Finding America by RV—The Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Are you up for a five-hundred-mile RV road trip that promises to be the journey you’ll never forget? We’ve got your next itinerary—camping and sightseeing your way along two Great Lakes and two mighty rivers in Pennsylvania and New York. The attractions along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail run the gamut from Niagara Falls to lakeside villages, with charming campgrounds all along the way. Ready to go? Let’s look at the high points.

How Do We Get There?

We’re going to start our journey at the western end of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Pick up PA Route 5 just east of the Ohio/Pennsylvania line and parallel Lake Erie all the way to the New York border. From the town of Ripley, NY, you’ll be following State Route 5 east to Buffalo. The Trail then continues east on a series of NY state highways, north through Niagara Falls and then east once more along the shore of Lake Ontario through Rochester and Oswego.

From there you’ll climb north once again along the lakeshore through Sackets Harbor and Cape Vincent, to the St. Lawrence Seaway, following that mighty river east to the town of Rooseveltown, NY, where our byway ends. An epic journey, indeed, filled with historic importance, stunning scenery and roadside attractions you won’t find along the interstate. 

What Can We Do and Where Can We Camp?

Speaking of attractions, it will be easier for you to follow along if we break up the journey into the five sections detailed on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail official website.

In Pennsylvania, you’ll enjoy views of the Lake Erie shoreline all along your route. Special places you’ll want to visit include Presque Isle State Park near the town of Erie, a three-thousand-acre peninsula with sandy beaches, an 1870s lighthouse and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center inviting you to explore. Beachside camping near the park can be found at Sara’s Campground.

Once you’ve visited Erie’s two additional lighthouses, numerous maritime history sites and historic districts, you can move northeast along Lake Erie to the Chautauqua/Niagara Section of the Trail via Buffalo. Slow down and enjoy the trip on Route 5 through classic harbor towns like Barcelona and Dunkirk, each with a lighthouse waiting to be photographed. Before heading into Buffalo and Niagara Falls, you could camp at Evangola State Park in Brant, with a sand beach and modern campground facilities.

Just across the Niagara River from Canada, Buffalo, NY has been reborn in recent years to offer world-class attractions RV travelers will want to enjoy. From Canalside, a vibrant entertainment district on the water, to the city’s collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, you could spend weeks getting to know this city that serves as the gateway to Niagara. Fishermen will want to pursue their sport in the city’s many waterways, as well, with legendary smallmouth bass, lake trout and musky fishing available on the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Buffalo Harbor.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

As you settle in to enjoy Niagara Falls,   you’re going to find numerous camping options along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Buffalo/Niagara. Here’s a link to Niagara area campgrounds to help you start planning. Even if you’ve seen the Falls before on your RV travels, there’s nothing quite like the power of the three mighty waterfalls that make up what’s known as ‘Niagara’. And there’s plenty of historic interest, too, on both sides of the international border, including Old Fort Niagara just north of the falls on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

Let’s keep traveling! Moving east along Lake Ontario’s shore, you’ll drive through five state parks and beaches, as well as having the chance to tour Thirty Mile Point Light. Three additional lighthouses will be visible as you travel the Lake Ontario West section of the trail, through Rochester and Oswego, NY.

If you’d like to detour just a little south of the Trail to the Finger Lakes near Rochester, you’ll find more than one hundred vineyards and wineries, with ‘Wine Trails’ highlighting most of the lakes, to tempt your palate. Riverfront parkways and Seneca Zoo along the Genesee River in Rochester also offer RV travelers entertainment.

As our byway sweeps north along Lake Ontario to the St. Lawrence Seaway, the dramatic shoreline, numerous lighthouses and historic Sackets Harbor on Black River Bay will once again tempt RV travelers to slow down and savor their surroundings. Be sure to visit the War of 1812 battlefield before leaving Sackets Harbor, and also visit at least one of the area beaches before traveling on to Cape Vincent in New York’s 1000 Islands district.

