NASCAR RV Vacation in August: Don’t Miss the Action!

NASCAR begins August with a whirlwind of dirt as the Gander Outdoors Truck Series runs at the Eldora Speedway at Rossburg in rural Ohio August 1st; quickly followed by the Zippo 200 race on August 3rd at the Glen and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, Go Bowling at the Glen on August 4th, both at Watkins Glen.

August 10th and 11th will find most NASCAR racers in Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway. The Gander Outdoors Truck series and Monster Energy will run in Michigan while NASCAR Xfinity Series Racers will go to the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Troy Township, near Lexington.

August 16-18th finds the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. And for a great Labor Day weekend don’t miss Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 to wrap up the month from August 31st to September 2nd.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Here are the track details for each weekend:

July 31st – August 1stEldora Speedway: The action starts on July 31st with Super DIRTcar Big Blocks plus NASCAR practice and qualifying races. August 1st brings NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series plus the Big Block Invitational. Eldora offers plenty of camping space for race fans wishing to spend the weekend at the Speedway. Camping lot availability and pricing varies by event. Check their website.

August 3-4thWatkins Glen International Raceway:
Travel to see the Watkins Glen 355 at the “Glen,” a road course race at the Watkins Glen International Raceway. Don’t miss the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zippo 200 race on August 3rd followed by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race, “Go Bowling at the Glen” on August 4th. Check their website for camping availability and a full schedule of events.

August 9th-11th Michigan International Speedway: The weekend opens with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, featuring NASCAR’s top drivers setting up their cars for Sunday’s race. Saturday, the Corrigan Oil 200 features the hard-charging drivers of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series as they battle for the chance to go to victory lane in this race. The Truck Series drivers put on a great show in this 100-lap event. The race is exciting and the finishes are always close. Stick around after the race for the free post-race concert! Sunday, August 11th features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars who always end the Michigan Speedway season with an exciting finale, featuring many lead changes and exciting finishes!

August 9th-10thMid-Ohio Sportscar Course: NASCAR Xfinity Series Racers will go to Lexington, OH for the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on August 9th-10th for an exhilarating experience at the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Mid-Ohio. Go to the fan guide on their website for full information about camping at this beautiful locale.

August 15th-18th Bristol Motor Speedway: From August 15th to the 18th, NASCAR action fills Bristol with non-stop action. The highlight of the weekend is the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on August 17th, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. But before and after that, consider this normally quiet spot in Tennessee for a great getaway weekend. See their website for all the details, camping options, and schedules.

August 31st – September 2nd, Darlington Raceway hosts the NASCAR Xfinity Series Help a Hero 200 event, followed by the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Don’t miss all the action in South Carolina as such notables as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and others race to the finish line! Check out Darlington Raceway Camping Options and be sure to reserve your spot early as these spaces will sell out fast.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV from one of our El Monte RV rentals locations to get to any of these tracks. Find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates for the location nearest your RV NASCAR adventure.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go. No matter where you start your RV Vacation, you are sure to enjoy the roar of the engines and cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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RV Vacation – Summertime Music and Other Festivals

Part of your summer vacation plans should include getting on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting and entertaining music and other festivals and fairs! August is packed with lots of exciting events all around the country.

Several are featured here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

From Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival to the Oregon Jamboree on the weekend of August 1-4th, there are lots of options on the first weekend in August.  

The weekend of the 1st to 4th of August will find Grant Park in Chicago filled with fans of alternative rock and hip-hop bands like The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, 21 Pilots, and Childish Gambino among a host of other high-profile musical celebrities. Ariana Grande will perform on Sunday August 4th and there is an aftershow (should be called a pre-show) at the Metro on Clark Street on July 31st to kick off this weekend, featuring Hozier. For all the details and the full lineup please see Lollapalooza Music Festival.

The Oregon Jamboree, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival, occurs on the same weekend – from the 1st to 4th of August in Sweet Home, OR. It features the Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young, among many other featured country stars. Check out their website for all the details and for ticket sales.

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair is held in Lafayette, NJ and is held from August 2nd to 11th. Then the Illinois State Fair starts in Springfield on August 8th and runs through the 18th. This year the fair will feature such grandstand acts as Pentatonix, Snoop Dogg and Friends, Montgomery Gentry, and Neil Diamond as well as Shinedown, Reba McEntire and many other stars. Check their respective websites for all the details and ticket information.

If you happen to be on the East Coast, take in the Moonrise Music Festival in Baltimore from August 10th-11th. This unique festival is held on the Pimlico Race Course (yes of Triple Crown fame), and is right in the middle of the action, but about 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and they even have shuttle service so you won’t have to hassle with traffic. For the full lineup of talent and the various other events around the main event, see the website at Moonrise Music Festival.

