Attention RV camping fans who also love a good meteor shower! The summer of 2016 promises to be one of the best times in recent history for North Americans to see the “Perseids”, that group of meteors following the Swift-Tuttle Comet. This year will be exceptional because conditions are right for us to see twice as many meteors as normal!

This year’s viewing time, when the Earth passes through this ‘tail’ of meteors, begins this week and will last through August 24. That’s great news for you, because there’s still time to rent an RV or dust off the one in your driveway and find the best campsite for prime Perseid Meteor Shower viewing.

How to Rent Your ‘Meteor Shower Chase Vehicle’

Let’s get the practical part out of the way first…if you don’t own a motorhome or travel trailer for watching this summer’s performance, renting one has never been easier. El Monte RV Rental locations across the country are stocked and waiting with a wide range of models for your expedition. Choose your favorite, book your best dates and start planning the rest of your adventure!

When and Where to Go for Best Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing

The Smith-Tuttle Comet ‘tail’ of meteors is predicted to peak on August 12 (that’s when we’re right in the middle of the most meteor “debris”). Plan your RV camping trip to chase the Perseid Meteor Shower for August 11, 12 and 13 to see the most meteor action.

But where can you go to see the meteor shower without interference? The key is darkness—finding a place where the lights of the city won’t diminish the show. Finding the perfect campsite with an unobstructed, front-row-seat to 2016’s biggest meteor shower may take a bit of scouting ahead of time, depending on your location.   Meteor Showers

If you’re living in a large city, check online maps for county, state and national forests or parks out away from urban illumination. Look for campsites that have an unobstructed view to the sky. If possible, reserve your campsite so you won’t be disappointed on the night of the big show.

The night of your meteor shower viewing party, be prepared to spend several hours outdoors. Your RV’s kitchen is perfect for preparing snacks and beverages for the party, so bring along supplies and make a night of it. From 10 pm to dawn you’ll have the best chance of seeing those amazing streaks of light that occur when the Perseids hit our atmosphere. Blankets or lawn chairs, insect repellant and your fellow amateur astronomers will help make the party a happy memory.

Get More Information on the Perseid Meteor Shower

Scientists have done all the work to help us plan for 2016’s viewing of the Smith-Tuttle Comet meteor shower. Several websites can furnish you with more information as you plan your own RV camping and meteor shower gazing expedition:

The freedom of RV camping is never more enjoyable than when it allows you to witness the wonders of nature. Setting up camp to watch 2016’s celestial phenomenon, the Perseids, is no exception. Make plans now to share this spectacular show with friends and family this August!

An RV trip to Rocky Mountain National Park is never a bad idea. Add in a trek over the Continental Divide on the park’s Trail Ridge Road and you’ll kick your trip up to a whole new level. It’s just an hour and a half drive from picking up your RV rental in Denver to reach RMNP’s eastern gate at Estes Park. Why not take a camping trip to Colorado and marvel at the views that keep RVers heading for Trail Ridge Road all summer?

Where to Camp on Your Trip to Trail Ridge Road?

If you’ve never experienced RV camping in the Rocky Mountains, there’s no more beautiful location than Rocky Mountain National Park. Three campgrounds within the park’s boundaries (and splendidly surrounded by mountain scenery) are suitable for RVs.

Mary's Lake RV Campground, Estes Park, CO

Mary’s Lake RV Campground, Estes Park, CO

You also have several choices for campgrounds near the Park; one of the most convenient is operated by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. The Estes Campground at Mary’s Lake  can accommodate large RVs with full hookups, and offers fishing at the lake and easy access to the charming mountain village of Estes Park.

Private campgrounds in the Estes Park area are also well-equipped to welcome motorhome and travel trailer campers. One more possibility with stunning views, if you enjoy dry camping, can be found at Herman Park Open Space Campground, south of Estes.