Whether you linger near Cape Vincent to view the historic sites, to cross the Canadian border to visit Ontario and Thousand Islands National Park, to paddle whitewater rapids or hike or bike your way through quaint harbor villages, you’ll want to need a home base for your RV. Campgrounds are available at Burnham Point, Keewaydin and Grass Point State Park to meet your needs.

This finds us in our final section of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, along the St. Lawrence Seaway. From Cape Vincent to the end of our journey at Rooseveltown, we follow the shoreline of that remarkable collection of canals and locks that enable ocean-going vessels to make the journey from the Atlantic down the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes. On your way to the Trail’s western terminus, be sure to stop at the Eisenhower Locks Visitors’ Center to watch huge ships being raised and lowered in the lock.

We’ve reached the end of our journey and, if you’ve made the commitment to go the distance, you’ll have RV travel stories to tell for years. From the Lake Erie shoreline in Pennsylvania to the northern New York river towns along the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail is waiting to amaze you. Book your New York or Pennsylvania RV rental now and start making campground reservations. It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!

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Fall Camping Spotlight: New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country

RV travel to visit wineries is a delicious way to explore the joys of autumn. One wine region that offers RVers abundant opportunities to taste, camp and sightsee your way through fall is New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country. No matter if you go for a long weekend or a leisurely, two-week trip, you’re going to come home with delectable wines and happy memories to savor through the holidays.

RV Camping to New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country

Finger Lakes NY wine country

Finger Lakes NY wine country

With the fall foliage ready to stun your senses and more than one hundred wineries to please your palate, this is a trip you don’t want to miss. Point your GPS toward Lakes Seneca, Keuka and Cayuga in Upstate NY (about four hours east of Erie, PA on I-90 or four hours north of the Kingston/Scranton area via I-81). That’s where you’ll find the majority of Finger Lakes wineries and some mighty spectacular scenery, year-round.

This lush, hilly region features fertile valleys filled with mile after mile of vineyards, farm stands and fall festivals to tempt RV travelers. Picture a trip filled with flavors—the wines, of course, but also splendid farm-to-table restaurant fare, exotic chocolates, farm-fresh cheeses and boutique brews from local distilleries. Are you getting the picture that you may want to plan an extended trip, just to experience all New York’s Finger Lakes Region has to offer?

But let’s get back to the wines, our focus on this New York RV camping excursion. With so many choices available in wineries, tasting rooms and vintages, you’ll need to narrow things down a bit. One helpful tool for filtering your experience can be found at FingerLakesWineCountry.com.

From Rooster Hill Vineyards in Penn Yan, NY to Chateau Lafayette Reneau near Hector, the tasting rooms and scenic surroundings are waiting to enchant. It’s suggested you choose three to five to visit each day so you’re not overwhelmed, and plan to slow down for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant or with a picnic on the grounds.

What makes these wines worth an RV trip to discover? There’s something here for everyone! Whether your tastes run to Reislings, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, there’s a Finger Lakes Region winery that offers something remarkable. You’ll even find sparkling wines in the region, and the brews offered by local distilleries are waiting to expand your palate, as well.

Let’s not forget about the campgrounds that make your wine tour of Upstate New York so accessible. Many campgrounds surrounding the Finger Lakes are open at least through October to accommodate leaf peepers, wine enthusiasts and fall festival fans. Whether you choose to camp near Watkins Glen, Corning, Ithaca or one of a dozen other memorable Finger Lakes towns, camping there in autumn promises cool, crisp air, gorgeous fall foliage and wineries within a short drive. Here’s a link you might find helpful to locate campgrounds in the Finger Lakes Region.

Admit it, you’re already planning your New York wine country camping trip, aren’t you? And who would blame you—with all that the glorious Finger Lakes region has to offer? We’re here to help, if you’re in need of an RV rental. You can also gather information to help plan your trip by contacting area wineries and campgrounds.

Get a taste of the best of New York with a trip to Finger Lakes Wine Country by RV. It’s a splendid way to spend an autumn weekend and a place you’ll plan to visit again soon.

