An Excursion to a Fascinating Island off the Massachusetts Coast

Picture of NantucketWhile on a RV Vacation to Cape Cod you may want to set aside a day for an excursion to the Island of Nantucket. This is a beautiful and historic island off the coast of Massachusetts where you can enjoy a number of activities and much scenic beauty.

You can get there on the Hyannis-Nantucket Ferry. When you reach Nantucket Island you may want to stop right away and have some great beer at the Cisco Brewers. This will ready you for more adventures as you explore this amazing island. A great place to visit is the Egan Maritime Institute where you will find the maritime stories of Nantucket. Shipping artifacts and other collections showcase the seafaring history of the island.

Of course, you may want to take some bike tours of the gorgeous landscapes or history walks, but museums always provide a unique view into your location, and make the trip that much more special. At the Lightship Basket Museum you can wander a garden that contains plants that were more than likely planted there in the 1820s. You can also tour the museum inside.

A favorite of visitors to this historic island is the Whaling Museum. Explore the 1847 restored candle factory and go up to the observation deck on the rooftop and look out over Nantucket Harbor. Commemorated at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum are the many mariners who risked their lives to save shipwrecked souls. Learn about famous shipwrecks and the equipment used to save seafarers who were in trouble.

Many people visit Nantucket just for the beaches. These pristine stretches of sandy shores show a special beauty and most have gentle surf which is perfect for kids to enjoy. All of them have wonderful views of the sound or harbor. On the northern part of the island, Dionis Beach is only three miles from town, and you can ride a bike for a little exercise in reaching your destination. In season there is a lifeguard on duty. Two other popular north shore beaches are 40th Pole and the Brant Point beach. This latter is not a spot for swimming as it has a strong current, but you can visit the Brant Point Light Station.

On the south shore, you will find the beaches that face the Atlantic and have heavier surf. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Surfside Beach with a lifeguard, food service and showers. Kite flying is great here! Cisco Beach is wonderful if you love to surf, but note that rip currents are strong here. Not the best beach for families with kids. Close by is Hummock Pond. This is a perfect place for some kayaking if the winds aren’t too strong.

Take your time and explore, explore, explore. There is a lot to see and do on Nantucket and you won’t want to miss a thing before taking the ferry back to the mainland.

Picture credits: The picture of Nantucket is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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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…

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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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An Historic RV Trip to Boston

For those who love the historical stories of earlier days and how this country was founded, an RV trip to Boston is just the thing. Even for those who haven’t spent a lot of time looking into U.S. history, this trip is well worth your time. You can find an excellent RV resort south of Boston in Foxboro, MA. At Normandy Farms Camping Resort you can establish your home base while you set your own schedule to explore Boston.

When you first hit the city, the best way to get a taste of all the things to see and do here is to take a Boston Duck Tour. You board an amphibious landing vehicle, just like those used in World War II, and get a narrated tour of the places that make Boston famous. Choose between 60 and 80-minute tours, depending on how much you’d like to see.

All visitors must put the Freedom Trail on their itinerary. This is the richest in history, showcasing the American Revolution and the brave people who shaped our world. The first stop is usually Boston Common, where British troops camped. You will see other historic sites such as the State House, Park Street Church and the Granary Burying Ground, the third oldest in Boston. Because of the expense, families would bury about twenty bodies to each grave. This is where Paul Revere is buried and you can visit and pay your respects.

Part of your Freedom Trail walk will include King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. Here is where many colonists found their final resting place. One of the oldest structures in Boston is also on your tour – the Old Corner Book Store.

A fascinating place to see is the site of the Boston Massacre, the spot where five colonists were killed by British regulars. Don’t miss Faneuil Hall as you move on down this historic route.

Paul Revere’s ride takes on new meaning when you visit the Paul Revere House. You will also see a bell, mortar and bolt all made by Paul Revere & Sons. Carry on then to the Bunker Hill Monument. This site was where the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought and those famous words were shouted, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”

Once you finish seeing all there is to see in Boston, you can drive northwest to Lexington to the Minuteman National Historic Park. While in the area, it would be a shame to miss this incredible spot on a Boston vacation. Here was the opening battle of the Revolution, and you can experience an exciting reenactment by checking ahead for dates and times. While in the park, be sure to see the Old North Bridge. This is another famous place – the site of “the shot heard round the world.”

You can head on home now as you’ve seen the best sampling of historic places in and around Boston. There are more, but you can always come back again and enjoy another fabulous RV getaway.

