Holiday Fun – A Florida RV Adventure

Don’t suffer with freezing temps and snow and ice this holiday season. Take a tropical jaunt (ok, semi-tropical) through Florida and enjoy lots of Holiday events and attractions in the Sunshine State.

To help you plan some holiday activities in Florida this year, here are some of our favorites.

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

It takes more work for some to get into the spirit of the season, and you can seethe heartwarming process in action with a live show of Grinchmas, as the Grinch tries to ruin the holiday for the Whos before finding the true meaning of Christmas. You can also see Macy’s Holiday Parade nightly,with balloons and floats straight from New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with music, entertainment, and a spectacular tree lighting display. Winter is also when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes alive,with sights, sounds, and even tastes straight from the books and movies! Learn more here. 

ICE! at Gaylord Palms, Orlando

For the most frigid attraction in Florida, look no further than ICE!, the award-winning display of millions of pounds of ice hand-carved into amazing sculptures by artisans from China. This year, the journey tells the story of how the beloved characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crashed onto the island of Madagascar.There are also two-story-tall ice slides to take a ride on, truly a unique holiday experience in Florida! With the entire exhibit kept at a downright freezing 9 degrees, this is definitely the coolest event of the year. Click here to learn more.

The Holy Land Experience, Orlando

Fora more traditional take on the Christmas season, The Holy Land Experience provides a living museum and park that makes some of the most well-known stories of the Bible come to life. From the Garden of Eden to the birth of Jesus, experience the sights and sounds of the biblical world in a way you can’t find anywhere else. 

Walt Disney World Resort, Kissimmee

For the holidays, on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Resort brings an extra holiday cheer with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Amid the spectacular decorations, enjoy a parade featuring several favorite Disney Characters, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself! There’s also a new fireworks show,complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and even a wintry snowfall. Enjoy the magic of Disney at this enchanting time of year. 

Town of Christmas

What better place to explore than the town where it’s Christmas year-round? Just outside of Orlando, the quaint town of Christmas sees visitors flock to their post office yearly to have their cards and letters postmarked from “Christmas, FL” for a unique touch to their holiday mail. The town also features a historical park with a museum showing what life was like in the original settlement from the 1800s.  Let everyone else dream a white Christmas while you experience the real thing!  Find out more at their website. 

Mount Dora Events and The Polar Express

From early November through December 30th, you can ride on the officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride from Tavares Union Train Station, bound for the North Pole. For tickets and more information on this and all their holiday events, see the Mount Dora website.

Busch Gardens, Tampa

Not to be confused with the Town of Christmas, Busch Gardens is being transformed into Christmas Town.  The theme park will have special holiday shows, Santa’s house, and an entire snow-filled playground! From snowmen to penguins to the Christmas Town Village,there’s an entire wintry wonderland just waiting to be explored. 

Gingerbread House Extravaganza, Jacksonville

You won’t believe your eyes or nose when you see what amazing creations people are able to make with gingerbread, icing, and imagination. For the 11th consecutive year, the Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the Gingerbread House Extravaganza to raise money for children’s programs, but this is no ordinary bake sale. The artistry and detail of the edible creations are a real treat, providing enough awe to keep your sweet tooth in check. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can submit your own masterpiece to be part of the fun.

Nights of Lights, St. Augustine

If you enjoy going to local houses to see their Christmas light displays, then St.Augustine has just what you’re looking for. Every year, literally millions of holiday lights decorate the nation’s oldest city, transforming it into a twinkling spectacle. With so much to see, you may be better off taking one of the several tour buses than trying to take it all in on your own. There are also a multitude of events coinciding with the brilliant display. See their website here to find out more details.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami

Though we all know that Santa makes his home in the North Pole, South Floridians know he also maintains a warmer wonderland. Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Miami’s Tropical Park lays claim to the title of world’s largest Christmas theme park, with more than 100 rides, shows, games, and attractions.

El Monte RV Holiday Special:

Whatever you do for the holidays, this is a special time to enjoy visiting with family and friends. To make the season even more fun, take advantage of this Holiday Special from El Monte RV.

