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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Vacation this Winter in Galveston, Texas

An RV vacation to Galveston, Texas, can be the ideal winter getaway for the whole family.  Start the New Year out right with an adventure on the Gulf Coast.  Southern Texas has it all!

Galveston Island, Texas

Galveston Island, Texas

Instead of shoveling snow, you can sit on a beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.  Instead of slipping and sliding around on frozen streets, you can travel the highways in style in an RV motorhome.  You have a wide choice of places to stay in Galveston.  The Jamaica Beach RV Park is one of the top choices for RV camping enthusiasts.  You will be near the beach, and have easy access to all sorts of fun activities, including watching dolphins play, taking a boat tour, and much more.

One of the most exciting things about Galveston is that you can enjoy playing in a water park, even in winter!  The Schlitterbahn Water Park is the only indoor waterpark in the state where you can have swimming fun like you wouldn’t believe.  You won’t freeze – the waters are heated!

History plays a large part in your Galveston experience.  You must take in some sights which give you the opportunity to tune-in to some of the Texan past.  Bishop’s Palace is one place to visit, an ornate mansion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The very first brick home in the state was Ashton Villa, built in 1859.  Stop by here to see the museum housed within.

And speaking of museums, there are others around Galveston that you shouldn’t miss.  One is the Railroad Museum with its fascinating railcars, artifacts, and even a ride on the Harborside Express.  The model trains thrill “kids” of all ages.  Another museum which is a must-see is the Texas Seaport Museum.  You will enjoy a self-guided tour of the numerous exhibits found there.

All aviation enthusiasts who enjoy viewing aircraft of early days will love the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.  Some of the best displays in the nation are available here.   Some are permanent and some are rotating, but whichever it is, you should not pass up this chance to see aviation at its finest.

Kids and adults alike love heading over to Moody Gardens where you’ll see the animals and birds that thrive in a tropical rainforest.  Visit with “happy feet” in the Aquarium Pyramid – yes, penguins!  Also see some happy seals as well.  Fit in a science lesson or two at the Discovery Museum.

Before you pack up and head home, you will want to take the family to Galveston Island State Park.  You can enjoy the mild climate as you go hiking on trails, fish the waters, or watch the numerous species of birds.  This is a wonderful way to top off your RV vacation activities.  The weather should always cooperate with your time in Galveston, Texas.  And if it doesn’t, you will have a nice, warm motor home to retire to.

This winter head for southern Texas and all the sights and sounds of the Gulf to make your vacation the best it can be.

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

For information on renting an RV  near Galveston, Texas –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of Texas, -CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Galveston, Texas, (top) was taken by Todd Carr and the photo (right) by Drew Mark on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons Attribution license.

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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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An RV Vacation in Dallas, Texas

Taking a trip to Texas and spending some time in Dallas can be a glowing highlight of a winter RV vacation.  This city offers many things to do and sights to see for all ages. With the mild weather and friendly folks ready to welcome you, Dallas is a destination you can count on for lots of winter fun. Of course, RV parks are open and you can pull right in to set up your base camp. Try the Texan RV Ranch to get wonderful amenities and close proximity to all the attractions on your list of things to see.

Dallas Arts District

Dallas Arts District

Honor our past by visiting the Sixth Floor Museum where you’ll find films, artifacts and photos of President Kennedy.  See large collections of African and Asian art at the Dallas Museum of Art.  While in the Dallas Arts District , be sure to make a reservation for a show at the Meyerson Symphony Center and tour the Nasher Sculpture Center for a cultural experience.  You can get around town easily by taking the free McKinney Avenue Trolley.

More adventures await you in Dallas.  You should ensure you have made your list and planned your routes to be able to fit in as much as possible.  You won’t want to miss the Dallas World Aquarium where you can experience a rainforest exhibit and see fascinating birds and reptiles.  The plants and flowers at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will be an inspiration to any gardener, with 60 acres of gardens to enjoy.

When you have your kids with you, visit the children’s section at Dallas Zoo. Adults love this section as well, and the rest of the zoo has a wide selection of animals who will love your company.  Check the Chamber of Commerce to see what events will be held while you are there.  All sorts of celebrations occur throughout the year.

Right next door to Dallas is Fort Worth.  You can drive there in a short amount of time and experience the different attractions in Dallas’ neighboring city.  If you wish to see some interesting history, visit the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  Honoring women of the West, you will see a number of displays such as Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork and stories of  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  At the Kimbell Art Museum you can see some artwork of the masters like Picasso, Rembrandt and Monet.

Wander some wonderful specialty gardens at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District with the Stockyards Museum and another Cowboy Hall of  Fame.  Hike to your heart’s content on any or all of the twenty miles of trails in the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

Once you come to Dallas on an RV vacation, it might be hard to finally call it a day and go home.  It is a winter vacation you will never forget, with memories lasting a lifetime!

For information on booking an RV Trip through Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Click Here.

Picture credits:  The picture of Dallas Arts District in Dallas, Texas, is from the Wikimedia Commons.  It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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