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.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Summer brings temperatures in the mid-90’s, but the temperature in spring averages from 72 to 79 degrees. If you are wanting to escape the cold weather, pack up the RV and head to Carlsbad, New Mexico. When you arrive you will be awed by the natural beauty of the landscape, both above ground and beneath the surface. The 119 underground caves are located in the Chihuahuan Desert and will be sure to impress young and old alike.

Things to explore:

  • Speleothems –   Check out the online activity that your kids can do before arriving at the park. It’s  a great way to get a head start on their educational experience in the caves. They will learn about speleothems or ‘cave decorations’, such as stalactites and  stalagmites by playing a matching game. 
  • The Desert –  Amazingly the ocean once covered this area that is now a desert and you will discover remnants such as sea ledges. Check out the beautiful and unusual       plants that are native to the Chihuahuan Desert. You might think that the desert            is just a dry, hot no-man’s land. In reality, many animals and plants live and thrive          in this desert environment.
  • Hiking –  Pack your hiking shoes and gear and get ready to enjoy the breathtaking desert landscape.  Hiking is very popular in the park. Check out this link by the Hiking Project for a list of numerous hiking trails. Trails are ranked from easy to difficult.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park does not offer overnight RV parking or campgrounds.

White’s City located 7 miles from the visitor center offers camping. The city of Carlsbad, 20 miles northeast of the park offers even more options for camping. Carlsbad RV Park is one of the many full service campgrounds and is located a short drive from the park. Bring along your furry friends since this campground is pet friendly.

Wherever you decide to stay when you visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park, call ahead to make reservations since this area has become very popular with tourists.

If sandy beaches are not your idea of the perfect vacation, then you may be more inclined to spend your time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Smokies are located in the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The Cherokee called them “shaconage” which means “place of the blue smoke”. A beautiful blue, hazy mist always seems to shroud the valleys and peaks of the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are located within 10 miles of one another in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Visitors fondly call this tourist mecca “Myrtle Beach of the Mountains”. You will find many of the same types of entertainment here as you would along the coastal area of South Carolina.

Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains National Park

Camping & Hiking

Camping is a blast in the Great Smoky Mountains and you will be sure to find something to engage every member of the family, young and old alike. There are numerous hiking trails which range in difficulty. Check out the Gatlinburg Welcome Center to plan your mountain adventure. When you are not out exploring hiking trails and the majestic mountain views you can shop, explore, and taste the local southern cuisine – you can even sample the area’s famous moonshine!

Theme Parks, Festivals and More

Dollywood Theme Park has something for the entire family. You will find rides, restaurants, shows, and demonstrations throughout the park. Spring is the perfect time to visit Dollywood. There are three festivals scheduled for spring 2018.

  • Festival of Nations – March 16 – April 9 If you are interested in exploring other world cultures without leaving the U.S. then you will not want to miss the Festival of Nations. You can experience live performances by an Irish bluegrass group, German stilt dancers, Caribbean steel pan orchestra, and a Mbube vocal group. These are just some of the highlights of this festival.
  • Spring Mix Music Festival – April 11 – 29 You can hear live performances by well-known artists from a wide musical genre – country to Christian to Southern rock. T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant, Chonda Pierce, Marshall Tucker Band, and Atlanta Rhythm Section are a few of the artists who will be showcased.
  • Barbeque and Bluegrass – May 25 – June 10 Bluegrass bands and barbeque…experience a true southern tradition at Dollywood. You will not be sorry you did.

Local Mountain Arts & Crafts

If exploring local shops is more your speed then you will want to be sure to check out the area in Gatlinburg known as Gatlinburg’s Historic Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail.  The Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail was established in 1937 and is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. This is an easy walking route that is an 8 mile loop of local artisans who demonstrate their crafts, answer questions, and sell their handmade goods. You will find artisans whittling, painting, sewing, weaving, carving, creating pottery, and stained glass, among other types of handmade crafts. You may discover a unique collectible to take home to remind you of your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Spring is the best time to plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. There is something for everyone in the whole family: amusement parks, shopping, arts and crafts, hiking trails and much more.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is famous for its sub-tropical weather and sandy beaches. The “Grand Strand” as it is fondly called, welcomes an estimated 14 million visitors annually. Many families consider this sandy strip of heaven to be the best vacation spot on the east coast. Winter and early spring is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach. You will avoid the major tourist season during the busy summer months. The average winter temperatures are pleasant with highs of 50℉ and lows of 40℉.