This month we’re offering a free Monty Christmas night to help you with your holiday travel plans or accommodations! Whether you’re traveling to see relatives, needing extra beds for those visiting you or just getting away from the Christmas rush, get a free extra day!

Rent any Class C or Class A model motor home, pick up any day in December and rent for a minimum of 6 nights and get 1 extra night FREE! Plus you get 50 free miles per night! Get 7 nights for the price of 6!  
Use Coupon Code: HOLIDAY

You can easily rent one of our RV’s at either of our Florida El Monte RV locations, in Miami or Orlando. Check out both of them and some more suggested Florida vacation ideas on our Florida RV rentals page.

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RV’ing in the Great Southwest Desert

Take a road trip in your RV or ours to Tucson, Arizona this winter and escape the cold weather while basking in sunshine. This city has so much to offer this winter, you may just want to put down some roots, temporary or permanent and take advantage of the many activities and sights to see. Tucson is surrounded by multiple mountain ranges including the Santa Catalinas and is located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Reflecting its 19th-century beginnings are the restored mansions of its El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico.

To name just a few of the great sights:

The Arizona – Sonoran Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, the Pima Air and Space Museum and The Mission San Xavier del Bac. Check out these and many more sights to see around Tucson.

Seasonal Events in Tucson:

On the first three weekends in December, enjoy Holiday Nights in Tohono Chul Park. Holiday Nights is a fun event for everyone! Stroll along paths garlanded with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the Gardens. Who can resist a sing-along or viewing the stars through a telescope? You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct performances located throughout the Gardens while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats!

In January and February, check out these signature events:

Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival

Tucson Jazz Festival (January 11-21, 2019) The only major jazz festival in January in the USA presents 10 days of live music featuring legends and emerging talents of all jazz genres, from straight-ahead to contemporary, at the Fox Tucson Theatre and Rialto Theatre as well as at the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta presented on outdoor stages and at other downtown venues on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tucson Desert Song Festival (January 15-February 5, 2019) This blend of singing in orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo formats features internationally celebrated soloists along with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (formed in 1929-the oldest continuing professional performing arts organization in Arizona), Tucson Chamber Artists, UA Presents, Arizona Opera and others, in conjunction with master classes and lectures at the University of Arizona School of Music.

Dillinger Days (January 18-19, 2019) See how crime doesn’t pay at our celebration of the January 1934 capture by Tucson Police and Fire departments of America’s Public Enemy No. 1, the notoriously violent gangster John Dillinger and his unsuspecting gang, with a Depression-era-themed weekend of car shows, history re-enactments, artifact displays, and live music.

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase (February 2-17, 2019) A one-of-a-kind international marketplace of museum-quality exhibits and world-class collections of gemstones, minerals, fossils, beads, crystals, jewelry, supplies, apparel, and more that originated with the single, original Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® in 1955 and has grown into a showcase of 40+ shows at various locations.

There are many more events and activities to take advantage of. Check out the Visit Tucson website for more details.

RV Camping near Tucson

Thanks to their mild winter weather, a vibrant and historic city center, and a stunning desert landscape, Tucson, Arizona is a popular destination for RV travel. Luckily, it’s also full of places to park your RV.

There are high-end resorts with fruit trees at every site, a large selection of 55+ RV parks with welcoming communities, a state park popular for its numerous hiking trails, and even a patch of BLM land on the south end of the city where frugal RVers like to boondock for free.

Here are some of the highest ranked:

  1. Rincon Country West RV Resort – ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Tucson area RV parks, Rincon Country West RV Resort is an Active 55+ Senior Community, offering a wide range of amenities and activities. There are RV spaces to accommodate just about every size of RV.
  2. Sentinel Peak RV Park – Tucson, Arizona’s only Downtown RV Park. They have 23 sites all with full hook-ups and 20/30/50 amp service. All sites are asphalt and level. There are different sites to choose from such as our standard back-ins, deluxe back-ins and premium back-ins. We also have large 70′ pull-thrus for larger coaches. Amenities include a splash pool, retail store, recreational area with foosball, pool table, and ping pong, as well as laundry room and picnic tables at all of the sites.
  3. Third ranked in Trip Advisor is Gilbert Ray Campground which is a “beautiful quiet campground close to the city,” according to one reviewer. This park is an unassuming country park on the western edge of the city. It has great access to hiking trails, gorgeous desert scenery and incredible night skies. This campground operates on a first come, first served basis and currently costs $20 per night with a seven-night stay limit. However, you are permitted to leave for seven days and then return for another seven day stay. The park accepts cash or check only and the registration building is open January through March. All other times of the year payment is made at a self-pay kiosk.

