From Wilkes-Barre, PA to Adventure: Four Summer RV Road Trips

Wilkes-Barre, PA has plenty to offer vacationers, but what if you’d like to leave the city behind? Four RV road trips within easy driving distance from Wilkes-Barre offer a whole summer of vacation fun. Here’s what you need to know to plan your trips.

RV Road Trip #1: Wilkes-Barre to Delaware Beaches

The beaches of southern Delaware offer not only sun, sand and ocean views, they present a wide range of other choices for outdoor recreation, too. Your major highways south from Wilkes-Barre will be I-81 and DE-1, all the way to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware (about a four hour drive.) From there, camp and play in beach towns like Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.

From the vibrant nightlife to quiet paddling trails, there’s something here for every kind of beach-loving RV traveler. Abundant state park and private campgrounds along the shore hold their own attractions, so why not choose more than one and make your way down Delaware’s Atlantic Coast at your leisure?

RV Road Trip #2: Wilkes-Barre to New York’s Finger Lakes Region

Three and a half hours north of Wilkes-Barre, PA, New York’s Finger Lakes Region is an awesome RV road trip destination for families, adventure-seekers and anyone longing to spend time in the great outdoors.

Eleven narrow lakes, spread across nine-thousand square miles, create the backdrop for hiking, boating, fishing, paddling and a dozen other outdoor activities. State parks throughout the region highlight the stunning beauty of waterfalls, gorges and the Finger Lakes themselves.

Favorite spots for road tripping RV travelers include

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park,  Robert H. Treman State Park, Finger Lakes towns like Corning and Seneca Falls and the wineries of the Finger Lakes region.

RV Road Trip #3: Wilkes-Barre to Burlington, Vermont

Tucked between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT is the perfect spot for campers who like a blend of outdoor fun and urban comforts. Burlington’s city-run North Beach Campground can be the center of your Burlington experience, with wooded campsites, a beach on Lake Champlain and easy access to the city’s attractions.

From Wilkes-Barre, PA, it’s about a six hour drive through Albany and then either straight north through Saratoga Springs or with a scenic side trip on US-7 near Green Mountain National Forest.

By either route, you’re driving toward Burlington’s lakeside charm, complete with picturesque municipal dock, a quartet of beaches on Lake Champlain, charter schooner or shoreline cruises and a vibrant city filled with museums, marketplaces and historic sites.

RV Road Trip #4: Wilkes-Barre to Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Drive six hours southwest of Wilkes-Barre through Harrisburg, PA and you’ll find yourself amidst a million acres of rugged forest land in the Allegheny Mountains. Wilderness sports enthusiasts will find prime spots to play there, with dozens of day hiking trails through diverse landscapes, eight designated wilderness areas for extended backpacking and four species of trout to chase in the cold water streams throughout the forest.

Add in the Highland Scenic Highway, climbing opportunities at Seneca Rocks and a half dozen RV camping districts and you’ve got a wild and rugged vacation for as long as you care to stay.

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is the hub of hundreds of possible road trips to beaches, mountains and urban energy. Pick up your RV in nearby Kingston, PA and head down the road to adventure; the possibilities are endless.

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How to Get Away from the Crowd While RV Camping

Traveling by RV is always comfortable, no matter whether you’re parked in a luxury RV resort or deep within a national forest. For campers who enjoy solitude, seeking campsites beyond developed campgrounds can be your best choice, if you’re willing to plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowd while RV camping is to take advantage of campsites at state and national forests. Here are just a few spots to consider as you plan your adventures:

  • If you’re planning a Virginia RV camping adventure, consider a visit to Shenandoah National Forest. The campgrounds there, set among woodlands, waterfalls and trails with panoramic views, offer dump stations, drinking water and large campsites.
  • Travelers planning a Pennsylvania RV vacation should take a look at the less-developed campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest. This vast greenspace is a fishing and hiking paradise and some campgrounds offer both electric or primitive campsites.
  • Visitors to California will want to take a look at Lassen National Forest, where several campgrounds accommodate your need for no-hookups privacy (and the views are simply breathtaking!)
  • Florida RV campers hoping for a less crowded environment can check out Osceola National Forest west of Jacksonville, especially the Ocean Pond campground. Three levels of camping allow you to pick how isolated you’d like to be while exploring the trails and waterways in this lush, green environment.

