RV Vacation – Living it Up in Louisiana

January is a great time to head to Louisiana! In addition to the five National Park Service properties, 1,346 National Register of Historic Places listings, 22 state parks, and the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana is also temperate in the winter months, making it a wonderful destination for those who are outdoor-minded. These numerous properties, as well as over 50 private Louisiana campgrounds, offer many opportunities for RV camping adventures. See our Louisiana RV Campgrounds for a complete list of possibilities.

And, this January, you can come to New Orleans for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) National Championship in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This event brings together the top two college football teams who have competed already in the five bowl game match-ups that involved ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division/ Football Bowl Subdivision of American college football.

The two teams that stand to make it to this year’s auspicious event are among the top 4, which include LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. In the semi-finals, LSU will face Oklahoma at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, while Ohio State will challenge Clemson (both have 13-0 records this season) at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Both of these games take place on December 28th, and the winner of each will meet up in New Orleans on January 13th.

This year promises to be a great game as well as a tailgating party seemingly designed for people in their RV’s.

See other sights around New Orleans and Louisiana while you are there as this state offers abundant wildlife and amazing natural attractions. Take in at least a few of these while you are visiting the State.

  1. The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, America’s Foreign Country

Our country’s landscape is rich and mysterious. It is filled with twisting bayous, rivers and America’s largest river swamp. We have fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks and towering cypress. Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam our lands while 270 species of birds take to our skies. From our waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters and the crawfish that make us so well known.

  1. Cane River National Heritage Area

More than 300-years of history are etched into the rural landscape of colonial forts, plantations, churches, cemeteries, and homes that comprise Cane River National Heritage Area. Historically, this region lay at the intersection of the French and Spanish Realms in the New World, with the town of Natchitoches originating as an important 18th century trade center.

  1. Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Get a glimpse of a culture within a culture here at the Cane River region; the Creoles. Generations of the same families of owners and workers, enslaved and tenant, lived on these lands for over 200 years. The park tells their stories and preserves the cultural landscape of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, two of the most intact Creole cotton plantations in the United States.

  1. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

In Jean Lafitte’s day, silver and gold filled a pirate’s treasure chest, but today’s treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte.

  1. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Only in New Orleans could there be a National Park for jazz! Drop by the visitor center at 916 North Peters St. to inquire about musical events around town. If you are in the mood for a world class musical experience, you may be able to attend a jazz concert or ranger performance at the state of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.


Need to Rent an RV?

Do you need an RV? You can rent an RV for your Louisiana RV adventure from one of our many El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out Where You Can Rent RV’s to see the nearest location to where you want to start your adventure. Our Dallas RV Rental location is probably the closest to Louisiana, but depending on where you are starting from, you may consider Orlando or even Louisville as your starting point.

Wherever you decide to go, be sure to take your camera to capture your exciting and fun RV adventure.

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Winter RV Adventure to National Parks: Utah, Wyoming and Arizona

When thinking about where to go for a super fun winter getaway, remember Utah, Wyoming and Arizona. These scenic jewels are often overlooked when planning a winter RV camping excursion. Begin your journey around Salt Lake City where you can rent an RV from El Monte’s RV Rentals. You would travel from Salt Lake City, perhaps driving north first to visit Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming. Dinosaurs once roamed in Dinosaur National Monument and their remains are still visible embedded in the rocks today. The mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Dinosaur offers much to explore. There are several campgrounds in Dinosaur and nearby.

Fossil Butte National Monument is nicknamed America’s aquarium in stone. The world’s best preserved fossils are found here in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming’s cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fish, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a subtropical landscape. While camping is not available in this park, there are many choices of places to camp nearby.

As you travel south through Utah, be sure to stop at Arches National Park and Zion National Park before heading south to Arizona and Grand Canyon National Park, celebrating its 100thbirthday this year.

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.

Grand Canyon National Park

Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. The Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. The South Rim is open all year but the North Rim is closed now until May of 2020. Be sure to take advantage of the National Park Service Trip Planner for planning a successful trip to this icon of National Parks. Also check out their calendar of events to commemorate the centennial anniversary of this park’s creation

Camping Spots

In your RV 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 available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 slick rock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground18 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 Arches National Park reservations, check out the link above.


  • 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. To make Zion reservations, contact the park directly.


  • For Grand Canyon National Park camping, find all the information on their website. There are four developed campgrounds where vehicles are permitted plus RV hookups can be found at Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim. The Desert View Campground is closed for winter but when open, it is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.

And just to remind you, you can still take advantage of our Season of Thanks Special offer– from now until December 15th, you get a 7thnight free with a 6 night rental from any El Monte RV location. Check all our locations to find one that is nearest you.

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RV’ing For Thanksgiving

We’re just around the corner from Thanksgiving… Why not make it a special holiday this year by taking advantage of El Monte RV’s special Thanksgiving offer? With our Season of Thanks special offer you can see how you can save money now on the rental of an RV from El Monte at all our nationwide locations.

To help make your Thanksgiving special, this RV rental special with pickup dates from now until December 15thgives you one free 7thnight on a 6 night rental!

