Lakeside Drives to Toronto

The end of summer is only a month and a half away!  Have you made your plans to hit the road for an RV vacation before the kids go back to school and the leaves start falling?  If you’re looking for a great mid-summer trip, consider our friendly neighbors to the north.  Instead of sticking to the States, expand your RV vacation to the Great Lakes region around Toronto!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Start out by heading to Kingston, Pennsylvania (or clicking the link) to pick out and reserve your favorite RV.  Once you’ve decided on which RV will be the perfect ride for you and your family, make sure to read about the rules and procedures for crossing the US-Canada border in an RV.  You’ll want to be prepared and have any necessary paperwork in order before you get to the border crossing itself.

Once all of your ducks are in a row, start out your exciting road trip by heading for Niagara Falls!  These multiple waterfalls flow between the US and Canada, and they’ve been a classic vacation destination throughout the last century.  You can take a moment to re-create scenes from the many movies that have featured the falls.  Films as diverse as Superman II and Bruce Almighty had scenes set here!  The 167-foot falls also create a magical plume of drifting spray and we highly recommend you sail through it on a Maid of the Mist boat tour!

If the sun is already going down, head for an RV campground near Buffalo, New York.  You can find one near the shores of Lake Erie for an excellent view and then head into the historic city itself for a great dinner!

When you’re ready to continue north, continue around Lake Ontario and you’ll end up in Toronto itself.  One of the first sites to greet your eyes will be the iconic CN Tower that dominates the skyline.  This spire has been a famous piece of engineering since the 1970s, and it’s still the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city.  If you get hungry, there’s even a revolving restaurant that will give you a slow panorama of the entire area.

After you’re done having fun in the clouds, head over to the mid-city Royal Ontario Museum.  It’s a world-leading natural history and cultural museum with incredible exhibits that range from examples of Chinese Forbidden City artifacts to textiles from ancient Egypt.  Toronto is a world-class city, and there’s no better place to get a taste of the whole world than at the “ROM.”

While you’re downtown, take a moment to travel underground!  Toronto is unique in that it has over 19 miles of tunnels and underground walkways in its PATH system.  While they are a welcome respite for downtown travelers during the city’s snowy winters, they are also a lot of fun to poke around during the summer.  The walkways are lined with coffee shops, stores, and all manner of potential souvenir purchasing locations, so give yourself a few hours to get lost in a maze of shopping fun!

Don’t wait until it’s too late: head north in an RV for an amazing lakeside drive to Toronto!

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Photo Credit:  Niagara Falls by Daniel Lewis licensed by Flickr Creative Commons

 

 

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Journey to the North in Winnipeg

Even though it’s directly to our north, many Americans never visit Canada.  What a missed opportunity on so many levels because Canada is a country with unending natural beauty and the Canadian people are well-known for their warm hospitality and friendliness!  If you’re looking for a vacation that’s out of the ordinary, consider traveling northward and explore other parts of the North American continent.  It’s time for a journey to Winnipeg for starters!

The River Trail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The River Trail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

To start your trip off right, pick up an RV in Chicago.  Make sure to bring some games, movies, audio books, or other entertainment for the kids as you drive to the north country while you get to enjoy the passing scenery as you head towards the border.  Once you cross into Manitoba, find a great RV park to serve as your base camp as you explore Winnipeg.  With its free hot showers and free wireless internet, Traveller’s RV Resort & Campground will serve your needs perfectly.

After you’re settled in, it’s time to head out and explore the city itself.  If you want to get your bearings right away, an excellent first stop is The Forks.  This spot, in the center of the city, is where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red River.  It has been a meeting spot for the residents of the area for over 6000 years.  With its parks, restaurants, and venues for shows and concerts, The Forks location continues to be the beating heart of this city.

What would a vacation to Canada be without strapping on some ice skates?  It’s a good thing that the world’s longest naturally-frozen skating trail winds 6.5 kilometers through the city.  Instead of having to skate around and around on an ice rink, you’ll warm up the leg muscles as you venture out and go on the equivalent of a long run when you skate down the Red River Mutual Trail.  When the weather warms up, it’s still a great path for walking and taking in views of the river and the city.

