With average temps in the 70s well into November, road-smart RV travelers have already made their plans for an Austin RV camping trip this autumn. But the weather’s not the only reason to visit the Texas capitol soon—in fact, there are four more temptations to get you into an RV and on the road to Austin.   austin_shutterstock_294020447

The Trails!

Did you know that this vibrant Texas city, just two and a half hours south of Dallas, is famous for its outdoor recreation? With a couple hundred miles of trails winding in and out of the city’s most famous attractions, there’s no reason to stay at the campground once you’re there. Here are just three suggestions for exciting day hikes in the Austin area.

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt – Close to downtown Austin, with a wonderland of waterfalls, rock walls and trails that cross over Barton Creek. Several access points give you a different hike each time, with a wealth of wildlife to discover as you follow the trails.
  • Turkey Creek Nature Trail (Emma Long Park) – This a great trail for the whole family, running through woods and along the creek without any major obstacles for hikers.
  • Lady Bird Lake—Ten miles of trails edge this wonderfully scenic, urban lake in the heart of Austin. It’s also a paddler’s paradise, so if you like a good water trail to follow on vacation, this is the place!

The Music!

Fans of live music of all kinds flock to Austin for the variety of music districts to experience. From clubs in the Red River district to the smokin’ hot sounds in downtown Austin venues, visitors to Austin can get their fill of the best bands in the country while they’re here. Use this guide to Austin live music to choose where you’ll go first.

The Fishing!

Have we mentioned how many great fishing holes you’ll find on your RV camping trip to Austin?

Large impoundments of the Colorado River offer major fishing possibilities. Lake Travis, just north of the city, reports strong fishing for black, white and striped bass. Lake Austin, a beautiful, urban waterway, has quite the reputation among bass anglers for white and Guadalupe bass. There’s also Lake Bastrop, about an hour southeast of Austin, where the big channel cats are taking the bait this fall. And don’t miss the bass fishing at Lake Fayette, just a little farther down the road.

The Scenery!

Self-guided and guided tours to Austin’s memorable sights can be the highlight of your Texas RV vacation. The Texas State Capitol Building on Congress Avenue is an architectural treasure. The vintage homes through the Capitol area are also worth a stroll-by.

You’ll want to visit the Sixth Street Historic District, just blocks away, to enjoy the old-fashioned charm of the Driskill Hotel, built in 1886, as well as the epicenter of Austin’s live music scene.

For one of the best scenic drives within a city limits, be sure to follow Route 360 over Lake Austin via the Pennybacker Bridge. You can park at the north end of the bridge and hike the cliffs to reach the scenic overlook, if you’re feeling athletic. Bottom line for Austin visitors: this city is rich with tree-lined lakes, fascinating historic treasures and well-maintained parks and natural areas. Get out and explore, it’s the best thing about being in Austin!

Austin, Texas is custom-made for autumn RV travelers. Stop dreaming and start packing, and if you need a Texas RV rental, give us a call. The weather’s fine and Austin is ready and waiting to entertain you!

The Sunshine State is a flea market shopper’s wonderland, and there’s no better way to travel there than by RV. Why? Because the money you’ll save sleeping, cooking and traveling in an RV, as opposed to booking hotel rooms and rental cars and eating in restaurants every day, leaves you plenty of vacation dollars for your favorite flea market finds. Here are four fabulous Florida flea markets within a four hour drive of each other.  flea_market_shutterstock_229645399

Waldo Flea and Farmers Market – Waldo, FL

This old-fashioned, 50 acre, open air flea market is just northeast of Gainesville on Hwy 301. It is also located only two hours north of Orlando, if you’re flying into Orlando International to pick up your RV rental. With more than nine hundred dealers on-site, plus a twenty thousand square foot Antiques Village indoors, you can’t possibly go home without at least one treasured bargain. This gem is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Camping Ideas: Every type of RV travelers will find their style of campground in the vicinity, which includes the towns of Alachua, Starke, Gainesville and Waldo. River Rise Preserve State Park near High Springs also gets great marks from campers.

Pecan Park Flea & Farmers Market – Jacksonville, FL

Another northeast Florida favorite, off I-95 in Jacksonville, is Pecan Park Flea & Farmers Market, where more than seven hundred covered ‘store fronts’ attract thousands of shoppers each Saturday and Sunday. This is a true family destination, with mini-golf, restaurants and special events on-site, so plan for a full day of fun. Here’s one more bonus—Pecan Park RV Resort is right next door, with large, full service campsites in an attractive setting.

St Augustine Flea Market – St Augustine, FL

Another North Florida flea market popular with RV travelers is the St Augustine Flea Market, just off I-95. Hundreds of vendors in both indoor and outdoor booths offer everything from electronics to fresh produce and antiques. Park your big rig at St Johns RV Park adjacent to the market, and plan to spend both Saturday and Sunday shopping. And don’t miss seeing the nation’s oldest continuous settlement’s many historic attractions while you’re there!

Daytona Flea & Farmers Market – Daytona Beach, FL

Before returning your Florida RV rental in Orlando, or on Friday as you head to the North Florida markets, be sure to stop in Daytona Beach, home of one of the top-rated flea markets in America. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market offers one thousand booths on forty nicely maintained acres for the ultimate in flea market shopping. Crazy Horse Campground is right next door to make your trip even more enjoyable.

