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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NASCAR RV Tailgating Vacation at Chicagoland

Chicagoland Hosts 6 Solid Days of NASCAR Racing Fun

Been dreaming about watching not one but four NASCAR races in one long weekend? How about 4th of July weekend in Chicago?

If you are a NASCAR fan anywhere in the Midwest, you can experience Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend (for almost a week) from June 27th to July 2nd. Get up close and personal to your favorite drivers; experience a pre-race drivers’ meeting as if you were a racer, and enjoy the 400 Pre-Race Concert, featuring Randy Houser.

NASCAR Tailgating Party

NASCAR Tailgating Party

Not only that, but you can actually camp at the Speedway for the whole long weekend. RV campers can park for the full four race dates from June 28th to July 1st or stay the whole long weekend from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July.


Camp Wednesday through Monday morning and enjoy four races as NASCAR’s stars come to this magnificent mile and a half.

With over 1,800 campsites in four different campgrounds, you will find easy camping within earshot of the world’s greatest drivers leaving their best on the track.  Plus, don’t miss the camper-only parties, music, giveaways and so much more!

Camping at Chicagoland Speedway offers:

  • Complimentary community Wi-Fi hot spots
  • Campground entertainment
  • Campground concessions and convenience store
  • Welcome party and campground activities
  • Dedicated guest parking and shuttle service
  • Close to the track and Champions Park with on-site shuttle service
  • Campground amenities including complimentary shower facilities
  • Free tow vehicle parking (One vehicle per parking spot)
  • Group areas

Below is a brief outline of your RV Camping options at the Speedway. For all pricing and details please see their website.


Never want to miss a second of the action from the comfort of your campsite?  Then Gecko RV Park is for you!  Be in the middle of the action with a trackside or non-trackside Infield RV campsite, with one of the best views at Chicagoland Speedway.  Your Infield RV space gives you a 360 degree view of racing action from right atop your camper!  Get one of the best NASCAR Camping Experiences available now.


Stay in Lower Ridge, Chicagoland Speedway’s backstretch campground! Complete with 30-amp electric, experience an exciting NASCAR atmosphere in this RV campground.  Never miss a moment of all the racing action by staying on property. Plus you are just feet away from the nearest tram stop to get you to and from your seats for every race!


If you want to watch the racing from the grandstands but stay on property, GEICO Park Lakeside is a great option for you!  Never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend.  Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more!


So close you can smell the burning rubber! This is Chicagoland Speedway’s premier camping option. GECKO RIDGE (Speedway Ridge) is located between Turns 2 & 3 on the backstretch.  Each space provides the ultimate race fan a panoramic view of the racing action over the entire race weekend. You get all the convenience of camping without ever missing the cars on track.


If you want to bring your family to the track and be a part of a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is the spot for you. Located in the quiet corner of the GEICO Park Lakeside campground, you’ll never have to worry about traffic and enjoy all the best aspects of this NASCAR race weekend. Have easy access to the shuttle stop, convenience store, post-race concerts and so much more! 

More family camping amenities will be announced soon. Check their website for updates and details.

Billed as the ultimate pre-race experience, this long weekend includes a cold garage pass, which means you get access to the pits, except when the cars are hot; usually this is up to a half-hour before the race.

If you and your family are racing fans, what better way to spend your 4th of July weekend than watching NASCAR races with other fans? This could be an experience you and your family will remember for a long time to come.

Need an RV to experience the fun? To find out about renting an RV from our Chicago West RV Rentals, El Monte RV location, please click here.

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AAA Members-Look Skyward! 2017 Eclipse RV Travel Savings

You may have noticed our earlier discussion about the singular celestial event that’s coming to America in 2017. To refresh your memories, we’ll be enjoying a total solar eclipse over America on August 21, 2017. A special reason we’re highlighting this opportunity for RV travel again is that AAA members can save big when renting an RV to view the solar eclipse.