Canada is also home to some of the most magnificent animals on earth, as many Canadian species can’t be found anywhere else!   This alone warrants a trip at least once in your lifetime to take in the spectacular display of local creatures of our northern American counterpart.  The polar bear is one such creature, and you’ll have a chance to see one up close at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.  In addition to getting a look at one of the zoo’s polar bears, you can also visit the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation efforts to protect this amazing animal.

Next up, you can visit Canada’s oldest public art gallery when you visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  WAG, as it’s called by locals, has an in-depth collection of Canadian and international art.  It  takes special care to focus on native artwork from members of Manitoba’s original population.  In addition to all the incredible art work on display, the gallery is also offering free admission to everyone 18 and under throughout the month of June.  So, there’s never been a better time for your family to visit!

It’s time to get in an RV and take your journey to the North.  It might be a bit chilly at times, but it will be a wonderful adventure that your family will never forget!

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Photo Credit:   The River Trail photo by A.J. Batac licensed under Flickr Creative Common license.

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From Seattle’s Sound to the Mountains

Most trips to Washington focus on Seattle and that certainly makes sense.  Seattle is the jewel of the Northwest, a fantastic city full of great food, delicious coffee, and one of the best professional football teams in the country!  What some people are not aware of, however, is that you will find some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country surrounding Seattle.  If you’re looking for a combination of city fun and outdoor adventure, consider a memorable RV trip that takes you from Seattle’s Puget Sound all the way up to the Cascade Range mountains!

After you pick up your RV in Seattle, your first stop is a short drive down Interstate 5 to the Wild Waves Water Park.  Wild Waves is the only outdoor water park in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s an awesome first-stop for the whole family as summer starts and the temperature begins to rise.  The park features tons of creative water slides and several roller coasters, so there’s something fun for everyone.   Even better, the lines are shorter than anything you’d find at more famous water parks in California or Florida.  Click on the link above to see this amazing water park that will  have your kids thanking you for years to come!  It really captures the “Wow-factor” for adults and kids alike!

Snowqualmie Falls, Washington

Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

Next, head up Highway 18 to the town of Snoqualmie and take in the glory of Snoqualmie Falls.  You can watch the cascade from a viewing deck near the bottom if you wish, but we highly recommend taking a hike to the top of the 270 foot falls to enjoy the view.  With the weather warming up, make sure to dip your toes in the water!  On your way out, you can also pick up a package of the all-natural Snoqualmie Falls pancake mix.  It’ll make for a great breakfast on the next day of your trip after camping at the Snoqualmie River RV park.  It’s a good local choice for when you’re ready to turn in for the night.

Less than two hours to the south, you can find yourself at the foot of Mount Rainier.  This 14,410 foot peak is surrounded by a gorgeous national park.  The mountain and its park are home to over fifty species of mammals and 120 species of birds, so bring your camera for you’ll have ample opportunity for wildlife viewing.  Mount Rainier is also an active volcano and has twenty-five glacier.   You will also be able to explore geological features that are rarely found so close to a major metropolitan city.

The Bavarian Village in Leavenworth

The Bavarian Village in Leavenworth

For a last stop in the mountains of Washington, head for the world-famous town of Leavenworth.  This small town completely remodeled itself in the early 1960’s to create the image of a Bavarian village.  Every shop, hotel, and building front now presents the famous wood beam architecture that evokes the German Alps.  While you would have to wait till the winter to take in the local ski slopes, you can still enjoy a full springtime schedule of live music, art walks, and simply exploring a countryside that is covered in wildflowers.

Washington is full of wonders, and it’s worth your time to get out of the city to find them.  Whether it’s shooting down a water slide or hiking through the mountains, the best way to enjoy it is in an RV.  Pick one up today and let your adventure begin!

 

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Picture Credits: Snoqualmie Falls by Allen Sheffield and the Barvarian Village by Todd Petit are licensed under Flickr Creative Commons

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Take an RV Excursion to Philadelphia’s Freedom Trail

Few parts of our country are as rich in history and fun as Philadelphia.  “Philly” is a major tourist destination because it was the original capital of our country, but it’s also a major metropolitan area packed with fascinating attractions.  Situated halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is the perfect location for a family trip in an RV.  First, go to Linden, New Jersey to pick up your RV rental.  Then, head for the city!

