Where Will You Go on Your First RV Trip?

For millions of Americans, RV travel is the only way to go. They love the flexibility, convenience and economy of taking their home along on their excursions. If you’re ready to join the trend but aren’t sure which destinations work best, we’ve got good news! No matter whether you’re planning to hike the trails in a national park or spend your days gaming at a Vegas casino, there’s a campground close by. So the real question is…where will you go on your first RV trip? 

RV Camping at National Parks

Need wide, open spaces to occupy your brood, with plenty of choices for outdoor recreation? Our country’s national parks are a treasure waiting to be discovered. It’s easy to find information on campgrounds, special places and ranger-led activities, thanks to NPS.gov. Choose your region, pick a park and then use the park’s Plan Your Visit menu as your guide.

Need some suggestions for your first national park RV camping trip? Here are five to consider:

  1. Yellowstone National Park – hiking, camping, paddling and outstanding wildlife
    Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park

    watching in the wilds of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

  2. Acadia National Park – come to Maine’s rocky Atlantic shore for climbing, hiking, scenic driving, ocean paddling and unforgettable campgrounds.
  3. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Atlanta’s urban waterway, wild and free and filled with special places to hike, paddle and relax. Area campgrounds are abundant!
  4. Olympic National Forest – Washington’s Pacific coast is just the beginning of your camping adventure, thanks to this park’s lakes, rainforests and mountain regions.
  5. Yosemite National Park – The waterfalls! The famous peaks! The wildlife! There’s nowhere in this California High Sierra gem that isn’t extraordinary. Reserve your campsites early, it’s one of the most popular parks in America.

RV Camping in Urban Destinations

Think your first RV camping trip has to be to the great outdoors? Think again! Here are three ways RV camping in America’s cities is a best bet for your first trip.

  • RV Camping to MLB Spring Training: Love to watch baseball and can’t wait for regular season play? In both Florida and Arizona, Major League Baseball teams start warming up in early spring and play dozens of games at excellent local stadiums. Read our guide here to RV Camping to Florida Grapefruit League MLB Spring Training or Arizona Cactus League MLB Spring Training and go watch your favorite teams on your first RV camping trip ever!
  • RV Camping to Casinos: All over America, casinos are catering to RV travelers, so why not combine your first RV trip with a week or a weekend of gaming? Click here for our guide to finding RV-friendly casino accommodations.
  • RV Camping to Music Festivals: One more way to break in to RV travel is by camping at urban music festivals. Whether in a city park or around the town lake, these festivals are custom-made for your first trip. Here’s our guide to RV camping at music festivals.

Motorhome travel fits the budget of every newbie camper, thanks to the availability of RV rentals in most areas. Try on different floor plans and option packages before you purchase your own. You may even decide that renting is the way to go whenever you go by RV.

Use the suggestions to start your own trip dreams brewing and let us know where you go on your first RV camping trip. We’re here to help make it your best vacation ever!

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Plan Now for RV Camping at the Florida Folk Festival

Smart camping fans know that November is the perfect time to start planning for early summer RV camping excursions. The Florida Folk Festival, held Memorial Day Weekend each year at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida, is one place you’ll want to plan to attend in 2015.

Why go? We thought you’d never ask!

Here are five exciting reasons to plan your RV camping trip to the 2015 Florida Folk Festival.

Reason #1: The Music!

The folks who put on this three day festival promise the best the Sunshine State has to offer in a wide range of musical traditions. Come listen, dance and sing along as these artists play in concerts, workshops and jam sessions. They provide the perfect backdrop for a festival that celebrates the cultures that keep Florida fascinating. With hundreds of performances over the weekend, you’re sure to hear just what you came for.

Reason #2: The Folk Culture Experience!

If your RV camping crew enjoys hands-on cultural experiences, this is definitely the place to go. In the finest folk culture tradition, the Florida Folk Festival offers an amazing array of food, craft and artistic workshops, demonstrations and exhibits that showcase the diverse peoples of Florida.

Unplug the kids from their screens and challenge them to learn how to make something with their own hands. Enjoy talented storytellers spinning tales that will entertain everyone in the family. Forget what you thought you knew about Florida and be surprised by the cultural influences that have played a part in the state’s history.

Plan to immerse yourselves in all the Festival has to offer and go home enriched by the experience!

Reason #3: Abundant RV Camping Nearby

One of our favorite reasons to attend this annual festival is the abundance of friendly RV campgrounds close by. Whether you plan to stay right there in White Springs or a little farther out, you’ll love the small town hospitality that’s offered. Here’s a well-written guide to camping close to the Florida Folk Festival (just click the Accommodations link for complete details.) Be sure to make your reservations early!

