Next to camping in a motorhome, do you love finding bargains best? We know many of our readers never miss a chance to visit local flea markets while camping. That’s why we’ll be sharing our series on the best flea markets in America, just in time for motorhome camping season.

Let’s start our series in California, where five outstanding flea markets filled with bargains, fun food choices and surprise celebs can be found in a three-hour circuit around Los Angeles.

San Bernardino Flea Market – Sundays

Plan your Los Angeles RV camping and flea market adventure for the second Sunday of the month (you’ll see why in a minute) and make your first stop the San Bernardino Flea Market. Open every Sunday, this huge show held at the National Orange Show Events Center features nearly 800 vendors to fuel your bargain hunting fever.

Rose Bowl Flea Market (Pasadena) – Second Sunday

Here’s why you should be RV camping near Pasadena on next month’s second Sunday—the Rose Bowl Stadium is home to a flea market that’s drawn the crowds for nearlyrose-bowl-flea-market fifty years. Take advantage of free parking and then lose yourself in acres of vintage, used and collectible items.

 Melrose Trading Post (Los Angeles) – Sundays

If you’ve played too long in Pasadena, save this one for next Sunday. Either way, you won’t want to miss this weekly flea market held at Fairfax High in Los Angeles. Only three bucks to get in, and the parking is free so plan to spend the day browsing two hundred booths filled with vintage and collectible finds and an impressive selection of handcrafted items.

Roadium Open Air Market (Torrance) – Every Day Except Christmas & New Year’s

While enjoying your week in the LA area, pick a day (or two!) to shop at the Roadium Open Air Market in Torrance, CA. Open three-hundred-sixty-three days each year, this 15-acre market at a repurposed drive-in offers everything from produce to jewelry. On weekends park at El Camino College and take the shuttle for easy entry.

Long Beach Outdoor Collectible & Antique Market – Third Sundays

Round out your trip at the end of the week with a visit to Veterans Stadium at Long Beach. Every third Sunday, you can rub shoulders with celebrities as you comb through vintage and antique offerings. Given rave reviews by frequent shoppers, it’s rated one of the top outdoor markets in the US. Find a campground near Long Beach—you’re going to want to stay until the gates close!

Doesn’t a week’s worth of flea market bargain hunting sound like fun? With the money you’ll save by camping in an RV, you’ll be able to buy even more. Get the motorhome ready for your California road trip and let us know if we can help. There’s a flea market find in California with your name on it!

The rush of water down the face of a mountain is a sight worth travelling to see, especially when you’re travelling in motorhome comfort. We’ve done the homework to create a ‘must-see’ list of five waterfalls worth adding to your RV travel list. Let us know in the Comments section which ones you’ve visited.

Long Creek Falls – Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

On your RV trip to northern Georgia, combine a chance to hike the Appalachian Trail with a visit to Long Creek Falls for an unforgettable excursion. A 2-mile round trip trek down the “AT” through the Three Forks Valley will reward you with views of this beautiful waterfall rushing down the rocks more than fifty feet into a tree-lined pool. There’s plenty more to see and do in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, so bring the RV and plan to camp awhile in Georgia.

Falling Spring – Alleghany Highlands, Virginia

This famous falls is just north of Covington, Virginia, in the spectacular Allegheny Highlands area of the Shenandoah Valley. Follow Route 220 to this special place, where high rock ledges frame the eighty-foot falls. It’s the kind of place nature photographers fall in love with, so bring your favorite camera equipment and plan to hike down to the bottom for even more breathtaking views.

Bridal Veil Falls – Provo Canyon, Utah

Follow Hwy 189 north from Provo toward Heber and watch for the pullout for Bridal Veil Falls, one of Utah’s most photographed wonders. Motorhome campers with kids, in particular, love this waterfall because it’s easy to access and there’s a shallow pool at the base where young ones can wade. A two-tiered falls that travels more than six hundred feet to the bottom, Bridal Veil Falls should definitely be on your itinerary if you’re traveling through southern Utah. Tip: It’s a short drive to Wasatch Mountain State Park, where campgrounds with full hook-ups wait to welcome you.