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

Or, if you are the lucky host of the Thanksgiving feast, how cool would it be to have an extra private space for your guests? Either way, El Monte RV provides the perfect accommodation for you, your friends and family.

Ideas to Help Celebrate Thanksgiving

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

Check out these award winning menus if you happen to be the host (and the cook) for your family’s gathering. Choose from 30 of the best Thanksgiving menu ideas for the most delicious feast ever! See Thanksgiving menus here. Or for a change, 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.

If you happen to be in the Northwest States, take a scenic trip 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 at the Lewis & Clark Trail website.

The closest place to rent from near Oregon and Washington is our Ferndale, Washington location.

And if you are on the East coast or Mid-Atlantic States, consider 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 is 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 location which is only about one and a half hours from Gettysburg.

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


Happy Thanksgiving!!

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How about a Pet-friendly RV vacation?

As the holiday season is fast approaching – oh my, we are already right in the middle of it– we can’t forget our furry friends. When we take to the open road in an RV, we want to bring Fido or Felix or Rover along with us. Fortunately there are many places that are pet-friendly and allow or encourage us to bring along our furrier family members when we go. RV campers willing to follow the same common-sense rules they observe with their pets at home shouldn’t have a problem including their animals on vacation.

Here are some spots to consider for your next Fido-friendly vacation:

  • Arizona: See the Arizona State Parks and Trails site to get a full lineup of possible parks to stay in. Here are just a couple of suggestions:
    1. The Colorado River is a popular spot for boating, tubing, and floating your days away, and there are four great state parks that have camping available so you can get into river life mode for a week or a weekend. The most well-known park, Lake Havasu State Park, boasts a white-sand beach, five boat ramps, and plenty of electric hook-up sites for your RV, including beach-front sites. If you want a quieter park, check out Cattail Cove State Park, located just 15 minutes away. This park has 61 campsites, including boat-in campsites for you to enjoy near the water. Plus, there’s a dog-friendly beach so you can enjoy time with your best companion! Boat on the blue waters, sail into quiet coves, or water or jet ski out on the open lake.
    2. For a completely different experience, head east from the river to Alamo Lake State Park, located near Wendon, Ariz. This is the place to be for bass fishing, expansive views, and quiet solitude. With the nearest city lights nearly 40 miles away, this is also a prime stargazing park. In spring, wildflowers bring bright colors to the gentle rolling hills, and visitors can enjoy camping in tents, RVs, or the park cabins year-round. Take your boat out on the lake, or try a canoe or kayak to get the best views. With plenty of group sites, camping spots, and quiet, you’ll be able to get away from it all and unwind. This park also offers access to some of the best off-highway vehicle trails in the state.


  1. Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, AZ not only provides rail transportation to the Grand Canyon, it offers state-of-the-art kennels for your dogs or cats during your stay.
  • Want some other examples of pet-friendly family destinations in the midwest to explore? Try Cedar Point Amusement Park, on Lake Erie in Sandusky, OH which has a special Pet Check facility where dogs can be kenneled while you enjoy the park. And there’s a pet-friendly Camper Villageon-site!
  • A whole string of California amusements provide pet lodging for visitors. Some of the most-loved are: Disneylandin Anaheim, SeaWorld in San Diego and Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Pet-Friendly RV Camping Resorts

One more idea for RV campers hoping to share vacation fun with their pets is to make a luxurious pet-friendly RV camping resort your destination. Here’s a pet-friendly tip—most KOA Kampgrounds are designed to accommodate dogs.
These ideas for destinations can help you start planning your trip:

  • Dallas Metro KOA.in Arlington, TX has an off-leash dog park that’s designed to keep Fido happy as you camp.
  • Four Paws Kingdom in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a dog-dedicated campground with an amazing array of pet-centered amenities and activities.
  • San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA has a seven-thousand-square-foot Kamp K9 dog park for campers and their furry friends!
  • Angel’s Camp RV Resor tin Angel’s Camp, CA has a large dog park and welcomes your four-legged family member as they do you.

Also, check out our Pet Friendly RV Vacations page to see some other great potential destinations that will welcome your pet.

Are you one of those people who loves to see dogs on parade? Well, you can travel in RV luxury to see the excitement and glamour of many of the top U.S. dog shows. The American Kennel Club sponsors dog shows throughout the country. These shows display the very best in dog show competition and give credibility to this rapidly growing sport. Agility trials, conformation events and several other categories of shows promise something for every type of dog lover. To learn more about specific locations of the AKC shows each year, check out our Traveling by RV to Dog Shows page.


To Rent an RV for your trip:

For the unique travel experience in Arizona you can rent an RV from our El Monte RV Rental location in Phoenix.

For all of our other locations around the country, see our Where to Rent An RV page.

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November RV Vacation: NASCAR Season’s Final Competition!

NASCAR kicks off the final races this championship season with NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway on the weekend of November 2-3, 2019. Then, the next weekend, on November 8-10, the semi-finals action moves to ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway); and the season wraps up on the weekend of November 15-17, 2019at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Don’t miss the races this month as each one launches the winning drivers closer to the top as they compete for these coveted trophies.

