RV Trip: More to See in Moab – Three National Parks

While Wyoming is probably the most visited of all the states with National Parks due to Yellowstone, Moab, Utah is worth including in your National Park RV camping plans. Here you can visit several exceptionally scenic attractions around southern Utah. In the area near Moab, you can see some amazing sights including Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Visitors from around the world come to the town of Moab to experience sunrise over the towering depths of Canyonlands National Park and then follow it up with sunset in the other-worldly red rock scenery of Arches National Park. Moab’s year-round access to thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes, along with the cool waters of the Colorado River, has made it one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation destinations in the American Southwest.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park preserves 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert. Water and gravity have been the principal architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today.

Canyonlands allows you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and exploration and adventure. For maps and more information, see their website.

Capitol Reef National Park

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. Capitol Reef’s rich cultural history dates to archaic hunter-gatherers, the prehistoric Fremont Culture, and pioneer homesteaders. Capitol Reef is really a hiker’s dream. Trails here are plentiful and provide views of the red rock landscape as well as this unique geologic feature.

Arches National Park

We discussed Arches National Park in an earlier blog but just to recap:

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads. Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters. Parking is limited at all destinations. More information is available at the NPS website.

Where to Camp:

  • Canyonlands National Park: There are two campgrounds in Canyonlands,
    Canyonlands National Park

    Canyonlands National Park

    Island in the Sky Campground and The Needles Campground. Both are open year round but there is no water at Island in the Sky campground. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center from spring through fall. There are toilets, picnic tables and fire rings in the Needles Campground. There are also available public and private campground sites outside of Canyonlands which you can see at visit discovermoab.com or utahscanyoncountry.com.

  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) operates many campgrounds in the Moab area. Some accommodate large groups and may be reserved in advance. For more information, visit the BLM’s Utah Recreation Page.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Camp inside the park at The Fruita Campground which is often described as an oasis within the desert. Adjacent to the Fremont River and surrounded by historic orchards, this developed campground has 64 RV/tent sites and 7 walk-in tent sites. Each site has a picnic table and firepit (walk-in sites have a grill instead of a firepit), but no individual water, sewage, or electrical hookups. There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance. Restrooms feature running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Accessible sites are located adjacent to restrooms. The Fruita Campground is open year-round, and is the only developed campground in Capitol Reef National Park. To make a reservation, visit: recreation.gov.
  • Arches National Park: Camp among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, 18 miles from the park entrance. You can reserve standard campsites up to 6 months in advance for stays March 1-October 31. All sites are usually reserved months in advance. Between November 1 and February 28, sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and both pit-style and flush toilets. For more information about camping in Arches National Park, see their website.

You can start your RV camping trip near Salt Lake City and rent an RV from El Monte RV there, or you can start further south around Las Vegas and rent an RV from El Monte RV rentals in Henderson, then head north and east to Utah. You can even pick up your RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you like.

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RV Camping at Music Festivals in Colorado and Texas

August 24th – September 2nd

RV camping, Music and Arts and Barbecue; what a great combination! You should try taking off for the last two weekends of summer by visiting the Nedfest Music and Arts Festival from August 24th to 26th in Nederland, Colorado, followed by the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival, in Bedford, Texas from August 31st to September 2nd. What a great way to round out your summer!

In Colorado:

Nedfest Music Festival

Nedfest Music Festival

The NedFest Music and Arts Festival will take place on the shores of the Barker Reservoir in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado, just 17 miles west of and 3,000 feet above Boulder. This year marks their 20th year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. They host a wide range of music, from rock and roll to blues, bluegrass to folk and Americana, with a hint or two of jazz. Onsite camping is available next to the Barker Reservoir and NedFest is very kid friendly, with kids 12 and under free with an adult, a kids’ tent with activities, and a special teen price too. Artists and craft vendors ring the field. Colorado microbrews and mead are on tap and we always have a variety of food vendors.

With a capacity of only 2000 people you are never more than 200 feet from the stage and won’t have to walk a mile to the bathroom. Come up to cool, beautiful Nederland for some friendly welcome vibes and great music!

