Holiday Fun – A Florida RV Adventure

Don’t suffer with freezing temps and snow and ice this holiday season. Take a tropical jaunt (ok, semi-tropical) through Florida and enjoy lots of Holiday events and attractions in the Sunshine State.

To help you plan some holiday activities in Florida this year, here are some of our favorites.

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

It takes more work for some to get into the spirit of the season, and you can seethe heartwarming process in action with a live show of Grinchmas, as the Grinch tries to ruin the holiday for the Whos before finding the true meaning of Christmas. You can also see Macy’s Holiday Parade nightly,with balloons and floats straight from New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with music, entertainment, and a spectacular tree lighting display. Winter is also when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes alive,with sights, sounds, and even tastes straight from the books and movies! Learn more here. 

ICE! at Gaylord Palms, Orlando

For the most frigid attraction in Florida, look no further than ICE!, the award-winning display of millions of pounds of ice hand-carved into amazing sculptures by artisans from China. This year, the journey tells the story of how the beloved characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crashed onto the island of Madagascar.There are also two-story-tall ice slides to take a ride on, truly a unique holiday experience in Florida! With the entire exhibit kept at a downright freezing 9 degrees, this is definitely the coolest event of the year. Click here to learn more.

The Holy Land Experience, Orlando

Fora more traditional take on the Christmas season, The Holy Land Experience provides a living museum and park that makes some of the most well-known stories of the Bible come to life. From the Garden of Eden to the birth of Jesus, experience the sights and sounds of the biblical world in a way you can’t find anywhere else. 

Walt Disney World Resort, Kissimmee

For the holidays, on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Resort brings an extra holiday cheer with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Amid the spectacular decorations, enjoy a parade featuring several favorite Disney Characters, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself! There’s also a new fireworks show,complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and even a wintry snowfall. Enjoy the magic of Disney at this enchanting time of year. 

Town of Christmas

What better place to explore than the town where it’s Christmas year-round? Just outside of Orlando, the quaint town of Christmas sees visitors flock to their post office yearly to have their cards and letters postmarked from “Christmas, FL” for a unique touch to their holiday mail. The town also features a historical park with a museum showing what life was like in the original settlement from the 1800s.  Let everyone else dream a white Christmas while you experience the real thing!  Find out more at their website. 

Mount Dora Events and The Polar Express

From early November through December 30th, you can ride on the officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride from Tavares Union Train Station, bound for the North Pole. For tickets and more information on this and all their holiday events, see the Mount Dora website.

Busch Gardens, Tampa

Not to be confused with the Town of Christmas, Busch Gardens is being transformed into Christmas Town.  The theme park will have special holiday shows, Santa’s house, and an entire snow-filled playground! From snowmen to penguins to the Christmas Town Village,there’s an entire wintry wonderland just waiting to be explored. 

Gingerbread House Extravaganza, Jacksonville

You won’t believe your eyes or nose when you see what amazing creations people are able to make with gingerbread, icing, and imagination. For the 11th consecutive year, the Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the Gingerbread House Extravaganza to raise money for children’s programs, but this is no ordinary bake sale. The artistry and detail of the edible creations are a real treat, providing enough awe to keep your sweet tooth in check. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can submit your own masterpiece to be part of the fun.

Nights of Lights, St. Augustine

If you enjoy going to local houses to see their Christmas light displays, then St.Augustine has just what you’re looking for. Every year, literally millions of holiday lights decorate the nation’s oldest city, transforming it into a twinkling spectacle. With so much to see, you may be better off taking one of the several tour buses than trying to take it all in on your own. There are also a multitude of events coinciding with the brilliant display. See their website here to find out more details.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami

Though we all know that Santa makes his home in the North Pole, South Floridians know he also maintains a warmer wonderland. Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Miami’s Tropical Park lays claim to the title of world’s largest Christmas theme park, with more than 100 rides, shows, games, and attractions.

