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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RV Trip: More to See in Moab – Three National Parks

While Wyoming is probably the most visited of all the states with National Parks due to Yellowstone, Moab, Utah is worth including in your National Park RV camping plans. Here you can visit several exceptionally scenic attractions around southern Utah. In the area near Moab, you can see some amazing sights including Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Visitors from around the world come to the town of Moab to experience sunrise over the towering depths of Canyonlands National Park and then follow it up with sunset in the other-worldly red rock scenery of Arches National Park. Moab’s year-round access to thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes, along with the cool waters of the Colorado River, has made it one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation destinations in the American Southwest.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park preserves 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert. Water and gravity have been the principal architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today.

Canyonlands allows you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and exploration and adventure. For maps and more information, see their website.

Capitol Reef National Park

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. Capitol Reef’s rich cultural history dates to archaic hunter-gatherers, the prehistoric Fremont Culture, and pioneer homesteaders. Capitol Reef is really a hiker’s dream. Trails here are plentiful and provide views of the red rock landscape as well as this unique geologic feature.

Arches National Park

We discussed Arches National Park in an earlier blog but just to recap:

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads. Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters. Parking is limited at all destinations. More information is available at the NPS website.

Where to Camp:

  • Canyonlands National Park: There are two campgrounds in Canyonlands,
    Canyonlands National Park

    Canyonlands National Park

    Island in the Sky Campground and The Needles Campground. Both are open year round but there is no water at Island in the Sky campground. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center from spring through fall. There are toilets, picnic tables and fire rings in the Needles Campground. There are also available public and private campground sites outside of Canyonlands which you can see at visit discovermoab.com or utahscanyoncountry.com.

  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) operates many campgrounds in the Moab area. Some accommodate large groups and may be reserved in advance. For more information, visit the BLM’s Utah Recreation Page.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Camp inside the park at The Fruita Campground which is often described as an oasis within the desert. Adjacent to the Fremont River and surrounded by historic orchards, this developed campground has 64 RV/tent sites and 7 walk-in tent sites. Each site has a picnic table and firepit (walk-in sites have a grill instead of a firepit), but no individual water, sewage, or electrical hookups. There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance. Restrooms feature running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Accessible sites are located adjacent to restrooms. The Fruita Campground is open year-round, and is the only developed campground in Capitol Reef National Park. To make a reservation, visit: recreation.gov.
  • Arches National Park: Camp among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, 18 miles from the park entrance. You can reserve standard campsites up to 6 months in advance for stays March 1-October 31. All sites are usually reserved months in advance. Between November 1 and February 28, sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and both pit-style and flush toilets. For more information about camping in Arches National Park, see their website.

You can start your RV camping trip near Salt Lake City and rent an RV from El Monte RV there, or you can start further south around Las Vegas and rent an RV from El Monte RV rentals in Henderson, then head north and east to Utah. You can even pick up your RV at one of these locations and return it to the other if you like.

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RV Camping at Music Festivals in Colorado and Texas

August 24th – September 2nd

RV camping, Music and Arts and Barbecue; what a great combination! You should try taking off for the last two weekends of summer by visiting the Nedfest Music and Arts Festival from August 24th to 26th in Nederland, Colorado, followed by the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival, in Bedford, Texas from August 31st to September 2nd. What a great way to round out your summer!

In Colorado:

Nedfest Music Festival

Nedfest Music Festival

The NedFest Music and Arts Festival will take place on the shores of the Barker Reservoir in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado, just 17 miles west of and 3,000 feet above Boulder. This year marks their 20th year, making it one of the oldest music festivals in Colorado and one of the older ones in the whole country. They host a wide range of music, from rock and roll to blues, bluegrass to folk and Americana, with a hint or two of jazz. Onsite camping is available next to the Barker Reservoir and NedFest is very kid friendly, with kids 12 and under free with an adult, a kids’ tent with activities, and a special teen price too. Artists and craft vendors ring the field. Colorado microbrews and mead are on tap and we always have a variety of food vendors.