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Nine State Park Campgrounds to Kickstart RV Camping Season

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

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

Nine State Park Campgrounds for RV Camping

  1. Salt Point State Park – California

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

  1. Pocahontas State Park – Virginia

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

  1. Grayton Beach State Park – Florida

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

  1. Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Colorado

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

  1. Elk Neck State Park – Maryland

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

  1. Mills Norrie State Park – New York

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

  1. Clear Lake State Park – California

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

  1. Shabbona Lake State Park – Illinois

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

  1. Palisade State Park – Utah

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

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

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From Wilkes-Barre, PA to Adventure: Four Summer RV Road Trips

Wilkes-Barre, PA has plenty to offer vacationers, but what if you’d like to leave the city behind? Four RV road trips within easy driving distance from Wilkes-Barre offer a whole summer of vacation fun. Here’s what you need to know to plan your trips.

RV Road Trip #1: Wilkes-Barre to Delaware Beaches

The beaches of southern Delaware offer not only sun, sand and ocean views, they present a wide range of other choices for outdoor recreation, too. Your major highways south from Wilkes-Barre will be I-81 and DE-1, all the way to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware (about a four hour drive.) From there, camp and play in beach towns like Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.

From the vibrant nightlife to quiet paddling trails, there’s something here for every kind of beach-loving RV traveler. Abundant state park and private campgrounds along the shore hold their own attractions, so why not choose more than one and make your way down Delaware’s Atlantic Coast at your leisure?

RV Road Trip #2: Wilkes-Barre to New York’s Finger Lakes Region

Three and a half hours north of Wilkes-Barre, PA, New York’s Finger Lakes Region is an awesome RV road trip destination for families, adventure-seekers and anyone longing to spend time in the great outdoors.

Eleven narrow lakes, spread across nine-thousand square miles, create the backdrop for hiking, boating, fishing, paddling and a dozen other outdoor activities. State parks throughout the region highlight the stunning beauty of waterfalls, gorges and the Finger Lakes themselves.

Favorite spots for road tripping RV travelers include

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park,  Robert H. Treman State Park, Finger Lakes towns like Corning and Seneca Falls and the wineries of the Finger Lakes region.

RV Road Trip #3: Wilkes-Barre to Burlington, Vermont

Tucked between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT is the perfect spot for campers who like a blend of outdoor fun and urban comforts. Burlington’s city-run North Beach Campground can be the center of your Burlington experience, with wooded campsites, a beach on Lake Champlain and easy access to the city’s attractions.

From Wilkes-Barre, PA, it’s about a six hour drive through Albany and then either straight north through Saratoga Springs or with a scenic side trip on US-7 near Green Mountain National Forest.

By either route, you’re driving toward Burlington’s lakeside charm, complete with picturesque municipal dock, a quartet of beaches on Lake Champlain, charter schooner or shoreline cruises and a vibrant city filled with museums, marketplaces and historic sites.

RV Road Trip #4: Wilkes-Barre to Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Drive six hours southwest of Wilkes-Barre through Harrisburg, PA and you’ll find yourself amidst a million acres of rugged forest land in the Allegheny Mountains. Wilderness sports enthusiasts will find prime spots to play there, with dozens of day hiking trails through diverse landscapes, eight designated wilderness areas for extended backpacking and four species of trout to chase in the cold water streams throughout the forest.

Add in the Highland Scenic Highway, climbing opportunities at Seneca Rocks and a half dozen RV camping districts and you’ve got a wild and rugged vacation for as long as you care to stay.

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is the hub of hundreds of possible road trips to beaches, mountains and urban energy. Pick up your RV in nearby Kingston, PA and head down the road to adventure; the possibilities are endless.

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Five Waterfalls to Add to Your RV Travel List

The rush of water down the face of a mountain is a sight worth travelling to see, especially when you’re travelling in motorhome comfort. We’ve done the homework to create a ‘must-see’ list of five waterfalls worth adding to your RV travel list. Let us know in the Comments section which ones you’ve visited.

Long Creek Falls – Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

On your RV trip to northern Georgia, combine a chance to hike the Appalachian Trail with a visit to Long Creek Falls for an unforgettable excursion. A 2-mile round trip trek down the “AT” through the Three Forks Valley will reward you with views of this beautiful waterfall rushing down the rocks more than fifty feet into a tree-lined pool. There’s plenty more to see and do in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, so bring the RV and plan to camp awhile in Georgia.

