Two National Parks, One National Historical Park and One Awesome Recreation Area!

Washington offers some incredibly different scenery from the rest of the US, even the Pacific Northwest. Here, you can go from snow covered peaks on Mount Rainier to beaches covered with driftwood just asking to be carved or at least photographed. Whether you’re a hiker, a photographer or just a nature lover, Washington has a lot to offer.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres of vast wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Washington. This park protects thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. It is diverse and beautiful with an incredible range of precipitation and elevation.

Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the park serves as a living laboratory for scientists and students, as well as an incredible natural playground for visitors. Millions of people visit Olympic each year to experience its beauty, diversity, and many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and recreation.

You can hike short (1/4 to 1 mile) ranger-guided trails or go off for much longer and more challenging hikes to view the vast peaks of Mount Olympus. Mt. Olympus (7,980 ft.), the highest in the Olympics, is one of the most spectacular areas in Washington. Climbing here is only for experienced glacial climbers with proper equipment.

However, for most people Hurricane Hill is 1.6 miles one way and begins at the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road. The rough paved trail gains about 700 feet in elevation, giving panoramic views. This trail is also close to the visitor center which offers a large menu for a reasonably-priced lunch and spectacular views right off their decks. For more information about things to do, including maps and current alerts due to forest fires, see their website. 

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park offers a glimpse into glaciers where you can hear the ice of the glacier crack. Reaching 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Sub-alpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. Plan a hike or a serious climb as you prefer. Check out all there is to do here.

San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island is well known for its splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. San Juan Island National Historical Park is composed of 2,141 acres of woodland, prairie and saltwater shoreline in two units on San Juan Island, one of the 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, Washington State.

But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The dispute is perhaps the best-known period in island history.

But the park also encompasses a rich and diverse environment that cannot be separated from the island’s 3,000-year human history. Long before the arrival of Europeans, the island sheltered a thriving culture attracted by its temperate climate, rich soil, abundant timber and marine resources. These same attributes lured Spain, Great Britain and the United States. Each explored, charted and named the islands while staking overlapping claims to the Oregon County– the present states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, portions of Wyoming and Montana and the province of British Columbia.

You can learn all the details of this fascinating chapter in history and more about the park on their website.

Round out your trip by visiting Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

A jewel in northeast Washington, this park is worth the 5½ to 6 hour drive east from Seattle if you can make the time.

In 1941 the Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River as part of the Columbia River Basin project, creating a 130-mile long lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, hunting and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul’s Mission.

San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island, WA

Where to Camp:

  • Olympic National Park: There are 16 campgrounds in Olympic National Park, although they do not have water or electrical hookups. Those amenities are offered at the two concession-operated campgrounds: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and the Log Cabin Resort. Check the websites for more details.
  • Mount Rainier National Park: There are four campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, as follows: Cougar Rock in the SW section of the park; Chanapecosh in the SE section; White River in the NE section and Mowich Lake in the NW section of the park. Check the park’s website for details.
  • San Juan Island: Both park units–American Camp and English Camp–despite their names, are day-use only. For an up-to-date list of lodging properties check the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website.
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area: To find out more about camping here and all the activities that abound in eastern Washington’s beautiful jewel, check their website.

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV in Vancouver/Bellingham, WA and drive to the Olympic Peninsula to start your adventure.

Spectacular color changes paint the landscape every fall, especially in the State of Virginia! Take the time to take an RV fall foliage vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that were home to our founding fathers.

Starting in the Shenandoah Valley, just 20 miles from downtown Staunton lies the entrance to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. These scenic routes make for a great driving tour offering scenic overlooks with breathtaking mountain views ideal for photo ops and picnics. They also provide access to a number of the area’s most popular hiking destinations for all ages and abilities. From Skyline Drive try Blackrock Summit, a geological wonder that’s an easy 1-mile loop. From the summit of boulder-strewn Blackrock enjoy views that extend for miles in multiple directions.

