RV Camping at NASCAR Racing, Tailgating Destinations

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

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

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Where to Camp for NHMS:

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

More Sights to See around New Hampshire:

Check out these nature-loving New Hampshire Parks:

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

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

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

Remember the Poconos, July 27th to 29th

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

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

Where to Camp for Pocono Raceway:

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

Pocono Mountain Parks

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

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

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

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

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Your Guide to RV Campgrounds for Adults Over 21

From glamping weekends for ladies only to summer camp for adults, the adults only camping craze is catching on. RV campgrounds have led this trend, with over-21 and over-50 campgrounds located across the country. If you long to find an RV camping destination where the kiddies can’t come along, our guide to adults only RV campgrounds is a good place to start.

Camping for adults only comes in a variety of styles. Let’s look at the most common options available for adults who prefer to camp without kids around.

Over-21 RV Resorts

The first type of adults only campground is the over-21 RV resort, where activities and amenities cater to adult campers. A quick check of the what’s offered at Edge-O-Dells Resort in Wisconsin will give you a good idea of what’s out there. Guests there enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar with live music, a large pool with hot tub and quick access to the local casino. Special events like weekly Bike Nights keep the party atmosphere humming, a common theme for campgrounds that cater to the over-21 crowd.

Over 21 rv camping

Over 21 rv camping

If you’re hoping to find a more peaceful adults only setting,  Wild Duck Campground and RV Park in Maine’s Scarborough Marsh is a good example of an over-21 campground for nature lovers. This type of campground tends to be situated in pristine natural settings where outdoor recreation is easy to access.

No matter which style camper you are, you should be able to easily locate a no-kids-allowed campground to suit your fancy.

Over-50 RV Resorts

With so many seniors choosing full-time RV living, there’s been an explosion of over-50 campgrounds to meet their needs. From long-term campsites for snowbirds in states with mild winter weather to overnight camping for older campers on the move, RV resorts for seniors understand the needs of the over-50 set.

One of the ways these campgrounds attract a steady stream of RVers is by offering a range of amenities to appeal to active seniors or older campers who prefer to stay close to the campground, as well as retired campers who’ve chosen to pursue an ‘encore career’ while on the road. Cable television and wireless internet, exercise classes or facilities and venues for outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing and hiking nearby top the list of features seniors look for in an RV resort.

Need an example of what might be available if you’re one of the flood of older campers hitting the road?  Winterset RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast keeps campers happy with an on-site wood shop, fitness center, business center and a full schedule of planned activities. They welcome both long-term ‘snowbirds’ and overnight campers fifty-five and over.

Where to Find Adults Only RV Campgrounds

Where can you find a campground that doesn’t allow kids? An easy way to start your search is by checking the online directories of RV clubs. Passport America and Good Sam members, for example, can search for adults only RV resorts and then add additional search filters to find the amenities they prefer.

A simple internet search for “RV campgrounds for adults only” or a similar search phrase will also yield many pages of options to explore. You can narrow down your search online by adding the state or city you’d like to visit.

Once you’ve found the place that sounds perfect for your next RV camping vacation, be sure to read their Rules and Regulations page so you’ll know if there are restrictions on things like pets and under-age visitors. Check their schedule of activities and outdoor recreation options. You may find you can enjoy a well-rounded vacation taking advantage of what’s available free for RV park visitors.

Camping without kids can be a nice break for parents or an RV-lifestyle choice. Whatever your reason for choosing a child-free campground (or seniors-only resort), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s available near your chosen destination.

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Summer in New England is Right Around the Corner

10 Maine destinations to explore by RV

Ocean to mountain, deep campsites to quaint villages. Traveling Maine by RV promises fascinating times. Summer RV camping season in New England is just around the corner.  Start planning!

Here are ten Maine destinations you’ll want to explore by RV, roughly north to south.