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

Nederland, Colorado is a town tucked in the Rocky Mountains just west of Boulder at 8,236 feet elevation. Nederland has a history rich in mining and music and a future as the hub of the Peak to Peak Community. With unique shops, amazing outdoor beauty, friendly locals, and a vibrant music scene, Nederland is definitely not your average small town.

To rent an RV nearby for NedFest, you can visit either of our locations at Louviers, near Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

In Texas:

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival happens on the following weekend, the 31st of August to September 2nd. This is a real blues festival featuring Reo Casey and Tab Benoit, for example. This year’s lineup also includes Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch as well as Samantha Fish and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. For the full lineup of blues performers, check out their website.

And, if the music wasn’t enough to entice you, this festival hosts a cook-off of down home Texas BBQ that is sure to make your mouth water.

There’s a saying that to get to know a place and its people, you must first eat their food. In Texas, no food represents the culture more than authentic southern-style BBQ. The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, a 3-day event that attracts over 20,000 music and food lovers from all over the world. Taking place on Labor Day weekend, some of America’s most revered chefs congregate to rustle up tangy, smoking hot barbecue food against the harmonious backdrop of top quality blues and rock music.

Wrap up your summer with a delightful blend of great blues music and award-winning barbecue. What could be better?

Visit their website for directions, and other important information. There is some camping space on site and you can also camp at The Vineyards Campground in nearby Grapevine, TX, as well as other RV campgrounds in the area.

Bedford, Texas is an area in the Mid-Cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. As a ten square mile suburb of Fort Worth, it offers lots of recreational opportunities with several parks, including Brook Hollow Park and Bedford Trails Linear Park. Take some time to explore the area while you are there.

You can find an RV to rent at El Monte RV rentals in Dallas, Texas.

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RV Tailgating at Bristol, Tennessee NASCAR raceway

This August don’t miss the rv tailgating fun in Bristol, Tennessee as NASCAR features the finals of the playoff field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. At Bristol, the celebrations begin early on Thursday, August 16 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the Hospitality Area outside of turn 4 for Food City Family Race Night. This event is from noon until 6 pm and admission is FREE!

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

The following fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season at family-friendly prices. You could stay for the epic Thursday night doubleheader. First, the brawlers of the Whelen Modified Series hit the high banks for the Bush’s Beans 150 with high speeds and high expectations before giving way to the largest, most dramatic Camping World Truck Series event on the circuit, the UNOH 200.

Friday the 17th features NASCAR’s future stars (and a few current ones too!) suiting up for the toughest Friday night fight on the schedule – the Food City 300.

And Saturday you can get fit at the America’s Night Race 5K. Run on a fabulous course set right on Bristol Motor Speedway property the day of the cup race. And of course, the final race is full of fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes that are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR. If history is any indication, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside this last great Coliseum.

Where to Camp for Bristol:

  • Bristol Motor Speedway owns and manages five campgrounds located on the track property. All amenities are included in the price and are only available to Bristol Motor Speedway Campground patrons. If you have any questions, would like additional information, or would like to inquire about seeing if any sites are still available, please contact the BMS Ticket Office at 866.415.4158. Or you can get more information on their website.
  • If you’d like to camp close by but not at the Speedway, or if the campsites at the Speedway are sold out, the following are recommended: The Bristol Campground, Hick’s White Top Campground, Hilltop Camping or All American Campgrounds. You can find plenty more if you search Google.

More Sights to See around Tennessee:

While you’re in Bristol, you may want to check out these nature-loving Tennessee Parks:

  • Steele Creek Park is 2200 acres of lakefront with paddle boarding and regular and disc golf that also features a mini-train and nature trails.
  • Rooster Front Park, right in Bristol which is a great place to fish, walk, hike trails and even see a beautiful waterfall. One of the trails is 2.2 miles long and ends up in Steele Creek Park, nearby.
  • Pinnacle Park: Located in the new Pinnacle Park retail development, this park offers fishing (catch and release) as well as lovely trails to walk or jog, and a variety of shops.
  • Daniel Boone National Forest is in Winchester, Kentucky so if you happen to rent your RV from our Louisville location, you should definitely plan a slight detour to visit this beautiful National Forest destination.