This is the high season for State Fairs, as the Kentucky State Fair begins in Louisville on August 15th and runs through the 25th. Besides the usual State Fair fare, there will also be a Texas Roadhouse Concert series which occurs each day of the Fair. Concerts each begin at 8 pm, except the Sunday, August 25th show which starts at 4 pm. For all the details and the exceptional lineup of top-shelf entertainment, see their website.

If you are near Watkins Glen, NY the Woodstock Music Festival runs from August 16th to 18th. This is the place to be for the most eclectic bill of music from hip-hop and rock to some pop and even some of the legacy bands from the original festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 celebration and will be headed by founder Michael Lang. The Woodstock 50 lineup is a star-studded one. Among the artists/bands scheduled for the festival are: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Nahko and Medicine for the People, Imagine Dragons, Judah and the Lion, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Pussy Riot, and many more. Among the original Woodstock acts appearing are Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna. Check out their website for all the information you will need about the tickets and camping there this August.

If you happen to be on the West Coast, take in the Psycho Music Festival that same weekend at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas (August 16th-18th). Featuring more than 70 artists from around the world, this mid-August mirage in the desert will be packed full of music and fun. See their website for the details.

Wrapping up the month are three more State Fairs, both from August 22nd to September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fair in Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; the third is the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo from August 23rd to September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure to, be sure to take your family and camera so you can capture the memories of this exciting summer fun.

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RV Vacation – Music Festivals in June – So Much Summertime Fun!

What fun to get out and travel in your RV or ours to attend one of these super cool music festivals coming up in June! Whether you are on the west coast or east, New England or the South, there are plenty of options out there. Just a few that you may be interested in are highlighted for you here.

The first takes place in Nashville from the 6th to the 9th of June and is the Country Music Association Fest or CMA Fest.  This is the place to be for Country music all-stars. Included in this star-studded lineup are Eric Church on Friday June 7th, along with such notables as Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Maren Morris, and a host of other top-billed country singers. Held in the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the CMA Fest will open each night with the national anthem, sung by Nashville School of the Arts (Thursday), Lindsay Ell (Friday), Runaway June (Saturday) and Jimmie Allen (Sunday). Check their website for more artists and schedule information at CMA Fest.

Our Louisville, KY El Monte RV Rental location is less than 3 hours drive from Nashville. Please check to see about available RV’s as this festival is coming up very soon.

If you are a Jimmy Buffet fan, don’t miss his appearance in Dallas on June 6th. You can join Jimmy and a bunch of Parrot head fans in this “Margaritaville State of Mind” concert. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s 2019 Son of a Son of a Sailor High Tide Tour is officially underway, so your favorite live performers are back on the road. Before the Dos Equis Pavilion location, there will be a June 4th appearance at Bok Center in Tulsa, OK and one on June 6th at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. Check out these tour dates and if you need to rent an RV, see our El Monte RV, Where you can rent RVs page.

Country Music

Country Jam Music Festival

Jumping ahead to the following weekend, there is a Country Jam Music Festival from June 13th to the 16th in Mack, Colorado. Country Jam is a four-day country music festival featuring the biggest names in country music on multiple stages, surrounded by Colorado’s awe-inspiring red rock landscape.

Then, there is the famed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival those same dates in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo has so many top performers it is almost impossible to imagine all of them in one place from June 13-16th. From Childish Gambino to Kacey Musgraves and Post Malone to the Lumineers, this is one amazing collection of talent. Check here for this year’s incredible Bonnaroo Musician lineup.

But that is not all!

The Mountain Jam Music Festival will be taking place this year in the site of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, in Bethel, New York, organizers just announced. The 2019 Mountain Jam won’t take place at Hunter Mountain in Upstate New York. Instead, this year’s event will take place over four days on three stages at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, more than 70 miles away, on June 13-16. See the full lineup of artists at this Mountain Jam link.

And, you won’t want to miss the Clearwater Music Festival for the weekend of June 15-16th in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, also referred to as The Clearwater Festival, founded by Pete Seeger, just announced some additional artists set to perform on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, New York. Mavis Staples, The Lone Bellow, Immortal Technique are added to the Clearwater festival line-up for 2019. The Clearwater Festival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June.

With so many choices, you may want to decide based on proximity to where you are or where you want to start your summer vacation. Of course for any of these locations, we have RV rentals available to travel in high-style and comfort. Just check our El Monte RV Where to rent RVs page for all our locations and availability of RVs. Travel well and in first-class comfort to whichever music festivals you choose.

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RV Camping to the Panorama Music Festival

When you’re ready for a Coachella–like music festival but find yourself on the East Coast, take your RV and head for New York! You’ll find the third year of the Panorama Music Festival July 27 – 29 at Randall’s Island Park.

Consider taking a week-long trip centered on this weekend to really enjoy some of the sights in addition to the sounds of New York City.