With a capacity of only 2000 people you are never more than 200 feet from the stage and won’t have to walk a mile to the bathroom. Come up to cool, beautiful Nederland for some friendly welcome vibes and great music!

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

Nederland, Colorado is a town tucked in the Rocky Mountains just west of Boulder at 8,236 feet elevation. Nederland has a history rich in mining and music and a future as the hub of the Peak to Peak Community. With unique shops, amazing outdoor beauty, friendly locals, and a vibrant music scene, Nederland is definitely not your average small town.

To rent an RV nearby for NedFest, you can visit either of our locations at Louviers, near Denver, Colorado or El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

In Texas:

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival happens on the following weekend, the 31st of August to September 2nd. This is a real blues festival featuring Reo Casey and Tab Benoit, for example. This year’s lineup also includes Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch as well as Samantha Fish and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. For the full lineup of blues performers, check out their website.

And, if the music wasn’t enough to entice you, this festival hosts a cook-off of down home Texas BBQ that is sure to make your mouth water.

There’s a saying that to get to know a place and its people, you must first eat their food. In Texas, no food represents the culture more than authentic southern-style BBQ. The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, a 3-day event that attracts over 20,000 music and food lovers from all over the world. Taking place on Labor Day weekend, some of America’s most revered chefs congregate to rustle up tangy, smoking hot barbecue food against the harmonious backdrop of top quality blues and rock music.

Wrap up your summer with a delightful blend of great blues music and award-winning barbecue. What could be better?

Visit their website for directions, and other important information. There is some camping space on site and you can also camp at The Vineyards Campground in nearby Grapevine, TX, as well as other RV campgrounds in the area.

Bedford, Texas is an area in the Mid-Cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. As a ten square mile suburb of Fort Worth, it offers lots of recreational opportunities with several parks, including Brook Hollow Park and Bedford Trails Linear Park. Take some time to explore the area while you are there.

You can find an RV to rent at El Monte RV rentals in Dallas, Texas.

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RV Tailgating at Bristol, Tennessee NASCAR raceway

This August don’t miss the rv tailgating fun in Bristol, Tennessee as NASCAR features the finals of the playoff field for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. At Bristol, the celebrations begin early on Thursday, August 16 at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the Hospitality Area outside of turn 4 for Food City Family Race Night. This event is from noon until 6 pm and admission is FREE!

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

The following fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season at family-friendly prices. You could stay for the epic Thursday night doubleheader. First, the brawlers of the Whelen Modified Series hit the high banks for the Bush’s Beans 150 with high speeds and high expectations before giving way to the largest, most dramatic Camping World Truck Series event on the circuit, the UNOH 200.

Friday the 17th features NASCAR’s future stars (and a few current ones too!) suiting up for the toughest Friday night fight on the schedule – the Food City 300.

And Saturday you can get fit at the America’s Night Race 5K. Run on a fabulous course set right on Bristol Motor Speedway property the day of the cup race. And of course, the final race is full of fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes that are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR. If history is any indication, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside this last great Coliseum.

Where to Camp for Bristol:

  • Bristol Motor Speedway owns and manages five campgrounds located on the track property. All amenities are included in the price and are only available to Bristol Motor Speedway Campground patrons. If you have any questions, would like additional information, or would like to inquire about seeing if any sites are still available, please contact the BMS Ticket Office at 866.415.4158. Or you can get more information on their website.
  • If you’d like to camp close by but not at the Speedway, or if the campsites at the Speedway are sold out, the following are recommended: The Bristol Campground, Hick’s White Top Campground, Hilltop Camping or All American Campgrounds. You can find plenty more if you search Google.