  1. Aroostook Valley Trail in far north Maine winds a path from New Sweden at the northern terminus to Presque Isle at the southern end. It’s a 28-mile long gravel, multiuse trail created from a former rail bed. Expect to find deep woods, riverside stretches and brushes with five towns. RV camping can be easily found near the Trail, from dry camping at Aroostook State Park to luxury resorts such as Arndt’s Aroostook River Lodge & Campground.
  1. Maine’s capital city of Augusta beckons history-loving RVers with an eighteenth century wooden fort, a spectacular State House, the impressive Maine State Museum and nearby Waterville Opera House.
  1. Explore the Kennebec-Chaudiere International Heritage Corridor for more than two hundred miles from Bath, Maine to Quebec for the RV adventure of a lifetime. Water trails on two rivers, fascinating small towns and lush North Maine landscapes are just the start of the journey.
  1. Swan Island, on the Kennebec River at Richmond, is a nature lover’s paradise. Bring your kayak and paddle the river, or enjoy miles of hiking trails through pristine forests and meadows in search of the island’s abundant wildlife. Don’t forget to book your ferry ride in advance! 
  1. Bridgton, in the Western Maine’s Lake Region, is popular with RV travelers for its vintage downtown shops, easy access to outdoor recreation and city-run Salmon Point Campground on Long Lake. Fish, paddle, hike or shop—you’ll find wonderful places to do it while camping in Bridgton.
  1. While camping in the Freeport/Durham area, consider a side trip to Bradbury Mountain State Park for a memorable mountain biking experience. Single and double track trails crisscross the mountain and the view is fine, too.
  1. The Desert of Maine in Freeport is where the kids will want to spend your Maine RV camping vacation. Located on the central coast, this forty-acre glacial desert within a forest features tram tours, hiking trails, historic buildings and an on-site RV campground.
  1. Reid State Park, on Georgetown Island, has the distinction of being one of the few places in Maine you’ll find stretches of sand beach and large sand dunes. Plan to camp on the island at Sagadahoc Bay Campground for oceanfront sites and lighthouse views.
  1. Casco Bay, by way of Portland, allows RV travelers to Maine to reach beyond the shore. Once you’ve settled in your campground in nearby Scarborough, Saco or Old Orchard Beach, make your way to Maine State Pier in Portland to go island hopping in the Bay, courtesy of Casco Bay Line ferry service. They also offer a variety of scenic bay cruises.
  1. Southern Maine Lighthouse Tour: Love lighthouses? As you leave the Portland area, you’ll enjoy views of no less than seven historic lighthouses by making stops from Cape Elizabeth to Kittery. Here’s your itinerary, driving south.

    Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, Maine

    Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, Maine

  • Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth features Portland Head Light (and museum), as well as views of the Ram Island Ledge Light from the park’s rocky beach.
  • Two Lights State Park, down the shoreline in Cape Elizabeth, offers views of privately owned Cape Elizabeth Light.
  • The Pier Road landing in Cape Porpoise is your next stop for views of the Goat Island Lighthouse.
  • Sohier Park in York is a delightful spot to stroll the shoreline and enjoy views of Nubble Light.
  • Fort Foster Park in Kittery is famous for views of both Whaleback Light and Portsmouth Harbor Light.

An RV camping trip to Maine can be a different adventure every time you visit. Pick your next itinerary and be sure to book an RV rental early. The Pine Tree State can’t wait to show you a good time.

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Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of their centennial, from April 16-24, 2016 they’re waiving entrance fees for all national park visitors.

With more than four hundred destinations to choose from, finding the perfect national park for your April camping adventure might seem difficult. Never fear! We’ve gathered tools to help our readers locate national park campsites and attractions from Acadia NP in coastal Maine to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Ready to plan?

How to Pick Your Next National Park Camping Destination

One of the things we like best about America’s National Park Service is their visitor-friendly attitude. Since 1916, they’ve been refining their outreach to national park visitors to make it easy for anyone to access information on NPS-managed locations.

Finding a park that suits your interests, travel schedule and camping style is simple, with several ways to search and access national park information. The first is through the FindYourPark.com website, a community-engagement resource where national park fans can share information, search for national park locations and learn about ways the NPS connects with communities.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Another excellent resource for national park RV campers is the National Park Service  website itself. You can search for NPS-managed locations, including national parks, heritage areas, historic sites and monuments, state by state, by using their easy-to-understand search tools. Once you’ve located one or more possible National Parks Week camping destinations, click on each park’s link to access information such as driving directions, things to do, places to see and campground amenities.

What to Expect RV Camping at a National Park

Never camped at a national park campground and wondering what to expect? National Park Service campgrounds run the gamut from no-hookups ‘dispersed camping’ to full-hookups, amenity-rich developed campsites. One note for those who plan to camp during National Parks Week—entrance fees are waived, but campground fees will still apply.