There’s also a Tucson Lazydays/KOA Resort, the Crazy Horse RV Campgrounds, the RV Park at the Pima County Fairgrounds and Voyager RV Resort & Hotel, all near I-10. Do your research ahead of time and find the one that best fits your needs.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique travel experience,  check out our RV rental locations map to select a convenient pickup location, then enjoy the drive to Tucson and see some exceptional sights along your way!

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RV Vacation Time – December Music Festivals

Music abounds in the month of December and what a great way to see and hear the best of the best in rock and hip-hop than to go to music festivals. We feature one on the west coast – the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Los Angeles on December 14-15th and two in Florida – Riptide 2018 in Fort Lauderdale from November 30 – December 2nd and Next Big Thing in Tampa – Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. So take your pick: if you are on the west coast, check out Rolling Loud and if Florida is your destination (or home), you have two excellent choices.

Rolling Loud – Los Angeles 

Discerning hip-hop lovers will be treated to a panoply of performers at this two day long festival at the Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Expo Park in Los Angeles. Performances by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline while the rest of the lineup is filled with Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage, Shoreline Mafia, Bali Baby, Young Thug and many, many more. Check out the full schedule here. The festival starts on Friday the 14th and goes through Saturday the 15th of December.

Riptide Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Starting on Friday, the 30th, this Alternative Rock music festival kicks off with four performers on Friday night- followed by a huge array of bands on Saturday and Sunday. These include Young the Giant and Dirty Heads, as well as Panic!  At the Disco and Alice Merton all performing on Saturday. On Sunday, the likes of Third Eye Blind, Everclear and Gin Blossoms will headline the entertainment. If you want to see the full lineup, check out their website.

Next Big Thing – Tampa, Dec. 1 – 2

If you prefer the west coast of Florida, check out Next Big Thing – which has some of the same Alt Rock performers as the Ft. Lauderdale Riptide Fest but they have an even larger lineup of 50 bands playing for 2 days. On the lineup for this year’s Next Big Thing, held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Bastille, Foster the People, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, LANY and more. Click here to see the full lineup and schedule.

Music Festival

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in Southern California and close to either Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa in Florida.

Los Angeles RV Camping:

You can camp at Hollywood RV Park, the Dockweiler RV Park or Walnut RV Park, all of which have 4 or more stars. Check out the best rated RV Parks on Yelp or Google and you may be tempted to stay in Marina Del Rey at the Marina Boat and RV Storage location.

Ft. Lauderdale area Camping:

In the Ft. Lauderdale area, you can find an abundance of potential camping spots including: Aztec RV Resort, the Kozy Kampers RV Park, Yacht Haven Park and Marina and Easterlin Park in Oakland Park.

Tampa RV Camping:

Many campgrounds exist in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties – close to this Tampa venue. You can choose to park your RV in Bay Bayou RV Resort, or Tampa RV Park Camp Nebraska, in Tampa (Hillsborough County). Or go west to Pinellas County and you’ll find a variety of other choices, some near the Gulf of Mexico such as St. Petersburg/ Madeira Beach KOA, Clearwater Travel Resort of Vacation Village RV Resort in Largo.

Again check out the ratings on Yelp or Google and decide for yourself what the best fit is for you and your family.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For the Los Angeles event, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California locations. Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV Vacation.

For Florida shows, you can take your choice to rent an RV from El Monte rental locations in Miami or Orlando. Our Miami location is a one hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale while the Orlando Rentals and Sales location is about a one hour drive from Tampa’s Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Whatever you decide for your December RV trip, we hope you enjoy some great music while creating memories with your friends or family.