But you may be saying, “Wait a minute! What exactly do you mean by “camping outside of developed campgrounds”? What we’re talking about is a camping area where you’ll find a water supply, dump station and shower/restroom facilities close by, but perhaps without electric or water hookups at each campsite. You may not be able to use your electronic appliances and devices unless generator use is allowed, but the trade-off is in uncluttered views and uncrowded camping.

To take advantage of the beauty many of these campgrounds have to offer, you’ll have to plan ahead and make some adjustments to expectations. Here are some suggestions as you prepare to camp in a state or national forest campground.

  • Check ahead for rules about generator use, and plan for essentials accordingly.
  • Fill water tanks and empty waste water tanks before arriving.
  • Plan to cook on a gas stove or grill or plan menus that don’t require cooking.
  • Take care to only dispose of waste water at campground or park dump stations.
  • During the warmest hours of the day, plan activities like swimming or hiking in the deep woods to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead for safe food storage.
  • For ‘dispersed camping’ spots, where parking the RV is allowed in areas without amenities, you’ll need to pack out your own trash.

Being able to embrace the beauty of natural areas is possible even while enjoying RV comfort. Don’t own an RV? No problem—we’re always here to help with an RV rental.

With a little planning, camping in less crowded campgrounds might just become your favorite way to vacation. Why not start planning your get-away-from-it-all adventure now?

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Six Spectacular RV Camping Trips to Find Fall Color

Chase a splash of red up a mountain road, and be rewarded by an endless valley filled with autumn colors. Wake up in your RV campground to the blaze of red and gold glory all around. That’s the beauty of an RV camping trip to find fall color.

These six spectacular trips offer a banquet of autumn beauty to RV travelers. It’s not too late to plan your itinerary!

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee:  Located on the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and half a day’s drive from Louisville, KY, Gatlinburg is one of our favorite autumn destinations. Use it as your starting point for one of the many scenic drives through the National Park to net a camera full of autumn color.
  1. Bristol, Rhode Island:  There’s never a bad time of year to drive Rhode Island’s coastal highways, and autumn there is particularly memorable. From the grounds of the Blithewold Mansion to the autumn wonders of Colt State Park on Narragansett Bay, RV travelers will find their fill of fall color in Bristol. RV vacation bonus—it’s a short drive via I-95 from Boston!
  1. Park City, Utah:  If you find yourself RV camping near Salt Lake City this autumn, take the time to visit Park City, less than an hour east on I-80. That’s where to start your journey through miles and miles of golden aspen as you follow the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, with a side trip up the Alpine Scenic Loop “Backway” through Sundance. Don’t miss this Western wonder of nature!
  1. Grand County, Colorado:  The county and forest roads around the Rocky Mountain towns of Granby, Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser reveal some of fall_foliage1Colorado’s best fall foliage. About an hour and a half from Denver, Grand County RV campers can find hours of autumn color along byways like County Road 50 (Church Park Rd) west of
    Fraser and Hwy 34 from Grand Lake to Granby. Autumn travel extra—keep an ear open for elk bugling during fall mating season!
  1. Tioga County, Pennsylvania:  Here’s an RV traveling family’s chance to see the PA Grand Canyon, as well as unforgettable autumn vistas! Tioga County, PA, a couple hours’ west of Kingston, boasts charming towns like Wellsboro, where quaint shops and homes are surrounded by glorious hardwoods in full autumn blaze. Follow the county roads between Ansonia, Wellsboro and Colton Point State Park for your best fall camping trip photos.
  1. Galena, Illinois:  As your motorhome rolls into Galena, Illinois, be prepared to be charmed! This Mississippi River town along the Great River Road blends abundant autumn leaves, streets winding up scenic hillsides and Victorian homes and shops galore. About three hours west of Chicago, Galena is one of the finest places to find fall foliage in the Midwest.

