Summer RV Adventure in Washington’s National and State Parks

Washington offers many National and State parks to choose from plus a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts. Get out in your RV or ours and see some sights of the Pacific Northwest this summer. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots.

If you are starting out near Bellingham, at El Monte’s RV Rentals, you could travel south to Seattle to begin your adventure. Here take a few hours to explore the Wing Luke Museum. This unique place is described as an experience more than a museum that reveals what it is and was to be Asian American in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors explore thought-provoking exhibitions of real stories, including that of actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee.

If you wish to travel east from Ferndale and Bellingham, you can treat yourself to the views of a true alpine landscape in the North Cascades National Park. Here you can find communities of life that have adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fires in the east. Jagged peaks are crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Here you can listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. This is truly a unique experience.

There are 15 National Parks and Places in Washington. First, check out the blog on this site for Monty’s Musings, RV Trip to Wild, Wonderful Washingtonwhich covered the 3 main national parks, Mt. Rainier, the San Juan Island and Olympia National Park. The current blog focuses more on the State parks that are available and some of the National parks and historic places not covered before.

Ebey’s Landing, in Coupeville, WA also offers a stunning view at the gateway to Puget Sound. This is just a short drive south from Ferndale. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reservepreserves the historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of both native and Euro-American – while offering spectacular opportunities for recreation.

One thing you should also note: there is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary, and on September 28thto celebrate National Public Lands Day. So try to plan your trips to take advantage of those days, or purchase a National Parks Pass. See the webpage, National Park Service Passesfor more details.

 

State Parks in Washington

Washington has 154 State Parks, 5 State Recreation Areas, 2 State Forests, and 1 State Wildlife Area in addition to all the national parks and historic places.

These parks are divided into ten regions: The Islands, in the northwest corner of the state, North Cascades, going east from there, and Rocky Mountain Gateway, on the eastern edge of Washington. The Columbia River Plateau is south and west of the Rocky Mountain Gateway and the Palouse is southeast of that. The Wine Country is on the southern border of the state until you get to Volcano Country, west of the Wine Country. Wrapping up this amazing state are The Coast (west southern coast, north of that is Olympic and Kitsap and east of that region is King Country, which is around Seattle. To see all the recreation destinations in Washingtoncheck out their website.

Nine of their state parks have interpretive centers where visitors can experience the catastrophic Ice Age floods at the Dry Falls Visitor Center or retrace the journey of the Corps of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. You can peer through one of the largest amateur built telescopes in the country at Goldendale Observatory or step inside a historic lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park. There are so many that one could spend a month or more just exploring all the State Parks Washington has to offer. For more information on Washington’s State Parks with interpretive centers,see their website.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Washington. To find which parks will reserve spaces for camping in your RV, go to Washington Campgrounds and Camping provided by ReserveAmerica.

Camp in the National ParksWith reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is very sophisticated and they purposely leave many sites first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at any of the park’s websites.

To make the most of your Washington parks trip, easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Ferndale, near Bellingham.

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Four Easy Ways to Save Big on RV Travel

Love to travel by RV but don’t have a big travel budget? Lucky for you, we’ve found four easy ways to save big money on every RV camping trip. Use these ideas on your next RV vacation and watch your travel budget stretch in surprising ways.

  1. How to Save Money at Campgrounds

Most private campgrounds offer special rates, especially if you’re traveling ‘off-season’ or planning an extended stay. Do a little research on campground websites to learn when peak season ends, if they offer multi-day discounts and whether midweek campers save on the regular campsite rate.

Another way to save money on campsites is to camp in state or national forests. Many offer water and electric sites at minimal cost, and the proximity to outdoor recreation can save travel dollars, as well. Oh Ranger park finder app can help you locate state and national forests and other recreation areas across the US.

A third option is boondocking on public lands. You may wonder, if you normally camp in RV parks, what, exactly, ‘boondocking’ means.  The term boondocking in its most basic form means camping on public lands with no amenities or defined campsites. With some preparation (filling the RV water tanks, using solar or some other alternative form of power) you can camp free in some wild and gorgeous places.