More Sights to See around Tennessee:

While you’re in Bristol, you may want to check out these nature-loving Tennessee Parks:

  • Steele Creek Park is 2200 acres of lakefront with paddle boarding and regular and disc golf that also features a mini-train and nature trails.
  • Rooster Front Park, right in Bristol which is a great place to fish, walk, hike trails and even see a beautiful waterfall. One of the trails is 2.2 miles long and ends up in Steele Creek Park, nearby.
  • Pinnacle Park: Located in the new Pinnacle Park retail development, this park offers fishing (catch and release) as well as lovely trails to walk or jog, and a variety of shops.
  • Daniel Boone National Forest is in Winchester, Kentucky so if you happen to rent your RV from our Louisville location, you should definitely plan a slight detour to visit this beautiful National Forest destination.

September NASCAR Schedule Preview

In September, look forward to NASCAR racing again in Indianapolis on the weekend of September 8–9th, and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14-16th. We’ll feature more information about those races in our next NASCAR RV Camping blog.

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

To rent an RV for your trip, check out our nearby RV Rental location in Elizabethtown, KY, near Louisville.

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Summer RV Trip to our National Parks: Utah to Montana

While you are thinking about where to go and cool off this summer, don’t forget our amazing states in the Northwest, particularly Utah, Idaho and Montana. These scenic jewels are often overlooked when planning summer RV camping excursions. Begin your journey around Salt Lake City where you can rent an RV from El Monte RV Rentals. You would travel from Salt Lake City, perhaps stopping at Arches National Park and taking in Zion National Park before heading north to Idaho and then reaching Montana and the magnificent Glacier National Park.

If it is a leisurely trip, you can take the scenic highways (note US 89), and maybe pick out some other spots to stay in Idaho along the way. Idaho offers several amazing forests, including the Salmon Challis, Sawtooth, Payette, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, and Nez Pence-Clearwater National Forests. After visiting these scenic beauties, remember to keep your compass aimed northeast to Montana, to make this summer’s adventure truly spectacular.

Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads.  Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters. Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden often fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. Many parking spots can’t fit recreational vehicles (RVs) or vehicles with trailers. If you’re towing a car, considering driving it instead and leaving the big rig outside the park. For more suggestions on traveling in the park and how to avoid the crowds, visit the NPS’ Traffic & Travel Tips page.

Zion National Park

Zion was Utah’s first national park and is still quite popular. Here you can follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. You’ll be able to gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. You can experience true wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is truly the gem in the crown of national parks. As the Crown of the Continent, Glacier is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay. What happens here affects waters in a huge section of North America. Due to a detection of invasive mussel populations in central Montana, Glacier has closed all park waters to motorized and trailered watercraft until further notice. There has been an invasion of non-native mussels in many of the waters of the Great Lakes and Glacier is controlling boating very strictly to avoid contamination of their lakes. You can read more about the invasive species of mussels and what the Park Service is doing to protect the Glacier lakes here.

However, don’t let this watercraft restriction deter you from visiting Glacier National Park. It is truly one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in the West.

Here are just a few choices:

Camp in the National Parks – with reservations required for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, many sites are first-come, first-served. Our national park system is so technologically sophisticated that you can get full details including which sites filled yesterday and by what time at their websites.

  • For Arches National Park, you can camp at one of 51 campsites among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, 18 miles from the park entrance. You can reserve standard campsites up to 6 months in advance for stays March 1-October 31. All sites are usually reserved months in advance. Between November 1 and February 28, sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and both pit-style and flush toilets. Click here for Arches National Park reservations.
  • For Zion National Park, there are three on-site campgrounds plus at least five off-site if the ones in the park are full. You should make reservations to get in Zion as it fills up quickly especially in the summer. Click here for Zion National Park reservations.
  • For Glacier National Park, there are 13 different campgrounds with more than 1,000 sites to choose from. Several of their campgrounds are suitable for RV camping. For reservations and more information on available campsites, click here.

To make the most of your National Park RV camping trip, you can easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Salt Lake City.