Admit it, you’re hoping to make an RV trip into the countryside to witness the beauty of autumn foliage. Use these suggested itineraries to start your trip planning, and don’t forget to give us a call if you’re in need of an RV rental. This autumn promises to be spectacular! Don’t miss the chance to see it for yourself with an RV camping trip to find fall color.

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Three Pennsylvania State Parks to Visit

Pennsylvania is home to state park RV camping adventures too numerous to count. In honor of late summer campers, we’ve narrowed it down to three special spots every RV camper should visit before summer is gone. Let us know if you go! We’d love to hear your stories in the comments section below.

Worlds End State Park

Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains provide the perfect setting for end-of-summer fun. Worlds End State Park, an hour west of Kingston, PA, is tucked in a lush, green valley cooled by the waters of Loyalsock Creek.   PA State Park

Let the family swim, fish for trout and hike the rugged trails before coming home to your campsite in the forest. With 30-amp sites available, you can be comfortable while enjoying the beauty of this scenic valley. Here’s a brochure from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation on the recreation opportunities at Worlds End State Park.

Cook Forest State Park

Western Pennsylvania’s Cook Forest State Park is the place to go for late summer hiking and paddling. The Clarion River, a shallow waterway safe for family canoe, kayak and tubing adventures, splashes along through the old-growth forests that make this state park irresistible to nature lovers.

Campsites shaded by hemlock and pine range along the river and near trails that lead to scenic bridges, rocky hillsides and the park’s famous ‘Forest Cathedral’. Reserve your Cook Forest State Park campsite (30 and 50 amp sites available) and make this your late summer getaway.

Bald Eagle State Park

One more gloriously green location for late summer camping is found in Northcentral PA. Bald Eagle State Park is home to Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir, popular for boating, swimming and fishing. Plan to hike a woodland trail around Bald Eagle Mountain and keep an eye to the sky for the magnificent birds that give the park its name.

Dozens of electric and water campsites make camping here convenient, so book yours before you come. Be sure to pack the binoculars, hiking shoes and water recreation gear for maximum later summer fun. One more tip: the marina at Bald Eagle State Park offers rentals on kayaks, pontoons, jet skis and even bicycles, but reserve early if you’re coming for the weekend.

The Keystone State’s state parks and forests have something for every kind of late summer camper, whether you’re renting a Class C cabover RV or bringing the family fifth wheel. With thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, picturesque lakes and rivers and plenty of modern campsites, they’re custom-made for your end-of-summer getaway.

Keep us in mind at El Monte RV Rentals in Pennsylvania or nearby Linden, New Jersey if lack of a motorhome is keeping you from camping. Pennsylvania is prime camping territory and there’s still time to find your favorite spot this summer.

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Active Family RV Camping Idea – Delaware Water Gap NRA

Stuck for summer RV camping ideas? Why not combine your family’s love of hiking, paddling and, of course, exceptional RV camping, with a trip to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area?

If you’ve never been to ‘the Gap’, it’s located where the Delaware River divides New Jersey from Pennsylvania, about an hour southeast of Kingston, PA and two hours northwest of Linden, NJ. The Delaware River makes its way through the Appalachian Mountains here, and provides an area abundant with ways to entertain yourself outdoors.

Now that you know how to get there, what will you find to do at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area? delaware_water_gap_pa  Answer—just about anything outdoors-loving campers like to do! Whether you spend your entire vacation hiking the Appalachian and secondary trails, photographing waterfalls or paddling the Middle Delaware, there’s a gorgeous place to do it in the nearly seventy-thousand acres within the Gap.

Let’s start by talking about the hiking possibilities, since that’s a major activity at this National Recreation Area. Twenty-eight miles of the world-famous Appalachian Trail climb in and out of the NRA’s hemlock forests, surprising first-time visitors and veteran hikers alike with not-to-be-forgotten views. In addition to the Appalachian Trail, your family can hike up Mount Tammany, be equally challenged by the trail up Mount Minsi and thrill to views of the more than thousand-foot-deep mountain gorge that gives the NRA its name. Hiking the area’s four dozen marked trails is enough adventure for several RV camping trips, so use this quick guide to Delaware Water Gap trails when planning this year’s adventures.

