When you’re ready for a Coachella–like music festival but find yourself on the East Coast, take your RV and head for New York! You’ll find the third year of the Panorama Music Festival July 27 – 29 at Randall’s Island Park.

Consider taking a week-long trip centered on this weekend to really enjoy some of the sights in addition to the sounds of New York City.

Panorama Music Festival

Panorama Music Festival

Aside from great lineups each year, this event also includes unique art installations and amazing local New York food selections to delight the foodie in you. This might be THE music festival for you.

Major headliners for the 2018 3 day concert lineup include: Janet Jackson, The Killers, and The Weeknd. Other notable acts include Migos, Cardi B, SZA, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The xx, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gucci Mane, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie, Daniel Caesar, Dua Lipa, Jay Som, Jhené Aiko, Floating Points, Japanese Breakfast, Downtown Boys, and more. See more details of the schedule and lineups here: Panorama (New York, NY). For more information about travel and other details on getting there, click here.

ABOUT RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK:

Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held.  The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby to scope out before you embark on your trip to New York.

1) Liberty Harbor RV: Located in Jersey City, NJ, this park is billed as the closest RV Park to New York City. It is 15 minutes from the city, just across the East River and is open year round, offering specials for stays of 6 days or longer, Wi-Fi, 50 sites with water and electric, and more. It is located close to the PATH train, Ferries and Light Rail, and is right next to the Liberty Harbor Marina.

2) Camp Gateway – Brooklyn, NY is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Amidst the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

Camp Gateway –Brooklyn, is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field, facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. You can take advantage of their biking trails that weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.

Birders would enjoy the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge host of 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.

When you are ready to get into the City, head to Riis Landing for ferry rides to Manhattan. Check out their website for more details.

More Sites to See

Take time to visit other notable sites while you visit New York. One truly notable spot is called Castle Clinton, located at the southern tip of Manhattan by The Battery, and landing point of the New York Ferries to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

If you find a photograph of Manhattan taken from anywhere in or near the harbor, whether taken from a ship, helicopter, or skyscraper, you’ll notice that Castle Clinton National Monument is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in a city full of recognizable landmarks. That’s not to say Castle Clinton has always looked the same. Visit their visitor center for a full view of how it has looked over the last 200 years.

To rent an RV for your next New York trip, check our New York/New Jersey RV Rentals location. Click here for more details.

Colorado’s high country has a lot of territory to cover. But even if you don’t have much time, a Grand County, Colorado three to five day summer getaway can introduce you to the best of the Rocky Mountains. RV camping in this area reveals exotic views, plenty of water activities and horseback riding or even rodeos if you like.

Here’s a suggested three – five day trip itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at High Altitude

If you’ve arrived from the lowlands, be smart and take a day to acclimate while getting an introduction to the area. Remember to drink plenty of water and take it easy—you are on vacation, after all.

Use your first day to take a drive on the Colorado Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway. Begin on U.S. Highway 34 in Grand Lake. Follow the Colorado River south for 80 miles, through the towns of Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling.

A short drive from the town of Grand Lake, Kawuneeche Visitor Center is located just past the entrance to the park. Here, you’ll find an unforgettable drive through pine meadows, up rugged slopes, and out into the open alpine highlands, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Lake Granby. End with the spectacular view of the rugged Upper Gore Canyon.

After your brief exploration, you may want to check in at your RV Campsite.

Camping Spots

If you’re looking to camp in or near the park, see suggestions below, or view the National Park Service’s Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds  page, which offers five in-park campgrounds, 3 of which are available for reservations, and two on a first come, first served basis.

Nearby also find Elk Creek Campground and RV Park located in Grand Lake, Red Mountain RV Park and Wolford Campground in Kremmiling, and Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby near Winter Park. There is a US Forestry Service location near Winter Park and Granby as well where you can discover some of the best American outdoor experiences. See their official site for more details.

Remaining Day 1 or Day 2:

Once you’re settled in, enjoy taking your time visiting the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs – see the town’s original courthouse, a blacksmith shop, a 150-year-old ranch house, and several antique rail cars. Other local historical sites and museums are open for visitors in Fraser, Grand Lake, and Kremmling. Use the evening to relax at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. Kick back with a soak in the ancient area hot springs, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Day 2-3: Rocky Mountain Memories

The Rockies are what it’s all about up here!  Although Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the United States, its Western side is less frequented, less crowded, and much quieter.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Plan ahead and pack a picnic. With 35 trailheads in the park and several picnic spots, your family can spend all day in the wilderness, getting up close and personal with the wildlife.