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Winter RV Trip: Five Stunning National Parks

Feeling the shorter days and colder temperatures creeping up on you? Would you like to plan to get away, have fun and stay warm while you enjoy some of our national treasures? Here are five stunning National Parks you can visit during the coming months to lift your spirits and allow you to commune with nature.

If time allows, combine a few of these adventures while traveling in your RV so you have everything you need with you.

  • You can enjoy dog sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch, near Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter Park, CO. What an unusual experience and so much fun! See more information about it here.
  • Visit Olympic National Park and watch a winter storm travel across the Pacific from a luxurious hot tub. Olympic National Park has 73 miles of coastline that turns into a wave-crashing show in the winter. From November through February, storms coming in from the Pacific Ocean have wind gusts up to 60 miles-per-hour, not to mention the rain, sometimes accumulating six inches in 24-hours. The wind and rain combined can make it look like it’s raining horizontally.  The best time to watch a storm is when the tide is coming in and at high tide. In between storms, use the sunny time to explore the beach with its tide pools and tossed, teetering wood.
  • And at Yosemite, try and experience the Winemaker Weekend- Jan. 25-27, 2019, where you can join Napa’s Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker and general manager of Chimney Rock, at Rush Creek Lodge. Vianna is well-known for her estate-grown wines from Chimney Rock’s green-certified Napa Valley winery. Here you can sip wine paired with a gourmet prepared meal with one of Napa Valley’s renowned winemakers.

    Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite Valley

    Or come and visit the Yosemite landscape by going on a guided excursion. Winter provides a whole different view at Yosemite.

  • Go to the Grand Canyon on the Polar Express! Yes, really! Families looking to capture the awe of the holiday spirit in their children’s eyes will love Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book, The Polar Express, comes to life starting annually in November and ending in early January. Families board the special 1930s-era train at the depot in Williams, Arizona for a roundtrip-ride that lasts about 90 minutes. Passengers will ride through dark and quiet wilderness to The North Pole, where Santa and his reindeer wait. Aboard the Polar Express the spirit of Christmas is passed on to every boy and girl from Santa himself with their own special gift. The train departs at 5:30, and 7:30 p.m., and on some days at 3:30 p.m. Tickets sell fast, so don’t wait to book.
  • The Olympic Park in Utah is a wonderful place to fight the winter blues. Take part in this epic experience and feel more energized after you do it. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to climb on a bobsled and race down the track? In winter, the bobsled travels on ice, just as the Olympians do. You can head to Olympic Park in Park City for this ride on the 2002 Olympic Sliding Track.

Each of the National Parks has RV campgrounds for your accommodations. Check the one(s) you will be visiting for schedules due to inclement weather, but most have some winter operating times and there will be fewer people visiting, so winter can be an ideal time for a quiet getaway.

You can start your RV camping trip near Salt Lake City and rent an RV from El Monte RV there, or if you wish to rent at another location see our Where to Rent RV’s page here. And to make planning your trip even better, check out our RV Rental Deals page for current specials to help you get on your way!

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RV Vacation: GLAMIS – The Glamour of Off-Roading

No matter if you’re a California resident or you live across the country, if you are into UTVs, side-by-sides, ATVs, dune buggies, or running sand tires on dirt bikes, you’ve likely heard of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA), or as it most often referred to, Glamis.  Glamis is renowned for its expansive and exciting sand dunes.

However, for those outside of California you may not realize that in southern California there is a sand season. It is basically the time of year when the temperatures cool down enough to make the desert region that encompasses the ISDRA bearable.

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is geographically known as the Algodones Dunes. It is the largest sand dune mass in California and the largest OHV recreation area for sand dunes in the country. The dunes stretch out about 40-miles long, are around 5 miles wide, reach up to 300 feet tall, encompass approximately 118,000 acres that are open to OHV recreation. This is a lot of space for family fun – racing your off-road bikes, trikes and all kinds of vehicles on the vast desert sand.

