NHRA Racing Action Heats Up in July!

This July, plan your family’s RV vacation in advance to take advantage of one of these exciting NHRA races.  From July 5th–7th, NHRA New England Nationals take place at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.  Then two weeks later, from July 19th– 21st, take off for the Denver area in your RV or ours to follow the Nationals at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA races at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.  The last weekend of July finds NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, CA at Sonoma Raceway.  Don’t miss the action of watching heart pounding drag racing while camping out in your RV at one of these exciting spots!

New Hampshire’s New England Dragway – July 5th-7th

Celebrate 4th of July weekend at the NHRA New England Nationals! The storied drag racing history in New England prompted the construction of the New England Dragway in Epping, NH in 1966. Recent enhancements, including an all-concrete racing surface, set the stage each year for this highly anticipated event. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at New Hampshire’s New England Dragway.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

You can rent an RV nearby at our El Monte RV Rentals locations in either Kingston, PA or Linden, NJ. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire, which you can see here.

Then two weeks after this excitement on the east coast, try traveling to the Bandimere Speedway on July 19th-21st, for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA NationalsElevated at 5,869 feet, this is more than a mile-high and will be non-stop action from start to finish.  The schedule opens on Friday 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 Finals on Sunday afternoon.  To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see the Dodge Mile-High Nationals Schedule page. And to find out about camping at the Mile-High Nationals, see their Dodge Mile-High NHRA RV Parking page. As many of the sites are sold out, you may want to get their early and park off-site, or you can look up other area RV campgrounds near Bandimere Speedway. There are 3 that are close by, the Clear Creek RV Park and Dakota Ridge RV Parks in Golden, and Indian Paintbrush Campground in Morrison, just minutes from the Speedway.

For a nearby location for an RV Rental, you can’t get much closer than our El Monte RV location in Denver, just a 25 minute ride from the track. Check with them early to reserve your RV and have a first-class weekend at the track.

The last weekend in July (26th–28th) brings NHRA home to California.  Although the NHRA Museum is located in Pomona, near Los Angeles, NHRA fans will certainly enjoy the northern California climate for these races in Sonoma.  The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series blasts onto the Sonoma drag strip, July 26-28.

Track records were set in 2018, so come out to see John Force, Antron Brown and Ron Capps as they push the limits to be quicker than ever before.  The track at Sonoma is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is thrilled to have NHRA returning to this awesome track.  Every ticket to these drag races doubles as a pit pass so don’t miss the opportunity to see record-breaking speeds and meet the drivers while you enjoy the weekend at Sonoma.  Camping at Sonoma 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 their seven campgrounds.

To rent an RV, there are several nearby El Monte RV California Locations: in Dublin (San Francisco area), Sacramento, Santa Cruz (Scotts Valley), CA, or Reno, Nevada. Please check the closest location to you to see about available rentals and rates.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun watching these amazingly fast dragsters burn up the speed records on the track.

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NASCAR RV Vacation in June – Poconos, Michigan, Sonoma and Chicagoland

Summer is Heating Up!

NASCAR drivers will race to the Poconos for the weekend of June 1st-2nd, followed by Michigan June 8th-10th, and then Sonoma, CA for the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd and wrap up the month at Chicagoland Motor Speedway, in Joliet, IL.

You will certainly enjoy all these action-packed weekends at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these fun-filled NASCAR events.

Don’t miss the excitement of the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway as NASCAR fills the first weekend of June with racing fun of the Pocono 400. Camping and RV registration opens on the afternoon of May 30th, followed by a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday starting early is the final practice for the ARCA Menards Series followed by several appearances on the Fan Stage at 10:00 pm. The practice and qualifying races and various other fan stage appearances continue on Saturday the 1st of June, with an infield Block Party on Saturday night from 5-11:30 pm.  The weekend finale is the Pocono 400, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at 2 pm on Sunday June 2nd.

Camping at the Pocono Raceway

To find out about camping at the Pocono Raceway, check out all the camping options on the Pocono Raceway site. Buy in Advance to get the spot you want and, if you purchase an Infield Camping spot before Wednesday, May 29, 2019; your purchase comes with two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes.