Falling Spring – Alleghany Highlands, Virginia

This famous falls is just north of Covington, Virginia, in the spectacular Allegheny Highlands area of the Shenandoah Valley. Follow Route 220 to this special place, where high rock ledges frame the eighty-foot falls. It’s the kind of place nature photographers fall in love with, so bring your favorite camera equipment and plan to hike down to the bottom for even more breathtaking views.

Bridal Veil Falls – Provo Canyon, Utah

Follow Hwy 189 north from Provo toward Heber and watch for the pullout for Bridal Veil Falls, one of Utah’s most photographed wonders. Motorhome campers with kids, in particular, love this waterfall because it’s easy to access and there’s a shallow pool at the base where young ones can wade. A two-tiered falls that travels more than six hundred feet to the bottom, Bridal Veil Falls should definitely be on your itinerary if you’re traveling through southern Utah. Tip: It’s a short drive to Wasatch Mountain State Park, where campgrounds with full hook-ups wait to welcome you.

Watkins Glen State Park – Watkins Glen, New York

Follow the steps carved into this rocky gorge in New York’s Finger Lakes Region and you’ll be rewarded with views of nineteen waterfalls! Follow the Gorge Trail over, around and under these falls for exceptional scenery at every turn. The State Park has a convenient campground, so plan to stay awhile and explore additional waterfalls at nearby Finger Lakes state parks.

Wallace Falls – Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar, Washington

Wallace Falls, WA

Wallace Falls, WA

The trails in this Central Cascades state park promise views of no less than nine waterfalls, including the 265-foot wonder that gives the park its name. Old growth forests, clear, rock-lined streams and a wide variety of wildlife make hiking here a delight. Come for the waterfalls and stay to discover outdoor recreation at its best on the shores of two rivers and three backcountry lakes. RV campgrounds in nearby Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest makes it easy to stay!

From Yosemite to Niagara, America has more than its share of magnificent waterfalls. Chase views of at least one of them this RV camping season and let us know what other falls should make our list. Happy trails!

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Plan a Colorful Autumn RV Trip to the Catskills

There is no time like the present to plan an autumn drive through the Catskill Mountains in New York. This is when the foliage is at its peak, during October, and you will have a wonderful opportunity to see some magnificent orange, red and yellow leaves. Route 30 will take you through charming communities and past some great views.

Catskills beyond Hudson

Catskills beyond Hudson

Start your fall journey in an RV from Hancock and begin to explore. You will be driving from close to the border of New York and Pennsylvania to lovely Esperance, New York. Near Hancock you will also find some terrific dining if you wish to eat out, or you can play some golf before you officially start your drive.

After traveling through some quaint hamlets, you will come to the Pepacton Reservoir and finally end up in the small village of Margaretville. In addition to fishing in the reservoir, you can also venture to some of the local lakes, streams and ponds to cast a line and see what trout you can catch.

You may want to turn right onto New York Route 28 to see some other sights. This includes the Delaware and Ulster Railroad in Arkville. The fall foliage season is the perfect time to take this rail ride so you can see the brilliant displays. You may even get to experience an old-time train robbery on your trip. How thrilling would that be?

When you reach Belleayre Mountain you can get in some hiking. This is the best way to see the scenery and get up close and personal to nature’s fall beauty. Although mainly a winter destination for skiing and winter sports, Belleayre is great in the fall too! You can fish here or perhaps get out on the water in a kayak.

More fishing, hiking and golfing await you at Hunter Mountain. And then there is Kaaterskill Falls, a 260-foot cascade in two tiers. Ensure you have your hiking boots ready and take off on the trails which take you to the top of the falls and to the bottom as well.

Back on Route 30 again, you will come to Roxbury. This is the time to visit Roxbury Depot Museum. Get outdoors again and hike the Catskill Scenic Trail. In town there are a number of historic spots to see including the Walter Stratton House. Right in the middle of town is an 11-acre park where you can walk and enjoy the autumn foliage.