Reason #4: Plenty to Do Before You Head Home

First time visitors to Florida’s Suwannee River Valley will be thrilled to discover all the area has to offer. Crisscrossed with rivers and natural springs, the Valley offers some of the best tubing, paddling and scuba diving venues in Florida.

Spots like Ginnie Springs on the Santa Fe River, Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White and Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park offer water-loving visitors the chance to explore the blue-green, spring-fed, pristine waters of north Florida.

Like your RV adventures a little less on the wild side? Be sure to visit the Valley’s many antiques stores, battlefields and historic sites in lovely spots like Lake City and High Springs. We’ve also heard rave reviews about the area’s bird and wildlife watching opportunities.

Reason #5: Affordable, Family Friendly Event

At $50 per adult weekend pass (purchase tickets in advance here) and free or reduced fees for the youngsters, the Florida Folk Festival is a real bargain! Combined with the benefits and affordability of RV travel, you won’t find a more budget-friendly way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in north Florida.  Florida Folk Festival

We’ve given you just five of the many reasons to plan an RV camping trip to next year’s Florida Folk Festival. You’ll find your own reasons to return once you’ve attended!

Don’t forget, you don’t have to own an RV to camp near the festival in motorhome luxury. We’re happy to help you reserve the perfect RV for your festival weekend in Florida. White Springs is just two and a half hours north of Orlando, so give us a call when you’re ready to reserve your RV.

Picture credits: The photo of Florida Folk Festival was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.

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Stagecoach Music Festival & Special RV Travel Packages

Picture of a Stagecoach Music Festival SignThe annual Stagecoach Music Festival was first held in Indio, California in 2007. Since then this festival, billed as “California’s Country Music Festival,” has grown to attract some of the biggest names in country music and attracts over 50,000 attendees. This year the festival will be at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, where it has always been held, on April 26 though April 28, 2013. Headliners include: Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, and many more. See the full lineup on the festival website.

Tickets for this very popular music festival are already on sale.

RV Travel Package for the Stagecoach Music Festival!

El Monte RV has partnered with Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, CA to bring you a convenient and fun-filled way to enjoy the Stagecoach Music Festival. We have put together two travel packages for the Stagecoach Music Festival to help you enjoy the festival:

Travel Package for Two

The travel package for two people includes:

  • 4 night El Monte RV Motorhome rental (You may pick up your RV at any of our Southern California locations on Thursday and return on Monday)
  • 2 sets of bedding, towels and dishes
  • 1 cooking set
  • 3 nights Premium RV space at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert
  • 2 Tickets for continental breakfast at the RV resort for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 shuttle passes from/to the resort to the Stage Coach Country Musical Festival.

This package starts at $1,400 plus tax. An additional guest may be for $260* plus tax which will include 1 set of bedding, towels and dishes, breakfast and a shuttle pass.

Southern California locations to pick up your rental for the music festival include:

Deluxe Travel Package for Two

The Deluxe Travel Package gives you a no-hassle way to enjoy – we deliver and pick up the motorhome for you! All you have to do is arrive and have fun!

The deluxe travel package for two people includes:

  • 3 night El Monte RV Motorhome rental (We will deliver and retrieve the RV to/from the resort)
  • 2 sets of bedding, towels and dishes
  • 1 cooking set
  • 3 nights Premium RV space at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert
  • 2 Tickets for continental breakfast at the RV resort for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 shuttle passes from/to the resort to the Stage Coach Country Musical Festival

This package starts at $2,055 plus tax. An additional guest may be for $260* plus tax which will include 1 set of bedding, towels and dishes, breakfast and a shuttle pass.

Please note: These packages do not include tickets to the festival. You will need to purchase these separately.

Don’t wait to take advantage of this great special. Please call 800-337-2153 to speak with one of our reservation specialists!

About the Emerald Desert RV Resort

Emerald Desert RV Resort is a 33-acre gated Resort in Palm Desert, California that puts the “luxury” in luxury RV resort. Amenities include:

  • BBQ courtyards
  • Cable TV service
  • Fully equipped fitness facility
  • Three Jacuzzis
  • Lakes
  • Laundry facilities
  • A spacious clubhouse
  • Lighted tennis courts
  • Two pools
  • Two-hole putting greens
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • . . . and much, much more . . .

Other Things to Do

If you tire of the music festival and want to explore a little, area attractions near to the Emerald Desert RV Resort include:

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RV Camping to the Kerrville Folk Festival

Right in the heart of Texas Hill Country, the Quiet Valley Ranch has been hosting an annual eighteen-day music festival since 1972. The Kerrville Folk Festival, named for the nearby Texas town, features five stages, dozens of musicians and non-stop entertainment each May and June. RV camping music fans love this festival, thanks to the on-site campground where jam sessions are numerous and the atmosphere is family-friendly.