The season starts now. Between Halloween and mid-April, things cool down on the sand enough so you can touch it without it melting through your skin. Thanksgiving Weekend is quickly approaching and for many RVers, celebrating the Day of Thanks feels most comfortable on the road.

The Imperial Sand Dunes offers a unique hot spot for getting out in nature. The dunes bring in over 100,000 visitors every Thanksgiving weekend. The area is known as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and often times for its role in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi. The rolling dunes act as a playground for off-roaders and visitors bring everything from ATV’s and buggies to funky, one-of-a-kind contraptions.

There are many camping areas scattered throughout the dunes. The majority of people camp in RVs, toy haulers, or 5th wheels and some even tent camp. It is the desert so be aware that facilities are extremely limited, with mostly only vaulted toilets available. Other than that you have to be self-sufficient for fresh water, electricity, showers, etc.

Some estimate that more than a million people visit Glamis every year. People travel from all over the state of California as well from across the country and beyond to experience the infamous Glamis sand dunes.

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis has virtually no permanent structures aside from the “Glamis Store” and “Boardmanville Trading Post”. Both offer supplies; fuel is not available for some hundreds of thousands of recreational visitors each year who pass through the Algodones Dunes and the associated Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, located in the southern portion of the dune system. Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.

With most of the off-road action taking place in the recreation area south of Highway 78, the open areas allow all types of vehicle recreation. Limited areas surround the dunes require vehicles to travel on designated routes. Closed areas prohibit motorized vehicle use entirely. The northern areas are off-limits to wheeled vehicles, keeping a portion of the area pristine for hiking and enjoying the scenery.

Information and maps for all of these areas are available at the ranger stations.

Camping, hill climbing, exploring, sand drag racing, partying, spending time with family and friends and relaxing are just a few of the reasons why people go to Glamis.

Permits are required from October 1 through April 15 each year. Permits are $35 per week in advance and $50 per week if purchased onsite. Season permits are $150. You can buy your weekly or season permits online.

An upcoming Fee Free Date:

January 18-21, 2019
(Fri-Mon) to support the MLK volunteer clean up weekend

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique off-roading experience, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California rental locations.  Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV vacation.

Whatever you decide for your next RV trip, we hope you enjoy yourself while creating great RV adventuring memories.

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RV Vacations to Watch Fall Leaves Change in Pennsylvania

As the season’s remarkable color changes paint the landscape, fall is an ideal time to get out and enjoy nature. What better way to do so than to take an RV camping trip in our National parks. Every fall, especially in the State of Pennsylvania, fall colors resonate in the beauty of our National Parks.

A Sampling of Pennsylvania’s National Parks

There are over 200 miles of scenic roadways to explore in the Delaware Water Gap. Several historic villages along the way provide a window into the past. For more historic adventures Independence National Historic Park has many monuments and sites representing our country’s colorful history.

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

History buffs will also want to visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteGettysburg National Military ParkEisenhower National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Take advantage of the many campsites along the way.

Gettysburg is particularly accessible as you can drive the battlefield on a self-guided tour, stopping to view the restored visitor center. The center features a hand painted Cyclorama, a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Longer than a football field and as tall as a four-story structure, the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil painting, along with light and sound effects, immerses visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit this and other remarkable histories of momentous Civil War battles at the National Park’s Museum and Visitor Center.

National Forests Provide Outdoor Adventure and Year-Round Recreation

With over 600 campsites, many miles of trails for you to hike, ride all-terrain vehicles or bikes, boat launches, and beautiful wilderness for you to explore, you will definitely want to visit the Allegheny National Forest. The forest is also open during winter months so visitors can enjoy snowmobiling or snowshoeing. 

State Parks / Major Lakes, Rivers and Beaches

The whole family can enjoy Pennsylvania state parks. There are plenty of campsites, lakes and rivers for fishing, boating, canoeing or swimming, trails for hiking, and unlimited places for solitude if that’s what you are seeking. A few favorites are Round Valley, Voorhees, Spruce Run, Pymatuning, Hickory Run and Jacobsburg State Parks. You will probably enjoy yourself so much you’ll want to return and see Tobyhanna, Lackawanna, Ricketts Glen and Nockamixon State Parks.