The next weekend, the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Race will take racers around the track at the Michigan International Speedway. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season at Michigan International Speedway.  Don’t miss out! The first big race is on Friday, June 7th and begins at 6:30 pm, the ARCA Menards Series 200. Then on Saturday, June 8th, the excitement of the Xfinity Series LTI Printing 250 race starts at 1:30 pm. This is 250 miles of pure action with the future stars of NASCAR competing against the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veterans. Don’t miss the Monster Energy FireKeepers Casino 400 race starting at 2pm on Sunday June 9th. Watch as your favorite NASCAR drivers battle it out for a trip to victory lane in the FireKeepers Casino 400.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Camping at Michigan International Speedway

With nearly 9,000 campsites, MIS is the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan. Each year, thousands of campers arrive at MIS during race week, spending the weekend camping out with their family and friends. Find out all the details and availability of spaces at Michigan Speedway Camping.

Then for the weekend of June 21st – 23rd, check out the Toyota/ SaveMart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. Guaranteed to be a wild ride, this race is held in the heart of wine country, where you won’t want to miss a minute of the action both on and off the track. See the full weekend Sonoma schedule with Monster Energy final practices and cup series qualifying races on Friday and Saturday followed by the Toyota SaveMart Monster Energy NASCAR 350 Race starting at noon on Sunday. Celebrating 50 years of this track, this year should be special in many ways, with lots of featured guests, entertainment and more surprises in store.

Camping at Sonoma

For more information or to reserve your campsite, please contact the Sonoma Raceway ticketing department. There are several campgrounds to choose from and more than a thousand camp spaces so book your chosen spot to be able to see all the race action from your RV.

Continue your RV NASCAR adventure the next weekend as the NASCAR action moves to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series return as the Chicagoland Speedway’s Summer Festival Weekend culminates with the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m. But first, to kick off the weekend, on June 27th, at 8 pm is the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 race and Friday, June 28th is the Camping World 225, ever-unpredictable Gander Outdoors Truck Series, which showcases NASCAR’s newest stars starting at 8 pm. Saturday, June 29th, Chicagoland Speedway is host to the drivers of the Xfinity Series racing against some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Camping World 300. “Names Are Made Here.”  This race starts at 2:30 p.m.

This will be a fun-packed weekend for sure, with tons of racing, entertainment and lots of family fun.

Camping at Chicagoland

For camping information at Chicagoland Speedway, check the Camping Page at Chicagoland Speedway. They offer more than 1800 campsites in 4 campgrounds where you can grab your friends and family for up to five nights of camping as the Ultimate Summer NASCAR Festival weekend features four action-packed races June 27-30, 2019. YOU choose your schedule: camping load-in starts Wednesday and all campgrounds are open through Monday morning.

More about 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.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these tracks from any of our El Monte RV rentals locations. You can find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates on the specific pages for the location nearest your RV adventure.

No matter where you start your RV Vacation, enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Southern California

Think about taking time away from it all, seeing a panoply of varied geography like ocean, desert, and mountains with national and state parks abounding, all within a few hours’ drive and you’ve described Southern California.

California National Parks

Within just a few hours’ drive of Los Angeles, you can find Pinnacles National Park, the Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. The Channel Islands are off the coast of Ventura and the park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. This park has helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3 hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree displays a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Joshua Tree is located in southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; its headquarters is in Twenty nine Palms, CA.

Pinnacles National Park was formed about 23 million years ago from the eruption of various volcanoes. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life including prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Bird watchers and hikers alike will delight in the treasures of Pinnacles National Park.

And the hottest, driest and lowest National Park is Death Valley National Park, bordering Nevada and California. Here you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, there is a great diversity of life surviving in Death Valley.

State Parks of Southern California

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in California. In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 30 state parks to choose from. Orange County offers visitors another 6 state parks and San Diego County has about 15 more state parks to visit. Visitors can choose to visit the Tijuana Estuary, the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, located on the international border between the US and Mexico. The estuary is primarily a shallow water habitat, though often termed an “intermittent estuary,” as it is subject to extreme changes in stream flow at different times of the year. Extended periods of drought leave parts of the estuary dry during some periods, while flooding inundates the same areas during others. For this reason, the Tijuana Estuary is considered to be a very unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Another spectacular view in a state natural reserve is located in Los Angeles County at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. As of April 13th, the blooming poppies were still blanketing the reserve with their magnificent orange color. Every flower and other plants that exist at the Poppy Reserve are currently blooming. This month is a great time to visit. Officials expect the bloom to last through April, but the peak of the bloom may have already been reached. The bloom continues to be amazing, with a few flowers that have started to wilt while there are still some plants that have buds. If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, the park staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

Check each of the California State Parks for camping availability before you go as some allow RV camping and others do not.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your southern California adventure, start by checking our California El Monte RV Rental locations. This page also contains much more information about traveling by RV in California so be sure to check it out when planning your RV adventure.