Philadelphia -  Benjamin Franklin's Parkway

Philadelphia – Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In order to get your bearings, make your first stop the Philadelphia Freedom Trail.  Modeled after Boston’s Freedom Trail, Philadelphia’s walking tour will take you past several important landmarks that celebrate the founding of our nation and its colorful history.  You’ll see landmarks such as the First Bank of the United States, a controversial institution that inspires debate about our basic Constitutional freedoms to this day.

Then, no trip to Philadelphia can possibly be considered complete until you visit the Liberty Bell.  The Liberty Bell is a landmark synonymous with Philadelphia itself – you’ll see it on everything from t-shirts to postage stamps!  The Bell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and you don’t even need tickets to take a look.  It’s the perfect opportunity to view a major American landmark that doesn’t cost you a penny!

For another fun stop, drive across town to the Betsy Ross House.  You can watch a re-enactment of Betsy sewing the first American flag, and you can also ask this patriot about her life and motivation for getting involved in the Revolutionary War.  A perfect souvenir for the trip would be taking home your own 13-star American flag!

After you’re done visiting with Betsy, take your RV to the waterfront where you’ll find the Independence Seaport Museum.  The Delaware River has always been important to Philadelphia’s economy and the lives of its citizens, so the Museum is the best way to learn about the city’s maritime traditions.  Explore exhibitions devoted to the Titanic and the experience of immigrants in Philadelphia.  Also, head outside and take a look at the submarine and historic ships tied up along the pier!  If you plan on an extended vacation, the Museum even has a summer camp where you can learn boating skills on the river.

Philadelpia Authentic Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Authentic Cheesesteak

When you’re ready to grab some food, there’s really only one choice for a Philly classic.  If you’re not on a diet, swing by one of the top ten best cheesesteak joints in the city.  You’ll have to be able to handle the grease (and probably a liberal dose of Cheese Wiz), but these sandwiches are a true American invention, and they’re loved by tourists and locals alike.

For the last stop on your trip, it’s best to visit long after eating.  If you visit before, you might lose your appetite!  The Mutter Museum is famous for its collection of medical oddities.  One major part of the collection includes Civil War medical tools.  Further along on your trip, everything from a collection of human skulls to slides of Albert Einstein’s brain are available for public viewing.  It’ll be one of the stranger stops on your trip, but it’s also one you’ll never forget!

If you’re looking for an eccentric RV adventure, head to the heart of America.  Philadelphia is ready to entertain and astound you!  For a list of RV Campgrounds in the state of Pennsylvania CLICK HERE.

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Picture credits:  Benjamin Franklin’s Parkway by Jim, the Photographer, and the Philly Sandwhich by N1NJ4 are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license.  Thank you!

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An RV Excursion to the Red Rocks of Sedona

The scenery around the Red Rocks of Sedona is an attraction that captures the imagination – a place of beauty and natural wonders, a place to take a deep breath and enjoy the earthy ambiance.  In addition to the scenic sights, the RV camper has a number of opportunities to experience some fantastic outdoor recreation.

Man from Alaska Enjoying the Red Rocks of Sedona

Man from Alaska Enjoying the Red Rocks of Sedona

You will marvel at the sandstone formations with the red and orange coloring as well as the unique setting in the Coconino National Forest. Truly Sedona is the ideal spot to settle down for a wonderful RV vacation!   As you’ll get to experience for yourself, it is the red rocks that make this area so incredible.  The pine forests and canyons with their nearby mountains make this region one of superb loveliness.  Discover landscapes you will find no place else than around Sedona, Arizona.

Be sure to visit some galleries and enjoy the artworks, eat at one or several of the delicious eateries, and check out the events timetable to see what is happening in and around town when you visit.  Stay at the Rancho Sedona RV Park while you visit, as this park makes a great home base.