Looking for a family-friendly excursion? Go on a hunt for secret places in Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes hidden lakes, hiking trails, and abandoned mining towns.

Day 4-5: The Western Experience

First settled in the 1880s as a ranching, farming and lumber center, Grand County has maintained many of its original buildings and sites as museums. Use the day or even 2 days to get the full western experience!

If you’re lucky to be here during rodeo season, experience traditional cowboy skills like roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Watch the West come alive on Saturdays during the summer at Fraser’s High-Country Stampede Rodeo and Granby’s Flying Heels Rodeo. Continue your western experience with a horseback ride into the sunset. For a true hands-on western experience, contact one of the local outfitters who offer half-and full-day horseback rides.

When you’re heading back into Grand Lake, take a stroll along the boardwalk for some last-minute shopping and a leisurely dinner, visit the Kauffmann House Museum to learn more about the area’s history, and make sure to take advantage of some water recreation on Grand Lake.

More of a thrill-seeker than a history buff or shopper? No problem! Grand County is home to over 600 miles of hiking and biking trails. Visit Winter Park or Fraser to take advantage these elaborate trail systems and bike parks. Reach new heights with a challenging mountain trail or stay in town on a family-friendly route, the choice is up to you!

To make the most of your trip, you can easily rent an RV at El Monte Denver RV Rentals.

Chicagoland Hosts 6 Solid Days of NASCAR Racing Fun

Been dreaming about watching not one but four NASCAR races in one long weekend? How about 4th of July weekend in Chicago?

If you are a NASCAR fan anywhere in the Midwest, you can experience Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend (for almost a week) from June 27th to July 2nd. Get up close and personal to your favorite drivers; experience a pre-race drivers’ meeting as if you were a racer, and enjoy the 400 Pre-Race Concert, featuring Randy Houser.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

Not only that, but you can actually camp at the Speedway for the whole long weekend. RV campers can park for the full four race dates from June 28th to July 1st or stay the whole long weekend from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July.

CAMPING

Camp Wednesday through Monday morning and enjoy four races as NASCAR’s stars come to this magnificent mile and a half.

With over 1,800 campsites in four different campgrounds, you will find easy camping within earshot of the world’s greatest drivers leaving their best on the track.  Plus, don’t miss the camper-only parties, music, giveaways and so much more!

Camping at Chicagoland Speedway offers:

  • Complimentary community Wi-Fi hot spots
  • Campground entertainment
  • Campground concessions and convenience store
  • Welcome party and campground activities
  • Dedicated guest parking and shuttle service
  • Close to the track and Champions Park with on-site shuttle service
  • Campground amenities including complimentary shower facilities
  • Free tow vehicle parking (One vehicle per parking spot)
  • Group areas

Below is a brief outline of your RV Camping options at the Speedway. For all pricing and details please see their website.

INFIELD CAMPING OPTIONS

Never want to miss a second of the action from the comfort of your campsite?  Then Gecko RV Park is for you!  Be in the middle of the action with a trackside or non-trackside Infield RV campsite, with one of the best views at Chicagoland Speedway.  Your Infield RV space gives you a 360 degree view of racing action from right atop your camper!  Get one of the best NASCAR Camping Experiences available now.

GECKO PARK LOWER RIDGE

Stay in Lower Ridge, Chicagoland Speedway’s backstretch campground! Complete with 30-amp electric, experience an exciting NASCAR atmosphere in this RV campground.  Never miss a moment of all the racing action by staying on property. Plus you are just feet away from the nearest tram stop to get you to and from your seats for every race!

GECKO PARK LAKESIDE

If you want to watch the racing from the grandstands but stay on property, GEICO Park Lakeside is a great option for you!  Never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend.  Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more!

GECKO RIDGE, AKA SPEEDWAY RIDGE

So close you can smell the burning rubber! This is Chicagoland Speedway’s premier camping option. GECKO RIDGE (Speedway Ridge) is located between Turns 2 & 3 on the backstretch.  Each space provides the ultimate race fan a panoramic view of the racing action over the entire race weekend. You get all the convenience of camping without ever missing the cars on track.

FAMILY CAMPING

If you want to bring your family to the track and be a part of a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is the spot for you. Located in the quiet corner of the GEICO Park Lakeside campground, you’ll never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend. Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more! 