As you drive through Schoharie County you will be amazed at the gorgeous colors and sweet fall air. Stop at Mine Kill State Park if you wish to see an incredible sight. A beautiful 80-foot waterfall cascades through a gorge which you can view from a platform overlook. Perhaps you want to try your luck fishing here. There are plenty of trout, bass and walleye in the lower reservoir.

Next stop will be Fulton and the famous Vroman’s Nose. This is an oddly shaped mountain which is ideal for a short hiking excursion. It is only a two-mile trek on a loop trail of moderate difficulty. You will see why the name once you check out the sight from a distance. And once at the top, you’ll understand why the summit has been nicknamed the Dance Floor.

The Old Stone Fort Museum is located in Schoharie and is an important addition to your itinerary. Look for the cannonball hole in the rear of the structure. It came from a fight between Captain Joseph Brant and the British Loyalists. The entire complex offers a taste of history you can get no place else. Check their website before you arrive for hours. They are open in October through the 27th.

One of your last stops will be the Secret Caverns with its amazing underground waterfall. This is 100 feet of tumbling water under the earth, highlighted by the lovely stalactites and stalagmites. Get a guided tour and learn more about this fascinating cavern.

Your fall drive is about to come to an end. It has the final destination of the village of Esperance. Visit the George Landis Arboretum while here and put off your drive home. You can see thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world and can hike eight miles of trails through fields, wetlands and woodlands. What a terrific fall experience this trip has been. You will have to come back next year and take in any sights you missed!

Picture credits: The picture of The Catskills from the Hudson  is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An Autumn RV Trip to Woodstock, New York

An RV trip up through New York State is the ideal way to catch the fall colors. The brilliant reds, golds and oranges elicit all the pleasant memories of fall fun from the time you were a child up to the present. The leaves begin to turn in the middle of September and finish around the end of October. You have plenty of time to plan the perfect getaway.

Looking across the John T. Loughran Bridge into Kingston, NY, USA

Looking across the John T. Loughran Bridge into Kingston, NY, USA

You will see scenic villages and move through countryside bound to take your breath away. Start out in historic Kingston, New York, and discover a wide variety of activities for all ages. The Trolley Museum of New York is a great start for learning some history. The Hudson River Maritime Museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits that are fun to browse. And don’t neglect the Saugerties Lighthouse on Esopus Creek. That is a quick side-trip north of Kingston.

You will then make your way over to Woodstock, New York where fall means some lovely views and a chance for more great activities. The Catskill Mountains are the main attraction, as nature beckons you into its charms. From Woodstock drive to Willow and be sure to visit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary on Van Wagner Road.  The rescued animals here are treated with compassion and care. It is a wonderful place to visit.

Continue on! There is more to see. Next you’ll come to Mount Tremper, which lies within Catskill State Park. From here you can take one of the Fall Foliage trains to get some of the best views of the colors.

Phoenicia, New York is just a hop, skip and a jump away and offers all sorts of unique adventures. Shop for special treats to take home to friends and family or take off on a hike through unspoiled forests. You are right in the heart of the Catskills and now is the time to take advantage of your position. Of course, Phoenicia is an artists’ community, so you are sure to see some wonderful artworks by some of the most creative folks around.

You can discover some wonderful RV camping in Phoenicia at the Phoenicia Black Bear Camp & RV on Bridge Street. Located on Esopus Creek, this is a spot where folks stop and gather for more outdoor fun. If you have brought your pet, no worries! They are pet-friendly. You will be able to fish, watch wildlife and go horseback riding nearby.

In town you will want to see the Empire State Railway Museum. The Phoenicia station has been restored and provides the perfect location for the many changing exhibits. Learning about this area’s history is all part of the experience.

Traveling through New York is always fun, but in autumn it is even more exciting because you can enjoy and marvel at the wonderful colors of the leaves as you celebrate another fall. Be sure to stay as long as you can!

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

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Pure Pleasure with a Montauk Long Island Fall RV Trip

Picture of Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Traveling to Long Island and enjoying all the sights and sounds of beautiful Montauk is a great RV vacation idea for the fall season. Although Montauk is mainly considered a beach resort, you will find a lovely place here to enjoy outdoor recreation and fall colors along the south shore of the island.