Bring your trail hiking shoes!  You may want to hike in the Verde Valley and see the rugged cliffs and colorful gorge of Oak Creek Canyon.  Venture out to visit the wildlife parks in this region and try your hand at rock climbing, one of the most popular pastimes.  You may be surprised at how Sedona and your RV traveling brings out the “adventurer” in you!

Another fun adventure is stopping at Slide Rock State Park where you will find a number of trails for hiking.  It may be a bit too cold for water fun, but perhaps if it is a very warm day, you might brave it.  You must take some scenic drives around Flagstaff while in this area! One of the favorites is Page Springs Loop right outside of Flagstaff.  You will have the opportunity to visit some wineries here.

Cathedral Rock Reflections in Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock Reflections in Sedona, Arizona

If you are with your loved one, romance is abundant at Red Rock State Park. Take the famous Moonlight Hike where you can experience moonrise, the moment when the moon rises above the horizon.  You can take guided walks during the day as well.

A popular landmark in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a place for some regenerating inspiration.  This chapel appears to be a part of the red rock landscape.  And if you travel south for a while on Highway 89A, you will reach Jerome, a real ghost town and known as one wicked place back in the day.  This is a fascinating place to visit and should be added to your itinerary if you have the time.

You can spend some time in Flagstaff, too, because there is a long list of sights to see in this town.  Definitely stop at Wupatki National Monument to see this ancient pueblo where nearly one hundred members of local Indian tribes lived.

Yes, winter is an excellent time to come to Arizona, and the Red Rocks of Sedona are waiting for you to arrive and enjoy this unforgettable beautiful setting!  It’s a great vacation destination, particularly in an RV motor home.  Come soon and get away from the cold north for a spell; you’ll be so glad that you did.

Comfy and Cozy Motorhome from El Monte RV

A Comfy and Cozy Motor home Rental from  El Monte RV

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Picture credits: photo of man in Sedona by Alaskan Dude and photo of Sedona Cathedral reflections by Anita Ritenour are both  licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Visiting Jacksonville on a Florida RV Adventure

A winter vacation in Jacksonville, Florida can put new meaning into “vacation.”  The Florida coast offers a marvelous combination of seaside beauty and southern hospitality.  With so many sights to see and so much to do, the whole family will be busy constantly, with very little downtime (unless some is desired, of course).  Florida has some wonderful weather, too!  Jacksonville has lovely beaches and plenty of historical and scenic spots.

Boy at Seaside Playing with Seagulls in Jacksonville, Florida

Boy at Seaside Playing with Seagulls in Jacksonville, Florida

You can easily pick up an RV rental at El Monte RV Rentals and Sales in Orlando and head up to Jacksonville for your vacation.  You’ll discover some great RV campgrounds with lots of amenities, such as the Flamingo Lake RV Resort or the Fleetwood RV Park.  Either is conveniently located to give you easy access to enjoy all the sights and touristy things there are to do in Jacksonville.

One of the first stops in the city will be the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, a thrill for those of any age.  Animal exhibits are always fun to tour, and the animals love your company!  It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.  Another popular place to visit is the Veterans Memorial Wall  on East Adams Street.  This is a memorial honoring all veterans from all branches of the service.

Flamingos in Jacksonville Zoo, Florida

Flamingos in Jacksonville Zoo, Florida

If you want to enjoy a little outdoor recreation, you can drive a bit north of the city to the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve.  Here is your chance to see coastal wetlands and the animal life that makes their home here.  As you wander the dunes and absorb the seaside ambiance, you’ll realize how relaxing it is to breathe that wonderful sea air.  Stop at the Visitor Center so you can get well-informed about how to make the most of your visit to this preserve.

On one part of the preserve is the Kingsley Plantation, a place where you will discover some fascinating history.  There is no admission fee and you can explore the plantation and imagine you were there in an historic time lapse.  You’ll learn even more history of the time period of the slaves if you take the ranger program.

Museums provide a unique kind of education.  The arts should always be admired and studied, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens will certainly engage your artistic sensibilities.  The gardens are a wonderful place to enjoy some solitude amid its natural beauty along the banks of the river.  You must also make your way over to the Museum of Science and History to learn even more about this amazing state of Florida.  More art is available to view at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.