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Vacation Idea – Help Fenway Park Celebrate its 100th Birthday

By Travel New England

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

On April 16, 1912 the front page of the Boston Daily Globe read “Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die”. Five days later on April 21, 1912 the Globe ran an article on the April 20 opening and first major league baseball game at the new home of the Boston Red SoxFenway Park. Both events celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. Both happened before almost all of the major historical events of the 20th century.

On opening day April 20, 1912 the home town team defeated the New York Highlanders, now the New York Yankees, 7 to 6 in 11 innings, starting the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. It should be noted, however, that while this was the first major league game in Fenway, the first baseball game actually happened on April 9 when the Sox played and defeated the baseball team of Harvard University 2 to 0.

Here’s a great vacation idea, how about planning an adventure to help the Nation’s oldest major league ballpark celebrate its 100th birthday? Opening day for 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park is April 13 when the Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Major activities planned by the ball club to celebrate Fenway’s 100th include:

  • April 19, 2012: Free Fenway Park Open House – This is a free event for fans to come see Fenway Park, enjoy historical artifacts, photographs and banners, and meet Red Sox legends.
  • April 20, 2012: 100th Birthday of Fenway Park – You guessed it. Just as they did 100 years ago, the Red Sox will play the Yankees. The game will start as it did in 1912 at 3:05 PM. There will be a pre-game ceremony celebrating the Sox and their venerable ballpark.
  • May 2, 2012: Throwback Day against the Oakland Athletics – The two teams will wear throwback uniforms from 1936.

Can’t make these events? Fret not. There will be 81 games played in Fenway this year, and, as always, tours of Fenway Park are available every day.

So head to Boston this spring or summer to celebrate a little bit of baseball history.

About the Author

This guest post was written by Travel New England. Travel New England is a great source for New England vacation ideas. If your travel plans do bring you east to help Fenway Park celebrate its birthday you may want to check out their Massachusetts vacation pages to find other things to do while there.

Photo credits: The picture of Fenway Park is by Jared Vincent from Wikimedia Commons. It is is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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Scenic Train Rides for New England Fall Foliage

One of the joys of RV travel is that you get to see a lot of the great outdoors – well, at least everyone but the driver, who is hopefully keeping their eyes on the road. So if you would like to get out from behind the wheel and let someone else do the driving, how about a scenic train ride.

Scenic trains are a wonderful way to see fall foliage in New England. Following is a list of the scenic train rides in New England:

Any of these would provide a fun and relaxing way to take in fall foliage in a very diverse set of environments. So get out from behind the wheel and let someone else drive…

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Ten Ways to Spend a Week RV Camping Near Boston

Boston, Massachusetts is another place our RV rental customers love to visit. Surrounded by the beauty of Cape Cod, the rivers of Western Massachusetts and hundreds of sites with historic interest, Boston is an exciting place to spend at least a week RV camping. Pick up your Boston RV rental and then hit the road! By the way, if you’re planning to stay at least one night, Kings’ Campground on pristine Lake Manchaug promises a delightful stay.

  1. The Deerfield River, two hours west of Boston, offers adventurous RVers the perfect whitewater rafting venue. Whether you’re looking for Class IV rapids or a milder, family-style float trip, the three dammed areas of the Deerfield promise beautiful scenery and plenty of rafting fun. VisitMassachusetts.com has helpful information on whitewater rafting outfitters.
  2. Hoping for a place that includes history, scenic beauty and enough variety to keep the whole RV camping crew busy? Essex National Heritage Area is a five hundred square mile area in Northeast Massachusetts that encompasses historic sites like Balch House, oldest standing house in North America, beautiful beaches like Crane Beach in Ipswich and hundreds of miles of trails such as the Bay Circuit Trail.
  3. Minute Man National Historical Park – Step back into Revolutionary War history by exploring the park celebrating the skirmish that started it all. Bike along five-mile Battle Road Trail and visit spots that played a big role in the early Revolution, like Hartwell Tavern and Concord’s North Bridge.
  4. Looking forward to magnificent views of the Connecticut River and the Berkshires? Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in Northwestern Massachusetts has the vistas you’re hoping to find. Set up camp at White Birch Campground, just down the road in Whately, MA, and then hit the trails with camera in hand!
  5. The shark and ray touch tank are just one reason to visit the New England Aquarium on Boston’s Central Wharf. Take a catamaran whale watching tour or simply lose yourself in the beauty of this first-class aquarium’s well-planned exhibits.
  6. Old Sturbridge Village, a quick hour west of Boston, is a living history exhibit that lets your family explore 18th and 19th century New England life. Quinebaug Cove Campground on Brimfield Reservoir is minutes away from Old Sturbridge Village, and also gives RV campers the chance to fish, swim and hike a picturesque Massachusetts lake.
  7. Another fascinating peek into America’s early white settlement can be had at Plimouth Plantation, an hour from Boston. Park your RV in the spacious RV parking area and tour the fabulous Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that first brought Pilgrims here in 1620. RV travelers also report that the 17th century village and the rare animal farm keep them coming back.
  8. Just up the coast from Boston in the Northshore area, the seaside village of Salisbury, MA features sandy beaches, outdoor recreation on the Merrimack River and lots of vintage appeal. Black Bear Campground in Salisbury is close to dozens of regional attractions.
  9. Scusset Beach State Reservation makes a wonderful stop of your Boston RV camping trip! Camp at the RV campground on-site and then walk or bike along the Cape Cod Canal. Be sure to bring a camera, the sunrise is spectacular! See here for additional beaches on Cape Cod.
  10. Wells State Park offers Boston RV camping fans the chance to stretch out among the trees in a beautiful campground. Campers have access to a nice swimming beach on Walker Pond, where you can also canoe and fish. And don’t miss the view from Carpenter Rocks!
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A New England RV Vacation – It’s Not that Big, Move Around a Bit