What You’ll Find Along Trail Ridge Road

But now it’s time to talk about the reason you’re in Northern Colorado—the chance to travel nearly fifty miles, from Estes Park to Grand Lake, through alpine forests and then rocky tundra, on the highest scenic byway in America. Trail Ridge Road, after crossing the Continental Divide, peaks at 12,183 feet before sweeping back down the mountainside to about 8,000 feet in elevation.

This two-lane highway can be traveled with ease in summer, thanks to no more than a seven-percent grade while gaining four-thousand feet in elevation. What that means is that, between late May and October, you won’t have trouble making the grade in an RV.

But what you’ll see along the way is the real reason RV travelers wind their way up Trail Ridge Road. As the treeline drops away, the immense, barren tundra allows views of ‘fourteeners’ all around. Wide loops of highway make their way across this plain to just above twelve thousand feet, with perfect views as far away as Denver.

Impossibly deep, boulder studded canyons plunge away as you travel the highest continuous paved highway in North America. Keep an eye open for elk, moose and bighorn sheep along the route. The variety of terrain promises an abundance of plant and animal life accustomed to alpine habitat. Take advantage of the many pull-outs to stop and experience the views from outside your vehicle. Be sure to explore the Alpine Visitor Center at Fall River Pass to learn more about the tundra and enjoy some of the best views on Trail Ridge Road.

If you have time, follow at least one of the trails that intersect the highway for a more intimate look at life above the treeline. Keep in mind it’s much cooler, as much as thirty degrees, at this elevation, so dress accordingly.

Your trip along Trail Ridge Road may well be the highlight of your RV camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, but you’ll want to spend some time discovering at least a few of the other attractions there.

Holzwarth Historic Site/Never Summer Ranch near Grand Lake on the west side of RMNP is a look back at a 1920s dude ranch and the Park’s early history. You’ll also want to make the drive to Horseshoe Park for premier wildlife viewing opportunities. Take a hike through a mountain meadow, up the side of a mountain or around an alpine lake on one of the park’s nearly three hundred miles of trails. There is literally no place within Rocky Mountain National Park that isn’t memorable, so why not stay awhile and find your favorites?

A drive along Trail Ridge Road can be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the Rocky Mountains, or the highlight of this summer’s return trip to Colorado. Book your campsites and RV rental now so you won’t miss a day of adventure.

Travel north from Duluth, Minnesota along the northern shore of Lake Superior and you’ll come face-to-face with the grandeur of nature. All along the North Shore Scenic Byway (MN Hwy 61) RVers will encounter soaring cliffs, cozy, lakeside villages and views of Lake Superior that will stir their hearts. Add the mystery and beauty of an immense national forest, an abundance of private and public campgrounds and top-notch outdoor recreation, and you’ve got a trip that’s custom-made for RV travel.

Did we mention how easy it is to stop and camp along Superior’s North Shore? Wise city planners in such scenic towns as Grand Marais and Two Harbors have set aside room for municipal campgrounds to serve travelers to Minnesota’s North Shore region. You’ll also find plenty of private campgrounds, most on or near the lakeshore, to call home as you travel Superior’s shoreline.

Superior National Forest is another outstanding option for RV travelers to the North Shore, especially those who also love to paddle a water trail. Within the national forest, a one-million-acre area of interconnected glacial lakes has been designated the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Multi-day paddling trips or a lazy paddle in one of the many lakes can fill your days.

Superior National Forest, MN

Superior National Forest, MN

There are also multiple campgrounds within Superior National Forest that offer some form of RV campsite.

Let’s talk some more about outdoor recreation. Lake Superior’s northern shoreline is a haven for hikers! Pick a section of the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300-mile pathway that parallels Lake Superior’s shore. It passes through most of the area’s eight state parks and is diverse enough to follow on an afternoon stroll or an overnight hike. You’re liable to find a lighthouse or two along the way, as well as breathtaking views of the lake from high above the shoreline.