These are just four fantastic reasons for coming to Florida for an RV camping and flea market shopping vacation. Spectacular beaches, freshwater springs and charming ‘Old Florida’ towns can round out your perfect loop. Use our convenient link to find your Florida RV campground if you plan to stop and play along the way. And be sure to get in touch if we can help with an RV rental!

You may think you’ve missed your chance to visit America’s East Coast by RV, now that the calendar reads September. The truth is, many Eastern campgrounds are open thru at least October and welcome autumn visitors. We’ve picked four East Coast RV camping destinations with something special to offer, to tempt you into taking one more trip.

Fisherman’s Memorial State Park – Rhode Island

The Ocean State boasts gorgeous ocean views, an abundance of historic treasures and nicely-maintained state park campgrounds, Fisherman’s Memorial State Park Campground is open through October and promises a pleasant RV camping experience way out on Point Judith. With five scenic beaches, Point Judith Lighthouse and the fishing village of Galilee nearby, you’ll find plenty to do on an autumn day. Use our quick link to Rhode Island RV campgrounds if you’re planning to travel the state.

Cedarville State Forest – Maryland

Come to Southern Maryland in early autumn and enjoy the peace and solitude of Cedarville State Forest, just an hour and a half south of Baltimore. Set up camp and then hike nearly twenty miles of trails through deep forest, exploring the Zekiah freshwater swamp and a surprising variety of plant and animal life. Click here to reserve your campsite now. Bonus: Here are even more Maryland RV campground possibilities as you travel the Old Line State.

Pocahontas State Park – Virginia

Just south of Richmond and a couple hours east of Roanoke, Pocahontas State Park is another awesome autumn getaway. With eighty miles of hiking and biking trails, this is a popular stop for ‘mid-season’ campers. The park’s campgrounds are open thru November and offer electric and water hookups (some 50 amp).

While camping in the area, be sure to take the short drive to Richmond to see the architectural treasures of Capitol Square, take the walking tour of Hollywood Cemetery and visit the city’s numerous museums. Click the link for even more Virginia RV camping locations to extend your stay.

Cape Cod National Seashore and Area Campgrounds – Massachusetts

Here’s the recipe for an unforgettable autumn camping excursion—pick up a Boston area RV rental and then head southeast through Plymouth and Barnstable to Cape Cod. The National Parks Service has preserved forty thousand acres of Atlantic shoreline, marshes and dunes, as well as an entire guidebook full of historic sites, for RV campers to enjoy.

It may be too chilly to swim in early autumn, but you’ll be blessed with uncrowded trail and beach hikes and views of more than a dozen Cape Cod lighthouses. No camping facilities within the Cape’s boundaries, but, lucky for you, we’ve gathered information on Cape Cod area campgrounds to help you plan.

autumn_camping_shutterstock_226677523From Cape Cod to Narragansett,
the crowds have gone home and left peace and quiet for autumn RV campers to enjoy.    Pack your own RV or pick up a convenient motorhome rental near your destination. Either way, it’s time to head east to discover the joys of autumn East Coast camping.

If you’re one of the super-fans who always tailgates at local NFL games, you’re already planning your tailgating menus. But even if you’re a newbie to the NFL RV tailgating world, it’s not too late to get in on the fun. Here’s the game plan for your best year of NFL RV tailgating ever.   tailgating_shutterstock_173859410

Play #1: Choose Your Mobile Kitchen: It all starts with a great RV, doesn’t it? If you’re blessed with a motorhome of your own, jump to play #2! If not, reserve your RV rental now for game day(s). Even if you’re planning to do most of your cooking outside, having the space an RV kitchen offers for food prep and storage will make all the difference in tailgating success.

Play #2: Know Your Stadium: To plan well for game day, you’ll need to know which lots allow tailgating, whether there’s a fee for parking there and how early you can set up your mobile kitchen. Check the website for your favorite NFL teams to get the rulebook on RV tailgating.

Play #3: Plan Your RV Tailgating Menus: Can you believe the food NFL fans manage to serve in a parking lot? We’ve heard of RV tailgating chefs creating appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts that would make a first-rate restaurant proud. From bacon-wrapped-anything to salmon salad hors d’oeuvres, there’s a recipe waiting to be tested by the crowd. Scour your favorite recipe sites and cookbooks for menus that will tempt your football-loving friends.

Bonus Point: Build your fame as a tailgating chef by inventing team-centered names for your creations.

Play #4: Stock Your RV Tailgating Kitchen: Once the menu’s been planned, it’s time to shop for ingredients, plan for food safety and choose your cooking equipment and utensils. Consider travel time and local climate when planning for food safety at the stadium. “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold” is the rule of the day when feeding NFL fans on the pavement.

Will you be grilling, slow cooking, deep frying or setting up a baked potato bar? Walk through your menus ahead of time and make a list of the utensils, equipment, serving dishes and other essentials for serving up your tailgating specialties. This play saves last minute panic in the parking lot and ensures a successful day of tailgating.

Your last play is purchasing the groceries you’ll need to build your tailgating specialties. Don’t forget the seasonings! Bonus Point: When shopping for ingredients, take advantage of local produce, seafood and meats for robust regional flavor on game day.

Tailgating in an RV adds a whole new layer of excitement to NFL football. Know the playbook for your stadium, pick the right RV for the task and plan your menus for maximum fun. You’ll have plenty of room in the motorhome for equipment, food storage and super fan bling. It’s going to be another great tailgating season for US pro football fans!

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