El Monte RV Holiday Special:

Whatever you do for the holidays, this is a special time to enjoy visiting with family and friends. To make the season even more fun, take advantage of this Holiday Special from El Monte RV.

This month we’re offering a free Monty Christmas night to help you with your holiday travel plans or accommodations! Whether you’re traveling to see relatives, needing extra beds for those visiting you or just getting away from the Christmas rush, get a free extra day!

Rent any Class C or Class A model motor home, pick up any day in December and rent for a minimum of 6 nights and get 1 extra night FREE! Plus you get 50 free miles per night! Get 7 nights for the price of 6!  
Use Coupon Code: HOLIDAY

You can easily rent one of our RV’s at either of our Florida El Monte RV locations, in Miami or Orlando. Check out both of them and some more suggested Florida vacation ideas on our Florida RV rentals page.

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RV Vacation Time – December Music Festivals

Music abounds in the month of December and what a great way to see and hear the best of the best in rock and hip-hop than to go to music festivals. We feature one on the west coast – the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Los Angeles on December 14-15th and two in Florida – Riptide 2018 in Fort Lauderdale from November 30 – December 2nd and Next Big Thing in Tampa – Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. So take your pick: if you are on the west coast, check out Rolling Loud and if Florida is your destination (or home), you have two excellent choices.

Rolling Loud – Los Angeles 

Discerning hip-hop lovers will be treated to a panoply of performers at this two day long festival at the Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Expo Park in Los Angeles. Performances by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline while the rest of the lineup is filled with Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage, Shoreline Mafia, Bali Baby, Young Thug and many, many more. Check out the full schedule here. The festival starts on Friday the 14th and goes through Saturday the 15th of December.

Riptide Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Starting on Friday, the 30th, this Alternative Rock music festival kicks off with four performers on Friday night- followed by a huge array of bands on Saturday and Sunday. These include Young the Giant and Dirty Heads, as well as Panic!  At the Disco and Alice Merton all performing on Saturday. On Sunday, the likes of Third Eye Blind, Everclear and Gin Blossoms will headline the entertainment. If you want to see the full lineup, check out their website.

Next Big Thing – Tampa, Dec. 1 – 2

If you prefer the west coast of Florida, check out Next Big Thing – which has some of the same Alt Rock performers as the Ft. Lauderdale Riptide Fest but they have an even larger lineup of 50 bands playing for 2 days. On the lineup for this year’s Next Big Thing, held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Bastille, Foster the People, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, LANY and more. Click here to see the full lineup and schedule.

Music Festival

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in Southern California and close to either Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa in Florida.

Los Angeles RV Camping:

You can camp at Hollywood RV Park, the Dockweiler RV Park or Walnut RV Park, all of which have 4 or more stars. Check out the best rated RV Parks on Yelp or Google and you may be tempted to stay in Marina Del Rey at the Marina Boat and RV Storage location.

Ft. Lauderdale area Camping:

In the Ft. Lauderdale area, you can find an abundance of potential camping spots including: Aztec RV Resort, the Kozy Kampers RV Park, Yacht Haven Park and Marina and Easterlin Park in Oakland Park.

Tampa RV Camping:

Many campgrounds exist in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties – close to this Tampa venue. You can choose to park your RV in Bay Bayou RV Resort, or Tampa RV Park Camp Nebraska, in Tampa (Hillsborough County). Or go west to Pinellas County and you’ll find a variety of other choices, some near the Gulf of Mexico such as St. Petersburg/ Madeira Beach KOA, Clearwater Travel Resort of Vacation Village RV Resort in Largo.

Again check out the ratings on Yelp or Google and decide for yourself what the best fit is for you and your family.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For the Los Angeles event, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California locations. Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV Vacation.

For Florida shows, you can take your choice to rent an RV from El Monte rental locations in Miami or Orlando. Our Miami location is a one hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale while the Orlando Rentals and Sales location is about a one hour drive from Tampa’s Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Whatever you decide for your December RV trip, we hope you enjoy some great music while creating memories with your friends or family.