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RV Camping at the Riverfront Blues Music Festival

Wilmington, Delaware – August 3 – 5, 2018

Great blues music awaits you and your family and friends in the Riverfront Blues Music Festival in Wilmington early in August. Featuring some of the top performing blues artists, this year marks the 21st annual Riverfront Blues Music Festival sponsored by the City of Wilmington.  Riverfront Blues Music Festival

The Riverfront Blues Festival will take place in Tubman-Garrett Park on Wilmington’s Christina Riverfront. It starts on Friday, August 3 and runs through Sunday, August 5, with performances beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Noon on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Diamond State Blues Society, formed in 1997 and dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Blues music in Delaware, curates the musical lineup for the City and helps put on this festival.

The schedule of performances for this year’s Riverfront Blues festival is available at:  www.riverfrontbluesfestde.com.

Where to Camp for Riverfront Blues Festival

To help you plan your trip to Wilmington, here’s a link to area campground information. Less than thirty minutes away from the Festival site are at least three or four area campgrounds. Be sure to make your reservations early!

More Sights to See around Wilmington:

After the Festival, you could extend your stay and explore the abundant attractions of the Brandywine Valley. Favorite activities of RV camping blues fans include canoeing the Brandywine River, treating the kids to the treehouses at the beautiful Longwood Gardens or touring the unforgettable mansions once owned by the DuPont family.

These are just a few of the many parks around Wilmington:

  • Alapocas Run State Park: Rated 5 stars, this 415 acre forested State Park features forest trails of varying difficulty for hiking biking and jogging. It is located along the Brandywine Creek and its Alapocas Run tributary.
  • Brandywine Park is a 345 acre state park located along the Brandywine River, with a paved greenway trail, historic sites, picnic areas and the Brandywine Zoo.
  • Bellevue State Park is 328 acres in the suburbs of Wilmington, which used to be the estate of the DuPont family. It has tennis courts, a fitness track, a fishing pond and stables.

How About Refreshing Your US History in Philadelphia?

While you’re in the heart of colonial America, why not take some time to visit Philadelphia? Numerous historic sites there will help you learn or relearn your early American history. Here are just a few sights you may include on your tour.

  • Independence National Historical Park, including The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum and more
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Franklin Institute – kid-friendly science museum plus planetarium
  • Philadelphia City Hall – with an 11 meter statue of William Penn on top
  • Reading Terminal Market – an indoors farmer’s market since 1892

RV camping makes visiting America’s blues festivals affordable and luxurious. Be sure to make time to go to this unique, delightful Riverfront Blues Festival!

To rent an RV for your trip, check our nearby RV Rentals locations in Linden, New Jersey or Kingston, Pennsylvania.

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RV Camping at NASCAR Racing, Tailgating Destinations

What a great way to get out of the heat – a trip to New England! New Hampshire’s hosting the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR race on July 20th – 22nd, followed the next weekend by the Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors PA 400 in the Poconos. A fun and fast way to enjoy a weekend or two, you can visit either the New Hampshire Motor Speedway or Pocono Raceway (or both!) After the raucous fun of 4th of July in Chicagoland and Daytona, NASCAR fans will appreciate the quiet of a New England pine forest, the gorgeous Atlantic lighthouse-dotted shoreline, or serene Pocono mountain scenery.

These fan-favorite events include some of the most exciting racing of the season and at family-friendly prices. You could actually take a ten day trip starting in New Hampshire, stopping in Maine and then go south and west to the Poconos.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Where to Camp for NHMS:

  • For infield camping at the NHMS for the New Hampshire 301 race, you can get more information on their website
  • If you’d like to camp close by but not at the race, the Speedway Sports Park and Cascade Campground also are highly recommended.

More Sights to See around New Hampshire:

Check out these nature-loving New Hampshire Parks:

  • Echo Lake State Park, in North Conway, NH: a 118-acre park with a scenic trail circling a lake plus picnicking & swimming options & a bathhouse.
  • Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH: a waterfront municipal park with flower gardens, fountains, walkways & summer performances
  • Odionne Point State Park, with 135 acres of oceanfront trails along a rocky shoreline and a science center in Rye, NH.

