NHRA Racing Burns Rubber in August!

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

Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NASCAR Racing and RV Tailgating Destinations

It’s Playoff Season in NASCAR circles! This September the NASCAR circuit takes you to Las Vegas and Indianapolis. Don’t miss the racing and RV tailgating at Indy on the weekend of September 8th and 9th as NASCAR features the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, the final of the regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And the next weekend NASCAR fans go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting on Thursday, September 13th– to Sunday the 16th, where the celebrations begin early on the 13th at the Speedway for the three big NASCAR races.

More about Indy:

The Brickyard 400 will mark the final race of the regular season, determine the regular season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The Brickyard 400 has been one of NASCAR’s premier events for 25 years, and we’re thrilled the race is moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Our fans will love the excitement that comes with crowning a regular season champion at The Racing Capital of the World, and the cooler temperatures of early September will make the race more enjoyable for everyone.”

More about Las Vegas:

The second weekend in September, see all of your favorite drivers in fabulous Las Vegas during the Fall NASCAR Weekend, Sept. 13-16, 2018. Fans can also experience the one-of-a-kind Neon Garage featuring live music and entertainment all weekend long. It’s your up-close view of the garages from behind the glass and a great view of Victory Lane.

Driver Introductions and Lucky 7 Preferred Parking Passes also are available. The event-filled weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track.

Where to Camp

1)  Indianapolis: You can possibly arrange camping at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in case they are filled, here are a few other suggestions in the Indy area:

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

  1. A) Lake Haven Retreat
  2. B) Touchdown RV
  3. C) Raceview Family Campground
  4. D) Park at Indy

Be sure to contact the campgrounds as early as possible as they may be filling up soon.

2)  Las Vegas Motor Speedway: If you are lucky, you might be able to get in the Speedway for camping, but if they are filled, check out these surrounding possible places to park your RV.

  1. A) American Campground
  2. B) Hitchin’ Post RV Park
  3. C) Desert Eagle RV Park
  4. D) Las Vegas Mobile Park

To learn more about each of these parks, please contact them directly or go to their websites.

To get additional race information, please visit the NASCAR website.

Other Sights to See:

Extend your stay around Las Vegas and see the beauty of the natural world.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the scenery – if your schedule permits, there are tons of exciting sights to see around Las Vegas, and not just the casinos. Try a trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, which allows visitors to hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations.

Or check out Lake Mead, where you can feast your eyes on one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, Lake Mead is fun to escape to when you want to take a dive in a natural body of water. There are also brunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises, if you’re one of those people who would rather stay dry. FYI, this lake borders the Hoover Dam which is a wonder worth seeing itself.

To rent an RV for your trip, our location closest to Indianapolis is our Louisville rv rental location; and to find our rv rental locations in Nevada, click here for three choice locations.

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Culture and Crafts in the Amish Country of Indiana

The geographical mid-section of the United States is densely punctuated with fascinating towns and vacation destinations that are overlooked by far too many travelers!  Much of our country’s cultural history is tied up on the roads across the Great Plains states that our ancestors traveled and forged their way through as they helped to develop this beautiful land.  A cornerstone of this history still thrives in Amish communities throughout the rural heart of America.  These areas are the heart of our nation’s RV industry so the best way to visit them is by rolling over these roads in your very own RV whether you buy or rent one!

Amish Community in the Heartland of USA

Amish Community in the Heartland of USA

To start your exploration, pick up an RV in Chicago.  Then it’s a 2 hour, 20 minute drive to Elkhart, Indiana, which is called the RV Capital of the World.  This entire area caters to RV enthusiasts like nowhere else.  First of all, four out of every five RVs in the United States are manufactured here.  Because of the RV industry centered in the area, you can also find plenty of RV campgrounds and stores that sell RV accessories in the area.

You can also find one of the most unique museums in the country right here in town at the RV and Motor Home Hall of Fame.  You can learn the history of these incredible vehicles at the Founders Hall.  Travel back in time by looking at classic vehicles from the 1920s and 30s all the way up to present time.  You can even see the Chevrolet “Housecar” that was used by screen legend Mae West in 1931.  It’s a fun way to see some of the classic craftsmanship that has helped keep vacationers traveling across the country.

Once you’re done with the Hall of Fame, it’s time to immerse yourself in the historic Amish culture of the area. Head a few miles south to Nappanee and discover Amish Acres.  This settlement was first homesteaded by Moses Stahly, a member of one of the first Amish settler families in Indiana all the way back in 1873.  The property is now an 80 acre farm where you can experience real Amish life.  Tour the original buildings, like the ice house and blacksmith shop, or even stay to watch a repertoire theater production of Plain and Fancy, a musical about Amish life that was co-created by the Tony Award winning composer of Fiddler on the Roof.

Amish Acres in Indiana

Amish Acres in Indiana

Next, drive along the Heritage Trail in order to view the 2014 Quilt Gardens.  Updated every year, these twenty gardens are planted in patchwork designs that evoke the image of giant quilts spreading across the land.  The vibrant flowers show a special care and love for the natural gardening that residents of this area love.

There’s no better way to finish off your trip than to visit Das Dutchman Essenhaus, an authentic old-world bakery and restaurant that serves the best pies in the county.  While it evokes small-town charm, the Essenhaus is actually a massive establishment that is the largest restaurant in the state at a massive 1,100 seats.  You don’t have to be from Indiana to crowd in with all your friends for some pie, after all.

It’s time to head to Amish Country for a vacation strong on simple pleasures, and the way to get there is in an RV!