If your RV camping vacation goal is to come home with jaw-dropping photos, you won’t be disappointed! As you hike up mountainsides and along the Water Gap, keep an eye out for the waterfalls rushing down into rocky pools. You’ll also find plenty to photograph along scenic drives like the Old Mine Road. Quaint villages, historic homes and vintage structures can be found throughout the park for those willing to hike, bike or drive to the Gap’s more remote regions.

We’ve saved the best for last—the joys of diving in (literally) to the River that rolls through the Delaware Water Gap. Kayaks and canoes can be seen making their lazy way along this stretch of the Middle Delaware, with happy paddlers craning their necks to see eagles high overhead and enjoying solitary stretches of undisturbed countryside.

If the kids enjoy taking a dip in a mountain stream, they’ll love the Gap’s swimming beaches, too. And don’t leave the anglers in your group high and dry! Tell them to pack their fishing gear, because the Delaware during summer months is flyfishing or light tackle heaven for smallmouth bass. It’s especially popular for kayak fishing.

Now that you’ve learned your active family will find plenty to do at the Delaware Water Gap NRA, all that’s left is to book your campsite. There are plenty of choices, from Dingman’s Campground, the authorized camping concessionaire within the National Recreation Area, to nearby Pennsylvania campgrounds in towns like East Stroudsburg or campgrounds in New Jersey in the towns of Columbia and Delaware. If you don’t happen to own an RV, be sure to stop by Linden, New Jersey El Monte RV Rentals or El Monte RV Rentals in Kingston, Pennsylvania—we’ve got just the motorhome for your trip.

Lush, green, scenic, refreshing—that’s how visitors describe the treasure that is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Bring the family and turn them loose in the countryside. This is sure to become a place they’ll want to go RV camping again and again.

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RVing Road Trip: Exploring Hershey, PA



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. But mention “chocolate bar” and one word comes to mind ~ Hershey.

The Hershey Company is headquartered in the town that bears its name, and where their confections are still made. But if you were to go to Hershey to only experience the chocolate, you would be missing an unbelievable amount of adventures and fun! Let’s take a look at why an RV trip to Hershey Pennsylvania can be about more than just chocolate.

Founding History of Hershey

If you enjoy a rags to riches story and have a love for history, take time during your visit to be inspired by the story behind Hershey Chocolates.

Milton Hershey at thirty years old was a failure. His first confectionery business was in Philadelphia in 1876. The business survived for only six years, before going bankrupt in 1882. His second confectioner shop in New York City, lasted only 3 years, closing in 1886. He moved to Lancaster Pennsylvania, and utilizing a caramel recipe he developed in his previous business ventures, was finally successful. It was the start of his Lancaster Caramel Company that established Milton as a candy maker, and set the stage for what is now known as The Hershey Company.  Milton_S._Hershey_c1905

If you want to know more about this man and how his chocolate empire rose, stop by the The Hershey Story ~ The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. The Museum allows old and young alike to interactively become an apprentice to Milton Hershey.

Participants discover where the key ingredient of chocolate, the cocoa bean, is grown and how the beans are harvested and processed into the world’s most popular candy bar. In the museum, you can learn about Milton Hershey’s family life, his amazing legacy of philanthropy and how he supported and built the town of Hershey PA. Be taken by Milton Hershey’s story and by the life of this uniquely American visionary.

Attractions and Sights

Just want to have fun? Hershey Pennsylvania offers adventurers and thrill seekers a multitude of attractions to enjoy.

  • Start your visit with the FREE Hershey Chocolate World Tour. Take this ride through an imaginary factory and learn how milk and cocoa beans are combined to make the chocolate known all over the world. At the end of your journey, get a sample of what’s being made on the factory line that day.
  • Get your thrill on riding one of twelve rollercoasters found in Hersheypark. This “disneyesque” amusement park features over seventy rides and has variety shows and other entertainment. You can even get pictures or have a breakfast with the Hershey Product Mascots.
  • Enjoy getting thrills on the wet and wild side? Head on over to The Boardwalk at Hersheypark for it’s Coastline Plunge tubes, East Coast Waterworks splash park and the crazy fast Tidal Force flume.