September NASCAR Schedule Preview

In September, look forward to NASCAR racing again in Indianapolis on the weekend of September 8–9th, and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14-16th. We’ll feature more information about those races in our next NASCAR RV Camping blog.

To get additional race information, please visit NASCAR’s website.

To rent an RV for your trip, check out our nearby RV Rental location in Elizabethtown, KY, near Louisville.

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Summer RV Trip to our National Parks: Utah to Montana

While you are thinking about where to go and cool off this summer, don’t forget our amazing states in the Northwest, particularly Utah, Idaho and Montana. These scenic jewels are often overlooked when planning summer RV camping excursions. Begin your journey around Salt Lake City where you can rent an RV from El Monte RV Rentals. You would travel from Salt Lake City, perhaps stopping at Arches National Park and taking in Zion National Park before heading north to Idaho and then reaching Montana and the magnificent Glacier National Park.

If it is a leisurely trip, you can take the scenic highways (note US 89), and maybe pick out some other spots to stay in Idaho along the way. Idaho offers several amazing forests, including the Salmon Challis, Sawtooth, Payette, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Nez Pence-Clearwater National Forests. After visiting these scenic beauties, remember to keep your compass aimed northeast to Montana, to make this summer’s adventure truly spectacular.

Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads.  Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters. Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden often fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. Many parking spots can’t fit recreational vehicles (RVs) or vehicles with trailers. If you’re towing a car, considering driving it instead and leaving the big rig outside the park. For more suggestions on traveling in the park and how to avoid the crowds, visit the NPS’ Traffic & Travel Tips page.

Zion National Park

Zion was Utah’s first national park and is still quite popular. Here you can follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. You’ll be able to gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. You can experience true wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is truly the gem in the crown of national parks. As the Crown of the Continent, Glacier is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay. What happens here affects waters in a huge section of North America. Due to a detection of invasive mussel populations in central Montana, Glacier has closed all park waters to motorized and trailered watercraft until further notice. There has been an invasion of non-native mussels in many of the waters of the Great Lakes and Glacier is controlling boating very strictly to avoid contamination of their lakes. You can read more about the invasive species of mussels and what the Park Service is doing to protect the Glacier lakes here.

However, don’t let this watercraft restriction deter you from visiting Glacier National Park. It is truly one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in the West.

Here are just a few choices:

Camp in the National Parks – with reservations required for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, many sites are first-come, first-served. Our national park system is so technologically sophisticated that you can get full details including which sites filled yesterday and by what time at their websites.

  • For Arches National Park, you can camp at one of 51 campsites among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, 18 miles from the park entrance. You can reserve standard campsites up to 6 months in advance for stays March 1-October 31. All sites are usually reserved months in advance. Between November 1 and February 28, sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and both pit-style and flush toilets. Click here for Arches National Park reservations.
  • For Zion National Park, there are three on-site campgrounds plus at least five off-site if the ones in the park are full. You should make reservations to get in Zion as it fills up quickly especially in the summer. Click here for Zion National Park reservations.
  • For Glacier National Park, there are 13 different campgrounds with more than 1,000 sites to choose from. Several of their campgrounds are suitable for RV camping. For reservations and more information on available campsites, click here.

To make the most of your National Park RV camping trip, you can easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

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RV Camping at the Riverfront Blues Music Festival

Wilmington, Delaware – August 3 – 5, 2018

Great blues music awaits you and your family and friends in the Riverfront Blues Music Festival in Wilmington early in August. Featuring some of the top performing blues artists, this year marks the 21st annual Riverfront Blues Music Festival sponsored by the City of Wilmington.  Riverfront Blues Music Festival

The Riverfront Blues Festival will take place in Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront. It starts on Friday, August 3 and runs through Sunday, August 5, with performances beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Noon on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Diamond State Blues Society, formed in 1997 and dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Blues music in Delaware, curates the musical lineup for the City and helps put on this festival.