AAA members always enjoy RV rental discounts through El Monte RV Rental & Sales as part of their active membership. For this year’s total solar eclipse experience, the nationwide auto club is encouraging members to hit the road in an RV to find the optimal eclipse viewing sites.

This article on the 2017 eclipse in AAA’s April member newsletter offers information on where, when and how to view the eclipse. If you aren’t currently a AAA member, this link offers you the opportunity to join so you can take advantage of the RV rental discounts.  

Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse

Haven’t started making plans to see the moon’s shadow completely block the sun from Earthly viewers? Here are the details you’ll need to plan your 2017 total solar eclipse RV vacation:

When Will the Eclipse Occur?

The shadow of the moon will align to blot out the sun from our view for approximately two minutes at 10:15 a.m. PDT on the Pacific Coast near Newport, Oregon. That will be the North American debut of the 2017 solar eclipse. The moon’s shadow will then block the sun from sight in an arc across the US, moving back over the Atlantic off the South Carolina coast at 2:48 pm EDT.

Where Will the Total Eclipse be Visible?

This excellent map of the eclipse trajectory shows the fourteen states (from Oregon to South Carolina) crossed by the “path of totality”. On that path, there’s a sixty-mile band of optimum viewing of the entire eclipse event. Outside that band, you won’t be able to see the total eclipse and will have to settle for partial eclipse memories.

To help you plan your eclipse-viewing RV vacation, here are some of the cities within the path of totality:

Oregon: Newport, Corvallis, Madras, Salem

Idaho: Stanley, McKay, Idaho Falls

Montana: No cities within optimum viewing band, eight miles of remote mountain terrain only

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park, Casper, Thermopolis

Nebraska: Scott’s Bluff, Hastings, Grand Island

Kansas: Troy, Atchison, Leavenworth

Missouri: St. Joseph, Columbia

Illinois: Carbondale, Chester

Kentucky: Bowling Green, Hopkinsville

Tennessee: Nashville, Gallatin, Clarksville

Georgia: Blairsville, Clayton

North Carolina: Andrews, Clingmans Dome area of Great Smoky Mountain NP

South Carolina: Anderson, Orangeburg, Columbia

Why Rent an RV to View the Eclipse?

As any experienced RV traveler can tell you, weather changes occur when you least expect them. Viewing the eclipse in all its glory will require staying ahead of cloud cover or storms. Two planning steps can help you win the race:

  •         Watch local forecasts for the area where you plan to view the eclipse. If heavy cloud cover or storms are predicted, have a Plan B viewing location in mind.
  •         Traveling by RV allows you to change plans quickly. The flexibility to move to a better location as the event approaches may make the difference between awesome eclipse viewing memories and traveling home disappointed.

AAA and El Monte RV Rental & Sales can help you plan the perfect eclipse viewing RV vacation, but you’ll need to act fast. Campgrounds are filling rapidly, so don’t delay any longer making your plans.

Where will you be when the sun goes dark on August 21, 2017?

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Nine State Park Campgrounds to Kickstart RV Camping Season

What plans have you made for camping on Memorial Day Weekend and beyond? With the beauty of America’s state parks just waiting to be enjoyed, there’s no time like the present to find your favorites in the comfort of a motorhome or travel trailer.

If you need some help deciding where to go first, why not use our list below of nine state park campgrounds that RV campers love to visit? Then build your own list and be sure to let us know in the comments section where you plan to go RV camping this season.

Nine State Park Campgrounds for RV Camping

  1. Salt Point State Park – California

“Camping by the rocky Pacific shore, just off iconic Highway 1 north of San Francisco”. Doesn’t that sound like a splendid way to kick off camping season? With coastal trails, an underwater park for divers and coves just waiting to show you the best views of the summer, there’s no reason not to add Salt Point State Park to your camping itinerary.