Here are some examples of national park campgrounds, to give you an idea of the range of amenities.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that water sports wonderland on the Arizona/Nevada border, offers both developed campgrounds run by concessionaires and NPS-run campgrounds with water and dump stations but no hook-ups.
  • The campgrounds at Everglades National Park also offer a range of possibilities, from sites with electric hook-ups only on Florida Bay to ‘dry camping’ sites in a pine forest.
  • Yosemite National Park’s ten campgrounds are located amidst magnificent scenery, but plan ahead because hook-ups aren’t part of the camping amenities.
  • Maine’s vast and scenic Acadia National Park gives RV campers the choice of primitive campsites, electric sites and electric/water sites.
  • The large campground at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful spot without RV hookups but with easy access to the cave’s entrance and miles of above-ground hiking trails.

Ready to Go National Park Camping?

Keep in mind, no matter where you camp in America’s national parks, you can expect scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and interesting people you might never have met otherwise. Don’t those all sound like fantastic reasons to go RV camping during National Parks Week?

One more tool  for planning to camp in your RV at a national park—Recreation.gov offers a wealth of ideas and information on national park vacations, and for those campgrounds that allow reservations, this is the place to reserve your campsites before you go.

Let’s celebrate our country’s National Park Centennial by doing what we love best—camping in a motorhome or trailer.  And be sure to let us know about your national park camping experience in the Comments Section below!

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An RV Trip to Aroostook County Maine for Autumn Foliage

The fall foliage reports for Maine have indicated that right now is the ideal time to head to the North Woods and the lovely wilderness of Maine’s northernmost region. In Aroostook County you have the unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall colors, with between 50 and 75 percent color change at this time. It is only going to get better. What a great time to drive an RV through the county and enjoy the blazing reds, oranges, golds and yellows, as well as some outdoor recreation.

This marvelous county also has more than 1,000 miles of ATV trails, so bringing your ATV along with you may be a smart move. Fishing gear is a must as well. There are thousands of lakes, ponds and streams where you can cast a line and come up with a catch.

The unspoiled Allagash Wilderness Waterway invites you to take a guided canoe trip through an exciting landscape, 92 miles from start to finish. Bird watchers are always fascinated by the wide variety of feathered creatures and wildlife lovers can’t get enough of watching animal life in their native habitat. With the changing colors of autumn, your trip is all that more enjoyable.

Saco River, Maine

Saco River, Maine

A visit to Presque Isle should be top on your list. This is the largest town in Aroostook County and provides points of interest you won’t want to miss. There is a monument honoring the first hot air balloon flight across the Atlantic which departed from here. Outdoor fun includes hunting, fishing and hiking. If you bring along a mountain bike, you’ll find plenty of trails through the forests of colorful maples.

Nearby you can discover Aroostook State Park, with trout fishing, camping and much more. Try a hike on the North Peak Trail for a little over one mile of beauty, or a shorter trail to enjoy is the South Trail. Rent a kayak or canoe and fit in some paddling on Echo Lake.

When you visit Caribou you will discover another spot in Maine where you may wish to stay for a while. Salmon and trout fishing is at its best here, and hiking, biking, or jogging can be a real adventure on either the Aroostook Valley Trail or the Bangor & Aroostook Trail. Learn some history by stopping by the Ashland Logging Museum. If you want to see what lived in this region millions of years ago, see the fossil and mineral specimens at the Nylander Museum of Natural History.

More outdoor recreation and marvelous fall colors await you in Eagle Lake. This lake is at the south end of a whole chain of lakes where fishing for salmon and trout is a very popular activity. In the winter snowmobiling is the big thing, but in the autumn, hiking can take you through landscapes of pure beauty.

Bordering Canada, the Maine town of Fort Fairfield lies along the Aroostook River with a charming atmosphere and friendly folk. It is fun to explore the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum to learn of the railroad history of this area. Get a taste of what it was like to go to school here in the mid-1800s by visiting the McIntosh one-room schoolhouse. And of course, get out and about to witness the blazing beauty of the changing fall colors.

The gateway to the North Woods is at Fort Kent. This was originally an outpost for lumbering and a region very rich in history. You will certainly find some festival going on when you arrive as they occur throughout the year. Then in Houlton travelers discover more outdoor recreation to keep them busy all day with hiking and ATV trails to explore. Browse the streets and see Victorian homes and stop at the farmers market to stock up on good food for the rest of your RV trip.

In Island Falls there are four surrounding lakes where you can go boating or fishing, and you can even play golf at the 18-hole Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course surrounded by scenic views of mountains. There is nothing like a visit to Island Falls, Maine!