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RV Vacation Time – December Music Festivals

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

Rolling Loud – Los Angeles 

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

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

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

Next Big Thing – Tampa, Dec. 1 – 2

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

Music Festival

Places to camp nearby:

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

Los Angeles RV Camping:

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

Ft. Lauderdale area Camping:

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

Tampa RV Camping:

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

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

Rent an RV for your trip:

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

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

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

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RV Vacation: GLAMIS – The Glamour of Off-Roading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

An upcoming Fee Free Date:

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

Rent an RV for your trip:

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

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

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RV Vacation Idea – San Diego Jazz Festival

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

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

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

Japanese garden, San Diego

Japanese garden, San Diego

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

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

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

Places to camp nearby:

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

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

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RV 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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Zootastic Spring Break

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

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Animals

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

Plants

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

Live Cams

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

Camping

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

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

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Visiting the National Parks by RV

Seeing a Show While Visiting the National Parks

There’s no better way to see the beauty of our country’s national parks than with an RV vacation. In an RV, you can make yourself at home on the road, to chart your own course and stray off the beaten path to see parks up close and personal. When the sun sets on an amazing day in the national park, head to a nearby city to enjoy a game, performance or concert. We’ve listed a few of our favorite national parks, as well as nearby towns where you can catch a show and be ready to get back to nature the next day.

The Park: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of the east coast and spend some time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Before the arrival of European settlers, the park was once the home to the Cherokee people, and it was officially dedicated a national park by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Explore the pristine beauty of over 500,000 acres of woods, rivers and historic settlements. With its convenient location and beautiful surroundings, it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains is the most frequently visited national park in the country.

The Venue: The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.

After you’ve hiked, fished and relaxed in the wilderness, head just 40 miles east to the city of Asheville, N.C. Nestled in the mountains, Asheville has long been a destination for friendly people, great food and fantastic music. While you’re in town, catch a show at The Orange Peel, which has been recognized as one of the top music venues in the country. The intimate space only holds about 1,000 people, but it has drawn musical acts such as Bob Dylan and Smashing Pumpkins. You can even catch a great comedy show there; comedian Tig Notaro will be performing at the Orange Peel on December 12, 2017.

The Park: Yosemite National Park

On the other side of the country is Yosemite National Park, an iconic American gem in Northern California. The park makes up more than 1,200 square miles of mountain vistas, valleys and breathtaking waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. Much of the land making up Yosemite National Park has been protected since the mid-19th century, and the plants and animal life in the park are incredibly diverse.

The Venue: Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Yosemite is just over an hour from Fresno, where you’ll find the Save Mart Center on the California State University campus. This multipurpose arena hosts everything from UFC fights and comedy shows to concerts from the likes of Miranda Lambert, Pink and Bruno Mars. It’s also home to the Fresno State men’s and women’s basketball teams. Pair an exciting event with a trip to Yosemite for a vacation that checks all the boxes.

The Park: Grand Canyon National Park

They say there’s no way to prepare yourself for seeing the Grand Canyon. No photo or description can do it justice; you just have to stand on the edge of its walls and see it for yourself. It was officially declared a national park in 1919, and more than 5 million Americans head to the northwestern corner of Arizona to see it every year. Whether you walk from one side to the other, fly over it on a helicopter tour, or just take it all in from the visitor’s center, a visit to Grand Canyon National Park is an experience you and your family will be talking about for years to come.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Venue: The Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Orpheum Theater was originally built in 1911 as a movie theater, and has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue for film, live music and stage performances. Flagstaff is about an hour from Grand Canyon National Park, and a great home base for your Grand Canyon adventure. The theater is in Flagstaff’s beautiful downtown, close to restaurants, shops and surrounded by the area’s natural beauty. Visit the Orpheum to see rock shows, singer-songwriters or even a classic film on the big screen.

The Park: Mt. Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an active volcano southeast of Seattle that rises over 14,000 feet above sea level. The highest mountain of the Cascade Range, it’s also the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., and it spawns six major rivers. Visitors can skip through wildflower meadows, marvel at powerful waterfalls and hike on well over 100 trails in this massive park.