  1. Pocahontas State Park – Virginia

Fishing, paddling and more bring RV camping families to this state park near Chesterfield, VA. Besides the many miles of hiking, mountain biking and multi-use trails, you’ll find an Aquatic Center for swimming with the kids, Beaver Lake where you can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats and Swift Creek Lake, where the largemouth bass can be legendary. It’s just three hours north of Roanoke, VA and easy to access from Richmond and Norfolk, too, so why not make this park a goal for this summer?

  1. Grayton Beach State Park – Florida

Sugar sand beach, a scenic coastal dune lake and a pleasant RV campground—that’s what you’ll find at Grayton Beach State Park on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Not only can you play on the beach and hike the trails through coastal forest and dunes, you’ll also enjoy Western Lake, a prime spot for paddling and fishing.

  1. Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Colorado

Why not kick off the summer camping season by picking up your Denver RV rental and then heading west (and a little north) just thirty miles to Golden Gate Canyon State Park? Your camping party will find twelve-thousand-acres of rocky, tree-lined trails, be surprised by clear mountain lakes and, in the midst of all that, enjoy modern, convenient RV campsites.

  1. Elk Neck State Park – Maryland

About an hour and a half northeast of Baltimore, jutting out into Chesapeake Bay, is a wonderful place where hiking, lighthouse viewing, swimming and RV camping are just the beginning of the adventure. Elk Neck State Park, on the peninsula between Chesapeake and the Elk River, offers a whole vacation full of interesting things to do. Bonus: Nature photographers are going to love the trails, the seaside cliffs and the wealth of wildlife this gorgeous state park promises.

  1. Mills Norrie State Park – New York

What if you could pick up your RV rental near New York City and then drive north a couple of hours to a wooded paradise on the Hudson River? Would that help you jump into summer RV camping season? Then a visit to Mills Norrie State Park is in order! Wooded, no-hookups campsites with views of the river, trails through forests and to state historic sites, a legendary public golf course, a river marina and an on-site environmental center round out the perfect spot for a summer vacation on the Hudson.

  1. Clear Lake State Park – California

Just a couple of hours northwest of Sacramento is the chance to camp on the shores of California’s largest freshwater lake. Clear Lake State Park is a bass angler’s dream that also promises shaded campsites, hiking and interpretive trails and a visitor’s center. Bring the boat and plan to stay awhile!

  1. Shabbona Lake State Park – Illinois

Drive an hour straight west from our Glen Ellyn El Monte RV Rentals location and you’ll find Shabbona Lake, the “Muskie Capitol of Illinois”. Besides great fishing, your crew can rent kayaks and discover the lake’s scenic shoreline, hike the woodland trails and enjoy the amenities at the state park’s well-managed campground.

  1. Palisade State Park – Utah

A place to play for everyone—that’s the best way to describe the playground two hours south of Salt Lake City. Palisade State Park, home to Palisade Reservoir (great trout fishing here!), is also home to a public golf course, an expansive campground, miles of hiking trails and OHV trails in a high desert canyon. What could be better for kicking off summer camping season?

These are just nine of the places people like to play when they go state park RV camping in America. Let us know where you like to go, and as always, let us know if we can help with an RV rental.

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Six Spectacular RV Camping Trips to Find Fall Color

Chase a splash of red up a mountain road, and be rewarded by an endless valley filled with autumn colors. Wake up in your RV campground to the blaze of red and gold glory all around. That’s the beauty of an RV camping trip to find fall color.

These six spectacular trips offer a banquet of autumn beauty to RV travelers. It’s not too late to plan your itinerary!