For those of you not from New England, the first thing you need to realize is that the region is not very big. You can reasonably drive from one end of New England to another in less than a day. For example, a drive from Greenwich, CT to Bar Harbor, ME is slightly over 8 hours. From Providence, RI to Burlington, VT is slightly over 4 and half hours.

So when planning a New England RV vacation you might want to think about visiting many different places, especially if you are going to be there a while. It is not at all unreasonable to start your vacation visiting the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and ending it up at Acadia National Park in Maine. As a matter of fact, that would make an excellent New England RV vacation.

Start your vacation at the Cape Cod National Seashore. While the National Sea Shore does not have camping right on the property, there are numerous Cape Cod campgrounds for you to choose from while visiting the Cape. Make sure to visit some of the Cape’s 14 lighthouses while there, including Nauset Light which is located in the National Seashore.

From Cape Cod head north and take in the Lakes Region in New Hampshire and then on up to the White Mountain National Forest. There are numerous New Hampshire campgrounds along the way to accommodate you while passing through these gorgeous regions of New Hampshire. The lakes region gives you endless opportunities for water sports, while the White Mountain National Forest introduces you to some tremendous mountain scenery. You may also want to visit White Mountain State Park perched on the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak – Mount Washington.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

From New Hampshire head east into Maine to take in Acadia National Park, the northeast’s only National Park and the first National Park east of the Mississippi. Campgrounds exist in the park and near the park for your stay.

Along the way you will drive approximately 500 miles (without side trips), and you will have gone from sandy beach, marshes, and ponds to beautiful lakes, to breath taking mountain scenery, to Maine’s fabled rocky coast. You will probably want to take two weeks to do each region justice, but it can be done in less time.

This is but one example of the great RV vacation you can put together in New England visiting numerous locations. So get out a map, pick a bunch of destinations, and get going. You really will not have to drive that much…

This article was kindly provided to us by Travel New England.

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Massachusetts Fall Foliage Resources

Picture of Fall Foliage in Southborough, MA

Fall Foliage in Southborough, MA

Heading into the weekend of October 16 finds Northern New England with peak or moving past peak foliage conditions. The exception to that would be coastal Maine and southeastern New Hampshire. Central Vermont is moving past peak.

With that, the focus will turn south. Massachusetts should be an excellent leaf viewing destination this weekend with conditions starting to peak. We thought we would share some Massachusetts fall foliage resources with you to help you plan a weekend excursion:

Some great towns to visit for fall foliage viewing would include Amherst, Shelburne Falls, and Williamstown, all three of which were ranked among the Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England by Yankee Magazine (October, 2010).

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Innovative Ways to Help Today’s Wired Generation Reconnect with Nature

One campground offers children a chance to build “bat houses” this summer, while another offers visits by “The Bug Lady”

Others offer river rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as nature walks, and opportunities to pick organically grown fruits and vegetables

One park outside of New York City even has its own wolf preserve, where you can hear the call of the wild as you sleep

Richard Louv made national headlines a few years ago when he published Last Child in the Woods, an award winning book that documented an alarming disconnect between today’s wired generation and nature.

