RV Camping to the Panorama Music Festival

When you’re ready for a Coachella–like music festival but find yourself on the East Coast, take your RV and head for New York! You’ll find the third year of the Panorama Music Festival July 27 – 29 at Randall’s Island Park.

Consider taking a week-long trip centered on this weekend to really enjoy some of the sights in addition to the sounds of New York City.

Panorama Music Festival

Panorama Music Festival

Aside from great lineups each year, this event also includes unique art installations and amazing local New York food selections to delight the foodie in you. This might be THE music festival for you.

Major headliners for the 2018 3 day concert lineup include: Janet Jackson, The Killers, and The Weeknd. Other notable acts include Migos, Cardi B, SZA, David Byrne, St. Vincent, The xx, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gucci Mane, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie, Daniel Caesar, Dua Lipa, Jay Som, Jhené Aiko, Floating Points, Japanese Breakfast, Downtown Boys, and more. See more details of the schedule and lineups here: Panorama (New York, NY). For more information about travel and other details on getting there, click here.

ABOUT RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK:

Randall’s Island Park is one of New York’s City’s most unique and multi-faceted public parks. Located in the middle of the City, the park comprises most of an island in the East River that is situated between Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens. Featuring a wide array of fields and spaces, Randall’s Island is home to a world class Tennis Center, a full service Golf Center, an IAAF-certified track and field facility (Icahn Stadium), over 60 playing fields, miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, and a newly renovated Event Lawn where concerts and festivals are held.  The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), which oversees and governs the island, is celebrating 25 years of progress in transforming Randall’s Island Park into an innovative and exciting destination for sports, recreation, environmental exploration and cultural events.

Camping Spots Nearby:

Here are a few choices for RV campgrounds nearby to scope out before you embark on your trip to New York.

1) Liberty Harbor RV: Located in Jersey City, NJ, this park is billed as the closest RV Park to New York City. It is 15 minutes from the city, just across the East River and is open year round, offering specials for stays of 6 days or longer, Wi-Fi, 50 sites with water and electric, and more. It is located close to the PATH train, Ferries and Light Rail, and is right next to the Liberty Harbor Marina.

2) Camp Gateway – Brooklyn, NY is operated by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located within one of the most urbanized areas of the country, covering 26,000 acres of New Jersey and three New York City boroughs. Amidst the urban environment, the park boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests.

Camp Gateway –Brooklyn, is in the woodland habitat of Floyd Bennet Field, facing the salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. You can take advantage of their biking trails that weave through Fort Tilden, with a military history that dates back to the War of 1812.

Birders would enjoy the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge host of 300 species of migratory birds, with willets and green herons in spring and summer, or osprey and black crowned night herons year-round.

When you are ready to get into the City, head to Riis Landing for ferry rides to Manhattan. Check out their website for more details.

More Sites to See

Take time to visit other notable sites while you visit New York. One truly notable spot is called Castle Clinton, located at the southern tip of Manhattan by The Battery, and landing point of the New York Ferries to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

If you find a photograph of Manhattan taken from anywhere in or near the harbor, whether taken from a ship, helicopter, or skyscraper, you’ll notice that Castle Clinton National Monument is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in a city full of recognizable landmarks. That’s not to say Castle Clinton has always looked the same. Visit their visitor center for a full view of how it has looked over the last 200 years.

To rent an RV for your next New York trip, check our New York/New Jersey RV Rentals location. Click here for more details.

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Music Festival RV Camping – Destination Warped Tour – Final Tour

If you are a fan of alternative rock music or even punk rock music, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Warped Tour. This year, it was announced by Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour in 1995, will be its last full tour around the country.

What this means for RV enthusiasts who also happen to love rock music, is you should plan early if you want to catch at least one venue of this last and rather historic magical musical tour.  Music Festival RV Vacations

Warped built its brand of a “punk-rock summer camp” by bringing out scene staples like NOFX and Bad Religion numerous times. But it was also an early champion of bands like Blink-182, No Doubt, and Paramore — punkers eventually embraced by the pop world. And outside of punk entirely, Warped’s past lineups were riddled with pre-superstardom misfits who found an early home amongst the skate shows and merch tents: Katy Perry, Eminem, Kid Rock, the Black Eyed Peas. Their ranks were rarely favorites of critics, but they no doubt shaped culture.