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee:  Located on the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and half a day’s drive from Louisville, KY, Gatlinburg is one of our favorite autumn destinations. Use it as your starting point for one of the many scenic drives through the National Park to net a camera full of autumn color.
  1. Bristol, Rhode Island:  There’s never a bad time of year to drive Rhode Island’s coastal highways, and autumn there is particularly memorable. From the grounds of the Blithewold Mansion to the autumn wonders of Colt State Park on Narragansett Bay, RV travelers will find their fill of fall color in Bristol. RV vacation bonus—it’s a short drive via I-95 from Boston!
  1. Park City, Utah:  If you find yourself RV camping near Salt Lake City this autumn, take the time to visit Park City, less than an hour east on I-80. That’s where to start your journey through miles and miles of golden aspen as you follow the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, with a side trip up the Alpine Scenic Loop “Backway” through Sundance. Don’t miss this Western wonder of nature!
  1. Grand County, Colorado:  The county and forest roads around the Rocky Mountain towns of Granby, Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser reveal some of
    Fall Foliage

    Fall Foliage

    Colorado’s best fall foliage. About an hour and a half from Denver, Grand County RV campers can find hours of autumn color along byways like County Road 50 (Church Park Rd) west of
    Fraser and Hwy 34 from Grand Lake to Granby. Autumn travel extra—keep an ear open for elk bugling during fall mating season!

  1. Tioga County, Pennsylvania:  Here’s an RV traveling family’s chance to see the PA Grand Canyon, as well as unforgettable autumn vistas! Tioga County, PA, a couple hours’ west of Kingston, boasts charming towns like Wellsboro, where quaint shops and homes are surrounded by glorious hardwoods in full autumn blaze. Follow the county roads between Ansonia, Wellsboro and Colton Point State Park for your best fall camping trip photos.
  1. Galena, Illinois:  As your motorhome rolls into Galena, Illinois, be prepared to be charmed! This Mississippi River town along the Great River Road blends abundant autumn leaves, streets winding up scenic hillsides and Victorian homes and shops galore. About three hours west of Chicago, Galena is one of the finest places to find fall foliage in the Midwest.

Admit it, you’re hoping to make an RV trip into the countryside to witness the beauty of autumn foliage. Use these suggested itineraries to start your trip planning, and don’t forget to give us a call if you’re in need of an RV rental. This autumn promises to be spectacular! Don’t miss the chance to see it for yourself with an RV camping trip to find fall color.

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Four Relaxing Spots to Visit near Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a quick forty minutes west of Chicago, is centrally located for getting back to nature. By all means, enjoy the attractions of Chicagoland, but if you like your RV camping in more natural settings, here are four relaxing spots to visit near Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Glen Ellyn Area Attraction #1: Moraine Hills State Park

Moraine Hills State Park

Moraine Hills State Park

Just an hour north of Glen Ellyn, near the town of McHenry, you’ll find Moraine Hills State Park, where a pristine glacier lake, a vast marsh and the chance to see a lock on the Fox River make this our first pick for your trip. Hike the trails for an intimate look into nature and bring your fishing equipment, too. There’s no camping at the state park, but there’s plenty of camping nearby at Chain O’Lakes State Park or in Union, IL campgrounds.

Glen Ellyn Area Attraction #2: Chain O’Lakes State Park

We mentioned great camping at this next state park, also just an hour north of Glen Ellyn, but there’s so much more to draw RV camping fans! Chain O’Lakes State Park gives campers access to no less than ten lakes, making this a top pick for camping families who plan to fish, paddle or water ski while on vacation. Four lakes within the park’s boundaries, as well as the scenic Fox River that leads to six more, open up endless possibilities for fun on the water. Tip: fishing for walleye, muskie and crappie is particularly good, so bring along your favorite lures, an Illinois fishing license and your fishing boat of choice to navigate the Fox Waterway.

Glen Ellyn Area Attraction #3: Burnidge Forest Preserve

Does the thought of camping in a lush forest, with plenty of trails and stocked fishing ponds nearby, appeal to your family? If so, add the Burnidge Forest Preserve, an hour north of Glen Ellyn near Elgin, IL, to your itinerary. A nicely developed campground that doesn’t take away from its forest surroundings makes this beautiful area a favorite of local campers, so make your reservations early!