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RV Vacations to Watch Fall Leaves Change in Pennsylvania

As the season’s remarkable color changes paint the landscape, fall is an ideal time to get out and enjoy nature. What better way to do so than to take an RV camping trip in our National parks. Every fall, especially in the State of Pennsylvania, fall colors resonate in the beauty of our National Parks.

A Sampling of Pennsylvania’s National Parks

There are over 200 miles of scenic roadways to explore in the Delaware Water Gap. Several historic villages along the way provide a window into the past. For more historic adventures Independence National Historic Park has many monuments and sites representing our country’s colorful history.

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

History buffs will also want to visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteGettysburg National Military ParkEisenhower National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Take advantage of the many campsites along the way.

Gettysburg is particularly accessible as you can drive the battlefield on a self-guided tour, stopping to view the restored visitor center. The center features a hand painted Cyclorama, a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Longer than a football field and as tall as a four-story structure, the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil painting, along with light and sound effects, immerses visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit this and other remarkable histories of momentous Civil War battles at the National Park’s Museum and Visitor Center.

National Forests Provide Outdoor Adventure and Year-Round Recreation

With over 600 campsites, many miles of trails for you to hike, ride all-terrain vehicles or bikes, boat launches, and beautiful wilderness for you to explore, you will definitely want to visit the Allegheny National Forest. The forest is also open during winter months so visitors can enjoy snowmobiling or snowshoeing. 

State Parks / Major Lakes, Rivers and Beaches

The whole family can enjoy Pennsylvania state parks. There are plenty of campsites, lakes and rivers for fishing, boating, canoeing or swimming, trails for hiking, and unlimited places for solitude if that’s what you are seeking. A few favorites are Round Valley, Voorhees, Spruce Run, Pymatuning, Hickory Run and Jacobsburg State Parks. You will probably enjoy yourself so much you’ll want to return and see Tobyhanna, Lackawanna, Ricketts Glen and Nockamixon State Parks.

There are so many reasons to go out and enjoy nature, but go soon as winter is quickly approaching. Take the time to drive an RV in the second state to ratify our country’s Declaration of Independence and be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that defined this nation nearly 250 years ago.   

Four Reasons to Go Camping

In case you need a little help to get started, here are just a few of many reasons you may want to organize your next RV camping trip without delay.

  • Reconnect with nature: There is nothing as soothing as a walk in the woods to calm the spirit as you respect the beauty of the natural world. Ah, as you breathe in the smell of fall leaves. It is indeed refreshing to the soul, allowing you to recharge your batteries and be ready to face a hectic world.
  • Get off the grid: Want to unplug and get away from all those electronics? Go off-grid and allow camping to force a return to simpler things.
  • Get some outdoor exercise: Tired of the weekly or daily treks to the gym? Go outside for some exercise! Walk, hike or bike in the gorgeous natural workout room of the outdoors. Notice the beauty of changing leaves around you while you burn calories. So much more uplifting than just a routine workout at the gym.
  • Find your quiet place: Allow yourself to take time to unwind and clear your mind of everyday worries. Listen to the breeze rustle the leaves in the trees; the crickets chirping at night, or an occasional hoot of an owl. This is living – the stillness around you can help quiet your mind so you can relax in ways you may never do in your day-to-day life. Camping allows you to enjoy the peace that is in you.

You can rent an El Monte RV at our Kingston, PA location or at our Baltimore rv rental location, and take your time driving through Pennsylvania, enjoying the changing leaves along the way.