This last tour will be studded with a variety of bands as usual but this time, according to Lyman, Warped icons will hop on to make the last hurrah extra special. “You’re gonna see a big mix of bands I felt really embraced the Warped Tour lifestyle,” he says. “I don’t want to say a ‘mature’ lineup, but bands that I think could use one more big push of Warped Tour to help further their careers.” (Lyman, quoted in Billboard Magazine).

The tour this year begins in Pomona, CA on June 21st, followed by a few other California dates: San Diego on June 22nd, Mountain View on the 23rd and Ventura on the 24th. They start traveling eastward from there to Phoenix on the 28th and Las Vegas on the 29th of June. June 30th will feature Warped Tour in Salt Lake City before they travel to Denver on the 1st of July.

If you have never seen the remarkable traveling tour, this represents an amazing collection of about 100 bands in their tour buses or vans and another 50 or so RV’s, trucks or buses that comprise the setup and take-down crews for each venue. This is probably the closest you’d come to a traveling circus in the 21st century and it truly is an experience. The music is blaring from about 6 different sound stages every day; which they pack up and drive to the next city and set up for the next day.

Each venue might have some variation in the performers, but the entire cavalcade of musicians is beautifully organized and really fun to watch and listen to in at least one of their many locations.

The full tour itinerary and ticket information is available on the Warped Tour Official Website.  It is an incredible journey from the west to the east coast, with stops all along the way in the Midwest and Nashville, before they hit the east coast with Virginia Beach and two New Jersey stops mid-July. Then it’s another jaunt north to Hartford and Burgettstown, PA before they go to Toronto for one night on July 17th (the only non-US stop on the tour).

Warped Tour returns to the Midwest in late July and then back to the east coast to start to wrap it up. July 25th will find the entire troupe in Darien Center, NY followed by stops in Scranton, PA, Mansfield MA and Wantagh, NY. Then they head south to Columbia, MD, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta in late July.

The tour will end in Florida in early August with their four final tour dates in Jacksonville on August 2nd, Orlando on August 3rd, Tampa on August 4th, and finishing in West Palm Beach on August 5th.

If you haven’t yet been, make this the summer to go to at least one city and consider camping in your RV near any of the tour locations. Just plan early and get your tickets so you will be sure to have the full Warped Tour experience before it is gone forever.

El Monte RV has rental locations near many of the tour destinations. See section: Where you can Rent RV’s at El Monte RV for all our RV rental locations.

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Where Will You Go on Your First RV Trip?

For millions of Americans, RV travel is the only way to go. They love the flexibility, convenience and economy of taking their home along on their excursions. If you’re ready to join the trend but aren’t sure which destinations work best, we’ve got good news! No matter whether you’re planning to hike the trails in a national park or spend your days gaming at a Vegas casino, there’s a campground close by. So the real question is…where will you go on your first RV trip? 

RV Camping at National Parks

Need wide, open spaces to occupy your brood, with plenty of choices for outdoor recreation? Our country’s national parks are a treasure waiting to be discovered. It’s easy to find information on campgrounds, special places and ranger-led activities, thanks to NPS.gov. Choose your region, pick a park and then use the park’s Plan Your Visit menu as your guide.

Need some suggestions for your first national park RV camping trip? Here are five to consider:

  1. Yellowstone National Park – hiking, camping, paddling and outstanding wildlife
    Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park

    watching in the wilds of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

  2. Acadia National Park – come to Maine’s rocky Atlantic shore for climbing, hiking, scenic driving, ocean paddling and unforgettable campgrounds.
  3. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Atlanta’s urban waterway, wild and free and filled with special places to hike, paddle and relax. Area campgrounds are abundant!
  4. Olympic National Forest – Washington’s Pacific coast is just the beginning of your camping adventure, thanks to this park’s lakes, rainforests and mountain regions.
  5. Yosemite National Park – The waterfalls! The famous peaks! The wildlife! There’s nowhere in this California High Sierra gem that isn’t extraordinary. Reserve your campsites early, it’s one of the most popular parks in America.

RV Camping in Urban Destinations

Think your first RV camping trip has to be to the great outdoors? Think again! Here are three ways RV camping in America’s cities is a best bet for your first trip.

  • RV Camping to MLB Spring Training: Love to watch baseball and can’t wait for regular season play? In both Florida and Arizona, Major League Baseball teams start warming up in early spring and play dozens of games at excellent local stadiums. Read our guide here to RV Camping to Florida Grapefruit League MLB Spring Training or Arizona Cactus League MLB Spring Training and go watch your favorite teams on your first RV camping trip ever!
  • RV Camping to Casinos: All over America, casinos are catering to RV travelers, so why not combine your first RV trip with a week or a weekend of gaming? Click here for our guide to finding RV-friendly casino accommodations.
  • RV Camping to Music Festivals: One more way to break in to RV travel is by camping at urban music festivals. Whether in a city park or around the town lake, these festivals are custom-made for your first trip. Here’s our guide to RV camping at music festivals.