Glen Ellyn Area Attraction #4: Big Rock Forest Preserve

Once you’ve picked up your RV rental in Glen Ellyn, head west on I-88 forty miles to discover Big Rock Forest Preserve. That’s where you’ll enjoy not only excellent RV camping in a woodland setting, but catch & release fishing in Siegler Lake, as well. Give the kids a lesson in geology with a hike along the lake trail or to the sandy bluffs formed by ancient glacier movement. With hardwood forests, meadows filled with birds and wildlife and a rock quarry turned lake to explore, the whole family can relax and celebrate nature year-round. Tip: bring your clubs if golf is a passion—an excellent public course is right next door!

Glen Ellyn, Illinois may seem like a gateway to Chicago, and it truly is a great place to start that visit. But if you’re hoping to enjoy RV camping in a natural setting, try these four spots next time you’re in the area. And let us know if we can help with an RV rental!

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Five Summer Food Festivals to Tempt RV Travelers

A weekend food fest is the perfect excuse to head down the road in an RV. Today’s post is a delicious concoction of food fest and camping info from five of the best summer fests. Read on for what you need to know to plan your next RV camping trip to US food festivals.

Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival – Centreville, VA – May 30-31

Who knows what kind of fun RV campers could get into when two dozen Virginia wineries, a cavalcade of top-notch food trucks and a whole lot of food and wine lovers converge on Bull Run Regional Park? Great food, sassy music and the best of Virginia wines are featured at this fabulous outdoor festival just down the road from Manassas Battlefield. Get your tickets here and make it a weekend to remember!

Here’s a link to Virginia RV campgrounds. El Monte RV Rentals in Manassas is happy to help with the right RV for your trip.

Great Chowder Cook-Off – Newport, RI – June 6

If you love a good cuppa chowda, Rhode Island’s world-famous chowder fest is the place for your next RV camping trip. Heated competition for the chowder crown blends with spicy local bands and fun family activities at Fort Adams State Park.

Camp near Newport and make it a long weekend as you discover the mansions, beaches and local charm that make Newport an A-1 tourist destination. 

French Market Creole Tomato Fest – New Orleans, LA – June 13-14

Did you know a tomato imported from the West Indies is at the heart of many Creole culinary treats? The Creole tomato is so important to cuisine in New Orleans that a festival is held in its honor every June! Bring the family on this weekend RV trip and let the kids play in Dutch Alley, watch cooking demonstrations and, of course, sample savory dishes featuring the star of the festival.

Louisiana RV camping venues can be found here.

Arcata Bay Oyster Festival – Arcata, CA – June 20

Here’s the chance to visit California’s magnificent Redwood Coast and enjoy boatloads of fresh oysters as a bonus! The Arcata Bay Oyster Festival celebrates the bivalves that fuel this area’s aquaculture, and it’s a whole lot of fun for oyster lovers, too. Come sample oyster creations from talented chefs, watch cooking demonstrations and get in on family-friendly festival fun.

Eight national forests nearby supply unforgettable scenery as you camp, so plan to stay awhile after the festival. Here’s a list of California campgrounds, including those in the Arcata area. Bon appetit!

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas – Chicago, IL – June 18-21

Scenic Humboldt Park is the setting for this enormous celebration of Puerto Rico and its culture, music and cuisine. Come and sample, play and people watch with thousands of festival goers and don’t miss the parade on Saturday!

Camping in the Windy City is simple—just use our guide to point you in the right direction.

There’s so much to taste, see and do this summer in cities across America! Get started now making your RV camping plans to visit food festivals. Grab your knives and forks and be sure to let us know which ones you can’t wait to visit again next year.

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Springfield, Illinois RV Adventures for the Whole Family

Travel to the Land of Lincoln on an exciting Springfield, Illinois RV vacation! This is the perfect way to understand some of the historical aspects of the founding of our great land, as well as enjoy the sights and outdoor activities available. You can discover the true America by exploring Route 66 and visit the neighborhoods that made this country what it is today. And of course, there are many RV campgrounds around Springfield where you can stay. You may really enjoy the Double J Campground & RV Park just outside of town.