There are so many reasons to go out and enjoy nature, but go soon as winter is quickly approaching. Take the time to drive an RV in the second state to ratify our country’s Declaration of Independence and be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that defined this nation nearly 250 years ago.   

Four Reasons to Go Camping

In case you need a little help to get started, here are just a few of many reasons you may want to organize your next RV camping trip without delay.

  • Reconnect with nature: There is nothing as soothing as a walk in the woods to calm the spirit as you respect the beauty of the natural world. Ah, as you breathe in the smell of fall leaves. It is indeed refreshing to the soul, allowing you to recharge your batteries and be ready to face a hectic world.
  • Get off the grid: Want to unplug and get away from all those electronics? Go off-grid and allow camping to force a return to simpler things.
  • Get some outdoor exercise: Tired of the weekly or daily treks to the gym? Go outside for some exercise! Walk, hike or bike in the gorgeous natural workout room of the outdoors. Notice the beauty of changing leaves around you while you burn calories. So much more uplifting than just a routine workout at the gym.
  • Find your quiet place: Allow yourself to take time to unwind and clear your mind of everyday worries. Listen to the breeze rustle the leaves in the trees; the crickets chirping at night, or an occasional hoot of an owl. This is living – the stillness around you can help quiet your mind so you can relax in ways you may never do in your day-to-day life. Camping allows you to enjoy the peace that is in you.

You can rent an El Monte RV at our Kingston, PA location or at our Baltimore rv rental location, and take your time driving through Pennsylvania, enjoying the changing leaves along the way.

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 or more nights and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

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NASCAR Playoffs & RV Tailgating: A November to Remember

NASCAR racing culminates in November with racing locations in the west as well as three championships in one weekend in Florida. Check out these upcoming NASCAR weekends: the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd-4th.  The next weekend, on the 9th-11th, the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race will be happening at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The following weekend, in Homestead, Florida, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is host to the championship weekend including the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR race on the 18th of November and the championship races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500:

The green flag flies on a triple-header NASCAR Playoff weekend with Camping World Truck Series Practice on Thursday, November 1st, followed up on Friday, November 2nd by Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series, leading up to the JAG Metals 350. Saturday, November 3rd includes Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the XFINITY Series plus the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY race. Sunday, November 4th features the weekend’s main event the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Don’t miss this exciting weekend of NASCAR fun.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway:

There are many options for camping at the Texas Motor Speedway. Check out their website for more details on the seven campground options they offer. You can even rent an RV from our nearby El Monte RV location in McKinney, Texas.

Phoenix International/ISM Raceway for the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race:

First of all, to avoid confusion, the Phoenix International Raceway is known as ISM Raceway due to a first-ever naming-rights sponsorship by Ingenuity Sun Media. ISM’s Connect network will provide digital display screens, interactive fan experiences, a mobile app and social-media integrations throughout the facility, including in the new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield and grandstands.

So, don’t miss this exciting venue for the weekend of November 9th-11th. Here’s the lineup of NASCAR races coming up. On Friday, start your weekend with the Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying. Then, watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 10. The crowning event on Sunday is the Can-Am 500, where eight drivers will compete for a Championship 4 spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Camping at ISM Raceway:

There are nine options for camping at ISM Raceway’s Zoomtown, U.S.A.® Check out all of their options and camping reservations at this link. To rent an RV nearby, visit our El Monte RV location in Peoria, Arizona.

Homestead-Miami Speedway – Ford EcoBoost 400: Three Championship Races

On Friday, November 16th, the Ford Championship Weekend will begin with the Ford EcoBoost 200 race – which tops off the playoffs for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, as four drivers will battle for the division crown.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race on November 17th will decide the champ of the top up-and-coming driver in the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 saw Martin Truex, Jr. cap his historic 2017 season by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. With the championship being decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway once again in 2018, can Truex, Jr. defend his title? Or will someone dethrone the champ? That question will be answered on November 18.

Camping at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

There are three campgrounds to park your RV at this Speedway, as well as a number of camping options nearby. To rent an RV, you can get one from our El Monte RV Miami location which is only 30 minutes away.