To find free, dispersed campsites on public lands, check the BLM website and locate wilderness areas you’d like to visit. Call the closest BLM regional office (on the website) to make sure an area is accessible by RVs. The camping app Campendium is also a good source of information on dispersed camping areas. 

Palisade State Park

Palisade State Park

  1. How to Find Free Overnight Parking

Ever need somewhere to park the RV and sleep before moving on down the road? Wondering if you can park an RV anywhere? The big answer is ‘No’, but there are places where RVs are welcome to park overnight for no charge. Some Walmart stores allow RVers to park in specific areas of their parking lots overnight, but you need to check with the store first. Highway rest stops and casino parking lots may also allow free overnight parking. You can use a travel app such as AllStays to search for ‘Overnight Parking’ or ‘Walmart Ask to Park’.

  1. How to Save Money on Meals While Camping

One reason RV travel saves money is that you have an on-board kitchen to cook meals. Come up with standard menus that are RV-travel friendly. Stock your RV kitchen with staples like pasta, rice, canned sauces and beans. Buy meat in bulk if there’s significant savings and make meals ahead to freeze. Heating premade chilis, soups, sloppy joe mix, homemade pasta sauces, pre-cut stir-fry veggie and meat mixes and so forth will help you save big dollars over restaurant meals.

  1. How to Save Money on Fuel for RVs

Every RV traveler likes to save money on fuel. With today’s handy travel apps, it’s easy to find the stations with the cheapest gas along your route. Here are just a few of the top fuel price tracking apps to try.

GasBuddy provides user-based reports on the latest gas prices in each area. RV travelers who help other drivers by posting gas prices have a chance to win a $100 gas gift card each month.

Gas Guru posts prices provided by the Oil Price Information Service, and offers directions from your location to the cheapest gas in the area.

Fuelio is a way to track mileage, fuel consumption and maintenance costs. It also displays the cheapest fuel prices based on your GPS location. If you’re one of those RVers who loves to keep a log of all costs connected to your vehicle, this is an app to consider.

MapQuest app is well-known for giving travelers directions from point-to-point, but did you know if you click the ‘Nearby’ button and the gas icon, it displays current price per gallon along your route? 

What if I Don’t Own an RV?

RV rental companies often offer specials based on season, number of days you’ll be traveling or membership in travel-related clubs. Before you rent an RV for your next trip, be sure to ask what specials are currently available.

Saving money while RV camping is easy, once you learn the apps and hacks that smart RVers use. Whether it’s discounted campsite rentals or feeding your fellow campers economically, you’ll soon be saving big money on your RV camping excursions.

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Your Guide to RV Campgrounds for Adults Over 21

From glamping weekends for ladies only to summer camp for adults, the adults only camping craze is catching on. RV campgrounds have led this trend, with over-21 and over-50 campgrounds located across the country. If you long to find an RV camping destination where the kiddies can’t come along, our guide to adults only RV campgrounds is a good place to start.

Camping for adults only comes in a variety of styles. Let’s look at the most common options available for adults who prefer to camp without kids around.

Over-21 RV Resorts

The first type of adults only campground is the over-21 RV resort, where activities and amenities cater to adult campers. A quick check of the what’s offered at Edge-O-Dells Resort in Wisconsin will give you a good idea of what’s out there. Guests there enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar with live music, a large pool with hot tub and quick access to the local casino. Special events like weekly Bike Nights keep the party atmosphere humming, a common theme for campgrounds that cater to the over-21 crowd.

Over 21 rv camping

Over 21 rv camping

If you’re hoping to find a more peaceful adults only setting,  Wild Duck Campground and RV Park in Maine’s Scarborough Marsh is a good example of an over-21 campground for nature lovers. This type of campground tends to be situated in pristine natural settings where outdoor recreation is easy to access.

No matter which style camper you are, you should be able to easily locate a no-kids-allowed campground to suit your fancy.

Over-50 RV Resorts

With so many seniors choosing full-time RV living, there’s been an explosion of over-50 campgrounds to meet their needs. From long-term campsites for snowbirds in states with mild winter weather to overnight camping for older campers on the move, RV resorts for seniors understand the needs of the over-50 set.

