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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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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Fall Foliage RV Road Trips to Remember

The fall foliage forecasts for many US regions are calling for early, but spectacular, autumn color. Before you plan your autumn RV road trip, use these tips to find the most colorful displays of the season.   

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

Fall Foliage Viewing RV Trips

What looks good for 2017?

We’re glad you asked, because this year, the shrubs and trees across America are slated to outdo themselves. Here are our top suggestions for 2017 RV road trips to find fall foliage.

  • Drive along Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from Charlevoix to Northport via US-31. It’s less than one hundred miles total, but you’re going to want to explore the side roads and fishing villages, as well as historic sites, lighthouses and wineries around Traverse City. Orange and yellow blazes of color will delight the eye as oaks and maples turn through October. Here’s a list of Michigan RV campgrounds to help you start planning.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio boasts thirty-thousand-plus acres of hiking trails and scenic drives custom-made for leaf peeping. Follow SR-303 across the park for especially lush fall color. There’s no RV camping within the park, but the National Park Service has created this helpful list of RV campgrounds near Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • Driving the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in Northern New Mexico is a magical way to spend an autumn weekend. A little less than ninety miles full circle, this route promises breathtaking autumn color late September to mid-October. You’ll circumnavigate Wheeler Peak from Taos north to Questa, then around the mountain down to Angel Fire. Plenty of wildlife, mountain passes and fall foliage combine for a drive you won’t soon forget.
  • Take a road trip to Quechee State Park, a few minutes west of I-89 at Hartford, Vermont, for outstanding leaf peeping opportunities. Quechee Gorge overflows with fall color, as well as views of the Outtauquechee River fall below. Park campgrounds are open through mid-October, allowing you to stay several days to explore the hiking trails.
  • If you happen to be in California’s Eastern Sierra this autumn, be sure to visit sites around Bishop, California to spy the luscious golds of aspens and cottonwoods against a backdrop of rugged mountains.  Owens Valley and the Lake Sabrina/Bishop Creek Canyon area, in particular, deliver autumn views worth slowing down to savor. Creekside RV Park west of Bishop is open through mid-October.

Where can I find more information on fall foliage?

There’s a wealth of information online to steer road trippers to the best fall color. One source often used by fall RV travelers is the Weather Channel’s annual fall foliage map. This map set reveals the forecasted peak of color for each region. There’s also a feature for uploading your own autumn foliage photos.

Be sure to visit local tourism offices or websites, as well, to learn where folks are seeing the best fall color. And don’t forget, this blog – Monty’s Musings – is searchable, so be sure to read through past blog posts on ‘leaf peeping’ and ‘fall foliage’ for more ideas.

It’s high time you hit the road for your own leaf peeping tour. You’ll enjoy cool weather camping and beautiful scenery on the same RV road trip. Who could turn down a chance to do that? We ramp up the enticement another notch with our Autumn RV Rental Special. Where will you go this year in search of fall foliage?

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Six Spectacular RV Camping Trips to Find Fall Color

Chase a splash of red up a mountain road, and be rewarded by an endless valley filled with autumn colors. Wake up in your RV campground to the blaze of red and gold glory all around. That’s the beauty of an RV camping trip to find fall color.

These six spectacular trips offer a banquet of autumn beauty to RV travelers. It’s not too late to plan your itinerary!

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee:  Located on the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and half a day’s drive from Louisville, KY, Gatlinburg is one of our favorite autumn destinations. Use it as your starting point for one of the many scenic drives through the National Park to net a camera full of autumn color.
  1. Bristol, Rhode Island:  There’s never a bad time of year to drive Rhode Island’s coastal highways, and autumn there is particularly memorable. From the grounds of the Blithewold Mansion to the autumn wonders of Colt State Park on Narragansett Bay, RV travelers will find their fill of fall color in Bristol. RV vacation bonus—it’s a short drive via I-95 from Boston!
  1. Park City, Utah:  If you find yourself RV camping near Salt Lake City this autumn, take the time to visit Park City, less than an hour east on I-80. That’s where to start your journey through miles and miles of golden aspen as you follow the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, with a side trip up the Alpine Scenic Loop “Backway” through Sundance. Don’t miss this Western wonder of nature!
  1. Grand County, Colorado:  The county and forest roads around the Rocky Mountain towns of Granby, Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser reveal some of
    Fall Foliage

    Fall Foliage

    Colorado’s best fall foliage. About an hour and a half from Denver, Grand County RV campers can find hours of autumn color along byways like County Road 50 (Church Park Rd) west of
    Fraser and Hwy 34 from Grand Lake to Granby. Autumn travel extra—keep an ear open for elk bugling during fall mating season!