Although the time to return home is rapidly approaching, you’ll know that this autumn vacation was certainly one of the best ever. You can always extend your stay and see the ever-changing autumn colors deepen and reach their peak quickly. Maine is a wonderful spot for an RV vacation in the fall.

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Maine is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Experience an RV Tour in the Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire

Grafton Notch State Park in Maine

Grafton Notch State Park in Maine

Driving through Maine and experiencing the rugged beauty of this part of New England can never grow old. Maine’s mountains and forests are spectacular and the scenery stunning. Taking an RV all the way from Portland, Maine, up to Gorham, New Hampshire and then on to Mt. Washington is a vacation nobody should pass up.

Before venturing into the wilderness, enjoy Portland, Maine for a while. This is a coastal city with activities for the whole family. The Old Port district is a great place to view what this city was like in the 19th century, with its fishing piers, brick structures and cobblestone streets. During the day you can take a cruise on Casco Bay then in the evening have a delicious seafood dinner. You can stay at the Pinehirst RV Resort and Campgrounds, situated in the woods and not far from Portland.

Next stop is the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, a fascinating Shaker community dating back more than two centuries. This is the last Shaker community in existence so a real must to see. They have an apple orchard, gardens where they grow vegetables and herbs, as well as a tree farm. See their sheep and other livestock and watch basket weaving and printing in old-fashioned ways.

Further along you will come to South Paris, Maine where there is a lovely public garden you will love, if you love flowers. McLaughlin Garden displays iris, day lilies, lilacs and much more. The surrounding area provides all sorts of outdoor fun. Try getting out in the woods for some hiking and stretch those muscles. Norway Lake is not far away and offers plenty of fishing and swimming. You can sail the waters and soak up some of that Maine sunshine.

As you make your way to Bethel, and then Grafton Notch State Park you’ll see more of this incredible state and the peaks and gorges. You will be within the Mahoosuc Range and ready to find more recreational activities. You can navigate part of the Appalachian Trail or take any one of the other trails in this region. Walk short paths to waterfalls or drive the Grafton Notch Scenic Byway for more breathtaking scenery.

Eventually you will enter New Hampshire, but don’t think you have strayed from your original purpose of visiting Maine’s mountains. Getting a taste of New Hampshire’s mountainous peaks is almost mandatory as long as you are here. From Gorham, New Hampshire, follow Highway 16 (Mt. Washington Road) South to Mt. Washington Auto Road and an eight-mile scenic drive like no other. You will arrive at the highest peak in Northeast America, Mt. Washington.

A scenic tour of these mountains of New England gives visitors a truly beautiful vacation getaway with tons to do outdoors. The whole family will be so glad they came on this RV excursion into Maine and New Hampshire.

Picture credits: The picture of Grafton Notch State park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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The Perfect Time for an RV Trip to Acadia National Park

Picture of an Acadia National Park SignTraveling to Maine is a pleasure in itself, with gorgeous coastal scenery and historical sites to visit. But the best destination in Maine for those who love nature is Acadia National Park. This is a park situated on beautiful islands on the coast, with hundreds of species of birds, a wide variety of wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. This time of year is the very best time to visit, too!

You can explore the rugged coastline and the forests by taking the Park Loop Road. This is twenty-seven miles of incredible scenery and peaceful tranquility. You can then choose a park campground to stay in. There are two which accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Or you can park your RV in Bar Harbor at Hadley’s Point Campground and enjoy the quiet location and convenience of this lovely campground.

Acadia boasts some wonderful museums if you want to get some history education into your vacation. The Islesford Historical Museum is on Little Cranberry Island. This is a spot where you can learn the fascinating story of this island and its people. The Abbe Museum is in the Sieur de Monts Spring area and you won’t want to miss the exhibits there. You also don’t want to miss the main museum in downtown Bar Harbor.

View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

While in the Sieur de Monts Spring area you should stop at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. These gardens are open all year and will enthrall you with the many native species on display. The fact that it is free is an added bonus. Then head for Cadillac Mountain for some outdoor fun. This is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard, rising 1,530 feet above sea level and overlooking Bar Harbor.

More fun awaits you in the park, with ponds and lakes for fishing and more than 120 miles of hiking trails. You will definitely want to get out into the forest. The best hikes are found on some of the carriage roads but you may want to take more strenuous trails. The Cadillac North Ridge Trail is four miles out and back and of moderate difficulty. The Cadillac South Ridge Trail is more strenuous and is 7 miles round trip.