Panorama Music Festival

Panorama Music Festival

Aside from great lineups each year, this event also includes unique art installations and amazing local New York food selections to delight the foodie in you. This might be THE music festival for you.

Major headliners for the 2018 3 day concert lineup include: Janet Jackson, The Killers, and The Weeknd. Other notable acts include Migos, Cardi B, SZA, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The xx, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gucci Mane, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie, Daniel Caesar, Dua Lipa, Jay Som, Jhené Aiko, Floating Points, Japanese Breakfast, Downtown Boys, and more. See more details of the schedule and lineups here: Panorama (New York, NY). For more information about travel and other details on getting there, click here.

ABOUT RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK:

Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held.  The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby to scope out before you embark on your trip to New York.

1) Liberty Harbor RV: Located in Jersey City, NJ, this park is billed as the closest RV Park to New York City. It is 15 minutes from the city, just across the East River and is open year round, offering specials for stays of 6 days or longer, Wi-Fi, 50 sites with water and electric, and more. It is located close to the PATH train, Ferries and Light Rail, and is right next to the Liberty Harbor Marina.

2) Camp Gateway – Brooklyn, NY is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Amidst the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

Camp Gateway –Brooklyn, is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field, facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. You can take advantage of their biking trails that weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.

Birders would enjoy the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge host of 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.

When you are ready to get into the City, head to Riis Landing for ferry rides to Manhattan. Check out their website for more details.

More Sites to See

Take time to visit other notable sites while you visit New York. One truly notable spot is called Castle Clinton, located at the southern tip of Manhattan by The Battery, and landing point of the New York Ferries to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

If you find a photograph of Manhattan taken from anywhere in or near the harbor, whether taken from a ship, helicopter, or skyscraper, you’ll notice that Castle Clinton National Monument is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in a city full of recognizable landmarks. That’s not to say Castle Clinton has always looked the same. Visit their visitor center for a full view of how it has looked over the last 200 years.

To rent an RV for your next New York trip, check our New York/New Jersey RV Rentals location. Click here for more details.

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Historic Sites to Visit by RV—Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Traveling by RV to visit National Historic Sites is a wonderful way to introduce your family to American history. By combining the joys of RV camping with visits to sites preserved by the National Park Service for their historic significance, your RV camping trips take on a whole new level of meaning.

Speaking of new, the National Park Service has designated four new National Historic Sites in 2017 that are well-worth an RV camping trip to visit. In this post, we’ll visit the first and most northern of those sites—the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, NY.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

The Harriet Tubman NHP is a collection of structures that tell the story of the amazing escaped slave who led other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Auburn, NY is located in the Finger Lakes Region, just south of the Canadian border. Traveling there by RV is easy, as Auburn is near the stretch of I-90 that runs between Buffalo and Albany.

What Will We See There?

In Auburn, you can visit the Harriet Tubman Residence where this extraordinary woman lived in her later life. Another important site within the National Historical Park is the Tubman Home for the Aged, established on land she donated, for the care of elderly and infirm people of color. Another historically significant site within the Harriet Tubman NHP is the Visitor Center, where you can learn more about this complex hero of both emancipation and the women’s suffrage movement.

Make a third stop at the Thompson Memorial AME Church within the grounds of the NHP to understand how a deep faith in God drove Tubman to incredible acts of bravery. A last stop RV travelers can make to complete their knowledge about Harriet Tubman is to her gravesite at Fort Hill Cemetery, outside the National Historical Park but nearby in the same town of Auburn, NY.

Bonus Tip for Families: Having trouble keeping kids interested on the road? Challenge ‘tweens and teens to dive deeper into Tubman’s story before you arrive at the NHP. They’ll soon learn she was the first woman to lead an armed raid during the Civil War. Come up with some kind of bonus for being able to tell the rest of the family about the remarkable night when seven-hundred slaves were set free.

Where Can We Camp?

Located on Lake Owasso, Auburn is centrally located for excellent RV camping possibilities. You could choose to stay close to the Finger Lakes by camping twenty minutes from Auburn at Twin Oaks Campground on Cayuga Lake. Another highly-recommended camping spot, Hejamada Campground & RV Park, is a fifteen minute drive away in Port Byron.

For RV travelers who love the beach, head north to the shores of Lake Ontario, about an hour away from Auburn, to find numerous private campgrounds as well as Fair Haven Beach State Park. In addition to two sandy beaches, RV campers there can enjoy hiking trails, boat rentals and a pleasantly-wooded campground with standard electric sites.

Traveling by RV to Auburn, NY can be your family’s best opportunity to understand the tenacious woman known as ‘Moses’ who lead slaves to freedom. The RV campgrounds in the area surrounding Harriet Tubman National Historical Park make the journey even more inviting, and an RV rental will help keep it affordable. Make this trip a part of your RV camping plans this year.

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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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