Fall Leaves and More in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Fall is an ideal time to get out and enjoy nature as the season’s remarkable colors paint the landscape. What better way to do so than to take an RV camping trip in our National and State parks. Every fall in the northeast, fall colors resonate in the beauty of our State and National Parks. Here are just a few ideas to spark your creativity for your own fall RV adventure.

Pennsylvania’s National Parks

Gettysburg is a unique experience for the whole family as you can drive the battlefield on a self-guided tour, stopping to view the restored visitor center. The new center features a hand painted Cyclorama, a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high, which, 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 this Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.

There are also over 200 miles of scenic roadways to explore in the Delaware Water GapSeveral 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.

History buffs will want to visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteEisenhower National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. There are many campsites to stop at along the way.

 

National Forests – 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.

 Maryland National Parks:

In Maryland there are 18 national parks that welcome more than 6 million visitors annually. These include Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner”; Catoctin Mountain in Thurmont, which is tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This park and mountain has 25 miles of hiking trails as well as campgrounds and plenty of programs and events for adults and kids alike. If you are longing for the seashore, Maryland and Virginia share the National Seashore of Assateague Island. This is home to the wild horses who continue to thrive on the island.

State Parks of Pennsylvania and Maryland

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, among others.

State Parks of Maryland

Maryland has 36 state parks, 5 state forests and 5 state wildlife management areas. This is a state to be sure to include on your northeast driving trip to see fall leaves and more.  From Susquehanna State Park where you can see a live demonstration of an authentic grist mill, to Calvert Cliffs, where you can hike along the beach and enjoy the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay view while you search for ancient treasures like shark teeth, scallops and pieces of sand dollars.

You can rent an El Monte RV at our Kingston, PA location or from our Baltimore location, and take your time driving through Pennsylvania, Maryland and other nearby states, while enjoying the changing leaves along the way.

And remember our Fall into Savings and Season of Thanks Specials. For Fall into Savings, any new rentals with pickup dates between now and October 31st, you can get 50 free miles per day on a new rental of a FS31.

For our Season of Thanks special, any new rentals from now until December 15th, 2019, rent for 6 nights and get the 7thnight free.

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NHRA Racing in October!

Welcome the cooler fall temperatures while the tracks heat up with these exciting NHRA races, continuing the countdown to this year’s championship. The action begins with the Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, NC on the weekend of October 11thto 13th. It continues on the weekend of the 17th– 20thin Texas for the Fall Nationals and culminates on October 31st– November 3rd, with the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Carolina Nationals at the zMAX Dragway: Witness the excitement as drivers fire up the track in NHRA’s best battle for supremacy at the Bellagio of drag strips during the fourth race of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000+ horsepower machines to their limits!

RV Camping for the Carolina Nationals: Camping World Racing Resort opens on Thursday the 10thand races begin on the 11thwith qualifying sessions all day and on Saturday. Then Sunday, September 13ththe elimination rounds begin, and end up with the finals for both Nitro and Pro Stock categories. The weekend will be exciting for both kids and adults, as kids get free admission in general admission areas. Racers will top 330 miles per hour with their 11,000 hp engines.

Need to Rent an RV?Visit our El Monte RV Rentals Locations.

AAA Texas Fall Nationals: This race is the fastest race in Texas, held each year in Ennis, Texas at the Texas Motorplex. From October 17thto 20thNHRA action is focused on this all concrete quarter mile drag racing facility. The Motorplex has hosted national event racing since 1986 and has been the site of record-breaking passes, championship-clinching performances and jaw-dropping events.

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will feature some of the biggest names in racing, including Texas native and 2018 Top Fuel world champion, Steve Torrence, as well as Austin resident and 8-time Top Fuel world champion, Tony Schumacher, 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, Greg Anderson and many more stars of the fastest motorsport. The event is the fourth of six playoff events in the NHRA’s Countdown to 1 championship playoff system.