If you can bear leaving Jacksonville even temporarily, you will have to head south to St. Augustine.  This will be a bonus to your trip to Jacksonville.  Stop and see Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth and the St. Augustine Light.

Premier El Monte RV Rental Motor Home 2014  Model

Premier El Monte RV Rental Motor Home 2014 Model

You will certainly love this opportunity to explore some of the Florida coast and see the sights that Jacksonville offers.  It will be one motor home vacation that will go down in your books as one of the best!

For information on renting an RV in Florida – CLICK HERE or to rent a motor home outside of the state of Florida  – CLICK HERE.

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Picture credits: photo of boy with seagulls by V2112 and the flamingos by Rob Bixby are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Take Off Through Texas Hill Country in an RV

An RV trip through the rugged landscapes of the Texas Hill Country will put a refreshing twist on your vacation.  This is not just the colorful hills of the Lone Star State but an enchanting land of palm trees, cowboys, and German culture to explore.  Texas Hill Country isn’t just a vacation; it is an experience!

Natural Bridge in Texas Hill Country

Natural Bridge in Texas Hill Country

Starting out in Austin is the best plan, and there are many sights to see in that city, too.  But you will want to move on as there is a lot to see on this Hill Country tour.  Stop at Johnson City, Texas with its fascinating history and attractions for young and old.  The grownups might enjoy a guided hunt.  The whole family will love the Exotic Resort Zoo.  There are more than 500 types of animals to see here, many endangered.

Next stop can be beautiful Fredericksburg with its historical heritage, lovely galleries and delicious German food.  Drink up the great beer and then arrange a tour of the Admiral Nimitz Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War.  The kids and adults will find the Japanese midget submarine an awesome exhibit indeed.

Then move on to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the ideal place to have a picnic and hike to the top of a pink mountain.  The granite is pink, and yes, you’ll need your camera gear so you can take a photo.  You might catch a shot of some of the wildlife that make this area their home.

Visit the town of Kerrville for an introduction to some wonderful home cooking and plenty of live music.  Continue on and loop around to Bandera, Texas.  This is another spot where you can find great country home cooking and a lot of country music to boot.  Relax and enjoy the ambience of the Texas Hill Country.  You’ll want to visit the Frontier Times Museum for another view of the history of this region.  You may be surprised to also see a shrunken head.  Wait a minute!  How did that get here?

At the Hamilton Pool Preserve you can go hiking and study nature, then drive to the Guadalupe River State Park to paddle on the river.  The next stop on your trip is New Braunfels, a German community that welcomes visitors and shows everyone a wonderful time.  This town was founded by a German prince and the town has followed German culture throughout the years.  Ride a miniature train, take a paddle boat on the river, and shop for creative gifts to take back home.  The Hill Country RV Resort is a great place to stay.

Grounds at the Alamo in Texas

Grounds at the Alamo in Texas

Final stop on this RV trip in Texas Hill Country is San Antonio.  Naturally, you’ll want to experience the River Walk and take in the beauty of the Alamo, but you will also love visiting the San Antonio Zoo.  There are always things happening in San Antonio.  Plan ahead by checking online for dates of fun-filled events going on during your RV trip in town so you won’t miss a thing.  This would be the proper ending to a well-planned, well-executed RV Texas Hill Country trip!

For information on renting an RV in Texas, CLICK HERE or to rent a motor home outside of the state of Texas,  CLICK HERE.

Picture credits:  Top photo of the natural bridge by Nick Cobb and the bottom photo of the grounds at the Alamo by C. Thomas Caldwell are licensed under the Explore/Creative Attribution Commons license on Flickr.

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A Monterey RV Vacation is Perfect This Time of Year

An RV vacation to Monterey, California is great any time of year, but winter is really perfect.   Besides Monterey being a lovely and serene place, outdoor recreation is marvelous and nature shows its beautiful side.

Monterey Coastline, California

Monterey Coastline, California

You could say that Monterey and nearby Big Sur have picture-postcard beauty, and you would be spot on!  There are plenty of sights to see, so bring along your bike, your hiking boots, and your camera gear.  You have a wide choice in RV campgrounds so you can settle in and have a comfortable home base.