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, try Humpback Rocks; a challenging two-mile hike offering amazing views from the top of this popular rock outcropping. For those looking for an easy leg-stretcher start at the Humpback Visitor Center and take the Mountain Farm Trail (.25 mile) leading to the Outdoor Farm Museum where you can tour a 19th century log cabin and outbuildings complete with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of subsistence farmers. Another nearby hike, Catoctin Trail, starts at the Humpback Rocks picnic area and is an easy walk (.3 mile) leading you to an overlook of the Shenandoah Valley. Spend the afternoon discovering the region’s flora and fauna culminating in a picnic lunch. On your way back to Staunton stop in at Stable Craft Brewing for brews and light bites. Experience a true working farm brewery as you take a behind scenes tour, see the hop fields, and visit with the horses

But that is not your only choice for driving to see the beautiful leaves changing. Here is a list of other options around Virginia you may consider.

More Scenic Fall Drives in Virginia

  1. Mountains 2 Main Streets Fall
  2. LeafPeeping on Skyline Drive.
  3. Find Your Passion Along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  4. AutumnSplendor in the Cabin Capital of Virginia.
  5. Follow the Apple Trail this Fallin Winchester.
  6. Autumnat Skyland Resort.
  7. From the Bridge to the Ridge.

For more information about these wonderful visual treats, visit the Virginia website here.

Fall Foliage Campground Choices:

Virginia offers a host of different options for camping with your RV. The Virginia State Parks, voted “America’s Best,” have campgrounds in 28 of its parks. They’re open the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December.

Virginia also has a range of National Parks and National Forests to choose from. Check out Shenandoah National Park, which is open for primitive back country camping, if that is your style. Also, about 549 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through Virginia; 107 miles of it is in Shenandoah National Park. The trail here is well-maintained, excellent for beginning hikers. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and beautiful mountain vistas. Many folks camp in the woodlands off the trail.

Campgrounds along Skyline Drive include Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and a group-only campground, Dundo. Park Rangers oversee all the campgrounds, which are recommended for families with little ones and less experienced campers.

Prince William Forest Park features tent and RV camping for six campers per site at its Oak Ridge Campground, which is open all year. Travel Trailer Village is for RVs only, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is for seven or more campers per group.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. About 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Appalachian Trail, are major attractions, as well as lakes, ponds and streams for swimming, boating and fishing galore! See their website here for more information.

Another popular attraction is the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking and hiking.

One of the most popular family campgrounds is Sherando Lake Recreation Area, which features 65 family campsites as well as a sandy beach swimming area!

Enjoy the spectacle of fall foliage from the comfort of your RV. To rent an RV for the Fall Leaves Spectacular, visit either of our rv rental locations at Baltimore or Louisville.

Plan to stop and visit some historic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

Telluride, Colorado will welcome RV campers to their 25th Annual Blues and Brews Festival from September 14th to 16th. What a great way to end your summer and move into fall! For early arrivals, music starts with a free sunset blues concert on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm, followed by an opening party at 9 pm with Samantha Fish performing at the Sheridan Opera House. The main event begins on Friday the 14th with Dragondeer performing on the Main Stage followed by Russ Chapman on the Blues Stage. The music continues non-stop all weekend, featuring great bands like Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters playing on Saturday night at 8 pm on the Main Stage.

Telluride Music Festival

Telluride Music Festival

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival takes place in the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado, situated 8,750 feet above sea level in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This year marks their 25th anniversary, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. There are activities for the kids all weekend long, including strolling clowns, face painting and puppets as well as more active games such as a climbing wall and inflatables.

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances —accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Even though the festival only lasts for three days and four nights, once you get to Telluride, you may not want to go home. Tickets are selling fast, so if you plan to go, get your tickets soon.

Telluride’s Main Street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. After the music ends in Town Park for the evening, the festival scene moves into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride. These are called “Juke Joints” and, once they get jamming, a walk down Main Street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.