Luckily, in the autumn, the summer crowds have all gone home, and you will find some real pleasure in a little solitude. The weather isn’t bad, and the peak foliage lasts until around the first week in November.

Don’t miss the seashore, however, by exclusively searching out the fall colors. There are other autumn adventures. The Picture of Montauk Point Lighthouse is a must-see, with amazing views of the coastline and magnificent Atlantic Ocean. This lighthouse is the fourth oldest in the U.S. Climb the 137 steps to the top to take in the view.

You won’t go swimming this time of year but at the Montauk beaches you CAN learn to surf. People come here year round to ride the waves. Additionally, fishing couldn’t be better than during Montauk’s Fall Run, with a frenzy of striped bass just waiting to be reeled in. Get ready to practice your surf casting and make some trophy catches.

Hiking the Montauk wilderness is bound to get you up close and personal with some wonderful fall colors. There are six state parks where you can explore, enjoy the sea coast, wetlands and foliage. The first park to visit is the Hither Hills State Park. You can take to the trails and bridle paths to marvel at the woodlands. Walk the beach and fish. Endless opportunities await you!

Really have an adventure along the shoreline at Shadmoor State Park. There are thousands of feet of beach to wander. Hike along the bluffs and wetlands and watch the birds. The black cherry trees have turned yellow and red and present a gorgeous backdrop. Of course, if you love playing golf, head over to Montauk Downs State Park for 18 holes. You can also play tennis or have breakfast or lunch in the grill room.

Amsterdam Beach Preserve is a wonderful place to spot rare and endangered species in the tidal and freshwater wetlands. You may catch a glimpse of the Cooper’s hawk or a spotted turtle. Next stop? Camp Hero State Park! This is a historical military installation with a whole system of trails for biking, horseback riding and hiking. If you have a fishing permit, you will find this park has some of the best surf fishing spots around.

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Enjoy Autumn Surprises on an RV Excursion to Lake Minnewaska, NY

For an autumn trip that can’t be beat, take your RV up to Ulster County, New York to visit the dramatic landscapes of this amazing state. The beautiful mountain ridge rises 2,000 feet above sea level and provides panoramic views of the rugged terrain. As well, you will see fall colors stretched out before you like you wouldn’t believe.

Travel north from New York City to New Paltz, NY where you should stop awhile on your journey. You will find that October in New Paltz offers a lot of autumn fun for the whole family. The Reformed Church of New Paltz Annual Apple Festival deserves a full day of attention. Here there are delicious apple recipes such as apple fritters, apple pies and apple butter to sample. If you have kids with you, they can have a great time painting pumpkins.

Various fall celebrations take place in New Paltz which make this time of year the best to visit. You can enjoy the Organic Potato Festival or the Harvest Fest in the Village of Highland. In town at Halloween, you can take part in some of the tours of historic (and reportedly haunted) Huguenot Street and see the Halloween Parade along Main Street.

After a lot of family fun, it will be finally time to move on, and you are going to head directly to Minnewaska State Park Preserve. There is so much to do here, like hiking, biking, picnicking and rock climbing. Outstanding views are a major attraction, particularly in the autumn with the trees sporting their colorful leaves of gold, red, orange and yellow. Words are never adequate to describe the views. Find RV camping in the area where you can settle down in the evening before the next day’s adventures.

This preserve on the Shawangunk Ridge offers some of the best hiking, biking and horseback riding along its miles of carriageways and footpaths. With a total of about 60 miles of trails to experience, you’ll find hiking through the forests here to see the best autumn colors can’t be matched. Taking a day hike to the top of Millbrook Mountain will be an adventure you won’t want to pass up. When you get to the lookout point called the Hawk Watch, you will look off into the distance to see the Catskill Mountains and the sweeping views over the Wallkill Valley.