For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE! or call 1-888-337-2208

Photo Credit:  top photo of Amish Community by Jack Pearce  licensed under Flickr Commons and Amish Acres under Wikimedia License.
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An RV Journey through Indiana’s Amish Country

Longing to relax in a beautiful place that harkens back to another time? Indiana’s Amish Country is just such a place – abounding in cultural attractions, farm tours and quaint, historic villages. Take a trip with us as we tour this wonderful region by RV.

What You’ll Find in Indiana’s Amish Country
We suggest you start your trip in Elkhart, Indiana (the RV Capitol of the World!), two hours east of Chicago. Before leaving Elkhart be sure to visit Island Park where the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers meet and the premier celebration of RV travel, the RV/MH Hall of Fame. History buffs will also want to visit Ruthmere, the glorious 1908 home of the Beardsley family, early leading citizens of Elkhart.

From Elkhart, you’ll travel through towns and villages that celebrate relaxed rural living and the Amish heritage for which the area is famous. Here’s a sample itinerary:

  1. Take IN-19 from Elkhart to Wakarusa, where Schmidt Furniture offers tours of its heritage furniture building operation. From Wakarusa, continue south on IN-19 to Nappanee, IN, home of Amish Acres Historic Farm. Take a buggy ride, enjoy demonstrations of 1830s farm life and enjoy a “Threshers Dinner” at the Restaurant Barn. By the way, if it’s your first trip to Amish country, here’s a helpful guide to respectful travel among the Amish.
  2. From Nappanee, it’s a twenty minute drive past the hillside Amish farms on IN-119 to Goshen, Indiana, a 19th century village rich with Amish history. Shop and dine in historic buildings throughout the downtown district and explore the works of area artisans at the Old Bag Factory. One more tip for family-centered fun in Goshen: visit Knollbrook Farm, where rural delights such as corn mazes and the afternoon “cow parade” are sure to delight the kids.
  3. Your trip now follows bucolic country highways from Goshen to Shipshewana, IN, where we suggest RV travelers stop for the night at Shipshewana RV Park and Flea Market, just off US-20 on IN-5. It’s a marvelous stop for RV travelers, offering front-row access to the Midwest’s largest flea market every Tuesday and Wednesday from April to November. Shipshewana is also the site of a number of Amish country attractions. Here are some you’ll want to visit:
    • Yoder’s Red Barn Shops offers delights at shops like Wana Cabinets and Furniture and Red Bud Gourmet Coffee.
    • Menno-Hof Information Center takes visitors through a number of experiences including a “Quilt Garden” (one of many in the region) and fascinating exhibits that explore the history of the Anabaptists (Mennonites and Amish) from before the Reformation to modern times.
    • Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum, “the world’s largest collection of Hudson products.”
  4. On the way back to Elkhart, be sure to stop in the village of Middlebury, where another excellent area RV campground, Elkhart/Middlebury Exit KOA, greets travelers to Amish Country. Middlebury is also home to Das Dutchman Essenhaus, an Amish-style eatery in a picturesque setting.

All along your route from Elkhart through Indiana’s Amish Country, you’ll be surrounded by heritage farms, quaint villages and excellent cultural attractions. For information about travel in the region, be sure to visit AmishCountry.org. A favorite with our readers, this is one of El Monte RV Rental’s recommended routes for Indiana RV travelers.

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore-A Perfect RV Getaway

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Wouldn’t it be nice to lie on the beach, enjoy great RV camping and really get to know the region, all in the same vacation? We think it would, so we’ve put together all you need to start planning a trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A Northern Indiana treasure, Indiana Dunes combines regional flavor and casual beach pleasures in one enormous RV camping destination.

What can we say first about this premier Lake Michigan attraction? How to get there is a good start! The National Lakeshore lies between Gary, Indiana on the west and Michigan City, Indiana on the east, and is roughly fifty miles from Chicago. For quick interstate travel to reach the beach, I-80/90 is the best east/west route. Once you’re there, you can access all areas of the Lakeshore from Indiana State Highway 12.

Now, to the reasons this will become one of your favorite motorhome camping destinations. Attractions you’ll surely want to spend time exploring include the following:

  • Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm – this historic landmark was once home to the first non-native resident in the region (and they still make their own maple syrup!)
  • Indiana Dunes State Park – adjacent to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a bonus-a two thousand acre state park on Michigan’s south shore boasting three miles of pristine beach and plenty of RV campsites.
  • Ly-Co-Ki-We Trail (PDF) – take the family on a memorable hike on loops of varying lengths, all offering the chance to learn more about the beauty of Lake Michigan’s windswept shoreline.
  • Mount Baldy – a natural wonder, this ever-moving twelve story sand dune will fascinate as you take the trail to the summit.
  • Northern Indiana Art and Earth Trail – seven scenic loops have been mapped to take you to regional attractions such as blueberry farms, farmer’s markets, and arts centers. Whether your tastes run to Amish handicrafts or the eclectic art of Winona Lake, you’ll find more than enough to enjoy on the Art and Earth Trail.
  • West Beach – located at the southern-most tip of Lake Michigan, West Beach is the only one of eight Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches protected by lifeguards. Spend the day swimming in the lake, exploring the dunes or simply soaking up the sun at this classic summer attraction.

One more incentive to visit is the abundant availability of RV campgrounds. If you’re not camping at the National Lakeshore or State Park, try Sand Creek Campground at Chesterton, right in the heart of the Dunes. The family will also love Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at Portage, Indiana, just south of the lakeshore.

There’s still time to unwind at the beach, and there’s no better place than Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Pack your swimsuit, pick up an affordable RV rental at our Chicago El Monte RV Rentals location and get ready for some later summer fun!

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