One of the ways these campgrounds attract a steady stream of RVers is by offering a range of amenities to appeal to active seniors or older campers who prefer to stay close to the campground, as well as retired campers who’ve chosen to pursue an ‘encore career’ while on the road. Cable television and wireless internet, exercise classes or facilities and venues for outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing and hiking nearby top the list of features seniors look for in an RV resort.

Need an example of what might be available if you’re one of the flood of older campers hitting the road?  Winterset RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast keeps campers happy with an on-site wood shop, fitness center, business center and a full schedule of planned activities. They welcome both long-term ‘snowbirds’ and overnight campers fifty-five and over.

Where to Find Adults Only RV Campgrounds

Where can you find a campground that doesn’t allow kids? An easy way to start your search is by checking the online directories of RV clubs. Passport America and Good Sam members, for example, can search for adults only RV resorts and then add additional search filters to find the amenities they prefer.

A simple internet search for “RV campgrounds for adults only” or a similar search phrase will also yield many pages of options to explore. You can narrow down your search online by adding the state or city you’d like to visit.

Once you’ve found the place that sounds perfect for your next RV camping vacation, be sure to read their Rules and Regulations page so you’ll know if there are restrictions on things like pets and under-age visitors. Check their schedule of activities and outdoor recreation options. You may find you can enjoy a well-rounded vacation taking advantage of what’s available free for RV park visitors.

Camping without kids can be a nice break for parents or an RV-lifestyle choice. Whatever your reason for choosing a child-free campground (or seniors-only resort), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s available near your chosen destination.

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Five Northwest Lake Destinations to Discover

Out of RV Travel Ideas?

If you camp by RV often, you may find the same old campgrounds losing their luster. We’ve got five enticing lake destinations in America’s rugged Northwest to help restart your RV camping hearts. Pick one from our list below and get back on the road to camping fun.

  1.   Washington – Lake Chelan

Located in the mountainous forests of Central Washington, Lake Chelan is a developed lake ringed by resort properties, quaint villages and abundant RV camping options.

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Winding its way through Lake Chelan National Recreation AreaLakeshore RV Resort, operated by the city of Chelan, features full-service amenities paired with a swimming beach and easy access to services in town.the lake is custom-made for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping are popular ways to enjoy the bright blue waters of Lake Chelan and the surrounding Cascades. Campers are also within an easy drive of wineries, galleries, restaurants and shops in two lakeside villages – Chelan and Manson. A must-do day trip idea—hike or take the passenger ferry to the rustic village of Stehekin to enjoy unspoiled beauty.    

  1.   Oregon – Lake of the Woods

If you’ve been RV camping in Oregon, you’ve probably camped at magnificent Crater Lake. We’d like to offer Oregon travelers another possibility—RV camping at Lake of the Woods, a smaller, more intimate setting with plenty of woodsy charm.

Lake of the Woods, in Oregon’s Southern Cascades, is a high mountain lake kept full year-round by snow runoff and natural springs. Kokanee salmon, German Brown and Rainbow Trout thrive in the cold, clear waters at five-thousand-feet elevation.

Lake of the Woods Resort operates the camping concession within Fremont-Winema National Forest. Their small, nicely wooded campground features full hook-up and electric & water sites and is close to the marina.

Plan to spend many hours outdoors at this lush mountain paradise, where trails wind through old-growth forests, around the lake and beyond to nearby mountains. Views of Mt. McLoughlin frame your journey as you paddle a canoe or kayak along the lake’s shoreline.

  1.   Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho is famous for its bright blue waters and first-class outdoor recreation. Camp in one of several RV campgrounds and resorts near the city of Coeur d’Alene and enjoy tour boat cruises, guided fishing excursions for chinook and bass, and golf on one of ten courses that ring this stunningly scenic lake.

Trails in and around the city (be sure to try Tubbs Hill), as well as a section of the seventy-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, cater to hikers, trail runners and mountain biking enthusiasts. Adjacent Coeur d’Alene National Forest is also home to hundreds of miles of trails.