RV Camping for the Texas Fall Nationals: You can camp right in the Texas Motorplex Campground for only $50 for the entire weekend for this event, if they have room. All spots are first come, first serve. Direct track-side view motorhome spots are also available. Motorhome space options available for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are rented for single event only. Space is limited, for information about the Motorhome Corral, making reservations or information on their waiting list, please email tickets@texasmotorplex.com. You can also find several campgrounds near Ennis, if they are full. One option is High View Park; another is Waxahachie Creek RV Park, or you may prefer Hwy 287 RV Park and Storage. All three are within about a ten minute drive of the track.

For the last weekend in October NHRA Returns to Las Vegas for the Dodge NHRA Nationals. This event is the next-to-last event that will decide the season’s NHRA Mello Yello world championships, so there is plenty at stake. Every run is important. The venue is the same as in the spring, though this time the race is cut to two lanes, and the potential for cooler weather can make for high drama at an event where world titles are on the line.

As in many NHRA venues, every ticket is a Pit Pass at LVMS, and racers will top 330 mph as they race their dragsters with more than 11,000 horsepower.

RV Camping at LVMS: You can camp beside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the Burnout RV Lot – which is reserved camping located next to the drag strip behind the general admission grandstands.  Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot.Or you can camp in style for the 2019 Dodge NHRA Nationals with a Trackside RV lot spot. This coveted camping area overlooks all of the action on the drag strip. You can witness your favorite NHRA drivers up close and personal as they speed past your RV site. Parking positions are extremely limited, so make sure to reserve one of the most unique camping experiences any drag strip can offer. (Price increases during week of event).

Need to Rent an RV:

To rent an RV, visit our El Monte RV Rentals Location page to find a location near your selected track. To learn more about NHRA Racing with your RV, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you visit, you’re sure enjoy watching these dragsters attain top speeds on the track.

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RV Vacation – September Music and More Festivals and Fairs

September is full of more exciting events all around the country. Here are a few to consider for your vacation plans. Remember to include getting out on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy any of these exciting music and other festivals!

We feature a few here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

Music and other fairs and festivals are still in full swing across the country. Here are some highlights of some of the upcoming music and other festivals in September.

September 13th-15thTelluride Blues and Brews in Telluride, Colorado – This year marks their 26thannual festival and will no doubt be one of the best. Renowned as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is located in the world-famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. The multi-stage celebration of music and craft beer offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam-band, and gospel and soul performances accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country.

For the next weekend, we feature 3 amazing music festivals to choose from.

September 20th-22ndBristol Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in Bristol, Virginia – From Wynonna and The Big Noise, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, to at least 100 other performers, this festival promises not to disappoint. Country and crossover music lovers from all over the country will flock to Bristol, Virginia right on the Tennessee state line (its twin city is Bristol, TN) to see this huge lineup. Bristol even boasts its own Birth of Country Music Museum right on Moore Street.

September 20th-22ndImagine Music Festival– Hampton, Georgia. This festival takes place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and this year features such bands as Marshmello, Tipper, Diplo, REZZ and Above & Beyond. There is music for every taste during this 3 day awesome festival. The Imagine campgrounds are conveniently located directly outside the Speedway in surrounding grass fields, a few minutes’ walk to the Festival Entrance.

September 20th-22ndMonterey Jazz Music Festival– Monterey, California. This Festival will feature another “jaw-dropping line-up” of over 130 performances from iconic and emerging jazz artists, educational events, conversations, films, and exhibits on eight stages — 30 hours of live music spanning two days and three nights! This unique musical experience includes an array of international cuisine and one-of-a-kind merchandise on the oak-studded 20 acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

If you want to see something spectacular and listen to great live music as well, travel to the Plano Balloon FestivalSeptember 20th– 22nd, in Plano, Texas. Celebrate 40 Years of Ballooning at this Balloon Festival featuring three days of live music, tethered hot air balloon rides, parachute team exhibition, live concerts, firework show, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K fun run, food vendors, artist booths, kids fun zone, and a field full of HOT AIR BALLOONS! Bring the whole family for 3 days of fun!