  1. Tioga County, Pennsylvania:  Here’s an RV traveling family’s chance to see the PA Grand Canyon, as well as unforgettable autumn vistas! Tioga County, PA, a couple hours’ west of Kingston, boasts charming towns like Wellsboro, where quaint shops and homes are surrounded by glorious hardwoods in full autumn blaze. Follow the county roads between Ansonia, Wellsboro and Colton Point State Park for your best fall camping trip photos.
  1. Galena, Illinois:  As your motorhome rolls into Galena, Illinois, be prepared to be charmed! This Mississippi River town along the Great River Road blends abundant autumn leaves, streets winding up scenic hillsides and Victorian homes and shops galore. About three hours west of Chicago, Galena is one of the finest places to find fall foliage in the Midwest.

Admit it, you’re hoping to make an RV trip into the countryside to witness the beauty of autumn foliage. Use these suggested itineraries to start your trip planning, and don’t forget to give us a call if you’re in need of an RV rental. This autumn promises to be spectacular! Don’t miss the chance to see it for yourself with an RV camping trip to find fall color.

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Five RV Trips to Discover Fall Foliage

RV Camping in Gorgeous Fall Color 

As the last heat of summer wanes, the hearts of RV campers turn to planning RV trips to find fall foliage. Lucky for you, here at El Monte RV we work overtime locating fall color hotspots worth discovering.

Here are five fall foliage trips to tempt you out onto the road for Autumn RV camping. Pack your camera, a jacket and your hiking shoes – you’re going to want to wander through America’s gorgeous fall colors!

Fall Foliage RV Trip #1: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

If you’re picking up a New York City area RV rental, you can start your trip in nearby Sussex County, New Jersey. Snugly wrapped in the Kittatinny Mountains, this picturesque county offers leaf peeping opportunities to see oak, hickory and ash forests ablaze in color.

Head north on the New York State Thruway to Albany and then up to historic Saratoga Springs. Continue north into New York’s Adirondack Park for six million acres of fall foliage possibilities!

Once you’ve camped your fill in the Adirondacks, why not swing back south through Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains State Park? Mountain Vista Campground near East Stroudsburg, PA is convenient to hiking trails and scenic drives sure to reward you with fall color.

Fall Foliage RV Trip #2: Massachusetts and Vermont

What could be more scenic than Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains in the Fall? Roll through the forests and meadows of these ancient mountains and be on the lookout for fall color through early October. RV camping idea – Historic Valley Campground at Windsor Lake, just north of North Adams, MA, for comfort, convenience and a colorful woodland setting.

If you’d like to extend your leaf peeping trip, head your RV one hour north to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. This wonderland of scenic autumn vistas is also home to comfortable RV camping at Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington, VT.

Fall Foliage RV Trip #3: Peak to Peak Highway – Colorado

With a Denver RV rental from El Monte RV, you’re equipped for an unforgettable Rocky Mountain fall foliage tour.  The Peak to Peak Highway takes you north from Denver to historic Estes Park, with miles and miles of gold and orange aspens along the way. Other points of interest to explore as you’re leaf peeping on this route: Blackhawk – famous for its casinos, Rocky Mountain National Park and almost-ghost-towns like Nederland, CO.

Consider a stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park near Estes Park, close to plenty of fall foliage scenery.

Fall Foliage RV Trip #4: Northern Arizona

If you’re in the Phoenix area in late September or early October, you’re just a couple of hours away from spectacular autumn color!

Head north on I-17 toward Flagstaff, and plan to spend time driving the scenic routes inside Coconino National Forest. You’re sure to find many breathtaking miles of aspens, oaks and cottonwoods as you ramble along scenic drives or park the RV and hike one of the many forest trails.

All the way through Sedona and into Flagstaff, you’ll have plenty of places to stop and look to your heart’s content at the beauty of Northern Arizona in the Fall. KOA in Flagstaff is a friendly place to stay before you head back south to Phoenix.

Fall Foliage RV Trip #5: Tahoe National Forest, Northern California

Did you know that some of the best leaf peeping in the West can be done just a couple of hours east of Sacramento? Pick up a Sacramento RV rental and then point it east toward the Nevada/California border.  The views east of Nevada City on Hwy 20 (toward Truckee) and northeast along Hwy 49 into the National Forest are reported to be spectacular in late September and early October.

Campgrounds in Tahoe National Forest may close early, but RV campsites are available year-round at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.