  1.   Montana – Flathead Lake

Been promising your camping companions a fishing charter experience? There’s no better place in Montana to fish than Flathead Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.

Situated in the valley adjacent to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is fed by two cold, clear rivers. Local outfitters can guide you to where the forty-plus-pound Lake Trout (Mackinaws) feed.

If you’re not into fishing, never fear. The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, two scenic highways that skirt the lake’s thirty-mile length and plenty of places to enjoy wildlife watching, swimming, water sports and comfortable Montana RV camping.

Speaking of camping, Finley Point State Park Campground and a half-dozen private RV parks ring the lake, offering a variety of amenities. Most are on the water or in the lakeside towns of Polson, Bigfork and Rollins.

  1.   Wyoming – Jackson Lake

One of the star attractions of Grand Teton National Park is the collection of alpine lakes within the park’s boundaries. Several of these mountain lakes are remote, accessible to hikers and tent campers. There are, however, RV camping options near the chilly, pristine waters of Jackson Lake.

Colter Bay RV Park, five minutes from Jackson Lake, is a full-service campground with full-hookups and easy access to services in Colter Bay Village. Colter Bay Campground is a large, wooded campground suitable for dry camping in an RV. Showers, laundry facilities and a dump station are close by.

Why camp at Jackson Lake while visiting Grand Teton National Park? It’s centrally located for access to all the park has to offer. The lake itself is famous for cutthroat, brown trout and lake trout fishing, and is also perfect for launching your sailboat or kayak. Boat tours are offered throughout the summer to give campers an up-close view of Mt. Moran and other jagged peaks that border the lake.

Pick a lake that appeals to your heart and plan to go RV camping soon in America’s glorious Northwest. Be sure to let us know which lakeside camping adventure you’ll be repeating!

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Ten Outstanding RV Campgrounds near San Francisco

We’ve shared a lot with our readers about the joys of visiting the San Francisco area, so we thought we’d help your planning even more by adding a list of outstanding San Francisco area RV campgrounds. Knowing you’ll find great amenities, friendly staff and easy access to Bay Area attractions can make all the difference on your San Francisco RV camping vacation. Here’s our list!

  • Ranked among the best RV parks in the Bay Area by Woodall’s, Coyote Valley RV Resort in San Jose has something for everyone. A short drive takes you to San Francisco, great area golf courses and beautiful Monterey. While at the resort, enjoy the salt water pool, free WiFi and satellite TV, an outdoor games area and a nicely-equipped clubhouse.
  • Across the Bay and an easy drive west of San Francisco, the charming city of Pleasanton is home to Fair Park RV. Situated on the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this park gives campers the chance to easily visit San Francisco or branch out into Livermore Wine Country. The scenic mountain setting and affordable amenities make this park a hit with our RV rental customers.
  • Hoping to camp at the closest RV park to Golden Gate National Recreation Area? Golden Gate Trailer Park is just a few minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, so pull that big rig to a halt in one of their campsites and get ready to enjoy everything San Francisco has to offer.
  • Looking for a picturesque setting outside the clamor of the city? Maple Leaf RV Park in Morgan Hill is located an hour south of the Bay Area and fits that description perfectly. Get ready to be charmed by the beauty of this large park close enough to area attractions but pleasantly away from it all.
  • North of San Francisco in Novato, Novato RV Park is highly-rated by our San Francisco RV rental customers. Camp sites that accommodate the big rigs, nice seasonal discounts and the easy drive to San Francisco attractions are just three reasons to park your RV in Novato.
  • An hour north of San Francisco and surrounded by stunningly gorgeous scenery, Olema RV Resort and Campground is the kind of place RVers return to frequently. While traveling to San Francisco is easy from this RV park, you’ll also find yourselves next door to Point Reyes National Seashore! Plan extra time to enjoy the wonders of this coastal RV campground.
  • San Francisco RV Resort – Pacifica: Ocean views just a short drive from the city; what could be better while on vacation? With many pull-thru sites, full hookups including 50 amp service and free WiFi, this park will become your comfortable home-away-from-home.
  • San Francisco/North Petaluma KOA is another area campground that receives high marks from our customers. Convenient to Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco and the vineyards of Napa Valley, this campground allows you to fully enjoy the region. Come home from exploring and play a game of bocce ball as you sip a glass of Napa Valley wine. Heaven!
  • Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo keeps you close to both Napa Valley and the high-speed San Francisco Ferry that will carry you across San Pablo Bay and on to the San Francisco Bay area. Explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the lighthouses and Alcatraz and then ferry back to your luxurious RV rental for a well-deserved rest.
  • Another highly-rated park in the lovely town of Morgan Hill, Uvas Pines RV Park features shady campsites and friendly hosts with a quiet setting. Enjoy the convenience of camping close to Hwy 101 and come home to a peaceful night’s sleep outside the bustle of the Bay Area.
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Fun at Live Oak Landing in Freeport Florida