There are plenty of other attractions worth a visit in Hershey Pa.

  • Visit the Chocolate Spa, where you can indulge in signature chocolate-themed treatments.
  • The botanical beauty of Hershey Gardens overlooks the town of Hershey. These historical gardens feature a breathtaking assortment of flowering annuals, deciduous shrubs and a stately collection of rare trees.
  • ZooAmerica features over 200 native North American animals in recreated natural habitats.
  • Hit the links and choose from three distinctive greens with a round of Hershey golf.

For these and more attractions click the link here.


Hershey has plenty of opportunities to “shop till you drop.” Some outstanding possibilities include:

  • For anything with the Hershey logo on it, there’s no better store than in Hershey World. Get your fill of favorite Hershey candy, or interesting gifts and souvenirs featuring Hershey products.
  • For Outlet shopping check the Tanger Outlets at Hershey for major brand discounts.
  • The Hershey area also has a variety of antiquing, boutique and consignment shopping to be discovered listed here.


There are plenty of dining experiences to try in Hershey. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • If you enjoy eating like a local, or a good local brew. be sure to try Tröegs Brewing Company. Though they call their eatery a “snack bar,” don’t be fooled – this local hotspot offers unique and tempting appetizers to share, and mouthwatering entrees of great locally grown, farm fresh,
  • Another great local eatery is the Hershey Pantry. Available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the atmosphere of this restaurant is trendy urban eatery combined with the cozy warmth of a small-town diner.
  • Travelers who favorite the comfort of a national chain will find them plentiful and available. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in the area, click here.

Hershey RV Show

If you’re interested in taking the next step, every September, Giant Center in Hershey becomes the site of “America’s Largest RV Show.”  Widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier consumer RV shows, it is typically the event at which RV manufacturers will debut new models or features to the public. In addition to RVs on display, the show features over 100 vendors along with seminars for the RVing public, RV dealers, and  technicians. Topics featured include training, and service advising clinics, showcasing RVing experts and travel writers to help in planning your next step in the RVing lifestyle.  Lean more about the RV Show here.

Campgrounds – Where to Stay

Staying at the official camping resort of Hersheypark has it’s advantages for RVing families. Hersheypark Camping Resort features a free shuttle to the amusement park, and offers the best prices on Hersheypark tickets. There are also discounts to be had for admission to many favorite Hershey area attractions. Other campground possibilities close by can be found here.

Other Destinations Nearby

Hershey Pennsylvania has lots to offer and fun to get involved in. Other Destinations in Pennsylvania worth checking include:

Whichever way you head though Hershey and the surrounding landscape of Pennsylvania, – it’s better when you take family and friends and go RVing!

Mike Karl guest blogging for Monty’s Musings -The Motorhome Travel Blog – El Monte RV

About Mike Karl – Also known as RoadAbode, Mike is a ten year RVer and writer of all things dealing with the RV Lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the and Reddit GoRVing Forums. Serving as a Contributing Advisor for the TripAdvisor website, others can share in his insights into destinations throughout the Eastern United States. His blog “The Adventures and Travels of RoadAbode” relates personal travel experiences with friends and family in RoadAbode, his Class C RV – previously a rental. Other topics include RV updates, and reviews of RV resorts, products and destinations. Go to to read more, or contact Mike. Subscribe to the RoadAbode newsletter for a link to a FREE downloadable RVing LifeStyle Cookbook!

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  • Chocolate World By By Paulo Ordoveza from Washington, DC (Chocolate World  Uploaded by clusternote) (derivative image) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Milton Hershey By unknown (original image); Centpacrr (derivative image) (Hershey Community Archives (original image)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Boardwalk at Hersheypark [Public domain], via Wikipedia
  • America’s Largest RV Show Image by Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA)
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RVing RoadTrip: Exploring Lancaster PA

Lancaster PA Farmland

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 a campground in Lancaster Pennsylvania. These quaint snapshots of a simpler time can be found in this Southeastern Pennsylvania County, but the area has much more to offer to those visiting Lancaster and it’s surrounds by RV.  Let’s check out the History and Culture, Performing Arts, Foodie Finds, some of the interesting sights to see, and awesome shopping to be experienced.