Go in search of waterfalls while in the North Shore Region and you won’t be disappointed, either. Gooseberry Falls State Park offers easy-to-navigate trails to all four of its waterfalls. A more challenging trail at Tettegouche State Park will reward hikers with views of three waterfalls, including the tallest waterfall in the state. And here’s a bonus for all RV travelers who follow Hwy 61 north from Duluth to the Canadian border: you’ll spy a waterfall or two right off the highway.

What would a trip be to Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes, without trying your hand at fishing? Fishing charters on Lake Superior, the region’s many rivers and the countless inland lakes will help you find salmon, lake trout, walleye and brook trout. If you prefer to strike out on your own, why not start by fishing from the piers at one of the area’s lakes?

Prefer to spend your camping vacations less strenuously? You’ll find historic sites worth a look-see in every town along your route, from shipwrecks to vintage inns, lighthouses to 1890s log homes, the region’s rich history is on display all along the North Shore Scenic Byway. These homey lakeside towns will also tempt visitors to step inside their galleries, cafes and shops.

Fishing, hiking, paddling and exploring your way along Lake Superior’s remote North Shore will net many happy memories for RV camping fans. Pick up a rental RV at your favorite location and plan to take your time; you won’t want to miss what Minnesota’s North Shore Region has to offer.

Ready for a road trip that you’ll talk about for years? RV travelers who haven’t yet discovered The Historic National Road will want to take notice. We’ve got the details you’ll need to travel the highway that spurred America’s Western Expansion, and has intrigued RV camping fans ever since.

Planning RV Travel on the National Road

Where to go and what to see? Those are questions any wise traveler asks while planning a trip, and we can help with the answers. The Historic National Road stretches east to west from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to Eads Bridge on the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

The first road built with federal highway funds (from 1811 to 1837), this route rolls across six states – Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois – for more than eight hundred miles, now primarily part of US-40.

Once the road west for thousands of settlers, entrepreneurs and adventure seekers, there’s no reason intrepid RV travelers can’t capture that same sense of adventure and set out along the National Road to discover America.

As you go, plan to explore historic sites in each state to gain more understanding of this highway’s significance. Here are just a few of the places you’ll want to discover:

  • The Red Brick Tavern in Lafayette, Ohio began serving the stagecoach trade on the National Road in 1837 and still serves patrons today. By the way, stagecoaches and Conestoga wagon were the primary modes of transportation on the way West. Quite a difference from today’s luxurious recreational vehicles!
  • National Road Corridor Historic District in Wheeling, West Virginia is worthy of an extended visit, thanks to the many beautifully restored structures on the National Register of Historic Places. From the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum to the stunning nineteenth century mansions throughout the district, 1830s atmosphere is everywhere. Don’t miss the Wheeling Suspension Bridge!
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Uniontown, PA dates back to the French and Indian Wars and is also home to Mount Washington Tavern, another popular stopping-off place along the National Road in the 1830s and 1840s. The tavern now serves as a museum.
  • Casselman River Bridge State Park in Grantsville, Maryland features an eighty-foot single span stone bridge built in 1813 as part of the earliest construction on the National Road. The park attracts history and architecture buffs, as well as fly fishermen who enjoy the sport along the Casselman River.
  • Huddleston Farmhouse, Indiana, is located sixty miles east of Indianapolis on the National Road. In the 1840s, this family farm served as a way station for thousands of travelers coming and going from the Western frontier.

We’ve shared just a small sampling of the places RVers can explore as they trek the Historic National Road from Maryland to Illinois. Use the Road’s official site to expand your own excursion.

Whether you’ll be renting an RV for the journey or driving your family’s motorhome, finding a campground can start with a look at our handy list of RV campgrounds in each state.

The Historic National Road—the highway that made travel to the American West a reality. For today’s intrepid RV travelers, it’s a road trip filled with memories. You’re sure to come home with a deep appreciation for the folks who set the stage for the journeys that built America.

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