Motorhome travel fits the budget of every newbie camper, thanks to the availability of RV rentals in most areas. Try on different floor plans and option packages before you purchase your own. You may even decide that renting is the way to go whenever you go by RV.

Use the suggestions to start your own trip dreams brewing and let us know where you go on your first RV camping trip. We’re here to help make it your best vacation ever!

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Plan Now for RV Camping at the Florida Folk Festival

Smart camping fans know that November is the perfect time to start planning for early summer RV camping excursions. The Florida Folk Festival, held Memorial Day Weekend each year at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida, is one place you’ll want to plan to attend in 2015.

Why go? We thought you’d never ask!

Here are five exciting reasons to plan your RV camping trip to the 2015 Florida Folk Festival.

Reason #1: The Music!

The folks who put on this three day festival promise the best the Sunshine State has to offer in a wide range of musical traditions. Come listen, dance and sing along as these artists play in concerts, workshops and jam sessions. They provide the perfect backdrop for a festival that celebrates the cultures that keep Florida fascinating. With hundreds of performances over the weekend, you’re sure to hear just what you came for.

Reason #2: The Folk Culture Experience!

If your RV camping crew enjoys hands-on cultural experiences, this is definitely the place to go. In the finest folk culture tradition, the Florida Folk Festival offers an amazing array of food, craft and artistic workshops, demonstrations and exhibits that showcase the diverse peoples of Florida.

Unplug the kids from their screens and challenge them to learn how to make something with their own hands. Enjoy talented storytellers spinning tales that will entertain everyone in the family. Forget what you thought you knew about Florida and be surprised by the cultural influences that have played a part in the state’s history.

Plan to immerse yourselves in all the Festival has to offer and go home enriched by the experience!

Reason #3: Abundant RV Camping Nearby

One of our favorite reasons to attend this annual festival is the abundance of friendly RV campgrounds close by. Whether you plan to stay right there in White Springs or a little farther out, you’ll love the small town hospitality that’s offered. Here’s a well-written guide to camping close to the Florida Folk Festival (just click the Accommodations link for complete details.) Be sure to make your reservations early!

Reason #4: Plenty to Do Before You Head Home

First time visitors to Florida’s Suwannee River Valley will be thrilled to discover all the area has to offer. Crisscrossed with rivers and natural springs, the Valley offers some of the best tubing, paddling and scuba diving venues in Florida.

Spots like Ginnie Springs on the Santa Fe River, Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White and Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park offer water-loving visitors the chance to explore the blue-green, spring-fed, pristine waters of north Florida.

Like your RV adventures a little less on the wild side? Be sure to visit the Valley’s many antiques stores, battlefields and historic sites in lovely spots like Lake City and High Springs. We’ve also heard rave reviews about the area’s bird and wildlife watching opportunities.

Reason #5: Affordable, Family Friendly Event

Florida Folk Festival

Florida Folk Festival

At $50 per adult weekend pass (purchase tickets in advance here) and free or reduced fees for the youngsters, the Florida Folk Festival is a real bargain! Combined with the benefits and affordability of RV travel, you won’t find a more budget-friendly way to spend Memorial Day Weekend in north Florida.

We’ve given you just five of the many reasons to plan an RV camping trip to next year’s Florida Folk Festival. You’ll find your own reasons to return once you’ve attended!

Don’t forget, you don’t have to own an RV to camp near the festival in motorhome luxury. We’re happy to help you reserve the perfect RV for your festival weekend in Florida. White Springs is just two and a half hours north of Orlando, so give us a call when you’re ready to reserve your RV.

Picture credits: The photo of Florida Folk Festival was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.
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Stagecoach Music Festival & Special RV Travel Packages

Stagecoach Music Festival Sign

Stagecoach Music Festival Sign

The annual Stagecoach Music Festival was first held in Indio, California in 2007. Since then this festival, billed as “California’s Country Music Festival,” has grown to attract some of the biggest names in country music and attracts over 50,000 attendees. This year the festival will be at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, where it has always been held, on April 26 though April 28, 2013. Headliners include: Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, and many more. See the full lineup on the festival website.

Tickets for this very popular music festival are already on sale.