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 or more nights and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

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NASCAR Playoffs & RV Tailgating: A November to Remember

NASCAR racing culminates in November with racing locations in the west as well as three championships in one weekend in Florida. Check out these upcoming NASCAR weekends: the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd-4th.  The next weekend, on the 9th-11th, the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race will be happening at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The following weekend, in Homestead, Florida, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is host to the championship weekend including the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR race on the 18th of November and the championship races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500:

The green flag flies on a triple-header NASCAR Playoff weekend with Camping World Truck Series Practice on Thursday, November 1st, followed up on Friday, November 2nd by Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series, leading up to the JAG Metals 350. Saturday, November 3rd includes Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the XFINITY Series plus the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY race. Sunday, November 4th features the weekend’s main event the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Don’t miss this exciting weekend of NASCAR fun.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway:

There are many options for camping at the Texas Motor Speedway. Check out their website for more details on the seven campground options they offer. You can even rent an RV from our nearby El Monte RV location in McKinney, Texas.

Phoenix International/ISM Raceway for the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race:

First of all, to avoid confusion, the Phoenix International Raceway is known as ISM Raceway due to a first-ever naming-rights sponsorship by Ingenuity Sun Media. ISM’s Connect network will provide digital display screens, interactive fan experiences, a mobile app and social-media integrations throughout the facility, including in the new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield and grandstands.

So, don’t miss this exciting venue for the weekend of November 9th-11th. Here’s the lineup of NASCAR races coming up. On Friday, start your weekend with the Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying. Then, watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 10. The crowning event on Sunday is the Can-Am 500, where eight drivers will compete for a Championship 4 spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Camping at ISM Raceway:

There are nine options for camping at ISM Raceway’s Zoomtown, U.S.A.® Check out all of their options and camping reservations at this link. To rent an RV nearby, visit our El Monte RV location in Peoria, Arizona.

Homestead-Miami Speedway – Ford EcoBoost 400: Three Championship Races

On Friday, November 16th, the Ford Championship Weekend will begin with the Ford EcoBoost 200 race – which tops off the playoffs for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, as four drivers will battle for the division crown.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race on November 17th will decide the champ of the top up-and-coming driver in the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 saw Martin Truex, Jr. cap his historic 2017 season by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. With the championship being decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway once again in 2018, can Truex, Jr. defend his title? Or will someone dethrone the champ? That question will be answered on November 18.

Camping at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

There are three campgrounds to park your RV at this Speedway, as well as a number of camping options nearby. To rent an RV, you can get one from our El Monte RV Miami location which is only 30 minutes away.

With all these races, it will certainly be a NASCAR November to remember!  Get your final fix now, as it’s a long time until next year’s season begins!

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

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RV’ing For Thanksgiving Holiday Special

You may already be thinking about Thanksgiving… is it going to be the same old thing with way too many sweet potatoes and too much food in an atmosphere of gluttony with your family? Why not make it a special holiday this year by taking advantage of El Monte RV’s special Thanksgiving offer? Check out all the details of our RV rental special and how you can save money on the rental of an El Monte RV at all our nationwide locations.

To help make your Thanksgiving special, this is an RV rental special for rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30. Rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free!  That’s 100 free miles per night!

Go out of town in an RV and take your ready-made accommodations with you so you don’t need to crowd into your relative’s house. Or make it a longer trip and enjoy some picturesque fall scenery and changing leaves on your way to or from your destination.

Or, consider, as host of the Thanksgiving feast, having an extra private space for your guests. Either way, an RV provides the perfect accommodation for you, your friends and family.

Ideas to Help Celebrate Thanksgiving

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate being together with your family and giving thanks for all you have to be thankful for.

Traditional Thanksgiving feast

Traditional Thanksgiving feast

Check out these award winning menus if you happen to be the host (and the cook) for your family’s gathering. Choose from 28 easy-to-make complete Thanksgiving menus here. Or try a vegan Thanksgiving feast; see suggested vegan menus and shopping list here.

Possible Touring Destinations

If you want to get out on the open road, consider traveling during Thanksgiving to these destinations.