The schedule of performances for this year’s Riverfront Blues festival is available at:  www.riverfrontbluesfestde.com.

Where to Camp for Riverfront Blues Festival

To help you plan your trip to Wilmington, here’s a link to area campground information. Less than thirty minutes away from the Festival site are at least three or four area campgrounds. Be sure to make your reservations early!

More Sights to See around Wilmington:

After the Festival, you could extend your stay and explore the abundant attractions of the Brandywine Valley. Favorite activities of RV camping blues fans include canoeing the Brandywine River, treating the kids to the treehouses at the beautiful Longwood Gardens or touring the unforgettable mansions once owned by the DuPont family.

These are just a few of the many parks around Wilmington:

  • Alapocas Run State Park: Rated 5 stars, this 415 acre forested State Park features forest trails of varying difficulty for hiking biking and jogging. It is located along the Brandywine Creek and its Alapocas Run tributary.
  • Brandywine Park is a 345 acre state park located along the Brandywine River, with a paved greenway trail, historic sites, picnic areas and the Brandywine Zoo.
  • Bellevue State Park is 328 acres in the suburbs of Wilmington, which used to be the estate of the DuPont family. It has tennis courts, a fitness track, a fishing pond and stables.

How About Refreshing Your US History in Philadelphia?

While you’re in the heart of colonial America, why not take some time to visit Philadelphia? Numerous historic sites there will help you learn or relearn your early American history. Here are just a few sights you may include on your tour.

  • Independence National Historical Park, including The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum and more
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Franklin Institute – kid-friendly science museum plus planetarium
  • Philadelphia City Hall – with an 11 meter statue of William Penn on top
  • Reading Terminal Market – an indoors farmer’s market since 1892

RV camping makes visiting America’s blues festivals affordable and luxurious. Be sure to make time to go to this unique, delightful Riverfront Blues Festival!

To rent an RV for your trip, check our nearby RV Rentals locations in Linden, New Jersey or Kingston, Pennsylvania.

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RV Camping at NASCAR Racing, Tailgating Destinations

What a great way to get out of the heat – a trip to New England! New Hampshire’s hosting the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR race on July 20th – 22nd, followed the next weekend by the Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors PA 400 in the Poconos. A fun and fast way to enjoy a weekend or two, you can visit either the New Hampshire Motor Speedway or Pocono Raceway (or both!) After the raucous fun of 4th of July in Chicagoland and Daytona, NASCAR fans will appreciate the quiet of a New England pine forest, the gorgeous Atlantic lighthouse-dotted shoreline, or serene Pocono mountain scenery.

These fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season and at family-friendly prices. You could actually take a ten day trip starting in New Hampshire, stopping in Maine and then go south and west to the Poconos.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Where to Camp for NHMS:

  • For infield camping at the NHMS for the New Hampshire 301 race, you can get more information on their website
  • If you’d like to camp close by but not at the race, the Speedway Sports Park and Cascade Campground also are highly recommended.

More Sights to See around New Hampshire:

Check out these nature-loving New Hampshire Parks:

  • Echo Lake State Park, in North Conway, NH: a 118-acre park with a scenic trail circling a lake plus picnicking & swimming options & a bathhouse.
  • Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH: a waterfront municipal park with flower gardens, fountains, walkways & summer performances
  • Odionne Point State Park, with 135 acres of oceanfront trails along a rocky shoreline and a science center in Rye, NH.

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

It’s worth a short detour to go north to America’s favorite vacationland, and take a brave dip into the cold waters or try your hand at fishing or boating on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Ogunquit is a real old-time vacation spot on Maine’s southern Atlantic coast. Ogunquit Beach, a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes, lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. Marginal Way is a cliff walk close by with coastal views, benches and an iconic lighthouse. Musicals are staged at the Ogunquit Playhouse during summer. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is known for its waterside sculptures and works by Maine-related artists. And be sure to visit nearby Perkins Cove for spectacular ocean views.