RV Travel Package for the Stagecoach Music Festival!

El Monte RV has partnered with Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, CA to bring you a convenient and fun-filled way to enjoy the Stagecoach Music Festival. We have put together two travel packages for the Stagecoach Music Festival to help you enjoy the festival:

Travel Package for Two

The travel package for two people includes:

  • 4 night El Monte RV Motorhome rental (You may pick up your RV at any of our Southern California locations on Thursday and return on Monday)
  • 2 sets of bedding, towels and dishes
  • 1 cooking set
  • 3 nights Premium RV space at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert
  • 2 Tickets for continental breakfast at the RV resort for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 shuttle passes from/to the resort to the Stage Coach Country Musical Festival.

This package starts at $1,400 plus tax. An additional guest may be for $260* plus tax which will include 1 set of bedding, towels and dishes, breakfast and a shuttle pass.

Southern California locations to pick up your rental for the music festival include:

Deluxe Travel Package for Two

The Deluxe Travel Package gives you a no-hassle way to enjoy – we deliver and pick up the motorhome for you! All you have to do is arrive and have fun!

The deluxe travel package for two people includes:

  • 3 night El Monte RV Motorhome rental (We will deliver and retrieve the RV to/from the resort)
  • 2 sets of bedding, towels and dishes
  • 1 cooking set
  • 3 nights Premium RV space at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert
  • 2 Tickets for continental breakfast at the RV resort for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 shuttle passes from/to the resort to the Stage Coach Country Musical Festival

This package starts at $2,055 plus tax. An additional guest may be for $260* plus tax which will include 1 set of bedding, towels and dishes, breakfast and a shuttle pass.

Please note: These packages do not include tickets to the festival. You will need to purchase these separately.

Don’t wait to take advantage of this great special. Please call 800-337-2153 to speak with one of our reservation specialists!

About the Emerald Desert RV Resort

Emerald Desert RV Resort is a 33-acre gated Resort in Palm Desert, California that puts the “luxury” in luxury RV resort. Amenities include:

  • BBQ courtyards
  • Cable TV service
  • Fully equipped fitness facility
  • Three Jacuzzis
  • Lakes
  • Laundry facilities
  • A spacious clubhouse
  • Lighted tennis courts
  • Two pools
  • Two-hole putting greens
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • . . . and much, much more . . .

Other Things to Do

If you tire of the music festival and want to explore a little, area attractions near to the Emerald Desert RV Resort include:

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Take the Mississippi Blues Highway on a Festive RV Vacation

Take a musical journey on a stretch of highway made famous for the Mississippi Delta music that has filled the air along this byway. The Mississippi Blues Highway will take you from Memphis, TN and through Mississippi and the historic towns that were written about by many memorable blues artists. You will experience the thrill of the legendary junction of Highways 61 and 49 where a blues master sold his soul. Allow enough time to stop at the blues spots and enjoy many incredible performances along the way.

While in Memphis, you should stop by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music to marvel at the more than 2,000 exhibits, including photos, instruments and costumes for stage performances. When you want the real thing, you can take a tour of the Memphis nightclubs in

Beale Street Music Festival

Beale Street Music Festival

the evening and a trip down the delta during the day. Hit the famous Beale Street and don’t forget to try some of the amazing barbecue in town.

Travel south on Highway 61 until you reach Tunica. Go to the visitor center to find out all available for you here, because there is a lot to do and see. Tour the Blues Markers for a feel for all the musical endeavors that went down in the area. Visit the Tunica Museum for more history of a bit different nature. Admission is free, and who can pass that up?

Clarksdale, a bit further down the road, offers more live music. Plenty of blues joints to visit, and a historic cotton farm to see – the Hopson Plantation. It is a pleasure to sample some of Mississippi hospitality here, and visit with other like-minded souls. The delta has its own flavor and culture which gives you a wider view of our world today.

While in Clarksdale, be sure to visit the famous nightclub Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by actor Morgan Freeman. Next door you can stop by the Delta Blues Museum for another taste of history and to explore our musical heritage. Stay a while and park your RV at Coahoma County Expo Center – reasonable rates and great amenities.

Taking Highway 49 south from Clarksdale, you will reach Greenwood with its wide variety of blues culture. There are three museums that display many historical artifacts. The Museum of the Mississippi Delta may not focus on the blues, but you can see many original paintings, drawings and a collection of items on the animals, antiques and agriculture of the Mississippi Delta. If you are in the area during October, don’t miss the Cotton Capital Blues Festival, a must for any blues lover.