With all these races, it will certainly be a NASCAR November to remember!  Get your final fix now, as it’s a long time until next year’s season begins!

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

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RV Vacation Idea – San Diego Jazz Festival

What a way to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend! You can take in the sights and sounds of San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities in America, while enjoying this 4 day jazz festival from November 21 – 25. This year’s lineup of musicians includes a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. This 39th year of the Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz. The schedule of entertainment begins on Wednesday evening, November 21st and runs through Sunday evening at 6 pm.

The San Diego Jazz Festival: Discerning fans call this festival the “crown jewel of jazz festivals.” It is held at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. With five ballrooms and several terrace salons, there is music coming from every corner of the venue. Check out the Dave Bennett Quartet or the Dick Williams Jazzsea Jam. Or you may prefer a swing dance class or other active and  participatory activities. Check out the full schedule here.

San Diego Sights to See: If you happen to want a little outdoor recreation during this long weekend, there is an almost infinite variety of sights to see in San Diego. The most famous is the San Diego Zoo, but if time doesn’t permit, you should still go and see the huge park that houses the Zoo. Balboa Park was the site of the Panama California Exposition of 1915 (to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal) and the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Most of the old structures are still there, restored to their early 20th century glory. There are museums, restaurants and lots of places to just sit and enjoy the view of a huge Italian style fountain or beautiful trees.

Japanese garden, San Diego

Japanese garden, San Diego

There is even a Japanese garden to stroll through and observe the meticulously planted trees and shrubs.

The original and world’s largest outdoor pipe organ is in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, right in the center of the park. Every Sunday at 2 pm, there is a free organ concert there, put on by the Spreckels Organ Society, who maintain the organ and provide the organists. Balboa Park is a gem right in the city of San Diego. Don’t miss it.

Each neighborhood in San Diego has its own character and is marked by unique entry signs or lights and placards and banners on street lamps. The flavor of the city is as diverse as its people and you can find places to dine on any cuisine from authentic Indian Curry or Mexican Tacos to traditional American fare.

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in San Diego. Try Campland on the Bay- RV and Tent Camping Resort, or Paradise by the Sea RV Resort. You can check out the San Diego RV Resort or Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. To see more options, see this website.

Rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California rental locations. And remember to take advantage of our November Special for Thanksgiving – pick up your RV between November 1 and 30th and rent for 4 nights or more to get 100 miles per night free!

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RV’ing For Thanksgiving Holiday Special

You may already be thinking about Thanksgiving… is it going to be the same old thing with way too many sweet potatoes and too much food in an atmosphere of gluttony with your family? Why not make it a special holiday this year by taking advantage of El Monte RV’s special Thanksgiving offer? Check out all the details of our RV rental special and how you can save money on the rental of an El Monte RV at all our nationwide locations.

To help make your Thanksgiving special, this is an RV rental special for rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30. Rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free!  That’s 100 free miles per night!

Go out of town in an RV and take your ready-made accommodations with you so you don’t need to crowd into your relative’s house. Or make it a longer trip and enjoy some picturesque fall scenery and changing leaves on your way to or from your destination.

Or, consider, as host of the Thanksgiving feast, having an extra private space for your guests. Either way, an RV provides the perfect accommodation for you, your friends and family.

Ideas to Help Celebrate Thanksgiving

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate being together with your family and giving thanks for all you have to be thankful for.

Traditional Thanksgiving feast

Traditional Thanksgiving feast

Check out these award winning menus if you happen to be the host (and the cook) for your family’s gathering. Choose from 28 easy-to-make complete Thanksgiving menus here. Or try a vegan Thanksgiving feast; see suggested vegan menus and shopping list here.

Possible Touring Destinations

If you want to get out on the open road, consider traveling during Thanksgiving to these destinations.

Mid-Atlantic States: What about a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield? This is a picturesque place to visit and experience a huge history lesson before the weather gets too cold to stroll on the battlefield. If it’s cold, you can drive through a self-guided tour of most of the key sites of this historic location. You can rent an RV from our Baltimore rental location which is only about one and a half hours from Gettysburg.