State Fair Season

Don’t forget that there are plenty of State Fairs beginning on September 27th. These include the Virginia State Fair, the Texas State Fair and the Georgia State Fair. Virginia and Georgia’s will run through October 6th, while Texas’ will remain open until October 20th. Check out their individual websites for more details.

Need to Rent an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your September RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to go, be sure to take your family and camera to capture the memories of this exciting fun RV adventure.

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NHRA Racing Burns up Tracks this September!

As summer is coming to a close, start this fall with a fun-filled, fast-paced family RV vacation to see any one of these exciting NHRA races, starting the countdown to this year’s championship. The action starts in mid-September at the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton near Reading, PA from September 12th-15thwith the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals. Two weeks later the action moves to Madison, IL for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals: Maple Grove Raceway has a long history of record-breaking performances, including the first side-by-side quarter mile, four second and 300 mph top fuel passes. The cooler September temperatures offer great conditions to watch dragster racing at this Western Pennsylvania drag strip. The event is the first of the back-to-back races that begin the countdown to the championship.

The midway opens on Friday, September 13thwith qualifying sessions all day and continues these on Saturday. Then Sunday, September 15ththe elimination rounds begin, and end up with the finals for both Nitro and Pro Stock categories. The weekend will be exciting for both kids and adults, as kids get free admission in general admission areas. Racers will top 330 miles per hour with their 11,000 hp engines.

RV Camping near Maple Grove Raceway: There are several campgrounds close to Maple Grove including the Dutch Cousin Campground, Sun Valley Campgrounds and Shady Grove Campground, among others.

Need to Rent an RV? Visit our El Monte RV Rentals Kingston, PA Location.

AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals: Beginning on September 27th, the Midwest Nationals will begin at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL near St. Louis, MO.This multipurpose worldwide technology raceway, in the shadow of the famed St. Louis gateway arch, returned to the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series schedule in 2012 after a one-year hiatus with a new event in the countdown to the championship. It quickly became known for terrific performances, including a former world-record top fuel pass by Clay Millican in 2017.

RV Camping Near Gateway:

Camping begins on Thursday, September 26thand ends on Monday, September 30th, at both NHRA Campgrounds; Nitro Farm Camping or General West Camping. Check out World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Campgrounds for more information. Or, to stay outside the park, there are several campground options in both St. Louis and Madison. The closest outside the park is the Safari RV Park in East St. Louis, IL. There is also Casino Queen RV Park in East St. Louis and St. Louis RV Park in St. Louis, MO. Check out which would be the best fit for your family.

To rent an RV, visit our El Monte RV Rentals Location page to find a location near your selected track. For Gateway, there are two locations nearby, the El Monte RV Rentals near Louisville in Elizabethtown, KY, or the one in Glen Ellyn, IL called Chicago West RV Rentals.

To learn more about NHRA Racing with your RV, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you decide to visit, you’re sure to have fun with friends and family as you watch these dragsters attain top speeds on the track.

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RV Vacation – Late August Music and Other Festivals and Fairs

Late August is packed with exciting events all around the country. Here are just a few to consider for your late summer vacation plans, Whatever you choose,  include getting out on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting music and other festivals and fairs!

We feature a few here but please check our EVENTSpage for many other possibilities.

Music happens across the country from the east coast in Virginia and Pennsylvania to the west in Utah and to the southeast gulf coast in Panama City, Florida. Here are some highlights of some of the top upcoming music and other festivals in late August.

Lockn’ Music Festival– Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA – August 22-25th– According to Ed Williams from The Revivalists, “LOCKN’ is one of those festivals that is extremely good at getting so much talent in one place, that meld so well together, so you never know what’s going to happen.” This festival is so packed with bands you should check their website – 2019 Lockn’ Schedulefor the full talent schedule.