The Venue: The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.

With stunning views over the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River, this outdoor amphitheater is known as one of the most scenic in America. It seats nearly 30,000 fans, and although it’s located in a fairly rural area, there are several campgrounds nearby.

The United States has 58 National Parks, which means you may never run out of sights to see and beautiful roads to drive. Get creative on your next National Park adventure and add in some evening entertainment. An RV adventure gives you the flexibility to make the most of your vacation, no matter where the road takes you.

About the Author

Adam Young enjoys exploring the country’s national parks when he’s not serving as the CEO of Event Tickets Center. His home state of Florida offers a range of parks that are perfect for visiting via RV.

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Holiday RV Travel—Christmas on the Road

Travel over Christmas break isn’t something new—but it doesn’t have to mean a crowded ski lodge or peak-season-priced hotel rooms. If your family’s ready to try something new, why not pack the RV and find the magic of Christmas on the road? For regions where weather conditions don’t favor RV travel, consider flying to a warmer spot and picking up a rental RV for your adventure.

We’ve collected some tips for keeping Christmas merry and bright while traveling by RV with the family. Pick one or try them all—these ideas are handpicked to bring holiday cheer to RV camping families.  We’ve even got a Holiday Special to help with your RV rental!

Christmas TreeRV Holiday Travel Destinations 

What RV camping destinations are popular at Christmas? Let’s narrow that answer down a bit. What does your family enjoy doing together? Where have you dreamed of going to get away for the holidays? Combining the winter holidays with activities everyone will enjoy is the key to an unforgettable holiday RV road trip.

Here are just a few suggestions for holiday RV travel destinations.

Ski Resorts with RV Parks combine winter sports, beautiful mountain settings and affordable accommodations. An excellent example of a year-round campground is the Fireside Resort near the ski slopes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many ski resorts allow boondocking, or dry camping, in self-contained motorhomes in their parking lots, so be sure to ask what’s available.

Theme Park Christmas Getaways are perfect for RV camping families who want to keep the fun going over the holidays. A big plus—theme parks dress up in their holiday best and host special events to add excitement to your family’s winter break.

Many RVers are familiar with Fort Wilderness Camping Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but did you know there are plenty of other options for holiday camping near theme parks? Check out Paradise by the Sea Resort in San Diego. You’ll be within easy driving distance of Legoland and San Diego Sea World. Arlington KOA is minutes away from Six Flags Over Texas. When you’ve chosen your theme park destination, look for on-site campgrounds or campgrounds within an easy drive.

Christmas Camping in the Beauty of Nature

Discovering natural wonders is one more way families who camp together get the most from their winter breaks. Think of the memories you’ll make sharing Yuletide delights surrounded by desert vistas (Mojave National Preserve in Southern California), discovering trails along a rocky riverbank (Colorado Bend State Park north of Austin, TX) or exploring Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia.

RV Holiday Travel Tips 

No matter which holiday RV travel destination you choose, it’s easy to keep the excitement building along the way. Try these tips: 

Twelve Days of RV Christmas: Pick a theme and plan small gifts for everyone to enjoy each day as the holiday approaches. Time together as a family is the goal as each person unwraps the day’s gift. You could also draw names for ‘Secret Santa’ gifts to be purchased along the way or before you begin your trip.

Take Holiday Traditions on the Road: Bring along the holiday traditions that mean the most to your family. Pack the holiday books or movies you always share as a family. Sing along with Christmas music on the radio. Make each youngster a travel bag with holiday-themed coloring or puzzle books. Let older kids choose an audiobook of a Christmas classic to share.

Bring the ingredients for favorite cookies and candies, and spend the day baking together at the campground. Stock your RV kitchen with cocoa mix, marshmallows and candy canes for a shared treat while watching for Santa. Buy Command™ hooks to hang stockings without damaging the walls of your motorhome. Do you always have chili for Christmas Eve dinner? Is there a special cookie plate to set out with Santa’s goodies? All it takes is a little planning to transform your winter RV trip into a holiday to remember.

Holiday travel by RV can be whatever your family wants it to be. Carry on treasured traditions while traveling to a special destination, or explore the holiday traditions of other regions and cultures. Camp in extraordinary natural settings and spend the time bonding with your family. Traveling by motorhome gives you the freedom to shape your winter holiday celebrations into something remarkable.

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