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

If you love to visit lighthouses, you will find Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse offers magnificent views. You’ll discover the short hiking trails close by where you can get some exercise. Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to spend some time while at Acadia National Park. Breathe in that fresh sea air and let your imagination do the rest.

Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Maine

Shore Path in Bar Harbor, Maine

 

Bar Harbor is nearby and is well worth a visit. Spend some time in this quaint Maine town, grab a lobster dinner and relax. Once recovered from your earlier adventures in Acadia, you may take the Bar Harbor Shore Path. This is a short hike where you’ll get some great views of the harbor and island, as well as experience what Maine is all about.

This Acadia adventure gave you everything a vacation can be expected to provide – lovely scenery, a unique nature experience, historic sites and a new look at our lovely land. Come back another time for more!

Picture credits: All pictures are courtesy of Travel New England.
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Summer College Baseball: A Great Way to See New England

By Robert Pirozzi, Travel New England

Picture of a baseball home plate

Picture of a baseball home plate

Every summer college baseball players all over the country head off to play summer ball in wooden bat summer college baseball leagues. For fans of the game, these games are a great way to see guys who will become the stars of tomorrow…

New England is no stranger to summer college baseball. There are no fewer than three leagues that field teams in across New England. The great thing about summer ball is that while taking in some of these games you can also visit some of the best vacation spots in the region!

Start on Cape Cod

Cape Cod, one of the country’s top vacation destinations, is also home to the famous Cape Cod Baseball League. Founded in 1885, the Cape Cod Baseball League has seen the likes of greats such as Nomar Garciaparra, Thurman Munson, Mark Texeira, and Jason Varitek. The league fields 10 teams across the Cape so you are never far from a game, and best of all – you’re on the Cape with great beaches and so much more summer fun…

Take a Side Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

If you have not had enough sun and fun on the Cape, you can always hop the ferry over to “the Vineyard” where you will find more sun and fun and another summer College Baseball team. This time it is the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks who use the Martha’s Vineyard High School field for their home games. The Sharks are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. While on-island be sure to check out the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs – it’s the oldest platform carousel in the United States.

Staying with a Coastal Theme

If you want to keep your vacation close to the coast you are in luck. Both the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) field teams in cities and towns along the coast. Where can you go? How about:

  • Old Orchard Beach, Maine to see the Raging Tide.
  • Newport, Rhode Island to see the Gulls. Be sure to check out Newport’s famous mansions while there.
  • South Kingston in Rhode Island’s beautiful South County to see the Ocean State Waves.
  • Groton, Connecticut to see the Mystic Schooners. While in the area, be sure to check out Mystic Seaport.

Time for Some Mountains

If you have tired of the seacoast how about heading to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. This beautiful region is home to the North Adams Steeplecats and the Pittsfield Suns. While in the Berkshires you may want to take in some of the great theater for which the region is so famous, or visit one of the areas fabulous museums such as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA) in North Adams.

If that is not enough you can head to Montpelier in the foothills of the Green Mountains in Vermont to take in the Vermont Mountaineers. You are in the State Capital of Vermont and a stone throw from all this beautiful region has to offer.

There you have it. By simply following America’s pastime in its simplest and least expensive form – summer college ball – you can take in some of the best vacation spots that New England has to offer.

About the Author

Robert Pirozzi is the Publisher of the website Travel New England. He lives with his wife and son in a suburb west of Boston.

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You Are Not Too Late for a Fall RV Excursion along the Maine Coast

Pack your things, hop on a plane and rent an RV to catch the autumn beauty of the Maine Coast this fall. There is no better way to travel than quietly and leisurely along the back lanes of the state. Move through the Maine woods and enjoy the solitude. All the summer crowds are gone now, and it’s your chance to truly get away from it all. And there should still be some fall foliage left for your viewing pleasure…

One great touring opportunity in your RV is to leave from Kittery and drive up the coast to Portland. Kittery is right between the Piscataqua River and the Atlantic, one of Maine’s oldest settlements. Enjoy the cobblestone streets, a drink at a quaint pub and marvel at the ocean views. Then take off and turn west to the Sebago Lakes Region. The drive is an awesome view of all that makes Maine a perfect vacation destination any time of year.

You will want to visit the state parks to catch glimpses of fall foliage. At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park you will want to capture the yellow displays of the forests around Freeport with your camera, so don’t forget to bring your camera equipment. When you lay out your itinerary, be sure to put this early on the list, as the foliage peaks in mid-October.

