to learn you can fish year-round on the river. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is especially popular, so use this handy guide to licensing, regulations and Arkansas fishing reports and start packing your gear.

There’s a wonderland waiting in the Ozarks where paddling, camping, fishing and hiking are just the beginning of the adventure. We’d love to help make it the best adventure possible, so let us know when you’re ready to go. Bring your family or your favorite paddling buddies and come find out why the Buffalo National River has been preserved as a genuine national treasure.

Photo Attribution:  By National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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