Reggae Rise Up Music Festival– August 23rd– 25th, Heber City, UT, River’s Edge Campground. This festival is also filled with immensely talented performers from Rebelution to Dispatch and too many others to list out here. Find all the performers and their scheduled performance times at Reggae Rise Up – Lineup.

Gulf Coast Jam-Country on the Coast, August 30th– September 1st, 2019, Panama City Beach, FL features this year’s headliners, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock among many other country top-billed singers. Be sure to catch their Country on the Coastwebsite to see the full schedule and all the activities that will be featured.

Another fun festival for the last weekend in August (the 31stto September 1st) is the Pocono Garlic Harvest Festival, now in its 25thyear. This festival promises to fill the Poconos with a garlic aroma over Labor Day weekend. Food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. There will also be live music featured on the main stage as well as strolling musicians on the festival grounds, educational demonstrations, the 6th Annual Garlic Eating Contest and plenty of children’s activities! This event takes place in East Stroudsburg, PA, near the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. For more information about the entertainment schedule and full details, see their Pocono Garlic Harvest Festivalwebsite.

Travel to theColorado Balloon Festival, August 31st– September 2nd, in Colorado Springs, CO. Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is only a few weeks away and this is one festival you won’t want to miss. Admission to the park is FREE, so bring the whole family for a day of fun!

Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks. Activities continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving and donut eating competitions. Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

Where to camp:

Check all the links to these individual activities for information on where to park your RV. Camping is allowed at most of these festivals but not all accommodate RV’s. Check each site for what is available at your destination.

State Fair Season

Don’t forget that there are plenty of State Fairs from August 22nd and 23rdto Labor Day, September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fairin Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; and the third is the Colorado State Fairin Pueblo from August 23rdto September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Utah’sand New Mexico’s State Fairscome up in early September from the 5thto the 15th. Check their websites for all the details. The Utah State Fairwill feature entertainment by Foreigner and Prince Royce as well as Old Dominion and many other well known groups. And New Mexico’s will feature Aaron Watson & PRCA Xtreme Bulls, as well as Mitchell Tenpenny, the Eli Young Band among others. Be sure to look at the New Mexico State Fairsite to get all the details.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’spage to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure, be sure to take your family and camera to capture the memories of this exciting summer.

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Summer RV Adventure in Washington’s National and State Parks

Washington offers many National and State parks to choose from plus a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts. Get out in your RV or ours and see some sights of the Pacific Northwest this summer. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots.

If you are starting out near Bellingham, at El Monte’s RV Rentals, you could travel south to Seattle to begin your adventure. Here take a few hours to explore the Wing Luke Museum. This unique place is described as an experience more than a museum that reveals what it is and was to be Asian American in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors explore thought-provoking exhibitions of real stories, including that of actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee.

If you wish to travel east from Ferndale and Bellingham, you can treat yourself to the views of a true alpine landscape in the North Cascades National Park. Here you can find communities of life that have adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fires in the east. Jagged peaks are crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Here you can listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. This is truly a unique experience.

There are 15 National Parks and Places in Washington. First, check out the blog on this site for Monty’s Musings, RV Trip to Wild, Wonderful Washingtonwhich covered the 3 main national parks, Mt. Rainier, the San Juan Island and Olympia National Park. The current blog focuses more on the State parks that are available and some of the National parks and historic places not covered before.

Ebey’s Landing, in Coupeville, WA also offers a stunning view at the gateway to Puget Sound. This is just a short drive south from Ferndale. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reservepreserves the historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of both native and Euro-American – while offering spectacular opportunities for recreation.

One thing you should also note: there is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary, and on September 28thto celebrate National Public Lands Day. So try to plan your trips to take advantage of those days, or purchase a National Parks Pass. See the webpage, National Park Service Passesfor more details.

 

State Parks in Washington

Washington has 154 State Parks, 5 State Recreation Areas, 2 State Forests, and 1 State Wildlife Area in addition to all the national parks and historic places.