In Pownal, you must stop in Bradbury Mountain State Park for more brilliant fall colors. Explore the trails through the forests, hike to the summit and take in the surrounding beauty. A picnic may be in order. If you have your mountain bike you will find a number of shared-use trails to ride.

You may have missed the peak of colors when you stop at Ferry Beach State Park but it is still worth a visit. The beaches are a wonderful place to wander. Beachcomb or simply enjoy the pounding of the surf. Glimpse the wildlife in the protected swamp areas and maybe try digging for clams. The fun never ends along the coast of Maine!

The Mid-Coast region also offers vistas you won’t want to miss. Begin your tour in Brunswick and drive north along the coast. There are historic lighthouses to see, beaches and wonderful lobster dining. Head on up to Acadia National Park, a must-see while you are in this neck of the woods. Drive the 20-mile loop road through the park for spectacular views. The ocean, mountains and woods are inspiring in their beauty.

You can venture to Quoddy Head State Park and find yourself at the eastern-most point of the United States. There are a number of hiking trails in this park and a diverse habitat for many rare plants. Visit the West Quoddy Head Light for a great taste of history.

Go to Camden Hills State Park as one of your last stops on your Maine Coast RV adventure. More fall foliage awaits you. Drive to the top of Mt. Battie. The world is at your feet. And as you head home you will be happy with the wonderful memories of an RV vacation well taken.

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A Primer on New England Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Along the Ellis River in Jackson New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Along the Ellis River in Jackson New Hampshire

By Travel New England

It is that time of year again. The days are getting shorter. The shadows are getting longer. There is a chill to the evening air. We are once again moving into fall in New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT); and with fall comes Mother Nature’s annual show – fall foliage. The hills and valleys, lake shores and riverbanks are about to come alive with vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds as the trees start to get ready for winter.

For those of you who wonder, it is the length of the day that triggers this annual event. Shorter days in late summer and early fall signal deciduous trees to stop producing chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what gives leaves their green color. As the production of chlorophyll decreases and stops the green color fades and other pigments already present in the leaves show.

If you are planning a visit to new England this fall to do a little “leaf peeping” your are probably wondering when is the best time. The date to keep in mind would be Columbus Day Weekend – October 6 through 8 for 2012. Columbus Day Weekend is when the leaves are typically just pre-peak, at peak, or slightly post-peak depending on where you are in New England. As a general rule, the leaves change earlier in Northern New England (ME, NH and VT), and later in Southern New England and along the coast. So on Columbus Day Weekend, Northern New England should be at or just slightly past peak and providing spectacular scenery. Massachusetts should also be at peak, while Connecticut and Rhode Island and Cape Cod should be slightly pre-peak. No matter how you slice it, the colors everywhere should be great.

But where to go to view the fall colors? Almost anywhere will reward you with beautiful color, but there are some places generally recognized as “go to” places for fall foliage viewing. Route 100 in Vermont and the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire are fairly universally believed to provide some of the best fall foliage viewing anywhere on the planet. Suffice it to say that in New Hampshire anywhere in the Lakes Region or the White Mountains and White Mountain National Forest will reward you with great foliage. The same is true of the Green Mountains and Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont.

There are many wonderful places in Maine for great foliage viewing, but you may want to think about a fall visit to Acadia National Park where the fabulous fall colors go all the way down to Maine’s rugged and picturesque rocky coast.

In Massachusetts consider taking a drive along the Mohawk Trail, one of the oldest roads in the United States that runs from Greenfield to Williamstown. You will find plenty of great fall scenery along the way.

Moving into southern New England, the Connecticut State Route 169 Byway is great for fall foliage viewing and in the little State of Rhode Island you may want to consider a drive through the Blackstone River Valley.

These are just a few ideas of where to find great foliage, but the truth of the matter is you will find it pretty much anywhere in New England. Mother Nature does all of the hard work, you just need to grab your camera and hit the road. That great fall scene could be just around the corner…

About the Author
This article was written by Travel New England. You can visit their website for more great fall foliage drives (http://www.travel-new-england.com/new-england-fall-foliage-drives/), and be sure to check out their Fall Foliage Report and Map for the latest foliage conditions.

Picture credits: The picture of fall foliage along the Ellis River in Jackson, New Hampshire is courtesy of Travel New England.

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