More family camping amenities will be announced soon. Check their website for updates and details.

Billed as the ultimate pre-race experience, this long weekend includes a cold garage pass, which means you get access to the pits, except when the cars are hot; usually this is up to a half-hour before the race.

If you and your family are racing fans, what better way to spend your 4th of July weekend than watching NASCAR races with other fans? This could be an experience you and your family will remember for a long time to come.

Need an RV to experience the fun? To find out about renting an RV from our Chicago West RV Rentals, El Monte RV location, please click here.

If you are a fan of alternative rock music or even punk rock music, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Warped Tour. This year, it was announced by Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour in 1995, will be its last full tour around the country.

What this means for RV enthusiasts who also happen to love rock music, is you should plan early if you want to catch at least one venue of this last and rather historic magical musical tour.  Music Festival RV Vacations

Warped built its brand of a “punk-rock summer camp” by bringing out scene staples like NOFX and Bad Religion numerous times. But it was also an early champion of bands like Blink-182, No Doubt, and Paramore — punkers eventually embraced by the pop world. And outside of punk entirely, Warped’s past lineups were riddled with pre-superstardom misfits who found an early home amongst the skate shows and merch tents: Katy Perry, Eminem, Kid Rock, the Black Eyed Peas. Their ranks were rarely favorites of critics, but they no doubt shaped culture.

This last tour will be studded with a variety of bands as usual but this time, according to Lyman, Warped icons will hop on to make the last hurrah extra special. “You’re gonna see a big mix of bands I felt really embraced the Warped Tour lifestyle,” he says. “I don’t want to say a ‘mature’ lineup, but bands that I think could use one more big push of Warped Tour to help further their careers.” (Lyman, quoted in Billboard Magazine).

The tour this year begins in Pomona, CA on June 21st, followed by a few other California dates: San Diego on June 22nd, Mountain View on the 23rd and Ventura on the 24th. They start traveling eastward from there to Phoenix on the 28th and Las Vegas on the 29th of June. June 30th will feature Warped Tour in Salt Lake City before they travel to Denver on the 1st of July.

If you have never seen the remarkable traveling tour, this represents an amazing collection of about 100 bands in their tour buses or vans and another 50 or so RV’s, trucks or buses that comprise the setup and take-down crews for each venue. This is probably the closest you’d come to a traveling circus in the 21st century and it truly is an experience. The music is blaring from about 6 different sound stages every day; which they pack up and drive to the next city and set up for the next day.

Each venue might have some variation in the performers, but the entire cavalcade of musicians is beautifully organized and really fun to watch and listen to in at least one of their many locations.

The full tour itinerary and ticket information is available on the Warped Tour Official Website.  It is an incredible journey from the west to the east coast, with stops all along the way in the Midwest and Nashville, before they hit the east coast with Virginia Beach and two New Jersey stops mid-July. Then it’s another jaunt north to Hartford and Burgettstown, PA before they go to Toronto for one night on July 17th (the only non-US stop on the tour).

Warped Tour returns to the Midwest in late July and then back to the east coast to start to wrap it up. July 25th will find the entire troupe in Darien Center, NY followed by stops in Scranton, PA, Mansfield MA and Wantagh, NY. Then they head south to Columbia, MD, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta in late July.

The tour will end in Florida in early August with their four final tour dates in Jacksonville on August 2nd, Orlando on August 3rd, Tampa on August 4th, and finishing in West Palm Beach on August 5th.

If you haven’t yet been, make this the summer to go to at least one city and consider camping in your RV near any of the tour locations. Just plan early and get your tickets so you will be sure to have the full Warped Tour experience before it is gone forever.

El Monte RV has rental locations near many of the tour destinations. See section: Where you can Rent RV’s at El Monte RV for all our RV rental locations.

Summer Everglades National Park RV Vacation

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Memorial Day Racing RV Vacation

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An RV Vacation in Search of the World’s Longest Yard Sale

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The old saying “someone’s trash is someone’s treasure” certainly holds true for the World’s Longest Yard Sale, also known as The 127 Corridor Sale. Everybody loves to find a bargain. Imagine a five-state, 690-mile yard sale stretching along highway 127 …

 

Flower Power for a Bloomin’ RV Vacation

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Zootastic Spring Break

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Spring Break in the Caverns

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Does your family love the great outdoors? Are you fascinated by natural landforms and unusual plants? Carlsbad Caverns might be the destination for you. Spring is a great time to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Summer brings temperatures in the …