But if you feel it’s a challenge to separate your children from their cell phones, iPods, and computer or video games, take heart. “Many of America’s privately owned and operated campgrounds are developing new activities for children of all ages to help them reconnect with nature,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. The Larkspur, Colo.-based trade association, in fact, is encouraging its 3,500-plus affiliated campgrounds and RV parks and resorts to increase their offerings of nature-oriented programs for children and families.

Here is sampling of privately owned parks across the country that are offering interesting and unique activities, both on their own initiative and with encouragement of the national association, to help their guests reconnect with nature:

Artic RV Park in Cosmopolis, Wash.: This park, located near Olympic National Park, offers crawdad fishing in a river that flows next to the park. “I keep spare bait for crawdads, string and weights for children to use for ‘long lining’ in the river,” said park owner Roy Pearmain. “I also teach children how to pick up the crawdads and how to sex the crawdads so they can throw back the girls.” Pearmain, who has a degree in biology, also takes his park guests on nature walks and talks about the medicinal uses of plants and trees that are native to the area.

Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia, N.J.: This campground is the home of the Lakota Wolf Preserve, which provides educational talks on wolves, bobcats and foxes twice daily. “We also provide lake swimming, rather than a pool maintained with chemicals. Our lake was built so that we have the ability to control the flow of water into it, thereby maintaining a continuous flow of fresh water,” said park owner Jean Taylor, adding, “Most of our weekend activities are designed to promote environmental awareness and preservation. Our newest activity this year is a ‘lett-us-be-green’ weekend, in which we will be introducing green smoothies made with various green vegetables and healthy fruits. We try to incorporate the need to eating healthy with the need for a healthy environment using informative, nature-based activities centering around simple ways people can ‘go green’ at home and the effect it can have in preserving the planet. Children will go home with a green plant to care for at home.”

Castaways RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, Md.: This park is the closest to Ocean City, Maryland’s most popular beach resort. “We are situated overlooking Assateague Island, where the wild ponies run. You can see them feeding daily from across the bay,” said Kathleen Morris, the park’s general manager. “We have kayak and jet ski rentals on the site as well as fishing skiffs. We also have numerous fishing and crabbing piers as well as clamming sandbars within wading distance.” Morris added, “We encourage the kids in the park to participate in our recreation activities as opposed to being couch potatoes.”

Herkimer KOA in Herkimer, N.Y.: This park is doing several things to try to encourage its guests to develop a closer connection to our natural environment, while also taking better care of themselves. The park recently installed the nation’s first “off grid” solar powered park model rental cabin, which includes bamboo flooring, LED lighting, recycled axels and tires, recycled lumber composite decking, on-demand water heating, energy efficient heating and air-conditioning.

“Our guests will not only have an opportunity for a great camping experience, but the dwelling itself becomes an educational tool,” said Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat, the park’s owner, adding, “It’s going to increase awareness of environmental issues not only in New York state, but across the country. My hope is that our guests not only come to enjoy the weekend, but come away inspired to live a greener lifestyle.” Toward that end, a rainwater collection system is also being set up to capture rainwater that falls on the solar-power park model so that it can be used to irrigate an organic vegetable and herb garden. Dr. Shevat plans to encourage her guests to pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and use them in their cooking while they stay at the park.

Lake George RV Park in Lake George, N.Y.: This park has a nature awareness program that includes educational materials and designated nature areas where campers can learn about the wildlife that inhabits the park. The park also has live animal shows with wildlife experts.

Lazy River at Granville in Granville, Ohio: This park has many outdoor activities, including a 300-foot-long zipline, which is popular with people of all ages. But one of the park’s newest nature-oriented attractions is a teacher they affectionately call “The Bug Lady.” “She’s like a pied piper,” said park owner Mark Kasper. She comes to the park several times during the summer, equipped with a suitcase full of insects. Kasper remembers one day when a group of teenagers arrived at his park and scattered shortly after checking in. He worried that they were going to get into mischief. “I later found them sitting in rapture,” he said, “just listening to what this lady had to say.” In addition to talking about the insects she carries in her case, “The Bug Lady” also takes children on tours through the campground looking for bugs. The park also recently opened a mile-long walking path to encourage its guests to get out of their RVs and enjoy a walk in the woods.

Normandy Farms Campground in Foxboro, Mass.: This park has a 2-mile nature trail, complete with interpretive nature signs that the park incorporates into its regular activity schedule. The park also offers geocaching to encourage kids to get outside and search for caches. “We also have fishing derbies to entice kids to enjoy simple activities, such as fishing in our pond,” said park spokeswoman Kristine Daniels.

Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley, Calif.: This High Sierra resort offers nature oriented events throughout spring, summer and fall, including a medicinal plants hike on July 4th, a photography workshop on July 25th, a fly-fishing workshop Aug. 7th and 8th, a watercolor retreat Sept. 20th to 24th and a fall colors hike on Oct. 8th.

The Great Outdoors RV Nature and Golf Resort in Titusville, Fla.: This RV resort is one of the largest in the country, with 1,534 sites for towable and motorized RVs as well as park models and custom-built resort homes. But the park also has 3,000 acres of land that are home to native egrets, deer and quail. The Great Outdoors puts a heavy focus on nature, providing habitat areas for numerous land animals and birds, including the colorful “painted bunting,” a rare and stunningly beautiful red, blue and green bird whose habitat has been destroyed in many areas of Florida. The Great Outdoors not only preserves habitat for the painted bunting and other species, but recently opened a 2,795 square foot nature center, which provides a wildlife museum, nature programs and hikes.

Other park operators offer much more traditional but very satisfying nature-based activities. Consider Riley and Vicky Turner, who own a small campground in the Manistee National Forest in central Michigan. Their park, R & J Resort Campground, has 25 campsites, six cabins and three cottages, and is surrounded by pines, poplars, maples and oaks. It’s also close to the Manistee River, a prime spot for fishing and kayaking or canoeing. “My favorite kayak or canoe trip is to go from Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge,” Vicky Turner explains. “You’ll see eagles in flight, albino deer, turkeys and other different animals coming to the river to get a drink.” The trip takes about three to four hours by canoe. “When the kids come,” Turner said, “I take them to see some of our sassafras trees. It’s my favorite tree because you can chew on the leaf and it tastes like root beer!”

This was kindly provided to us by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds where you can find more help locating unique campgrounds in your area or for additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends.

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RV Camping to the Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Light, Near Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Light, Near Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

If you don’t plan another RV camping trip this year, treat yourself to the splendor of the Cape Cod National Seashore. More than 40,000 acres of shoreline, inland attractions and historic sites are encompassed in this ecologically diverse marvel. Find out for yourself why the National Park Service has preserved the windswept beauty of Cape Cod for the past fifty years. Once you do, you’ll yearn to return to Cape Cod!

Just in case you’re geographically challenged, the Cape Cod National Seashore is located along Massachusetts’ Atlantic Coast. Roughly two hours’ drive from Boston to the farthest point out on the Cape, traveling to the National Seashore by RV is easy.

Once you’ve arrived on the Cape, your next move should be to visit one of the NPS Visitor Centers. The largest is Salt Pond, a well-planned center with enough information available to plan your entire visit to Cape Cod. You’ll also find useful information, as well as stunning views of dunes, beaches and an historic lifesaving station, at Province Lands Visitor Center.

With information in hand, you may then choose to hike or bike one of the many scenic trails within the National Seashore boundaries. Winding through swamp, forest and seashore, these trails will give you a taste of the diverse ecosystems thriving within this National Seashore.

And don’t forget the beaches! The Atlantic Ocean can be a unique experience for travelers used to sunny California beaches. Experience both rugged and easily accessible beaches, and be sure to listen to local legends of shipwrecks, ghostly visitors and epic storms.

We’ve only touched on a few of the abundant outdoor activities to experience on your RV camping sojourn at Cape Cod National Seashore. Bird watching, wildlife photography, and whale watching excursions are all readily available at this popular tourist destination.

You’ll also be thrilled by the picturesque seaside villages and the fascinating history of the Cape. Take time for a festive seaside clambake offered by area concessionaires or treat yourself to dozens of other local seafood specialties. With the money you’ve saved by RV camping, you can visit famous area restaurants such as Bishop’s Terrace in West Harwich, MA and The Daniel Webster Inn in Sandwich.

It’s time, though, that we talked about where to set up camp while you’re there. Although RV camping isn’t allowed within National Park Service boundaries, there are abundant RV camping venues throughout the region. Here’s a comprehensive listing of Cape Cod RV campgrounds. We’d like to highlight Dune’s Edge Campground, within walking distance of all the Provincetown attractions, as well as Sweetwater Forest Campground on Snow’s Pond.

Start planning your RV camping trip to Cape Cod National Seashore now, so you can reserve the campsites you desire. This is one vacation that, with a little planning, can be even better than you imagined!

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