Fall Foliage RV Road Trips

Fall Foliage RV Road Trips

Doesn’t a trip through the countryside to find fall colors sound wonderful? See it all from the comfort of an RV – pick an itinerary from one of our five suggestions or plan one of your own. There’s no better time to travel by RV!

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Plan a Colorful Autumn RV Trip to the Catskills

There is no time like the present to plan an autumn drive through the Catskill Mountains in New York. This is when the foliage is at its peak, during October, and you will have a wonderful opportunity to see some magnificent orange, red and yellow leaves. Route 30 will take you through charming communities and past some great views.

Catskills beyond Hudson

Catskills beyond Hudson

Start your fall journey in an RV from Hancock and begin to explore. You will be driving from close to the border of New York and Pennsylvania to lovely Esperance, New York. Near Hancock you will also find some terrific dining if you wish to eat out, or you can play some golf before you officially start your drive.

After traveling through some quaint hamlets, you will come to the Pepacton Reservoir and finally end up in the small village of Margaretville. In addition to fishing in the reservoir, you can also venture to some of the local lakes, streams and ponds to cast a line and see what trout you can catch.

You may want to turn right onto New York Route 28 to see some other sights. This includes the Delaware and Ulster Railroad in Arkville. The fall foliage season is the perfect time to take this rail ride so you can see the brilliant displays. You may even get to experience an old-time train robbery on your trip. How thrilling would that be?

When you reach Belleayre Mountain you can get in some hiking. This is the best way to see the scenery and get up close and personal to nature’s fall beauty. Although mainly a winter destination for skiing and winter sports, Belleayre is great in the fall too! You can fish here or perhaps get out on the water in a kayak.

More fishing, hiking and golfing await you at Hunter Mountain. And then there is Kaaterskill Falls, a 260-foot cascade in two tiers. Ensure you have your hiking boots ready and take off on the trails which take you to the top of the falls and to the bottom as well.

Back on Route 30 again, you will come to Roxbury. This is the time to visit Roxbury Depot Museum. Get outdoors again and hike the Catskill Scenic Trail. In town there are a number of historic spots to see including the Walter Stratton House. Right in the middle of town is an 11-acre park where you can walk and enjoy the autumn foliage.

As you drive through Schoharie County you will be amazed at the gorgeous colors and sweet fall air. Stop at Mine Kill State Park if you wish to see an incredible sight. A beautiful 80-foot waterfall cascades through a gorge which you can view from a platform overlook. Perhaps you want to try your luck fishing here. There are plenty of trout, bass and walleye in the lower reservoir.

Next stop will be Fulton and the famous Vroman’s Nose. This is an oddly shaped mountain which is ideal for a short hiking excursion. It is only a two-mile trek on a loop trail of moderate difficulty. You will see why the name once you check out the sight from a distance. And once at the top, you’ll understand why the summit has been nicknamed the Dance Floor.

The Old Stone Fort Museum is located in Schoharie and is an important addition to your itinerary. Look for the cannonball hole in the rear of the structure. It came from a fight between Captain Joseph Brant and the British Loyalists. The entire complex offers a taste of history you can get no place else. Check their website before you arrive for hours. They are open in October through the 27th.

One of your last stops will be the Secret Caverns with its amazing underground waterfall. This is 100 feet of tumbling water under the earth, highlighted by the lovely stalactites and stalagmites. Get a guided tour and learn more about this fascinating cavern.

Your fall drive is about to come to an end. It has the final destination of the village of Esperance. Visit the George Landis Arboretum while here and put off your drive home. You can see thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world and can hike eight miles of trails through fields, wetlands and woodlands. What a terrific fall experience this trip has been. You will have to come back next year and take in any sights you missed!

Picture credits: The picture of The Catskills from the Hudson  is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Trip to some Lovely State Forests in Massachusetts

A fall vacation in Massachusetts may be just the thing to reset your clock and begin a new adventure for the year. An RV vacation through some of the state parks and forests is even better, as you can travel in style and comfort, many inconveniences simply eliminated. Start out in Lenox, Massachusetts to enjoy the autumn beauty of Berkshire County. After exploring the city, you can discover great hiking trails in Kennedy Park. This is a wonderful spot for a family picnic too!

Sign Entering Lenox MA

Entering Lenox MA

Just to the east of Lenox is October Mountain State Forest where you can get into the forest and see nature at its autumn best. Trek through Schermerhorn Gorge for some incredible scenery. Wildlife watching is something that attracts many to this woodland. The Appalachian Trail moves through this area, too, so if you have time, you can hike some miles on this famous trail to experience the exciting Massachusetts wilderness.