Our friends at RVC Outdoor Destinations kindly shared this with us about their new campground Live Oak Landing.

Nestled along the Choctawhatchee Bay with direct water frontage on the gorgeous Black Creek, Live Oak Landing is a beautiful campground committed to offering its guests a hotel-like experience in the ideal natural environment. Each one of the RV campsites is concrete, complete with full hook-ups, 50 amp service, cable and Wi-Fi.

Its several century old Live Oak trees take campers back to a time when things moved at a more relaxing pace. Yet, should you feel the urge to go into town, Destin is merely minutes away with some of the best shopping and seafood restaurants in the South. If you want to bring your friends, but they don’t own an RV, no worries! There are brand-new furnished cottages to rent near the RV sites. This unique combination of seclusion and proximity are what make Live Oak Landing such a highly desirable destination.

Some of the more notable features of Live Oak Landing include:

  • A boat ramp and dock providing guests with easy access to the water
  • Direct boat access to Choctawhatchee Bay, the Gulf, rivers, bayous, and intercoastal waterway
  • Fishing either from some excellent on-property fishing spots or through available fishing charters to experience some of the very best bayou, river, bay, and Gulf Coast fishing in the region.

It sounds like if northwest Florida is in your travel plans you should be sure to add Live Oak Landing to your must-see list of campgrounds.

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Take in Historic St. Augustine from Pacetti’s Campground & Marina

This was kindly provided to us by our friends at Pacetti’s Campground & Marina.

Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is located at on Trout Creek, a tributary of the beautiful St. Johns River. The campground showcases the best that country charm has to offer. The 23-acre campground has huge oak trees, and the creek is perfect for fishing right off the campground’s docks. Bring your RV, tent, or even rent a cabin. The campground has a boat ramp and boat slips for your boat too. This is the perfect location to get away from all the crowds and just relax and enjoy leisurely days by the creek. When you are ready for some shopping, golf, and area attractions, everything is just a short drive from Pacetti’s.

Attractions Near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina

Historic St. Augustine is just one of the many attractions located near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina. Think about taking a trolley tour, horse and carriage ride, or even a riverboat to see St. Augustine. And of course do not forget St. Augustine’s beaches!

Other attractions include:

  • The World Golf Village that is only a 10 minute drive away. The Imax Theater, Renaissance Resort and Murray Brothers Caddy Shack restaurant are all located there.
  • The St. Augustine Outlet Mall, a full day of shopping that is only 20 minutes away.
  • Ft. Matanzas with guides dressed in character and real working cannons.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not, always a family favorite.

There are many other attractions that would appeal to visitors of all ages. The staff Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is very knowledgeable about the area, and will strive to help you with your plans.

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Great RV Campground Hosts Make All the Difference

Why do you return to the same RV campgrounds year after year? Chances are it’s because you’ve made a connection with the campground hosts there. No matter if you camp the Maine coastline or prefer plush RV resorts in Arizona, the presence of great RV campground hosts make all the difference in a memorable stay.

So what makes an RV campground host great? We’ve done a little research on the topic, and identified three traits that have motorhome campers singing the praises of campground hosts. We’ve also provided links to spots where the campground hosts get rave reviews in each category.

