Roll Through the Litchfield Hills in an RV

The northeast corner of our country has been populated for so long and by so many people that it can feel a bit crowded.  Many parts of New England can feel claustrophobic for travelers that want wide-open spaces.  Luckily, the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut are the perfect location to roll through while on an RV vacation!  Start out in Linden, New Jersey to pick up your RV rental at El Monte RV.  Once you’ve picked out the perfect motor home ride for your family, it’s time to hit the road!  You’ll get the chance to drive through the top of Manhattan Island, so take a good long look before you head out to the rural scenery of Litchfield Hills.  It’s a little piece of smaller-town America, not too far from all the noise and commotion of modern American cities.

Bull's Historic Covered Bridge

Historic Covered Bull’s Bridge

One of the best parts of traveling on the East Coast is reveling in the knowledge that you’re walking in the footsteps of dozens of interesting cultures, past and present.  At the Institute for American Indian Studies, you will learn about the early cultures that have lived in the Litchfield Hills over the past several thousand years.  Stroll through exhibits that show how American Indians lived or choose to participate in a dig with the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.  Whatever you decide to do, you’ll enjoy the experience of learning about the historical aspects of this part of the country!

Since you’re traveling by RV, your goal is to take it easy as you tour our great country.  A fantastic way to do so is by driving through some of the historic covered bridges spanning creeks and streams throughout the hills.  Some of the bridges were originally built as far back as the Revolutionary War!  As time has worn them down, the bridges have been rebuilt in the same style keeping the same look of the bridge as it was when it resupplied George Washington’s army.

After your own leisurely drive through the bridges, it’ll be time to catch a glimpse of a few fast-moving vehicles at Lime Rock Park.  This historic venue for races of all types have seen some of the greatest drivers in history pass through, including Mario Andretti and Paul Newman.  You may catch a race at the track, take racing school lessons, or simply walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery where racing history has been made!

Another way to get out and exercise your legs is by heading over to a local road race!  June is approaching, so you’ll want to get out now and start jogging for a little pre-conditioning warm-up.  The Litchfield Hills Road Race will take you through the historic town of Litchfield and up and down several elevation changes.  Get ready, because it’s guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

After a race, you might want to sit back and listen to some great music (and have some great food while you’re at it.)  The Infinity Music Hall and Bistro is a 300-seat theater built in 1883.  It’s a fantastic venue that showcases a variety of music genres.  Catch a country music show or even an open-mic night.  Whether it’s a big ticket show or locals showing the world what they’ve got, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun and end your trip on a high note.

Pick up an El Monte RV motor home and roll through the Litchfield Hills!  The Northeast is calling!

El Monte RV

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For more information on renting or buying a motor home CLICK HERE!  or call 1-888-337-2208

Photo Credit:  Bull’s Bridge by David Smith under Flickr creative common license.

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Head to Palm Springs for a Fabulous Winter RV Vacation

It is time for a winter getaway with the family!  Taking an RV into the Palm Springs area is a great way to experience some of the best the desert valley has to offer.  It is just plain fun to get out there on the open road and discover what is waiting for you.  Whether it is some quiet solitude surrounded by the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains or the special bonds that develop while hiking diverse landscapes with friends and family, you will find it all right here in and around Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

The first thing to do while in town is take the Palm Springs Tram so you can see the vistas spread out before you of the Chino Canyon and the desert valley floor.  The hiking trails at the top of the San Jacinto Mountains let you get into the groove of the area’s natural beauty.

A day trip that you may wish to take from Palm Springs is the one to Joshua Tree National Park. With 800,000 acres of high and low desert, you will see how very special this spot is.  When you visit, you’ll be impressed with the unique animal and plant life.  Winter is the perfect season to come.  Summer is impossible as it is far too hot to enjoy.

If you love to go wine tasting, you will get the chance by driving Highway 74 over the mountains.  This part of the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway gives you incredible views before it takes you down into Temecula Valley with lots of wineries and delicious wine tasting.

From Highway 74, take Highway 243 to Idyllwild.  You will enjoy this mountain town.  Just ensure the weather will permit a trip here in an RV.  Check the road conditions first.  If the weather permits, you are going to get some wonderful views from the overlooks and there are plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Salton Inland Sea, California

Salton Inland Sea, California

Another side trip you may wish to take is a drive to the inland sea – the Salton Sea.  Visit the wildlife refuges that surround the sea, go hiking, and even try some kayaking if you dare.  Once you’ve finished exploring, you can head to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for some great off-roading.  This is a magical place with hundreds of miles of trails and wildlife everywhere.

Not far from Palm Springs there is a preserve that is an important place to visit.  At Thousand Palms Preserve you are in a lovely area with streams, a lake, and more nature to enjoy.  This preserve is part of the Coachella Valley Preserve and is a great place for a picnic.  Bring along your camera gear as you will discover a number of photo opportunities.  This is true of the entire trip.

Use Palm Springs as your base of operations for this winter vacation and take your time to enjoy each spot to the utmost.

For information on booking an RV Trip near Palm Springs, California –CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside of the state of California, CLICK HERE.

Picture credits: The photo of Joshua Tree National Park is from Flickr Commons by javi.velazquez and the photo of the Salton Sea from Flickr Commons by Mike Baird.  It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

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