Mid-Atlantic States: What about a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield? This is a picturesque place to visit and experience a huge history lesson before the weather gets too cold to stroll on the battlefield. If it’s cold, you can drive through a self-guided tour of most of the key sites of this historic location. You can rent an RV from our Baltimore rental location which is only about one and a half hours from Gettysburg.

Northwest States: Try a visit along the trail first traveled by Lewis and Clark as they led American explorers across the country. Leaving from the mouth of the Missouri River, the Corps of Discovery made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back. Their journey was almost 8,000 miles long and took them two years to make. Wherever you may be, you can find parts of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Omaha, Nebraska, where the Trail Headquarters is located, all the way to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. See more details about their amazing journey and trail maps and locations of visitor centers and museums here.

To rent from our Ferndale, Washington location, click here.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving wherever you spend it and be grateful for all you have. Take advantage of our Thanksgiving special at all our nationwide locations.

Happy Thanksgiving from El Monte RV!

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RV Vacation – Fall Colors in New Hampshire and Vermont

See the spectacle as more colors paint the landscape in New England this fall, by touring New Hampshire and Vermont. Take the time for an RV vacation in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire or take in the vivid autumn maples of Vermont while enjoying a crisp morning stroll.

New Hampshire Sights to See:

Rushing rivers, covered bridges, breathtaking vistas? Check. A scenic drive through New Hampshire is sure to meet your fall foliage expectations. Try the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (aka, the “Kanc”), passing through the heart of the White Mountains to observe a real kaleidoscope of fall colors. From mid-September to late October, plan on peak foliage displays as you wind through the White Mountain National Forest, where you just might catch a glimpse of an elegant moose. Why not take in a little history on your trip across the “Kanc”? The drive is about an hour long so you can make time to stop and visit the Russell-Colbath House, in Albany, a 19th century farmhouse with period furnishings that operates as a historic house museum with an on-site historic interpreter. The house, located in the White Mountain National Forest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is seasonally open to the public. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and visitor information.

Vermont Sights to See:

Vermont is famous for its blazing red maple trees and sweet maple syrup. You’ll find plenty of both in and around the Green Mountain National Forest. Consider a visit to Hapgood Pond Recreation Area for a walk around the Hapgood Pond Trail, or try the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail, where Frost’s poems are posted along the trail. You may want to try the Crossroad of Vermont Scenic Byway for autumn colors, quaint New England villages, covered bridges and rugged mountain scenery.  Leaves change color based on a variety of factors including light level, temperature, soil conditions and more. See the fall foliage report for Vermont,  where, like other parts of New England, the color starts in northern regions and at higher elevations, progressing southward and downward into the valleys until late October.

Fall Foliage New England Campgrounds:

New Hampshire RV Campgrounds

In the White Mountain National Forest, you can camp at Russell Pond Campground, which has nicely tucked away campsites in the hillside overlooking Russell Pond. This location is a popular boating and fishing site. The campground is furnished with flush toilets, hot showers and both RV and tent sites. It also features a beautiful amphitheater. To see more campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest, click here.

Fall foliage RV vacations

Fall foliage RV vacations

Vermont RV Campgrounds

In the Green Mountain National Forest, you can camp at either the Greendale Campground or the Hapgood Pond Recreation Area.

Greendale campground is a small remote campground located along Greendale Brook in Weston, VT. There are 11 campsites available in a wooded campground setting. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a parking spur. Most sites can accommodate small to medium campers as well as tents. There is also a barrier-free vault toilet.

The campground offers easy access to the Greendale Loop, a 4.0 mile hike through a mixed forest of northern hardwood and conifer trees with long stretches bordering scenic streams.

The Hapgood Pond Recreation Area offers camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and hiking among the tranquil surroundings of Hapgood Pond.  The pond itself is 12 acres in size and 12 feet at its deepest point. The recreation area offers a 28-site campground in a wooded setting, a 1 mile nature trail, and a day use area with a beach for swimming.

