The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to some of the best auto racing in the Carolinas. Located outside Charlotte, North Carolina the racetrack was built in 1959 and has been hosting NASCAR races since 1960. The racetrack is 1.5 miles long. A revolutionary lighting system installed in 1992 allowed Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first modern speedway to host night racing.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

There is much more to do besides watch the race. The speedway has a Fan Zone which is a 10-acre area just outside the main entrance. Racing fans can play interactive games and purchase NASCAR merchandise. Kids will enjoy the bounce houses, petting zoo, and face painting located in the Play Zone.

The Coca-Cola 600 race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tickets are on sale now for the May 27th event. This year the Eli Young Band will be the pre-race concert and is included when you purchase race tickets.

Many people who attend the race make a week of it and camp while they are there. Check out the speedway’s camping rules here. 

There are different campgrounds to suit your family’s needs: 

Turn 4 Family Campground:

This is a popular, family-friendly campground. It is perfect for families of all sizes and is especially suitable for children. Quiet time is observed daily. The campground is located near the Turn 4 grandstands and is a standard, no-hookup facility. However, there are modern restrooms/showers located nearby.

Tim Flock Campground:

This is a centrally located, standard no-hookup campground. It is located near a convenience store and gas station. Campsites are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Extra tow vehicle passes can be purchased.

Morehead Farms Camp:

This standard, no-hookup campground is located on the backside of the speedway. It is a short 15-minute walk to the track and trams also run before and after the race. If you like a more secluded campsite, this will suit you.

Rock City Campground:

Located less than a mile from the front stretch, this is the best campground for partying with family and friends. It is a standard, no-hookup campground. A tram runs from Rock City to the speedway before and after the race.

Infield Camping:

If you would like to be in the middle of the action, then this is the place for you. There are premium RV sites that offer electric only. You can view the race on the huge HDTV in the infield. These campsites are ideal for entertaining clients or visiting with family and friends.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway’s philosophy is to make a fan’s visit the experience of a lifetime, whether it be watching the race, playing in the Fan Zone, looking through NASCAR memorabilia, viewing the race on the world’s largest HDTV, or camping right in the middle of all the action.

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 from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan. Individual families, groups of people and communities set up tables and booths to participate in the yard sale. Vendors lease fields and open spaces along the corridor to sell their wares.

Yard Sale offerings

Yard Sale offerings

The event officially begins the first Thursday in August and ends the following Sunday. This year’s dates are- August 2 – 5. The massive yard sale was the brainchild of Mike Walker, a local Fentress County, Tennessee official. He envisioned the yard sale as a way to get people off the major interstates and onto America’s backroads. The first yard sale took place in 1987 along highway 127 in Fentress County, Tennessee. The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce currently serves as the yard sale’s headquarters.

It would be impossible to travel the entire stretch of highway 127 in the four days, much less visit each vendor or sale. You could make this an annual trip, visiting a different section of the corridor each August. Some of the major cities along the route are:

  • Gadsden, AL
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Jamestown, TN
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Addison, MI

An excellent starting point would be where it all began – in the state of Tennessee. The Edgetrekker is a website that helps plan and organize your trip along the 127 Corridor Sale.

Reserve a campsite as a home base in Crossville, which is about midway on the TN section. From there you can travel north or south checking out yard sale bargains during the weekend. You can explore local attractions the days before and after the big sale.

The local Tennessee scenery is worth the trip even if you don’t buy a thing.

If you love blooming things and the great outdoors, head to Brookgreen Gardens. Visitors from around the world have walked the paths of this famous botanical garden. Many return year after year. If your vacation plans include a trip to one of the beaches along the South Carolina coastline, then plan a trip to this beautiful paradise.

Brookgreen Gardens-  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Brookgreen Gardens is comprised of  9,127 acres located along the South Carolina coastline. In the 1700s, the present botanical gardens were home to four rice plantations. The coastal climate provides the ideal growing environment for a wide variety of plants and trees. The garden is divided into themed sections allowing you to explore uniquely landscaped areas throughout the garden.

Stroll down Live Oak Allee lined with 250-year-old majestic live oak trees. Close your eyes and let yourself be transported back in time. Imagine these very trees lining the drive leading up to a stately plantation. History comes alive at Brookgreen.

The Butterfly Garden is divided into five distinct gardens:

During the spring and summer, butterflies flit and flutter around the blooming plants that attract them.

  • The Huntington Sculpture Garden is home to many beautiful and intriguing sculptures that complement the foliage in the garden.
  • The Dorothy P. Peace Garden Room for Children will delight the younger crowd, as well as adults.
  • The Kitchen Garden is home to a variety of herbs and vegetables that are as beautiful as they are tasty.
  • The Brenda W. Rosen Carolina Terrace Garden has an array of perennials, roses, shrubs and mature trees.
  • The Palmetto Garden was completed in 1950. South Carolina’s state tree, the Sabal palmetto, is used extensively throughout this garden.

The Fountain of the Muses Garden boasts a sculptured fountain that is a whimsical delight.

 What’s in bloom?

Check out the seasonal blooms list to find out when your favorite flowers are in bloom. The garden’s hours are from 9:30 to 5:00 with extended hours until 7:00 during the month of April. Admission runs from $10 – $18 per person

Sculptures

Brookgreen Gardens are not only home to living plants, but to the figurative sculptures that reside among them. There are over 2,000 pieces of art displayed in the garden.

What’s not to love?…flowers and art in a beautiful setting that is steeped in history!

Spring is the ideal time to load up the RV and get ready to experience a ‘Yaycation’ at San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California. The zoo is hosting a Yaycation sponsored by National University. The event runs from March 24 to April 8, 2018. This famous landmark has been rated the #1 zoo in America. Flowers will be blooming and you are sure to experience some exciting animal antics.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Animals

Before visiting the zoo, do a little homework about the animals you will encounter. All of the animals in the zoo are pictured alphabetically for easy viewing. From the majestic African Penguin to the Zany Zebra and a plethora in between, you are sure to find an animal to delight you. Crazy about monkeys? Click on the picture of the monkey in the list and the link will take you to a fact sheet about that animal. You are also able to sort through the animal list by categories, such as animal type, conservation status, or region.

Plants

If you thought the zoo was just about animals you may be surprised to learn that plants are an important part of zoo life. Plants play an import role in creating a healthy habitat for the animals housed in the zoo and are also used to teach visitors about biodiversity and habitat preservation. Approximately two million plants can be found at the Safari Park, as well as the zoo grounds. Gardens are maintained by zoo horticulturists and garden volunteers. The San Diego Zoo’s plant collection is considered as a ‘rescue’ center for rare and endangered plants. The zoo offers a special ‘plant day’ the third Friday of every month. The mild California climate provides a suitable habitat for a wide variety of plant species.

Live Cams

If you can’t make it to San Diego Zoo this spring you can still check out the live feed videos of zoo animals. Apes, condors, elephants, koalas, pandas, penguins, polar bears, and tigers all currently have live cams. Of course, it would be so much more fun to experience these animals in person on your trip to the zoo.

Camping

The county of San Diego Parks and Recreation offers numerous campgrounds. You are sure to find one that suits your family.

There is so much to experience and learn about through the educational programs in the San Diego Zoo that you will want to make several trips to the zoo while you are camping in the area. A visit to the beautiful San Diego Zoo is a great way to begin the spring season.  El Monte RV makes it easy with an rv rental location right in San Diego!

Spring Break in the Caverns

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RV Vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Grand Strand

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The “Hangry” Monster

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Beads, Bayou and Beignets

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