Watkins Glen State Park – Watkins Glen, New York

Follow the steps carved into this rocky gorge in New York’s Finger Lakes Region and you’ll be rewarded with views of nineteen waterfalls! Follow the Gorge Trail over, around and under these falls for exceptional scenery at every turn. The State Park has a convenient campground, so plan to stay awhile and explore additional waterfalls at nearby Finger Lakes state parks.

Wallace Falls – Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar, Washington

The trails in this Central Cascades state park promise views of no less than nine waterfalls, including the 265-foot wonder that gives the park its name. Old growth forests, clear, rock-lined streams and a wide variety of wildlife make hiking here a delight. Come for the waterfallsWallace Falls, WA and stay to discover outdoor recreation at its best on the shores of two rivers and three backcountry lakes. RV campgrounds in nearby Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest makes it easy to stay!

From Yosemite to Niagara, America has more than its share of magnificent waterfalls. Chase views of at least one of them this RV camping season and let us know what other falls should make our list. Happy trails!

Motorhome campers from every state have shared stories of the scenic state parks they love to visit. We’ve chosen six of those special places to share with our readers—once in a lifetime, don’t-miss state parks to add to your RV camping bucket list. We hope you’ll share your favorites, too!

Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, CA

Every RV camper who loves the ocean should experience camping on the beach at least once. The perfect place to start is Bolsa Chica State Beach, stretching out for three miles along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, CA. Wake up to the sound of the waves and take the time to learn surfing or surf fishing while you’re there.  Bolsa Chica beach, CA

Insider Tip: Buy a fishing permit for your summer vacation and plan it for the night of a full moon. That’s when the grunion run and hand-fishing is allowed—talk about an exciting fish story to share back home!

Ridgway State Park, Ouray County, CO

This Colorado state park offers hiking in the San Juan Mountains, fishing and boating on Ridgway Reservoir and plenty of wildlife to watch. It’s on our list because this southwest Colorado Park offers some of the most scenic campgrounds in America.

Insider Tip: Hike or bike at least one of the sections of the Dutch Charlie Trail to see the San Juans at their finest.

Albert E Sleeper State Park, Caseville, MI

Our next must-see state park made the list thanks to the beauty of its location on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. Sleeper SP offers RV camping fans the chance to hike the dunes and forests, enjoy the half-mile beach or simply watch the sunset over the Bay from your quiet campsite.

Insider Tip: Up for an epic paddling adventure on your trip? The Tip of the Thumb Heritage Water Trail is more than one hundred miles of good times for kayakers, skirting the ‘thumb’ of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on which Sleeper SP resides.

Leonard Harrison State Park, Tioga County, PA

The Keystone State has more than one hundred scenic state parks, and Leonard Harrison SP is one of our favorites. Add it to your RV camping bucket list for a chance to experience Pine Creek Gorge, also known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. Campers who come to this Park in Tioga County can hike the trails that wind in and around the 1000-feet deep Gorge, conquer the Class II/III rapids of Pine Creek, fish for trout in area streams or photograph magnificent waterfalls.

Insider Tip: Bring the bikes and travel a portion of the 60-plus mile Pine Creek Rail Trail for never-to-be-forgotten views of wildlife, waterfalls and rocky cliffs far above the trail.

Big Lagoon State Park, Perdido Key, Florida

Wander the boardwalks, dunes and pine-studded trails of this park just a few miles south of Pensacola and you’ll soon understand why Big Lagoon is another state park we suggest every camper visit. There’s no shortage of scenery or outdoor recreation here—swim, fish or paddle in the Lagoon, or swing down to stunning Perdido Key for even more vacation fun. Save time to enjoy the Gulf just past the Key to round out a splendid Florida Panhandle RV vacation.

Insider Tip: Rent a kayak to explore the waterways that interlace the area, and take time to climb the steps of the Park’s observation hour for unforgettable views.

Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook County, Oregon

Stand on the rocky beach at sunset. Hike trails through grass-studded dunes and pine forests. Watch the wind carry a parasail high above and keep a sharp eye out for whales. When you come to this windswept state park, you’ll be hard-pressed to go home. It’s that beautiful. Located on a narrow spit of land jutting out into the Pacific, Cape Lookout SP reminds us why all RV campers should visit the Pacific Northwest every time they have the chance.

Insider Tip: Save an afternoon to take the Three Capes Scenic Drive, forty miles of glorious coastline through three Oregon state parks.