Traveling to the Kerrville Folk Festival
If you’ve never been to West Texas, you’re in for a treat. Tree-studded hills surround wide green meadows, and the Quiet Valley Ranch promises the perfect setting for an extended stay. Kerrville lies two hours west of Austin, the Ranch is fifteen minutes south of Kerrville on TX-16. Coming from the west, take Hwy 285 south from Albuquerque and then I-10 to Kerrville. From there it’s a quick trip on TX-16 to the Ranch.

So that you can mark your travel calendars, the festival is held in late May to mid-June each year. Temperatures are in the eighties and nineties during the day, so dress cool and plan for warm temperatures in this “no generators” camping venue.

What to Expect at the Kerrville Folk Festival
One of the reasons this festival has maintained a loyal following for forty years is the chance amateur musicians have to learn from world-class entertainers. Along with a spectacular line-up of talent the likes of Judy Collins, Marcia Ball and Suzy Bogguss, the “campground sessions” are lively outdoor classrooms for budding musicians.

The evening music performances offer stellar musical experiences, with more than seventy-five performers like Asleep at the Wheel and Del Rey keeping things hopping each year. The sheer volume of musical excellence, dynamic energy and crowd camaraderie at this eighteen day event makes the Kerrville Folk Festival a family favorite that spans generations.

And it isn’t just about the music at “Kerrville”. Canoe trips, yoga classes and a crafts fair might be on the agenda. Children are catered to with special concerts and fun activities throughout the event. Songwriting contest finalists appear on-stage and highly entertaining “song circles” keep things lively. Everywhere you look at the Kerrville Folk Festival, people are having a great time in a relaxed, Hill Country atmosphere.

Where to Get More Information
Ready to roll to the Kerrville Folk Festival in your RV? You’ll need to do some advance planning, as RV campsites are highly coveted. Here’s where to make reservations online to camp at the Kerrville. An RV traveler’s tip: Even if the sites with hook-ups are sold out, you’re welcome to camp in the overflow parking area for the duration of your stay.

For information on tickets, scheduled performers and the Quiet Valley Ranch facility itself, Kerrville-Music.com is your best source for details. The music is playing this May in Kerrville, Texas. You owe it to yourself to be a part of the Kerrville Folk Festival experience.

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RV Camping at Major Music Festivals

Whether you’re rocking out with a smokin’ band or singing along to a country ballad, there’s almost nothing better than seeing great performers at a major music festival. We suggest you raise that experience to the next level by camping in an RV during the festival. We’ve got the score on some of the best events in America, so get ready for great RV camping at major music festivals this year!

Stagecoach Music Festival – Indio, California
Enjoy the Southern California sun while hearing greats like Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn perform each April. The Empire Polo Club in Indio is a beautiful festival venue, and there’s RV camping available at three locations adjacent to the festival.

Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, Tennessee
Whether you’re at one of four festival stages or listening to great sounds in one of the many Beale Street clubs, there’s no better place to party. Bask in the greatness of acts like Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis and Blues Traveler, and then head back to your comfortable RV at Memphis KOA Kampground.

Cornerstone – Bushnell, Illinois
Cornerstone, the premier American Christian music event in Bushnell, Illinois, draws a huge community of RV campers who come back year after year. See bands like Skillet, David Crowder Band and Red, and immerse yourself in seven days of music and RV camping at this five hundred acre rural setting.

FloydFest – Virginia
Bring the entire family for four days and three nights in a gorgeous setting along Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. This down home, laid back festival is a regional favorite and it will soon become one of yours. Make your reservation early for one of the coveted RV camping spaces!

Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, California
Top jazz musicians from around the world gather every September at Monterey Fairgrounds for a weekend of cool jazz and sizzling fun. Veteran Festival goers camp at nearby RV campgrounds like Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

Summerfest – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
More than one million music fans converge on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee for the “World’s Largest Music Festival” each June. This enormous festival is spread over ten stages and eleven days, so make your reservations early at a nearby campground. Wisconsin State Fair Park RV Camp is a short trip away with full-service campsites.

Sasquatch Music Festival – Gorge, Washington
If indie music is your passion and watching dozens of bands at The Gorge on the Columbia River sounds fantastic, head for Washington in your RV this Memorial Day Weekend. There’s onsite RV camping and some of the best scenery in the Pacific Northwest! Not convinced? Past bands have included Coldplay and Jane’s Addiction. Making that reservation yet?

We could write all day and not cover all the great music festivals in America. Check our website often for new festival listings. El Monte RV Rental locations across the country are ready and waiting to help with a rocking RV rental!

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RVing to the CMA Music Festival!