Enjoy the changing fall foliage from the comfort of your RV. To rent an RV for this year’s fall leaves spectacle, visit either our New York/ New Jersey or Kingston, PA location.

Plan to stop and visit some historic places along your way or on your return. Or if leaving from Kingston, stop and see Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon at Pine Creek Gorge. Some say this is the best time of year to visit, as bright reds, oranges and yellows paint the landscape. For more information, see their website.

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NASCAR Racing RV Tailgating Destinations – Dover and Dega

RV Tailgating opportunities abound as the NASCAR circuit continues with two more landmark races in early October. The first is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, October 7th at Dover International Speedway. Starting with Friday evening, the entire weekend in Delaware will be packed full of NASCAR race-related events. Then, the next weekend, on Sunday the 14th, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 race will top the weekend off at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

More about Dover:

Friday features the “Crosley 125” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at 5 pm. Saturday don’t miss the NASCAR XFINITY Series at 3:00 pm. But even before this race kicks off, the park at Dover International Speedway will be packed full of driver appearances, exciting fan activities, Youth Nation for younger fans, among more.

Sunday at 11:15 am offers fans a Free Jimmie Allen Concert on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza before the 1000Bulbs.com 500 race which starts at 2:00 pm.

Camping at Dover:

There are many options for camping at the Monster Mile – from simple tent camping to luxury RV’s. Check out the Dover International Speedway website here for more camping information.

More on Talladega:

Talladega Superspeedway is unlike any other track in NASCAR, a place where wild finishes and even wilder crashes are commonplace. At 2.66 miles, Talladega is the longest track in NASCAR, a mere 0.16 miles longer than either Daytona International Speedway or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rumor says that when NASCAR founder Big Bill France began putting the Talladega plan together, he wanted the track to be bigger than either Daytona or the Brickyard. More Talladega less-known facts include something known as the “Talladega Jinx”. Racers refer to this when relating strange things that have happened at the track over the years. Some believe the track was built on ancient Indian burial grounds and was cursed as a result. The strangest thing that ever happened here might have been in 1973, when the late Bobby Isaac parked his car mid-race and got out because voices in his head kept telling him to get out.

The weekend will include the Talladega 250, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 pm. This race is 94 laps.

Starting at 5:30 pm, there is a free kids’ movie night followed by an infield concert featuring Chris Janson on Saturday night at 7:00 pm. The concert is open to all infield guests and Sunday 1000Bulbs.com 500 ticket holders!

All this is followed by the 1000Bulbs.com 500 race on Sunday at 1:00 pm (188 laps).

For more details and places to camp, plus racing experiences, Vintage Market Days later in October and more at Talladega, please see their website.

To get additional race information, please visit NASCAR’s website.

It may be unlikely to drive from Dover, Delaware to Talladega in Alabama but if you have the time, you could do a pretty cool NASCAR road round trip. You can rent an RV for your trip from El Monte RV Rentals location in Baltimore, less than 90 miles from Dover Speedway.

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RV Trip to Wild, Wonderful Washington

Two National Parks, One National Historical Park and One Awesome Recreation Area!

Washington offers some incredibly different scenery from the rest of the US, even the Pacific Northwest. Here, you can go from snow covered peaks on Mount Rainier to beaches covered with driftwood just asking to be carved or at least photographed. Whether you’re a hiker, a photographer or just a nature lover, Washington has a lot to offer.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres of vast wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Washington. This park protects thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. It is diverse and beautiful with an incredible range of precipitation and elevation.

Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the park serves as a living laboratory for scientists and students, as well as an incredible natural playground for visitors. Millions of people visit Olympic each year to experience its beauty, diversity, and many opportunities for adventure, exploration, and recreation.

You can hike short (1/4 to 1 mile) ranger-guided trails or go off for much longer and more challenging hikes to view the vast peaks of Mount Olympus. Mt. Olympus (7,980 ft.), the highest in the Olympics, is one of the most spectacular areas in Washington. Climbing here is only for experienced glacial climbers with proper equipment.