First stop is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum where you can see collections all about this most famous President. An audio-visual collection is one that will truly lend a realistic feel to the history you will absorb. There are over 400,000 photos which visually portray life through the decades. An experience you shouldn’t pass up.

Another spot where you can find the past becoming a thing of the present, the Clayville Historic Site. The Clayville Trader General Store will fascinate young and old. If you are visiting in May, the Clayville Spring Festival will show you what the pioneer experience is all about. At the Lincoln Home National Historic Site you will want to tour the Lincoln Home, explore the exhibits in the historic neighborhood of the Lincoln era, and see the film which highlights Abraham Lincoln’s life and home.

Visit the final resting place of our great past President at the Lincoln Tomb. His wife and three of his sons are also buried there. This tomb is 117 feet tall and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a marvelous memorial to a great man.

No visitor to Springfield can pass up an opportunity to see the Illinois State Capital, or stop in across the street at the Capitol Complex Visitors Center. Grab some brochures of other sights to take in around the city, and perhaps have a picnic at one of the picnic tables available to the public.

Now it is time to get outside and really soak up some of that summer sun. Walk the trails at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see the beautiful wooded home to many small animals and a wide variety of birds. This was once a farm now abandoned to nature. Make a trip to Henson Robinson Zoo to see an amazing variety of native and exotic animals.

Of course, the Washington Park Botanical Garden is a must-see for all nature lovers. In this lovely oasis, you will find incredible displays of color. Stroll through the gardens to enjoy the tranquility. Once leaving here, you can get over to Lake Springfield for some boating. If you haven’t brought your own boat, you can always rent one. You can also enjoy windsurfing or water skiing. Try your luck at fishing in the sparkling waters.

A Springfield RV vacation provides many adventures, from historical events to outdoor fun. It is a place you will want to return to again and again for a special getaway.

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An RV Vacation to Chicago for Entertainment, Culture and a Load of Fun

Sights of Chicago

Sights of Chicago

Chicago attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a city that buzzes with energy and excitement. Chicago, Illinois is a perfect destination for a fun-filled RV vacation for you and your family. Summertime is the best time to go, since you won’t want to miss the water fun available along the shores of Lake Michigan.

RV camping is simple to find around Chicago. The closest campground to the city is the Chicago Northwest KOA, with lots of attractions right next door. Settle in and then get ready to explore Chicago and all the sights just waiting for you. You have the towering skyscrapers, waterfront walks, and plenty of festivals and events to keep you entertained.

Start out with a short trip to the Brookfield Zoo. This nature park covers 216 acres and offers incredible views of the animals that you will get no place else. To get there you just need to drive west of the city for about 12 miles. There is nothing like enjoying the antics of the bears and dolphins. See polar bears dive for fish through windows specially made so you can marvel at these marvelous animals.

Once getting your taste of the wild, you can return to the city and climb to amazing heights to take in the views. At Skydeck Chicago you will be at the top of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. In one sweeping view you will see four states and Lake Michigan’s lovely waters, as well as skyscrapers and parks and more. From there, head over to the Chicago Cultural Center where you can take in the many free exhibits and wander through the stained glass domes.

If you love a lively gathering spot where you can bike, listen to concerts, find activities for the whole family and meet other like-minded folk, be sure to stop at Millennium Park. There are festivals and music presentations going on at any given time, and you’ll end up allowing a bit of extra time to relax and explore. If you didn’t bring a bicycle, you can rent one and get some exercise during a bright sunny day.

Speaking of exercise, there is no better place to walk, jog, bike or skate than along the Lakefront Trail. Here you will find a wonderful 18-mile trail, paved and flat where you can move along the lakefront. Stop at one of the parks or beaches to rest and have a snack.