There’s our list…we hope you’ve already started yours! We can help with an RV rental if you need one, so why not plan the first trip on your RV camping bucket list now?

Set up your motorhome inside Turn One at the speedway and you’ll soon understand why RV camping at a NASCAR race is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Whether you camp in the infield, next to the grandstand or in a lakeside campground adjacent to the speedway, RV camping NASCAR fans take racing mania to a whole new level. 640px-NASCAR_practice

Ready to find out why? Here are the top ten things you need to know about camping in a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

  1. Some tracks have a waitlist or book their campsites months in advance. Check your track’s website for details on when a campsite can be reserved.
  2. Several venues for RV camping may be available at your favorite track—in the infield, on a terrace overlooking the racetrack, or even at campgrounds run by nearby sponsors/partners of the speedway. Depending on your camping budget, you can get as up-close-and-personal as you’d like to racing action.
  3. Know the rules for your campground before you go—things like whether external speakers are allowed, if motorized scooters and golf carts can be brought on racetrack property, what kind of coolers are allowed at the track, where towed vehicles should be parked and the hours quiet rules are enforced are important to know to keep things running smoothly during race week.
  4. The fan pages on NASCAR track websites are a great source of information for new NASCAR campers. Ask veteran fans your questions and get advice on how to maximize the fun.
  5. Knowing what to pack is the foundation of any great RV vacation, and that goes for NASCAR camping, too. Here’s a link to a comprehensive list of what to take to the speedway.
  6. If you don’t own an RV, but love the idea of camping at the races, we can help. Renting an RV for a NASCAR vacation is easy and affordable.
  7. Services for NASCAR campers vary depending on the type of RV camping you’ve reserved at the track, from port-a-jons at every campsite to full-service hookups. You’ll also find a wide range of amenities to enhance your camping experience. Dover International Speedway, for example, offers RV camping race fans mobile pumping service and water delivery as well as a huge grocery tent with everything you’ll need for camping and tailgating during race week.
  8. And speaking of tailgating, what could you cook up in a fully-equipped motorhome kitchen? Use these tips to get your menu started, and don’t be afraid to experiment. You might just become a racetrack legend for your burgers, brats or muffalettas!
  9. If you’re ready to turn your next camping trip into a NASCAR vacation, there are plenty of places to visit. Did you know there are more than one hundred tracks in 38 states, as well as Mexico and Canada? Use this list of NASCAR tracks to start planning your next RV camping vacation at the track.
  10. What if you find you love NASCAR camping enough to buy season tickets? That’s a great idea! You’ll find that season camping passes have perks, like two tickets for the races or the chance to purchase additional tickets for your guests.

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, and camping close to the action with a whole lot of friendly racing fans can bring new meaning to ‘vacation’ for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite and an RV rental for race week. You know you want to!

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Minnesota RV Camping – Voyageurs National Park

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Spend a summer day paddling the deep blue waterways along the US/Canadian border. Scan tall pines for eagles’ nests high above a granite shoreline. Hike cool, lush forest trails and stop to photograph a white-tailed deer just ahead. These are …

 

RV New Mexico-Carlsbad Caverns for a New Generation

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RVing Road Trip: Exploring Hershey, PA

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  For many the word “chocolate” can garner distinctly wonderful memories. A mug of hot chocolate sipped during a cold wintry night. A heart shaped box of candy for or from your Valentine. Warm, moist, brownies from mom’s secret recipe. …

 

Mardi Gras RV Camping Vacation

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The parades! The jazz! The Creole and Cajun culinary delights! February 2015 is the time to travel by RV to New Orleans, Louisiana to join the non-stop celebration known as Mardi Gras. Culminating on Fat Tuesday, this legendary street party …

 

RV Camping to 2015 Grapefruit League Spring Training

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Are you pacing the floor, anxious for Major League Baseball to begin? While you’re waiting, why not take an RV camping trip to Central Florida, where Grapefruit League stadiums host fifteen MLB teams in pre-season play during March? That’s right—your …

 

RVing RoadTrip: Exploring Lancaster PA

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Horse drawn buggies, clip-clopping along country roads. Bonneted Amish girls tending garden by a roadside farmhouse. Bearded men in wide brimmed hats harvesting from rolling green fields.These sights are what many imagine they will come across as they pull into …