Anyone coming to Monterey needs to put the Monterey Bay Aquarium on their list to see.  It’s the pinnacle of attractions in the area to view fascinating marine life, such as a giant Pacific octopus, sea otters, and sea horses.   Ride in a submersible craft and sink down into the watery depths to view deep-sea creatures.   Catch the daily shows and learn about ocean life – facts you never before knew!

Cannery Row  -  Monterey, California

Cannery Row – Monterey, California

Whether or not you’ve ever read John Steinbeck, you will learn a lot of history by visiting Cannery Row.   In Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, he made this waterfront famous.   You will also want to visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and fit in whale watching.   You could also charter a fishing expedition.   Dine, shop, and browse —  there really is a lot to see!

Humpback Whale Monterey California

Humpback Whale Monterey California

Coming up a little later in January is the Whalefest Monterey which will be held on Old Fisherman’s Wharf.   Recently hundreds of dolphins, humpback whales, and orcas have come to  Monterey Bay to feast on anchovies.   Whale watchers are in seventh heaven with this special experience and  you will be too.  And, of course, there are many exhibits and educational opportunities during the Whalefest Monterey.   The kids will love attending, but the adults won’t want to miss a second either!

There are a wide variety of other things to do outdoors in the area.   You can hike the trails in Toro Park or Lake San Antonio.   Boating is also great at Lake San Antonio.   Biking trails are fun at Laguna Seca Recreation Area with miles of bike trails.   Take a wonderful drive in your RV on the 17 Mile Drive for expansive scenic views.

Naturally, you can’t miss Big Sur which is so close by.  Drive on this memorable coastal highway.   The views are thrilling, to say the least.  If you are lucky, you’ll spot a rare California condor with its wide wing span soaring over the crashing waves.   This section of coast is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that stretches along the coast for 276 miles.

Sea Otter in Monterey, California

Sea Otter in Monterey, California

Sea otters live in this region and thrive.  They are able to find the 15 pounds  of food they need to survive each day.   In the 1930s sea otters had almost vanished, but from a small group of sea otters along the Big Sur coast they increased in numbers until they have reached more than 2,000 currently.

Learn more about the life along the Monterey and Big Sur coast.   Come and visit on your next RV vacation!

El Monte RV Official Logo

El Monte RV Official Logo

For information on renting an RV in or near Monterey, California – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of California,  – CLICK HERE

Picture credits: The photos (top) of Monterey Coastline and Cannery Row (middle) by Jimg944, the photo of  the humpback whale by Fred von Lohmann, and the photo of the Sea Otter by Tim Parkinson, were found on Flickr Commons. They are licensed under the  Explore/Creative Commons license.

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The Best Way to Visit Orlando – in an RV

Everyone loves an Orlando vacation, no matter their age.  The number of attractions in the area is enough to keep an entire family busy for well over a month!

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Yes, Orlando, Florida, is a wonderful vacation destination.  And even better – an RV vacation!    Rent an RV at the Orlando El Monte RV location to experience the convenience that comes with  having an RV vacation.  It can end up costing a lot less, too!  We are only 20 minutes from Walt Disney World.  And for those in the market to purchase a well-maintained motor home, our Orlando RV location has a nice selection from which to choose as well!   RV rentals and sales has been our business for over 40 years!

So once you have your RV, the opportunities just expand for your Orlando vacation.  When visiting Walt Disney World (probably THE most popular attraction in the Orlando region), you will discover the best place to camp is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  You can hike the surrounding trails, go horseback riding, or do some beachcombing.  You are close enough to Walt Disney World that you can easily access all the fun!  Even if you have been here before, it is always a unique and memorable experience.

Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Campground, Orlando, Florida

You won’t want to miss the sea animals at SeaWorld either.  The shows are fascinating with whales and dolphins and many other sea creatures, all being extraordinarily entertaining.  If you have a video camera, you will want to ensure the battery is charged because there are a lot of things to film.  Once you have your fill of Sea World (if that is even possible), visiting Universal Studios Orlando should be next on your list.  This is where you will get the flavor of the world of movies.  You make your way behind the scenes to discover what it is like to make cinema thrillers.