The Texas Motor Speedway hosts NASCAR Playoff weekend and the AAA Texas 500 the weekend of November 2ndand 3rdand will feature Shooter Jennings at their Pre-Race show on November 3rd. If you want the VIP Experience, you can sign up for a AAA Texas 500 race ticket, the Pre-Race Pass, access to exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Drivers Martin Truex, Jr., Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Newman. Denny Hamlin was the big winner at Kansas Speedway last Sunday, wrapping up the third five-win season of his career and putting an exclamation point on his clinching drive into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 8. But it isn’t over yet; be in Texas to see the Playoff weekend if you possibly can.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway: There are many options for camping at Texas Motor Speedway. Go online early and reserve a spot if you want to ensure you have one for this season’s VERY exciting weekend.

The following weekend, November 8th–10th, the action moves to ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix International Raceway) for the Semi-Finals, beginning on Friday November 8thand wrapping up with the Bluegreen Vacations 500 race at 12:30 on Sunday the 10th. Watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200, NASCAR Xfinity Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 9.

Experience the intensity of the Playoffs – NASCAR style – at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi-Final Playoff Race, November 10. Watch eight drivers battle for a Championship Four spot.

Camping at ISM Raceway: While most of the reserved spaces at the GEICO Campgrounds around ISM are sold out already, if you act fast, you can still reserve one in the GEICO Gecko Dunes North campground. The track actually has 5,000 spaces for motorhomes and some of them are free. If those are all taken, look at possible sites in nearby campgrounds, such as: Point of Rocks RV Campground in Prescott; Payson Campground and RV Resort in Payson, and Trails End RV Park & Campground in Camp Verde.

The Campionship Finals at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayThere’s only one venue where you can witness ALL THREE NASCAR Championships in one weekend: Homestead-Miami Speedway, on November 15-17th. After 18 years, experience NASCAR’s exciting season-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series wraps it up Sunday in this thrilling race, while the NASCAR Xfinity Ford EcoBoost 300 takes place on Saturday, November 16th. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup went to Joey Logano last year. The 33 week NASCAR XFINITY Series season all builds to this moment. Four drivers are battling head-to-head for the championship at the Ford EcoBoost 300. Tyler Reddick hoisted the trophy in 2018 winning the XFINITY Series Championship. Be in Homestead to see who takes the prize this year. And on Friday, November 15th, the championship weekend kicks off with the EcoBoost 200, the final race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. Last year, Brett Moffitt took the title home. To see who takes the cup this year, be in Homestead on Friday, November 15th.

And, to entertain the race fans prior to the Sunday headlining race, the Gin Blossoms will be bringing the noise to Ford Championship Weekend. The Gin Blossoms will kick off the Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the same front stretch where the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion will be crowned later that day. The one-hour concert is scheduled to begin at 1:20 pm.

Champing at Homestead-Miami Speedway: You can find lots of camping for the championship options in Homestead-Miami Speedway. Check the link for reserved and unreserved spaces and their prices. Be sure to reserve early as they will undoubtedly be full for this last weekend of the NASCAR season.

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 spend your RV Vacation, enjoy the excitement as this fall season is bound to thrill the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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NHRA Finals in November – Don’t Miss the Championship Action

This November marks the end of the NHRA season – it’s just about over so don’t miss all the action as these racers compete to see whose top speed will win this season’s finale.

Only two weekends remain:

From October 31stto November 3rd, NHRA racers go 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 and other championships, so there is plenty at stake. Each race really counts as the drivers compete for a slot in the finals coming up in just two weeks. This venue is the same as the Spring LVMS, though this time the race is cut to two lanes, and the potential for cooler weather makes for high drama at an event where world titles are on the line.

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).

The NHRA Finals start on November 14thand run through the final day, Sunday, November 17that the Auto Club NHRA Finals Race in Pomona, CA. The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The race typically enjoys seasonably cool temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello world championships. Saturday morning’s schedule includes Nitro School®– with Alan Reinhart and Robert Hight at 10:15 am. It’s a good bet that the titles will still be in doubt at the beginning of the season’s final day on Sunday.

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

Don’t miss the amazingly fast-paced action as the top racers compete for the world championships to win the trophies on this home track to the NHRA.

RV Camping near Auto Club Raceway at Pomona: There are several options for camping nearby. Check out the KOA, the Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground or the Fairplex RV Park, all close by, or see others near Pomona.

And, while you are in Pomona, if the kids are with you, check out some other fun sights to see. Visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Rail Giants Train Museum or the Fairplex Garden Railroad, a whole miniature city, constructed for year-round viewing and open on the second Sunday of each month. The trains travel through various eras of California history from the mid-1800s through the years. Up to 23 different trains can operate at the same time over 8,000 feet of track on nearly an acre of landscape. This is the oldest and largest public operating garden railroad in the United States. The exhibit is free of charge. It is located near Gate 1 on McKinley Ave.

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. For the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, our closest location is right in Las Vegas, and only 20 minutes from the track.

And in California, near Pomona, we have several locations around Los Angeles, the closest of which is El Monte RV Rentals, Santa Fe Springs, less than an hour from the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

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

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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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