These parks are divided into ten regions: The Islands, in the northwest corner of the state, North Cascades, going east from there, and Rocky Mountain Gateway, on the eastern edge of Washington. The Columbia River Plateau is south and west of the Rocky Mountain Gateway and the Palouse is southeast of that. The Wine Country is on the southern border of the state until you get to Volcano Country, west of the Wine Country. Wrapping up this amazing state are The Coast (west southern coast, north of that is Olympic and Kitsap and east of that region is King Country, which is around Seattle. To see all the recreation destinations in Washingtoncheck out their website.

Nine of their state parks have interpretive centers where visitors can experience the catastrophic Ice Age floods at the Dry Falls Visitor Center or retrace the journey of the Corps of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. You can peer through one of the largest amateur built telescopes in the country at Goldendale Observatory or step inside a historic lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park. There are so many that one could spend a month or more just exploring all the State Parks Washington has to offer. For more information on Washington’s State Parks with interpretive centers,see their website.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Washington. To find which parks will reserve spaces for camping in your RV, go to Washington Campgrounds and Camping provided by ReserveAmerica.

Camp in the National ParksWith reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is very sophisticated and they purposely leave many sites first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at any of the park’s websites.

To make the most of your Washington parks trip, easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Ferndale, near Bellingham.

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NASCAR RV Vacation in August: Don’t Miss the Action!

NASCAR begins August with a whirlwind of dirt as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series runs at the Eldora Speedway at Rossburg in rural Ohio August 1st; quickly followed by the Zippo 200 race on August 3rd at the Glen and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, Go Bowling at the Glen on August 4th, both at Watkins Glen.

August 10th and 11th will find most NASCAR racers in Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway. The Gander Outdoors Truck series and Monster Energy will run in Michigan while NASCAR Xfinity Series Racers will go to the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Troy Township, near Lexington.

August 16-18th finds the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. And for a great Labor Day weekend don’t miss Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 to wrap up the month from August 31st to September 2nd.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Here are the track details for each weekend:

July 31st – August 1stEldora Speedway: The action starts on July 31st with Super DIRTcar Big Blocks plus NASCAR practice and qualifying races. August 1st brings NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series plus the Big Block Invitational. Eldora offers plenty of camping space for race fans wishing to spend the weekend at the Speedway. Camping lot availability and pricing varies by event. Check their website.

August 3-4thWatkins Glen International Raceway:
Travel to see the Watkins Glen 355 at the “Glen,” a road course race at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. Don’t miss the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 race on August 3rd followed by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, “Go Bowling at the Glen” on August 4th. Check their website for camping availability and a full schedule of events.

August 9th-11th Michigan International Speedway: The weekend opens with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, featuring NASCAR’s top drivers setting up their cars for Sunday’s race. Saturday, the Corrigan Oil 200 features the hard-charging drivers of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series as they battle for the chance to go to victory lane in this race. The Truck Series drivers put on a great show in this 100-lap event. The race is exciting and the finishes are always close. Stick around after the race for the free post-race concert! Sunday, August 11th features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars who always end the Michigan Speedway season with an exciting finale, featuring many lead changes and exciting finishes!

August 9th-10thMid-Ohio Sportscar Course: NASCAR Xfinity Series Racers will go to Lexington, OH for the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on August 9th-10th for an exhilarating experience at the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Mid-Ohio. Go to the fan guide on their website for full information about camping at this beautiful locale.

August 15th-18th Bristol Motor Speedway: From August 15th to the 18th, NASCAR action fills Bristol with non-stop action. The highlight of the weekend is the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on August 17th, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. But before and after that, consider this normally quiet spot in Tennessee for a great getaway weekend. See their website for all the details, camping options, and schedules.