Remember the Poconos, July 27th to 29th

The following weekend, the 27th to 29th of July, you can experience the thrill of NASCAR racing again at the Pocono Raceway for the Gander Outdoors PA 400 race. This is another opportunity to see and cheer your favorite drivers as the race for the Cup returns to Long Pond, PA.

To get additional race information, please visit Pocono Raceway’s website.

Where to Camp for Pocono Raceway:

While you’re in the Poconos, take advantage of all the beauty and outdoor recreation facilities the area has to offer. Here are just a few parks.

Pocono Mountain Parks

Big Pocono State Park spans 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. Perched atop Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park is rugged and scenic. A paved, 1.4-mile, ADA-accessible drive encircles the mountaintop, providing magnificent views of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. To learn more, see their website here.

There are plenty of other State Parks and forests in the Poconos, which you can check out at their website.

If you are looking for more NASCAR excitement, you can plan to visit Watkins Glen the following weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Glen on Sunday, August 5th.

To rent an RV for your trip, check our nearby RV Rentals locations in New York/New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Click here for more details.

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RV Camping to Two Northwest Music Festivals – July 4th-8th

Make it a long Fourth of July weekend, starting on Wednesday the 4th. Start with the very popular Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon from the 4th to the 7th and consider the High Sierra Music Festival from the 5th to the 8th in Quincy, California. You can visit one or both this year and get out in nature while enjoying any type of music you choose.  Music festival camping is a great way to enjoy your favorite tunes and the outdoors at the same time.

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR

music festival camping guitar

Waterfront Blues Festival

If blues is your favorite, consider going to Portland to catch this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival. This year’s great lineup includes George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Revivalists, Beth Hart and The Mavericks, among others such as Ruthie Foster and Marc Broussard. To see the full lineup, click here. It is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, which spans both sides of the Hawthorne Bridge. Billed as the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues west of the Mississippi, this long weekend is filled with amazing performances across four stages, with food, vendors, river boat cruises, and more.

Camping Spots Nearby:

You can camp at Jantzen Beach RV Park, Columbia River Park or the Fox Run RV Park, all of which are nearby.

To rent an RV for your Portland trip, check our Ferndale, Washington RV Rental location. Click here for more details.

Quincy High Sierra Music Festival

If blues isn’t your thing, or you want a variety of music this Fourth, check out the Quincy High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA.

Major acts for the 2018 lineup at the Quncy High Sierra Music Festival include lots of different artists who will be performing day and night. Some of them are: The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, The California Honeydrops and far too many more to mention. Check out their website to see the full list of artists and schedule as well as ticket and camping information.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby that you can scope out before you embark on your trip to Quincy. Tent and RV Options are available at one of several nearby annex locations just off Lee Road (outside Gate 3) including Sierra Skies Campground, Grandview Campground or other close properties. Campers are placed on a first-come, first served basis. Also, Shady Grove Annex is adjacent to the fairgrounds and a quick, easy walk to the main fairgrounds entrance. You may park your vehicle or RV in Shady Grove Annex with the appropriate vehicle pass. Note: Shady Grove Annex is dry camping – no power/water hook-ups available.

More Sights to See

The Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered. There is also camping located in the park. Check the National Park site for more information.

If you want to rent an RV nearby for your trip to Quincy, there are three choices of El Monte RV Rental locations: one is in Reno, NV; one in Sacramento and the third is in Dublin, California. Check them out here.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate your Fourth of July, enjoy yourself and remember to get outside and enjoy music festival camping!

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RV Vacations in our Favorite National Parks – A Great Time to Visit Wyoming

Wyoming offers many parks and a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots. Check out the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming. You may want to make a few more stops at Jackson Hole and Devil’s Tower, as well as Mount Rushmore while you are there.