Besides hunting, picnicking and enjoying the many recreational programs, hiking is one of the most popular activities in this State Park Preserve. You can find hiking maps, a ski touring guide and a climbing pamphlet are available online so you can plan your trip in advance. The Awosting Preserve to the west is annexed by the Minnewaska State Park and trails lead into this section for more wilderness thrills. You can bike the carriageways in the park if you prefer that to walking.

Before you leave the area, be sure to visit the nearby Mohonk Preserve, with more fall colors that spread out before you after a short climb. You can take one of the Fall Foliage Hikes and get an interesting lecture about the forest and surrounding points of interest. Also nearby at Sam’s Point Preserve you will enjoy a wide panorama of beauty in the fall when you climb to the top of Shawangunk Ridge.

An RV trip to Lake Minnewaska is one special fall getaway that inspires and relaxes. It’s a time to contemplate the wonders of nature, enjoy fall’s colors and get some time away from the workaday grind.

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An RV Vacation to New York City? You Bet!

New York City is a great place to visit on an RV vacation. There is so much to see and do in the Big Apple that you will want to allow enough time to take it all in. And it IS possible to find RV campgrounds close to the Picture of the New York City Skylinecity. The Black Bear Campground is only an hour away, and here you can relax and enjoy the many amenities. Travel into the city and spend the day exploring and come “home” to prepare for your next adventure.

Without a doubt, you will need to head right for one of the most famous symbols of freedom in our country – the Statue of Liberty.  Hop on the ferry and approach this incredible statue with a reverent attitude. You can get a ranger-guided tour or take a self-guided tour as you explore the grounds.

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the main station for immigrants coming to America for the opportunity to live free lives. Here you will find the Immigration Museum which sheds light on history in a special way. There were people moving through this building at a rate of 12 thousand individuals daily, and coming from many different countries, including England, Austria, Ireland and many more.

Now may be a good time to go museum-hopping. New York City has a myriad of museums, but there are two you shouldn’t pass up. One, of course, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Be sure to see the Rockefeller Collection with the art of Africa and the Americas. European paintings are on the second floor with art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Museum of Modern Art is another must-see with a visitor guide you should definitely pick up from their website before you arrive. Famous paintings abound!

A visit to New York City would not be complete without a stop at Central Park. Located right in the middle of Manhattan, this park is a famous attraction where you can find a particularly nice leisure moment or two. Wander the wooded paths and pretend you are in the country.

Paying tribute to those fallen at the World Trade Center Site is something that visitors to New York make a point to do. Ground Zero is a spot where you will find a moving memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who died here. Walk around the twin reflecting pools and admire the waterfalls. You will see the names of each person who was killed in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers inscribed in bronze panels, really bringing home this tragedy.

You will need to divide your trip up, and at some point head back to your RV camping ground to rehash your adventures of the day and get ready for the next day’s sightseeing. It is wonderful to be able to relax with familiar things surrounding you in your RV motorhome. The following day there are so many more sights to see. For instance, when you wish to get a taste of a really unusual site to visit, go to the African Burial Ground. This is a National Historic Landmark where 400 African slaves were buried and left forgotten until in 1991 their coffins were discovered about 20 feet underground. All told, perhaps 15,000 Africans were buried here in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Besides visiting the New York Public Library, you may want to check out Bryant Park right behind the library. In the 1980s it was known as Needle Park, but now offers coffee kiosks, a carousel and many great events. You may get here in time for the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Bring wine and cheese and have yourself a picnic.

Love baseball? Well, there is Yankee Stadium that you have to put on your itinerary. You can take an hour-long guided tour and see the dugout, the press box, clubhouse and more. This is a thrill even if you aren’t a sports fan.

Perhaps you have seen all of New York City that you want to on this trip. After all, you could spend a month seeing everything there is to see in this city of over 8 million people. But before you head home, spend an evening at a show at the Radio City Music Hall. You will see the famous acts that you have always hoped to see, but you can also enjoy the newer acts as well, those who may be up and coming stars. Now, satisfied that you have had a taste of just about everything New York has to offer, you can start homeward bound, with plans to return soon again.

The picture of the New York City skyline is by Boularan Cedric. It was submitted to El Monte RV in a photo contest.

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