Great RV Campground Hosts are Friendly
The RV campground hosts we hear good things about consistently embrace the job of welcoming weary RV travelers with a smile. And that’s not easy! Consider how busy RV parks can be in peak vacation season. That means a certain number of inconsiderate campers who want to party or run their generators all night. That means RV-traveling pet owners who don’t clean up after Fifi. But the best RV campground hosts take it all in stride. They firmly enforce their campground’s rules and accommodate reasonable requests with a smile.

3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, NH is a great example of an RV campground where the hosts consistently get big props for friendly, caring service.

Great RV Campground Hosts Know the Area
From talking to RV travelers for years, we know a campground host who knows a lot about the local area can be invaluable. Here’s a stellar example of friendly, helpful RV campground hosts who can help with local travel information: KOA Yellowstone Kampground has its own Facebook page where frequent updates on ski slope and road conditions, campground upgrades, and Northern Arizona events are posted. These folks really know their local area and want you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Great RV Campground Hosts Go Above and Beyond
Sometimes the nicest things happen at RV campgrounds in the midst of emergencies. RV travelers have shared wonderful stories of campground hosts who have gone above and beyond to help get a vacation back on track.

Here are some campgrounds with hosts who rate high marks consistently for doing what it takes to make a vacation enjoyable:

  • Creekwood Resort in Sautee, GA
  • Oak Hill Court in Cassville, MO
  • Summer Wind RV Park in Dawson, WV

A great RV campground host really does make all the difference. We hope, when you discover one of these friendly, helpful folks (and there are plenty of them out there!), that you’ll let other RVers know about your experience. It’s a tough job that takes a special person to host an RV park that draws visitors year after year. Our hats are off to the people who help make RV camping one of America’s favorite vacation pastimes!

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10 Reasons You Should Visit Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida

Many thanks to Pamela Wright of Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, in Panama City Beach, Florida for this blog post.

  1. If you head east on I-98 from Pensacola to Fort Walton you are going to find wall to wall traffic, shopping malls and hotels. This can be quite exhilarating if you enjoy the feel of the big city stretched out along the beach, but if you would prefer a slower pace, you need to keep heading west to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida. You will still have the options of shopping at a modern mall, eating at an award winning restaurant and soaking up the sun on the beach – just at a more leisurely pace.
  2. At the tip of Panama City Beach lies St. Andrews State Park. A beautiful park with a lot to offer; not the least of which is the shuttle service to Shell Island. Walk along the quiet beach searching for shells, sit and relax on the white sugar sand beach, or watch the Skate (think manta ray but smaller) frolicking in the surf.
  3. Take a ride out into the gulf to watch the dolphin at play. They are beautiful creatures who give you a sense of serenity.
  4. Cross the Hathaway Bridge to visit the deceptively quiet towns of St. Andrews and Panama City. There are a lot of choices when it comes to food. Nothing quite as nice as sitting on a deck, gazing out over the lagoon and enjoying that glass of wine with a great salad.
  5. Check out the art scene, the antiques scene, and the “old” town scene along Harrison Avenue in Panama City. Lots to choose from. If you make it on a Friday evening beginning in March, you can also participate in the Friday Fest. Lots of fun, music, people watching and, once again, great food.
  6. Panama City Beach has a very active Senior Center where you can do anything from practice Yoga, to make jewelry, to paint. The price is right, the atmosphere is fun filled and you are guaranteed to learn something.
  7. Check out the theater scene! Musicals, plays, symphonies, what more could you ask for?
  8. Take a drive on I-98 heading east and visit the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Stop at Mexico Beach and visit the shops, head for Apalachicola for the freshest oysters and on the way check out the lighthouses.
  9. Be sure to visit the local seafood markets for the freshest fish, shrimp and my personal favorite…blue crab. Great taste, good for you and a whole lot cheaper than up north.
  10. Relax at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, one of only 17 RV parks nationwide to attain Trailer Life’s coveted 10/10*/10 rating. Just north of the Zoo in Panama City Beach, you can’t find a better place to stay.

If those aren’t enough reasons for you to plan a visit to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida, then you will just have to wait for the next installment. See you soon!