If you are starting out in Denver, at El Monte’s RV Rentals, you would travel north from Colorado and maybe pick some spots to stay along the way but be sure to get all the way to Wyoming this summer as it is truly a national treasure.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Lots of folks travel to Wyoming during the summer to get a tour of Yellowstone National Park, but ten miles north you will find the craggy peaks, open meadows, and pleasant views of Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton has everything that a western National Park should have to make it a great trip even if you’re not visiting Yellowstone. If you want to capture the beauty of the area but don’t want to be fighting the crowds at Yellowstone then Grand Teton is a great alternative. Grand Teton also has many great RV parks and is close to lots of other summer fun at Jackson Hole.

Brief History 

Native Americans have been calling the regions of Teton home for around 11,000 years. American settlers and fur trappers came across the region in the early 19th century and preyed on of the area’s vast resources. The US Government led further exploration of the area and its first permanent settlement, Jackson Hole, was founded around the later period of the 19th century.

At the same time, many settlers urged the US to protect the land so near to Yellowstone and on February 26, 1929, the US Congress declared Grand Teton National Park protected. Soon after oil magnate and conservationist John D. Rockefeller began buying up large swaths of land around Jackson Hole to increase the park’s boundaries. This land became known as Jackson Hole National Monument and was added to the park in 1950.

Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone is one of the nation’s most popular National Parks and sees more people during summer than any other season. You may want to visit there along with many others as it offers 12 campgrounds with more than 2,000 sites. The Yellowstone National Park Lodges takes reservations for five of the campgrounds and the rest are first-come, first-served. They also offer a network of backcountry campsites if you prefer the roads less-traveled. Yellowstone is in the mountains and campsites are located at altitudes from 6,250 to 7,800 feet.

If time allows, make a side trip to Devil’s Tower, which made a cameo appearance in the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” You can actually take a nighttime hayride around the Devils Tower National Monument. Devil’s Tower boasts “Half the Park is After Dark” due to the magnificent star viewing you can see from many of the park’s locations.

Devil’s Tower is near the gorgeous Keyhole Reservoir and Keyhole State Park for some on the water fun. Amateur archeologists will have a blast at Vore Buffalo Jump and if you’re trying to squeeze in some sightseeing have no fear as Mount Rushmore is less than a half hour due east from Devil’s Tower.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Wyoming.

Here are just a few choices:

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 sophisticated and many sites are first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at their websites.

  • For Grand Teton National Park reservations, click here.
  • For Yellowstone National Park reservations, click here.
  • For Devil’s Tower National Park reservations, click here.

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

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RV Camping and NASCAR Racing – Destination Daytona

A fun and fast way to spend your holiday: come to Daytona for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race, July 5th-7th at the Daytona International Speedway. One of NASCAR’s most anticipated events, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, brings together NASCAR racing under the lights with pageantry and patriotism to make for an Independence Day weekend celebration unlike any other.

This fan-favorite event includes some of the most exciting racing of the season as drivers battle three-wide for a coveted DAYTONA victory. Pack up your cooler, swimming pool and RV, and be sure to bring your family and friends as the holiday weekend and friendly prices truly make this a family event.

You could build a week-long vacation around this exciting event to take time to enjoy some of the sights in addition to the race at the Space Coast.

First, here are a few of the highlights of this exciting three day racing event:

On July 5th, you can enjoy NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice as well as the NASCAR Racing Experience Ride-Along Program at Daytona. All this week the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers its Fanzone hands-on racing experience.

On Friday the 6th, there is more Ride-Along time as well as the Midway and the UNOH Fanzone. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Qualifying race, followed by Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying race and then in the evening is the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race.

And finally on the 7th, (the Big race day), you can enjoy a concert by Josh Turner, multi-platinum, Nashville-based singer before the race. The big race starts at 7 pm: the 60th Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, followed by evening fireworks after the race is complete.

For more details about the race schedules, the entertainment and the venue of Daytona International Speedway, see their website.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

 Camping Spots Nearby:

1) You can camp right in the middle of the track if you book early enough: Any DAYTONA veteran will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the “World Center of Racing” until you’ve loaded up the RV, called up your closest friends and set up camp somewhere in the 180-acre infield. You can camp from the 4th of July to the 8th right in the track.