History and Culture

The Amish and Mennonite Communities have shaped Lancaster, and their influences Amish community in PAare evident as you travel the country roads, past family farms, quaint schoolhouses and roadside farmers markets. The Amish have no cars, no phones, and no electricity  in their homes. To learn more about “The Plain People” take an Amish Buggy tour, and explore Amish Farmland. Enjoy some Shoofly pie or tangy chow-chow from the Bird in Hand Farmers Market. Visiting these places gives plenty of opportunity to talk with the people that live their life simply, and learn the storied history of the families that first settled the County.

Taking in some Performing Arts

Theater and music are alive and well in Lancaster. Whether you want a large scale show or something more intimate, enjoy comedy or drama, all can be found in Lancaster County. For large scale pageantry of biblical proportions, visit the Sight and Sound Theater with over 2000 seats, The American Music Theater features top country music and comedy stars. Rainbow Dinner Theater has offered Comedy Dinner Theater to families for over 30 years. For theater with local flair, the The Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm is home to the only “experiential” theater on the East coast. Want to be interactive with your theater experience? Try the seasonal  Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and become one of the Lords or Ladies of the Manor. Smaller, eclectic venues like PRIMA or Tellus360 offer folksy blues or funk rock vibe in a tavern setting. Click here for a list of Performing Arts venues.

Sights not to Miss

Besides Lancaster’s historic and artistic sides, there are other experiences to  take in. For young kids, check in at Dutch Wonderland Theme Park for kid friendly rides, shows, and adventures. Take a Steam train ride through the countryside at Strasburg Railroad and after, tour through the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum across the road. The National Christmas Museum keeps the holiday spirit alive throughout the year. Two motorsports venues offer either drag racing at Maple Grove Raceway or Buck Motorsports for tractor pulls, mud bogging, and demolition derbys.

Foodie Finds

There are plenty of choices for those who love to tantalize their taste buds. There is no reason to stop at one of the national food places, even though they are plentiful in the Lancaster area. Instead, Lancaster offers comfort food from family style buffets such as Shady Maple, Yoders, and Millers Smorgasbords all which feature plenty of local favorites.  Lancaster has a growing wine, brew and distilling industry. Stop into one of the great brew pubs like Lancaster, Spring House, or Iron Hill Brewing and sample a  local flight of robust stout or pale ale to complement a meal of flavorful ingredients locally grown.. For breakfast or dessert, indulge in some French influence with Rachel’s Cafe & Creperie or the delightful treats of Carmen & David’s Creamery. Check here for a comprehensive listing of foodie finds.

Foodie Tours include the Turkey Hill Experience, to learn how ice cream is made, Intercourse Pretzel Factory Tour, to see and taste a variety of pretzels, and Herr’s Snacks Factory Tour to see how potato chips are made, and taste them fresh off the line. Lancaster is the Land of Yum!


Shopping in Lancaster, PALancaster is a mecca for those that love to “shop till they drop” Two shopping Outlets are only a mile or so apart from each other. Rockvale has more than 80 stores featuring high-end, premium brands, and  nine restaurants conveniently located right inside the outlet complex. Tanger though smaller, offers upscale retailers like Coach, Movado, and Talbots.

Besides the outlets, there is Central Market, the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market. Kitchen Kettle Village offers unique shoppes with local, handcrafted items. Goods Store offers a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch shopping experience – where locals shop for great prices and good service. For those that enjoy thrifting one of the best is Re-Uzit whose mission is to support charity and is operated by the Mennonite Community. The multi-level building is more like shopping in a small department store than a thrift store. For a list of Lancaster’s shopping experiences, click in here

Where to Stay

Lancaster has some beautiful campgrounds to settle into while visiting the area. To stay surrounded by Amish farmland, Country Acres open year round offers sites right next to a working Amish farm. They also offer FREE area bus tours to campground guests. Flory’s is a quaint campground nestled between a working farm and local homes. Local farmers regularly visit to sell fresh produce. Lake-in-Wood Resort is “Home to the Gnomes” with a woodland gnome theme the resort is family friendly, includes a full service cafe, and well stocked camp store. To really feel pampered, check in to Spring Gulch, which has a full service Day Spa. There are plenty of other campgrounds to stay close to your favorite attractions. Here is a current list of RV resorts and campgrounds.