Whether you take 49 or go back to Highway 61, the rest of your trip is a pleasant one, until you get to Vicksburg, when it takes on new meaning. This is a town of importance on the Mississippi Blues Highway, but also for its part in the Civil War. You can visit Vicksburg National Military Park to discover the past. Blues clubs are abundant and you can still find a lot of toe-tapping music, as well as plenty of festivals and events that happen all year long. What an RV vacation! You will have to do this again!

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RV Camping to the Kerrville Folk Festival

Right in the heart of Texas Hill Country, the Quiet Valley Ranch has been hosting an annual eighteen-day music festival since 1972. The Kerrville Folk Festival, named for the nearby Texas town, features five stages, dozens of musicians and non-stop entertainment each May and June. RV camping music fans love this festival, thanks to the on-site campground where jam sessions are numerous and the atmosphere is family-friendly.

Traveling to the Kerrville Folk Festival
If you’ve never been to West Texas, you’re in for a treat. Tree-studded hills surround wide green meadows, and the Quiet Valley Ranch promises the perfect setting for an extended stay. Kerrville lies two hours west of Austin, the Ranch is fifteen minutes south of Kerrville on TX-16. Coming from the west, take Hwy 285 south from Albuquerque and then I-10 to Kerrville. From there it’s a quick trip on TX-16 to the Ranch.

So that you can mark your travel calendars, the festival is held in late May to mid-June each year. Temperatures are in the eighties and nineties during the day, so dress cool and plan for warm temperatures in this “no generators” camping venue.

What to Expect at the Kerrville Folk Festival
One of the reasons this festival has maintained a loyal following for forty years is the chance amateur musicians have to learn from world-class entertainers. Along with a spectacular line-up of talent the likes of Judy Collins, Marcia Ball and Suzy Bogguss, the “campground sessions” are lively outdoor classrooms for budding musicians.

The evening music performances offer stellar musical experiences, with more than seventy-five performers like Asleep at the Wheel and Del Rey keeping things hopping each year. The sheer volume of musical excellence, dynamic energy and crowd camaraderie at this eighteen day event makes the Kerrville Folk Festival a family favorite that spans generations.

And it isn’t just about the music at “Kerrville”. Canoe trips, yoga classes and a crafts fair might be on the agenda. Children are catered to with special concerts and fun activities throughout the event. Songwriting contest finalists appear on-stage and highly entertaining “song circles” keep things lively. Everywhere you look at the Kerrville Folk Festival, people are having a great time in a relaxed, Hill Country atmosphere.

Where to Get More Information
Ready to roll to the Kerrville Folk Festival in your RV? You’ll need to do some advance planning, as RV campsites are highly coveted. Here’s where to make reservations online to camp at the Kerrville. An RV traveler’s tip: Even if the sites with hook-ups are sold out, you’re welcome to camp in the overflow parking area for the duration of your stay.

For information on tickets, scheduled performers and the Quiet Valley Ranch facility itself, Kerrville-Music.com is your best source for details. The music is playing this May in Kerrville, Texas. You owe it to yourself to be a part of the Kerrville Folk Festival experience.

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RV Camping at Major Music Festivals

Whether you’re rocking out with a smokin’ band or singing along to a country ballad, there’s almost nothing better than seeing great performers at a major music festival. We suggest you raise that experience to the next level by camping in an RV during the festival. We’ve got the score on some of the best events in America, so get ready for great RV camping at major music festivals this year!

Stagecoach Music Festival – Indio, California
Enjoy the Southern California sun while hearing greats like Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn perform each April. The Empire Polo Club in Indio is a beautiful festival venue, and there’s RV camping available at three locations adjacent to the festival.

Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, Tennessee
Whether you’re at one of four festival stages or listening to great sounds in one of the many Beale Street clubs, there’s no better place to party. Bask in the greatness of acts like Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis and Blues Traveler, and then head back to your comfortable RV at Memphis KOA Kampground.

Cornerstone – Bushnell, Illinois
Cornerstone, the premier American Christian music event in Bushnell, Illinois, draws a huge community of RV campers who come back year after year. See bands like Skillet, David Crowder Band and Red, and immerse yourself in seven days of music and RV camping at this five hundred acre rural setting.

FloydFest – Virginia
Bring the entire family for four days and three nights in a gorgeous setting along Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. This down home, laid back festival is a regional favorite and it will soon become one of yours. Make your reservation early for one of the coveted RV camping spaces!

Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, California
Top jazz musicians from around the world gather every September at Monterey Fairgrounds for a weekend of cool jazz and sizzling fun. Veteran Festival goers camp at nearby RV campgrounds like Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

Summerfest – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
More than one million music fans converge on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee for the “World’s Largest Music Festival” each June. This enormous festival is spread over ten stages and eleven days, so make your reservations early at a nearby campground. Wisconsin State Fair Park RV Camp is a short trip away with full-service campsites.

Sasquatch Music Festival – Gorge, Washington
If indie music is your passion and watching dozens of bands at The Gorge on the Columbia River sounds fantastic, head for Washington in your RV this Memorial Day Weekend. There’s onsite RV camping and some of the best scenery in the Pacific Northwest! Not convinced? Past bands have included Coldplay and Jane’s Addiction. Making that reservation yet?

We could write all day and not cover all the great music festivals in America. Check our website often for new festival listings. El Monte RV Rental locations across the country are ready and waiting to help with a rocking RV rental!

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RVing to the CMA Music Festival!

Want to see the country music fans in your crowd go crazy? Offer to take them by RV to the annual CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in June! The Fest is one wild and crazy fanfest filled with concerts, meet ‘n greet opportunities with the stars and a non-stop, four-day photo op. Find out how comfortable traveling to Nashville by RV can be and share the costs with several friends to make the trip very affordable. Here’s the scoop on country music fun at this annual extravaganza.

Where’s All the Action? The Country Music Association hosts this huge, four-day festival at several venues throughout Nashville. Fortunately for festival goers, shuttle buses run between venues, making getting to concerts and other events on time super easy. You’ll get to see famous country acts at LP Field, Riverfront Park, Fan Fair Hall and Sommet Center Plaza during the festival. The lineup in past years has included stars like Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift and Sugarland.

How Much Does it Cost?
To attend the CMA Music Festival, purchase a four-day pass that gives you access to every concert, party and event open to the public. Prices range from $300 to $110, depending on the level of seating at LP Field. By the way, these passes sell out months ahead of time, so start making your plans now if you’d like to attend in June. Here’s the link for ticket information. One more note: to make this trip really affordable, share costs on the RV rental and plan to cook at least part of your meals in your convenient RV kitchen.

Where Should We Camp?
The Tennessee State Fairgrounds is open for first-come, first-served RV camping for $35 per night. If that’s the option you’d like to take, click here for more CMA ticket information, and plan to arrive early!

If you’d rather stay at a campground with more amenities, you’re in luck! There are literally hundreds of RV campsites within a fifteen minute ride from downtown Nashville. Jellystone Camp – Park Nashville is twelve miles north of downtown, and very near the Grand Ole Opry. If you’re traveling with younger country music fans, this is the place for you.

Nashville Country RV Park is another highly-rated campground with fantastic amenities. Free wi-fi, a fitness center and shuttles to area attractions are all waiting at this premium campground.

Another campground possibility is Nashville KOA Campground, near the Cumberland River. The campsite hosts are well-versed in Nashville attractions, and their campsites are very pleasantly well-equipped.

How Do We Rent an RV?
Whether your group decides to RV in from Florida or pick up an RV rental at another RV rental location, El Monte RV is able to help. Contact us today at 888-337-2214 to reserve a motorhome at any of our nationwide locations.

Heading to Nashville by RV for the CMA Music Festival is an experience you won’t soon forget. Call your friends, make your plans and get ready to have a magical time in Music City!

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How ‘Bout RVing to a Music Festival?

There are some big music festivals still on tap for the summer and fall of 2009. Following is a partial list of some of the larger events.

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 (Newport Jazz Festival) – August 7 – 9

George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 will be held August 7 – 9 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. This year’s event features Tony Bennett, the Dave Brubeck Quartet and more. El Monte RV’s rental location that can help you out for this event is our Boston RV Rentals location in Sutton, MA.

Lollapalooza – August 7 – 9

Lollapalooza will be held August 7 – 9 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s event features over 100 bands. If you need an RV rental for the event you can pick one up at El Monte RV’s Chicago RV Rentals location.

Monterey Jazz Festival – September 18 – 20

The Monterey Jazz Festival will be held September 18 – 20 on the Monterey Fairgrounds site in Monterey, California. RV Rentals for this event can be picked up the El Monte RV Santa Cruz RV Rentals location.

Austin City Limits Music Festival – October 2 – 4
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held October 2 – 4 in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. This year’s event features 130 bands on 8 stages.

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