North of Lenox, the Pittsfield State Forest is where the streams invite fishermen to take advantage of the great weather. Berry Pond is up at more than 2,000 feet in elevation and is a great place to find the fish biting. Drive to the top of Berry Mountain for some wonderful views. In the northeast corner of the forest, discover Balance Rock State Park with its limestone boulder balanced so precariously on the bedrock.

Continue north to visit Mount Greylock State Reservation, the highest point in the state. You will get some panoramic views here across Berkshire County and beyond. Although the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower is closed for the season, the memorial chamber at ground level is open to enjoy.

Once complete with your visit at Mount Greylock, head east on Highway 2 towards Boston. You will run into Interstate 90 which will take you right back to the city. However, as you drive Highway 2, stop at Mohawk Trail State Forest  so you can see fabulous gorges carved deep in the rock, mountain ridges and a wide variety of animal and plant life. Trout fishing here is excellent.

Next stop is Erving State Forest with many outdoor activities for the RV vacationer. Try boating on the lake, hiking the forest woodlands or fishing from the shore. Many woodland trails offer destinations of scenic interest, so you will definitely want to put on the hiking shoes and get outside and move through nature’s surrounds.

Drop down south to stop at Lake Wyola State Park. The word “Wyola” is a Native American word for “quiet waters,” and you’ll see why when you arrive. Here are forty acres of peace and solitude on a lovely autumn day. It is the perfect ending to a perfect RV getaway. Now you can head back to the city ready to take on life once again. There is nothing like an autumn vacation in Massachusetts to give you a whole new outlook and energy.

Picture credits: The picture of entering Lenox, MA is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Experience Vineyards Fall Color on an RV Trip to Oregon

A top pick for an RV trip this fall is getting up to Newberg, Oregon to see the autumn leaves turning. Beginning in mid-October, you’ll see great colors as the leaves change to amazing displays of different hues. Only about 25 miles southwest of Portland, you will be in the rural forests of Yamhill County and get to view the region’s fall color glory.

Autumn Driveway in Newberg, Oregon

Autumn Driveway in Newberg, Oregon

All around Newberg is the gorgeous Willamette Valley, with more than 170 wineries. The best part of spending time touring this valley is that the leaves in the area’s vineyards add to the color as their leaves also change color during the fall. In addition to the vineyard colors, you will also be able to discover other great things to do on this Oregon vacation.

Willamette Valley Wineries offer many opportunities for special wine tasting experiences, as well as fall celebrations with music and food. Wine country fun awaits you here – the perfect place to get away and enjoy nature, delicious food and lots of friendly folk.

Now to get into the outdoors and get some scenic views that are enhanced by autumn colors. Bald Peak State Park is only nine miles north of Newberg and offers some outdoor fun for the whole family. On those fall days that are clear, you will be able to see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood and other magnificent peaks in the distance. Have a picnic and let the kids play in the play areas.

Champoeg Park is another spot where you can hike among fall brilliance on the banks of the Willamette River. There are many hiking and biking trails and picnic sites. Visit and learn more at the visitor center and see an 1860-style garden right next door. A guided walk is always fun so you can learn all about the pioneers who settled this region.

Also in Champoeg Park you can get a taste of history. See the Historic Butteville Store which was founded in 1863. There is also camping for RVs in the park, with more than 67 sites with water and about 8 full hookup sites. They also have an RV dump station.

Roger’s Landing is the place to go if weather will permit boating. You don’t have to get out on the water in a boat however. You can just explore the docks or engage in some bird watching. Fish for salmon or go hiking. There is plenty to do here!

When you are an aviation buff, you will want to travel ten miles to McMinnville to visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum. They have a world class collection of various aircraft, including the famous Hughes flying boat. Enjoy a show at the IMAX Theater while you are here.

Yes, Oregon has it all in the fall or at any time of year. But when you want a fascinating and colorful autumn trip in an RV, you will find it all south of Portland at Newberg and the surrounding valley.

Picture credits: The picture of a driveway in Newburg, Oregon is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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A North Carolina Destination for Autumn Colors in an RV

This is the most colorful season of all and a perfect time for an autumn RV trip to North Carolina. As you enjoy the yellow, red and orange leaves, you can also take advantage of the many activities and attractions available to you and your family. It’s a lovely time of year and nothing could be better than a vacation to the North Carolina forests and mountains.

Botanical Gardens at Ashland, NC

Botanical Gardens at Ashland, NC

Have Asheville, North Carolina as your home base. There is colorful foliage around town as well as in the surrounding area. Mid-October is the beginning of the changing leaves and offers breathtaking views of a panorama of hues. The peak will be around late October so you can stay a few weeks to experience a full fall display.