Surrounded by DAYTONA’s famous 31-degree banked turns, you’ll find that there’s far more happening at DAYTONA than just three-wide racing. Devoted race fans from all over the world descend upon every inch of the infield, creating a rich communal atmosphere from campsite-to-campsite.

Whether you’re in a decked out motor coach or a tent is more your style, DAYTONA offers a camping option that puts you right next to all the history and heritage that’s made this place world-famous. For more details, see their website.

If Daytona Speedway is all booked, you can still park your RV nearby at a number of campgrounds in the Daytona area or just a bit south at New Smyrna Beach.

You can also check these out:

2) Daytona Racetrack RV- closest campground to the Speedway – located just across the street.

3) Finishline Park

4) International RV Park and Campground of Daytona Beach

5) Daytona Speedway RV

Other Sights to See Around Volusia County

While here, take time to enjoy some of the other sights and natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast.

1) Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. Lighthouse Point Park is one of the few County parks where man’s best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times.

2) Smyrna Dunes Park

Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers.

The park also provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. The surrounding waters provide excellent fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

3) Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Located about 30 miles south of Daytona is this unique national treasure. You can even enjoy backcountry camping here if you like, just in view of the launching pad of Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for more details.

4) Daytona Beach

Don’t forget the beach! Daytona is one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s east coast and one of the only ones that still allows motorists to drive right on the sand. Sunbathers and swimmers can park their vehicles within 30 yards of the surf, enjoying the convenience of having their car parked nearby.

Need an RV?

To rent an RV for your trip, check our Orlando RV Rentals location.

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RV Camping to the Panorama Music Festival

When you’re ready for a Coachella–like music festival but find yourself on the East Coast, take your RV and head for New York! You’ll find the third year of the Panorama Music Festival July 27 – 29 at Randall’s Island Park.

Consider taking a week-long trip centered on this weekend to really enjoy some of the sights in addition to the sounds of New York City.

Panorama Music Festival

Panorama Music Festival

Aside from great lineups each year, this event also includes unique art installations and amazing local New York food selections to delight the foodie in you. This might be THE music festival for you.

Major headliners for the 2018 3 day concert lineup include: Janet Jackson, The Killers, and The Weeknd. Other notable acts include Migos, Cardi B, SZA, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The xx, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gucci Mane, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie, Daniel Caesar, Dua Lipa, Jay Som, Jhené Aiko, Floating Points, Japanese Breakfast, Downtown Boys, and more. See more details of the schedule and lineups here: Panorama (New York, NY). For more information about travel and other details on getting there, click here.

ABOUT RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK:

Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held.  The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby to scope out before you embark on your trip to New York.

1) Liberty Harbor RV: Located in Jersey City, NJ, this park is billed as the closest RV Park to New York City. It is 15 minutes from the city, just across the East River and is open year round, offering specials for stays of 6 days or longer, Wi-Fi, 50 sites with water and electric, and more. It is located close to the PATH train, Ferries and Light Rail, and is right next to the Liberty Harbor Marina.

2) Camp Gateway – Brooklyn, NY is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Amidst the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

Camp Gateway –Brooklyn, is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field, facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. You can take advantage of their biking trails that weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.

Birders would enjoy the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge host of 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.

When you are ready to get into the City, head to Riis Landing for ferry rides to Manhattan. Check out their website for more details.

More Sites to See

Take time to visit other notable sites while you visit New York. One truly notable spot is called Castle Clinton, located at the southern tip of Manhattan by The Battery, and landing point of the New York Ferries to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

If you find a photograph of Manhattan taken from anywhere in or near the harbor, whether taken from a ship, helicopter, or skyscraper, you’ll notice that Castle Clinton National Monument is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in a city full of recognizable landmarks. That’s not to say Castle Clinton has always looked the same. Visit their visitor center for a full view of how it has looked over the last 200 years.

To rent an RV for your next New York trip, check our New York/New Jersey RV Rentals location. Click here for more details.

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