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RV Vacation: Visiting the Covered Bridges of New England

For a picture postcard perfect RV vacation this Autumn, why not enjoy both the Fall foliage and the covered bridges of New England? A journey to the historic bridges of one (or all) of the New England States gets a big boost of color in Autumn. Pack your bags as we journey East on an RV vacation to visit the covered bridges of New England.

Where Exactly is “New England?”

Unless you’re from the region, you may be confusing which Eastern states make up “New England.” This wonderfully scenic region consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It also encompasses some of the most scenic backroads in America, and that’s where you’ll find the fabled covered bridges of New England.

Where Will I Find New England’s Covered Bridges?

Connecticut’s Covered Bridges: This state has a nice collection of covered bridges waiting to be viewed, photographed and remembered by RV travelers. Here are some of the most popular you’ll want to be sure to visit:

  • Bulls Bridge over the Housatonic River near Kent
  • Comstock Bridge near Colchester, over the Salmon River
  • Huckleberry Hill Bridge in Avon, CT
  • Kent Falls Covered Bridge in Kent Falls State Park (especially good place for leaf peeping!)
  • West Cornwall Covered Bridge, also over the Housatonic River

Maine’s Covered Bridges: Get ready to burn up those camera batteries! Maine has an amazing variety of historic covered bridges—here are some favorites of RV travelers:

  • Artist’s Bridge near New Bethel
  • Hemlock Bridge near Fryeburg, ME
  • Lowes Bridge south of Guilford Village
  • Robyville Bridge, Robyville Village, Corinth
  • Watson Settlement Bridge over Meduxnekeag Stream near Littleton, ME

For more information on Maine’s picturesque covered wooden bridges, go to Maine’s DOT website.

Massachusetts Covered Bridges: You’ll definitely want to take a journey to Massachusetts when the leaves are turning, because they’ll form the most splendid backdrop imaginable for your covered bridge photos. The view is spectacular at Bissell Bridge near Charlemont, MA, Pumping Station Bridge over the Green River in Franklin County and the Upper Sheffield Bridge over the Housatonic in Berkshire County. You’ll also want to schedule time on your RV trip to see the Old Slab Bridge in Bristol County and the Sylacin Trust Bridge in Danvers. These are just a few of the picturesque spans in Massachusetts. For a complete listing by county, see DaleJ.Travis.com.

New Hampshire Covered Bridges: Because New Hampshire has so many covered bridges, it’s easiest to tell you where to find information for the areas you’d like to visit! NHLiving.com offers comprehensive information about New Hampshire covered bridges by region. Just a taste—the White Mountains Region is home to more than a dozen historic bridges, like the Swiftwater Bridge over the Wild Ammonoosuc River and the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge in Woodsville. In the state’s Great North Woods Region, you’ll find beautifully restored bridges such as the Happy Corners Bridge near Pittsburg Village. No matter which areas you choose to visit in New Hampshire, you’re sure to find charming covered bridges to explore.

Rhode Island Covered Bridges: There’s a fascinating story behind Rhode Island’s only covered bridge! The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, RI was built (twice!) by volunteers in homage to the state’s dismantled covered bridges. Be sure to stop by this bridge and learn about the dedication and generosity of Rhode Island residents hoping to build a monument to history.

Vermont’s Covered Bridges: Did you know there’s a single county in Vermont that’s home to five historic covered bridges? From the Silk Bridge, built around 1840, to West Arlington Bridge, found near a popular Inn, Bennington County, VT is a must-see on your RV vacation to visit New England’s covered bridges. FoliageVermont.com has a full listing of covered bridges and leaf-peeping tours in the Green Mountain State.

RV Camping Along the Way
So, we’ve made it through our tour of New England, armed with some new information about where to find the area’s covered bridges. Now, how to find the best RV camping? Here’s are some links to New England campground directories.

Some Other Helpful Resources

Dont miss some of our own covered bridge pictures in Monty’s RV Camping Pictures.

Plan your route and hit the back roads of New England this Autumn for some unforgettable leaf peeping and the chance to visit many memorable covered bridges on one trip.

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