However, for most people Hurricane Hill is 1.6 miles one way and begins at the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road. The rough paved trail gains about 700 feet in elevation, giving panoramic views. This trail is also close to the visitor center which offers a large menu for a reasonably-priced lunch and spectacular views right off their decks. For more information about things to do, including maps and current alerts due to forest fires, see their website. 

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park offers a glimpse into glaciers where you can hear the ice of the glacier crack. Reaching 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Sub-alpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. Plan a hike or a serious climb as you prefer. Check out all there is to do here.

San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island is well known for its splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. San Juan Island National Historical Park is composed of 2,141 acres of woodland, prairie and saltwater shoreline in two units on San Juan Island, one of the 172 named islands and reefs in San Juan County, Washington State.

But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig. The dispute is perhaps the best-known period in island history.

But the park also encompasses a rich and diverse environment that cannot be separated from the island’s 3,000-year human history. Long before the arrival of Europeans, the island sheltered a thriving culture attracted by its temperate climate, rich soil, abundant timber and marine resources. These same attributes lured Spain, Great Britain and the United States. Each explored, charted and named the islands while staking overlapping claims to the Oregon County– the present states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, portions of Wyoming and Montana and the province of British Columbia.

You can learn all the details of this fascinating chapter in history and more about the park on their website.

Round out your trip by visiting Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

A jewel in northeast Washington, this park is worth the 5½ to 6 hour drive east from Seattle if you can make the time.

In 1941 the Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River as part of the Columbia River Basin project, creating a 130-mile long lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, hunting and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul’s Mission.

San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island, WA

Where to Camp:

  • Olympic National Park: There are 16 campgrounds in Olympic National Park, although they do not have water or electrical hookups. Those amenities are offered at the two concession-operated campgrounds: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and the Log Cabin Resort. Check the websites for more details.
  • Mount Rainier National Park: There are four campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park, as follows: Cougar Rock in the SW section of the park; Chanapecosh in the SE section; White River in the NE section and Mowich Lake in the NW section of the park. Check the park’s website for details.
  • San Juan Island: Both park units–American Camp and English Camp–despite their names, are day-use only. For an up-to-date list of lodging properties check the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website.
  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area: To find out more about camping here and all the activities that abound in eastern Washington’s beautiful jewel, check their website.

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV in Vancouver/Bellingham, WA and drive to the Olympic Peninsula to start your adventure.

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RV Camping at the Music Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Telluride, Colorado will welcome RV campers to their 25th Annual Blues and Brews Festival from September 14th to 16th. What a great way to end your summer and move into fall! For early arrivals, music starts with a free sunset blues concert on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm, followed by an opening party at 9 pm with Samantha Fish performing at the Sheridan Opera House. The main event begins on Friday the 14th with Dragondeer performing on the Main Stage followed by Russ Chapman on the Blues Stage. The music continues non-stop all weekend, featuring great bands like Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters playing on Saturday night at 8 pm on the Main Stage.

Telluride Music Festival

Telluride Music Festival

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival takes place in the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado, situated 8,750 feet above sea level in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. This year marks their 25th anniversary, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. There are activities for the kids all weekend long, including strolling clowns, face painting and puppets as well as more active games such as a climbing wall and inflatables.

Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances —accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Even though the festival only lasts for three days and four nights, once you get to Telluride, you may not want to go home. Tickets are selling fast, so if you plan to go, get your tickets soon.

Telluride’s Main Street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. After the music ends in Town Park for the evening, the festival scene moves into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride. These are called “Juke Joints” and, once they get jamming, a walk down Main Street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.

In addition to a full lineup of music featuring the likes of Marco Benevevento, The Keeshea Pratt Band, The Marcus King Band and many, many other performers, there will be a Telluride Blues Challenge on Saturday from 9–noon. Details are on their website.