Want to see the country music fans in your crowd go crazy? Offer to take them by RV to the annual CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in June! The Fest is one wild and crazy fanfest filled with concerts, meet ‘n greet opportunities with the stars and a non-stop, four-day photo op. Find out how comfortable traveling to Nashville by RV can be and share the costs with several friends to make the trip very affordable. Here’s the scoop on country music fun at this annual extravaganza.

Where’s All the Action? The Country Music Association hosts this huge, four-day festival at several venues throughout Nashville. Fortunately for festival goers, shuttle buses run between venues, making getting to concerts and other events on time super easy. You’ll get to see famous country acts at LP Field, Riverfront Park, Fan Fair Hall and Sommet Center Plaza during the festival. The lineup in past years has included stars like Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift and Sugarland.

How Much Does it Cost?
To attend the CMA Music Festival, purchase a four-day pass that gives you access to every concert, party and event open to the public. Prices range from $300 to $110, depending on the level of seating at LP Field. By the way, these passes sell out months ahead of time, so start making your plans now if you’d like to attend in June. Here’s the link for ticket information. One more note: to make this trip really affordable, share costs on the RV rental and plan to cook at least part of your meals in your convenient RV kitchen.

Where Should We Camp?
The Tennessee State Fairgrounds is open for first-come, first-served RV camping for $35 per night. If that’s the option you’d like to take, click here for more CMA ticket information, and plan to arrive early!

If you’d rather stay at a campground with more amenities, you’re in luck! There are literally hundreds of RV campsites within a fifteen minute ride from downtown Nashville. Jellystone Camp – Park Nashville is twelve miles north of downtown, and very near the Grand Ole Opry. If you’re traveling with younger country music fans, this is the place for you.

Nashville Country RV Park is another highly-rated campground with fantastic amenities. Free wi-fi, a fitness center and shuttles to area attractions are all waiting at this premium campground.

Another campground possibility is Nashville KOA Campground, near the Cumberland River. The campsite hosts are well-versed in Nashville attractions, and their campsites are very pleasantly well-equipped.

How Do We Rent an RV?
Whether your group decides to RV in from Florida or pick up an RV rental locally at our Nashville RV Rentals location El Monte RV is able to help. Contact us today at 888-337-2214 to reserve a motorhome at any of our nationwide locations.

Heading to Nashville by RV for the CMA Music Festival is an experience you won’t soon forget. Call your friends, make your plans and get ready to have a magical time in Music City!

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How ‘Bout RVing to a Music Festival?

There are some big music festivals still on tap for the summer and fall of 2009. Following is a partial list of some of the larger events.

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 (Newport Jazz Festival) – August 7 – 9

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 will be held August 7 – 9 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. This year’s event features Tony Bennett, the Dave Brubeck Quartet and more. El Monte RV’s rental location that can help you out for this event is our Boston RV Rentals location in Sutton, MA.

Lollapalooza – August 7 – 9

Lollapalooza will be held August 7 – 9 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s event features over 100 bands. If you need an RV rental for the event you can pick one up at El Monte RV’s Chicago RV Rentals location.

Monterey Jazz Festival – September 18 – 20

The Monterey Jazz Festival will be held September 18 – 20 on the Monterey Fairgrounds site in Monterey, California. RV Rentals for this event can be picked up the El Monte RV Santa Cruz RV Rentals location.

Austin City Limits Music Festival – October 2 – 4
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held October 2 – 4 in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. This year’s event features 130 bands on 8 stages.

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The Songs of Summer are Here! Rent an RV and go to The Beach Music Festival

There is Hot Fun in the Summer Time Beach Music Festival this weekend (Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13) in Stuart, VA at Wayside Park. Two big days of beach music featuring Marti Gras with Sammy O’Banion, Billy Scott and the Party Prophets, The Band of Oz, The Embers and more.

Camping is available on site and there are over 200 electric hookups. Sounds like a great way to kick off the summer season. An advanced weekend pass is $35 or $45 at the gate. Single day passes for Friday or Saturday are also available. The ticket price does not include the camping fee ($30 per night) or the parking fee ($5) if you come by car.

While your there, you might also want to visit Mt. Airy, NC – 45 min. away.

Step back to a simpler time when you visit Mount Airy. Actor Andy Griffith grew up here, and it’s no coincidence that a stroll down Mount Airy’s Main Street reminds people of the town of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Dobson and Elkin the Communities of Surry County offers something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy riding down the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking at Pilot Mountain State Park, or canoeing on the Yadkin River. Bluegrass and traditional music lovers can take in a jam session or live radio show every Saturday morning in Downtown Mount Airy. History buffs can delve in to the area’s colorful past at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and by visiting the county’s myriad of historic sites. Taste fine wines and tour the grounds of Old North State Winery located on Main Street in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Mount Airy is also located in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region home to over 24 Wineries.

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