Northwest States: Try a visit along the trail first traveled by Lewis and Clark as they led American explorers across the country. Leaving from the mouth of the Missouri River, the Corps of Discovery made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back. Their journey was almost 8,000 miles long and took them two years to make. Wherever you may be, you can find parts of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Omaha, Nebraska, where the Trail Headquarters is located, all the way to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. See more details about their amazing journey and trail maps and locations of visitor centers and museums here.

To rent from our Ferndale, Washington location, click here.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving wherever you spend it and be grateful for all you have. Take advantage of our Thanksgiving special at all our nationwide locations.

Happy Thanksgiving from El Monte RV!

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RV Vacation – Fall Colors in New Hampshire and Vermont

See the spectacle as more colors paint the landscape in New England this fall, by touring New Hampshire and Vermont. Take the time for an RV vacation in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire or take in the vivid autumn maples of Vermont while enjoying a crisp morning stroll.

New Hampshire Sights to See:

Rushing rivers, covered bridges, breathtaking vistas? Check. A scenic drive through New Hampshire is sure to meet your fall foliage expectations. Try the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (aka, the “Kanc”), passing through the heart of the White Mountains to observe a real kaleidoscope of fall colors. From mid-September to late October, plan on peak foliage displays as you wind through the White Mountain National Forest, where you just might catch a glimpse of an elegant moose. Why not take in a little history on your trip across the “Kanc”? The drive is about an hour long so you can make time to stop and visit the Russell-Colbath House, in Albany, a 19th century farmhouse with period furnishings that operates as a historic house museum with an on-site historic interpreter. The house, located in the White Mountain National Forest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is seasonally open to the public. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and visitor information.

Vermont Sights to See:

Vermont is famous for its blazing red maple trees and sweet maple syrup. You’ll find plenty of both in and around the Green Mountain National Forest. Consider a visit to Hapgood Pond Recreation Area for a walk around the Hapgood Pond Trail, or try the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail, where Frost’s poems are posted along the trail. You may want to try the Crossroad of Vermont Scenic Byway for autumn colors, quaint New England villages, covered bridges and rugged mountain scenery.  Leaves change color based on a variety of factors including light level, temperature, soil conditions and more. See the fall foliage report for Vermont,  where, like other parts of New England, the color starts in northern regions and at higher elevations, progressing southward and downward into the valleys until late October.

Fall Foliage New England Campgrounds:

New Hampshire RV Campgrounds

In the White Mountain National Forest, you can camp at Russell Pond Campground, which has nicely tucked away campsites in the hillside overlooking Russell Pond. This location is a popular boating and fishing site. The campground is furnished with flush toilets, hot showers and both RV and tent sites. It also features a beautiful amphitheater. To see more campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest, click here.

Fall foliage RV vacations

Fall foliage RV vacations

Vermont RV Campgrounds

In the Green Mountain National Forest, you can camp at either the Greendale Campground or the Hapgood Pond Recreation Area.

Greendale campground is a small remote campground located along Greendale Brook in Weston, VT. There are 11 campsites available in a wooded campground setting. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a parking spur. Most sites can accommodate small to medium campers as well as tents. There is also a barrier-free vault toilet.

The campground offers easy access to the Greendale Loop, a 4.0 mile hike through a mixed forest of northern hardwood and conifer trees with long stretches bordering scenic streams.

The Hapgood Pond Recreation Area offers camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and hiking among the tranquil surroundings of Hapgood Pond.  The pond itself is 12 acres in size and 12 feet at its deepest point. The recreation area offers a 28-site campground in a wooded setting, a 1 mile nature trail, and a day use area with a beach for swimming.

Enjoy the changing fall foliage from the comfort of your RV. To rent an RV for this year’s fall leaves spectacle, visit either our New York/ New Jersey or Kingston, PA location.

Plan to stop and visit some historic places along your way or on your return. Or if leaving from Kingston, stop and see Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon at Pine Creek Gorge. Some say this is the best time of year to visit, as bright reds, oranges and yellows paint the landscape. For more information, see their website.

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