You don’t have to be visiting the coast in California or Florida to enjoy the beach, either. Chicago has lakeside beaches that offer plenty of water fun. At Calumet Park and Beach you will discover all sorts of things to do, including swimming, boating, picnicking and visiting the model train exhibit. Loyola Park is another favorite, and kids love all the various recreational activities offered here, as well as swimming in Lake Michigan.

The Shedd Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. You should make it a point to stop here to view the more than 1,500 species of aquatic animals. You will see dolphins, sea lions, otters, beluga whales and penguins. It is an experience you really shouldn’t miss.

If kids are with you on this trip, you must go to the Field Museum. There is a wide array of interactive activities to keep even the most curious and active child entertained. Taking a tour of the museum is the best, so you can learn all about some of the amazing treasures on display. No kids with you on this trip? It doesn’t matter. This museum provides exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.

Another kid-friendly activity is visiting the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. The young at heart also will enjoy this delightful fun house. Lose yourself in a wild labyrinth of tunnels, mirrors and more. Then make your way over to Navy Pier. This is one of the most popular attractions in Chicago. For those who love to get some culture, you can visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier and see some impressive productions from the Bard. The Navy Pier also has a six-story IMAX Theater where you can see some exciting movies in 2D or 3D.

There won’t be any other RV vacation that can quite match this one in Chicago. You will find you have been making memories that will linger many years after you get home. When you want to experience a city that has everything, it is no doubt that Chicago is the place to go.

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The Fun of an RV Adventure along Illinois River Road

Take off in your RV come late spring for a wonderful adventure along the Illinois River Road. You can also enjoy the trip in the fall when the trees are turning color. But no matter the time you pick, this is a wonderful trip through some of the best of Illinois landscapes.

Stop at any wineries you see along the way. The rich wine making traditions of this state will impress you with some of the finest. Your embarkation point will be in Ottawa, Illinois. Here the Illinois and Fox Rivers meet and Lincoln’s career began. Lots of natural beauty here and plenty of outdoor activities all around. You should remember that binoculars are to be included in your travel gear so you can get great views of river wildlife.

Buffalo Rock State Park is a must for your RV vacation itinerary. See two bison that make this their home, and visit the observation decks so you can look out over the river. Walk through the park on the Woodland Trail and just absorb that wonderful nature. Catlin County Park is another one not to miss. You can get out and stretch, taking in the amazing forest of hickories and maples. See if you can identify the many different species of trees and plants. Of course the wildlife is awesome, and if you love bird watching, you will be in your element here.

Princeton will be your next stop. This lovely place provides many activities for young and old. Woodlands you can visit nearby are Miller-Anderson Woods Nature Preserve and the Warnecke Woods. You’ll find RV camping at Condit’s Ranch Campground overlooking the Illinois River. Enjoy swimming, hiking and fishing at Condit’s Ranch.

If you like lakes, you’ll like Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area, with more than a dozen lakes scattered throughout the area. This is prime habitat for birds of all kinds. Hike the trails to see the wide variety of aquatic vegetation along the shores.

When you reach Peoria, stop to take in the rich beauty of this area. Outdoor lovers won’t be able to resist hiking along the river, fishing or biking along a forest trail. Go to Peoria Zoo for a relaxing visit to the animals there. One must-see is the Apple Blossom Farm. When visiting in the fall, you’ll find it open from August through December. Stock up on apple cider, jams or doughnuts. Yes, the bakery is stupendous.

Visit the home of Abraham Lincoln at New Salem State Historic Site when you come to Havana, Illinois. Again, if here in the fall months, there is nothing better than driving along Spoon River Drive to marvel at the autumn colors. Then it is time to get over to Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge. A paradise for bird lovers, this refuge boasts amazing numbers of species. Bald eagles come here because of the wetlands, and you’ll see everything from Great Blue Heron to songbirds and sandpipers.

Even if your journey along the Illinois River Road is done for now, this is a wonderful place to return again and again. There is always more to see and do, things you may not have had time for on this trip. So anticipate packing up that RV once again and taking off through the varied landscapes of Illinois again next year.

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