Need a break from winter’s chilly grasp? Then pack up the RV and head toward the east coast to warm your toes in the sand. Here are some of the many attractions you will not want to miss:


The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a landmark on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Adults will remember visiting this eclectic gift shop when they were children. Founded in 1946, this multi-level, glass front building has not changed much over the years. If you are looking for a souvenir of your trip or just want to browse the unbelievable amount of “goodies” then you are in luck. The Gay Dolphin is open year round.


The Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel is one of the largest ferris wheels in America reaching a towering height of 187 feet. You will be seated in a climate-controlled, enclosed gondola that holds up to 6 adults. This exciting and dramatic arial trip is a great way to view the beach and attractions along the sandy shoreline. It is especially popular around sunset and you are sure to be rewarded with a magical, twinkling view of Myrtle Beach as it gears up for the night life.


If you are planning on trying one of the local restaurants during your stay, then the Sea Captain’s House is a must. This restaurant is far from the typical “beach” restaurants found on every corner.  Housed in a 1930’s cottage, the atmosphere is more like dining in a friend’s home than a popular, local restaurant. While you wait for a table you can sit in a cozy den and have a drink in front of the fireplace. Each section of the restaurant is a “room” in the house, but the favorite of guests is the glass enclosed porch that parallels the ocean. The Sea Captain’s House has been a landmark in Myrtle Beach for more than 50 years, so they must be doing something right!


The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was completed in May 2010. It consists of 1.2 miles of boardwalk that meanders from the 14th Avenue North Pier to the southernmost point at the 2nd Avenue Pier. The boardwalk itself is divided into 3 sections. The northernmost part is more for walking

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

and viewing the ocean while the middle section has more of an amusement park atmosphere with oceanfront dining and businesses. The southernmost section has a large oceanfront park. The entire family will enjoy walking down the boardwalk and discovering endless treasures. The ocean views are breathtaking.

Native South Carolinians are proud of their little piece of paradise. Wouldn’t you like to visit and find out why?

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We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road in your RV and all of a sudden you are “hangry” (angry because you’re so hungry). Never mind that you just ate a few hours earlier. To make matters worse you’re miles from the nearest fast food restaurant or quick mart.

These hunger attacks always seem to happen when – A. you don’t have time to stop or B. you’re in the middle of nowhere. Then there is the wad of cash you need in order to purchase the fast food, snacks, candy, chips, and drinks – on the road. Here are some tips to help you tame the Hangry Monster before you head out on your next RV adventure.

Planning Ahead is Key:    Take advantage of the convenience of your RV!


  • Purchase a special cup with a built in straw and spill proof lid for each member in the family. This will also prevent spills in the RV.
  • Let each member of the family pick out their own unique cup design. Make sure none of the cups are identical. This will save a lot of headaches on the road trip when you have a rogue cup that several family members try to claim as their own.
  • Take a poll of everyone’s favorite drinks and buy enough to last until you reach your destination. It is always less expensive to buy these in bulk before you leave on your trip. On the road you can pour your favorite drink and enjoy the passing scenery.
  • Get a sturdy, roomy cooler for your drink storage.
  • Stay hydrated with non-sugary drinks. Pack plenty of bottled water. Freeze some bottles to use in the cooler to chill your drinks. Then you will also have plenty of cold water to drink.


  • Salty, sweet and crunchy cravings will be satisfied with delicious trail mix. You can make your own and add or delete ingredients to suit your taste buds.
  • Mix up a big batch of trail mix. Package in individual plastic baggies or keep the trail mix in a large plastic tub. Use plastic cups to dip out mix and also as a serving cup. This will keep the RV neat and tidy and make clean up a snap.
  • If you don’t have time to make trail mix or other snack mixes, buy individual bags of prepackaged pretzels, peanuts and chips. This way you will have everyone’s favorites on hand.

Clean up –

  • Use a small, sturdy plastic trash can with a locking lid for collecting trash. That way if it gets knocked over during the trip it won’t make a mess.
  • Pack large kitchen trash bags to collect trash and don’t forget to pack extra bags.
  • Recycle plastic, glass, and aluminum in a separate bag.

Trail Mix:

Mix well in the ratios you choose. Store in an airtight container.

  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, pecans
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Chocolate chips or candy covered chocolate pieces
  • Cereal squares (rice, wheat, corn)
  • Dried apricot, banana, or coconut pieces

    Easy meals on the road.

    Easy meals on the road.

Having a kitchen in your RV makes meals and snacks a really convenient and inexpensive way to eat while travelling.  With a refrigerator, stove and microwave all on-board, eating is easy and enjoyable!

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