While in town, stop at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. It is located right next to the University of North Carolina. There is no charge to visit and you will see a wide variety of trees, both native and exotic. Hiking around these gardens provides you a unique way to experience fall. The Southern Appalachian Mountains collections of plants are something you won’t want to miss.

Of course, you can’t pass up taking the Asheville Urban Trail around downtown Asheville. This is like an outdoor museum, with plaques explaining the history of the region, sculptures and other works of art. It is an easy loop which takes about two hours to walk and will thrill you with history, culture and inspiration.

At the North Carolina Arboretum at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will get in some more hiking, but this time through forests of pine, hardwood and other species of trees, many turning with gorgeous fall colors right now. You’ll discover ten miles of hiking and biking trails, but may prefer the Carolina Mountain Trail above the others to see the forest and stop at an overlook for a view.

While here, you can decide on a further adventure. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway provides outstanding views of fall foliage displays.  Even with the current government shutdown of national parks, this parkway is open, although visitor centers and campgrounds are closed for now. Enjoy the mountain meadows, the scenic overlooks and the peace and solitude of this gorgeous region. Stop at Craggy Gardens to have a quiet picnic and hike a trail or two.

Not many miles from Asheville, you can visit Dupont State Forest to get some additional fall beauty. There are more than 80 miles of trails, and the best thing of all is the numerous waterfalls to see. Triple Falls is a favorite as well as Hooker Falls and High Falls. Hooker and High Falls require only a moderate hike, where Triple Falls has an approaching trail that can get quite steep. Explore as you will find three other waterfalls that will take your breath away.

Be on the watch for wildlife as you tour this beautiful section of North Carolina. You will want to bring your camera gear too, so you can take home photo-memories of your autumn RV trip.

Picture credits: The picture of The Botanical Gardens in Ashland, NC is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An Autumn RV Trip to Beautiful Taos New Mexico

New Mexico is not a state that immediately comes to mind when you think of a fall foliage tour, but Taos, New Mexico does have opportunities to see some beautiful fall colors. Near the end of September and early October the aspen and cottonwoods are at their peak and it’s the ideal time to arrive. In addition to enjoying the yellow and golden hues, you will be able to enjoy other colorful events this autumn in Taos.

Greetings from Taos, New Mexico

Greetings from Taos, New Mexico. Historic Kit Carson House

An artist’s palette can add to the brilliant colors in Taos, New Mexico. The Fall Arts Festival takes place in town from the 27th of September to the 6th of October with free admission for all. Every day is a treat – particularly the Plein Air Painters of NM Members Juried Exhibit on October 4 at Millicent Rogers Museum. On the 5th attending the Taos Artist Collective First Saturday Art Show    will permit you to meet artists and see their new artworks.

Another festival you can enjoy on this fall RV trip is the Taos Wool Festival, a marvelous experience for the whole family. It takes place between September 30 and October 6 in Kit Carson Park. Let the sheep, goats, angora rabbits and alpacas fascinate you with their antics. Hands-on activities are wonderful for the kids. And talk about delicious foods! You will just have to go and see (or taste) for yourself!

Old-fashioned story telling is always a great way to spend some time. On October 4th you should put the Grand StorySlam on your itinerary. This is an actual contest where storytellers of all ages compete for prizes. No reading is allowed and the inventions of tales are intriguing indeed!

Then on October 5, the SOMOS Storytelling Festival launches at the Taos Community Auditorium. Stories and songs will entertain and amaze. This is a unique experience and will be loved by all ages. Of course, this is just the start of your Taos vacation. There is more to do and you’ll have to get outdoors to soak up some autumn sun.

The Rio Grande may conjure mental images of cowboys watering their horses as they travel the vast deserts, but today it means great fishing! Hiking is a fun way to spend an afternoon, too! And it gives you an additional opportunity to view the fall colors. Manzanita Canyon Trail  is a great trail which is around eight miles round trip. It is fairly strenuous as you do climb steadily and you’ll need to be ready for an elevation gain of about 3900 feet at a fairly high altitude. There will be some rocky terrain as well.  The best part of this hike is getting some marvelous views of Lobo Peak and other surrounding mountains.

You may prefer to do your sightseeing from your RV so it is highly recommended if so to take the Valle Vidal Scenic Drive from Costilla on Highway 196 to Highway 64. This is a lovely Rocky Mountain drive with lots of wildlife, hiking opportunities and places to fish and picnic.

Visiting Taos New Mexico in the autumn on an RV trip really can’t be beat when you wish to enjoy the Midwest’s fall colors.

Picture credits: The picture of a greeting card from Taos, New Mexico is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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