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

It’s worth a short detour to go north to America’s favorite vacationland, and take a brave dip into the cold waters or try your hand at fishing or boating on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Ogunquit is a real old-time vacation spot on Maine’s southern Atlantic coast. Ogunquit Beach, a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes, lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. Marginal Way is a cliff walk close by with coastal views, benches and an iconic lighthouse. Musicals are staged at the Ogunquit Playhouse during summer. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is known for its waterside sculptures and works by Maine-related artists. And be sure to visit nearby Perkins Cove for spectacular ocean views.

Remember the Poconos, July 27th to 29th

The following weekend, the 27th to 29th of July, you can experience the thrill of NASCAR racing again at the Pocono Raceway for the Gander Outdoors PA 400 race. This is another opportunity to see and cheer your favorite drivers as the race for the Cup returns to Long Pond, PA.

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

Where to Camp for Pocono Raceway:

While you’re in the Poconos, take advantage of all the beauty and outdoor recreation facilities the area has to offer. Here are just a few parks.

Pocono Mountain Parks

Big Pocono State Park spans 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain. Perched atop Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park is rugged and scenic. A paved, 1.4-mile, ADA-accessible drive encircles the mountaintop, providing magnificent views of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. To learn more, see their website here.

There are plenty of other State Parks and forests in the Poconos, which you can check out at their website.

If you are looking for more NASCAR excitement, you can plan to visit Watkins Glen the following weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Glen on Sunday, August 5th.

To rent an RV for your trip, check our nearby RV Rentals locations in New York/New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Click here for more details.

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RV Camping to Two Northwest Music Festivals – July 4th-8th

Make it a long Fourth of July weekend, starting on Wednesday the 4th. Start with the very popular Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon from the 4th to the 7th and consider the High Sierra Music Festival from the 5th to the 8th in Quincy, California. You can visit one or both this year and get out in nature while enjoying any type of music you choose.  Music festival camping is a great way to enjoy your favorite tunes and the outdoors at the same time.

Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland, OR

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Waterfront Blues Festival

If blues is your favorite, consider going to Portland to catch this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival. This year’s great lineup includes George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Revivalists, Beth Hart and The Mavericks, among others such as Ruthie Foster and Marc Broussard. To see the full lineup, click here. It is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, which spans both sides of the Hawthorne Bridge. Billed as the largest celebration of blues, soul, funk, and rhythm & blues west of the Mississippi, this long weekend is filled with amazing performances across four stages, with food, vendors, river boat cruises, and more.

Camping Spots Nearby:

You can camp at Jantzen Beach RV Park, Columbia River Park or the Fox Run RV Park, all of which are nearby.

To rent an RV for your Portland trip, check our Ferndale, Washington RV Rental location. Click here for more details.

Quincy High Sierra Music Festival

If blues isn’t your thing, or you want a variety of music this Fourth, check out the Quincy High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA.

Major acts for the 2018 lineup at the Quncy High Sierra Music Festival include lots of different artists who will be performing day and night. Some of them are: The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter, Sturgill Simpson, The California Honeydrops and far too many more to mention. Check out their website to see the full list of artists and schedule as well as ticket and camping information.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby that you can scope out before you embark on your trip to Quincy. Tent and RV Options are available at one of several nearby annex locations just off Lee Road (outside Gate 3) including Sierra Skies Campground, Grandview Campground or other close properties. Campers are placed on a first-come, first served basis. Also, Shady Grove Annex is adjacent to the fairgrounds and a quick, easy walk to the main fairgrounds entrance. You may park your vehicle or RV in Shady Grove Annex with the appropriate vehicle pass. Note: Shady Grove Annex is dry camping – no power/water hook-ups available.

More Sights to See

The Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered. There is also camping located in the park. Check the National Park site for more information.

If you want to rent an RV nearby for your trip to Quincy, there are three choices of El Monte RV Rental locations: one is in Reno, NV; one in Sacramento and the third is in Dublin, California. Check them out here.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate your Fourth of July, enjoy yourself and remember to get outside and enjoy music festival camping!

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