August 31st – September 2nd, Darlington Raceway hosts the NASCAR Xfinity Series Help a Hero 200 event, followed by the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Don’t miss all the action in South Carolina as such notables as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and others race to the finish line! Check out Darlington Raceway Camping Options and be sure to reserve your spot early as these spaces will sell out fast.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV from one of our El Monte RV rentals locations to get to any of these tracks. Find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates for the location nearest your RV NASCAR adventure.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go. No matter where you start your RV Vacation, you are sure to enjoy the roar of the engines and cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Vacation – Summertime Music and Other Festivals

Part of your summer vacation plans should include getting on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting and entertaining music and other festivals and fairs! August is packed with lots of exciting events all around the country.

Several are featured here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

From Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival to the Oregon Jamboree on the weekend of August 1-4th, there are lots of options on the first weekend in August.  

The weekend of the 1st to 4th of August will find Grant Park in Chicago filled with fans of alternative rock and hip-hop bands like The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, 21 Pilots, and Childish Gambino among a host of other high-profile musical celebrities. Ariana Grande will perform on Sunday August 4th and there is an aftershow (should be called a pre-show) at the Metro on Clark Street on July 31st to kick off this weekend, featuring Hozier. For all the details and the full lineup please see Lollapalooza Music Festival.

The Oregon Jamboree, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival, occurs on the same weekend – from the 1st to 4th of August in Sweet Home, OR. It features the Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young, among many other featured country stars. Check out their website for all the details and for ticket sales.

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair is held in Lafayette, NJ and is held from August 2nd to 11th. Then the Illinois State Fair starts in Springfield on August 8th and runs through the 18th. This year the fair will feature such grandstand acts as Pentatonix, Snoop Dogg and Friends, Montgomery Gentry, and Neil Diamond as well as Shinedown, Reba McEntire and many other stars. Check their respective websites for all the details and ticket information.

If you happen to be on the East Coast, take in the Moonrise Music Festival in Baltimore from August 10th-11th. This unique festival is held on the Pimlico Race Course (yes of Triple Crown fame), and is right in the middle of the action, but about 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and they even have shuttle service so you won’t have to hassle with traffic. For the full lineup of talent and the various other events around the main event, see the website at Moonrise Music Festival.

This is the high season for State Fairs, as the Kentucky State Fair begins in Louisville on August 15th and runs through the 25th. Besides the usual State Fair fare, there will also be a Texas Roadhouse Concert series which occurs each day of the Fair. Concerts each begin at 8 pm, except the Sunday, August 25th show which starts at 4 pm. For all the details and the exceptional lineup of top-shelf entertainment, see their website.

If you are near Watkins Glen, NY the Woodstock Music Festival runs from August 16th to 18th. This is the place to be for the most eclectic bill of music from hip-hop and rock to some pop and even some of the legacy bands from the original festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 celebration and will be headed by founder Michael Lang. The Woodstock 50 lineup is a star-studded one. Among the artists/bands scheduled for the festival are: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Nahko and Medicine for the People, Imagine Dragons, Judah and the Lion, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Pussy Riot, and many more. Among the original Woodstock acts appearing are Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna. Check out their website for all the information you will need about the tickets and camping there this August.

If you happen to be on the West Coast, take in the Psycho Music Festival that same weekend at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas (August 16th-18th). Featuring more than 70 artists from around the world, this mid-August mirage in the desert will be packed full of music and fun. See their website for the details.

Wrapping up the month are three more State Fairs, both from August 22nd to September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fair in Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; the third is the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo from August 23rd to September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure to, be sure to take your family and camera so you can capture the memories of this exciting summer fun.

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NHRA Racing Burns Rubber in August!

This August, take your family on an exciting RV vacation to see any one of these exciting NHRA races.  From Seattle on the weekend of August 2nd–4th, NHRA Northwest Nationals take place at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. Then two weeks later, from August 15th– 18th, take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to follow the Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The last weekend of August finds NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Don’t miss the heart pounding action of drag racing while camping out in your comfortable home away from home RV at one of these exciting spots!

Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

The first weekend of August finds the Northwest Nationals in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle at Pacific Raceways. As usual at NHRA races, Friday and Saturday are mostly qualifying races for both the Pro Stocks and the Nitro racers. Sunday is the main event with semi-finals and final races starting at 3:40 and 3:45 pm. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

You can rent an RV nearby at our Ferndale/Bellingham, Washington location. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental Ferndale/Bellingham location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the area or you may get lucky and be able to book into the Pacific Raceway Campground if spaces are available. If not, there are other RV Campgrounds nearby such as Cranmar RV Park and Lake Sawyer RV Resort. Book early as this will be a popular spot in early August.

Two weeks after this excitement on the west coast take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to watch the excitement at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The schedule opens on Friday, August 16th with the Pro Stock Qualifying Sessions and the Nitro Qualifying Sessions, and continues with more qualifying sessions on Saturday, capped off by the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations, Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon.

To rent an RV nearby, our closest El Monte RV Rental Location is near Chicago in Glen Ellyn, IL. Go to the Where to Rent an RV page of our website to check out that location and contact them to find out about available rentals and rates.

RV Camping near Brainerd: If you want to camp nearby, check out Rager’s Acres Seasonal RV Park, or Birch Bay RV Resort or you may try your luck to be able to put your name on a wait list to stay at the Raceway itself at their PleasureLand RV VIP Campground.

To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see Lucas Oil Nationals.

Labor Day weekend this year is August 28th – Sept. 2nd and brings NHRA to Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Find all the action you can imagine here for this long weekend of fun and speed. The home for the U.S. Nationals, this Chevrolet Performance weekend is packed full of non-stop action. The schedule opens with Sportsman Qualifying races on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th, followed by Sportsman Eliminations and Hemi Challenges on Friday August 30th. Then the action heats up even more as Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying Sessions occupy Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The weekend culminates with Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations and Finals on Monday afternoon.

Camping at Lucas Oil Raceway is a family experience with lots of choices of campgrounds to suit your family’s needs. Try to reserve early to get your choice of campsites in one of several campgrounds.

To rent an RV, you can visit our El Monte RV Rentals Chicago Location only about three hours or so from Indianapolis.

To learn more, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun with your friends and family watching these amazingly fast dragsters as they burn rubber on the track.

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RV Adventures in Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado offers so many National and State parks plus a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts that it may be tricky to decide where to start. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots.

If you are starting out at El Monte RV’s  Denver rental location,  you could travel north to Rocky Mountain National Park, or just south a bit to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and pick some spots to stay along the way, but be sure to get to the western edge of Colorado to Colorado National Monument and all the way to southern Colorado to the Capulin Volcano National Monument this summer as it is truly full of national treasure.

There are 13 National Parks in Colorado – Here are a few highlights:

Rocky Mountain National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road –cresting at over 12,000 feet, and including many overlooks to experience the sub-alpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument: Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Capulin Volcano National Monument: Although this monument is in New Mexico, it is worth the drive a little farther south and east to see it. View a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Open all day and night year-round; the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece of a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience a starry sky on moonless nights, or a surreal walk on the dunes under bright full moonlight.

One thing you should also note, there is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary, and on September 28th to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

State Parks in Colorado

Not to be missed are some of the most spectacular sights ensconced in the 41 State Parks of Colorado. Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water: on a high peak or on the prairie: in the country or the city: in spring, summer, winter or fall. Download a guide to Colorado’s 41 state parks. Here are just a few suggestions:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre Front Range Park established in 1960 has 36 miles of hiking trails, with horse and bicycle travel allowed on 22 miles.

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park retains a unique part of Colorado’s history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933.

Mueller State Park: Mueller State Park is a Colorado state park encompassing 5,112 acres of land outside Divide, Colorado, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The park offers many outdoor activities. There are 55 miles of trails, biking, year-round camping, hunting, hiking, and horseback riding.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Colorado. To find which parks will reserve spaces for camping in your RV, go to Colorado Campgrounds and Camping provided by ReserveAmerica.

Camp in the National Parks – with reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is very sophisticated and they purposely leave many sites first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at the park’s websites.

To make the most of your Colorado parks trip, easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Denver.

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