In addition to a full lineup of music featuring the likes of Marco Benevevento, The Keeshea Pratt Band, The Marcus King Band and many, many other performers, there will be a Telluride Blues Challenge on Saturday from 9–noon. Details are on their website.

Telluride Blues and Brews also features a 5K race on Saturday morning. Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race on the morning of September 15th, giving Festival patrons the opportunity to exercise before the Festival. The 5k Race, sponsored by BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

Beginning and ending in Telluride’s Elks Park, Blisters & Brews provides runners with a safe, beautiful way to kick off their day. The route has been planned to enhance the running experience and highlight the beauty of Telluride. The race route climbs up the river trail giving racers the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Bridal Veil Falls on the way up and a gentle decline for the way back down to town and ending at Elks Park followed by live music, free beer and free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions.

For more information on the festival and RV camping there, please visit their website.

About Telluride:

At 8,750 feet elevation Telluride, Colorado is a picturesque town with amazing views tucked in the Rocky Mountains centrally located in southwestern Colorado, along the scenic San Juan Skyway. It’s about 125 miles from Durango, 330 miles from Denver and 366 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

To rent an RV nearby for the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, visit either of our locations at Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

Plan to stop and visit some scenic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

It’s Playoff Season in NASCAR circles! This September the NASCAR circuit takes you to Las Vegas and Indianapolis. Don’t miss the racing and RV tailgating at Indy on the weekend of September 8th and 9th as NASCAR features the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, the final of the regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And the next weekend NASCAR fans go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting on Thursday, September 13th– to Sunday the 16th, where the celebrations begin early on the 13th at the Speedway for the three big NASCAR races.

More about Indy:

The Brickyard 400 will mark the final race of the regular season, determine the regular season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The Brickyard 400 has been one of NASCAR’s premier events for 25 years, and we’re thrilled the race is moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Our fans will love the excitement that comes with crowning a regular season champion at The Racing Capital of the World, and the cooler temperatures of early September will make the race more enjoyable for everyone.”

More about Las Vegas:

The second weekend in September, see all of your favorite drivers in fabulous Las Vegas during the Fall NASCAR Weekend, Sept. 13-16, 2018. Fans can also experience the one-of-a-kind Neon Garage featuring live music and entertainment all weekend long. It’s your up-close view of the garages from behind the glass and a great view of Victory Lane.

Driver Introductions and Lucky 7 Preferred Parking Passes also are available. The event-filled weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track.

Where to Camp

1)  Indianapolis: You can possibly arrange camping at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in case they are filled, here are a few other suggestions in the Indy area:

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

  1. A) Lake Haven Retreat
  2. B) Touchdown RV
  3. C) Raceview Family Campground
  4. D) Park at Indy

Be sure to contact the campgrounds as early as possible as they may be filling up soon.

2)  Las Vegas Motor Speedway: If you are lucky, you might be able to get in the Speedway for camping, but if they are filled, check out these surrounding possible places to park your RV.

  1. A) American Campground
  2. B) Hitchin’ Post RV Park
  3. C) Desert Eagle RV Park
  4. D) Las Vegas Mobile Park

To learn more about each of these parks, please contact them directly or go to their websites.

To get additional race information, please visit the NASCAR website.

Other Sights to See:

Extend your stay around Las Vegas and see the beauty of the natural world.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the scenery – if your schedule permits, there are tons of exciting sights to see around Las Vegas, and not just the casinos. Try a trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, which allows visitors to hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations.

Or check out Lake Mead, where you can feast your eyes on one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, Lake Mead is fun to escape to when you want to take a dive in a natural body of water. There are also brunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises, if you’re one of those people who would rather stay dry. FYI, this lake borders the Hoover Dam which is a wonder worth seeing itself.

To rent an RV for your trip, our location closest to Indianapolis is our Louisville rv rental location; and to find our rv rental locations in Nevada, click here for three choice locations.

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RV Camping at the Riverfront Blues Music Festival

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RV Camping at NASCAR Racing, Tailgating Destinations

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