Telluride Blues and Brews also features a 5K race on Saturday morning. Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race on the morning of September 15th, giving Festival patrons the opportunity to exercise before the Festival. The 5k Race, sponsored by BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

Beginning and ending in Telluride’s Elks Park, Blisters & Brews provides runners with a safe, beautiful way to kick off their day. The route has been planned to enhance the running experience and highlight the beauty of Telluride. The race route climbs up the river trail giving racers the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Bridal Veil Falls on the way up and a gentle decline for the way back down to town and ending at Elks Park followed by live music, free beer and free Blues & Brews Yoga Sessions.

For more information on the festival and RV camping there, please visit their website.

About Telluride:

At 8,750 feet elevation Telluride, Colorado is a picturesque town with amazing views tucked in the Rocky Mountains centrally located in southwestern Colorado, along the scenic San Juan Skyway. It’s about 125 miles from Durango, 330 miles from Denver and 366 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah.

To rent an RV nearby for the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, visit either of our locations at Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

Plan to stop and visit some scenic places along your way or on your return. You can also rent an El Monte RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you have time for a longer trip.

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NASCAR Racing and RV Tailgating Destinations

It’s Playoff Season in NASCAR circles! This September the NASCAR circuit takes you to Las Vegas and Indianapolis. Don’t miss the racing and RV tailgating at Indy on the weekend of September 8th and 9th as NASCAR features the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, the final of the regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And the next weekend NASCAR fans go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting on Thursday, September 13th– to Sunday the 16th, where the celebrations begin early on the 13th at the Speedway for the three big NASCAR races.

More about Indy:

The Brickyard 400 will mark the final race of the regular season, determine the regular season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The Brickyard 400 has been one of NASCAR’s premier events for 25 years, and we’re thrilled the race is moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Our fans will love the excitement that comes with crowning a regular season champion at The Racing Capital of the World, and the cooler temperatures of early September will make the race more enjoyable for everyone.”

More about Las Vegas:

The second weekend in September, see all of your favorite drivers in fabulous Las Vegas during the Fall NASCAR Weekend, Sept. 13-16, 2018. Fans can also experience the one-of-a-kind Neon Garage featuring live music and entertainment all weekend long. It’s your up-close view of the garages from behind the glass and a great view of Victory Lane.

Driver Introductions and Lucky 7 Preferred Parking Passes also are available. The event-filled weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track.

Where to Camp

1)  Indianapolis: You can possibly arrange camping at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in case they are filled, here are a few other suggestions in the Indy area:

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

  1. A) Lake Haven Retreat
  2. B) Touchdown RV
  3. C) Raceview Family Campground
  4. D) Park at Indy

Be sure to contact the campgrounds as early as possible as they may be filling up soon.

2)  Las Vegas Motor Speedway: If you are lucky, you might be able to get in the Speedway for camping, but if they are filled, check out these surrounding possible places to park your RV.

  1. A) American Campground
  2. B) Hitchin’ Post RV Park
  3. C) Desert Eagle RV Park
  4. D) Las Vegas Mobile Park

To learn more about each of these parks, please contact them directly or go to their websites.

To get additional race information, please visit the NASCAR website.

Other Sights to See:

Extend your stay around Las Vegas and see the beauty of the natural world.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the scenery – if your schedule permits, there are tons of exciting sights to see around Las Vegas, and not just the casinos. Try a trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, which allows visitors to hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations.

Or check out Lake Mead, where you can feast your eyes on one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, Lake Mead is fun to escape to when you want to take a dive in a natural body of water. There are also brunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises, if you’re one of those people who would rather stay dry. FYI, this lake borders the Hoover Dam which is a wonder worth seeing itself.

To rent an RV for your trip, our location closest to Indianapolis is our Louisville rv rental location; and to find our rv rental locations in Nevada, click here for three choice locations.

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