By the way, you will find a number of great RV campgrounds where you can stay for different segments of your vacation.  There is the Lake Whipporwill KOA with full hookups that also offers  a pool and hot tub.  Two others include the Tropical Palms Resort and Campground and the Orange Blossom KOA.  You can RV-camp in your top choice the entire vacation or move around as the mood strikes.

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

El Monte RV Orlando, Florida, Location

If you have kids along, you’ll want to add Legoland Florida to your itinerary.  The rides are a huge thrill for the younger set and the older set too!  Adults and children from all over love the Orlando Museum of Art, enjoying the beautiful array of inspiring artworks.  The Bok Tower Gardens gives you the chance to see lovely gardens and a fascinating mansion, the Pinewood Estate.

Of course, there are even more things to do around Orlando.  Don’t forget to stop in and see Ripley’s Believe It Or Not where you will be enthralled with the various facts and stories that are VERY hard to believe until you see them with your own eyes.  And no trip to Florida is complete without seeing the alligators at Gatorland.

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

Enjoy the attractions and retire to your RV rental to reflect on the day’s adventures.  This is one RV vacation that can’t be beat – Orlando with its many attractions.  You will discover just how easy and inexpensive this type of getaway can be!

For information on renting an RV in or near Orlando, FLorida – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Florida,  – CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Disney World (top) was taken by Jeffrey Zeldman, the photo of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground by Darren Wittker, and the photo of Gatorland by “makelessnoise” were found on Flickr Commons.  They are all licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.  Monty would like to extend his appreciation for the license to use these pictures to promote RV traveling and vacationing in Florida.  Thank you!

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A Corpus Christi Winter RV Vacation

Southern Texas offers a wonderful escape from the harshness of winter up north. Driving an RV to Corpus Christi is the best place in Texas to head to experience some of the mildest weather.  Besides beachcombing, you can visit some of the amazing collections within Corpus Christi museums and discover historic sights that intrigue and enlighten.

Corpus Christi - Bird's Eye View

Corpus Christi – Bird’s Eye View

Birders love Corpus Christi!  Making your way over to the Padre Island National Seashore means there are miles and miles of coastline where you can study the varied species of birds. The Port Aransas Birding Center is an island sanctuary where you can wander along the boardwalks and view Bitterns, Least Grebes or the unusual Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  To get more viewing in, you can take off on a hike along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Truly, Corpus Christi is known for its fabulous birding opportunities.

On the western shore of Oso Bay, visit Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area. You will find birds as well as wildlife around this tidal pool area. Want to see some marine life while you are here?  The Texas State Aquarium is the place for you!  You get a glimpse of sea life of the Gulf as well as the beautiful Caribbean and more birds, sea turtles, and sting rays.

History of the region is fascinating and you can start out by seeing the aircraft carrier by the name of USS Lexington, a ship that was highly decorated during World War II.  Explore and try the new flight simulator so you can pretend you are a jet fighter pilot.  More history awaits you at the Christopher Columbus ships:  replicas built of these famous sea-going vessels.  Britton-Evans Centennial House and Heritage Park should also be added to your itinerary for more historical sites.

For those of any age who want a nice break from an active vacation, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a great spot to relax and calm the mind.  See native flora and fauna; take a self-guided tour of all 180 acres.  Breathe in those exotic fragrances.  The Bird and Butterfly Trail is something you absolutely can’t miss at these gardens.

A few more choices in arts, sciences and history!  Be sure to stop by the South Texas Institute for the Arts for a view of gorgeous artwork and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History for exhibits of archeology, science and natural history.  If you are a surfer at heart, you’ll love the Texas Surf Museum with an array of surfing memorabilia.

Get back to the water now and drive the Beach Loop.  Stop along the way to do some beachcombing and fit in some more bird watching at Indian Point Pier and Bob Hall Pier.  This is one winter RV vacation that will go down in your book as one of the best!

For information on booking an RV Trip in or near Corpus Christi, TX – Click Here or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Texas, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The picture of the Bird’s Eye View of Corpus Christi is from the Boston Public Library on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

 

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