Other Destinations Close by

Head North to take in the sights, tastes, and smells of Hershey Pennsylvania, home of the famous chocolate still made there. Point your RV South to experience the beauty of the Brandywine Valley. If you’re travelling East you will come across Valley Forge and learn of the Colonies Revolutionary War for independence, West toward the setting sun to see Civil War History come alive at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Which ever way you head – it’s better when you are going RVing!


Mike Karl guest blogging for Monty’s Musings -The Motorhome Travel Blog – El Monte RV

About Mike Karl – Also known as RoadAbode, Mike is a ten year RVer and writer of all things dealing with the RV Lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the and Reddit GoRVing Forums. His blog “The Adventures and Travels of RoadAbode” relates personal travel experiences with friends and family in RoadAbode, his Class C RV – previously a rental. Other topics include RV updates, and reviews of RV resorts, products and destinations. Go to to read more, or contact Mike. Subscribe to the RoadAbode newsletter for a link to a FREE downloadable RVing LifeStyle Cookbook!

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The picture of Amish Farmland  is from Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

The picture of Amish Children is from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The picture of Central Market in Lancaster PA is from Wikipedia and is in the public domain



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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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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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Experience the Brandywine Valley on an RV Vacation

Brandywine Valley

Hagley mill race on the Brandywine Creek, Delaware, USA.

Although a short trip, traveling through the Brandywine Valley offers beautiful scenery and many interesting sights to see. Here you will get tastes of history, natural beauty and country hospitality. Driving through Pennsylvania and Delaware as fall approaches is a vacation trip not to pass up, particularly in a comfortable RV motorhome.

Take the twelve-mile drive on Routes 100 and 52 through rolling hills. But don’t neglect to stop and see the sights. You’ll begin your journey in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where you can browse the shops and find fine dining. You can stay at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA in Coatesville, PA with a lovely rural setting and plenty of activities.

Be sure to travel to the Brandywine Battlefield Park to experience the feel of life in the times of the Revolutionary War. This side trip on U.S. Route 1 is worth the time it takes to get to Chadds Ford and see this historic site. The visitor’s center has a number of exhibits that display the weapons and uniforms of that era. It is a thrill to see Washington’s headquarters. If you are there in September, you will also get to view a full re-enactment of the battle in all its glory.

Longwood Gardens is a must-see for the whole family. There are more than 1,000 acres of beauty here, with twenty indoor gardens. There is no other place with such stunning displays of plants, flowers and fountains. Stop by and explore the Brandywine River Museum located in a 19th century grist mill. The art work there will take your breath away, with a superior collection of Wyeth art from three generations.

To see a spectacular mansion with a large garden area visit the Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Walking the Long Walk is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the sculptures and flowering plants and trees. The reflecting pool is a thing of wonder with its twelve-foot spray.

Another must-see on your journey is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, a working farm that has been in existence since the 18th century. Then you will move on to Wilmington, Delaware with its many attractions. Take time to shop for gifts for friends and relatives while in town. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy some entertainment or sports events here in Wilmington.

Of course, before you leave to travel home once again in your RV, stop by the residence that was once owned by Henry Francis du Pont. The Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library offers the visitor a glimpse into the world of American decorative arts and a natural garden that is amazing in its breadth.

Your travel through the Brandywine Valley is a time to explore nature, history and have some fun. You will learn a lot about colonial times and experience a peaceful and enlightening getaway with the family. Explore, learn and relax. And come again for another late summer adventure in Pennsylvania and Delaware!

Picture credits: The picture of Brandywine Valley is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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